Archive for August 29th, 2019

August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2019


¶ “It’s The Economics, Stupid! The Case For Carbon Fees” • Researchers at the Carnegie Institute For Science and the University of Waterloo found that putting a price on carbon would lead to greater innovation and energy efficiency. The results of their research have now been published in the scientific journal Joule. [CleanTechnica]

Shrink-wrapped money (Edward Betts, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Smart Charging Is Better Than Dumb Charging, German EV Study Finds” • Netze BW, the utility grid operator in Germany’s Baden-Württemberg region, studied the charging habits of EV drivers in its service area for 15 months. The report based on their data allays fears about simultaneously charging lots of electric cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biochar’s Role In Mitigating Climate Change” • Carboculture has a patented technology that turns methane-spewing biomass wasted into high-carbon charcoal, in a carbon-neutral way. This allows a cleaner, more efficient way to make such charcoal products as biochar. And biochar can be important for further carbon sequestration. [CleanTechnica]

Biochar (Image © Carboculture)

¶ “Europe Warming Faster Than Expected Due To Climate Change” • Research in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters finds the number of summer days with extreme heat has tripled since 1950 and summers have become hotter overall, while the number of winter days with extreme cold decreased in frequency by at least half. [Newswise]


¶ “Greta Thunberg, Climate Change Activist, Sails Into New York City” • Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York after a 15-day, 3,000 mile (4,800 km) voyage across the Atlantic. She will participate in UN climate summits in New York City and Chile. The 16-year-old Swede traveled by sail boat to minimize her carbon footprint. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg arriving (Greta Thunberg via Twitter)

¶ “Nuclear Inquiry Told ‘Firmed Renewables’ Cheapest And Best Option For Future” • A mix of distributed renewable energy generation and firming technologies including battery storage and pumped hydro remains the best path forward for Australia’s future grid, experts have told the federal government’s inquiry into nuclear power. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Chinese Firm To Build Renewable Power Projects In Bangladesh” • Bangladesh has set up a $400 million joint venture with a Chinese company to build renewable energy projects to provide 500 MW of capacity by 2023, a government official said. The venture is the latest sign of Beijing’s growing involvement in Bangladesh’s energy sector. []

Solar farm

¶ “NSW Coal City, Newcastle, Sets Sights On 100% Renewables” • The New South Wales coal city of Newcastle is zeroing in on plans to take local government operations 100% renewable, after a feasibility study it commissioned earlier in the year estimated cost savings of up to $4.8 million to ratepayers by switching to renewable sources. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ “Sunrise For Alberta’s Solar Industry: The Economics Of Commercial-Scale Projects Increasingly Make Sense” • Alberta’s renewable energy sector has long been dominated by wind, but industry experts say a massive, 300-MW solar farm proposed for southern Alberta is proof that a sun-powered revolution is now on its way. [Calgary Herald]

Solar PVs in Alberta (Christina Ryan | Calgary Herald Archives)

¶ “New Renewable Energy Power Plant Of Capacity 46,000 MW To Come Up In Gujarat” • Around 46,000 MW of renewable capacity is likely to be set up in the Indian state of Gujarat by 2030 taking the share of green energy in the state’s total capacity to 70%, a study from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says. [ELE Times]

¶ “TEPCO, Chubu Electric, Toshiba, And Hitachi To Discuss Four-Way Nuclear Business Alliance” • TEPCO, Chubu Electric Power, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd said they have agreed to discuss potential collaboration on nuclear power, as the industry faces a challenging business environment following the 2011 Fukushima crisis. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima Daiichi (Kyodo)


¶ “Energy Storage Technology Adoption In The US” • A report published by the US Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie notes the US market has recorded a 232% year-over-year growth in terms of megawatts deployed in the first quarter of 2019. The US had 148.8 MW, 271.1 MWh, of energy storage deployed in the quarter. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Tesla Insurance Launches, Claims To Save Owners Up To 30% On Premiums” • Tesla launched its Tesla Insurance offering for owners in California with a promise to save owners up to 30% on premiums. Tesla is moving to provide the end-to-end vehicle purchase, service, fueling, and insurance services in a buildup for the Tesla Network. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Service Center (Tesla image)

¶ “NV Energy CEO Touts Progress On Renewables, Reliability And Cost Control” • The CEO of NV Energy told an audience at at the Northern Nevada Development Authority’s monthly meeting that the utility is on track to reach 50% renewables well ahead of schedule, with one of the nation’s most reliable electric services and stable pricing. [Nevada Appeal]

¶ “Bill Introduced To Allow Nuclear Power To Qualify As A Renewable Energy Source” • An amendment to California’s constitution would allow nuclear power to qualify as renewable under the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham says it would make the renewable energy market more fair. [KSBY San Luis Obispo News]

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