August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2019


¶ “Big Oil Is Scared” • Here is a simple truth: The world cannot build more fossil fuel infrastructure and have a habitable climate. Science bears this out, and a growing number of people around the world are putting their bodies on the line in the service of said science and habitable climate as well as protecting other natural resources. [Gizmodo Australia]

Demonstration (Photo: AP)

¶ “US Subsidizes Fossil Fuels To The Tune Of $4.6, $27.4, Or $649 Billion Annually, Depending On Source” • Congressional research puts US annual fossil fuel subsidies at $4.6 billion. The NRDC G7 puts the number at $27.4 billion. The IMF includes negative externalities in health and climate, puts the cost at $649 billion annually. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “ZeroAvia Testing Hydrogen-Powered Electric Airplanes” • ZeroAvia, based in California, announced the it is developing electric airplanes powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The airplanes would carry 10 to 20 passengers on flights of no more than 500 miles. ZeroAvia claims they will be cheaper to make and operate than conventional aircraft. [CleanTechnica]

ZeroAvia prototype (ZeroAvia image)


¶ “Mercedes And Fiat Will Electrify A & B Class Cars For European Market” • Fiat CEO Olivier François tells the press his company’s electrification strategy will focus on small cars. The Fiat 500 and Panda account for nearly a third of all small car sales in Europe and the company intends to maintain its market share in that segment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Record Number Burning In Brazil Rainforest – Space Agency” • Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, according to data from the country’s space research agency. According to the National Institute for Space Research, its own satellite data showed an 83% increase from the same period in 2018. [BBC]

Fire in the rainforest (Reuters)

¶ “Recycling And Renewable Energy Center Opens In Glasgow” • The Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre which will divert more than 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and generate enough power for more than 26,000 homes has been officially opened. The site will divert 90% of all the council waste it handles from landfill. []

¶ “Germany: 72% Of Power Needs To Be Met By Non-Hydro By 2030” • The share of renewables in Germany reached 53.4% of the country’s power mix in 2018 and is expected to reach 72.7% by 2030. Non-hydro renewable energy is expected to meet the country’s power demand after nuclear and coal is phased out, according to GlobalData. [ESI Africa]

Water over a dam (Featured image: Stock)

¶ “New Wind Farm Near Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, To Double Province’s Wind Energy Production” • Ground has been broken on a new wind farm in Saskatchewan. The $325-million Golden South Wind Energy Facility is expected to produce 200 MW of wind energy, nearly doubling the amount of wind energy the province produces. []

¶ “South Korea Calls In Japanese Diplomat Over Plans For Fukushima Water” • South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summoned the economy minister from the Japanese embassy in Seoul to discuss a reported plan that would see water contaminated from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown discharged into the Pacific Ocean. [Japan Today]

Water storage at Fukushima (Issei Kato | Reuters file image)


¶ “Ten Democratic Presidential Candidates Will Participate In CNN Climate Town Hall” • CNN is devoting the evening of Sept 4 to the climate crisis. Ten Democratic candidates for president have qualified for the Climate Crisis Town Hall. A CNN poll showed that 96% of Democrats favored taking aggressive action to slow the effects of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Renewables To Reach 30% Of US Energy By 2030” • The contribution of renewable power to total installed capacity in the US is expected to double to 30% by 2030 from today, a study from GlobalData forecasts. The study also projects that  the share of coal-based capacity will decline from 27.2% in 2018 to 13.5% in 2030. [reNEWS]

California Solar array (Recurrent Energy image)

¶ “California Has More Clean Energy Jobs Than Fossil Fuel Jobs” • Clean energy jobs in California now outnumber jobs in the fossil fuel industry five to one, a study has found. More than 512,000 people are employed in jobs related to clean energy, from installing solar panels to building electric cars. This is one in seven such jobs in the US. [The Mercury News]

¶ “Appalachian Power Rolls Out 100% Renewable Option For VA Customers” • Wind Water & Sunlight, a service of Appalachian Power, will supply 100% renewable power to any customer in Virginia using renewable resources from AEP’s generation portfolio. It is the first such program approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. []

Wind farm (Courtesy: Appalachian Power)

¶ “Stony Brook, A Clean-Energy Leader, Tied To Fossil-Fuel Plant For Power” • As Stony Brook University, on Long Island, doubles down on measures to cut its energy use with a $79 million investment, the school has been working behind the scenes to renegotiate a power contract that ties it to a fossil-fuel plant for nearly all its energy needs. [Newsday]

¶ “North Carolina Clean Energy Plan Could Reduce Power Sector Emissions Up To 70% By 2030” • North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality released a draft Clean Energy Plan that calls for the state to reduce power sector greenhouse gas emissions between 60% and 70% by 2030, relative to the levels of 2005. [Utility Dive]

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