January 1 Energy News

November 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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]

World:

¶ “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:

¶ “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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