November 20 Energy News

November 20, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “PURPA Is Undermining The Clean Energy Transition. Colorado Has A Better Way” • The Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, passed over 40 years ago to address the oil embargo, incentivize renewable energy, and alleviate uncertainty in the energy market, has laudable goals, but it made renewable energy expensive. Colorado has a better way. [Utility Dive]

Solar array (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How Climate Change Could Kill The Red Apple” • An apple has to have the right genetics to be red when it ripens, but that is not the whole story. For apples to be red, they have to be grown at the right temperatures. Anything above 40°C (104°F) will turn off their ability to turn the red color people look for when they choose apples to eat. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Good News, Bad News: Global Heating May Boost Wind Farm Output Due To Stronger Wind” • There’s good news and bad news for wind energy and a warming planet. According to The Guardian, scientists have found that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Austria (Kwerdenker, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Many Countries Pledged To Cut Emissions Of Heat-Trapping Gases. A Report Shows Most Are Still Investing In Fossil Fuels” • Many countries are on track to produce far more fossil fuels than what scientists say is allowed in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C or even 2°C, according to a major new UN analysis titled “The Production Gap.” [CNN]

¶ “China Has Saved Hundreds Of Thousands Of Lives By Reducing Air Pollution, Study Says” • China’s raft of clean air policies saved hundreds of thousands of lives in 2017 alone, a study shows. It was conducted by Chines scientists and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. [CNN]

Power plant (Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

¶ “EasyJet 1st Airline In World To Go Carbon Neutral, Starting Today” • EasyJet announced that from today all of its flights will be carbon neutral, the first airline to do so. From now, EasyJet’s 331 airplanes will have their carbon emissions balanced through carbon removal efforts. In the future, it will switch to sustainable fuels and electric aircraft. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia Fires: ‘Catastrophic’ Alerts In South Australia And Victoria” • Heat and winds are threatening to widen Australia’s bushfire crisis, with three states warned to expect their worst conditions of the season so far. In addition to South Australia and Victoria, South Australia issued a “catastrophic” alert, the highest danger rating. [BBC]

Fire in Australia (EPA image)

¶ “Billionaires Invest In Giant Australian Solar Farm To Supply Power To Singapore” • Sun Cable has received millions of dollars of investment from a group of billionaires. If successful, the development would include a 10-GW array of panels in Northern Territory, backed by about 22 GWh in battery storage, to supply power to Singapore. [The Guardian]

¶ “Patagonia’s Hidden World Of Ice” • Straddling the border of Chile and Argentina, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is one of the largest non-polar glaciers in the world. It stretches along the spine of the Andes for more than 350 km (about 220 miles). Now, however, the warming climate is making it thin out at a rate that is alarming. [BBC]

Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Credit: Tom Garmeson)

US:

¶ “Nikola Pushes Deeper Into Battery Electric Vehicles With Next Generation Battery Tech” • The Nikola Motor Company has news of a pending acquisition of a team that developed a next generation battery technology. It claims the battery has double the capacity of what is currently available, costs half as much, and has an acceptable lifespan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Homes To Sell Renewable Energy To Businesses In Vermont’s First Of A Kind Local Energy Marketplace” • Called Vermont Green, a pilot project by LO3 Energy also looks to solve some haunting industry issues, among them achieving 100% renewable energy, replacing net metering, and simplifying green energy purchases. [Microgrid Knowledge]

Eco-friendly house (anweber | Shutterstock)

¶ “Can America’s First Floating Wind Farm Help Open Deeper Water To Clean Energy?” • Maine may be the state with the greatest potential for offshore windpower. Now, the state could soon have turbines spinning off its coast. Aqua Ventus is a small pilot project, with two turbines, but it will be the first US floating wind farm. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Enel Turns Sod On 300-MW Aurora Wind Farm” • Enel Green Power North America has started construction of the 299-MW Aurora wind project in North Dakota. The $450 million (€406 million) wind farm is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020. It is located near Enel’s 150-MW Lindahl wind farm, which began operations in 2017. [reNEWS]

Installing a wind turbine (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Alaska’s largest solar farm opens in Willow” • Renewable IPP officially opened Alaska’s largest solar farm last week. The 1.2-MW facility installed last year by the Renewable IPP group on a 17-acre property near Willow. It was expanded from a 140-kW pilot project, after that system showed that solar power was a viable option. [Anchorage Daily News]

¶ “New Jersey More Than Doubles Offshore Wind Target To 7.5 GW” • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order backing a goal of 7.5 GW of offshore wind by 2035, more than doubling the state’s existing 3.5-GW target for 2030. At present, the state is heavily reliant on natural gas and nuclear power for its electricity. [Greentech Media]

Have a magnificently swell day.

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