Archive for March 27th, 2019

March 27 Energy News

March 27, 2019


¶ “‘Doomsday Vault’ Town Warming Faster Than Any Other On Earth” • Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost town, just 800 miles from the North Pole. It is the capital of a cluster of Norwegian islands called Svalbard and home to the “Doomsday Vault.” It is warming faster than any other town on Earth, and the warming is a problem. [CNN]

Entrance to the doomsday vault

¶ “European Countries Are The Most Ready For Global Energy Transition” • Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway lead European countries judged by the World Economic Forum as those most ready for the global energy transition. Canada, Australia, and South Korea are the only Advanced Economies performing well below the average. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lion Electric Launches A Class 8 Truck With Up To 400-Km Range” • Lion Electric, based in Canada, is adding a new full electric class 8 truck to its lineup. It will be available with up to 400 km of range per charge and will be in production in the fall of this year. Lion Electric’s earlier vehicles include electric school buses. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Greens Lift 2030 Renewable Target To 100%, Would Revive Carbon Price” • Top Greens climate policies for the upcoming Australian federal election are carbon-free electricity by 2030, a halt to thermal coal exports by 2030, and an economy-wide carbon price. After the May poll, the Greens could hold the balance of power in the Senate. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Indonesia Charts A New, Low-Carbon Development Path. Will Other Countries Follow Suit?” • Indonesia’s socio-economic performance has been impressive. In two decades, the country cut extreme poverty in half and doubled per capita income. A government report says it can expect more improvement from going green. [CleanTechnica]

Indonesian farmers (International Rice Research Institute)

¶ “Germany’s Uniper Feeds Wind Power-To-Methane Into Gas Grid” • German utility Uniper has started producing methane gas derived from wind power and feeding it into the gas pipeline networks at its Falkenhagen site as the country seeks wider uses for renewable energy. The green methane is a replacement for natural gas. [Reuters]

¶ “Battery And Offshore Wind Costs ‘Tumble’” • Prices for lithium-ion battery storage as well as offshore wind have fallen more sharply than other clean generation technologies in the past year, according to BloombergNEF. The price for energy from lithium-ion batteries has fallen 35% since the first half of 2018, to $187/MWh. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (reNEWS image)


¶ “Utilities ‘Driving’ US Solar-Storage Growth” • Electricity produced by storage-plus-renewables plants is now cheaper in some states than natural gas, with utilities driving adoption of the technology, a report from Navigant Research says. Renewables combined with storage have become competitive with combined cycle gas plants. [reNEWS]

¶ “Green New Deal Stalls In Senate After Largely Political Debate” • Senators had a spirited debate over the merits of the Green New Deal, a broad policy proposal from liberal Democrats to battle climate change and other social ills. But no one was willing to vote to advance the measure before final legislative language was written, and it stalled. [CNN]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

¶ “Updated Nissan Leaf Battery – 50% More Battery” • While the 2019 Nissan Leaf is part of the second-generation model of the best-selling electric vehicle, the battery pack inside the new Leaf Plus is actually more like a fifth-generation unit. The new battery is 62 kWh, and designing it to fit into the space of its 40-kWh predecessor was not easy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Square Roots And Gordon Food Service Announce First Urban Farm Campus Location” • Urban farming experts Square Roots and food distribution giant Gordon Food Service announced their first urban farm campus will be in Wyoming, Michigan. Throughout the US and Canada, the demand for locally grown food is growing. [CleanTechnica]

Tending vegetables (Square Roots photo)

¶ “Wonderful Sets Goal Of 100% Use Of Renewable Energy By 2025” • Agricultural giant The Wonderful Co, which is local to southern California, plans to announce that it will power its operations with only renewable energy by 2025, joining a growing list of companies moving away from fossil fuels for its electricity. [The Bakersfield Californian]

¶ “A Senate Bill Would Reclassify An Oregon Garbage Incinerator As A Renewable Energy Plant” • A bill before the Oregon Senate would reclassify a Covanta waste-to-energy incinerator in Brooks that burns 550 tons of garbage a day as a renewable energy plant. The bill is opposed by environmental groups and citizens. [Willamette Week]

Incinerator (Antoine Taveneaux)

¶ “Idaho Power Aims To End Use Of Coal And Natural Gas” • Idaho Power has announced a bold goal to operate its grid entirely on clean energy by 2045. Only six years ago, Idaho Power used coal for more than 40% of the power it generates for its 560,000 customers across Southern Idaho and part of eastern Oregon. [Idaho Statesman]

¶ “Start Of New Era As Decommissioning Process Begins At Oyster Creek” • Retiring a nuclear plant includes powering down the reactor, removing and cooling the spent fuel, and then loading that fuel into steel-reinforced concrete for what’s known as dry storage. The job of decommissioning will take at least eight years. [NJ Spotlight]

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