Archive for April 1st, 2019

April 1 Energy News

April 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Who Should Pay For Corporate Environmental Degradation?” • Judges are holding mine owners accountable for water problems they cause. Doesn’t it also make sense that what’s known as the “tragedy of the commons” should apply to fossil fuel companies and greenhouse gasses that have contaminated our atmosphere? [CleanTechnica]

Air pollution (Pixabay image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ocean Heat Sets A New Sky High Record: UN” • The results of the 2018 research study about the ocean heat has pushed the UN to express its concerns about the effects of global warming and how it affects marine life. Over 90% of the world’s heat that is trapped around the Earth’s atmosphere accumulates in the oceans. [Science Times]

¶ “Restore Natural Forests To Meet Global Climate Goals” • International plans to restore forests to combat global warming are flawed, according to a study published in the journal Nature. It shows that 45% of the areas that countries pledged are to be commercial  tree plantations, which have reduced ability to take up CO₂. [The Ecologist]

Deforestation (Mathias Rittgerott | Rainforest Rescue)

¶ “Huge Global Study Just Smashed One Of The Last Major Arguments Against Renewables” • Here is news for those who believe that there are few sites suitable for pumped storage. Scientists have identified 530,000 sites worldwide suitable for pumped storage, capable of storing more than enough energy to power the entire planet. [ScienceAlert]

World:

¶ “The Star Of The Geneva Motor Show: Streetscooter’s e.Go Life, Citroëns Ami One, Or Tata’s Altroz EV?” • At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it was not easy to pick one electric car as the undisputed winner. Having said this, there are three definite contenders: the Ami One Concept, the Altroz EV, and the e.GO with its roots in StreetScooter. [CleanTechnica]

Citroën Ami One Concept (No, this is not an April Fools joke.)

¶ “Global Lithium-Ion Battery Planned Capacity Grows 4% In A Single Month” • In just one month, the planning pipeline for 2023 battery factory capacity jumped by 43 GWh, adding over 4% to the global total (50% annualized growth). Planned annual output by 2023 will soon cross 1,000 GWh of capacity Over two-thirds of it will be in China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Community Funded Solar Installations Officially Opened In Bendigo” • Solar energy projects funded by Bendigo’s local community were officially opened last week in an event attended by Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.The projects were carried out through Bendigo Sustainability Group. [Solar Quotes]

Rooftop solar power

¶ “South Africa Urged To Speed Up Transition To Money-Saving Renewable Energy ” • A study from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre states that renewable energy plus flexible generation or storage provides the least-cost pathway for the electricity sector and new coal or nuclear power plants should not be built. [Business Day]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Starting To Reach Eastern Europe” • Central and Eastern Europe are not EV paradises. EVs had a 0.25% market share of Polish car sales in 2018. That may change soon as the Polish government provides consumer support through new incentives for potential EV buyers and as the more affordable Model 3 is available. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas at the November 2018 Warsaw Motor Show

¶ “Nordex Group Bags Order For 166 Of MW Wind Turbines In Argentina” • German wind turbine maker Nordex Group has announced an order to supply 38 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 166 MW in Argentina. The contract for the wind farm was awarded by Genneia, a renewable energy Independent Power Producer. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “MHI Vestas Confirms Kindcardine Floating Gig” • MHI Vestas has confirmed that it will supply turbines to the 48-MW second phase of the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm off Scotland. The deal is for V164-9.5MW machines, which will be installed on Windfloat semi-submersible foundations in water depths of 60-80 meters. [reNEWS]

Vestas V164-9.5MW turbine (Image: MHI Vestas)

US:

¶ “Energy Dept Sees Gold In US Wind Energy ‘Dead Zones'” • Last week Pres Trump ridiculed the US wind industry during a high-profile campaign stop in Minnesota. The very next day, the DOE clapped back with another $28 million in funding for research projects aimed at accelerating US wind energy development. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corporate Giants Target 60 GW Of US Renewable Energy” • Announced late last week (28 March), REBA has committed to creating 60 GW of renewables in the US by 2025. The Alliance will seek to accelerate the uptake of clean energy in the country from the 6.2 GW of corporate renewables deals that were issued in 2018. [edie.net]

Solar array

¶ “New York Is Expected To Become The Second State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags” • New York may be the second US state to ban single-use plastic bags. The ban could go into place next March. It is expected to be passed as part of the state’s 2020 budget deal, which Gov Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders said they have made. [CNN]

¶ “University Moves Forward With Renewable Energy Plan” • The University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy. The project will also help the local economy by creating about 50 jobs. [The Maine Campus]

Have a sustainably merry day.

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