February 3 Energy News

February 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How To Change The Minds Of Climate Deniers” • Recent polls have found the number of people who believe climate change is real has increased considerably. What convinced them? To learn more about climate change converts, researchers at Yale and George Mason crunched the numbers from a blend of responses to surveys. [The Guardian]

Converted by experience (Massimo Rumi | Barcroft Images)

¶ “Why NextEra Energy Continues To Bet Big On Renewables” • For NextEra Energy, renewables have long been a source of profitable growth. The company’s early focus on renewables has enabled it to expand its earnings at nearly triple the rate of its peers, which has helped it consistently generate market-beating returns. [Motley Fool]

World:

¶ “BYD Kicks Off European Electric Truck Campaign In Spain” • BYD intends to be a major player in the market for heavy-duty electric vehicles in Europe. Already a leader in the production of electric buses on the Continent, with one factory in France and second factory in Hungary, it now says it is ready to move into electric trucks. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric vehicles

¶ “Kazakhstan To Launch Sixteen Renewable Energy Facilities In 2019” • Sixteen renewable energy facilities will be launched in Kazakhstan in 2019, the Minister of Energy announced at the reporting meeting with the Community Council under the Ministry, Kazinform reports. The renewable energy sector is attracting investment. [inform.kz]

¶ “Renewables Turning Into A Steady Movement In Iran” • Renewables are steadily gaining traction in Iran. The quest for a cleaner, greener and more self-sustaining future is now turning out to be quite a movement, though needing a harder push. The government is seeking to increase the renewable capacity to 5,000 MW by 2022. [Mehr News Agency]

Renewable energy in Iran

¶ “Utility May Introduce AI For Safety Of Reactors” • A Japanese electric power company is considering introducing artificial intelligence to detect signs of problems at nuclear reactors. The AI-based system is expected to be a solution for the shortage of experienced operators that has developed since plants were closed after the Fukushima Disaster. [NHK WORLD]

US:

¶ “Indiana Is A Top 10 Coal State – And It’s Waving Helloooo There! To Renewable Energy” • Indiana ranks among the top 10 in the US for coal production. Coal also factors heavily into energy consumption in Indiana. That has begun to change since Trump took office. Now, utilities, businesses, and customers are switching to renewables. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in corn country

¶ “Opposition To Tri-State Brews Among Electric Cooperatives” • In a first-of-its-kind meeting, over fifty member-owners, trustees, and activists from New Mexico and Colorado rural electric cooperatives discussed renewable energy and their co-ops’ working relationship with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. [Rio Grande Sun]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is Most Loved Car In USA – New Consumer Reports Owner Survey” • Each year, Consumer Reports conducts surveys of car owners. A key metric it uncovers is how satisfied owners are with their cars. The latest of these owner surveys shows that the Tesla Model 3 is now the most loved car in the USA. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model X

¶ “Glidepath Changes Plans From Fossil Fuel Generators To Battery-Only For Town Of Ulster Project” • GlidePath Development submitted a modified plan for a proposed grid support center in the Town of Ulster, New York. It switches from a hybrid configuration using natural gas and utility-scale batteries to using batteries only. [Mid-Hudson News]

¶ “Climate Misinformation Researchers Throw Support Behind California Communities Suing Fossil Fuel Companies” • Six researchers studying climate misinformation filed one of eight friend-of-the-court briefs in a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of communities suing fossil fuel companies for climate damages. [DeSmog]

Rally for science (DeSmog image)

¶ “Wind Powers Employment, Education In West Texas” • West Texas is no stranger to the energy industry; for nearly 100 years, West Texas has been leading the way in oil and gas. Now it has a new opportunity to lead the country. In the West Texas region, few industries are more clearly a crucial player in that future than wind energy. [ReporterNews.com]

¶ “Brown Offsetting All Electric Usage With Solar, Wind Power” • Brown University has finalized agreements with two developers that will produce enough wind and solar power to offset all of the electric usage on its Providence campus. The pair of projects being developed in Rhode Island and Texas will be operating by 2020. [The Providence Journal]

Have a consummately cheery day.

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