Archive for October 24th, 2019

October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2019


¶ “From Wyoming To Australia, Coal’s Heartlands Are Retreating” • From the Rocky Mountains to the Rhineland and Australia’s Great Dividing Range, the tide of the coal industry is receding. Since 2010, when coal provided electricity cheaper than renewables, coal has declined 42%. Now electricty from coal is more expensive. [Bloomberg]

Sunset industry (Marius Becker | DPA | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Google Spends Millions On Climate Denial” • As a young company, Google had a motto: “Don’t be evil.” That was then. This is now. We find out the company that once wanted to do only good is a major contributor to organizations like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has aggressively pursued a denialist agenda. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What Would Happen In An Apocalyptic Blackout?” • In our modern world, almost everything, from our financial systems to our communication networks, need electricity. Water supplies, sewer systems, and other critical infrastructure rely on electricity to run. With no power, transportation grinds to a halt, but that is just the beginning of the problems. [BBC]

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¶ “Let’s Not Bank On Natural Gas” • New Jersey no longer has to choose between policies that protect health, climate, and natural resources, and those that protect our pocketbooks. The state is drafting a new Energy Master Plan in a time when renewable energy is already cheap and reliable, the exact opposite of what many people assume. []


¶ “Toyota, Mazda, And Honda To Join The Electric Car Party” • Japanese automakers have been behind the curve when it comes to manufacturing electric cars since the EV revolution began nearly a decade ago. At first, they focused on hydrogen fuel cell technology instead of batteries. But EVs are developing, as fuel cell cars languish. [CleanTechnica]

Possible look of the future (Toyota image)

¶ “Amazon To Get 265 MW Of New Wind And Solar For Data Centers” • Inc unveiled plans for three new wind and solar projects in the US and the UK that will bring 265 MW of power generation capacity for its data centres. The plans are for 50 MW of windpower in Scotland and 215 MW of solar power from two US projects. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Australia’s Carbon Emissions Set To Peak Next Year As Wind And Solar Energy Soars” • Australia’s carbon emissions are set to peak as early as next year before dropping on the back of rapid wind and solar energy deployment, research from the Australian National University has predicted. But the researchers caution about needs for transmission and storage. [SBS]

Solar system in Australia (AAP image)

¶ “Colombia Awards 1.3 GW In Clean Power Auction” • Colombia has awarded renewables capacity to five wind farms and three solar plants totaling 1298 MW in an energy auction. The average price was the equivalent of about 2.8¢/kWh (€0.025/kWh), or about a third of the current average cost of generation in bilateral contracts. [reNEWS]

¶ “Labour Unveils Plans For Carbon-Neutral Energy System By 2030s” • The Labour Party is unveiling plans to create a carbon-neutral energy system by the 2030s. They would see insulation upgrades for every home in the UK and enough new solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches. The current plans would see a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. [The Guardian]

Rebecca Long-Bailey (Michael Bowles | Rex | Shutterstock)

¶ “Russia’s Next Nuclear Power Play Is Underway” • Energy-rich Azerbaijan’s desire to pursue nuclear power has raised questions among some experts, but Russia’s stated readiness to participate in nuclear construction in Azerbaijan has attracted even more attention. The plant will cost Azerbaijan about $10 billion, but it comes with Russian presence. []


¶ “Air Quality In The US Is Getting Worse And Could Be Killing Thousands, Study Finds” • After improving for the better part of a decade, air quality in the US is getting worse again. And it could be associated with nearly 10,000 premature deaths and billions of dollars in damages, according to a working paper with new analysis of EPA data. [CNN]

Gas flare (David McNew | Getty Images)

¶ “Justice Department Sues California Over Air Pollution Agreement With Canada” • The US Justice Department sued California, claiming that an environmental agreement the state entered with the Canadian province of Quebec to combat air pollution was illegal because it amounted to a treaty or compact between a US state and a foreign power. [CNN]

¶ “Federal Science Panel Heavy With Business People” • After nearly three years, President Trump made his first appointments to the White House science advisory committee. Seven people were named to the panel, most with business backgrounds. Just one is a current academic, Birgitta Whaley, a chemistry professor at UC Berkeley. [Inside Higher Ed]

White House (Getty Images)

¶ “Ørsted And Equinor ink New York offshore power pacts” • Ørsted  and Equinor have signed power purchase agreements with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for the 880-MW Sunrise Wind and 816-MW Empire Wind projects, respectively. Siemens Gamesa 8-MW turbines are set to be used at the wind farms. [reNEWS]

¶ “Smithfield, Dominion Energy Double Investment In RNG Venture” • Smithfield Foods, Inc and Dominion Energy are doubling their investment in renewable natural gas projects across the US to $500 million through 2028. The joint venture had focused on projects in North Carolina, Virginia, and Utah, but will expand to other areas. [National Hog Farmer]

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