Archive for November 1st, 2019

January 1 Energy News

November 1, 2019


¶ “Divestment Year In Review 2020 From CleanTechnica” • After decades of warnings that climate change endangers the planet, asset managers are seeing threats to the bottom line. The fossil fuel divestment campaign has captured global attention, with many high-profile institutional investors shedding investments in fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Sixteen billion-dollar weather disasters (NOAA image)
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¶ “It Wasn’t Just The Pandemic: Oil’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year” • It is not a surprise that the oil industry had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Oil powers the vast majority of the global transportation system, and the pandemic froze most of the world’s population in place. But oil has a lot more wrong, and a vaccine won’t fix it. [NPR]

¶ “Why 2021 Could Be Turning Point For Tackling Climate Change” • Countries only have only a limited time in which to act if the world is to stave off the worst effects of climate change. 2021 will certainly be a crunch year for tackling the problem. Here are five reasons why 2021 could be a crucial year in the fight against global warming. [BBC]

Iceberg (Long Ma, Unsplash)

¶ “Signs of Hope for US Federal Climate Action in 2021” • As we enthusiastically bid 2020 farewell, 2021 is starting to feel like a year to be hopeful. Congress has passed what may be the most ambitious energy legislation in several years. Two other bills introduced tackle vastly different aspects of climate change and energy transition. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “21 Best E-Bikes And Electric Motorcycles You Can Buy in 2021” • If you’re one of the lucky few who don’t really need that money to, you know – survive – you get to help stimulate the economy by buying a brand-new e-bike, and 2021 has more offerings available than ever before! Here are 21 to consider trying out in ’21. [CleanTechnica]

Ducati Scrambler SCR-E Folding e-bike (Ducati image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Bomb Cyclone’ Is Bringing Big Waves To Central Coast. What Caused This Weather Phenomenon?” • 2020 ends with another weather record. On New Year’s Eve, a storm with record-breaking low pressure formed near the Aleutian Islands. Its development is what meteorologists call bombogenesis. And it is what they call a “bomb cyclone.” [San Luis Obispo Tribune]


¶ “Volkswagen Expands Charging Infrastructure And Previews Mobile Charger” • Volkswagen is committed to transforming itself from a maker of conventional cars to a manufacturer of EVs. The company is introducing a number of new chargers, covering fast charging station networks, mobile chargers, and chargers for the home. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen’s mobile charging robot (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Greece Approves 2.8 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects” • The Greek government has approved four investments into new renewable energy projects totaling 2.8 GW of wind and solar power capacity. More than €2 billion will be spent on the four investment projects, including over €1,300 million on 2.33 GW of solar PV parks. [Greek City Times]

¶ “Bogota Gets 470 New Electric Buses, Berlin Gets 90” • Electric bus adoption shows no signs of slowing down. We regularly share stories of transit authorities buying another batch of electric buses, and it’s happening all over the world. Most recently, we got some big orders. Berlin, Germany, added 90 electric buses and Bogota, Colombia, added 470. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino electric bus in Berlin (Solaris image)

¶ “Decarbonization Will Make US-Japan Alliance Stronger, Says Koizumi” • Japan will work more closely with the US on cutting carbon dioxide emissions under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, according to Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi. He described what he called a new bond between the allies. [Nikkei Asia]

¶ “UK Green-Lights Ørsted’s Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Giant” • Alok Sharma, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has granted planning consent to Orsted’s 2400-MW Hornsea Three project. Ørsted plans to install up to 231 turbines, with rotors up to 265 meters in diameter, in the North Sea, off Yorkshire. [reNEWS]

Offshore installation (Ørsted image)

¶ “Güriş Installs 50-MW Geothermal Power Plant In Turkey In Record Time” • Ali Karaduman, CEO of Mogan Enerji Yatırım Holding, said a subsidiary of Güriş Holding broke the world record by installing a 50 MW geothermal power facility in just 38 days. The plant is the eighth and final part of the 260 MW Efeler complex. [Balkan Green Energy News]


¶ “US Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For First Time In Over 130 Years” • US annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption in 2019, for the first time since before 1885, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review. In 2019, Coal was down nearly 15% from 2018. [CleanTechnica]

Coal vs renewables (US EIA, “Monthly Energy Review”)

¶ “Ameren Purchases Wind Farm In Northeastern Missouri” • Ameren Missouri said that it bought its first wind farm and plans to make a “transformational advancement” in renewable energy. The company said the 400-MW project in rural northeastern Missouri is the first of two planned investments in Missouri wind power generation. [Agri News]

¶ “Scandal-Battered Utility Now Faces Specter Of Pricy Lawsuits” • Ohio’s largest electric utility has been hit by more than a dozen lawsuits filed by angry shareholders. FirstEnergy, which operates in six states, is accused of funding a $60 million bribery scheme aimed at winning a $1 billion legislative bailout in 2019 for two Ohio nuclear plants. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2019


