Archive for March 6th, 2019

March 6 Energy News

March 6, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Heat Waves As Deadly As Forest Fires Sweep Through World’s Oceans” • It is well known that the oceans are warming, but a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change is the first to examine ocean heat waves that last five days or more. The ocean heat waves are compared to “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest.” [CleanTechnica]

Ocean heat waves (Nature Climate Change via The Guardian)

¶ “Researchers Discover Efficient Way Of Producing Hydrogen To Power Electric Cars” • A team of researchers from the Chemistry Department of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, has found a way to safely, cleanly and efficiently produce hydrogen gas that can be used to power the next generation of electric vehicles. [UMass Lowell]


¶ “Italy Could Be Forced To Import Olive Oil Because Of Extreme Weather” • Italy could soon be forced to import olive oil to stem a dramatic decline in production, a climate scientist has warned, as extreme weather events wreak havoc with harvests and threaten a shortage of one of the country’s most essential culinary products. [CNN]

Farmer checking olives (Tiziana Fab | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Which Airline Is Best For Carbon Emissions?” • EasyJet has come top of the league for airlines trying to cut carbon emissions to tackle climate change, a report from the London School of Economics suggests. EasyJet’s aircraft are expected to be emitting 75 g of CO₂ per passenger km by 2020, compared with 172 g for Korean Air. [BBC]

¶ “ABB To Supply Drive And Energy Storage Technologies For New Electric Ferry” • ABB was selected to supply drive and energy storage technologies for Iceland’s first electrified ferry. The 70-meter long vessel will be powered by a mind-boggling 3,000-kWh battery pack. A diesel generator will serve only to supply backup power. [CleanTechnica]

Iceland’s first electric ferry (Image by Polarkonsult)

¶ “VDA Projects $68 Billion Investment In Electric And Autonomous Cars” • Verband der Automobilindustrie, an association of German automakers, says they will, as a group, invest $68 billion over the next three years in electric and autonomous vehicle development. They expect to offer over 100 models of EVs by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oslo Is (Almost) Car-Free And Likes It That Way” • The Oslo city center is almost entirely car-free after eliminating parking spots and banning cars on certain streets. The Norwegian capital has removed about 750 street-side parking spots in the city center. It has replaced them with bike lanes, benches, greenery, and parks. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Top BP Manager: We Should Take Climate Change Seriously” • Companies in the world and the oil and gas industry need to start tackling in earnest climate change, Spencer Dale, group chief economist at supermajor BP, told The Washington Post in an interview. “All the climate arguments are real, urgent and important,” Dale said. []

¶ “Nuclear Power Comeback In Japan Impacting LNG Imports” • A resurgence of nuclear power in Japan will likely cut into its LNG imports this year, according to a new report by the US Energy Information Administration. Last year, Japan restarted five of the nuclear reactors shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Japanese nuclear reactor


¶ “Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model” • A project to build a solar+storage community microgrid within the Montecito, California, fire district is being developed as a national model for other communities across the country, according to the Clean Coalition and the World Business Academy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New bill would transition Florida to 100% renewable energy by 2050” • Two Florida lawmakers want all the energy used in the Sunshine State to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2050. State Rep Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, and Sen José Javier Rodríguez, D-Miami, have filed identical bills, HB 1291 and SB 1762. [Creative Loafing Tampa]

Solar array (Photo via Adobe Images)

¶ “Amazon Day: Less Deliveries, Less Emissions, Less Boxes” • Amazon Prime members now have the option to schedule all package deliveries to come together, once a week on a day of their choosing. The “Amazon Day” service is a new, voluntary way to cut down your carbon footprint by cut down on delivery trips. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “More Utilities Make Big Commitments To Climate Action” • MidAmerican Energy will sell electricity generated from 100% renewable energy by 2020. The Platte River Power Authority pledged to provide 100% carbon-free energy by 2030. And Xcel Energy committed to eliminating 100% of its carbon emissions by 2050. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Wind farm (US DOE image)

¶ “Wyoming Passes Coal Support Bill In Spate Of Western Action To Save Ailing Plants” • The energy proposals across the West illustrate how state lawmakers are responding to the market transition away from coal power in the face of inaction from the White House. A Wyoming bill is designed to save coal plants that would otherwise retire. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Maryland Legislators Push For Increase In Renewable Energy, Jobs” • Maryland legislators have high hopes for passing a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standards to 50% by 2030 and setting a plan in action to raise the standard to 100% by 2040, along with aiming to increase numbers of jobs in the renewable energy sector. [Baltimore Sun]

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