November 21 Energy News

November 21, 2019


¶ “Massive Australian Blazes Will ‘Reframe Our Understanding Of Bushfire’” • Australia is on fire like it never has been before, and the “bushfire” season has barely begun. David Bowman, a fire ecologist and geographer, and the director of the Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, spoke with Science about the crisis. [Science Magazine]

Destroyed home (William West | AFP | Getty Images)


¶ “NRDC Report: EU Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction” • A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says European nations are wasting $7 billion a year on subsidies for burning wood for fuel for power or heat in ways that are notoriously dirty. The EU allows wood burning to be counted as clean energy. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “Vanishing Ice Puts Mongolia’s Reindeer Herders At Risk” • Vanishing ice patches are jeopardizing the livelihoods of reindeer herders in Mongolia, new research found. Herders in the north of the country rely on what they call “eternal ice,” which remains intact even during the summer, for drinking water and to cool down the reindeer in the heat. [CNN]

Reindeer (Photo: Batchuluun)

¶ “Gold Fields Opens Australia’s Biggest Hybrid Renewable Microgrid At Agnew Mine Near Leinster” • The first stage of the $112 million microgrid at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine has fired up, with the 23-MW power station commissioned. The station integrates PV solar with gas and diesel to provide power for the Agnew gold mine. [The West Australian]

¶ “A Third Of Tropical African Plants Face Extinction” • A third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, according to a new assessment. Much of western Africa, Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, standing to lose more than 40% of their richness of plants. [BBC]

Eastern Africa (Thomas LP Couvreur IRD)

¶ “Acciona To Supply 173 GWh Renewable Electricity To Vidrala In Portugal” • Acciona has signed a contract with the Vidrala group to supply electricity of renewable origin in 2020 to its two glass container plants in Portugal, for an estimated need for over 173 GWh. The contract avoids emissions of around 60,000 tonnes of CO₂. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Soaring Fossil Fuel Production Is On Track To Blow Past Climate Goals” • The world’s top 10 fossil fuel-producing countries are on track to extract far more oil, gas and coal by 2030 than scientists say the planet can handle without experiencing catastrophic warming, according to a report published Wednesday. [Mother Jones]

Tesoro Oil Refinery (Kevin Schafer | Getty)

¶ “Slowdown In Renewable Investment Should Be Highest Priority For COAG Energy Council, Says CEC” • The Clean Energy Council says addressing Australia’s dramatic slowdown in renewable energy investment is the industry’s highest priority. It is pushing the COAG Energy Council to act on the issue when it meets on November 22. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “South Korea Nuclear Regulator Wants Information On Radioactive Fukushima Water Release” • Japan’s reluctance to disclose information about the release of radioactive water from its damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is hampering neighboring countries’ efforts to minimize the impact, the head of South Korea’s nuclear safety agency said. [AsiaOne]

Geiger counter (Photo: Reuters)

¶ “China Slashes Renewable Subsidies” • China will cut the total size of its renewable power subsidies to $806.5 million next year, from $1.15 billion for this year, Reuters reports. Beijing said earlier it will only approve solar and wind power installations if they generate electricity as cheaply as that generated in coal-fired power plants. []


¶ “Municipal Power Companies In Florida Plan 223.5-MW Solar Power Plant” • Twelve municipal power companies in Florida, with cooperation with the Florida Municipal Power Association and Florida Renewable Partners, have banded together to build a massive 223.5-MW solar power plant with 900,000 panels to serve their customers. [CleanTechnica]

Tailem Bend (Leanne Davis, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tesla And Rivian Join California’s Lawsuit Against Trump’s EPA And NHTSA” • The National Coalition for Advanced Transport, which includes makers of EVs and related products and utilities, supports the efforts of California’s Air Resources Board to reduce emissions. It is opposing Trump administration fuel economy roll-backs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Presidential Contenders Join Fellow Senators In Urging New England To Speed Clean Energy Transition” • Seven US senators from four New England states have urged the regional grid operator to speed the addition of clean energy resources and take a more active role in addressing climate change as well as accommodating state resource policies. [Utility Dive]

Capitol building (Credit: Creative Commons)

¶ “Wind-Energy Project Near Lompoc Approved By County Planning Commission” • In California, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Strauss Wind Energy Project, proposed by an affiliate of BayWa re Global, a renewable energy firm based in Germany. The project will have 29 wind turbines. [Noozhawk]

¶ “Innergex Renewable Energy Commissions 250-MW PV Project In Texas” • Innergex Renewable Energy commissioned the 250-MW (AC) Phoebe PV project in Winkler County, Texas. Its average annual power generation is expected to be enough to power more than 50,000 Texan households. It is the largest solar farm Innergex has operating in Texas. [PV-Tech]

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