December 4 Energy News

December 4, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “From Bird-Friendly Coffee To Chocolate Safe For The Rainforest, These Holiday Gifts Give Back” • In 2019, Impact Your World highlighted many of those who make a difference, from fighting to stop rainforest loss and bird extinction to setting up safe spaces for sex-trafficking victims. Here are low-impact ways to help while giving gifts. [CNN]

Old World Oriole (iReport)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Journal of Epidemiology: Linking Air Pollution Nanoparticles And Incident of Brain Tumors” • Previous studies have shown the minuscule but widespread bits of air pollution do get into the brain, even affecting fetal development. A study in the Journal of Epidemiology has determined air pollution can cause worse brain tumors and brain cancer. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Battery Prices Falling Sharply, Says Report” • Battery prices are falling sharply and will continue to fall, according to a study by Bloomberg NEF. The paper showed prices declining sharply between 2010 and 2019. In 2010, battery prices were above $1,100/kWh, but they decreased to $156/kWh in 2019. This is a decline of 87%. [Down To Earth Magazine]

Batteries (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Arrives In Lisbon For COP25 After Sailing Across Atlantic” • Greta Thunberg arrived in Lisbon after nearly three weeks at sea, before giving a press conference at the port alongside youth activists and crew members. Around 25,000 people from 200 countries are expected to attend the COP25 climate change conference in Madrid. [CNN]

¶ “German Grid Debuts New DC Wires” • Transmission system operators in Germany are using 525-kV DC cables as part of grid upgrades to facilitate increasing levels of energy, mainly from renewable sources. They supersede plastic-insulated 320-kV high voltage cables of the type now used to connect offshore wind farms. [reNEWS]

High voltage cable (Amprion image)

¶ “Swansea Lagoon Launches £1 Million Last-Ditch Funding Pitch” • Swansea Bay lagoon developer Tidal Power is trying to raise more than £1 million to start enabling works at its 320-MW project in Wales before consent expires next year. The outfit, based in Gloucester, has launched a £1.2 million share issue due to run until 20 March. [reNEWS]

¶ “Far Offshore Wind ‘Needs Legal Framework’” • Building offshore wind far from shore could circumvent barriers to coastal development but will need new legal frameworks for these sites, advises a new report from specialist renewable energy law firm Chatham Partners. The high seas regions sit outside the control of a single nation. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Alpha Ventus image)

¶ “Industries Can Cut Power Costs By 60% Using Renewable Energy: WWF” • In addition to cutting carbon emissions, Indian Commercial and industrial consumers can cut their electricity bills in a range between 30% and 60% by replacing grid power supply with renewable energy, according to a report from World Wildlife Fund-India. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Nokia Tasked With Major Digital Transformation Of Finland Transmission Grid” • Telecoms major Nokia has been tasked with upgrading Finland’s transmission grid to allow greater use of renewables. Fingrid selected Nokia to build an IP/MPLS network that will support the “digital transformation” of the electricity grid in Finland. [Current News]

Transmission towers (Getty Images)

¶ “Saskatchewan’s Plan For Small Nuclear Reactors Sees Local Fallout” • Environmental advocates are railing against plans announced by the Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick governments to explore development of small modular nuclear reactors. They said solar and wind are cheaper and are readily available for use now. [meadowlakeNOW]

US:

¶ “Lucid Motors Begins Construction Of Arizona Factory” • Three years ago Lucid Motors announced a deal with the state of Arizona to build a factory in Casa Grande. After several delays, construction has finally begun at what was billed as a “ground building” ceremony attended by Arizona governor Doug Ducey and a host of other dignitaries. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Motors Air

¶ “Shell Books EDF Delivery In California” • EDF Renewables is to deliver electricity to Shell Energy North America from the 132-MW Maverick 7 solar farm, which will form part of the Palen Solar site in California. Under the terms of the 15-year power purchase agreement, electricity is expected to start flowing by the end of 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Council Goal Of 100% Renewable Energy May Be Attainable” • The goal is to transition the operations of the City of Greensboro to 100% renewable energy by 2040, but according to a resolution passed by the City Council on Tuesday, Dec 3, the city could make a huge step toward reaching that goal before the end of the year. [The Rhino TImes]

Renewable energy (AdobeStock image)

¶ “New Energy Secretary: Trump Has Directed Agency To Find ‘ Different Ways To Utilize Coal'” • Acting Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said he has received a directive from President Trump to boost the struggling coal industry. “What the president has directed us to do is to look for different ways to utilize coal,” Brouillette said in an interview. [The Hill]

¶ “Activists Denounce ‘Zombie’ Bellefonte Nuclear Plant As Regulators Consider License Transfer For New Owner To Finish Facility” • A year after the TVA tried to terminate the sale of its Bellefonte Nuclear Plant because the buyer could not get a nuclear license, the NRC is moving ahead again to consider a license transfer. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Have a memorably lovely day.

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