November 15 Energy News

November 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How Long Will It Take To Replace Fossil Fuels With Renewable Sources Of Energy?” • The world is racing to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources and for good reason. People understandably ask, “How long will it take to replace fossil fuels?” The answer isn’t straightforward. But here’s some information that might help. [Mother Earth News]

Solar array (Andreas Gücklhorn, Unsplash)

¶ “There Is Bipartisan Hope Emerging On Climate Change” • Republican Sen Mike Braun of Indiana is teaming up with Delaware Democrat Chris Coons to form a bipartisan climate solutions group. Coons said, “Combating climate change will require all of us – Democrats and Republicans – to come together around bipartisan solutions.” [Fresno Bee]

¶ “When Will Renewables Flourish In Puerto Rico?” • Puerto Rico could be on the verge of a renewable energy boom that could lead the island to kick the fossil-fuel habit in the next three decades. But foot-dragging by the public utility monopolizing the production and sale of electricity on the island could shoot down these aspirations. [Caribbean Business]

Solar Brigades Take on Prepa (Screenshot)

Science and Technology:

¶ “There’s Now Evidence An Ancient ‘Political Superpower’ Failed Due To Climate Change” • At its height, the Assyrian state stretched from Egypt to western Iran. Then, in an astonishing reversal of fortune, the Neo-Assyrian Empire fell from its zenith to complete political collapse within the span of just decades. It looks like a result of climate change. [ScienceAlert]

¶ “Climate Change: Warming Signal Links Global Floods And Fires” • With homes under water in South Yorkshire, near record flooding in Venice, and burgeoning wildfires in Australia, many people are asking if and how climate change is connected to these extreme weather events. The Clausius-Clapeyron equation is part of the answer. [BBC News]

Soldiers helping out in Yorkshire (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Dutch Government Slashes Highway Speed Limit To Tackle Climate Change” • The Dutch government put forward a new climate change package. It includes a controversial proposal to lower the day-time speed limit on motorways to just 100 km/h (62 mph) from the current 130 km/h (80 mph). At night, the limit will stay the same. [CNN]

¶ “Italian Council Is Flooded Immediately After Rejecting Measures On Climate Change” • Veneto regional council was flooded for the first time in its history. “Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change,” a Council member said. [CNN]

Flood in Venice (Luca Bruno | AP)

¶ “Wind Sector To Invest $1.8 Billion In Colombia” • The wind industry will invest nearly $2 billion in Colombia following the award of 1077-MW of capacity in last month’s tender, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. The wind and solar projects will increase renewable capacity in Colombia from 1% today to 6%, said GWEC. [reNEWS]

¶ “As Deadly Australia Bushfires Rage, Sydney May Be Running Out Water” • Australia’s deadly bushfires are driven by the worst drought in decades, but fears are now growing that things could get worse. Sydney, home to more than 5 million people, faces a warning that dams could run dry by 2022, according to CNN affiliate 7News. [CNN]

New South Wales (Saed Khan | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “German State Leader To Visit Fukushima To See Recovery And Renewable Energy Efforts” • The Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia is set to pay a visit to Fukushima Prefecture in January. The state is looking at the prefecture’s efforts to use renewable energy as it endeavors to divest from nuclear and coal energy. [The Japan Times]

¶ “First Mono Bucket Sails To Deutsche Bucht” • The first of two mono bucket foundations left Bladt Industries yard in Denmark, for Northland Power’s 269-MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Seajacks jack-up Scylla is transporting the structure to the project site. The foundations will support two MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW turbines. [reNEWS]

Scylla setting out (Northland Power image)

US:

¶ “California Utility Reports Savings For Ratepayers By Offering Renewable Energy” • California utility MCE released a report highlighting climate action in the four Bay Area counties it serves. Record numbers of local governments have switched to 100% renewable energy, and there has been steady growth of rooftop solar and EV adoption. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Los Angeles Places Largest Single Electric Bus Order In US History – 130 BYD K7M Buses” • The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and BYD announced the largest electric bus contract in US history. The company will build 130 of its K7M electric buses for the city’s public transportation system at its factory in Lancaster, California. [CleanTechnica]

BYD K7M electric bus (Image credit: BYD)

¶ “As Utilities Cut Carbon Emissions, Some Transition Faster To Renewables” • Major utilities in Wisconsin are moving forward with plans to increase solar and wind projects as they’ve set goals to drastically reduce carbon emissions over coming decades. But some are making the transition to renewable energy faster than others. [Wisconsin Public Radio News]

¶ “Gov Northam Signs Bill To Increase Renewable Energy Consumption” • Gov Ralph Northam signed state Executive Order 43, which sets goals for Virginia institutions, such as JMU, to have 30% of their energy consumption come from renewable sources by 2022. Additionally, it calls for the state to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. [The Breeze]

Have a simply superlative day.

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