October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tiny Shell Fossils Reveal How Ocean Acidification Can Cause Mass Extinction” • Ocean acidification caused a mass extinction of marine life a little less than 66 million years ago, research into tiny shell fossils has shown. This could have implications for the current climate crisis, which is also making the oceans more acidic. [CNN]

Fish and healthy coral (Donald Miralle | Getty Images)

¶ “Replacing Coal With Gas Or Renewables Saves Billions Of Gallons Of Water” • The transition from coal to natural gas and renewables in the US electricity sector is dramatically reducing the industry’s water use, a new Duke University study finds. Natural gas uses far less water than coal, and renewables far less than that. [Duke Today]

World:

¶ “Portugal’s Galp Ups Investment Plan, Seeks More Renewable Energy, Natural Gas” • Portugal’s oil company Galp Energia earmarked €1 billion ($1.11 billion) to €1.2 billion in annual investment until 2022 in an increase from up to €1 billion under a previous plan. It wants to expand its natural gas and renewable energy business. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array (Getty Images)

¶ “Turkish Firms Invited To Invest In Renewable Energy Sector” • Pakistan has invited Turkish companies to invest in its power sector as upcoming renewable energy policy is to pave way for incentive-driven investment in the country. A draft renewable energy policy aims to have 25% of capacity be renewable or alternative by 2025. [The News International]

¶ “Renewables Power 20% Of Italy’s Power Demand In 2019” • Non-hydropower renewables met around 21.7% of Italian electric demand for the period to date in 2019, statistics by power grid operator Terna SpA show. Over the same period in 2018, their share was 20.4%. In addition, hydro provided 34.82 GWh of the 241.94 GWh of demand. [Smart Energy]

Venice (Credit: Frederic Beccari | Unsplash)

¶ “City Of Sydney Council Signs Major Renewable Electricity Deal” • In March this year, City of Sydney committed to using 100% renewables to meet all its electricity needs. The city has now announced that it sealed a $60 million deal that will see all of the Council’s electricity supplied from wind and solar energy sources from July next year. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “EDF To Power UK Mega-Theme Park” • EDF Energy will be partnering with the London Resort to make it one of the most sustainable theme parks in the world. Under a 25-year concession to be signed on the grant of planning, EDF Energy will build, own and operate the onsite renewable energy generation and storage facilities for resort. [reNEWS]

London Resort site (Image: The London Resort)

¶ “UK To Use Finance Meant For Green Energy To Support Fracking In Argentina” • The UK plans to invest in Argentina’s controversial oil shale industry using a £1 billion export finance deal intended to support green energy, according to government documents seen by the Guardian. A memo spoke of Argentina’s “huge shale resources.” [The Guardian]

¶ “African Countries Mull Nuclear Energy As Russia Extends Offers” • African countries, with growing populations, will need much more energy. Russia, one of the main exporters of nuclear technology, is taking a lead in forming partnerships with African countries to develop it, says the World Nuclear Association’s Jonathan Cobb. [Deutsche Welle]

Nuclear power plant

US:

¶ “EVs Take Center Stage At Solar Power International 2019” • At Solar Power International in Salt Lake City, a key theme was the integration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure into the fold of the solar-powered smart home. CleanTechnica kicked off SPI 2019 with a 5-hour session called EVs 101, hosted by Utah Clean Cities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Engie Wind On Walmart US Shopping List” • Engie US Wind is to supply electricity to Walmart from two under-construction wind farms in the US under virtual power purchase agreements totalling 366 MW. Walmart is buying 166 MW from the Prairie Hill project in Texas and 200 MW from the King Plains facility in Oklahoma. [reNEWS]

Installing a wind turbine (Engie image)

¶ “Historic Congressional Hearing Targets Big Oil’s Climate Denial” • The first ever congressional hearing on Big Oil’s history of climate denial aims to show that more than 40 years ago, oil industry research proved that burning fossil fuels harms the environment, but that oil companies misled the public about it to keep profits up. [Public News Service]

¶ “Storage Player Unveils US Battery Plant Plan” • US company Kore Power is planning to build a lithium-ion battery plant in its home country to support global growth efforts for its energy storage system. The 305,000-square-meter plant is expected to support up to 2000 jobs by providing batteries for the Mark 1TM storage system. [reNEWS]

Rendering of plant (Kore Power image)

¶ “Lawmakers Introduce Renewable Energy Bills” • Michigan representatives have introduced a series of bills to contribute to Michigan’s growing clean, renewable energy industry. They are looking forward to lifting the state’s cap on distributed electricity generation because of the impact it has made on the solar industry to date. [WLNS]

¶ “Third Ohio City Commits To 100% Renewable Energy” • The city council of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy. Lakewood joins Cleveland and Cincinnati as the third Ohio city, to make this commitment. It is also the state’s first suburban community to do so. [Solar Power World]

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