December 23 Energy News

December 23, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Why Energy Retailers Could Benefit From Giving Power To The People” • When it comes to accelerating the take up of renewable energy, the idea of a two-sided market, in which consumers are rewarded for buying and selling energy in real-time, could be the solution the world’s energy markets have been looking for. [Forbes]

Getting to the other side (Jacek Dylag)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Lockheed Martin Tests Innovative Flow Battery Technology” • Lockheed Martin announced that it is partnering with TC Energy to develop energy storage systems based on Lockheed Martin flow battery technology. They say the ingredients are not toxic or expensive but have sufficient energy storage capability to be commercially viable. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Aquila Adds 43 MW Of Finnish Wind” • Aquila European Renewables Income Fund is to acquire a construction-ready wind farm in Finland in a €36.7 million deal. The Korkeakangas onshore wind farm construction project is expected to have a capacity of over 43 MW. It is scheduled to be fully operational in December 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Science in HD | Unsplash)

¶ “Audi Announces €12 Billion For EV Development, BMW €400 Million For 2021 iNEXT Production” • Audi, part of now EV-aggressive Volkswagen Group, has set aside about €12 billion to put into e-mobility between 2020 and 2024. By contrast, BMW, is to invest around €400 million in its Dingolfing plant for production of the BMW iNEXT. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iberdrola To Put $500 Million Into Australian Wind Energy And Solar Farm” • Iberdrola predicts renewables will take “much more relevant position” in Australia in coming years and hopes to develop further projects. Iberdrola’s head of renewables said that in the new year the company would also probably increase its target for renewable energy greatly. [REVE]

Iberdrola wind turbine

¶ “Rajasthan Unveils Solar, Wind And Hybrid Energy Policy” • Rajasthan’s Chief Minister launched the two energy policies for his state, one for solar energy and the other for wind and hybrid energy. This gives a major boost to India’s efforts towards reaching its target of 175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022, in which states have a crucial role to play. [Elets]

¶ “ADB To Roll Out $1 Billion For Clean Energy Investments In The Pacific Region” • The Asian Development Bank is planning to roll out nearly $1 billion of energy investments across the region during the 2019-2021 period. The bank seeks to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. It also aims to maximize access to energy for all. [Mercom India]

Not much, but it’s home

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s Al Rushaid And France’s Optimum Agree To Build Solar Plant Systems” • Saudi Arabia’s Al Rushaid Group signed a joint venture agreement with France’s Optimum Tracker to build components and systems of solar plants in the kingdom. The venture will receive an initial investment of 200 million Saudi riyals ($53 million). [The National]

¶ “Renewable Energy Will Power 100% Of This Beverage Giant’s Operations” • Australian beverage giant Lion has committed to power all of its operations with renewable energy by 2025. The announcement is the latest in the unveiling of Lion’s eco-friendly strategy after saying in November it would be the first Australian carbon-neutral brewer in 2020. [The Rising]

Quincy Lion

¶ “Australian PM Scott Morrison Backs Coal Industry Amid Wildfire Crisis Climate Change Row” • Embattled Australian prime minister Scott Morrison insisted his government would not “walk away” from the coal industry, just as authorities warned the wildfires crisis could rage for months. About 200 fires were burning in four states. [Evening Standard]

¶ “Government Proposes Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Water Release Into Sea Or Air” • The Japanese ministry of economy and industry has proposed gradually releasing or allowing to evaporate massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The idea was proposed to a body of experts. [Japan Today]

Liquid processing systems at Fukushima Daiichi (AP file)

US:

¶ “US Military Precariously Unprepared For Climate Threats, War College And Retired Brass Warn” • The US Department of Defense, with a presidential administration that rejects science and ignores climate risks, has been slow to respond to them. That is raising concerns from both military think tanks and Congress’s watchdog agency. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Elizabeth Warren Shifts On Nuclear Power – No Longer Totally Against It, Apparently” • “We’ve got to stop putting more carbon into the air,” Warren said in the primary debate. “We got to get the carbon out of the air and out of the water. And that means that we need to keep some of our nuclear in place,” she said. “I will not build more nuclear.” [NewBostonPost]

Nuclear power plant (Dukovany | Wikipedia)

¶ “Renewables Embraced By Standing Rock, Other Tribes” • With publicity from the Dakota Access pipeline protest still fresh in people’s minds, Indigenized Energy and other nonprofits worked together to build and launch a solar farm on Standing Rock. In doing so, they became the latest American Indian tribe moving into green energy. [Albuquerque Journal]

¶ “US Navy Orders Two Portable Backup Battery Systems From Northern Reliability” • The US military operates all over the world, often in places where no electrical grid is available to power its equipment. This situation makes small, portable microgrids, using a combination of solar panels and battery storage, the ideal solution. [CleanTechnica]

Have a mystifyingly magnificent day.

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