Archive for March 9th, 2019

March 9 Energy News

March 9, 2019


¶ “Cars Are Killing Us. It’s Time For What’s Next” • Guardian contributor George Monbiot had an epiphany. “I’m struck by the amazing variety of ways in which cars have ruined our lives,” he wrote, referring to the cancers, asthma attacks, and obesity epidemics caused in whole or in part by relying on pollution spewing transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic in Moscow

¶ “Why The Green New Deal Cuts Consumer Energy Costs And Unemployment” • Critics claim that the Green New Deal is unaffordable. We conclude the opposite is true: the benefits of clean energy greatly exceed the costs. Similar findings that 100% renewable energy systems are low cost come from ten other independent research groups. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “If You Blinked, You Missed The Big News About Biofuel And The Bioeconomy” • A laundry list of federal agencies has just released a report billed as a “framework for advancing the bioeconomy.” The report is a roadmap for promoting biofuel and bioproducts that could kill coal and shrink the market for oil and natural gas, too. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Storage Is Being Made Cheaper With Hemp Waste” • Alternet Systems, a company dedicated to energy storage and EV tech, has purchased land in New York to grow and process hemp as a component in supercapacitors, a form of energy storage that can be charged much faster than lithium-ion or any other type of battery. [EarthTechling]

¶ “Winter Rain On Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Not Supposed To Happen But It’s Becoming More Frequent, Scientists Say” • It should not rain in winter in Greenland, but winter rain is becoming increasingly common on parts of its ice sheet. This leads to rapid ice melt events and is priming the ice for future melting, a study says. [The Weather Channel]

Greenland’s ice


¶ “Global Wind Energy Council And World Bank To Cooperate On New Offshore Wind Development” • The Global Wind Energy Council and the World Bank Group announced plans to cooperate on efforts to develop new offshore wind in emerging markets. The potential for many countries is huge. Vietnam’s is estimated at 309 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund To Divest From Oil And Gas Exploration Stocks” • Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, with investments totaling $1 trillion under management. It announced that it will phase out oil and gas exploration companies from its portfolio. [CleanTechnica]

North Sea oil platform

¶ “Turkish Supreme Court Blocks Coal Plant, As Wave Of New Projects Stalls” • Turkey’s highest administrative court blocked a major coal power plant on the Black Sea coast, in a victory for environmentalists. The Council of State ruled Hema Elektrik’s environmental impact assessment for the 1,320-MW project was inadequate. [Climate Home]


¶ “Boring Company Gets Nod From Las Vegas Authorities” • The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority decided to choose The Boring Company to develop an underground tunnel loop that will use autonomous vehicles to shuttle visitors around the Las Vegas Convention Center, The loop will be 2 miles across when completed. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Autonomous Shuttle

¶ “Pine Ridge Turbines Spin In Michigan” • DTE Energy has started commercial operations at the 161-MW Pine Ridge wind farm in Michigan. The 65-turbine project was developed and built by Invenergy, with ownership transferring to DTE on completion. Construction generated 250 jobs from 22 different Michigan companies. [reNEWS]

¶ “How One Small City Sowed The Seeds For Its Own Green New Deal” • How the little city of Holyoke, with just 40,000 people, went from having the last coal-powered plant in Massachusetts to laying claim to its largest solar farm might prove a valuable blueprint as more cities and states set goals for 100% renewable energy. [CBS News]

Mt Tom coal plant on the Connecticut River

¶ “An Illinois Bill Leans Into The Most Contentious Part Of The Green New Deal” • Though moving away from fossil fuels will cost jobs in those industries, we have not seen much in the way of climate policies that address social justice. Illinois is weighing a 100% renewable energy bill that includes jobs, equity, and social justice. [Vox]

¶ “Federal Funds To Help Turn Virginia Coal Mine Into Solar Farm” • A groundbreaking project to “re-energize” a coal mine deep in southwestern Virginia as a solar farm was green-lighted with the full $500,000 in federal funds the developers had requested late last year. The project will provide up to 3.5 MW of power. [Energy News Network]

Installing a solar system (Oregon Department
of Transportation | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Michael Bloomberg Launches “Beyond Carbon” Campaign To Shut Down All Remaining Power Plants in the US” • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that instead of a presidential bid, he will put his energy into a campaign called Beyond Carbon. A goal is to shut down every coal-fired power plant in the US by 2030. [Green Matters]

¶ “Nuclear Regulators To Hear Dispute Over Cooling Canals At Turkey Point Reactors” • Nuclear regulators dismissed many environmental complaints, including whether Florida Power and Light used adequate sea rise projections, but they agreed to hear arguments over whether FPL fully considered cooling towers as an alternative to canals. [Miami Herald]

Have an entirely pleasant day.

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