Archive for November 13th, 2019

November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Proposed New Rule Would Amp Up EPA War On Science” • A new rule proposed by the EPA would upend decades of scientific research – studies that have confirmed that air pollution leads to shortened life spans or that mercury impairs brain function in young children – by requiring all that confidential data be made public. [CleanTechnica]

West Virginia coal slurry pond (NASA Earth Observatory image)

¶ “The National Farmers’ Federation’s Drought Strategy Is Like Shuffling The Deck Chairs On The Titanic” • If you listen to the rhetoric from Canberra, it is apparent that the Australia’s relevant ministers would prefer to glibly talk up the farming industry potential and hope it will magically fix itself when it finally rains than to deal with what is needed. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Australia Bushfires: Fresh Warnings In Queensland And New South Wales” • Australian authorities warn that massive bushfires will continue to pose a threat, despite “catastrophic” conditions easing. “We’ve got […] the worst of the season still ahead of us as we head into summer,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Services Commissioner said. [BBC]

Kookaburra in New South Wales (Adam Stevenson | Reuters)

¶ “Tesla To Build First European Factory In Berlin” • Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said its first European factory will be in Berlin as the carmaker’s expansion plans power ahead. Mr Musk said the firm would also build an engineering and design center in the German capital. Tesla had earlier said that it aimed to start production in Europe in 2021. [BBC]

¶ “EV Conversions Go Mainstream in Kenya” • Based in Nairobi’s industrial area just off the famous Mombasa Road, Opibus is to begin mass EV conversions of Kenya’s minibuses and motorcycle taxis in Q1 2020. Estimates put the minibus and bus fleet at just over 100,000 vehicles, and there are about 600,000 commercial motorcycles in the country. [CleanTechnica]

Buses in Nairobi (Photo: Remeredzai Kuhudzai)

¶ “Latin America And Caribbean On The Verge Of Massive Solar Power Growth” • Latin America and the Caribbean could grow their installed solar capacity by a factor of 40 by 2050, an IRENA report shows. With investments of over $7 billion per year, the region’s PV capacity could rise from 7 GW today to over 280 GW in mid-century. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Swoops Into UK For Testing” • The nacelle from GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12-MW offshore wind turbine arrived in the UK for testing at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The group will test the nacelle, which is the size of six double decker buses, at its facility in Blyth, Northumberland. [Energy Voice]

GE Renewable Energy turbine nacelle

¶ “Climate Change: Do More Now Or Risk Catastrophe, Warns Energy Agency” • The world’s existing climate policies will not be enough to end the upward march of record energy emissions rising beyond 2040 without a “grand coalition” of governments and investors, according to the International Energy Agency. In 2018, emissions set a record. [The Guardian]

¶ “Another Nail In Coal’s Coffin? German Steel Furnace Runs On Renewable Hydrogen In World First” • German manufacturing giant Thyssenkrupp has completed a successful, first-of-its-kind demonstration of running a steel furnace entirely on hydrogen, a development that is likely to further dent the future prospects for the global coal industry. [RenewEconomy]

Weg vom CO₂ (Photo courtesy of Thyssenkrupp)

¶ “E.ON And RWE Shake On Clean Power Deal” • E.ON and RWE Renewables have signed a power purchase agreement that will see the latter’s UK wind farms support E.ON’s drive to provide 100% renewable electricity in the UK. The 2.5-year PPA includes 20 UK wind farm assets, totaling 892 MW of wind power owned by RWE Renewables. [reNEWS]

¶ “Here’s Why North Korean Hackers Attacked India’s Nuclear Power Plant” • India’s nuclear power plant in Kudankulam, the largest nuclear power plant in the country, was infiltrated by North Korean hackers. They were not interested in damaging the plant so much as getting information about thorium reactor technology. [Business Insider India]

Kudankulam (indiawaterportal.org, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Leaves US With Simple Climate Crisis Message: Vote” • As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who ignited a youth movement with her Friday school strikes, departs the US to sail back across the Atlantic, she is leaving behind a simple message for those who care about the climate crisis: you must vote. [The Guardian]

¶ “DTE Established Renewables Arm” • Following prior commitments to triple its renewable energy capacity over the next decade and reach “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050 for its electric utility, DTE has deemed its renewable energy future important and demanding enough to set up a renewables arm for all aspects of its clean power business. [pv magazine USA]

Lapeer Solar Park in Michigan (Image: DTE Energy)

¶ “Leading US Solar Panel Maker Stops Making Solar Panels (But Not In US)” • Barely a year ago, the leading PV maker SunPower added a US factory to its assets, but now the company is ditching the idea of making PVs in the US. This will enable SunPower to put its focus in the US on R&D, energy storage, and other clean tech sectors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dell Pledges To Make Greener Computers Over The Next Decade” • Dell is launching efforts to shrink its carbon footprint and cut down on e-waste. It will source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. The sustainability targets were unveiled, alongside other initiatives on diversity, inclusion, and privacy, at a summit in Texas.  [The Verge]

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