Archive for December 8th, 2019

December 8 Energy News

December 8, 2019


¶ “Love Your Home” • Energy giant and offshore wind leader Ørsted is on a mission. In January, the company launched a children’s book, Is This My Home? It is urging parents to talk about the environmentally-friendly things they do every day like recycling, riding bikes, choosing public transport, or having a more plant-based diet. [The Maritime Executive]

Is This My Home?

¶ “Michael Lewis: ‘Don’t Bet Against The US. It Has An Incredible Capacity For Self-Reinvention’ ” • In his most recent book, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, Michael Lewis applies his insider’s eye to unsung heroes of government administration, in light of the reckless dismantling of the US civil service under President Trump. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Urban Farms Are Off The Hook – And Off The Shelf (CleanTechnica Interview)” • Hydroponic startup Farmshelf has some ambitious plans for the urban agriculture revolution. If all goes according to plan, Farmshelf could make urban farms as ubiquitous – and as easy to operate – as the refrigerator in your kitchen. [CleanTechnica]

Farmshelf hydroponic farm (Photo by Tina Casey)

¶ “World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen At An Unprecedented And Dangerous Rate As Temperatures Rise, Study Finds” • A report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that oxygen levels in the ocean have declined by about 2% since the 1950s, and the volume of completely oxygen-depleted water has quadrupled since the 1960s. [CBS News]

¶ “Soil: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change” • Battered by effects of climate change, agriculture is also an important – in fact a necessary – partner in fighting it. The science is clear: We cannot stay beneath the most dangerous climate thresholds without sequestering a significant amount of carbon in our soils. [EcoWatch]



¶ “Keolis Nederland BV Selects BYD To Supply Largest Electric Bus Order In Europe” • The Netherlands is getting another massive wave of new electric buses, as Keolis Nederland BV ordered 259 of them from BYD. It is the largest single order for electric buses in Europe so far, and it shows how comfortable transit operators are with them. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greta Thunberg Criticizes World Leaders’ Climate Actions As They Meet At COP25 To Discuss The Crisis” • Greta Thunberg criticized world leaders gathered at the COP25 conference for failing to act effectively on the climate crisis. She told activists at the talks. “The climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power, and we cannot go on like this.” [CNN]

Greta Thunberg (Pierre-Philippe Marcou | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Authorities Look To Control Household Rooftop Solar Power Systems To Stabilise The Grid” • The body that runs Western Australia’s main electricity market wants the ability to remotely dump excess solar power from households, cutting the bill rebates people receive. It says this is to safeguard the grid from surging levels of renewable energy. [ABC News]

¶ “Seychelles: The Island Nation With A Novel Way To Tackle Climate Change” • In the first deal of its kind, the East African nation swapped 5% of its national debt for a cash injection to fight the effects of climate change on the ocean. In return, it promised to protect 30% of its national waters, which is an area twice the size of the UK – by the end of next year. [BBC]

Seychelles coastguard

¶ “Massive Polish Coal Mine Sparks International Dispute” • The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities, even those nearby in Germany and Czech Republic. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm among residents who fear things might get even worse. [Herald-Whig]

¶ “The Fastest Growing Energy Sectors Of 2019” • According to the International Energy Agency, there has been relatively high growth for carbon-based energy sources over the past three years, but renewables spending continues to exceed fossil fuel-based power. India is emerging as the world’s fastest growing energy market. []

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Banks Gave $745 Billion To Groups Planning New Coal Power Plants” • Financial institutions have channeled $745 billion over the past three years into companies planning new coal-fired power plants, according to a report by environmental groups. The groups are urging global banks to stop financing the coal sector. [The Daily Star]
Coal piles and worker in China (File photo | Reuters)


¶ “California Ends New Fracking Pending Results Of Scientific Study” • Despite plenty of petrodollars sloshing around California’s capitol in Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom halted approvals of new hydraulic fracturing in the state until the projects can be reviewed by an independent panel of scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Fracking well in Texas

¶ “Molokai, Lanai Renewable Energy Bids Solicited” • Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission approved a plan from Maui Electric Co to issue a request for proposals for wind and solar power paired with energy storage for the islands of Molokai and Lanai. Renewable sources are to provide 78% of Molokai’s power and 55% to 61% of Lanai’s by 2023. [Maui News]

¶ “New England Grid Operator: Region Has Enough Power For Winter Despite Station Closing” • ISO New England says this will be the first winter without the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts. But officials say the reactor’s retirement coincided with some solar and wind projects and several dual-energy power plants coming online. [CBS Boston]

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