Archive for May 8th, 2019

May 8 Energy News

May 8, 2019


¶ “We’ll Soon Know The Exact Air Pollution From Every Power Plant In The World. That’s Huge.” • A nonprofit AI firm called WattTime will use satellite imagery to track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world precisely, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. [Vox]

Keeping an eye on the polluters (Shutterstock)

¶ “How To Overcome Obstacles To Microgrid Financing” • Microgrid financing is still evolving. This is due in part to the complexity of microgrids, which use numerous technologies and are deployed using many different models, including utility, community, and remote options. The complexity can make it difficult to find financing. [Microgrid Knowledge]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Is Helping Spread A Fungus That Attacks Bananas” • A fungal plant disease from Asia has been spreading across banana-growing areas of Latin America and the Caribbean since the 1960s. New research indicatess that the changing climate is aiding the spread of this highly destructive plant infection. [CNN]

Bananas (Helene Valenzuela | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)


¶ “Australian Mayors Want More Ambition On Climate Change, 100% Renewables” • Ahead of Australia’s Federal Election, a group of mayors from across the country has called for Federal leaders to prioritize climate action and commit to phasing out fossil fuels. They want the government to lock in 100% renewable energy targets. [Sask News Now]

¶ “Germany Is Opening Its First Electric Highway For Trucks” • One answer to the problem of pollution from diesel trucks is using overhead lines to power big rigs. A system that allows trucks to draw electric power from overhead cables went into operation on 10 km (6.2 miles) of the Autobahn, according to the German government. [CNN]

Trucks equipped to operate on electric power
(Silas Stein | Picture Alliance | Getty Images)

¶ “Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran May Increase Uranium Enrichment” • Iran pulled out of key commitments of the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the deal’s remaining signatories 60 days to choose between meeting their commitments to the deal or following US sanctions. [BBC]

¶ “Age Of Cheap Coal Power Is Over For Australia, Says BNEF” • The era of cheap coal power in Australia is over, brought to an abrupt end by ever cheaper solar and wind power generation, and by rising coal prices, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Kobad Bhavnagri. The change happened more quickly than anyone had predicted. [RenewEconomy]

Scott Morrison, now prime minister, extolling
the virtues of coal (Image: Lukas Coch | AAP)

¶ “Siemens Spins Off Struggling Gas And Power In Smart Digital Shift” • Siemens is spinning off its gas and power business, which has dragged on the German engineering firm’s performance as the rise of renewable power hits demand for gas turbines. The gas and power unit’s 2018 profit had fallen by 75% as revenue dropped 19%. []

¶ “Swedish Partners Target 1 GW Of Wind” • Swedish pulp and paper producer SCA is working with OX2 to develop up to 1000 MW of new wind power on its land within five years. To start, SCA and OX2 have identified a small number of areas that are suitable for wind power in Norrland county and have begun to develop four projects. [reNEWS]

Installing a wind turbine (Joachim Lagercrantz | OX2)


¶ “1 In 5 Americans Now Live In Places Committed To 100% Clean Power” • With Washington state, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Hawaii, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, all committed to goals of 100% renewable energy, one in five Americans lives in places with such a goal. Seven more states have bills to meet the same goal. [Grist]

¶ “Fossil Fuel Complicity No Longer Hidden Behind ‘Fiduciary Duty’” • One argument against divestment of fossil fuel holdings is breach of fiduciary duty to invest for the highest financial returns. That argument is failing as the world turns ever more to renewables, for reasons relating to the environment, economics, and security. [CleanTechnica]

Polluting plant (Pixabay image)

¶ “Massachusetts’ Multipronged Policy Approach Spurs Distributed Energy Storage” • Massachusetts is a leader in the deployment of distributed energy storage in America, due to forward-thinking legislative approaches and other measures aimed at unlocking the full potential of the resource, analysts told Utility Dive. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Montana Solar Farm Deal Would Provide Power To 4,900 Homes” • A utility and a solar energy company in Montana agreed to launch a solar farm large enough to power 4,900 homes. The 20-MW, $18 million system would be developed as a Community Renewable Energy Project. It is expected to come online in 2021. [Great Falls Tribune]

NorthWestern Energy solar pilot (Photo: NorthWestern Energy)

¶ “Bipartisan Group Of Legislators Reintroduces Bills To Get PA 100% Powered By Renewable Energy” • A bipartisan group of state legislators is re-introducing a pair of bills aimed at getting Pennsylvania to have 100% renewable energy by 2050. Sen Tom Killion (R-Chester) said “It’s not just about the environment. It’s about jobs.” [WHYY]

¶ “Illinois Weighs Novel Approach To Quitting Coal” • NRG Energy Inc, Illinois’ second-largest coal plant owner, wants coal units to be eligible for payments by converting to natural gas or even shutting down under a broader utility plan to help reduce carbon emissions. The measure faces long odds, joining a crowded field of complex energy bills. [E&E News]

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