Archive for March 12th, 2019

March 12 Energy News

March 12, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Will Make A Walk In The Woods A Much Rarer Pleasure” • Fires and drought exacerbated by climate change make new growth difficult for some species, especially in low-elevation forests, a research study says. Some forests in the western US have crossed “a critical climate threshold for post-fire tree generation.” [CNN]

Seventeen years after the Canyon Ferry Complex Fire

¶ “‘Wildly Fluctuating Forecasts’ And Flooding – A Common Theme Of Climate Change” • David Vallee, NOAA hydrologist-in-charge at the NE River Forecast Center, described NOAA’s climate data and put it into a relevant perspective. Vallee analyzed today’s “wildly fluctuating forecasts” as a symptom of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen Fuels Rockets, But What About Power For Daily Life? We’re Getting Closer” • Australia’s federal coalition government has opened public consultation on a national hydrogen strategy. Labor has also pledged to set aside funding to develop clean hydrogen. A key question to be answered is whether Australia is ready. [Phys.org]

NASA space launch (NASA image)

¶ “Air Carbon Capture’s Scale Problem: 11 Astrodomes For A Ton Of CO₂” • Air carbon capture continues to get written about as if it is an interesting technology that will play a significant role in reducing global warming. The trouble is, with 100% effective technology you would need to filter 11 Houston Astrodomes of air just to get a single ton of CO₂. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Renewables Made Up Almost 65% Of Net Power Production In Germany Last Week” • Renewable energy had a 64.8% share of electricity generation, according to solar research institute Fraunhofer ISE. The achievement was mainly due to strong production from wind facilities. Windpower supplied 48.8% of the electricity. [pv magazine International]

Renewables (Image: Naturstrom AG)

¶ “Labour Vows 50,000 Scottish Green Jobs” • Labour said it would create up to 50,000 new green jobs in Scotland as part of “Green Industrial Revolution,” at a party conference. Expanding onshore wind would produce 20,000 jobs, offshore wind would create 15,000, and a UK-wide energy efficiency program would provide 15,000. [reNEWS]

¶ “East England Leads UK Offshore Pack” • Almost 4 GW of offshore wind has been installed off the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk in east England. That is 52% of the UK’s current 7.5 GW of installed capacity of offshore windpower, the Norfolk and Suffolk Offshore Wind Cluster said. Wind farms in the area can export power to four countries. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (NSOWC image)

¶ “South Africa: Study Shows Decentralized Renewable Energy Can Improve The Grid” • A study commissioned by the South African Wind Energy Association shows huge opportunities for corporates and municipalities to go for affordable, clean electric power, such as wind and solar systems embedded in distribution networks. [Medafrica Times]

¶ “Scott Morrison Slaps Down Barnaby Joyce On Coal In Damaging Coalition Split On Energy” • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing a damaging Coalition split on energy and a bitter row on leadership after he pushed back at demands to help fund a new coal-fired power plant in Queensland. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Coal train in Australia (CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Bills Filed To Commit Florida To Transition To Renewable Energy” • A pair of bills have been filed in the Florida legislature that would mandate the state transition to renewable energy in the next thirty years. They would have Florida 100% renewably powered by 2050. This is the first time such a requirement has come before state lawmakers. [WUSF]

¶ “Largest Community Solar + Storage Installation In Massachusetts Is Now Open For Business” • The largest community solar + storage farm in Massachusetts is in operation. The 7.1-MW Happy Hollow Community Solar + Storage Farm was built at a former gravel pit in Winchendon. It includes 3.3 MWh of battery storage. [CleanTechnica]

Happy Hollow Community Solar farm (CleanChoice Energy)

¶ “Xcel Customers To Have New Option To Power Their Homes” • Xcel Energy customers in Wisconsin now have a new option to power their homes and businesses with clean wind and solar energy. Xcel says customers who subscribe will be able to secure up to 100% of their electricity from a blend of wind and solar resources. [WEAU]

¶ “$500 Million Nuclear Power Rescue Bill Introduced In Pennsylvania” • To save the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, a Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a $500 million subsidy plan that he said would give all of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power operators a long-missing economic reward for being leading carbon-free power sources. [PennLive.com]

Three Mile Island

¶ “Ohio Weighs a Nuclear Plant Bailout at FirstEnergy’s Urging. Will It Boost Renewables, Too?” • A plan to have Ohio taxpayers bail out two struggling nuclear power plants was a non-starter in the legislature just a few months ago. Now, it’s a high priority. Why? Maybe because FirstEnergy spent heavily in Republican legislative primaries. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Oregon’s Small-Scale Nuclear Company Looks To Build First Plant In Idaho” • Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems wants to build a 720-MW nuclear plant at the site of the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. It would use 12 small, modular reactors developed by NuScale to produce a little more power than the average coal plant. [OPB News]

Have a wonderfully happy day.

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