¶ “How Utilities Wield Bad Science To Stunt Clean Energy” • The climate crisis is already negatively affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Renewable energy has been growing across the US in response, but it is being opposed by big utilities that are pulling out all the stops to block a transformational shift to planet-friendly power. [Utility Dive]

Renewable energy

¶ “Polls Vs Trolls: How Koch Industries Distorts EV Incentive Debate” • The American Energy Alliance did a poll it said was designed to determine the level of support among voters for EV incentives. It asked such questions as “How much you would be willing to pay each year to support the purchase of electric vehicles by other consumers.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Coal Power Is Bleeding Cold, Hard Cash (Thank You, Captain Obvious)” • Carbon Tracker looked at the viability of the EU’s coal fleet in a report it called Apocalypse Now. It says 79% of the EU’s coal power plants are losing money. Carbon Tracker concludes that without significant subsidies, there will be no hard coal or lignite power in the EU by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

E.ON power plant (Marcusroos, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Stronger Renewable Energy Target For Victoria” • Legislation to boost Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target, help put more energy into the grid, and drive down energy prices has passed in the Victorian Parliament. Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target has been boosted to 50% by 2030, building on an existing target of 40% by 2025. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “Rising Emissions Boosting Geothermal Drilling Market” • With rising levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, the geothermal drilling market is expected to grow. Geothermal power generation is expected to post a CAGR of almost 9% during 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. [Power Engineering International]

Geothermal plant (Steam, not smoke)

¶ “ReNew Power To Commission 3,000 MW Capacity In 18 Months ” • Indian clean energy firm ReNew Power will add 3,000 MW of generation capacity in the next 18 months, a top company official said. A 250-MW plant was commissioned at Bikaner on October 27, taking the total generation capacity of Renew Power to 5,000 MW. [Economic Times]

¶ “Cheaper Solar Power Gains Ground In Southeast Asia” • In Southeast Asia, numerous countries are accelerating plans to harness energy from the sun in coming years. The cost of generating electricity from some solar power projects has dropped to become more affordable than gas-fired plants, officials and analysts said. [Reuters]

Solar system in Vietnam (TammyLe, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “California Fires: Goats Help Save Ronald Reagan Presidential Library” • A hungry herd of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library from the California wildfires. In May, the library hired the goats to clear flammable scrub surrounding the complex as a preventative measure. The goats ate the brush, creating a fire break. [BBC]

¶ “Keystone Pipeline Leaks 383,000 Gallons Of Oil In North Dakota” • Part of the Keystone 1 Pipeline in North Dakota was shut down after a leak of about 9,120 barrels (383,040 gallons) of oil was discovered, TC Energy company said in a statement. A drop in pressure was detected, and the pipeline was immediately shut down, the company said. [CNN]

Oil Spill (TC Energy image)

¶ “Save The Snow: As Bridger Bowl Goes Solar, State Grapples With Renewable Energy Development” • Montana hasn’t kept up with solar growth. Its policymaking caps benefits to solar use and challenges in integrating solar energy into the state’s electrical grid. Bridger Bowl Ski Area is one place working to navigate the barriers. [The Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

¶ “Alliant Energy To Increase Solar Panel Usage Across State” • Alliant Energy announced a plan to build 1,000 MW of solar capacity in Wisconsin by 2023, enough to power about 260,000 homes. Part of their “Powering What’s Next Plan,” the company plans to break ground on their first “Community Solar” site in Fond du Lac County in 2020. [The Daily Cardinal]

Solar array (Pixabay image)

¶ “Salt Lake County Calls For 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Officials of Salt Lake County passed a resolution to transition the county to 100% net use of renewables by 2030. The county joins a slew of other Utah communities that have committed to similar goals, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Summit County and the city of Moab. [KUER 90.1]

¶ “Senators OK 50% Renewable Energy Goal By 2035” • The Guam Legislature passed a measure to require the Guam Power Authority to have 50% renewable energy in its portfolio by 2035 and 100% renewable energy by 2045. The bill passed with bipartisan support and will go to the governor’s desk for her signature. [The Guam Daily Post]

Solar farm on Guam (Dontana Keraskes | The Guam Daily Post)

¶ “River Falls Prepares To Be First In The State To Power City Buildings Using 100% Renewable Energy” • The City Council of River Falls acted to make their city Wisconsin’s first municipality to power city public buildings with 100% renewable energy. Beginning January 1, 2020, River Falls’ city buildings will run on 100% renewable energy. [RiverTowns]

¶ “Vogtle Opponents Get New Chance To Press Case In Court As Plant Manager Reprimanded For Firing Whistleblower” • Groups opposed to the first new nuclear reactors to receive a license in the US in decades have received another chance to get their concerns heard in court, even as construction on the project continues. [Utility Dive]

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