April 9 Energy News

April 9, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Ohio’s FirstEnergy Nuclear Bailout Bill Could Undermine Funding For Renewables And Efficiency” • Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature has drafted “clean air fund” legislation that would reduce renewable energy and efficiency subsidies while increasing electricity bills about $300 million a year, just to keep its nuclear fleet running. [Greentech Media]

Davis-Besse nuclear power plant

Science and Technology:

¶ “Particulate Pollution In The Air We Breathe Kills Hundreds Of Thousands A Year, Study Finds” • Air pollution is deadly: A study links exposure to it to more than 107,000 premature deaths in the United States in 2011. Energy consumption causes 57% of the pollution-related deaths. It isn’t just killing us; it cost the country $866 billion. [CNN]

¶ “Children Who Live Near Major Roads Are More Likely To Have Developmental Delays, Study Says” • Young children who live near a major roadway are twice as likely to score lower on tests of communications skills than those who live farther away, research indicates. The study examined the effects of particulates and ozone. [CNN]

Highway traffic (Getty Images)

¶ “Renewables Are A Better Investment Than Carbon Capture For Tackling Climate Change” • Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research published in the journal Nature Energy. [Science Daily]

¶ “Scientists Propose Alternatives To Rare Earth Elements Critical For Wind Turbines” • Wind turbine magnets usually large amounts of expensive neodymium. Researchers from the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory are working on creating magnets for wind turbines from more common and readily available elements. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine

World:

¶ “Wind Farm Ushers In Era Of Renewable Energy In Tasmania” • The Granville Harbour wind farm will feature 31 wind turbines that measure 200 meters from their base to the tip of the blades. The project will cost $280 million to build and provide enough electricity to run 46,000 homes when completed. Its site is very windy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Storage To Hit 158 GWh By 2024” • The global energy storage market is forecast to expand 13-fold to 158 GWh by 2024, according to latest research by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The US and China are projected to dominate the market, making up 54% of GWh deployed capacity by 2024, the report said. [reNEWS]

Batteries at a wind farm (Steve Pope | Vattenfall)

¶ “Renewables, Electrification Can Reduce 75% Of Emissions” • Scaling up renewable energy and electrification could deliver more than 75% of the energy-related emission reductions needed to meet global climate goals, an International Renewable Energy Agency report said. And the payoff would be three times the cost or more. [Anadolu Agency]

¶ “Amazon Goes Greener With 229 MW Wind Power Buy” • US e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc intends to buy the output of three wind parks totaling over 229 MW in Ireland, Sweden, and the US in support its sustainability targets. The three projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually. [Renewables Now]

Irish wind turbines (Harry Pears, CC-BY-SA 2.0 generic)

¶ “Mass Uptake Of Electric Cars Could Reduce Energy Prices And Stabilise Grid” • Electricity costs could go down and the power grid might become more stable if there is a mass uptake of electric cars under a policy put forward by the federal opposition, a report from the industry lobby group Evenergi has said. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “From Ruined Bridges To Dirty Air, EPA Scientists Price Out The Cost Of Climate Change” • By the end of the century, the manifold consequences of unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars every year, according to a study by EPA scientists. They said no part of the country will be untouched. [Virgin Islands Daily News]

Capistrano Beach (Photo: Los Angeles Times)

¶ “Climate Change Poses Security Risks, According To Decades Of Intelligence Reports” • A series of authoritative governmental and nongovernmental analyses over more than three decades lays a strong foundation for concern over the national security implications of climate change. They come from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and others. [Yale Climate Connections]

¶ “Idaho Gets Vast Majority Of Electricity From Renewables, Almost Half From Hydropower” • More than 80% of Idaho’s in-state utility-scale electricity generation came from renewable resources in 2018, behind only Vermont, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly. [HydroWorld]

Hells Canyon Dam (Wikipedia)

¶ “California Sues EPA, NHTSA Over Auto Emissions Data Freeze Out” • In an effort to find out just what data the EPA is relying on to justify the emissions rollback, the state of California requested that information in a Freedom of Information request. It says the federal government has ignored the request, and it is suing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Wants Consumers To Pay For Coal Ash Clean Up” • The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ordered Duke Energy to dig up all remaining coal ash ponds in the state and transfer the contents to lined landfills, WRAL News reported. Now Duke Energy wants its customers to pay for the cleanup. [CleanTechnica]

Have an astoundingly restful day.

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