October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How Much US Electricity Will Come From Renewables in 2030?” • NextEra Energy has made some of the most optimistic projections about the future of renewable energy. I wanted to check that and calculated for myself how much US electricity could come from renewables by 2030. I think we should all actually be much more optimistic. [Motley Fool]

Wind farm (Corey Coyle, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Storing Renewable Energy In Mineshaft Weights May Be Cheaper Than Using Batteries” • A system that stores excess renewable energy by using weights suspended above disused mineshafts could be cheaper than batteries according to a report by independent analysts at Imperial College London. A test system is being built. [E&T Magazine]

¶ “Boston Will Likely See A Warmer, Milder Winter This Year” • Boston is in for a warmer, milder winter this year, the NOAA 2019-2020 Winter Seasonal Outlook says. This matches a multi-year trend of warmer winters across the US. This year’s absence of an El Niño or La Niña season means the overall trend of global warming will be more visible. [Daily Free Press]

Charles River in February (Sophie Park | DFP file photo)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Booming. But It’s Not Growing Fast Enough To Fight Climate Change” • Renewable power capacity is expected to surge by 50% globally in the next five years, the International Energy Agency says. But the growth of renewables will still be “well short” of what is required to meet aggressive climate change goals. [CNN]

¶ “ABB Supports Asia-Pacific Hydrogen Pilot” • ABB is to supply technology to a clean energy project in Australia that will deliver hydrogen to Japan. The Swiss company will provide automation, electrification, and instrumentation for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain pilot project. Construction of the small-scale pilot facilities in Victoria started this year. [reNEWS]

Liquid hydrogen facility (ABB image)

¶ “BYD Rolls Into Busworld Europe With An End-To-End Transit Plus Clean Energy Solution” • BYD charged into Busworld Europe 2019 this week in Brussels touting its ability to deliver a “total transport solution.” It allows transit operators not only to electrify their fleet, but to power them with BYD technology as well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Newcastle Becomes The First Council To Move To 100% Renewable Energy” • The City of Newcastle will be the first local government in New South Wales to have 100% renewable electricity, after signing a 10-year power purchase agreement with energy retailer Flow Power. The city is in a region already moving to low-carbon power. [Newcastle Herald]

Wallsend Library (Photo: City of Newcastle)

¶ “France May Yet Pursue 100% Renewable Power Strategy – Minister” • France has yet to decide whether to build new nuclear reactors and could yet pursue a long-term strategy of 100% renewable energy, Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said. She disagrees with the CEO of EDF, who had said France is preparing to build new reactors. [Reuters UK]

¶ “UK Set For First Cryogenic Storage” • Highview Power is to construct the UK’s first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility at the site of a decommissioned thermal power station in England. The 50-MW plant uses liquid air as the storage medium and will be the first of a portfolio of projects that the company is planning in the UK. [reNEWS]

Cryogenic battery plant (Highview Power image)

US:

¶ “Exxon Accused Of Misleading Investors On Climate Change” • An unprecedented climate change lawsuit against ExxonMobil is set to go ahead in New York State. The company is accused of misleading investors about the potential costs to its business of climate regulation. The case is at the forefront of a rising number of legal actions faced by oil and gas firms. [BBC]

¶ “Fossil Fuel Execs Lied To The Public About Climate Science For Years” • just days before ExxonMobil goes on trial in New York state for allegedly lying to its investors about the risks of climate change, a team of academic researchers released a report detailing the company’s decades-long campaign to mislead the wider public about climate crisis. [VICE]

Rex Tillerson (Brian Harkin | Getty Images)

¶ “PG&E Head Says To Expect Rolling Blackouts For The Next 10 Years” • Pacific Gas & Electric is shutting parts of the California grid down to prevent wildfires during periods of dry, windy weather. The CEO of PG&E told the California Public Utilities Commission that the state will likely see blackouts for another 10 years, NPR reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York Advances 316-MW Battery Charge” • The New York Public Service Commission has given approval to LS Power’s 316-MW Ravenswood energy storage project proposed for New York City. A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has been awarded to the project for the plant, which will be built at Long Island City. [reNEWS]

New York skyline (FreePhotos image)

¶ “Oil Majors Dump Millions Of Cubic Feet Of Methane Directly Into The Atmosphere” • A report by the New York Times and Greenpeace finds oil companies are releasing more natural gas into the atmosphere than ever – enough to meet the needs of Arizona or South Carolina. Despite its value, they find it cheaper to throw it away. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ex-Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen Introduces A Renewable Energy Firm” • A new business venture by former Tennessee Gov Phil Bredesen is to help companies fund PVs in communities with dirty electric grids. He will introduce Clearloop at a conference headlined by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [Columbia Daily Herald]

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