Archive for March 10th, 2019

March 10 Energy News

March 10, 2019


¶ “How Utility Companies Can Lead The Electric Car Revolution And Still Make Money” • As more electric cars take to the streets, utility companies are having to rethink their business models. Many in the industry see EVs as a threat because they do not fit nicely into the electrical grid structure they have so carefully crafted over the decades. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines

¶ “The Bogus Number At The Center Of The GOP’s Green New Deal Attacks” • Republicans claim the Green New Deal would cost $93 trillion, a number that would dwarf the economic output of every nation on Earth. The number supposedly originated with a report by a conservative think tank, American Action Forum. But it is not there. [Politico]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Thank A House Plant: Hydrogen-Based Energy Storage Inspired By Mother Nature” • The hydrogen economy of the future may be getting closer. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel are hot on the trail of a hydrogen-based energy storage system that could resolve at least two significant obstacles: safety and cost. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Dewa To Build 4,000-MWh Solar Plant For Dubai’s Museum Of The Future” • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will design, construct, and operate a 4,000-MWh solar PV plant to provide renewable energy for Museum of the Future, an under-construction development in the city designed to meet LEED Platinum rating. [Construction Week Online]

¶ “Haiti: The University Planning A Green Revolution” • North Haiti Christian University is a place where students learn about sustainable agriculture. In a country where deforestation earns as many superlatives as poverty, it has had a generations-long ban on tree felling on its 19-acre campus. This produced a haven for rare, endemic birds. [BBC]

Hispaniolan parakeet (Michael McGovern)

¶ “Masdar’s Expanding Renewable Energy Portfolio Of 4 GW On Display At Intersolar Middle East Conference” • Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, announced that its renewable energy portfolio has grown by 33% over the past year, reaching 4 GW of clean energy in operation and under development across 25 countries. [ZAWYA]

¶ “Unlocking Japan’s Geothermal Energy Potential” • How Japan can meet its future energy needs is not necessarily something you think about while enjoying a nice long soak in a hot-spring bath. But renewable energy sources such as geothermal have been getting more attention since the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. [The Japan Times]

Steam rising at Beppu, a hot-spring resort city (Getty Images)

¶ “Clean Energy For Africa By Africans Makes Appearance In South Sudan” • Ugandan-based Aptech Africa planned, installed and commissioned a 79-kW ground mounted solar PV power system, which feeds a SustainPower 125-kWh lithium-ion storage system. It is the first off-grid solar-battery hybrid power system in South Sudan. [ESI Africa]

¶ “As Japan’s Leader, Junichiro Koizumi Backed Nuclear Power. Now He’s A Major Foe.” • Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006, has come out of retirement to join a battle against entrenched business and political interests he had tangled with in the past. He has a new catchphrase: “Zero nuclear power.” [Washington Post]

Bags of waste from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
accident (Shiho Fukada for The Washington Post)


¶ “Study Finds Dumping Coal Would Bring US In Line With Paris Climate Accord Goals” • A study by the physics, economics, and system science departments at Portland State University says that the US could meet the Paris Accord commitments it made in 2015 simply by eliminating coal as a source of electrical energy by 2024. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Attis Industries To Expand NY Ethanol Production, Add More Renewables” • Attis Industries announced plans to build a green tech campus near its ethanol plant in Fulton, New York. Attis is looking to buy land to set up a bio-refinery and a biodiesel plant, which could use as feedstock the corn extract produced from the ethanol facility. [Renewables Now]

Ethanol plant (Jim Parkin |

¶ “Lawmakers Consider Proposal To Support Green New Deal Study” • Rhode Island lawmakers are considering resolutions to release the findings of a study on the state impact of the national Green New Deal. Research council project manager Michael Roles says they hope to have a report ready for legislators by May 15. [Boston Herald]

¶ “To Conserve And Protect: Vermont Land Trust Takes On New Significance In The Age Of Global Warming ” • Already, much of Vermont’s ecologically sensitive land has been set aside for protection. Vermont has one of the nation’s highest rates of land conservation, with 10% of all privately held land protected for future generations. [Seven Days]

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