October 16 Energy News

October 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “What happens when a city bans car from its streets?” • Many modern cities have been built around cars, with huge amounts of space set aside for roads and parking. Now, some cities are trying to design the car out of the urban landscape altogether. Both Oslo and Madrid have started work on plans to ban cars from their centers. [BBC]

Oslo (Getty Images)

¶ “Getting Real Serious About Renewable Hydrogen In Real America” • Renewable energy critics used to complain that wind and solar were unreliable because they were intermittent. Now that very characteristic has created an opportunity for renewable hydrogen production, using excess renewable energy to produce hydrogen, which can be stored. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “To Encourage Climate Action, Talk Up the Benefits Of Adaptation” • New studies indicate that the unwillingness of climate change believers to take basic protective steps suggests that policymakers trying to encourage climate action are better off talking about the benefits of mitigation than about the dangers of a warming planet. [Scientific American]

After Hurricane Florence (Credit: Sean Rayford Getty Images)

¶ “Argentina May Be the Hottest Renewable Energy Market You Haven’t Heard Of. Can It Spur a Global Boom?” • An innovative approach unlocked Argentina’s renewable energy market, making it “the most interesting in the world” in just three years. It could open the door to billions in renewable investment in developing nations worldwide. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Extreme Snowfall Kept Most Plants And Animals In One Arctic Ecosystem From Reproducing” • Climate scientists predict that parts of the Arctic will see more precipitation and more extreme seasonal fluctuations, as the globe warms. Snowfalls in 2018 were so heavy in parts of Greenland that some species could not breed. [Science News]

Arctic sanderling (J Reneerkens)

World:

¶ “Google Unveils $150 Million Investment To Power Manufacturing With Renewables” • Google committed to invest $150 million (£118 million) in helping its key manufacturers to source renewable power and decarbonized their grids. Google predicts that its initial investment will catalyze around $1.5 billion of investment in renewables globally. [edie.net]

¶ “Record Melting Sees Swiss Glaciers Shrink 10% In Five Years” • Glaciers in Switzerland have shrunk 10% in the past five years, a rate that has never been seen before in over a century of observations, according to new research. The summer 2019 heatwave saw glacier melt rates break records, leading to huge losses in ice volume. [CNN]

Swiss glacier (Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Berkshire Hathaway Unveils 118-MW Alberta Wind Plan” • Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary BHE Canada is planning to build a 117.6-MW wind farm in Alberta. The company expects construction of the Rattlesnake Ridge to start next year, having signed a long-term power purchase agreement for most of the 475 GWh per year output. [reNEWS]

¶ “European Tidal Nets €47 Million Aye For TIGER” • The EU-funded Interreg program launched a €47 million tidal project to install up to 8 MW of capacity in and around the English Channel. The Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project aims to boost the prospects for tidal stream in the UK and France through use of economies of scale. [reNEWS]

Tidal turbine (Image: Simec Atlantis)

¶ “Renewable Capacity Additions Exceed New Coal In India” • Coal power station capacity addition is seeing a declining trend in India. Between financial years 2012 and 2016, 10-20 GW of new coal-power station capacity was added every year to the grid. But, in the last three years, this dropped to 5 GW and is further declining. [Down To Earth Magazine]

¶ “Ofgem Offers To Reduce Costs Of Hinkley Point Transmission Link” • UK gas and electricity markets regulator Ofgem plans to offer £637 million to National Grid Electricity Transmission for construction of a transmission link for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor. The offer is intended to save money for both investors and customers. [Power Technology]

Hinkley Point A and B (Credit: Richard Baker)

US:

¶ “Notre Dame Embraces Renewable Energy, Cuts Coal-Fired Plant” • The University of Notre Dame is shuttering its coal-fired power plant a year ahead of schedule thanks to a sustainable energy plan that’s seen the campus embrace renewable energy. The university had set a goal to reduce emissions 50% by 2030, but it has achieved that already. [Miami Herald]

¶ “Trump Administration Proposes New Logging In Nation’s Largest National Forest” • The Trump administration is proposing opening more than 180,000 acres of the country’s largest national forest for logging. The Agriculture Department proposal would allow road construction to log the huge Tongass National Forest. [CNN]

Tongass National Forest

¶ “A Northern California Refinery Fire Has Been Contained After Sending Residents To Shelter In Place” • Two large ethanol tanks burned at a NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Department spokesman. The fire spread to nearby vegetation, but it was contained in less than seven hours. [CNN]

¶ “Green Cab Ditches Hybrids In Favor Of Teslas For Its Taxi Fleet” • The Green Cab taxi company in Madison, Wisconsin, announced that it is converting its fleet of taxis from hybrids to electric vehicles. When the move is completed, it will make Green Cab the first in the nation to operate a fleet of fully electric taxis. [CleanTechnica]

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