April 2 Energy News

April 2, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “What Does Air Pollution Do To Our Bodies?” • Scientists say the impacts of air pollution are more serious than previously thought. Over the last few decades, research has revealed how gases like NO₂ and tiny particles, known as particulate matter or PM, can reach deep into the body with the danger of causing lasting damage. [BCC]

Polluting haze

¶ “Canada Is Warming At Twice The Global Rate, Report Says” • A report says Canada’s climate has been warming at double the rate of global warming, on average, and is expected to continue to do so. The report also says since 1948, when records became available, Canada’s average land temperature increased by 1.7° C (about 3° F). [CNN]

World:

¶ “Big Oil Invested More Than $1 Billion On Misleading Climate Lobbying Since Paris” • The globe’s five largest publicly traded oil and gas majors are ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP, and Total. Together, they have invested over $1 billion in misleading climate-related branding and lobbying in the three years since the Paris Agreement. [CleanTechnica]

Shell oil rig

¶ “Singapore Gets Its First ‘Zero Energy’ New Building” • A building designed to consume only as much energy as it produces has opened its doors in Singapore. The National University of Singapore welcomed students to the six-story facility in January. It is the first “net zero energy building” to be built in the city-state. [CNN]

¶ “Breaking! Tesla Takes 31% Of Norway’s Total Passenger Auto Sales In March” • Tesla sold about 5,700 vehicles in Norway in March, out of a total of 18,375 new passenger car sales for the month. That means Tesla got around 31% of the market. Fully electric cars as a whole amounted to over 58% of Norway’s total new auto market. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in the snow

¶ “Constant Energy To Install 50 MW Of Thai Solar For Siam Cement” • Renewable power producer Constant Energy will install 50 MW of solar PVs for Siam Cement Group PCL, a Thai industrial group. The announcement said ground-mounted, rooftop, and floating solar parks will be deployed for a number of factories in Thailand. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Germany Awards 505 MW At €0.065/kWh In First Large-Scale Solar PV Tender” • Germany’s Federal Network Agency announced the winners of its first special tender for large-scale solar PV that was held in early March. There were 121 contracts awarded totaling 505 MW of capacity at an average price of €0.065/kWh (7.3¢/kWh). [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in Germany

¶ “EU Carbon Market Emissions Fell 3.3% In 2018 As Renewable Power Rose” • Emissions regulated under Europe’s carbon market fell by 3.3% last year as renewable energy increased, data analysed by Refinitiv showed. Emissions covered by the Emissions Trading System totaled 1.757 billion tonnes of CO₂ equivalent. [ZAWYA]

¶ “Plans For Grid To Operate On Zero Carbon Power By 2025” • The UK electricity system will be able to operate with 100% clean power by 2025, the company responsible for balancing the grid announced. National Grid Electricity System Operator balances the system and ensures that customers have sufficient power supplies available. [Energy Voice]

Wind turbines in the UK (Paul Thomas | Bloomberg)

¶ “China To Fall Short Of 2020 Nuclear Capacity Target” • China is the world’s third-biggest nuclear power producer by capacity, with 45.9 GW installed by end-2018 and eleven units being built. But China will fall short of its nuclear power generation capacity target for 2020, according to a forecast from the China Electricity Council. [Reuters]

US:

¶ “Climate Change In Alaska’s New Draft Science Standards” • The Alaska state board of education approved a draft of new state science standards unanimously, and climate change is included. “The standards don’t shy away from attributing climate change to human activity, due to increased carbon emissions,” KTOO reported. [National Center for Science Education]

Teller, Alaska, threatened by rising seas (Walter Holt Rose)

¶ “Tennessee Opens 200-MW Clean Power Call” • A request for proposals for 200-MW of renewable energy has been issued by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It would need to be online by the end of 2022. TVA said it expects to triple its solar portfolio by 2021 as utility-scale solar installations become an increasingly economical option. [reNEWS]

¶ “Florida Chooses World’s Largest Solar + Storage Project To Replace Gas Plants” • Florida Power & Light’s plans to build the world’s largest solar plus battery storage project are specifically intended to accelerate the retirement and replacement of two 1970s-era natural gas generating units at the company’s nearby power plant. [RenewEconomy]

Gas power plant in Florida (Daniel Oines)

¶ “SC Johnson Plans To Shift To Geothermal Power At Its Headquarters” • SC Johnson plans to use geothermal energy to heat its Racine, Wisconsin, headquarters. The company said it will reduce the its environmental footprint and position it as “a leader in the private sector in the transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources.” [Journal Times]

¶ “Former SCANA Executives Must Face Civil Fraud Charges In Federal Court, Judge Rules” • A federal judge ruled that enough evidence exists to show a jury that former SCANA executives deliberately concealed from investors the shaky status of the doomed VC Summer nuclear power plant in Fairfield County, South Carolina. [The State]

Have a beautifully comfy day.

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