March 1 Energy News

March 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Why Do Republicans No Longer Care About Democracy, The US Constitution, Christian Morals, National Security, The Rule Of Law, The FBI, The CIA, Honesty, And US Debt?” • Just about everything at the top of the ideological list for Republicans five to ten years ago is now trampled on by Republican leaders in Washington DC. [CleanTechnica]

Possible part of the answer (NIOSH, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Earth’s Fish Are Disappearing Because Of Climate Change, Study Says” • Climate change is endangering fish worldwide, shrinking populations by up to 35% in coastal regions near China and Japan, scientists say. Ocean warming has led to a 4% global decline in sustainable catches, according to a study published in the journal Science. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Australia Experiences Hottest Summer On Record” • Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months. The warm weather was 2.14°C (3.85°F) above the long-term average. [BBC]

Summer in Australia (EPA Image)

¶ “Water Utility Taps Ørsted For Offshore Power” • Ørsted has signed an agreement with Northumbrian Water enabling the 573-MW Race Bank offshore wind farm to supply 30% of the UK water company’s renewable energy demand. The 10-year deal is the first power purchase agreement of its kind in the UK, according to Ørsted. [reNEWS]

¶ “Canada Tidal Makes Waves” • Sustainable Marine Energy has generated first power from its Plat-I tidal platform in the Grand Passage of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. The developer said it has satisfied the requirements set out by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to commence operation. [reNEWS]

Schottel tidal turbines (Sustainable Marine Energy image)

¶ “RWE Strikes Northwester 2 Power Deal” • RWE’s supply and trading arm has signed a deal for all the electricity generated by Parkwind’s 219-MW Northwester 2 wind farm off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Northwester 2 will consist of 23 MHI Vestas V164 turbines and will produce 800 GWh of renewable electricity annually. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Senate Confirms Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler To Lead EPA” • The Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, to lead the EPA, in a 52-47 vote primarily along party lines. Wheeler has been acting administrator since July, when former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid a host of ethics controversies. [CNN]

Andrew Wheeler

¶ “Tesla Finally Opens Up Ordering On The $35,000 Standard Range Model 3” • The Standard Range Model 3 will come to the market with the expected 220 miles of range and be available at the $35,000 price point. With the federal, state, and local rebates, that makes the new Standard Range Tesla Model 3 affordable for many people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Aggressive Clean Energy Bill Would Push Illinois To 100% Renewables By 2050” • An ambitious energy bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, has been  introduced in both chambers of the Illinois legislature. It would mandate the state shift to entirely renewable energy by mid-century with an emphasis on job creation and equity. [Energy News Network]

Illinois Statehouse

¶ “Toledo Voters Approve Lake Erie Bill Of Rights” • Voters in Toledo, Ohio, voted by 61% to 39% to approve the so-called Lake Erie Bill Of Rights, a declaration that the lake, which supplies drinking water to Toledo and many surrounding communities, has the legal right to be protected from harm from human activity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California’s San Bernardino County Slams The Brakes On Big Solar Projects” • California’s largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land. Some Residents say they do not want renewable energy projects industrializing their rural desert communities. [Los Angeles Times]

Solar project (Allen J Schaben | Los Angeles Times)

¶ “Saratoga Wind Farm Now Delivering Clean Energy” • Madison Gas and Electric’s 66-MW Saratoga Wind Farm is now fully operational and delivering sustainable, carbon-free energy to the electric grid. The wind farm is located near Saratoga, Iowa, about 200 miles west of the area served by the Madison, Wisconsin, utility. [Associated Press]

¶ “New Budget Bill Rescues NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System” • NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System was not explicitly funded in the budget and the Trump administration was set to let it die. Explicit funding was included in the latest budget bill, however, that bill has passed in both the House and the Senate, and the president signed it into law. [Eos]

USDA worker in Alaska (USDA photo)

¶ “To Save Lobsters, Maine Piles Into States Eyeing 100% Renewables” • Maine, warning that global warming is a threat to its lobsters, just joined the growing chorus of states pledging to get all of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Gov Janet Mills said her state is already seeing damage from climate change first hand. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Trump Administration Maintains That Nuclear And Clean Coal Are The Climate Solution” • Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that clean coal technology and nuclear power are the way to reduce emissions and face down global warming, using the added authority of the International Energy Agency director to bolster that position. [Washington Examiner]

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