Archive for March 26th, 2019

March 26 Energy News

March 26, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Is Using Lasers In Space To Measure The Size Of Trees On Earth” • A laser imaging system on the International Space Station provides highly refined measurements to calculate the size and shape of individual trees from 250 miles above the Earth. It will help scientists gauge how much carbon is stored in forests. [CleanTechnica]

Engineer inspecting the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation system (Desiree Stover | NASA Goddard)

¶ “Can Soil Microbes Slow Climate Change?” • Some climate experts say that to combat its threat, it is now imperative for society to use carbon farming techniques that extract carbon dioxide from the air and store it in soils. A critical question is whether scientists can find ways to store more carbon while also increasing agricultural yields. [Scientific American]


¶ “Slashing Fossil Fuel Use Could Save Millions Of Lives At Risk Due To Air Pollution, Study Says” • Air pollution causes many premature deaths, which can cause heart, lung and other diseases. Worldwide, 3.61 million people die each year due to outdoor pollution caused by fossil fuels, an international team of researchers estimates. [CNN]

Air pollution (Fred Dufour | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Copenhagen Net Zero By 2025 Plan May Depend More On Politics Than Technology” • Copenhagen has an ambitious plan to become the first net zero capital city by 2025. It has already reduced carbon emission by 42% compared to 2005. The biggest obstacle to reaching its goal is not technology. It is political opposition. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finns Take Local Wind Honours” • CPC Finland secured the rights to develop the 120-MW Lakiakangas 3 wind farm in Finland’s first technology neutral renewable energy tender. The 23-turbine project will be located near Isojoki and Kristinestad in the southern Ostrobothnia region. Commissioning is planned for early 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Pixabay image)

¶ “Global Coal Use Up As Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise” • Greenhouse gas emissions from energy production rose strongly again last year, according to new data from the International Energy Agency. A young fleet of coal-fired power plants in Asia accounts for a large proportion of the increase, but energy demand is growing, too. [The Guardian]

¶ “EDF Greens French Cash And Carry” • EDF subsidiary Agregio is to supply cash and carry company Metro France with 100% renewable energy under a power purchase agreement. Agregio will source power from a wind farm operated by Eurowatt for the sole benefit of Metro France.The three-year agreement covers 25 GWh of electricity. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (EDF image)

¶ “China Building Floating Nuclear Power Plants To Power Ocean Colony Of Artificial Islands In ‘sinister Military Sea Grab’” • China  is developing a fleet of floating nuclear plants as part of plans to tighten its grip on the South China Sea. The £300 million shipborne stations will bring clean energy, heat, and water to remote islands and oil rigs. [The Sun]


¶ “The State(s) Of Distributed Solar – 2018 Update” • As renewable energy grows, new solar PV capacity, including from small-scale distributed solar systems (such as rooftop arrays), and shared community solar gardens have played a significant role in the overall transition to clean energy. A map shows a state-by-state breakdown. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “West Virginia Rethinks Quashing Solar Net Metering” • West Virginia has called for a time-out in its four-year effort to rewrite solar net metering rules to the detriment of both solar hosts and solar installers. This comes thanks to evidence that solar power benefits all customers and a massive campaign by Solar United Neighbors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “30 Years After Exxon Valdez, New Perspectives On Fossil Fuel Dangers” • On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, carrying 53 million gallons of oil, hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, beginning an ecological nightmare. But today, the terms ‘oil extraction’ and ‘disaster’ today, evoke images of a more global and destructive force. [CleanTechnica]

Cleanup after the Exxon Valdez spill (Source: NOAA)

¶ “Shutting Down Almost Every Coal Plant And Swapping For Renewables Would Save Money, Report Finds” • Few reports make really clear how much US coal is a dead man walking. Energy Innovation analysis shows that it would cost less to tear down 74% of US coal plants and replace them with renewables than to let them keep operating. [Gizmodo]

¶ “Consumers Energy To Seek 5 GW Of Solar By 2030 Under Clean Energy Plan” • Consumers Energy filed a clean energy plan with Michigan regulators that includes a promise to add 5 GW of solar through competitive bidding by 2030, as part of its goal to cut carbon emissions by 90% and phase out all coal-fired power by 2040. [Greentech Media]

Large solar array

¶ “Puerto Rico Has Just Passed Its Own Green New Deal” • Puerto Rico has passed a bill to radically transform the island’s economy with renewable energy as the central pillar. Its legislature approved Senate Bill 1121, the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, which will set the island on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [Forbes]

¶ “After Federal Inaction, States Consider Support For Nuclear” • For months, state legislatures and the energy industry waited for President Trump to make good on his campaign promises to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. With no action there, some states are taking matters into their own hands by developing subsidy plans of their own. [InsideSources]

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