November 27 Energy News

November 27, 2019


¶ “Climate Change ‘Converts’ Reveal What Changed Their Minds” • In what feels like a former life, Jerry Taylor penned op-eds, appeared on cable news networks, and worked the “entire orbit of right-wing media,” arguing climate change was not a real problem. Now he is the head of a think-tank promoting a carbon tax. His change is not unique. [Deseret News]

Jerry Taylor (Cheryl Diaz Meyer, for the Deseret News)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic To Be ‘Functionally Ice-Free’ In The Next 50 Years, Study Says” • A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts that if the Earth continues at its current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, Arctic sea ice would regress to levels not high enough to perform its function of reflecting heat back, possibly as early as September 2044. []

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Kit Tackles Wake Impacts” • Siemens Gamesa unveiled new technology that adjusts the heading of individual offshore wind turbines to reduce production losses from wake effects. The ‘wake adapt’ feature shifts the direction of the turbine wake away from downstream machines allowing an increase in overall wind farm performance. [reNEWS]

Wake from turbines (Credit: Siemens Gamesa)


¶ “China Aims To Boost Revenue For Renewable Power Firms” • China plans to make power purchasers take fair returns into account when buying renewable electricity, according to a draft rule issued by the National Energy Administration aimed at improving revenues of renewable generators. The rule applies to non-hydro renewables. []

¶ “Volkswagen Motorsport Says Auf Wiedersehen To Internal Combustion Engines” • Volkswagen Motorsport, the arm of the company that coordinates all factory racing programs, says it will no longer use internal combustion engines in factory-sponsored automotive competitions. From now on, if a race car has a VW badge on it, it will be electric. [CleanTechnica]

VW race car (Volkswagen courtesy image)

¶ “Portugal: Galp Signs New Contract For Purchase Of Renewable Energy In Spain” • Galp, Portugal’s leading oil and gas company and a major generator of power, signed a twelve-year contract with Spain’s Grenergy Renovables to purchase 300 to 360 GWh per year of renewable energy, according to the Portuguese energy company. [Macau Business]

¶ “Over A Quarter Million EVs In India Have Received Subsidies, Reports Indian Government” • About 285,000 commercial EVs have been issued a total of $50 million in subsidies under India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India program, India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus (BYD image)

¶ “Macquarie Group Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity By 2025” • Australian investment bank Macquarie Group committed to purchasing all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The company has become the latest to join the RE100 initiative that encourages the world’s biggest companies to make the switch to renewables. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa 11-MW Giants Lined Up For HKZ” • Vattenfall will use Siemens Gamesa’s newly upgraded 11-MW DD-193 turbine for the 750-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 offshore wind farm off the Dutch coast. Vattenfall said the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone is now planned to be fitted with approximately 140 machines. [reNEWS]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa)

¶ “Enel To Build 14 GW Of Renewables By 2022 As Race to Decarbonize Heats Up” • European utility giant Enel committed half of its investment over the next few years to decarbonization, as part of a new strategic plan. Between 2020 and 2022, the Italian group will invest €11.5 billion ($12.6 billion) for 14.1 GW renewable capacity. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Nuclear Watchdog Approves Restart Of Onagawa Reactor In Miyagi Hit By 3/11 Tsunami” • The No 2 unit of Tohoku Electric Power Co’s Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture received the green light after the addition of disaster prevention measures, including a 29 meter, ¥340 billion ($3.1 billion) seawall that is nearing completion. [The Japan Times]

Onagawa nuclear power plant (Kyodo)


¶ “Gov Mills Orders State Agencies To Step Up Maine’s Fight Against Climate Change” • Gov Janet Mills took another step to make Maine a leader in combating climate change. She signed an executive order directing agencies to develop and implement by February 2021 a sustainability plan to meet or exceed the state’s carbon reduction goals. [Press Herald]

¶ “Massachusetts Bill Would Block Logging, Let State Forests Keep Their Carbon” • Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed novel legislation that would enlist all state forest lands in the fight against climate change by protecting them from commercial logging. The law would affect roughly 600,000 acres of forest in the state. [Ars Technica]

Rehoboth State Forest (Kenneth C Zirkel, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How Alternative Storage Solutions Are Breaking Into The Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market” • As the year 2017 ended, 708 MW of large-scale battery capacity were operating in the US. The market is growing fast, and Arizona Public Service intends  to add 850 MW of storage by 2025. But lithium-ion storage is not the only type of storage. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Issues $700 Million Green Bond” • The Florida-based subsidiary of US utility Duke Energy has finalized the issuance of a $700 million (€636 million) green bond to fund renewable energy investments. The company will use proceeds to finance development, construction, and procurement of solar generation and battery storage. [Renewables Now]

Have an unabashedly cheerful day.

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