November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Metamorphosis In Fukushima – Installing 11 Solar Power Plants And 10 Wind Power Plants” • How does one renew an area devastated by nuclear waste? Kurosawa’s film Dreams deals with the issue. But in Fukushima Prefecture, it is real-life matter, with planning for 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants on land once considered lost. [CleanTechnica]

Tsunami damage (SPC3 Dylan McCord, US Navy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Are We Really In A 6th Mass Extinction? Here’s The Science” • A mass extinction is usually defined as a loss of about three quarters of all species living across the entire Earth over a “short” geological period of time. “Short” is defined as anything less than 2.8 million years. And given current science, the 6th Extinction is already under way. [ScienceAlert]

World:

¶ “Huge Flow Country Wildfire ‘Doubled Scotland’s Emissions'” • A massive wildfire on peatland in the far north in May doubled Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions for the six days it burnt, a study has estimated. About 22 sqare miles (5,700 hectares) of blanket bog in the Flow Country, which lies across Caithness and Sutherland, was affected. [BBC]

Wildfire in the Flow Country (Paul Turner)

¶ “Ukrainian Power Player Hits 1-GW Milestone” • After finishing installation of a 100-MW wind farm in the Zaporizhzhia region of its home market, Ukrainian developer DTEK reached 1 GW of online renewables capacity. The company said it has spent more than €1 billion in the country to meet the target, which it had set two years ago. [reNEWS]

¶ “Engie, EDPR Select MHI Vestas 10-MW Turbines For Lion Floater” • Engie and EDPR have selected MHI Vestas to supply three 10-MW turbines to the 30-MW Golfe du Lion floating offshore wind project 16 km off the coast of Mediterranean coast of Southern France. The companies plan to use Port La Nouvelle as the assembly harbor. [reNEWS]

MHI Vestas turbine (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “€6.9 Billion EIB Backing For Renewables, Sustainable Transport And Innovation” • The European Investment Bank’s board agreed to support €6.9 billion of new financing including for new investments around the world to improve renewable energy, sustainable transport, social housing, communication, and education infrastructure. [Saurenergy]

¶ “JLL Sees Investment Opportunities In ‘Surging Demand’ For Alternative Energy” • International real estate and investment management firm JLL released a report forecasting continued coal-fired station closures and rising renewables for Australia, despite the uncertainties about a gap federal policy and grid stability. [The Fifth Estate]

Wind turbines above fog

¶ “Coal-Addicted India’s Solar And Wind Farms Save More Lives Than Those In US And China” • China, the US, and India are the world’s top carbon dioxide emitters, but solar and wind energy reduce emissions more in India than in China or the US. And in India, they can save ten times as many lives as in North America and Europe, a study says. [Quartz]

¶ “Scientists And Climate Advisers Condemn Tory Environment Record” • The Conservative party record on tackling the climate crisis is condemned by leading scientists and former government advisers. The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, warns that the upcoming election is the last chance to halt the escalating emergency. [The Guardian]

Air pollution in London (Kathy deWitt | Alamy)

US:

¶ “US Solar Panel Prices Continue Dropping, Solar+Storage Increasing – Tracking The Sun Report” • Tracking the Sun is an annual report from Berkeley Lab on prices and trends among grid-connected, distributed solar PV systems in the US. It covers 1.6 million systems, representing 81% of all distributed PVs in the US through the end of 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Suspends More Oil And Gas Leases Over What Could Be A Widespread Problem” • The Trump administration’s push to expand fossil fuel production on federal lands is hitting a snag: its own refusal to consider climate impacts. After advocacy groups sued, the Bureau of Land Management office in Utah voluntarily suspended 130 leases. [InsideClimate News]

Pump jacks (BLM image)

¶ “‘Ice Battery’ At Retreat Lowers Energy Costs” • An ice battery has been brougth back into service at the Brattleboro Retreat. At low demand times, cheap electricity can be used to freeze water in containers. Then when the day is warm, the ice is used to cool water, which is run to air handlers to cool air, avoiding the use of more costly electricity for AC. [Brattleboro Reformer]

¶ “$150 Million Calhoun County Solar Energy Center Gets Local Approval” • In Michigan, the River Fork Solar Energy Center had a conditional use permit unanimously approved by the Sheridan Township Planning Commission and Board. The $150-million project will produce 149 MW of power, enough energy for about 25,000 homes. [Battle Creek Enquirer]

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