November 14 Energy News

November 14, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How To Cut US Carbon Pollution By Nearly 40% In 10 Years” • A study from economists at Columbia University found that a tax plan with broad support in Congress would reduce American carbon pollution by almost 40% within a decade. It would go well beyond the commitment the US made under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. [The Atlantic]

US Capitol Building (Jonathan Ernst | Reuters)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stalled Weather Patterns Will Get Bigger Due To Climate Change” • Climate change will increase the size of stalled high-pressure weather systems called “blocking events” that have already produced some of the 21st century’s deadliest heat waves, according to a Rice University study. The events make extreme weather last longer. [Newswise]

¶ “The Climate Crisis Will Profoundly Affect The Health Of Every Child Alive Today, Report Says” • If the world continues to produce the same amount of CO₂ emissions, children born today live in a world 7.2°F (4°C) warmer by their 71st birthday, according to a report in the medical journal The Lancet. And that is really bad for their health. [CNN]

Los Angeles (Frederic J Brown | AFP | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Hitches Ride Across The Atlantic On Australian YouTubers’ Sailing Boat” • Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has found a ride back across the Atlantic to attend the COP25 environmental summit in Madrid, thanks to a pair of Australian vloggers. She will be leaving from Virginia on the 48-foot catamaran La Vagabonde. [CNN]

¶ “Venice Floods: Climate Change Behind Highest Tide In 50 Years, Says Mayor” • Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says. The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years would leave “a permanent mark,” Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. [BBC]

Flood at St Mark’s Square (Reuters)

¶ “Western Plastics ‘ Poisoning Indonesian Food Chain'” • The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned. Environmental group IPEN found, in one East Java village, dioxins in chicken eggs were 70 times the level allowed by European safety standards. [BBC]

¶ “Record European Electric Bus Order (157 Volvo Buses), And Volvo Trucks Launches Urban Electric Trucks” • Volvo is not widely known in North America for buses or trucks. However, in Europe, the company is quite a big producer of commercial vehicles. And it is now rolling out some big electric vehicle news in those industries. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Electric Bus in Sweden

¶ “Tesla Secures Manufacturing License For Gigafactory 3. Let’s Roll!” • Tesla got its manufacturing license for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai. With Tesla already showing Chinese produced Model 3s to the Chinese press, this step is seen as the last official hurdle before Tesla officially begins production and starts ramping up consumer cars “Made in China.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IRSN Confirms Safety Doubts On Vessels At 30 French Reactors” • A branch of the French nuclear safety authority confirmed doubts about the safety of reactor vessels at 30 French reactors, representing almost half of the country’s 62 GW atomic generation capacity. “The tanks … are subject to ageing by irradiation,” the IRSN said. [Montel]

EDF’s Fessenheim nuclear plant (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

US:

¶ “Corporate Green Energy Adoption Flourishes” • Corporations have finally put their collective weight into a green energy rush this year. The average size of the renewable energy acquisition by US corporates rose from 85.6 MW during the third quarter of 2018 to a whopping 411.4 MW in the third quarter of this year, according to GreenBiz. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Santee Cooper To Close Winyah Generating Station As Part Of Shift To Renewable Energy” • Santee Cooper has nearly $3.5 billion of debt to this day because of the failed VC Summer nuclear project. It has a new plan that includes closing coal-burning power plants, such as the Winyah Generating Station, and switching to renewable energy. [wpde.com]

Smoke stack (WPDE photo)

¶ “Clorox To Achieve About 50% Of Its Renewable Electricity Goal” • The Clorox Company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America announced that they signed a 12-year, 70-MW virtual PPA for renewable energy beginning in 2021. This will cover about half of Clorox’s 100% renewable electricity goal for 2025. [Energy Global]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces 494-MW Wind Turbines Orders With ENGIE For Wind Energy Projects In Oklahoma And South Dakota” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it was selected by ENGIE North America to supply a total of 180 wind turbines for the King Plains wind project in Oklahoma and the Triple H Wind project in South Dakota. [REVE]

GE wind turbine

¶ “Black Hills Energy Selects Vestas To Partner On Wind Project” • South Dakota’s Black Hills Generation Group contracted with Denmark’s Vestas to supply and commission wind turbines for the 60-MW Busch Ranch II Wind Project. It will provide enough electricity for annual needs of about 28,000 homes in southern Colorado. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “US Electric Bus Demand Outpaces Production as Cities Add to Their Fleets” • Demand for e-buses is outpacing supplies in the US, leading to hundreds of backlogged orders, according to Fred Silver, vice president of CALSTART. BloombergNEF counts 650 e-buses in the US today, compared with hundreds of thousands in China. [InsideClimate News]

Have a clearly superior day.

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