Archive for March 30th, 2019

March 30 Energy News

March 30, 2019


¶ “Concerning Humanity’s Future: An Interview With Nick Humphrey, Climatologist And Geoscientist” • In an interview, Meteorologist/geoscientist Nick Humphrey addresses issues of climate change and how to deal with it. He addresses its dangers and the limited abilities of geoengineering and nuclear power to address it. [SF Bay Area Indymedia]

Bomb cyclone (NOAA image)


¶ “Kochi Metro To Double Its Solar Power Usage To 40%” • The second phase powering of Kochi Metro with solar power is beginning with the installation of panels at Muttom yard. This will double Metro’s solar power usage to 40%. By 2020, solar power will be in use at all stations as well as depots and thirteen Metro buildings. []

¶ “UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 3% In 2018” • Greenhouse gas emissions across the United Kingdom fell by 3% in 2018, according to new figures published by the country’s government this week, bringing the country’s total emissions decrease since 1990 to 44%. Emissions in 2018 stood at to 449 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ “Largest Tesla Battery Storage Installation In Asia For Japanese Railway” • Tesla completed its largest battery storage installation in Asia. The 4.2-MW/7-MWh facility in Osaka, Japan, uses 42 Tesla Powerpack battery storage units, which were installed in just 2 days following their arrival onsite. The customer is Kintetsu Railway. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PDPU To Rope In Oil Companies To Harness Geothermal Energy” • After a successful pilot project in the Indian state of Gugerat, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University plans to tap a large geothermal source for commercially viable electricity production. It is looking to help from oil companies for drilling and exploration. []

PDPU (Wikipedia image)

¶ “Deutsche Telekom Tees Up New Renewable Energy Targets” • Deutsche Telekom said that it plans to cover all of its electricity needs with renewable sources by 2021. The renewable energy goal also includes T-Mobile in the US. It revised a previous target by DT to reduce its emissions by 20% by 2020 compared to those of 2008. [FierceTelecom]

¶ “UK Renewables Generate Record Levels Of Electricity In 2018” • Provisional figures published by the UK Government show that renewable energy sources generated a record 33% of electricity in 2018, increasing by 11.8% over 2017 levels, led by a record year for wind energy generation which provided 17.1% of the UK’s electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Walney Extension

¶ “Verbund Pilots Green Hydrogen In Austria” • Austrian energy company Verbund is testing the potential for partial substitution of natural gas with hydrogen at its 838-MW Mellach power plant. The ‘green’ hydrogen, made with solar and wind power, will be mixed with natural gas to drive the two gas turbines at Mellach, Verbund said. [reNEWS]


¶ “US Energy Utility Ameren To Trial Blockchain” • US energy utility Ameren plans to work with Opus One Solutions to build a clean energy infrastructure and trial blockchain, according to an announcement. Ameren has 2.4 million electricity customers and 900,000 natural gas customers. Ameren is working to diversify its generation portfolio. [Ledger Insights]

Solar energy

¶ “Target Announces ‘Ambitious’ And Groundbreaking New Climate Goals” • Target, the eighth largest retailer in the US, announced new climate targets to build on the company’s previous goals, which included 100% domestic emissions reduction. It laid out a new reduction target for the company’s entire supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Talk Is Still Cheap: Illinois Coal Collapse Looms” • The hits just keep on coming for the US coal industry. In the latest development, industry insiders anticipate more mines to close or consolidate in Illinois, a leading US coal-producing state. Either way, miners in Illinois are looking down the long, dark barrel of unemployment. [CleanTechnica]

Family and coal machine

¶ “Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Includes Apple, Alphabet, GM, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook, And Disney” • The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance includes Apple, Alphabet, General Motors, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook, and Disney, plus a fair number of other companies and nonprofit organizations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Mexico’s 100% Clean Energy Law Praised For Worker Retraining, But Community Concerns Remain” • The new energy law Gov Grisham signed, which mandates 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, also lays out a process for closing coal-fired power plants and moving workers to new jobs. But not everyone is pleased. [Greentech Media]

Coal plant (WildEarth Guardians | Flickr)

¶ “Hawaii Regulators OK Six Solar-Plus-Storage Systems For Hawaiian Electric Cos” • The Hawaiian Electric Cos won approval from state regulators for six solar-plus-battery-storage projects on three islands. HECO said it is “the largest and lowest-cost portfolio of renewable energy resources to be assembled at one time in Hawaii.” [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

¶ “Hampshire Power Transitioning To Renewable Energy” • Hampshire Power the only local nonprofit electricity supplier in Massachusetts, supplies 72% of its customers with green energy. They are looking to increase that to 100% by use of solar, wind, and agricultural anaerobic digesters that convert organic waste into biogas. []

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