Archive for August 24th, 2019

August 24 Energy News

August 24, 2019


¶ “Climate change: Should you fly, drive or take the train?” • A return flight from London to New York emits an estimated 0.67 tonnes of CO₂ per passenger, according to the calculator from the UN’s civil aviation body, the International Civil Aviation Organization. That’s equivalent to 11% of the average annual emissions for someone in the UK. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg sailing (Finnbarr Webster)

¶ “Parsing The 35 Page, $16 Trillion Green New Deal From Bernie Sanders” • Bernie’s plan is projected to cost $16 trillion over the next 15 years. But Sanders says it will pay for itself by eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, requiring fossil fuel companies to pay for the damage their products do, and adding tax benefits of adding 20 million new workers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier” • David Koch died at the age of 79. He is best known as a major funder of right-wing political causes from tax cuts to deregulation, an arts patron, and a man-about-town. But to his critics, his most lasting political legacy might very well be the rapidly warming world that he left behind. [The New York Times]

David Koch in 2015 (Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘100-Year’ Floods Will Happen Every 1 To 30 Years, According To New Flood Maps” • 100-Year floods should happen about every hundred years. But Princeton researchers developing maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts found 100-year floods could occur annually in New England’s future. [Science Daily]


¶ “Bolsonaro To Deploy Troops To Fight Amazon Rainforest Fires” • Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is deploying the army to tackle the wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. The troops will be deployed for the next month, according to a presidential decree obtained by CNN. Hundreds of temporary firefighters are also being hired. [CNN]

Burned forest (AFP Contributor | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Will Obtain Battery Cells From LG Chem For Chinese Model 3 Production” • Tesla has said all along it will work with multiple battery suppliers for the electric cars it makes in China, beginning with the Model 3 later this year. A Bloomberg report said Tesla has agreed to source at least some of those battery cells from LG Chem. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Group Brings Electrification And Autonomy To Industry” • Volvo Group announced that it is partnering with NVIDIA on autonomous driving systems for public transport, freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, construction, mining, forestry, and more. The change increases efficiency while reducing CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

HX2 autonomous electric load carrier (Volvo Group image)

¶ “Share Of Renewable Energy To Be Increased: Nadeem Babar” • Pakistan’s government intends to increase the share of renewable energy by setting long-term targets, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Energy Chairman Nadeem Babar said. He said the absence of such targets has caused today’s power sector issues, Radio Pakistan reported. [ARY News]

¶ “UK Climate Investments Supports Clean Energy Projects In South Africa” • The UK Climate Investments Impact fund in partnership with H1 Holdings has announced an investment of about $17 million in wind energy projects across South Africa. The Round 4 projects with a total capacity of 254 MW and are to be finished by the end of 2020. [Pumps Africa]

Wind turbines (Kalle Pihlajasaari, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “India Declares Ocean Power As Renewable Energy” • The Government of India declared that tidal and wave power for generating electricity are renewable resources. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said this decision will boost the use of ocean energy in India as the government steps up efforts on climate change objectives. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Japanese Utilities Start Selling Uranium Fuel Into Depressed Market” • Japan’s nuclear operators are starting to sell some of their huge holdings of uranium fuel, as chances fade of restarting many more reactors eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The sales are likely to further depress the already weak uranium market. [Business Recorder]

Billet of uranium (US DOE, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “TEPCO To Submit Decommissioning Plan Regarding Five Reactors” • TEPCO will submit to a municipal official on Monday a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant, Jiji Press said. This means 26 Japanese nuclear units are to be decommissioned. [Japan Today]


¶ “Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids For 900 MW Of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage And Grid Services” • Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals for about 900 MW of renewable energy and energy storage projects. It’s the utility’s second major round of contracts in the past year combining solar and wind power with batteries. [Greentech Media]

Solar power in Hawaii

¶ “$107.4 Million Approved For Heavy & Medium-Duty EV Chargers In San Diego Area” • The California Public Utilities Commission approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s plan to add many more EV charging stations for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. In the next five years, $107 million will be invested in the charging infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports, Finding Robust Wind Power Installations And Falling Prices” • The DOE released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind. []

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