April 17 Energy News

April 17, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Oil And Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress” • In October 1992, the US Senate ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet since then, the US Congress has failed to pass a single major piece of legislation to implement the treaty. The reason is oil and gas campaign donations. [CNN]

Pump jack (US NIOSH image, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Fukushima’s Final Costs Will Approach A Trillion Dollars Just For Nuclear Disaster” • Michael Barnard: “For a year or two, I’ve been asserting that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster would cost closer to a trillion US dollars when all costs were accounted for. Recently, I was challenged on this point and decided to document and argue my thesis.” [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Want To Limit Global Warming? Electrify Everything, Finds Study” • When the scientists say electrify everything, they mean that quite literally – all transportation, all building heating, all manufacturing, and all desalinization. A fantastical, theoretical goal? Not at all, the study says. And the job could be finished before 2050. [CleanTechnica]

e-Genius in flight (Andreas Doerr, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Tsunami (Swiss Edition)” • The Swiss plug-in electric vehicle market smashed its previous sales record (1,341 registrations) last month by registering 2,162 vehicles. The Tesla Model 3 was the main reason for this brilliant performance, with the sedan scoring 1.094 registrations, just over half of the total for Swiss EVs.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nordex Bags 1 GW In Q1 2019” • Nordex has booked 1 GW of wind turbine orders in the first three months of this year. The orders, which have a combined generating capacity of 1035 MW, are destined for projects in 13 countries. Europe accounts for 41% of the total order volume in the first quarter, and Latin America for 44%. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine rotor installation (Nordex image)

¶ “Solar Energy Jobs Doubled In 2017-18: ABS” • Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the number of full-time jobs in the overall renewable energy sector grew by 28% to 17,740 jobs in 2017 to 2018. A large part of that increase came because jobs in large-scale solar energy projects have more than doubled. [SBS]

¶ “Amsterdam Plans To Eliminate 11,200 Parking Spots By 2025” • Amsterdam plans to reduce the cars parking in the city gradually, by 1,500 per year, until 2025. Currently, a permit is needed to access city parking, and the city will decrease the number of permits simply by declining to renew any that expire or are given up. [CleanTechnica]

Amsterdam (Pexels image)

¶ “Queensland Solar Projects Could Become ‘Unviable’ Due To Safety Regulations Row” • The Queensland government has announced that licensed electricians would be required to mount commercial solar panels from 13 May. The Clean Energy Council said the change would make Queensland an unattractive place to invest in solar power. [The Guardian]

¶ “The Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean Is A Lot Worse Than We Thought, Study Says” • The amount of plastic that has been dumped into the ocean has been increasing, according to a new study, and the problem will probably get worse. Scientists have called plastic litter “one of this generation’s key environmental challenges.” [CNN]

Plastic pollution (Greenpeace image)

US:

¶ “Microsoft Hikes Its Internal Carbon Tax In A New Sustainability Drive” • Microsoft announced that it will nearly double the internal carbon fee it charges its business units to $15 per metric ton. The company said the higher fee will help it hold its divisions accountable for their emissions as it “doubles down on sustainability.” [CNN]

¶ “100 Million Tree Planting Initiative Launched By Arbor Day Foundation” • The Arbor Day Foundation recently announced its Time for Trees initiative, which aims to plant 100 million trees by 2022. Communities, governments, corporations, and individuals will join on the work. ADF president Dan Lambe answered some questions. [CleanTechnica]

Trees, each one a carbon sink

¶ “50% Renewables Bill Passes NV Senate, Unanimously” • The Nevada Senate voted unanimously to update the law that sets the minimum amount of electricity big Nevada electricity providers must get from clean, renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard was increased to 50% by 2030. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “Elizabeth Warren Calls For Ten-Fold Increase Of Renewable Generation On Public Lands, Waters” • Elizabeth Warren, US senator and presidential candidate, announced her plans for a targeted expansion of renewable energy development on public lands along with a moratorium on new fossil fuel leases and other measures. [pv magazine USA]

Elizabeth Warren (Image: Marc Nozelle | Flickr)

¶ “AARP Foreshadows Opposition To Ohio Nuclear Subsidies” • AARP Ohio informed top Republican lawmakers before they introduced a bill subsidizing old nuclear and certain coal power plants that the organization would aggressively fight to defeat “any legislation” imposing a customer surcharge to subsidize the nuclear plants. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Holtec Adds Indian Point Nuclear Plant To Decommissioning Portfolio” • Entergy said it will sell its Indian Point Energy Center to Comprehensive Decommissioning International, based in Camden, New Jersey. CDI is a jointly owned subsidiary of Holtec International, a company buying nuclear plants that are closed or scheduled for retirement. [S&P Global Platts]

Have a profoundly pleasant day.

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