Archive for December 22nd, 2019

December 22 Energy News

December 22, 2019


¶ “How The White House Killed Clean Energy Tax Credits” • The decision to leave tax credits for solar energy and electric vehicles out of the $1.37 trillion spending deal came from the White House just as negotiations were nearly over, according to sources close to the issue. And Democrats are being accused of letting it happen. [GreenTech Media] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery.)

White House at night (Photo: Ted, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Contributing To Increase In Extreme Weather Events, Says Expert Report” • Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts and heavy rainfall are increasingly likely because of human-caused climate change, according to a report by climate experts that was released at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. []

¶ “Amazon Forest Regrows Much Slower Than Previously Thought” • Regrowth of Amazonian forests after deforestation could be much slower than previously thought, a study shows. The findings made significant impacts on global climate change predictions due to the ability of secondary forests to ingest carbon from the atmosphere. [Nature World News]

Amazon tributary (Pixabay image)


¶ “Lilium Jet Accomplishes 3-Minute Test Flight” • The Munich-based aviation startup Lilium Jet released a video of its successful 3-minute test flight. Lilium says it will next test the aircraft at higher speeds, with this test phase reaching 100 km/h (62 mph). Lilium’s second testing phase will focus on completing a full transition to wing-borne flight. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nord Stream 2: Germany And Russia Decry US Sanctions” • Germany and Russia have reacted angrily to sanctions approved by US President Donald Trump on a gas pipeline between the two countries. The sanctions target firms building Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline that will allow Russia to increase gas exports to Germany. [BBC]

Nord Stream 2 pipeline (Reuters)

¶ “The Global Price Tag For 100% Renewable Energy: $73 Trillion” • A global effort to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 would cost nations $73 trillion upfront. But the expense will pay for itself in under seven years, and create 28.6 million more full-time jobs, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford University. [Yale Environment 360]

¶ “A Floating Nuclear Power Plant Has Started To Produce Electricity In A Remote Region Of Russia” • Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom announced that the Akademik Lomonosov started to produce electricity in the “isolated Chaun-Bilibino network” in the port of Pevek, Chukotka, which is in the Far East area of Russia. [EnerCom Inc]

Akademik Lomonosov (Alexander Ryumin | TASS | Getty Images)

¶ “AP High Court Orders Discoms To Clear Arrears Of ₹1450 Crore Of Renewable Power Producers” • The Andhra Pradesh high court directed state-run power distribution companies to pay ₹1,450 crore ($218 million) to solar and wind electricity producers towards arrears to be paid to them for the power they have supplied. [Hindustan Times]


¶ “Half Of Queen Liliuokalani Campus’ Load Taken On By Renewable Energy” • Over 55% of the Queen Liliuokalani Campus’ load is powered by renewable energy, Hawaii Pacific Solar announced. The local solar company recently designed and installed two PV systems, one on a roof top and one as a parking lot canopy. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]

Solar canopy (Hawaii Pacific Solar image)

¶ “Virginia Wind Energy Firm Proposes To Erect 30 Turbines In Western Washington County” • A wind energy firm based in Virginia is proposing to erect 30 turbines in western Washington County, spread out around land owned by the state of Maine, in Township 18. They plan to install Vestas turbines with capacities of 4.2 MW. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “SSAB Americas To Start Making Fossil Fuel-Free Steel” • SSAB Americas aims to start making steel by 2022 at a mill in Montpelier, Iowa, with a process powered entirely by renewable energy. The company, a subsidiary of SSAB in Sweden, operates mini-mills with electric arc furnaces that turn recycled scrap metal into new steel. []

SSAB steel mill (Courtesy image)

¶ “Powering Up Wilmington With ‘Smart’ Meters” • Starting in January, Duke Energy Progress will install 170,000 “smart” electric meters in the Wilmington area of North Carolina. This will include parts of Brunswick and Pender counties. The work will go on through the year. Customers will be able to monitor their energy use with aps. []

¶ “Roughly 1.7 GW Of US Nuclear Power Capacity Set To Retire In 2020” • Indian Point Unit 2, in New York state, and Duane Arnold Unit 1, in Iowa,  are to retire in 2020, with little potential for postponement, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics. Their combined capacity is about 1.7 GW. They are being replaced with wind and gas. [S&P Global]

Have a fantastically auspicious day.

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