December 5 Energy News

December 5, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Even 50-Year-Old Climate Models Correctly Predicted Global Warming” • Climate change doubters like to claim that computer simulations conducted decades ago didn’t accurately predict current warming. Now, the most sweeping evaluation of these older models – some half a century old – shows most of them were indeed accurate. [Science Magazine]

Hot day in Paris (Samuel Boivin | NurPhoto Via Getty Images)

¶ “Scientists Show How To Make Airplane Emissions Less Harmful” • MIT scientists are putting wind beneath policy makers’ wings, suggesting ways to modify airplane emissions, which worsen air quality and contribute to thousands of deaths annually. The researchers suggest nitrogen oxides may be more important to control than carbon. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Scottish Power Plans To Build Solar Panels Beside Wind Farms” • Scottish Power plans to get more renewable electricity from its onshore wind farms by covering the ground beside the turbines with PV panels and batteries. It applied for permission to build its first solar power projects at existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire, and Coldham. [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Danny Lawson | PA)

¶ “Business Case Brings Us Closer To Realizing Renewable Energy Potential” • Tasmania may be on the verge of becoming the renewable energy battery of Australia. The Project Marinus business case confirms that a 1,500-MW Bass Strait transmission link is technically feasible and commercially viable, unlocking the island’s resources. [Mirage News]

¶ “Country’s Largest Mini-Grid Unveiled In Magway” • Mandalay Yoma Energy has launched Myanmar’s biggest solar mini-grid for rural areas in Magway Region. With the mini-grid, up to 400 households in Magway’s Lel Ma village now have access to electricity. Myanmar’s electrification rate is one of the lowest in the world at around 50%. [Myanmar Times]

Mandalay Yoma Energy solar system (Photo: Supplied)

¶ “BP To Supply Renewable Energy To Amazon’s Europe Data Centers” • BP said it will supply renewable energy to Amazon’s European data centers to drive its cloud platform. BP will begin supplying Amazon Web Services with renewable energy from more than 170 MW of new wind and solar projects in Sweden and Spain starting in 2021. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Pernod Ricard Achieves 100% Renewables Target In Australia” • Two major solar projects and an agreement with an energy wholesaler has allowed Pernod Ricard Winemakers to become Australia’s first major wine company to source all its electricity from renewables. The company’s solar installation has a capacity of 2,800 MW. [The Lead South Australia]

Installation of a bat box at Pernod Ricard Winemakers

¶ “Radiation Hotspots ‘Found Near Fukushima Olympic Site'” • The Japanese government is keen to use the Olympics to showcase Fukushima’s recovery from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. But Greenpeace has said it detected radiation hotspots near the starting point of the upcoming Olympic torch relay in Fukushima. [The Guardian]

¶ “Wind Tops 37 GW In India” • Wind power capacity in India has reached over 37 GW, according to the latest government figures. The data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, which covers installations up to the end of October, showed 37,090 MW had been installed across the country. Over 9.2 GW had been installed in Tamil Nadu. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Vestas Image)

US:

¶ “New York City Says Yes To More Cargo Bikes, Fewer Delivery Trucks” • To combat congestion, New York City has started a program allowing up to 100 pedal-electric delivery bikes to park in loading zones typically reserved for commercial vehicles, according to The New York Times. And smaller delivery bikes will be permitted to use bike lanes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “40 Years Of Atmospheric River Storms Left Staggering Price Tag In Western US, Study Finds” • Flooding from ‘atmospheric rivers’ caused about $43 billion in damage in western states in the last 40 years, a study from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography found. Climate change is making the flooding worse. [The Weather Channel]

Flood in Guerneville, California (Justin Sullivan | Getty Images)

¶ “Almost Every American Supports The Extension Of Clean Energy Tax Incentives” • A study was conducted by Global Strategy Group and found that Americans overwhelmingly support extending tax incentives for clean energy and would change their vote based on the issue. 89% of voters support the extension. [Smart Energy]

¶ “NV Energy Wins Approval For 1.19 GW Of Solar, 590 MW Of Energy Storage In Nevada” • Nevada utility NV Energy said it has approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for 1.19 GW of new solar projects and 590 MW of energy storage in Nevada. The projects will help NV Energy double its renewable energy capacity. [Renewables Now]

Solar PV plant (Gilles Paire | Shutterstock)

¶ “Study Makes Case For Oregon Offshore Wind Power” • In a study, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated the levelized cost of energy from a 600-MW commercial project off Coos Bay would come in at a relatively inexpensive $63/MWh. That’s less than a third of the $197 cost of power from a 24-MW project that died in 2016. [Portland Business Journal]

¶ “Environmental Groups Ask EPA To Require Renewable Energy In Plastic Manufacturing” • Attorneys representing a coalition of 364 advocacy organizations filed a legal petition with the EPA calling for new regulations on the US plastic industry. The group says plastic manufacturing is polluting the air and worsening climate change. [KQED]

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