April 23 Energy News

April 23, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland Is Melting Even Faster Than Experts Thought, Study Finds” • Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a study. About 40% to 50% of the planet’s population is in cities that are vulnerable to sea rise. [CNN]

Arctic ice

World:

¶ “Lower Prices For Renewables Mean Fewer Coal-Powered Generating Stations In China” • China has a moratorium on building new coal-fired generating stations in ten regions where available power exceeds demand. That moratorium will end soon, but analysts believe the low cost of renewables will make new coal plants unattractive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canada iZEV Electric Car Incentive Program Begins May 1” • While the US hems and haws about the federal tax credit for electric vehicles, its cousins to the north in Canada have a mostly coherent policy that will provide a C$5,000 ($3,750) rebate to some electric car buyers. The program is called iZEV and goes into effect on May 1. [CleanTechnica]

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

¶ “Tata Power To Focus On Clean Energy, Won’t Build New Coal-Fired Plants” • Tata Power, India’s largest private integrated power company, will lead the country’s renewable energy transition by ceasing building new coal-fired power plants, a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says. [The New Indian Express]

¶ “Eni To Build Industrial-Scale Offshore Wave Power Plants” • The CEOs of Eni, Fincantieri, Cassa depositi e prestiti, and Terna signed an agreement to develop and build wave power stations on an industrial scale. They agreed to combine the expertise of the four companies to develop the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter. [The Maritime Executive]

ISWEC platform

¶ “Britain Has Been Surviving Without Coal Power Since Thursday” • Climate change activists are still blocking streets in London, but according to tweets from the UK’s national grid, the country gone without coal power for 86 hours straight. The streetlights are still working, the internet is still switched on, and the kettles are still boiling. [Metro]

¶ “Westpac Signs PPA With Bomen Solar Farm” • Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks, signed a power purchase agreement with Bomen Solar Farm for 63 GWh of renewable electricity annually to power its operations globally. The PPA follows Westpac’s pledge to source 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. [Energy Magazine]

Solar panels (Shutterstock image)

¶ “India Looks To Add Twelve New Nuclear Power Stations” • India will add twelve nuclear power stations to its lineup to shore up its power supply situation, the Department of Atomic Energy said, according to The Times of India. DAE secretary KN Vyas said that nuclear energy “irreplaceable,” at an industry event in Russia. [OilPrice.com]

US:

¶ “Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach Could Soon Be Underwater Because Of Climate Change. Lawmakers Are Fighting To Preserve It” • Hawaii state Rep Chris Lee has a 2-year-old niece. If recent climate reports about Hawaii are correct, he said, after she finishes high school, she may not be able to lie in the sun on Waikiki Beach. [CNN]

Waikiki beach (M Borsch | De Agostini Editorial | Getty Images)

¶ “Mayor Breed Unveils Plan To Power San Francisco Buildings With 100% Renewable Energy ” • San Francisco Mayor London Breed unveiled a plan for the city’s largest private commercial buildings to run on 100% renewable electricity. Those over 500,000 square feet would have to be 100% renewably powered by 2022. [CBS San Francisco]

¶ “Taylor Farms Slashes Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Taylor Farms is North America’s largest producer of ready-to-eat vegetables. It celebrated Earth Day with the announcement that it has seen a reduction of 12,190 metric tons of CO₂ emissions over the course of the year, through use of solar, wind, fuel cells, and cogeneration. [Register Pajaronian]

Taylor Farms field (Courtesy of Taylor Farms)

¶ “New Mexico Utility Says It Will Be Emissions-Free By 2040” • Officials from the Public Service Co of New Mexico, the state’s largest electric provider, rolled out a plan to be emissions-free as early as 2040 during an Earth Day event in Albuquerque. They said PNM is the first investor-owned utility in the US to set such a goal. [Artesia Daily Press]

¶ “California Just Made More Clean Energy Than It Needed” • The California Independent Systems Operator, the state’s grid operator, has shown that for most of the period between 1:50 PM and 3:05 PM on Sunday April 21, the amount of carbon-free electricity generated in the region it covers exceeded customer demands. [pv magazine USA]

Desert wind turbines (Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “An Earth Day To Remember: Gov Sisolak Signs 50% RPS In NV” • Nevada Gov Steve Sisolak signed SB358 under blooming plums trees on the lawn between the Legislative Building and the State Capitol. Now, 50% of the state’s electricity will come from such clean renewable sources as solar, wind and geothermal, by 2030. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “Minnesota Power Offers New Way For Customers To Go Renewable” • Minnesota Power has introduced a new renewable energy program, and doing so exceeded a state energy-savings goal. Its customers will be able to choose more renewable electricity by enrolling in Minnesota Power’s Renewable Source program. [BusinessNorth.com]

Have a guiltlessly merry day.

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