Archive for February 26th, 2019

February 26 Energy News

February 26, 2019


¶ “Listen To The Children: Political Miscalculations Pile Up Over The Green New Deal” • This week across the US, young people are visiting their Senators to plead for the Green New Deal. They tell personal stories about why the GND holds hope for their future, for a system of energy that is renewable, not rigged by fossil fuel billionaires. [CleanTechnica]

Bringing the protest to Senator Feinstein

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen ‘Already Cost Competitive,’ Say Researchers” • Hydrogen produced using renewable electricity is “already cost competitive” in niche applications, according to a paper published today in Nature Energy. This contrasts with other work on renewable hydrogen, which found it prohibitively expensive. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “How Artificially Brightened Clouds Could Stop Climate Change” • In June, 1991, Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, erupted. It sent 15 to 17 million tonnes of ash and sulfates into the atmosphere, reflecting some of the sunlight back into space. The result was that the average global temperature that year dropped by 0.6° C. [BBC]

Mount Pinatubo (Credit: Alamy)


¶ “Siemens Enters Residential Storage Market With Junelight Smart Battery” • German industrial giant Siemens announced that it was entering the residential battery storage market with the introduction of its new Junelight Smart Battery, which is intended to meet the needs of private homes generating and storing their own energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France Betting Big On Batteries With €700 Million Investment” • The French government sees a battery-powered future and is betting big on it with news that it will invest €700 million in the manufacturing of battery cells for electric vehicles over the next 5 years. The news came from French President Emmanuel Macron. [CleanTechnica]

Eiffel Tower

¶ “Germany Ditches Fossil Fuels And Looks To Renewable Energy” • Germany, one of the largest consumers of coal, has decided to shut down all its coal-fired plants by 2038. To make this a reality will require an investment of around $45 billion. Germany had earlier decided to shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022. [Power Technology]

¶ “Total Eren Fills Argentine Wind Coffers” • French independent power producer Total Eren has closed $138 million financing for its 50-MW Malaspina wind farm in southern Argentina. Construction is scheduled for completion during the third quarter of 2019. The wind farm will have with 14 Senvion 3.6M114 wind turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Senvion image)

¶ “South Africa’s Economy Attracts $15 Billion Through Renewable Energy” • According to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, renewable energy procurements have created 38,701 jobs years for youth and women from the surrounding communities, and have attracted $15 billion in investment in the South African economy. [Political Analysis South Africa]

¶ “Government Funds Power Project That Relies On Massive Coal Plant Closures” • Australia’s Coalition government is backing a new power connection between Tasmania and the mainland that would be unviable unless a third of Australia’s coal-fired power capacity prematurely shuts down. Its capacity is to be 2,500 MW. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Coal-burning power plant (AP image)

¶ “Spain Targets 120 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity In 2030” • Spain will aim at 120 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2030, primarily wind and solar power. The Spanish government approved the national integrated energy and climate plan, which would have renewables provide 42% of energy consumption in 2030. [Renewables Now]


¶ “Bernie Sanders Says Climate Change Is An ‘Existential Crisis'” • Democratic presidential candidate Sen Bernie Sanders said climate change is an existential crisis that will impact generations to come. He advocated for a complete overhaul of the US energy system away from fossil fuel. He said climate change is a human rights issue. [CNN]

Bernie Sanders (CNN screen shot)

¶ “New Report From Environmental Group Details Reduced Enforcement At EPA” • There has been a drastic drop in the enforcement of environmental regulations by the EPA under the Trump administration, according to a report the advocacy group Environmental Integrity Project will issue to the US Congress today. [CNN]

¶ “City Takes Big Step Towards Energy Independence, Possible Lower Rates” • San Diego’s City Council voted 7-2 to move forward with a bold plan for energy independence. They authorized the mayor to negotiate the creation of a public agency that would buy electrical power for city residents through community aggregation. [NBC 7 San Diego]

Solar farm (PSE&G image)

¶ “California’s $100 Million 2019 Low Income Solar Program Near Roll Out” • California’s investor-owned utilities are preparing to spend up to $100 million this year bringing solar to low income buildings. The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program is expected to launch this spring or summer, its administrator said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Still Has No Place For Spent Nuclear Fuel, So Maine Yankee’s Owner Gets Millions” • For the fourth time since 1998, a federal judge has awarded the owners of the Maine Yankee, Connecticut Yankee, and Yankee Rowe nuclear power plants millions of dollars for the federal government’s failure to remove spent nuclear fuel. [Press Herald]

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