March 15 Energy News

March 15, 2019


¶ “Fighting Climate Change And Embracing Renewables” • Fighting climate change is no longer an expensive hobby for the rich. Rather, embracing renewables will make everybody richer, says the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities, and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt. Denmark has reduced its emissions a lot as its economy grew. [Open Access Government]


Science and Technology:

¶ “New Fuel Cell Material Can Run Efficiently In Reverse, Storing Energy” • Researchers have developed a fuel cell that can be run efficiently in both directions, either using hydrogen or methane to produce electricity or using electricity to produce these fuels. Their measurements suggest that they get 75% efficiency in a cycle. [Ars Technica]


¶ “Global Climate Strikes Are Happening Now. Young Environmental Activists Skip School In A Call To Action.” • Tens of thousands of students in over 100 countries and 1,500 cities worldwide are walking out of class and piling into the streets, demanding that world leaders take action on a threat to their survival – climate change. [CNN]

Climate strike in Wellington, New Zealand

¶ “An Open Letter Endorsing The Global School Strike For Climate” • More than 240 scientists have already signed a document supporting students around the world in their demand for bold action to make sure the world they grow up in is livable. This article contains the text of that open letter by climate scientists. [Scientific American]

¶ “UK’s First Offshore Wind Farm To Be Decommissioned” • E.ON Energy announced that the 4-MW Blyth Offshore Wind Farm will be decommissioned beginning in April. It was the first wind farm in UK waters and has of two turbines. Since it was installed in 2000, E.ON has built 1.5 GW of wind capacity off the UK coast. [CleanTechnica]

Blyth Offshore Wind Farm (E.ON Energy image)

¶ “GE Installs World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine In The Netherlands, The 5.3-MW Cypress” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it has successfully installed and begun operations of the world’s largest onshore wind turbine, the Cypress 5.3-MW prototype. The new Cypress turbines are designed to produce over 20 GWh per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “International Energy Agency Sees No Peak Oil In Sight, US To Lead Oil Supply Growth” • The International Energy Agency sees no peak in oil demand and expects the US will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years, it said in its most recent annual oil market forecast. The IEA also forecasts growth among other countries. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack

¶ “German Storage Sector Hits €5 Billion” • The German energy storage industry’s turnover has reached €5 billion ($5.66 billion). This is an increase of 9% over 2017, according to figures released by national trade body BVES. The association said the industry also grew by 9% in terms of people employed, which now stands at 12,100. [reNEWS]

¶ “Welsh Think Tank Unveils Plan For 100% Renewable Energy By 2035” • The Welsh think tank Institute of Welsh Affairs has published the report “A plan for Wales’ renewable energy future: essential actions to re-energize Wales by 2035.” It provides a look into ways Wales could make the transition to 100% renewable energy. [Power Technology]

Welsh wind farm (Credit: Gareth Lovering Photography)

¶ “Japan Court Rejects Bid To Shut Shikoku Electric Nuclear Reactor” • A branch of the Yamaguchi District Court rejected a lawsuit to shut down Shikoku Electric Power Co’s only operating nuclear reactor, Kyodo News reported. The 890-MW reactor was restarted on October 27 of last year and is currently running at full capacity. []


¶ “San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy And Job Creation” • A report by Renewable Energy World says San Francisco may buy the grid infrastructure left behind by PG&E to serve as the backbone for a new full service municipal utility. Its principal goals will be bringing 100% renewable energy to the city and creating jobs. [CleanTechnica]

San Francisco

¶ “Musk Adds New Model Y To Electric Car Line-Up” • Tesla has launched its latest car, the Model Y, its second mass-market electric vehicle. The first release is a long-range version with a price tag of $47,000 (€41,500, £35,489). CEO Elon Musk said a standard-range model priced at $39,000 would be available in 2021. [BBC]

¶ “Money Talks: US Clean Energy Jobs Outnumber Fossil Fuel Jobs 3-To-1” • The US economy still added 110,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector in 2018, including clean energy, clean vehicles, and energy efficiency. That brought US clean energy jobs to 3.26 million last year, almost three times the number of fossil fuel jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Clean energy worker

¶ “Renewable Energy Reduces The Highest Electric Rates In The Nation” • Coal is the primary fuel source for Midwest electric utilities. Michigan Technological University researchers found that increasing renewable energy and consumer access to distributed generation sources can save Michigan electric consumers money. []

¶ “Creation Of Panel Disputing Climate Change Causes White House Infighting” • Plans to create a White House panel to dispute established climate science are facing sharp opposition from within the building, according to Myron Ebell, who led the Trump transition team for the EPA. He acknowledged resistance to the plan. [Press of Atlantic City]

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