October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Rise Of Renewables May See Off Oil Firms Decades Earlier Than They Think” • The rising world reliance on fossil fuels may end decades earlier than the most polluting companies predict, offering early signs of hope on the climate crisis. Energy experts are adjusting their forecasts as clean energy develops far more quickly than expected. [The Guardian]

Windfarm in Northumberland (Murdo Macleod | The Guardian)

¶ “‘I’m Standing Here In The Middle Of Climate Change’: How USDA Is Failing Farmers” • American farmers are being slammed by climate change, but the Agriculture Department is doing practically nothing to help them adapt to it. Experts are predict that this is the new norm: increasingly extreme weather across much of the US. [Politico]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Exposure To Pollution Linked To ‘Silent Miscarriages'” • Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of pollution face an increased risk of “silent miscarriage” in the first trimester, according to a study. A “silent miscarriage” happens when a fetus hasn’t formed or has died, but the placenta and embryonic tissue remain. [CNN]

Los Angeles (Frederic J Brown | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Did The US Navy Solve Clean Energy With A Compact Fusion Reactor?” • In a patent application, Salvatore Pais, of the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, claims to have invented a compact fusion reactor. The patent claims that a device 1 to 6.5 feet in size could generate between a gigawatt and a terawatt of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “An Arctic Expedition On Thin Ice” • The icebreaker Polarstern and its crew reached 85 degrees north on their Arctic voyage only to make a worrying discovery that threatens the success of the expedition. The problem is that they need to find ice that will support their activities, including a runway for aircraft, and the ice they are finding is not thick enough. [BBC]

Polarstern on thin ice

World:

¶ “Uniti Announces Pricing” • Uniti, an electric car startup from Sweden, announced pricing details for Uniti One, its 3-passenger city car. With the larger of the two available batteries, UK prices will start at £15,100 ($19,050), after a government incentive of £3,500 is deducted. With the larger battery, the Uniti One is said to have a range of 300 km (186 miles). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Irish Are Motoring Greener And Cleaner: Electric And Hybrid Vehicles Now Account For Over 10% Of Irish Auto Sales” • Green motoring is on the increase month by month in Northern Europe, as we’ve reported extensively. We are now happy to bring a report on the continuing growth of electric vehicles in Ireland. [CleanTechnica]

Free charging at a grocery (Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Wind Energy Could Supply One Third Of Global Power By 2040, Says Siemens” • Wind energy could supply more than one third of global electric power demand by 2040, and this could save up to four million lives a year, according to a new study commissioned by wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Equinor To Proceed With 88-MW Hywind Tampen Offshore Wind Farm” • Norwegian energy company Equinor confirmed Final Investment Decision on the 88-MW Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm, which is to supply power to oil and gas platforms in the Norwegian Sea, the first ever to be powered by a floating offshore wind farm. [CleanTechnica]

Illustration of the Hywind Tampen project (Equinor image)

UK:

¶ “Ban Air Miles To Combat Climate Crisis, UK Committee Recommends” • Air miles programs should be banned and a levy on frequent flyers put in place to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, the UK government’s climate advisory body said in a report. The measure is one of a number of recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change. [CNN]

¶ “Extinction Rebellion: Police Ban London Protests” • The Extinction Rebellion activists say they left London’s Trafalgar Square after police issued a ban on the group’s climate change protests. Demonstrators protesting in the capital after 21:00 BST could be arrested. The protests, which began last Monday, have seen more than 1,400 arrests. [BBC]

Police remove an Extinction Rebellion protester (PA Media)

¶ “The UK Company Turning Waste Plastic Into Fuel For Hydrogen Cars” • Britain produces about 5 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, but less than a third of that is recycled. Roughly half ends up in landfills. UK company Powerhouse Energy wants to use this plastic deluge and other waste to produce energy. [CNN]

US:

¶ “Poll: Ohio Voters Support Renewable Energy And Oppose The State’s Recent Nuclear Subsidy” • More than six in 10 (63%) Ohioans think developing more renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, should be the most important priority for addressing Ohio’s energy needs. A majority (54%) oppose subsidizing nuclear and coal plants. [Solar Builder]

Voters in Ohio

¶ “Xcel Energy Plans To Close Two Of Its Coal Fired Plants In Pueblo To Make Way For A Greener Future” • Xcel Energy plans to close two of its coal-fired plants a decade early to make way for a greener future. The plants are in Pueblo, Colorado. The renewable energy industry is growing right next to retiring coal-burning plants. [The Denver Channel]

¶ “Legislation That Would Double Guam’s Renewable Energy Goal Receives Support” • A senate bill aimed at raising the amount of Guam’s electricity produced from the current goal of 25% to 50% by 2035 received general support during a public hearing. A question arose about whether a solar farm or rooftop solar is better. [The Guam Daily Post]

Have an exceptionally fortuitous day.

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