Archive for April 20th, 2019

April 20 Energy News

April 20, 2019


¶ “You Can’t Stop The Wind. But These Folks Are Trying Anyway.” • In Texas, tax breaks for fossil fuels outpace tax breaks for renewables by a rate of two to one. Guess which sector whines about unfairness? But the renewables sector is actually unstoppable, and fossil fuel interests are starting to show their desperation. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

Wind turbines and oil refinery (Eric Gay | Associated Press)

¶ “Texas Proves That Booming Renewable Energy Doesn’t Bring Electricity Price Armageddon” • Many energy pundits still warn of an Armageddon of high electricity prices and unreliable grid electricity for those too reliant on renewable power generation. There’s just a tiny problem with such claims: The data do not support them. [Dallas News]

¶ “Renewable Energy: A Multi-Trillion-Dollar Marketplace Is Emerging” • The US energy grid is ageing and it’s the perfect opportunity for energy contractors to up their game and help improve the sector. And increasing commitments to renewable energy, now by four states and over a hundred cities, will push immediate change. [Born2Invest]

Solar array (Photo: Okawa Photo via Shutterstock)

¶ “Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 4: Carbon Engineering’s Only Market Is Pumping More Oil” • The only industry group that still thinks carbon capture has merit is fossil fuels. They are spending a tiny fraction of their money so they can tout the wonders of their technology around the world while their products produce gigatons of CO₂ annually. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Better” • To truly decarbonize the US economy, we need to fully use renewable energy technologies, which are significantly safer and more cost-effective than nuclear power plants. The American Council on Renewable Energy says it has proven them more advantageous than nuclear in terms of cost and safety. [The New York Times]

Nuclear plant (Julien Warnand | EPA, via Shutterstock)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Eco-Friendly Solid Could Replace Conventional Refrigerants” • Researchers at universities in Spain and the UK have discovered a way to achieve cooling by changing the microscopic structure of neopentylglycol, which is non-toxic, non-flammable, and inexpensively manufactured from readily available organic compounds. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The World’s Biggest Electric Vehicle Company Looks Nothing Like Tesla” • The number one producer of plug-in vehicles globally is BYD, based in Shenzhen, China. Though it gets a tiny fraction of the attention of Tesla, BYD now has about a quarter-million employees and sells as many as 30,000 vehicles every month. [Bloomberg] (Thanks to Tom Finnell)

BYD plant (Billy HC Kwok | Bloomberg Businessweek)

¶ “Solar, Wind Power Capacity Addition Slows Down In 2018-19” • The pace of Indian renewable generation additions slowed down in FY19 with just 8.6 GW of solar and wind power plants being commissioned. India added 11.8 GW of renewable capacity in FY18. The country’s installed renewable capacity now stands at 77.6 GW. [Financial Express]

¶ “China To Promote Using Wind Energy To Power Heating Systems” • China’s National Energy Administration urged local authorities to set annual targets for generating heating using energy from wind farms over the period from 2019 to 2021. The country is pushing to reduce carbon emissions from all uses of coal, including heat. []

Wind turbine

¶ “Sungrow Debuts A New Energy Storage System” • Sungrow, based in China, premiered its new fully integrated energy storage systems at an exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. The system’s main innovation is its use of Samsung’s latest E3 Battery for a smaller size and higher energy densities, with minimized on-site work. [Renewable Energy Magazine]


¶ “Puerto Rico Will Stop Burning Coal Next Year” • The Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, recently signed by Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Roselló, puts the island on track to completely ditch all non-renewable energy sources by 2050. But also, the bill says, Puerto Rico’s coal-burning power plants will get the axe in 2020. [Futurism]

Wind turbines (Distel2610 via Pixabay)

¶ “Washington Utility Avista Commits To 100% Clean Energy By 2045” • Avista announced its goal to serve its customers with 100% clean electricity by 2045 and to have a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by the end of 2027. Avista claims a long-standing history of providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to its customers. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Nevada’s 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard Clears Legislature” • A bill increasing Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030 cleared the state assembly with no votes against it, sending it to Governor Steve Sisolak’s desk. The Senate had passed the bill unanimously. Sisolak is widely expected to sign it. [Greentech Media]

Nevada to be 50% green (Photo:

¶ “Two-Thirds Of US Voters Say 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030 Is Important” • A 100% renewable energy mandate was considered the next most important of several options for fighting climate change in a poll, after funding innovation. But the people polled put taxes, wages, jobs, unemployment, and spending ahead of the climate. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Missouri House Backs Landowners Fighting Wind Energy Line” • The Missouri House has passed legislation that could effectively block one of the nation’s largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The line would run from Kansas to Indianan. [KBIA]

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