Archive for April 16th, 2019

April 16 Energy News

April 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Our Zero Emission Future” • A low-cost shift to clean energy is now feasible for every region of the world, owing to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, and breakthroughs in energy storage. The total system costs of renewable energy, including transmission and storage, are now roughly on par with fossil fuels. [Common Dreams]

Windpower (Arnulf Stoffel | picture alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “Climate Change Is Transforming The Economy. How Will Your Company Adapt?” • The World Economic Forum, for the third year in a row, cited “extreme weather” as the greatest threat to the global economy. Climate change is no longer a distant concern for all but a few specialized companies; it’s an imminent reality for every industry. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China’s Solar Industry Expected To Be Subsidy-Free In 2021” • China’s solar industry is expected to transition towards a subsidy-free market which could begin as early as 2021, according to an analysis of China’s solar industry published by Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory. This year, solar subsidies are capped at 3 GW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system standing in water (Shutterstock image)

¶ “German Prosecutors Charge Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn With Fraud” • German prosecutors have charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn with fraud in a case related to the automaker’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. [CNN]

¶ “EU Wind Blows Past Hydro” • Wind edged out hydro in Europe’s electricity production in the first quarter of 2019, with each providing about 15%, according to a report from energy analyst EnAppSys. The report said nuclear accounted for 29% of overall generation, gas plants generated 17%, while coal/lignite produced 16%. [reNEWS]

Wind Farm (RWE image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa 10-MW Wind Turbine Set For World’s First Zero-Subsidy Offshore Wind Farm” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is in final talks to supply its 10-MW offshore wind turbines to the four offshore wind farms being built in the Hollandse Kust Zuid Wind Farm Zone. Their total capacity is set to be over 1,400 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “$108 Million Wind Power Plant Construction Starts In Southern Vietnam” • Construction of an offshore wind plant has begun off the Vietnam’s southern coast. The 12-turbine, 50-MW first phase of the Dong Hai 1 Wind Power Plant is expected to cost about $108 million. It is to produce about 161,000 MWh of electricity per year. [VnExpress International]

Offshore wind plant (Fokke Baarssen | Shutterstock)

¶ “Tough Challenges On Nuclear Fuel Removal” • Fukushima Daiichi’s decommissioning is entering a new phase. For the first time since the accident at the nuclear plant in March 2011, workers have started removing fuel rods from one of the reactor buildings where a meltdown occurred. But there are a number of challenges ahead. [NHK World]

UK:

¶ “Extinction Rebellion Protesters Block Some Of London’s Busiest Roads And Bridges” • Thousands of people took to the streets of central London, blockading some of its busiest roads and bridges to raise the alarm over the mounting climate crisis. They are part of a global campaign orchestrated by the British climate organization Extinction Rebellion. [CNN]

Protest in London (Leon Neal | Getty Images)

¶ “Extinction Rebellion Protest: 100 Arrests As London Roads Blocked” • Extinction Rebellion campaigners were ordered by the Met to confine their protest to Marble Arch after causing widespread disruption. Among a total of 113 arrests, five people were detained on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell’s headquarters. [BBC]

¶ “UK’s Biggest Money Manager Warns On Climate Catastrophe” • The world is facing a climate catastrophe and businesses around the world must address it urgently. That is a message from the largest money manager in the UK, Legal & General Investment Management, which manages £1 trillion worth of UK pension fund investments. [BBC]

Landscape with pollution (Image: PA)

US:

¶ “Republicans Push Anti-Wind Bills In Several States As Renewables Grow Increasingly Popular” • As the cost of renewable energy drops and its popularity rises, Republican lawmakers in several key states are ratcheting up their attacks on wind power. Wind is becoming a popular target for those with a vested interest in fossil fuels. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “Rural Electric Co-ops Dive Into Gas-Killing Solar Panels + Farmland Fray” • Like other states, Michigan has an open space preservation policy that limits the use of farmland for non-agricultural purposes. Now, under pressure from rural electric co-ops, policy makers are considering whether solar panels on farmland may be a good thing. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels on farmland

¶ “Midwest Sees Surge In Clean Energy Jobs” • The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4% growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The authors note that the industry is expected to grow by 7% in 2019. [US News & World Report]

¶ “Starbucks To Fuel 360 Texas Stores With Solar Power” • Starbucks Coffee Company is teaming up with Cypress Creek Renewables and US Bank on a portfolio of solar farms across Texas. As a part of the deal, two CCR solar farms are providing enough energy for the equivalent of 360 Starbucks stores in Texas. [Retail Info Systems News]

Have an excitingly tranquil day.

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