October 25 Energy News

October 25, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Industry’s $23 Billion Bailout Request Shows Why It Should Have ‘No Role To Play’ In Solving Climate Crisis: Study” • A proposed bailout of the US nuclear power industry that could cost $23 billion over ten years shows clearly why the climate crisis needs solutions that focus on renewable resources, Friends of the Earth said. [Common Dreams]

Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant (Jeff Fusco | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wheels Of Fortune? A New Age For Electric Motors” • Motors are about to get much more attention from the media, according to the head of technology trends at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a joint venture of the automotive industry and the UK government, said. That is because they are key components of EVs and they are changing fast. [BBC]

¶ “The Problem Of Thinning Arctic Sea Ice” • After spending considerable time finding Arctic ice thick enough to be safe to work on, at 85° north latitude, Polarstern has finally moored to an ice flow. Over the coming days the team will begin setting up an ice camp around Polarstern, carefully putting out equipment that the ice can support. [BBC]

Polarstern (Credit: Sebastian Grote | AWI)

World:

¶ “The UK Once Hoped For An American-Style Fracking Boom. It’s Not Happening” • The UK once hoped that fracking would unlock shale energy reserves, creating jobs and new tax revenues. That now looks unlikely to ever happen. The fracking industry faces big challenges, one of which is that the cost of renewable energy is falling fast. [CNN]

¶ “eHang Is About To Make Aviation History, With First eVTOL Service Coming In December” • eHang is readying the launch of the very first eVTOL urban air mobility service in Guangzhou, China, this December. eHang wants to become a full-stack UAM solution and will most likely be the first eVTOL aircraft operator in service. [CleanTechnica]

eHang AVV (Photo courtesy of eHang)

¶ “P&G Purchases 100% Renewable Electricity In US, Canada And Western Europe” • The Procter & Gamble Company announced that it reached its 2020 goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity in the US and Canada. P&G exceeded its original goal by extending the purchase of 100% renewable electricity to Western Europe. [Business Wire India]

¶ “IMF Advocates For Carbon Assessments” • Climate change is an existential threat, and yet, there is a general paralysis about what to do to stop it. The International Monetary Fund released a report that resorts to classical economic theory to solve the problem by making polluters pay the costs imposed on society by their pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Carbon pricing (IMF image)

¶ “Offshore Wind Needs $1.2 Trillion To Hit Climate Goals, IEA Says” • Offshore wind farms around the world are set to draw $840 billion of investments adding 20 GW per year over the next two decades, the International Energy Agency said. But the IEA said meeting climage goals will require 40 GW per year and investments of $1.2 trillion. [Investing.com]

¶ “Offshore Wind ‘To Be $1 Trillion Industry'” • Global offshore wind capacity could increase 15-fold and attract $1 trillion of cumulative investment by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. The EU 2040 tally could rise to 180 GW and become the region’s largest single source of electricity if it reaches its carbon-neutrality aims. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (ABB image)

¶ “Remote WA Community Taken Off Grid And Supplied With Renewable Energy” • A community in Western Australian has become the first in Australia to be taken off the grid and supplied renewable energy instead. Horizon Power is removing traditional poles and wires east of Esperance, after installing solar and batteries with diesel backup. [ABC News]

¶ “Offshore Wind Leads German Renewables Growth” • Offshore wind is the fastest growing renewable energy source in Germany, increasing output by 31% in the first three quarters of this year, compared with the same period of 2018. In this year’s first three quarters, 17 billion kWh of electricity were produced, compared to 12.9 billion kWh in 2018. [reNEWS]

Arkona wind farm (reNEWS image)

US:

¶ “Boulder Starting Work To Bring Solar Panels To 14 Facilities” • Boulder, Colorado, is about to expand its renewable energy portfolio enough to power 600 homes. The city’s project will add solar panels to 14 city facilities to bring 2.5 MW of generation online, a news release said. It is expected to save $1.5 million over 30 years. [Boulder Daily Camera]

¶ “Kincade fire: Thousands evacuated as California wildfire rages” • About 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire rages through California’s wine country. Nearly 180,000 homes are without power after Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power in 15 southern California counties to prevent the risk of any accidental fires. [BBC]

Fire in wine country (AFP image)

¶ “Port Houston To Start Using Renewable Energy” • The Port Houston Authority has approved a plan to buy electricity from renewable sources to meet its operational needs. The port will now start talks with retail electric providers MP2 Energy Texas, Constellation New Energy and NRG Business Solutions to buy renewable electricity. [Ship Technology]

¶ “Engie Aims To Green US SMEs” • Engie Resources is offering small and medium-sized enterprises renewable energy supply contracts under a new package. Its ‘portfolioRE’ program will supply physical clean power through traditional retail contracts along with renewable energy certificates, through customer aggregation. [reNEWS]

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