Archive for December 24th, 2019

December 24 Energy News

December 24, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Our Pathetically Slow Shift To Clean Energy, In Five Charts” • Even with dropping costs, the swift growth in renewables hasn’t added up to major changes in the massive global energy system or reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. Clean technologies have mostly met rising energy demands, but not so far cut into fossil-fuel infrastructure. [MIT Technology Review]

Wind turbines (Thomas Reaubourg Jr | Unsplash)

¶ “Fact-Check: Five Things Trump Got Wrong About Wind Turbines” • President Donald Trump kicked off his holiday week with a speech to young conservatives. He touted his knowledge of wind power, saying “I know windmills very much. I’ve studied it better than anybody I know.” Then he made a series of claims that were false or misleading. [CNN]

¶ “How Is Australia Tackling Climate Change?” • Scientists around the world are looking aghast at the politics of climate change in Australia. It’s one of the most vulnerable countries on the planet to rising temperatures, yet there is still denial among the country’s leaders about the impacts of rising CO₂ levels on events like the current wildfires. [BBC]

Bushfire in the backyard (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “In Asia Pacific The Climate Crisis Is Happening Now, Not In The Future” • Asia and the Pacific are already feeling the harsh reality of the climate crisis. The toxic smog, flooding, landslides, cyclones, bushfires, droughts, and deadly heatwaves of 2019 were not anomalies. Scientists say weather events are more extreme because of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Australia fires: The Thousands Of Volunteers Fighting The Flames” • “We’re doing it because it’s a passion” said Daniel Knox. “It’s a brotherhood.” He is one of thousands of Australians who’ve dropped their ordinary lives to battle the nation’s raging fire crisis. He said, “When that photo was taken of me, I had done a 15-hour shift out there.”  [BBC]

Daniel Knox in controlled burn (Daniel Knox | Andrew O’dwyer)

¶ “Ørsted Divests “Loss-Making” LNG Business” • Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted announced that it has signed an agreement with leading global natural resources company Glencore to divest itself of its liquefied natural gas business, describing it as “loss-making” and projecting that it will “remain so for years to come.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Latest European Onshore Wind Auctions Prove Technologies’ Importance” • Recent energy auctions show the increasing importance of onshore windpower in the EU.  WindEurope, the European trade association for wind energy, has highlighted several recent onshore wind energy auctions which all delivered competitive prices. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (RES image)

¶ “Reactor Anti-Terror Upgrades To Boost LNG, Coal Demand In 2020” • Analysts expect four of Japan’s nine operating reactors to close temporarily next year while utilities make the changes required by stricter anti-terrorism rules adopted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. To cover the capacity loss they will have to buy more coal and natural gas. [The Japan News]

US:

¶ “Who’s Gonna Win The Race For Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Maine Or California?” • California is used to grabbing the clean tech spotlight with its massive onshore wind farms, but it looks like Maine could nail down bragging rights to the first US floating offshore wind farm. This is despite the fact that  Maine already has 75% renewable electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Floating offshore wind turbine (Maine Aqua Ventus image)

¶ “New Mexico State Senators Seek To Tax EVs And Renewable Energy” • With the 2020 New Mexico legislative session coming up, legislators are pre-filing bills for consideration. Two of these bills seek to tax electric vehicles and renewable energy. The details are worth a look, however. One exempts up to 500 kWh per day of personal generation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “States Vowed to Uphold America’s Climate Pledge. Are They Succeeding?” • With actions already taken by 25 states, 534 cities, counties, tribes, businesses, and organizations, emissions could fall 25% below 2005 levels by 2030. That’s just under the Obama administration’s original Paris commitment, though five years later than the 2025 deadline. [InsideClimate News]

Herald Square, New York (Gary Hershorn | Getty Images)

¶ “Enel Unleashes 450-MW Texas Giant” • Enel Green Power North America has started operations at its 450-MW High Lonesome wind farm in Texas. The $720 million project is expected to generate about 1,900 GW-hours of electricity a year. With a 12-year power purchase agreement that was signed, the project, will be expanded to 500 MW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewables Are A Bright Spot In Texas’ Tumultuous Energy Market” • A survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimates about 8,100 Texas oil-and-gas-sector jobs might soon disappear in another oil downturn. But it’s not all bad news, especially for the renewable energy market. Texas produces 20% of all US wind power. [Texas Standard]

Texas wind farm (Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon | KUT)

¶ “2019 Was A Big Year for Renewable Energy In New York” • When Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law in July, it made New York State a national leader in the broader fight against climate change. No state has a more aggressive emissions reduction target. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “Appeals Court Orders Further Review For Minnesota Power Natural Gas Plant” • Minnesota regulators need to take another look at the environmental effect of a natural gas plant Minnesota Power wants to build in Wisconsin, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The ruling is a setback for the $700 million project. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Have an outstandingly triumphant day.

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