Archive for March 16th, 2019

March 16 Energy News

March 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “‘All Generations Must Fight Climate Change'” • The Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform has called on all generations to follow the lead of school children striking today to fight climate change and transition to a clean power future. Global100RE leaders said young people in more than 100 countries around the world are demonstrating. [reNEWS]

School climate strike (Credit: Jeff Green)

World:

¶ “Shell Rebukes Trump And Doubles Down On Electricity” • Royal Dutch Shell has made it clear this week that, at least publicly, it has no interest in doing business as usual. It called on the US Trump administration to tighten methane restrictions and announced it plans to be the largest power company in the world by the early 2030s. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UN Resolution Pledges To Plastic Reduction By 2030” • One hundred and seventy countries have pledged to “significantly reduce” the use of plastics by 2030. The non-binding resolution was made over throwaway items like plastic bags. An initial proposal to phase out single-use plastic by 2025 was opposed by several nations including the US. [BBC]

Plastic litter on a beach (Getty images)

¶ “BNP Paribas Announces Plans To Hasten Divestment From Coal” • The investment arm of the world’s seventh-largest bank, BNP Paribas, announced plans to implement an enhanced coal-exclusion policy. It will tighten the company’s exclusion policy on companies engaged in mining thermal coal and generating electricity from coal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Hints At Family Of Affordable EVs Based On MEB Chassis” • At a media event, Volkswagen offered more details about the portfolio of electric cars it intends to build on the MEB platform. There may be an “MEB entry family” with prices starting as low as €20,000 ($22,700) a range of around 200 km or roughly 125 miles. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen MEB Chassis

¶ “Chernobyl: The End Of A Three-Decade Experiment” • Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers has been abandoned, open mostly to scientific study. That could be about to change, as journalist Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the exclusion zone. [BBC]

US:

¶ “Renewable Power Transmission Line To Transport Energy From Iowa To Chicago” • Direct Connect Development Co seeks to construct a 2,100-MW high-voltage renewable power transmission line that would run underground from rural Iowa to the Chicago, Illinois area. The power line is to run along existing railroad tracks. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Iowa wind turbines (Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Florida Power & Light Proposes New Community Solar Program That Would Largest In The United States” • Florida Power & Light Company filed a proposal with the Florida Public Service Commission for a new community solar program. It would give customers a way to participate as Florida becomes a world leader in solar energy. [Solar Builder]

¶ “How Arkansas Eliminated Third-Party Solar Barriers In A Red State” • A Republican-sponsored bill passed in Arkansas this week is seen as a major boost for solar power as it will allow third-party financing and increase project size limits in the state. The bill was passed in the Senate with a vote of 28-2 and in the House by 83-5. [Utility Dive]

Solar array

¶ “Exelon Joins Supporters Backing 100% Clean Energy In Illinois” • Exelon says it joined environmental organizations, community leaders, business groups, and lawmakers to support legislation that will move Illinois to 100% carbon-free power for customers in northern Illinois and meet US Climate Alliance commitments. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Northern Kentucky At The Forefront Of Switching To Clean, Renewable Energy” • Kentucky is shifting to clean, renewable energy sources, and Northern Kentucky is at the forefront of that movement, thanks to efforts by Duke Energy Kentucky and Owen Electric, the major electrical energy suppliers in the region. [The Lane Report]

Duke Energy project in Kentucky

¶ “New Mexico Passes Bill To Plug Cars Into Clean Electricity” • Aside from Tesla’s Superchargers, there are only six public fast-charging locations in New Mexico. That should change soon, however, thanks to bipartisan legislation backed by Governor Lujan Grisham, which is now headed to her desk to be signed into law. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “New York Solar Power Company Investing $150 Million For Sheridan Township Project” • A New York solar power company plans to invest $150 million to install hundreds of thousands of solar panels on more than 750 acres in Sheridan Township. Ranger Power’s River Fork Solar project is planned to have a capacity of 149 MW. [Battle Creek Enquirer]

Ranger Power solar project (Photo: Provided)

¶ “Millstone Strikes Deal To Stay Open 10 More Years” • The Millstone Nuclear Power Station will stay open for another 10 years, a prospect that had been in some doubt recently even after it was selected as a winner of the final carbon-free energy competition by the Malloy administration. The announcement came just before a deadline. [CT Post]

¶ “Cooper Nuclear Station Still Operating But Preparing For Shutdown As Missouri River Hits Record Levels” • Nebraska’s lone nuclear plant prepared to shut down in the face of record rises in the Missouri River. However, as of about 6 pm, it was still operating, said Mark Becker, spokesman for the Nebraska Public Power District. [Omaha World-Herald]

Have a fantastically good day.

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