January 28 Energy News

January 28, 2019


¶ “What Would Australia Look Like Powered By 100% Renewable Energy?” • At least nine studies conducted during the decade show how Australia can move from an electricity system based on polluting coal and gas to one powered by the sun, wind, and waves. Each has a different pathway towards 100% renewable energy. [The Guardian]

Concentrating solar PVs (Steven David
Miller | Getty Images | Nature Picture Library)

Science and Technology:

¶ “To Fix Climate Change, Fix The Obesity And Starvation Epidemics, Reports Say” • The world needs to come up with solutions to fight three interrelated pandemics – obesity, starvation and climate change – and it needs to do it fast before the planet is “burning,” according to a report released Sunday in The Lancet. [CNN]

¶ “The Human Element And Our Changing World” • The Human Element satisfies our desire for heroes. While we watch and start to understand what human entanglement with fire has truly become, the film reveals the immense fortitude and courage of the firefighters and foresters dealing with some of the newfound challenges. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot from The Human Element


¶ “World’s First 100% Solar Powered Airport – Cochin International Airport” • Cochin International Airport, in India, is the first airport in the world that operates 100% on solar power. The airport’s 12-MW solar power plant has 46,150 solar panels. They cover approximately forty-five acres near the airport’s cargo complex. [Market Business News]

¶ “Colombia Launching 1 GW Renewables Auction – An Opportunity For Geothermal?” • Colombia invited offers in a renewable energy tender, offering 10-year power purchase agreement. Selected projects will have to commence delivering power as from December 2022, with production of about 3,443 GWh per year. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Bogotá, Colombia (Tijs Zwinkels, flickr, creative commons)

¶ “China’s End-2018 Renewable Power Generation Capacity Up 12% From 2017” • China’s total renewable power generation capacity climbed to 728 GW in 2018, up 12% from the end of 2017, the country’s energy administration said. China connected 20.59 GW of wind power capacity and 44.3 GW of solar to its grid in 2018. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Iberdrola Launches Cavar Complex Project In Spain” • Iberdrola is launching the Cavar Complex project to boost its wind power in Spain in 2019. Consisting of four wind farms with a total installed capacity of 111 MW, this project is one of the largest wind farms developed in Spain by the energy supplier in recent years. [Energy Digital]

Iberdrola wind farm

¶ “Octopus, Edify Source $450 Million For Local Solar Plant” • Octopus Investments, the largest solar player in Europe, and Aussie renewables developer Edify Energy secured $450 million for what is set to be Australia’s largest solar power station. The Darlington Point solar farm is scheduled to operate from 2020. [Investment Magazine]

¶ “How Pakistan Should Meet Clean Energy Challenges” • Both wind and solar technologies produce electricity in ways that are intermittent with the former having a capacity factor in the range of 30% and the later 20%. Through installing wind/solar hybrid plants, however, the cumulative capacity factor can be increased up to 50%. [DAWN.com]

Solar plant in Pakistan

¶ “A Worrying New Report Has Revealed The Three Biggest Threats To The Global Population” • Obesity, malnutrition, and climate change are the three biggest threats to populations globally, a report by the Lancet Commission on Obesity said. Funding and strategies targeting food policy and production are needed urgently.  [NEWS.com.au]

¶ “TEPCO Unveils Device For Handling Nuclear Debris” • The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has unveiled a device that could become the first to directly handle fuel debris inside one of the facility’s crippled reactors. TEPCO showed the device to the media ahead of a survey scheduled for next month. [NHK WORLD]

TEPCO’s device


¶ “Cricket Valley Power Plant On Track For 2020; Protesters Cite Health, Environmental Issues” • As progress continues on the $1.584 billion, 1,100-MW, natural-gas-fired Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover, New York, local residents protested citing environmental and health concerns. The plant is to be completed in 2020. [Poughkeepsie Journal]

¶ “EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler Downplays Climate Threat At Testy Confirmation Hearing” • Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist by President Trump to be the next EPA administrator, downplayed the threat of at his confirmation hearing. He said he believes the climate is changing, but he said he would not call it “the greatest crisis.” [Milbank Monitor]

Wheeler at confirmation hearing

¶ “In Florida, A New Governor Shifts Gears On Environment, And Maybe Climate Change” • Florida’s new Republican governor has moved quickly on several environmental priorities. He has not released a plan to cut greenhouse gas pollution, but even so, environmental advocates give him credit where they say it is due. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Montana Faith And Science Leaders Call For Moral Courage On Climate” • The first annual Faith, Science and Climate Action Conference, held late 2018, convened more than 200 people from Montana who are deeply concerned about the real and imminent threat from climate change to the earth’s life-sustaining systems. [Billings Gazette]

Have a prodigiously advantageous day.

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