Archive for April 13th, 2019

April 13 Energy News

April 13, 2019


¶ “Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 1: Carbon Engineering Burns Natural Gas To Capture Carbon From The Air” • Recently headlines announced a $68 million dollar investment in a company that is building air-carbon capture technology. Articles claimed it could scoop CO₂ from the air economically. This is the first installment of a five-part assessment. [CleanTechnica]

Carbon capture device (Courtesy Carbon Engineering)

Science and Technology:

¶ “MIT Report On Plug-in Hybrid Heavy Duty Trucks” • MIT researchers have some advice for EV advocates: Don’t ignore plug-in hybrids just because battery electrics are the ideal. Significant reductions in diesel pollution can be achieved with the right combination of flex-fuel range extender engines and electric motors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bacteria That Feed On Methane Found Thriving In The Earth’s Atmosphere” • Methane has what could be described as “super” radiation-trapping abilities. It is 30 times more potent than a CO₂ as a greenhouse gas. However, scientists have found bacteria in the air that seems to have a ravenous type of appetite for this particular gas. [Science Times]

Clouds (Pixabay image)

¶ “Cheap, Safe 100% Renewable Energy Possible Before 2050, Says Finnish Uni Study” • A global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy sources is not only possible but cheaper and safer than reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, a study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Energy Watch Group shows. [YLE News]


¶ “Fraunhofer Reports Combining Farming With Solar 186% More Efficient In Summer Of 2018” • The Fraunhofer Institute has conducted experiments in what it calls agrophotovoltaics for two years in Germany. In 2018, they found that the potatoes they grew beneath solar panels did better than they would have in full sun. [CleanTechnica]

PVs over crops (Credit: Fraunhofer ISE)

¶ “Half Of UK’s Electricity To Be Renewable By 2025” • Close to half of the UK’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2025, according to Carbon Brief analysis of new government projections. There are further cuts to the outlook for gas-fired electricity generation, which is now set to drop by two-fifths over the next six years. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “Power Station Project Eight Months Head Of Schedule” • Construction of a geothermal power plant near Kaikohe, New Zealand, is expected to finish eight months early and produce 25% more electricity than originally planned. Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw said fast progress had been helped by a “fantastic summer.” [New Zealand Herald]

Steam from a test well at Ngāwhā (Photo: Top Energy)

¶ “Sunny Spell Boosts French Solar Power Generation To Record Level” • Sunny weather boosted solar power generation in nuclear-dependent France to a record level on Friday, covering 10.7% of its 59.5 GW electricity consumption at 1145 GMT, French power grid operator RTE said. French PV capacity has increased 12.7% in the last year. []


¶ “Washington State Commits To Running Entirely On Clean Energy By 2045” • The state of Washington is now committed to making the state’s electricity supply carbon neutral by 2030 and 100% carbon-free by 2045. The bill makes it the fourth state to commit to 100 percent clean energy and adds a feather to the cap of Gov Jay Inslee. [Gizmodo]

Seattle (Photo: AP)

¶ “Massive Wind Farm To Bring More Renewable Energy To Southern Arizona” • Tucson Electric Power is to invest $370 million in a wind farm as part of an effort to have 30% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030. The 61 turbine Oso Grande Wind Project, under construction in New Mexico, will generate up to 247 MW. [KOLD]

¶ “Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Michigan Researches Converting Abandoned Mines Into Energy Storage” • Michigan Technological University is studying whether communities could transform abandoned mines into valuable energy storage. A pilot project at the city of Negaunee could help mining communities turn liabilities into assets. [CleanTechnica]

Old photo of an old mine

¶ “House Speaker Rolls Out Plan To Overhaul Ohio’s Energy Policy” • A proposal in the Ohio House would do away with renewable and efficiency standards, drawing a new fund to reward not only solar and wind production, but also nuclear power. The plan would grant credits to any energy source that does not emit carbon. [WVXU]

¶ “Illinois Awards 215 MW Of Community Solar, But Developers Are Left Hungry” • The Illinois Power Agency ran a solar lottery, awarding renewable energy credits to 112 community solar projects with about 215 MW of capacity. Many projects were not awarded credits, however, because the program is significantly oversubscribed. [Greentech Media]

Solar array (Photo: Shutterstock)

¶ “Chelan PUD Announces Deal with Microsoft” • Microsoft Corp announced new agreements to boost clean energy and connectivity in Washington state. The two agreements with Chelan County Public Utility District will give Microsoft carbon-free electricity for its Puget Sound campuses and broadband connectivity in Chelan County. [KPQ]

¶ “Indiana Lawmakers Reject Generation Moratorium Aimed At Saving Coal” • Indiana lawmakers defeated a controversial power plant moratorium on utility purchases or construction of assets to generate 250 MW or more until 2021. The language was aimed at preserving in-state coal generators. It could resurface later in the session. [Utility Dive]

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