October 20 Energy News

October 20, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Dark Money Protecting The ‘Worst Energy Policy In The Country’” • Ohio is the first state to reverse its renewable energy standards and efficiency targets, all while funneling more money to coal. Leah Stokes, an environmental political science professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, called it the “worst energy policy in the country.” [Grist]

Pollution (Contributor | The Washington Post | Getty Images)

¶ “Decarbonizing Economy Requires Lot More Electricity” • With broad consensus that we must decarbonize our economy, the question is how. A Brattle Group report found that cutting emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050 means demand for electricity will actually need to grow to roughly twice its current levels. [CommonWealth magazine]

¶ “‘Killer Fog’ And Bringing Science Back To The EPA, Whether The EPA Wants It Or Not” • We have long known air pollution is a killer. It may be why Clara Ford wouldn’t drive a Model T, but drove an electric car instead. The Trump administration’s lack of concern for public health puts the matter on the public. Caring citizens are working on solutions. [CleanTechnica]

PM 2.5, tiny bits of soot (US EPA image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New NOAA Weather Prediction System Improves Severe Weather Forecasts” • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its weather prediction system this June with a climate model that will include data from updated oceanic science, allowing for more accurate climate-change-related severe weather forecasting. [Medill Reports: Chicago]

World:

¶ “Hungary Looking For A Renewable Spot In The Sun” • Hungary is rich in renewable energy potential as solar, wind, biomass and thermal energy are all easily accessible for the Central European country. Combined with the creation of smart cities, these factors can contribute to a greener and more pleasant future. [Budapest Business Journal]

PV system in Hungary (CivertanS, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “30 GW Of Renewable Plants To Be Built Along Western Border In India” • India is thinking about building 30 GW of renewable power sources in a desert along its western border, individuals acquainted with the arrangement have indicated. The area, in Gujarat and Rajasthan, is known as a bright, breezy, and bone-dry region. [ELE Times]

¶ “Extreme Weather Linked To Greater Public Trust In Science, Survey Shows” • Auckland physics professor Shaun Hendy said people are seeing the evidence of climate change with their own eyes. Thirty years ago scientists would have struggled to have their climate change work noticed, but now it seems more and more people are taking note. [Stuff.co.nz]

Floodwaters in Nagano after Typhoon Hagibis

¶ “Chinese Technology Helps Cubans Shift To Solar Energy” • In the outskirts of the Cuban city of Pinar del Rio, some 150 km west from Havana, is a solar park with over 15,500 panels made by the Chinese solar energy company Yingli. Cuba has 65 solar parks operating, 15 others under construction, and plans for a total of 191. [Xinhua]

US:

¶ “Investors Rejoice: US Renewables Could Top Coal by 2022” • According to the Energy Information Administration, coal-fired power plants will account for just 22% of the American electricity production in 2020. The EIA also says that renewable power sources will provide up to 19% of American electricity in 2020. That means investment opportunities. [Motley Fool]

Wind turbines (Getty Images)

¶ “Toxic Chemical In 99% Of Americans’ Blood” • PFOA is a synthetic chemical. It’s known as a ‘forever chemical’ because it doesn’t break down. It is known to cause six types of diseases, including two types of cancer. It spreads in groundwater, so it is in the blood of 99% of Americans. The good news is that we can treat the water for it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Jersey Reaches Renewable Energy Milestone With 3 GW Of Solar Installed In-State” • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced that the state has surpassed 3 GW of solar power and 116,000 solar installations statewide. New Jersey ranks in the top ten in the number of residential and business solar installations among all states. [STL.News]

Inspecting a solar system

¶ “Rocky Mountain Power Parent Company Makes It Clear: Renewables Are About To Proliferate In The West” • Digging for finite resources is expensive, and we’re becoming awfully good at harnessing abundant and free fuel courtesy of sun and wind. PacifiCorp, the largest grid operator in the West, embodies that accelerating transition. [The Park Record]

¶ “In Monticello, A City At The Center Of The Nuclear Energy Debate” • Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant’s license is set to expire in 2030.  Xcel plans to retire its two coal plants in the Upper Midwest, adding more natural gas, solar, and wind, but it wants to keep the nuclear plant operating until at least 2040. [Minnesota Public Radio News]

Have a conspicuously restful day.

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