Archive for April 19th, 2019

April 19 Energy News

April 19, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Largely Ignored Problem Of Global Peak Oil Will Seriously Hit In A Few Years” • Data from the International Energy Agency shows that with no new investment global oil production will drop by 50% by 2025. That includes oil from all unconventional sources, and new oil exploration is at the lowest level it has been since 1952. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack (Photo: Zbynek Burival)

¶ “The Green New Deal, Socialism, And The American Dream” • The Green New Deal has been vigorously attacked as “socialism.” Nothing could be further from the truth, argues Pulitzer Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis. In fact, it is the highest and best expression of the principles upon which the United States was founded. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “David Attenborough’s Climate Change Documentary Leaves Viewers Asking, ‘What Are We Doing To This World?!'” • Sir David Attenborough’s documentary, “Climate Change: The Facts,” has aired.  Putting the issue of climate change in layman’s terms it leaves many viewers with a burning question: “What the hell are we doing to this world?!” [Stuff.co.nz]

Sir David Attenborough

Science and Technology:

¶ “It’s A Match: Satellite And Ground Measurements Agree On Warming” • Ground-based sensors, ocean buoys, and different types of satellite measurements all broadly agree with one another on Earth’s warming, despite being collected in very different ways. That provides high confidence that the results are accurate. [Scientific American]

World:

¶ “LM Wind Rolls Out First Haliade-X Blade” • LM Wind Power has produced the first 107-meter blade that will be fitted to the prototype GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X 12-MW offshore turbine. Testing and validation will begin once finishing touches are done. The prototype is being installed in the Netherlands, later this year. [reNEWS]

Haliade-X 12-MW offshore turbine (LM Wind Power image)

¶ “Singapore’s DBS Bank Shifts Financing To Renewable Energy Projects” • Singapore’s DBS Bank has announced plans to stop financing coal-powered plants as it looks to support the country’s ramping up renewable energy projects. The bank is the second in the city-state to drop further coal energy initiatives, after OCBC Bank. [Business Times]

¶ “Korea Raises Renewable Energy Target To 30% To 35% By 2040” • The government of South Korea plans to increase the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources to as much as 35% of the total by 2040 in response to growing environmental concerns, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said. [The Korea Herald]

Solar panels

¶ “Solar Hits 500 GW” • Installed solar PV capacity reached 500 GW in 2018, analysis by the International Energy Agency shows. In the latest Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets 2018 report, the EIA said that by last year’s end, 505 GW of PV capacity was installed worldwide in PV Power System Programme markets and other key countries. [reNEWS]

¶ “Chinese Offshore Pioneer Enters Service” • Chinese company Guodian Power has started commercial operations at the 252-MW Zhejiang Zhoushan offshore wind farm in the east China Sea. The project, which took just over two years to build, features 63 Siemens Gamesa turbines with 130-meter rotors, according to the developer. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Guodian Power image)

US:

¶ “Bernie Sanders Calls For An End To Fossil Fuels” • Bernie Sanders made a rather stunning proposal, saying climate change is “not a hoax but is an existential threat.” He wants “to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy and, in the process, create millions of good paying jobs.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Americans’ Energy Use Surges Despite Climate Change Concern” • Americans used a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in natural gas consumption helping to lead the way, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total consumption of all fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such increase in eight years. [Associated Press]

Rising smoke (Brian Peterson | Star Tribune via AP, File)

¶ “ENGIE North America Announces 160-MW Texas Wind Farm” • ENGIE North America, the local subsidiary of French multinational utility company ENGIE, announced that it has started construction of the 160-MW Jumo Hill Wind Project in Texas, which is expected to be completed and brought online by spring of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massachusetts Approves Vineyard Power Deal” • Long-term off-take contracts for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind farm being developed off the state’s coast have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Officials said the off-take deals will spur economic development and ensure a “resilient energy future.” [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Image: MHI Vestas)

¶ “New York City Sets Ambitious Climate Rules for Its Biggest Emitters: Buildings” • Plans approved by the City Council of New York are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings by 40% compared to 2005 levels by 2030, about 26% below current levels. Buildings account for two-thirds of the city’s emissions. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “NJ Approves $300 Million Of ZECs For Salem, Hope Creek Nukes” • New Jersey regulators approved zero-emission credits totaling $300 million for the state’s three nuclear reactors, nearly a year after the governor signed off on an ambitious energy plan aimed at boosting the use of carbon-free resources to 50% over the next decade. [RTO Insider]

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