April 21 Energy News

April 21, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door” • Lift Air subsidiary Flight Design General Aviation GmbH, based in Germany, announced new 4-seat airplane that could be certified in a year. Importantly, it is energy agnostic, so it is ready for a full electric propulsion system. [CleanTechnica]

Flight Design aircraft

¶ “Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 5: Who Is Behind Carbon Engineering, And What Do Experts Say?” • Carbon capture is a technology that burns so much natural gas that they produce and must capture 500 tons of CO₂ for every 1,000 they capture from the air. Who would want to do such a thing? Someone who loves seeing fossil fuels sell. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Cities And Counties Can Partner With Colleges On Climate Change” • The Texas environmental movement is strong on college campuses, but Texans can do better. The situation is far more urgent than it was on the first Earth Day, in 1970. Texas higher education institutions need to reenergize the “town and gown” movement. [San Antonio Express-News]

After Hurricane Harvey (David J Phillip | Associated Press)

¶ “Finally, Smooth Sailing For Offshore Wind In Massachusetts” • Massachusetts was the scene of a long legal battle over the first offshore wind farm proposed for the US, the Cape Wind project. A group of opponents won that battle, with some help from one of the Kochs. Now the tide has turned and a massive new flotilla of wind turbines on the way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “FirstEnergy’s Supposed ‘Green New Deal’ To Bail Out Nuclear Plants Is Really Just A Political Deal” • Oh, boy, do Ohio House Republicans have (what one GOP foe calls) a Green New Deal for you: a fast-moving plan to add $2.50 a month to each Ohioans’ residential electric bill to bail out nuclear power plants. Doesn’t that sound fair? [cleveland.com]

Nuclear power plant (Photo: AP)

World:

¶ “Sturgeon Urged To Leave Oil And Gas Behind To Create Green Deal And Jobs Boost” • Patrick Harvie, the Green Party’s co-convenor in Scotland, is to lead demands for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to develop a Green New Deal policy. He believes it will lead to over 2,000 jobs in the country’s renewable sector by 2035. [The National]

¶ “NEVS Will Build Sion Solar-Powered Electric Car At Former SAAB Factory In Sweden” • Sono Motors’ Sion will be the first production car to have built-in solar panels. Sono says the panels can generate enough electricity to drive the Sion up to 21 miles on a sunny day. National Electric Vehicle Sweden and Sono will make them in a former SAAB plant. [CleanTechnica]

Sono Motors Sion

¶ “Power Outages Are A Thing Of The Past In Zambia” • The African Development Bank Group celebrated a success, tweeting, “Power cuts are now a thing of the past in #Zambia! A major boost in electricity production, – thanks to a robust hydraulic and solar power generation industry – means the country is now self-sufficient in energy.” [SaharaReporters.com]

¶ “Battle Of Waterloo Bridge: A Week Of Extinction Rebellion Protests” • “It’s been a resounding success,” said one of the group’s organisers on Thursday. “We are holding all the sites, we are attracting loads of new members, … the police are generally positive and friendly, … and we are getting our message out there.” It is still going on. [The Guardian]

Extinction Rebellion (Facundo Arrizabalaga | EPA)

US:

¶ “PNM: Clean Energy Moves Won’t Mean Rate Hikes” • Officials from the Public Service Company of New Mexico stopped at the Western New Mexico University campus to hold a brief public meeting on their company’s role in New Mexico’s clean energy future. They said coal was no longer cost-effective for power generation. [Silver City Daily Press and Independent]

¶ “State Funding Approved For Six McHenry County Solar Projects; Dozens More Wait-Listed” • In Illinois, a company spokesman said 438 community solar projects representing 864 MW of power signed agreements with ComEd and applied to participate in the Adjustable Block Program. A total of 78 were accepted by lottery. [Northwest Herald]

Solar array (Shaw Media file photo)

¶ “Arizona Regulators Look To Revamp Rules Requiring Utilities To Buy Renewable Power” • Arizona regulators are looking at changing decades-old rules requiring utilities to buy power from certain renewable energy facilities. There is an ongoing dispute between utilities, including Tucson Electric Power Co, and some solar project developers. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “Clean Energy Laws Force Colstrip Owners To Weigh Options” • As the state of Washington edges closer to banning coal power by 2025, the owners of Montana’s coal-burning Colstrip Power Plant are weighing options. Colstrip supplies customers in three states, but without those in Washington it will be hard to justify running the plant. [Billings Gazette]

Colstrip power plant (Adam Fondren | Billings Gazette)

¶ “The Hydrogen Fuel Strategy Behind Nikola’s Truck Dream” • The Nikola Motor Company wants to reinvent trucking by replacing diesel heavy-duty trucks with new ones powered by hydrogen fuel cells. To address environmental concerns, it held a two-day conference on how hydrogen will be made, transported, and stored. [Ars Technica]

¶ “Janet Mills Vows More Than Just Hot Air On Climate Change” • For Gov Janet Mills, climate change is not just a matter of political debate. It is an issue that cuts to the heart of what Maine is all about. In a recent speech, she wondered if Mainers in the not-too-distant future “may not know the state we call home” if the issue is not dealt with. [Press Herald]

Have an altogether excellent day.

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