Archive for February 23rd, 2019

February 23 Energy News

February 23, 2019


¶ “The Political Divide On Coal Vs Renewables Is Fake News” • New polls show that all sorts of Americans, whether Democrats, Republicans, or independents, want to close the book on our dirtiest fossil fuel. From a political standpoint, it is harder than ever to defend coal consumption. Coal is by far the dirtiest fossil fuel we have. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

The Timber Road II Wind Farm in Ohio (Doral
Chenoweth III | The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

¶ “Why switching To A Green New Deal May Not Make Your Electric Bill Spike” • It’s a nearly religious point among climate-change skeptics, not least among them President Donald Trump: If America moves quickly to reduce carbon emissions, electric bills will spike and business will suffer. But utilities are already doing it, showing it can work. [CNBC]

¶ “SB 489 Is The Clean Energy Catalyst New Mexico Needs” • SB 489, the Energy Transition Act, is a bold proposal to set a state that is mostly coal-fired down a clean energy path. It balances the urgent hunger for what could be – clear skies, bright futures, good jobs that are built to last – with the reality of dependence on coal. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Sunrise in New Mexico

¶ “Trump’s Flood Insurance Flub Could Cost Us Billions” • It is no secret that the National Flood Insurance Program has been in trouble for a while. The NFIP has been in uninterrupted debt to the US Treasury Department since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. By 2016, the program owed taxpayers a whopping $23 billion. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hurricanes Create Natural Climate Change Labs In Puerto Rico” • The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and increasingly severe weather. Researchers have unique opportunities to see how rain forests recover. [Laboratory Equipment]

Power plant

¶ “Africa: Fitch Advises Mining Firms To Invest In Renewable Energy” • A report published by Fitch Solutions has indicated that due to the prevalence of off-grid remote mineral deposits in Sub-Saharan Africa, mining companies operating in the region should invest in renewable energy integrated into microgrid applications. [The North Africa Post]

¶ “Ørsted’s Hornsea Project Spawns Talk Of Offshore Wind Replacing Nuclear” • Danish developer Ørsted said its Hornsea One plant, a 1.2 GW installation that started delivering power to the grid this month, could help make up for a lack of planned nuclear generation in the UK, as plans for new reactors have fallen by the wayside. [Greentech Media]

Hornsea turbine (Credit: Ørsted)


¶ “As PG&E Goes Up In Flames, Renewable Energy Steps In” • Community choice aggregation entitles groups of ratepayers to band together to get more renewable energy from their local utility. With Pacific Gas & Electric in bankruptcy, however, a group of seven CCAs in California is aiming actually to become the utility. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Disney’s New 270-Acre Solar Farm Can Power Two Of Its Theme Parks” • We had news that Disney would install a 50-MW solar farm to power its theme parks last year. We now have confirmation that it has brought the new 270-acre solar farm online in Florida. The solar farm is generating power, a company statement said. [CleanTechnica]

Disney solar park in Florida

¶ “Tallahassee Targets Renewables Future” • Florida’s capital city has become the 108th in America to commit to a future powered by 100% clean energy. A resolution adopted by the Tallahassee City Commission will see Tallahassee’s municipal operations complete the shift by 2035, with the whole community getting there by 2050. [Innovators Magazine]

¶ “Climate Change Is Here. Will Tampa Bay Finally Get ready?” • A group of officials is working to figure out how the 3.1 million people who live in the coastal plain that is the Tampa Bay area should grapple with a global crisis. It may be the first time local governments have come together in a meaningful way to plan for climate change. [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay (Luis Santana | Times)

¶ “Consumers Energy Plans Another Solar Project” • Consumers Energy announced plans to develop a solar power plant in Cadillac, Michigan. The Cadillac City Council approved an agreement to allow the Michigan energy company to place solar panels on a currently vacant site that had previously been used for manufacturing. [Solar Industry]

¶ “The White House Is Going To Keep Asking The Pentagon About The Threat From Climate Change Until It Gets An Answer It Likes” • The White House is preparing to assemble a panel of experts to evaluate the threat to US national security posed by climate change, reports say. It seems not to like the reports it gets from the Pentagon. [Business Insider]

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