February 9 Energy News

February 9, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “America’s Green New Deal Is Going To Happen At State, Not Federal Level” • While US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution for a clean energy package at the federal level, legislation has been tabled in six states aiming to implement 80-100% clean energy by 2050 or earlier. [pv magazine Australia]

Green New Deal (Senate Democrats, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Way To Power Electric Cars: ‘Refillable Technology'” • Researchers at Purdue University say they have a new way of powering electric cars, which they call “refillable technology.” It uses one liquid electrolytes and a sacrificial anode that is replaced at 3,000 mile intervals. The technology has been tested and is being commercialized. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pace Of Global Warming Slows, Says Schroders Climate Progress Dashboard” • Global asset manager Schroders has published the latest update of its Climate Progress Dashboard. It concluded that the pace of global warming has slowed marginally thanks to higher carbon prices and increased political ambition to tackle climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Cloud and sunbeams

¶ “2018 Was One Of The Hottest Years On Record And This Year Could Be Even Hotter” • All five of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last five years, global temperature data released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows. And signs are that 2019 will fit with that trend. [Phys.Org]

World:

¶ “Drones, Seeds, And Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky” • DroneSeed is on a mission to “make reforestation scalable,” and it is making progress on the goal. The company has signed a contract with The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest land conservation organization, to work on rangeland restoration. [CleanTechnica]

Working on a seed-planting drone (DroneSeed image)

¶ “IAEA Urges Patience For Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup” • The International Atomic Energy Agency completed its fourth review of Japan’s efforts in decommissioning and cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station since the meltdowns there. It has urged patience and public transparency as nuclear fuel debris is removed. [CleanTechnica]

Australia:

¶ “Grid-Scale Solar Power Tripled In Australia In 2018 As Renewables Met 20% Of Energy Output” • The December, 2018 Renewable Energy Index report from Green Energy Markets is out. It says large scale solar farms in Australia “really jumped out of the blocks in 2018, with generation leaping up by almost 300% on the prior year.” [CleanTechnica]

Concentrating solar (Richard Gifford, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Labor Announces Plan For 500,000 Households To Get Rooftop Solar” • New South Wales Labor announced support for a program to help 500,000 households to install rooftop solar. Owner-occupied households in NSW with a combined income of A$180,000 or less would be eligible for rebates capped at A$2,200 each. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Australia On Track For 50% Renewables By 2024, At “Zero Net Cost”” • Findings published by the Australian National University say Australia is on track to hit 50% renewable electricity in 2024 and 100% in 2032, at a net cost close to zero. The Clean Energy Council warned that federal government policy could squander the opportunity. [pv magazine International]

Wind farm in Tasmania (Ian Cochrane, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Sunrun Wins Milestone Solar, Storage Contract In ISO New England Auction” • Sunrun Inc has won a bid to deliver home solar and batteries as a source of energy capacity to grid operator ISO New England. It is the first time that home solar and battery storage has participated directly in a US wholesale capacity market, the company claims. [Solar Industry]

¶ “The USPS Takes Delivery Of First Electric Step Van From Motiv Power Systems” • California-based Motiv Power Systems has delivered the first of seven fully electric mid-sized delivery vans to the US Postal Service as part of a California Air Resources Board-funded program. The new rigs are based on Ford’s E-450 platform. [CleanTechnica]

USPS E-450

¶ “Vermont Electric Reports Energy Successes” • The Vermont Electric Cooperative reports it has successfully met, and in some cases exceeded, the first round of statewide renewable energy and fossil fuel reduction requirements under Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard, which sets targets for reducing use of fossil fuels. [Stowe Today]

¶ “Kids Climate Case Plaintiffs Ask Court To Halt New Federal Fossil Fuel Leases” • The Climate Kids, twenty-one young Americans suing the US government for knowingly exacerbating climate change, have filed a motion to stop the government from leasing out federal land and offshore areas for oil, gas, and coal extraction. [Climate Liability News]

Demonstration (Win McNamee | Getty Images)

¶ “MPSC Approves More Wind For Consumers’ Renewable Energy Plan” • The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a proposal by Consumers Energy Co to add up to 525 MW of new wind facilities to its power production portfolio. Two proposed 175-MW wind projects would begin operation this year and next. [mitechnews.com]

¶ “Grand Valley Power Sets Goal Of 60% Clean Energy By 2030” • Grand Valley Power, a not-for-profit electric cooperative in Western Colorado, has adopted one of the most aggressive environmental targets of any electric cooperative in the nation. They want to deliver a 60% clean energy mix to for its 18,000 customers by 2030. [KKCO-TV]

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