December 6 Energy News

December 6, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “We Need To Protect The Environment Like We Protect Our Economies” • In nature, everything is connected. This is equally true of a healthy environment and a healthy economy. We cannot hope to sustain life without taking care of nature. And we need healthy economies to lift people out of poverty and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. [CNN]

Ice off Greenland (Lucas Jackson | Reuters)

World:

¶ “New Zealand’s Glaciers Are Turning Red – And It’s Because Of Australia’s Bushfires” • One of the most startling consequences of the bushfires that are still raging across Australia, is that they have turned some of New Zealand’s famed glaciers red and pink. Westerly winds blow the smoke from the still-burning Australian fires to New Zealand. [CNN]

¶ “As He Scaled World’s 14 Highest Peaks, Nepalese Climber Shocked By Climate Change Effects” • Nepalese climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja smashed the record for taking the shortest time to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter-high mountains. But his expeditions made him acutely aware of the environmental changes the world is undergoing. [CNN]

Queue of climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest
(click to enlarge – ©Nimsdai | Project Possible | Getty Images)

¶ “Plug-In Vehicles Are 59% of Vehicle Sales in Norway in October” • When it comes to electric vehicle adoption, Norway is king of the hill. Nearly 2 out of every 3 passenger vehicles sold in Norway come with a plug. In October, the plug-in vehicle share was 59%, which is a bit higher than the 56% plug-in vehicle hold for January to October. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Army To March On Solar Power” • Public Power Solutions, a subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to Cotswold District Council on behalf of the Secretary of State for Defence to build a solar farm at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire. It will be the first project in a pilot program. [reNEWS]

Duke of Gloucester Barracks (Public Power Solutions image)

¶ “Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, And Karnataka Could Declare ‘ No New Coal’ Policy” • Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka could follow in the footsteps of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh to declare a ‘no new coal’ policy, new analysis says. The Indian states will not need any new coal power plants in the future, as renewable and flexible energy is cost-effective. [The Weekend Leader]

¶ “Alberta Wind Farm Starts Spinning” • Capital Power’s 202-MW first phase of the Whitla wind project in southern Alberta has started operations. The company said it will proceed with the 97-MW second phase of Whitla, with construction slated to start in 2021, and it is also on track to complete its 150-MW Cardinal Point wind farm early next year. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Pexels image)

¶ “At 50, Europe’s Oldest Nuclear Plant Not Ready To Retire” •  Europe’s oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland’s Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week. Commercial operation began on December 9, 1969. Its lifespan is deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. [ETEnergyworld.com]

US:

¶ “Transmission Line Foes Press For Full Environmental Review” • Opponents of a $1 billion Central Maine Power transmission project, proposed to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, urged the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a full environmental impact review. CMP says that would delay a final decision by a year. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Hydro dam

¶ “EPA Watchdog Says White House Budget Office Blocked Part Of Its Investigation Into Controversial Trucks Rule” • The EPA inspector general report concluded that the EPA, and possibly the budget office, bypassed key steps when it rushed through Pruitt’s proposal to lighten regulations on some heavy-duty trucks using older, less-efficient engines. [CNN]

¶ “Vineyard Wins Connecticut Offshore Wind Tender With 804-MW Bid” • Connecticut announced it selected Vineyard Wind LLC’s 804-MW Park City Wind Project as the winner in a major solicitation for offshore wind projects. It had “a price lower than any other publicly announced offshore wind project in North America.” [Renewables Now]

Offshore wind farm (Beverley Goodwin, CC 2.0 generic)

¶ “Honolulu Makes History With Comprehensive Plastic Bill” • A comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council (the governing body for the island of Oahu). Activists have been working for nearly a decade. What they got is the strongest plastic phase-out bill in the country, and likely in the world. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “San Mateo County Will Have Completely Green Power By 2025, Local Agency Says” • The 200-MW Wright Solar Facility in Los Banos is the largest solar project of its kind in California. It will come online by the end of 2019, as a local agency’s latest move to supply enough green power for all of San Mateo County within the next five years. [Peninsula Press]

Wright Solar Facility (Photo: Peninsula Clean Energy)

¶ “Studies In Chattanooga And Roanoke Could Help Slash Energy Usage In Homes & Buildings” • In the US, 124 million buildings consume 40% of all the energy used and 75% of all electricity, a study published in Science Daily says. Efforts are underway in both Chattanooga and Roanoke to reduce buildings’ energy needs up to 30% by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Geronimo Starts Up 200-MW South Dakota Wind” • National Grid subsidiary Geronimo Energy has started commercial operations at its 200-MW Crocker wind farm in South Dakota. The Clark County-located facility has virtual power purchase agreements in place with Walmart and Cargill for its output. It uses GE 2.7-116 turbines. [reNEWS]

Have a wonderfully composed day.

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