Archive for April 11th, 2019

April 11 Energy News

April 11, 2019


¶ “Climate Change Must Be Our Number 1 Priority” • We are out of time for waiting, debating and half-measures. America needs bold climate action now. And the only way we’re going to get it is if we elect a president who will make defeating climate change the No. 1 priority of the United States. That is why I am running for president. [CNN]

Jay Inslee (Inslee campaign photo)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Uber Elevate: Will Be Same Cents Per Mile In Air As On Roads” • Uber Elevate recently quoted that eVTOL air miles would cost the same as what Uber charges on the road. And with Airbus UAM’s outlook that the market will be around $50 billion by 2030, the company surely wants to make sure it is part of the equation. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “More Electric Buses Coming To Paris And Surrounding Communities” • RATP Group, the French state-owned public transportation company that serves Paris and its surrounding communities, has plans in place to retire all 4,700 conventional buses in its fleet and replace them by 2025 with zero or ultra low emissions vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Alstom Aptis electric bus (Credit: Alstom)

¶ “China’s EV Sales Grow 118% Year On Year And Fossil Sales Fall 13% – Q1 Charts!” • The China passenger car association’s first quarter figures are in, and electric vehicle sales continue their rapid rise, up 118% year on year, to over 254,000. Meanwhile, fossil vehicle sales have fallen 13% year on year, to 4,823,000 for the quarter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Africa Risks $124 Billion In Face Of Low-Carbon Transition” • If South Africa does not begin to shift away from its reliance on coal for its power and export value, the country risks as much as 2 trillion Rand ($124 billion) as the rest of the world begins to shift away and reduces their need for South Africa’s coal, a report says. [CleanTechnica]

Open pit mine

¶ “Pacifico Sun Rising In Japan” • Japanese developer Pacifico Energy has started construction of a 102.144-MW solar farm in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The Ako project is being built on the site of a former golf course. Kansai Electric Power will buy all of the power generated by the plant, about 125,000 MWh/year, for 20 years. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewables Will Dominate World’s Energy Needs, Says Global Body” • Renewable energy could become the dominant source of energy across the world, provide up to 86% of global power demand under a deeper electrification scenario, according to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency. [RenewEconomy]

Solar panels (Source:

¶ “ReNew Power Commissions 300-MW Solar Plant In Karnataka” • ReNew Power announced that it commissioned a 300-MW solar plant at Pavagada Solar Park in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is ReNew Power’s largest solar plant, in terms of capacity. It will help mitigate 600,000 tonnes of CO₂ emission per year, the company said. []

¶ “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Abandoned Town Allows First Residents Home” • A Japanese town whose population fled the 2011 Fukushima Disaster has partially reopened eight years later, after radiation levels in parts of Okuma have been deemed safe. Only 367 people, about 3.5% of the former population, have registered to return. [BBC News]

Tsunami of 2011 washing over a sea wall (Reuters)


¶ “Trump-Appointed Energy Official: Climate Change Is Real And We Must Lower Carbon Emissions” • A top federal energy regulator appointed by President Donald Trump is calling for urgent action to address climate change.  Neil Chatterjee, a Republican from Kentucky, is the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [CNN]

¶ “Big Moment For Clean Power In The US” • Chicago has become the biggest American city to commit to transitioning to 100% renewable energy, joining 118 other cities nationwide in making the move. The Sierra Club reported that Chicago City Council had backed a resolution to take forward the goal for the entire city by 2035. [Innovators Magazine]

Chicago (Photo: Lance Anderson | Unsplash)

¶ “US Windpower Grew By 8% In 2018” • US windpower capacity grew by 8% in 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association. It reached 96.5 GW, and supporting an industry which now boasts a record 114,000 jobs, over 500 domestic factories, and more than $1 billion a year in revenue for states and communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iron Mountain To Power Texas, Illinois Facilities With Renewables” •  US enterprise information management expert Iron Mountain has announced that it will power its facilities in Texas and Illinois with 100% renewable power. RPD Energy had structured deals for over 25,000 MWh of electricity annually over a three-year period.  [Renewables Now]

Texas wind park (Rockin’Rita, CC-BY-SA 2.0 generic)

¶ “Navajo Nation Embraces Renewable Energy As Era Of Coal Power Comes To An End” • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have announced a new Navajo tribal energy policy. In a proclamation known as Navajo Sunrise, the Nation has commited itself to promoting renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Lawmakers Seek To Elbow Their Way Into Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Debate” • A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers declared that the “Green Dogs” intend to be players in the big energy policy poker game taking place at the state Capitol this spring. They want more renewable power, as nuclear plant operators seek subsidies. []

Have a surprisingly agreeable day.

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