January 31 Energy News

January 31, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Key To Winning Victories Against Big Oil? Perseverance” • Vermont’s Middlebury College announced that it was divesting its fossil fuel holdings. That might not seem so newsworthy, as Middlebury is just one of many divesting colleges, but it is one of the first to reverse course. Six years ago the college flatly rejected divestment. [The Guardian]

Solar trackers in South Burlington (Photo: Toby Talbot | AP)

¶ “Those Damn Youngsters Won’t Shut Up About Climate Change. That’s A Good Thing.” • Young people are getting motivated. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg said, “We need to hold the older generations accountable for the mess they have created, and expect us to live with. It is not fair that we have to pay for what they have caused.” [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘American Dying’ Cooled Earth’s Climate” • Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth’s climate, scientists from University College London say. The disruption that followed European settlement led to agricultural land being replaced by forest, pulling CO₂ from the atmosphere. [BBC]

Ice core used to study historic CO₂ (Heidi Roop | NSF)

World:

¶ “UK Military Base To Go Green With 95% Renewable Energy” • Home to the frontline squadrons of the RAF’s elite Tornado Force, RAF Marham is set to become the first British military base to run nearly entirely on green energy. Over 95% of its electricity is to be fuelled by the anaerobic digestion of locally grown crops. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “1,600 EV Charge Points To Be Installed In Berlin” • An initiative called ‘Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft’ which translates roughly into ‘Immediate Clean Air Program,’ is working to install more than 1,600 EV charge points in the streets of the German capital. It is part of a larger effort to decrease pollution in German cities. [CleanTechnica]

Berlin

¶ “Saudi Arabia Unveils $1.5 Billion Renewable Energy Projects” • Saudi Arabia launched the second phase of its renewable energy program, including seven solar projects worth $1.5 billion, according to a report in Arab News. The total generating capacity will be 1.51 GW, which is enough to power 226,500 households, the report said. [Gulf Digital News]

¶ “Corporate Wind Energy PPAs Are Booming Say WindEurope” • Companies around Europe have now signed nearly 5 GW of power purchase agreements with wind farms, almost equivalent to Denmark’s total wind energy capacity. PPAs give industry long-term energy supply at fixed-prices. Most contracts are around 15 years. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind power in the Netherlands

¶ “Murray-Darling River Authority Accused Of ‘Ignoring Climate Science’ For Mass Fish Deaths” • A Royal Commission accused the authority that oversees Australia’s largest river system of “gross negligence,” “maladministration,” and ignoring climate science, as its water was covered with hundreds of thousands of dead fish. [Prothom Alo English]

¶ “Biggest Solar Project Yet Gets Half Billion In Funding” • The US-based Gideon Group announced its intention to invest $488 million in a 135-MW solar plant in Cambodia. Gideon Group’s president said the Kandal solar project is being developed by Inner Renewable Energy (Cambodia) with the support of the government. [Khmer Times]

Solar system (May Titthara | KT)

¶ “Europe’s Transition From Hard Coal To Renewables Accelerating: Report” • Renewable energy is on the increase in the EU, and the use of coal has fallen 30% from what it was in 2012, according to The European Power Sector in 2018 report. Lignite coal, however, is proving more difficult to phase out than hard coal. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ “EDF Signs Contract With NYSERDA For Morris Ridge Solar Project” • EDF Renewables North America signed an agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for its Morris Ridge Solar Project. The 212-MW DC (170-MW AC) project also includes a 20-MW energy storage component. [Power Technology]

Solar panels (Credit: Zbynek Burival on Unsplash)

¶ “NextEra, Nebraska Farmers Aim To Build Largest Solar Farm In The Midwest” • NextEra Energy Resources is seeking an interconnection agreement for a solar project in Nebraska that is to be one of the country’s largest. The 423-MW project is in early stages of development and it depends largely on the cost of  grid connections. [Energy News Network]

¶ “GE ‘Created The Energy Industry’, Now Its Cementing A Place In Its Future” • GE is rebuilding its clean energy business by combining its renewables, energy storage, and grid infrastructure units. The reorganization that it is pursuing makes so much sense that one of the few questions the announcement raises is why did it take so long? [Forbes]

GE wind turbine (Taylor Weidman | © 2016 Bloomberg)

¶ “New Mexico’s New Governor Announces Climate Policy Commitments” • Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, has formally ordered New Mexico to join the US Climate Alliance, fully embracing the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement. She also ordered the creation of a New Mexico Climate Change Task Force. [North American Windpower]

¶ “VC Summer Project Officially Dead” • The project to build two additional nuclear reactors in South Carolina is finally dead, officially. The utility’s board had been looking for a new partner to keep the plant going. They voted unanimously to give up the license to build it. It has produced no electricity and has cost $9 billion. [106.3 WORD]

Have a perfectly fortunate day.

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