Archive for January 30th, 2019

January 30 Energy News

January 30, 2019


¶ “Extreme Cold Gripping Midwest Does Not Debunk Global Warming, Experts Say” • President Trump may believe that a cold snap proves that climate change is not happening, but climate authorities, including those inside his government, said the record-setting cold does nothing to contradict the consensus on climate change. [NBC News]

Winter storm (NOAA image)

¶ “Germany Can End Coal Power Much Earlier Than 2038” • Setting an end date for coal is a welcome first step, and the proposal should quickly be made law. However, the switch away from coal has to be faster if Germany is to maximise its economic and social benefits and deliver its commitment for the Paris Agreement. [Climate Home]

¶ “Meeting The Goals Of The Paris Agreement Could Save A Million Lives Per Year” • Air pollution causes 7 million deaths worldwide every year and costs an estimated $5.11 trillion in welfare losses globally. In the 15 countries that emit the most greenhouse gas emissions, the health impacts of air pollution are estimated at over 4% of their GDP. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The State of Science in the Trump Era (2019)” • The Trump administration’s pattern of undermining science is damaging our health and safety. However, scientists and their allies are pushing back. A timeline highlights the relentless series of attacks on science by the Trump administration during its first two years in office. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Melting Glaciers In The Canadian Arctic Have Revealed Landscapes Not Seen In 40,000 Years” • Glaciers in the Canadian Arctic have melted enough to reveal land that was hidden for the last 40,000 years or more, researchers say. One researcher said the warming is so great that everything is melting everywhere now. [CNN]

Baffin Island in sunlight (Doc Searls, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Indian Railways Planning 4 GW Solar Power Capacity” • India’s push to promote domestic manufacturing in the solar power segment may soon get a boost, thanks to the Indian Railways. The world’s fourth-largest railway network is planning to replace almost its entire power supply of thermal power plants with new solar power plants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Shine, Fossil Fuels Suffer As Australia Swelters In Record Heat” • In Australia’s most recent heat wave, fossil fuel powered generating plants failed to deliver. In Victoria, 1.8 GW of capacity was lost when two fossil fueled generating stations went off-line in the record heat. Solar, wind, and battery power kept losses to a minimum. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable power (Credit: PV Magazine Australia)

¶ “KEPCO Set To Continue Pushing Overseas Projects Including Saudi Arabia” • The state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation said it is currently making various efforts to penetrate deeper into overseas nuclear reactor markets, with the firm seeking to win a nuclear generating project in Saudi Arabia through a localized strategy. [Yonhap News Agency]

¶ “Corvus Energy Tapped To Power Five More Electric Ferries In Norway” • Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian ferry operator Fjord 1 to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems for five new all-electric ferries. The ships are being built by Havyard shipbuilders and are expected to enter service in January of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Fjord 1 electric ferry


¶ “China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising, Undermining Xi’s Climate Push” • Chinese methane emissions are rising at an alarming rate despite recent government regulations aimed at curbing them, a study released in the journal Nature shows. The increased emissions come primarily from the country’s massive coal mining sector [CNN]

¶ “China Is Exporting Clean Energy With One Hand, Coal With The Other” • China is leading the world in exporting green environmental goods and services and building the globe’s largest renewable energy industry. But China is also funding over a quarter of the coal plants currently under development outside of the country. [CleanTechnica]

Coal trains

¶ “China Readying National Solar Subsidy Program” • Several reports this week have pointed to China’s National Energy Administration restarting its shuttered solar subsidy program for both utility-scale and distributed/residential solar sectors, with a source telling pv magazine that the agency is considering a quota of 3 GW for 2019. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Major Utility Implicated In More Than A Dozen Wildfires Files For Bankruptcy” • California utility Pacific Gas and Electric has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It faces billions of dollars in potential damages and fines stemming from liability in 2017 and 2018 wildfires. PG&E has secured $5.5 billion for operations while it restructures. [Ars Technica]

California wildfire (Karl Mondon | Digital First
Media | The Mercury News via Getty Images)

¶ “The Great Irony Of Climate Change Politics Is Red States Face More Pain” • Climate change will impose the greatest economic losses on Republican-leaning areas of the country that are almost uniformly resisting new efforts to combat it, a sweeping new study from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program shows. [CNN]

¶ “FPL’s Solar Generation Surpasses 1,000 MW” • Florida Power & Light has fourteen solar plants in commercial operation today, and it has four more solar plants that are just days away from completion. During the early afternoon of Friday, January 25, output of FPL’s solar portfolio reached a record total with 1,000 MW generated. [Energy Digital]

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