Archive for April 15th, 2019

April 15 Energy News

April 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Trump Executive Orders Will Speed Oil And Gas Pipeline Approvals” • On a trip to Texas, Pres Trump signed two executive orders. The Transportation Department is to allow the shipment of liquefied natural gas by rail and tanker truck. The Department of Labor is to see that retirement funds prioritize returns over social or environmental issues. [CleanTechnica]

Oil train tragedy (Credit: Surete Quebec via Twitter)

¶ “Renewable Energy Advocates Learn To Not Say ‘Climate Change’ In Texas” • Renewable energy, particularly wind power, has been hugely successful in Texas, thanks in large measure to a combination of federal, state, and local incentives. But renewable energy advocates in Texas have learned to avoid the words “climate change.” [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse” • Between 1995 and 2011, fewer freeze-free days meant 11 to 27 days added to pollen season for most of the US, research shows. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which does an annual survey of allergy seasons, noticed that they have been growing longer each year. [CNN]

Cherry blossoms

¶ “Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 3: Carbon Engineering’s Scale And Power Problems” • Carbon Engineering’s solution would require 2-kilometer long, 20 meter high walls of noisy fans to capture 4 orders of magnitude less carbon than would be useful. It won’t run off otherwise unused renewable energy. It’s unclear where it would be useful. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Virtual Energy System Of The Future Is Coming To Life In The Orkney Isles” • Orkney continues to be at the center of the UK’s renewable energy plans, with the Scottish archipelago unveiling the ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project earlier this week. The project will see a range of technologies implemented. [Forbes]

Standing Stones of Stenness (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “India To Auction Transmission Projects Worth $5 Billion To Support RE Expansion” • Reuters reported that the Indian government plans to auction 54 GW of transmission projects by March 2020, at an expected value of  around $5 billion. A senior official said 16 GW of transmission tenders will be out of the block by June. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Solar Power Funding Rose 10% To $2.8 Billion In Q1 2019” • Total corporate funding – including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing – into the solar power sector in the first quarter of 2019 stood at $2.8 billion, which is over 10% higher than the $2.5 billion recorded in the same period last year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array

¶ “Taiwan Amends A Law To Accelerate Renewable Energy Development” • Taiwan’s legislature passed an amendment to the Renewable Energy Development Act, paving the way to reach the goal of having renewable energy account for 20% of total power demand in 2025. It raised the renewable energy goal from 10 GW to 27 GW. [Digitimes]

¶ “Fukushima: Removal Of Nuclear Fuel Rods From Damaged Reactor Building Begins” • Workers at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pool near one of the three reactors that suffered meltdowns eight years ago. There are 566 used and unused fuel assemblies in reactor building No 3. [The Guardian]

Monitor showing operations (Photo: KYODO | Reuters)

Australia:

¶ “2020 Vision: Rooftop Solar Panels To Exceed Output Of Liddell Power Station Says Green Energy Markets” • Australian rooftop solar panel systems could generate 2,000 MW by the end of 2020, according to Green Energy Markets. That is more energy than the Liddell coal-fired power station, which is set to retire in 2022. [Energy Matters]

¶ “High Energy Prices Set To Grow Australia’s Rooftop PV Installations By 2 GW In 2019” • First-quarter data from Green Energy Markets shows double the uptake of small-scale rooftop solar over the same period last year, as record numbers of Australian residential and business consumers seek to reduce their electricity bills. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar installers

¶ “Rio Tinto Promises Not To Undermine Renewables, And Not To Prop Up Coal” • Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has pledged to support renewable energy and climate action, and to ‘publicly argue against’ government subsidies of coal power, while using its significant clout to urge associated industry groups to do the same thing. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Air Pollution Increases ER Visits – Largest US Study On The Topic Confirms It” • A study published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine shows that, as levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the emergency room. [CleanTechnica]

Examination (Courtesy of the American Thoracic Society)

¶ “Duke Energy Proceeding With 200-MW Texas Wind Project” • Duke Energy Renewables has announced it will build and operate a 200-MW wind farm in South Texas, Kallanish Energy reports. The Mesteno Wind Project will be will be the company’s fourth wind project in Starr County. Its output will be sold into the Ercot power grid. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “Trump Striking Out On Coal And Nuclear Energy” • President Trump is coming up empty-handed on his promises to bolster the coal and nuclear power industries. For a president who has aggressively pushed the legal and political boundaries to make good on policy priorities, particularly immigration, the lack of action in this area is striking. [Axios]

Have an upliftingly uncomplicated day.

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