Archive for April 22nd, 2019

April 22 Energy News

April 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Are You Doing Enough To Fight Climate Change On Earth Day (And Every Day)?” • On this Earth Day 2019, people in the US say that they are taking environmentally-friendly actions, yet 44% believe their actions are too small to fight climate change. A total of 32% do not feel knowledgeable about the actions they can take. And NIMBYism prevails. [CleanTechnica]

Drought (Pixabay image)

¶ “Corporate Greed Is Accelerating Climate Change. But We Can Still Head Off Disaster” • America’s economy is not only failing American citizens. It is failing the planet, and that means it is failing future generations. Corporate greed is one cause of that, and it has been taking over American politics. But there is a real possibility of change. [CNN]

¶ “How Much Does Trump Admin Love Renewable Energy? Shhh, Don’t Tell!” • Leading US corporations have been hopping on the renewable energy bandwagon to save big bucks, despite a lack of support from the current occupant of the Oval Office. The good news is that the DOE still supports renewables, including wind and solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Lone Star Wind Farm

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘It’s Already Begun’ – Feedback Loops Will Make Climate Change Even Worse, Scientists Say” • Rising Arctic temperatures set free a vast amount of carbon previously locked beneath permafrost, these additional greenhouse gases speed up warming, and that melts more permafrost. It is a feedback loop, and scientists say it has begun. [Yahoo News]

¶ “Earth Day Affirmation: New Satellite Data Confirms Earth Is Warming And Possibly At A Faster Pace” • Just in time for Earth Day, new satellite data corroborates scientists’ findings that the Earth is warming at an alarming pace. The new data from NASA’s Aqua satellite corroborates findings from the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. [Green Car Reports]

Polar Bear on Arctic ice (AWeith | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Alaska’s In The Middle Of A Record-Breaking Spring Melt, And It’s Killing People” • The average temperature for March recorded at the NOAA observatory in Utquiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska, was 18.6° F above normal. The above-normal temperatures are part of a trend that has been going on for many years. [ScienceAlert]

World:

¶ “Greta Thunberg’s Visit To Britain Is A Huge Moment For The Climate Movement” • This afternoon an international sensation is taking to the stage in central London. She’s young, but she is admired around the world. Her name is Greta Thunberg. She’s a 16-year-old climate hero. And she is much needed in a time of crisis. [The Guardian]

Greta Thunberg speaking in Rome (Matteo Nardone
| Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire | REX | Shutterstock)

¶ “China’s Solar Installations Dip 40% YOY To 5.2 GW In Q1 2019” • China installed 5.2 GW of solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2019. This was a decline of nearly 40% from the first quarter of 2018, when China installed 9.65 GW of solar PV capacity. Most of what has been installed so far this year is distributed small-scale systems. [Mercom India]

¶ “Dutch Engineers Build World’s Biggest Sun-Seeking Solar Farm” • Dutch engineers are building what will be the world’s largest archipelago of islands made up of sun-tracking solar panels. Construction will begin this year on 15 solar islands on the Andijk reservoir in north Holland. Each of the first three will be 140 meters across. [The Guardian]

Floating solar system (ZoW5 Photo)

¶ “China Keen On Second Nuclear Plant In Bangladesh” • Chinese companies have expressed great interest in bidding for Bangladesh’s proposed second nuclear power plant. Two Chinese companies – Dongfang Electric Corporation and China State Construction Engineering Corporation – have started a huge lobbying effort. [Northeast Now]

US:

¶ “On Earth Day, North Carolinians Rally For 100% Clean Energy By 2050” • Citizens, scientists, legislators, and faith leaders are rallying for Earth Day on the campus of North Carolina State University in support of legislation calling for 100% clean energy by 2050. North Carolina is already a leading state for solar PV capacity. [Public News Service]

Wind turbine (Benedikt | Adobe Stock)

¶ “Clean Tech Jobs Lead Employment Statistics In Many US States” • Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and projections from the Projections Managing Partnership, Yahoo Finance has charted which jobs are in high demand in all 50 US states. It says solar panel installer is the fastest growing job in eight different states. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Wonks Hope To Achieve Breakthrough At Basalt Vista Project” • The first phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Basalt Vista project in Colorado will serve as a laboratory for unparalleled management of household energy use and independence from the electrical grid. Each unit in the project will use “net-zero” energy. [Aspen Times]

Basalt Vista project (Anna Stonehouse | The Aspen Times)

¶ “Fate Of Northern Vermont Solar Projects Uncertain” • The waiting game continues for developers of eight solar projects planned for the congested northern tier of Vermont’s electrical grid. They remain on hold until grid constraint issues are addressed. The region they are in already has considerable renewable power production. [vtdigger.org]

¶ “Engie Begins Work On Jumbo Hill Wind Project In Texas” • ENGIE North America announced the start of construction of the 160-MW Jumbo Hill Wind Project in Texas. The project will use 57 GE Renewable Energy turbines, each with 127-meter rotors. The total capital investment of the Project is set to be over $150 million. [Saurenergy]

Have a wonderfully enjoyable day.

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