Archive for April 25th, 2019

April 25 Energy News

April 25, 2019


¶ “Old Coal Mines, Tarnished Nukes Usurped By Land-Saving Solar” • From Appalachia in the United States to Queensland in Australia and Chernobyl in Ukraine, solar and wind farms are being developed and built in places not normally associated with clean energy, and in some regions that have long been resistant to it. [Seattle Times]

Solar park at Chernobyl (Vincent Mundy | Bloomberg)

¶ “Self-Scheduling: How Inflexible Coal Is Breaking Energy Markets” • By operating when operating costs exceed revenues, coal-fired power plant owners cost US consumers $1 billion a year in inflated utility bills. Some utilities have chosen to shut down coal plants seasonally and only operate a few months of the year. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Leading Climate Scientists Gather In Orkney As Climate Change Threat Measured At World Heritage Sites” • Leading climate scientists and heritage professionals are gathering on Orkney to measure the threat climate change poses to world heritage sites. The event is piloting new risk assessment methodology. [Press and Journal]

Orkney Heritage site

¶ “nanoFlowcell Flow Battery Test Vehicle Surpasses 200,000 Miles” • A German company, nanoFlowcell, is testing a flow battery for automotive use. This means that the battery can be recharged by pumping out used liquids and replacing them with fresh ones. The test car has actually driven for over 220,000 miles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Thousands Of Emperor Penguin Chicks Wiped Out” • When the sea-ice on which they were being raised was destroyed in severe weather in 2016, thousands of emperor penguin chicks drowned. The colony’s 14,000 to 25,000 breeding pairs made no attempt to reestablish it, and it disappeared from satellite images altogether. [BBC]

Emperor penguin colony (Christopher Walton)


¶ “$13.6 Billion Record-Breaking Solar Park Rises From Dubai Desert” • Under the Arabian sun, a monumental construction effort is making headway. Located deep within Dubai’s desert interior, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park continues to grow. It has just passed another milestone, with groundbreaking of phase four. [CNN]

¶ “The ‘Unlikely’ Group Calling For Climate Action” • Australia’s conservative capitalist farmers are beginning to push the government on climate change. They can see the devastating impacts of extreme weather on their land, as a prolonged drought cripples vast swathes of the nation. It is an issue for the election in May. [BBC]

Farm protest in Canberra (Farmers for Climate Action)

¶ “India Will Add 144 GW Renewables By 2022, Exceed 275 GW By 2027: IEEFA” • India will reach 144 GW of renewable energy capacity by fiscal year 2021-2022, not far from the 175-GW target set in 2015. This puts India on track to exceed its 275-GW target in 2027, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Tropical tree losses persist at high levels” • Around 12 million hectares of forest in the world’s tropical regions were lost in 2018. While this represents a decline on 2016 and 2017, it is still the fourth highest rate of loss since records began in 2001. Of particular concern is the continued destruction of what are termed primary forests. [BBC]

Amazon rain forest (Getty Images)


¶ “Ford Drops $500 Million Into Rivian In Bid To Electrify Its F‑Series Trucks” • Ford announced a $500 million equity investment into electric truck and SUV builder Rivian. Ford seems to hope to get a foot in the door at Rivian so it can develop a line of electric trucks and SUVs built on top of Rivian’s electric vehicle skateboard platform. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Brayton Point Coal-Fired Generating Station Will Be Repurposed To Support Offshore Wind” • The Brayton Point plant in Massachusetts was so dirty that a Harvard University study blamed it for 106 premature deaths each year. It closed in 2017 because of economics. Now its site will be repurposed to support offshore windpower. [CleanTechnica]

Brayton Point (Credit: Z22, CC-sa | 3.0 via Wikipedia)

¶ “Occidental Trumps Chevron’s Deal For Anadarko” • A bidding war has emerged in America’s rich shale oil patch. Occidental Petroleum revealed a $76-a-share offer to acquire oil driller Anadarko Petroleum.The offer is about 20% greater than the $33 billion takeover deal Anadarko reached earlier this month with energy giant Chevron. [CNN]

¶ “Minnesota’s General Mills And Hormel Buy Wind Power To Offset Energy Used To Make Food” • General Mills And Hormel, two of Minnesota’s largest food companies, announced new wind power purchase agreements this month, to help offset the energy used to run their vast operations. The announcements came on Earth Day. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Cactus Flats wind farm in Texas (Courtesy of General Mills)

¶ “Smithfield Foods And RAE Launch Joint Venture To Create Renewable Energy, Wildlife Habitat” • Smithfield Foods and Roeslein Alternative Energy formed a joint venture to produce renewable natural gas from manure collected from Smithfield farms in Missouri. The deal also includes ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. [KTTN]

¶ “Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Rejects Vectren’s Power Plant Proposal” • A proposal to build an 850-MW power plant fueled by natural gas to replace an old coal-burning plant was rejected by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. It said the owner, Vectren, had not adequately considered less expensive alternatives. [Evansville Courier & Press]

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