Archive for March 24th, 2019

March 24 Energy News

March 24, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Propaganda, Politics, And The Environment” • Democratic systems can fail when those in the position of making and maintaining laws, the politicians, put their personal ends before the society that the system was originally built to benefit. They use propaganda to achieve their ends. Democracy in America is failing because of it. [CleanTechnica]

A “Torch of freedom” that kills one in five people

¶ “Floods Show Security Threat Posed By Climate Change” • The Missouri River floodwaters surging on to the air base housing the US military’s Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. It is a reminder that the kind of weather extremes escalating with climate change are not limited to the coasts. [Sumter Item]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wow: US Government Warns There’s A Spring Flood Risk For Two-Thirds Of The Lower 48” • Historic floods have deluged vast swaths of the Midwest. But NOAA says the floods are not close to over. The agency’s 2019 Spring Outlook found that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at risk for flooding in the coming months. [Yahoo News]

Flood threat

World:

¶ “Fracking Plan ‘Will Release Same CO₂ As 300 Million New Cars’” • The UK government’s fracking proposals would release the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as almost 300 million new cars, fatally undermining the obligation of the country’s ministers to tackle the escalating climate crisis, according to new research. [The Guardian]

¶ “How Climate Change Is Affecting World Cup Ski Racing Circuit” • For those who compete in the snow, climate change is obvious. From shrinking glaciers and inadequate snow cover to tempestuous storms and too much of the white stuff, racers on the World Cup circuit have to adapt to conditions noticeably different than they were ten years go. [CNN]

Petra Vlhova (Hans Bezard | Agence Zoom | Getty Images)

¶ “SolarCity Founders Peter And Lyndon Rive Join ZOLA Electric To Advance Solar In Africa” • Brothers Lyndon and Peter Rive, the co-founders of SolarCity, have a new pet project that also happens to be powered by the sun. They have moved to the rapidly growing solar-plus-storage company ZOLA Electric to bring electricity to off-grid Africa. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Joins Forces With Northvolt For European Battery Union” • As manufacturers are increasingly cooperating, Volkswagen and Northvolt, a Swedish battery maker, are joining forces to create the European Battery Union. It will include research and industry partners from seven EU nations and is to begin operating in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

VW ID Buzz

¶ “Gambia: World Bank And Europe Allocate €164 Million To Renewable Energy” • The Gambian government’s renewable energy development program is getting its first financing, €164 million, from international donors. The new funding is coming from the World Bank, the European Union, and the European Investment Bank. [AFRIK 21]

¶ “UAE Plans $163 Billion Spend On Sustainable Energy” • The UAE is taking early steps to bid farewell to the last barrel of oil. The UAE will invest Dh600 billion ($163 billion) to 2050 to meet the growing energy demand and ensure the sustainable growth of economy, said the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in a new report. [Trade Arabia]

Solar array (©Jenson | Shutterstock)

US:

¶ “Luke Air Force Base, With The Arizona Sun, On Target With Renewable Energy Goals” • A solar effort at Luke Air Force Base that is still going on began with a huge array of PVs nearly a decade ago. The Department of Defense is increasing reliance on renewable energy to 25% at all of its military branches and institutions by 2025. [AZCentral.com]

¶ “RES Starts Construction On 160-MW Southern Oak Solar Project In US” • Renewable Energy Systems, an engineering and construction company for wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects, has started construction on the 160-MW Southern Oak Solar Project in Georgia. RES said it is the largest US bifacial solar project. [Compelo]

Bifacial solar system (Photo: Renewable Energy Systems Ltd)

¶ “Navajo Tribe Rejects Coal, Embraces Clean Energy” • After the defeat of tribal legislation designed to save the coal-burning Navajo Generating Station, new legislation was introduced to replace the Navajo Nation’s current energy policies, which have been focused on coal, with a vision based on sustainable and renewable energy sources. [Red, Green, and Blue]

¶ “New Bills Aim To Make Maryland Reliant On Renewable Energy” • In Maryland, environmental activists, Democratic legislators, and energy companies have been pushing for a bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy standards to 50% by 2030. That standard would increase to 100% renewable energy by 2040. [Bay Net]

Wind farm

¶ “Bangor Moving Forward In Solar Discussions” • Renewable energy may soon be making its way to Bangor, Maine. Working with Maine-based ReVision Energy, the Bangor City Council concluded a feasibility report for a potential large scale solar array in the city. It is estimated that there could be roughly $4 million in savings. [NewsCenterMaine.com]

¶ “New Hampshire Officials Unhappy With Neighbors’ Nuclear Option” • The New England states have aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt clean energy. But some New Hampshire officials fear that Connecticut’s decision to support the Millstone nuclear plant will increase costs for Granite State residents. [The Union Leader]

Have a phenomenally nice day.

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