April 26 Energy News

April 26, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “What That Flashy Renewable Energy Paper Got Wrong” • A much talked-about paper from the University of Chicago says renewable energy mandates have high costs. But the paper, which was not peer-reviewed, has serious problems. Its most recent data is from 2015, when costs were 50% higher than they are today. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “How A Key Energy Technology Can Help Developing Countries” • A global energy transition is under way. Its potential to redraw the landscape will be profoundly felt in developing economies. We can safely guess that the changing system will include a large role for batteries for both electric vehicles and power storage. [Scientific American]

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘No Plow’ Conservation Agriculture Movement Gaining In Popularity” • Industrial farming has already destroyed about a third of the world’s available topsoil. In six decades the rest could be degraded to the point where nothing grows. The conservation agriculture movement that began in the US is spreading rapidly to other countries. [CleanTechnica]

Farming (Pixabay image)

¶ “Tracking The Toxic Air That’s Killing Millions” • The World Health Organisation says air pollution causes the death of seven million people each year, including a third of fatalities from lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Until we can tackle its causes, mainly burning fossil fuels, we need at least to know where and when it is likely to be most dangerous. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Thousands Evacuated As Mozambique Is Hit With The Strongest Storm In Its History” • Northern Mozambique is being hit by Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, a little more than a month after the country was slammed by the deadliest and costliest storm in its history, Tropical Cyclone Idai. Now Kenneth is the strongest tropical cyclone in the country’s history. [CNN]

Kenneth approaching landfall (NASA | NOAH)

¶ “Iraq’s Oil Boom Could Be Derailed By A Lack Of Water” • Iraq’s oil production has doubled in the last ten years, but It needs as much as 1.5 barrels of water for every barrel of oil. Iraq relies on imports from neighboring countries for 70% of the water it consumes. River levels have fallen by as much as 40% in the last 20 years. [CNN]

¶ “The joys of springs: how Kenya could steam beyond fossil fuel” • Recently, Kenya has become a frontrunner in expanding access to electricity. Since 2010, the proportion of the 44 million population with power has reportedly surged from one in five to three in five. This is largely thanks largely to steam from the subterranean depths. [The Guardian]

Geothermal plant (Lisa Murray | UN Environment 2019)

¶ “French Utility Engie To Sell Some German And Dutch Coal Power Assets” • French utility Engie is selling coal-fired plants with a total capacity of 2,345 MW. Engie said that after the sale, coal will represent 4% of its global generation capacity, down from 13% at the end of 2015 when it announced plans to close or dispose of its coal assets. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “South Africa: 80% Against Coal, In Favour Of Renewable Energies” • A survey conducted by YouGov, through a sample of a thousand people, showed that 80% of South Africans believe that investment in renewable energy is better for long-term development than in coal, despite the fact that 85% of South Africa’s energy comes from coal. [AFRIK 21]

Coal-burning power plant (Shutterstock image)

¶ “World’s Only Floating Nuclear Power Station Dubbed ‘Chernobyl On Ice’ Launched By Russia” • A floating nuclear power plant that environmental campaigners have dubbed “Chernobyl on ice” is ready to begin supplying electricity, Russia has announced. The vessel, with two 70-MW nuclear reactors, is the first of its kind. [The Independent]

US:

¶ “Tesla Semi Truck Is Actually Delivering Cars To Customers” • Recently, Tesla shared a few videos of the Tesla Semi Truck that was being used as a car transport carrier. Now, the prototype truck is actually delivering cars to real customers, as we see in the latest video footage and photos shared by the California-based automaker. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla delivering Tesla

¶ “Solar Power Doubles In Most American Cities In Last Six Years” • According to a new report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center, solar power capacity at least doubled in 45 out of the 57 biggest American cities in the last six years. In some American cities the solar PV capacity quadrupled. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nuro Partners With Kroger For Autonomous Delivery Service In Houston” • Nuro is making self-driving delivery service available to Kroger customers in the 77401 and 77096 zip codes in Houston for a fee of $5.95. Customers will be able to shop for their groceries online or via the app, schedule the delivery, and meet the vehicle at the curb. [CleanTechnica]

Nuro self-driving delivery vehicle (Courtesy of Nuro)

¶ “Fourteen Answer California Offshore Wind Call” • The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has received expressions of interest from 14 developers in the call for information and nominations for obtaining commercial wind energy leases off the West Coast. The leases are in three proposed areas off central and northern California. [Offshore WIND]

¶ “Ball Packs 100% Clean Power” • US can producer Ball Corp signed two virtual power purchase agreements for 388 MW of renewable energy. The PPAs, one for wind and one for solar, will allow the company to address 100% of its North American electricity load for its corporate, packaging, and aerospace operations by the end of 2021. [reNEWS]

Have an impressively gorgeous day.

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