November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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]

World:

¶ “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)

US:

¶ “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]

Have an impressively agreeable day.

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