October 19 Energy News

October 19, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Why We’re Rethinking The Images We Use For Our Climate Journalism” • After the Guardian‘s editors considered the language they use to cover environmental issues, they turned their attention to images. When it comes to images on climate change, people love pictures of polar bears, but they respond to pictures relating to their own lives. [The Guardian]

Air pollution in the UK (Steve Garvie, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Hostage-Taking New Tactic In Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline Wars” • National Grid claims that New York’s decision to nix a new natural gas pipeline resulted in a gas shortage, and they can’t provide gas hookups to hundreds of buildings in New York City and elsewhere. Now it looks like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called their bluff. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Croissant-Making Method Leads To Breakthrough In Sustainable Energy Storage” • Inspired by croissant-making techniques, researchers came up with improved energy storage, according to a study. Having pressed and folded a capacitor covered with a plastic film, researchers were able to increase energy storage by a factor of thirty. [iNews]

Croissant (Public Domain Pictures)

¶ “Researchers Announce A Battery That Runs On Lithium And Carbon Dioxide” • Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have published a paper in the journal Advanced Materials that says they have successfully designed a lithium-carbon dioxide battery that is fully rechargeable and remains stable for up to 500 charging cycles. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Swiss Election: Why Melting Alps Could Create A Green Wave” • Climate change has risen to the top of Switzerland’s political agenda and observers are eyeing a possible “green tsunami” in 20 October elections. Combined, the Greens and Green Liberals get 18% of the vote in opinion polls, putting them in second place among Swiss parties. [BBC]

Mourning the Pizol glacier (Getty Images)

¶ “Volvo To Introduce A New EV Each Year, Sell 50% BEVs By 2025” • Volvo is moving quickly to produce more EVs. “A Volvo built in 2025 will leave a carbon footprint that is 40% lower than a car we build today,” Volvo Cars CEO Samuelsson said. Volvo plans to achieve that number by selling 50% battery electric vehicles by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Porsche And Boeing Sign An Agreement To Work On ‘Premium’ eVTOL Aircraft” • Boeing and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to look into the “premium” electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft market. The two companies will create an international team focusing on various aspects of urban air mobility. [CleanTechnica]

Kitty Hawk Heaviside (Courtesy Kitty Hawk Corp website)

¶ “Haven Power Lands Renewable Energy Contract With Ford” • Haven Power, based in Ipswich, secured a renewable electricity contract with automotive giant Ford to supply renewable electricity to three of its manufacturing plants in the UK. Haven Power will supply Ford with 250 MW of electricity, reducing its CO₂ emissions. [CSO Magazine]

¶ “UK CfD3 Winners Sign Contracts” • Offshore projects totaling 5500 MW have signed the Contracts for Difference offered in the UK’s third round allocation, the Low Carbon Contracts Company said. Four remote island wind farms with combined capacity of over 274 MW have also signed the contracts offered to them, LCCC said. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (SSE Image)

¶ “South Africa Plans 22-GW Renewables Surge” • South Africa plans to build more than 22 GW of new wind, solar and storage capacity up to 2030, the government’s 2019 integrated resource plan says. The plan, which maps out the energy mix for the next 10 years, envisages 14.4 GW of new wind, 6 GW of new solar and 2,088 MW of storage. [reNEWS]

¶ “India To Add 20,000 MW Of Nuclear Power Generation Capacity Over Next Decade” • India is set to add around 20,000 MW of nuclear power generation capacity over the next decade, KN Vyas, Secretary at the the Department of Atomic Energy and the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission said at an industry event. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Nuclear plant

US:

¶ “The Single Biggest Threat To US Oil Jobs” • Reuters’ John Kemp reports, citing official data, that the oil and gas support segment had shed 14,000 jobs between October last year and August this year. That’s a 5% decline, and combined with other data from the industry, it does suggest that a slowdown is in motion. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Facebook And Google: Utilities Must Take Lead On Grid Decarbonization” • Corporate procurement now ranks among the top drivers of large-scale US renewables purchases. But it’s not the long-term answer to clean energy deployment, the technology executives said at an event hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy. [Greentech Media]

Data center (Credit: Google)

¶ “Commonwealth of VA Announces Largest Renewable Energy Contract in Nation” • The Commonwealth of Virginia announced a landmark agreement. It is the largest contract that any state has negotiated to buy renewable energy to power state government. Dominion Energy will supply the state with 420 MW of wind and solar power. [The Roanoke Star]

¶ “Scientific Integrity Act Passes House Committee” • Legislation to protect scientific integrity in US federal agencies was approved by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in a 25 to 6 vote that included bipartisan support. The bill would require federal science agencies to adopt and enforce a scientific integrity policy. [Eos]

Have a fabulously happy day.

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