Archive for March 21st, 2019

March 21 Energy News

March 21, 2019


¶ “Who’s Behind Trump’s Claim The Green New Deal Will Cost $100 Trillion?” • President Trump’s claim that the Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion can be traced back to the Manhattan Institute, a think tank backed by fossil fuel investor Paul Singer and companies like ExxonMobil. The figure was a “guesstimate,” tweeted without cost analysis. [Truthout]

Real Fake (Cole Camplese, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aviation Biofuel Research Kicks Into High Gear” • Researchers at the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have published a paper in the journal Energy & Environmental Science examining ways to produce bio-jet fuel blendstocks. The multi-disciplinary team is focused on optimizing each stage of the bio-jet fuel production process. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Mount Everest: Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies” • Expedition operators are concerned as a number of climbers’ bodies are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt. Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first ascent attempt and two-thirds of bodies are thought still to be buried in the snow and ice. [BBC]

Mount Everest (Frank Bienewald)

¶ “European Policymakers Endorse Net-Zero Strategy For 2050, Stronger 2030 Targets” • Members of the European Parliament voted last week on a non-binding resolution endorsing a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050 and increasing the European Union’s 2030 target. The vote was 369 to 116, with 40 abstentions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen, Wind, And Solar Powered Yacht ‘Energy Observer’ Calls On Antwerp” • The yacht Energy Observer, the world’s first oceangoing zero emissions catamaran, arrived in Antwerp. It is its 34th port of call since it began its around the world cruise in June of 2017. People can visit to learn more about the ship and its round the world voyage. [CleanTechnica]

Energy Observer

¶ “Japanese Utility Ponders 700-MW Offshore Move” • Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power Company is participating with Renova in a feasibility study into the possibility of developing a 700-MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Japan. The Oki project would be located off the coast of Yurihonjo City in Akita prefecture. [reNEWS]


¶ “Judge: Government Must Consider Climate Change In Oil Drilling Leases” • Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas drilling on climate change, a federal judge ruled in a case involving oil leases. The order  could have significant implications for the Trump administration’s efforts to expand domestic energy production. [CNN]

Oil drilling (Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty)

¶ “GAF Energy Introduces Integrated Solar Roof & Shingle System” • Standard Industries, the largest roofing company in the world, has created a new division, GAF Energy. Its products enable traditional roofing contractors to offer a solar roof option whether they are building a new home or replacing the roof on an existing home. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arcimoto Introduces A Custom-Built Electric Vehicle For Around-Town Deliveries” • Electric vehicle company Arcimoto has reshaped its two-seat Fun Utility Vehicle into a single-seat delivery vehicle, dubbed the Deliverator. The prototype shows off the solid electric vehicle drivetrain the company has spent years perfecting. [CleanTechnica]

Arcimoto Deliverator Prototype

¶ “Majority of Livingston Residents To Receive 100% Renewable Energy” • The Township of Livingston, New Jersey, is on track to become the second municipality in the state and eighth in the country to make 100% renewable energy available to a majority of its residents after the mayor and council passed resolutions enabling the shift. []

¶ “More Good News About Solar Power & Rural Electric Cooperatives” • The rural electric cooperative movement dates back to the 1930s’ New Deal, when 9 out of 10 rural households had no electricity. Now RECs are recasting themselves as solar power leaders of the Green New Deal, before there even is a Green New Deal. [CleanTechnica]

Rural solar electric power

¶ “Smithfield Foods Adding Wind Turbines To Colorado Hog Farms” • Distributed wind developer United Wind has signed an agreement with Smithfield Foods Inc to power dozens of Smithfield hog farms in Colorado with on-site wind energy. The partnership involves more than 50 distributed wind turbines totaling 3 MW. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Nevada Senator Introduces Legislation for 50% Renewables By 2030 RPS” • Nevada lawmakers will consider legislating a higher state renewable portfolio standard, after state Senator Chris Brooks filed legislation to increase the standard to 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. That is an increase from the current goal of 25% by 2025. [Greentech Media]

Solar array at Lake Meade (Credit:

¶ “Maryland Senate Passes Solar-Powered Renewable Energy Mandate” • Maryland’s Senate passed a bill to increase the portion of electricity that utilities must source from renewable energy to 50% by 2030, including 14.5% from solar by 2028. This would be an extension of the state’s current mandate of 25% by 2020. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Trump To Finalize $3.7 Billion In Aid For Troubled Nuclear Plant” • The Trump administration will finalize $3.7 billion in loan guarantees to Southern Co and its partners who are building a troubled nuclear reactor project in Georgia, the last of its kind under construction in the US, according to two people familiar with the matter. [Bloomberg]

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