Archive for April 14th, 2019

April 14 Energy News

April 14, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Are We Seeing A Late Combustion Age Collapse?” • We are in the midst of a big transition, and big transitions are dangerous. Choices we make today will impact the future of our species. We could usher in an age of clean power that continues our species’ climb out of poverty. Or we could have a Late Combustion Age Collapse. [CleanTechnica]

Windpower potential (Photo: Jennifer Sensiba)

¶ “Are India’s Political Parties Ignoring Climate Change?” • India needs to address climate change given its extreme vulnerability. Some of its effects are visible now in changed monsoon patterns, higher incidents of heat waves, drought, migration, and so on. However, it is less clear if the Indian electorate has registered the climate threat. [Forbes]

¶ “Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 2: Carbon Engineering Burns Gas For 0.5 Tons Of CO₂ For Each Ton Captured” • This is the second piece in a five-part series on carbon capture, as it is proposed by Carbon Engineering. It steps through CE’s actual solution in detail, showing that for each ton of carbon captured, half a ton would be released. [CleanTechnica]

Carbon Engineering’s 1/2000th scale prototype

¶ “Nuclear Bailout Would Hurt Low-Income Citizens” • The Pennsylvania Legislature is considering transferring $500 million per year from households and businesses to the corporations that own Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants. A windfall for the state’s nuclear industry, it would be a real hardship for many people with limited incomes. [LancasterOnline]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Pace Of Bering Sea Changes Startles Scientists” • In the winter, frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But this year a storm pushed Norton Sound water up the Yukon River, flooding low-lying homes. [WTOP]

Iditarod (Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

¶ “Europe At Risk From Spread Of Tropical Insect-Borne Diseases” • Insect-borne diseases are on the rise and threaten to spread into many areas of Europe, scientists warn. Outbreaks of such illnesses as dengue fever and encephalitis are increasing because of climate change and the expansion of international travel and trade. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Groningen And Drenthe Order 159 Electric Buses – Largest Electric Bus Fleet In Europe” • The Dutch provinces of Drenthe and Groningen have partnered on the purchase of 159 electric buses. That will make it the largest European the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. Sixty of those electric buses come from EBUSCO®. [CleanTechnica]

EBUSCO® Electric Bus in the Netherlands

¶ “‘Blown Away’: Rooftop Solar PV Installations Surge By Almost Half” • Australian rooftops added a record 482 MW of new PV capacity in the March quarter. Victoria’s incentive scheme stoked a 90% increase in that state’s installations. Green Energy Markets expects rooftop solar PV capacity will top 2000 MW by the end of the year. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “UP Village Becomes Renewable Energy Model With 100% Solar Power Use” • A village in Uttar Pradesh is presenting itself as a model for renewable energy usage with dependence entirely on solar power for all its needs. Solar panels have been installed at every house in Mandironwala Bhuddi as part of a government scheme. [EnergyInfraPost]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Old Beechworth Gaol Home To New Community-Led Clean-Energy Project” • A people-powered revolution is taking place in north-east Victoria with the region’s first community-led energy network going live. Indigo Power held a symbolic switching on of the first community-owned solar power system, installed at the Old Beechworth Gaol. [ABC News]

¶ “Zimbabwe’s Largest Industrial Solar Power Plant Launched” • Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has launched the country’s first industrial solar power plant. The plant has a generating capacity of 466 kW and will operate under a 25 year Independent Power Producer License agreement with Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority. [Pumps Africa]

Solar power plant

US:

¶ “GMP All In On Renewables, Carbon-Free” • Officials at Green Mountain Power announced an “energy vision” to have all the energy the utility supplies be carbon free by 2025 and all of it generated by renewable sources by 2030. Their current energy supply is 90% carbon free and over 60% renewable, a company statement said. [Rutland Herald]

¶ “Facing Likely Closures, Owner Of Southern Illinois Coal Power Plants Supports Bill To Help Repurpose Sites …” • The owner of economically challenged coal-fired power plants in Southern Illinois is supporting legislation that would help transform those sites into facilities for utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. [STLtoday.com]

Power plant in Baldwin, Illinois (Robert Allred Photography)

¶ “Senator Hassan Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Legislation To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage” • Maggie Hassan, US Senator from New Hampshire, joined colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit for energy storage. [nhlabornews.com]

¶ “Solar Sandbagged In Draft TVA Resource Plan” • The Tennessee Valley Authority’s draft integrated resource plan is supposed to identify the least-cost option to supply customers with electricity. But the TVA put an artificial cap on solar of 500 MW per year in its draft IRP, a fact revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request. [pv magazine USA]

Have a perfectly lovely day.

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