April 29 Energy News

April 29, 2019

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¶ “Finland’s New Generation Of Climate Heroes” • The town of Ii in northern Finland wants to be the world’s first zero-waste community. They stopped using fossil fuels, and the community is reducing CO₂ emissions faster than any other in Finland. Their target is to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2020, 30 years ahead of the EU’s target. [BBC]

Children in Ii

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Being Fueled By Soil Damage” • There is three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere, but that carbon is being released by deforestation and poor farming. And this is fueling climate change. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, built over, or harmed by over-watering. [BBC News]

¶ “eHang Shows Dazzled Public Its Autonomous eVTOL Aircraft” • True autonomous air taxis are coming soon and today’s battery technology is just enough to let these dreams take off. There is a major competition developing, a budding industry of electric air taxi startups. eHang aircraft are expected to go into producton next year. [CleanTechnica]

eHang eVTOL AV demonstration

World:

¶ “State Gas Company To Build 25 Hydrogen Production Facilities And Plumbing Network By 2030” • To help speed up the use of fuel cells, South Korea’s state gas company unveiled a 4.7 trillion won ($4.06 billion) roadmap to create 25 hydrogen production facilities and a network of 700 km of gas pipes by 2030. [Aju Business Daily]

¶ “Van Oord Wraps Up Norther Turbines” • Van Oord has completed turbine installation at the 370-MW Norther offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium. The 44 MHI Vestas V164 8.4-MW machines were installed by the company’s jack-up Aeolus. First power was delivered by the project in February. The work was completed in nine months. [reNEWS]

Norther offshore wind farm (Van Oord image)

¶ “JRE Breaks Ground On 17-MW Wind Farm In Yamagata” • Japan Renewable Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 17-MW wind park. Tsuruoka Hachimoriyama Wind Farm will have five turbines of 3.4 MW each. Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2020. The wind farm’s operational life will be around 20 years. [Renewables Now]

¶ “German Government Warming Towards Carbon Tax” • Germany looks set to introduce a system of carbon emissions pricing, a report said. Senior officials of the parties in Berlin’s governing coalition had reached a consensus. Chancellor Angela Merkel had earlier announced that the government was looking at proposals. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Power plant

¶ “German Asset Manager Snags Swedish Mega-Farm” • German renewables asset manager Luxcara has bought the Onusberget wind farm in Sweden, with a potential capacity of up to 750 MW, from developer Svevind. Luxcara plans to start construction this year and to have the project in commercial operation at the end of 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “A South Korean Government-Owned Company’s $700 Million On A Bylong Coal Mine Now In Question” • The South Korean Government put the strategic case for its controversial Bylong coal mine proposal in question with new plans to significantly cut coal-fired power use over the next two decades. It was concerned about air pollution. [Newcastle Herald]

Site of the proposed Bylong coal mine

Australia:

¶ “Small Businesses To Access Three-Year Renewable-Energy PPAs” • In response to business interest, energy retailer ERM Power plans to aggregate handfuls of small customers eager to purchase renewables and large-scale generation certificates at an agreed fixed price. The customers will be matched to suitable projects. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Australia Can Be Powered 100% By Renewables By Early 2030s, Says Garnaut” • Leading economist and climate change policy expert Professor Ross Garnaut says that Australia could be powered 100% by “intermittent” renewables by the early 2030s. Operating this way, the grid would be reliable, secure and less expensive than it is now. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array (Photo: Zbynek Burival | Unsplash)

¶ “REALM Study Show How Businesses Can Get More Value Out Of Solar” • The Renewable Energy and Load Management study, which was funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, found that businesses can deliver flexibility in their electricity demand to match variable renewable energy, given the right price signals. [PACE Today]

US:

¶ “Colorado Kills Direct EV Sales Law But Fines For Blocking Chargers Are Likely” • A bill to make direct sales of electric cars legal in Colorado died after the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted 35 to 30 against the measure. The vote may appear to be directed at Tesla, but it was fears about Rivian that defeated the bill. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup

¶ “University Adds Solar Panel Sites Around Campus” • The University of Minnesota is increasing the amount of renewable energy produced on campus. Its goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020. The University is working toward a bigger goal of offsetting 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [Minnesota Daily]

¶ “Legacy Of Three Mile Island Accident, Political Power Of Gas Industry Makes Nuclear Subsidies An Uphill Battle In Pennsylvania” • Pennsylvania is the latest state to debate whether to provide a rescue package to its nuclear power industry, but its unique history and current energy landscape may make subsidies a tougher sell here. [WHYY]

Have a superbly groovy day.

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