January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Britain’s Flawed Energy Strategy” • Only one nuclear plant is under construction in the UK, and it might be abandoned. The core problem is “nuclear power itself”, reckons Alistair Osborne in The Times. “Where else do you get such a heady mix of last millennium technology, radioactive upfront costs and a chronic clean-up bill? [MoneyWeek]

UK nuclear plant

¶ “The Burning Question: Climate Denialism Is (Almost) Dead, So What Do We Do Now?” • A sea change is underway in the politics of climate change. It turns out that in global warming, as in grief, denial was just a phase. It is a destructive phase, to be sure, but one now coming to an end. And a President in denial does not alter that. [New York Daily News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Helicopters Are Coming – New Guinness World Record For Farthest Flight” • Tier 1 Engineering has been testing a helicopter it and LungBioTechnology converted to electricity. It recently flew 34.5 miles. When it did that, it set a Guinness World Record for the farthest any helicopter has flown powered by electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Tier 1 Engineering electric helicopter

World:

¶ “Here Comes The Sun, To Help Power Kazakhstan” • Operation of the largest solar power station in Central Asia has just been launched by Kazakhstan, in the central Karaganda Province, the heart of coal country. The 307,664 PV panels have the capacity to generate some 100 MW of power, providing some 145 million kWh annually. [RadioFreeEurope]

¶ “Capacity Of Generating Electricity From Renewables Hits 680 MW” • The capacity of generating electricity from Iranian renewable resources has reached 680 MW, the Energy Ministry announced. Power plants based on clean energy resources with the capacity of 445 MW are currently under construction in the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Tehran Times]

Renewable energy

¶ “Zali Steggall To Challenge Tony Abbott’s Warringah Seat At 2019 Federal Election” • Australia’s most successful alpine skier, Zali Steggall, announced she will stand as an independent against former prime minister Tony Abbott in the next federal election. She wants to address voters’ concerns about climate change and promote renewable energy. [ABC News]

¶ “Germany To Close All 84 Of Its Coal-Fired Power Plants, Will Rely Primarily On Renewable Energy” • Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said. [Hartford Courant]

Lignite-burning plant in Brandenburg (Patrick Pleul | AP)

¶ “German Climate And Energy Experts Praise Coal Exit Deal, Say Real Work Starts Now” • The agreement by Germany’s coal exit commission to end coal’s use by 2038 is welcomed by climate activists and energy industry representatives alike. But observers point out that the work of implementing the deal still lies ahead. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “The Era Of Ultra-Cheap Solar Panels Is Over” • Solar power developers and investors may have to brace for PV costs to start rising after a 30% plunge last year. The party is definitely over, the president of one of China’s largest PV makers, told Reuters. He said prices are expected to rise by 10% to 15% over the next two years. [OilPrice.com]

Solar array

US:

¶ “Solar PV Installer And Wind Turbine Tech Are Fastest Growing Occupations In US” • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupation in the US is solar PV installer, with a projected growth rate of 105% from 2016 to 2026. And the number two job for growth is wind turbine service technician. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Disasters Influence Thinking On Climate Change” • The poll by The Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds 74% of Americans say extreme weather in the past five years has influenced their opinions about climate change. [Business Mirror]

Smog covering Salt Lake City (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, File)

Salt Lake City (Ravell Call | The Deseret News via AP, File)

¶ “One Surprising Obstacle to Reaching America’s Climate Change Goals” • An analysis of the 16 largest utilities and power generators in the US, with half of the nation’s installed power capacity, shows the sector is on pace to blow away even the most ambitious decarbonization projections. One big obstacle is an accounting mechanism. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Hershey’s To Take Bite Out Of Climate Impacts” • Hershey’s has announced it will establish a new environmental policy, sign the UN Global Compact and join the Science Based Targets initiative. It says it will also launch a program to improve the well-being of cocoa farmers and strengthen economic and ecological resilience. [Energy Live News]

Have a fabulously amusing day.

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