December 30 Energy News

December 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Lost Decade: How We Awoke To Climate Change Only To Squander Every Chance To Act” • We may see 2009 to 2019 as the “lost decade,” a time when the world awoke to the reality of climate change only to squander every chance to take action. Now, many scientists fear the targets we need to hit to avoid catastrophe are slipping out of reach. [HuffPost]

Venice flooding (Filippo Monteforte | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “Green New Deals For The World Are Green Good Deals” • World leaders at the UN Madrid climate talks failed to agree on a path forward. The core of the problem is the belief by some leaders that solving global warming will be expensive and drain the economies of their countries. However, new research indicates that this belief is incorrect. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What’s Behind Big Oil’s Promises Of Emissions Cuts? Lots Of Wiggle Room” • Like never before, energy companies are publicly acknowledging the threat posed by climate change and the need for society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But at the same time, oil and gas production in the US and globally continues to soar. [InsideClimate News]

Oil Exploration Rig (Omar Torres | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Pumped Hydro Social License, Pt 1: Wind Energy Experience Says Don’t Expect You Have Full Approval” • The US has 40 pumped storage sites, providing 95% of all energy storage in the country, and 50 more are planned. But they are not always accepted by the local people, and they often have to fight for local approval. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Option For Low-Speed Airborne Transportation” • A large, helium-filled 21st-century airship with many potential applications, including renewably powered west-to-east freight transportation, is being developed by Lockheed Martin. Other developers are looking into modern hot-air craft for similar purposes. [The Maritime Executive]
(Westbound travel uses more energy because of winds.)

Lockheed Martin airship (Lockheed Martin image)

¶ “Decarbonization At Center Stage In Mining As Renewables-Plus-Storage Become Cost Competitive” • Because many mines are in remote locations, powering them is expensive and usually based on diesel oil. Declining costs for wind, solar, and energy storage have increasingly made clean energy an economically attractive option. [Greentech Media]

World:

¶ “Australia Fires: Fires Worsen As Every Australian State Hits 40°C” • Scores of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave that has seen temperatures exceed 40°C (104°F) in every state. In one popular holiday region, about 30,000 people were urged to flee, but then evacuations became too risky as fires neared major roads. [BBC]

Remains of a car (Getty Images)

¶ “Honda CEO Peers Into The Future, Sees Nothing But Piston Power From Here To Eternity” • Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda Motor Company, shared his take on the future of cars in a year-end interview with Automotive News Europe. He said he believes hybrid vehicles will play a critical role, but he does not believe customers want EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Ming Yang 10-MW Giant Produced” • Chinese company Ming Yang Smart Energy finished its first nacelle for a 10-MW offshore wind turbine. The MySE8-10MW series anti-typhoon machine was produced at the company’s Mingyang Yangjiang Smart Manufacturing Center in Yangjiang, China. Production is set to begin in 2020. [reNEWS]

Ming Yang 10-MW nacelle (Ming Yang Smart Energy)

¶ “Solar Set For Boom After A Gloomy 2019” • Indian solar installations in 2020 are set to exceed 10 GW after a year hit by political uncertainties, module price increases associated with safeguard duty, and a lower number of awarded tenders. But the outlook for battery energy storage installations for solar projects remains bleak. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Swedish Nuclear Power Reactor Shuts Down For Good” • The nuclear power reactor of Ringhals has been officially shut down. And next year, another of the four reactors will be shut down as well, according to The Local Sweden. The decision to close the reactors was based purely on business, declining profitability, and increased costs. [PoliticalLore.com]

In the Ringhals plant

US:

¶ “Energy Stocks Are The Biggest Losers Of 2019 – And The Decade” • Although America is now the world’s largest producer of both crude oil and natural gas, energy stocks have been losers. Big ones. For the decade, the energy sector is up a paltry 34%, according to Refinitiv. By comparison, tech stocks have soared and are up nearly 400%. [CNN]

¶ “Heavy-Duty Hydrogen: Fuel Cell Trains And Trucks Power Up For The 2020s” • The first hydrogen rail project in the US will be in California, where the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority plans to operate a FLIRT H2 train from Swiss supplier Stadler, starting in 2024. Hydrogen is also going into use as a fuel for large trucks. [Forbes]

Hydrogen-powered Nikola truck (Nikola And Anheuser-Busch)

¶ “Democratic Candidates And Their Clean Energy Plans” • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have made detailed and courageous proposals to return the US to the Paris Agreement and to redirect federal expenditures toward the enormous task of mitigating the climate crisis before it’s too late. Here are some of the positions of other major candidates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minnesota Firms Grow An Industry Focused On Renewable Energy, Conservation And Software Analytics” • Donald Trump may have taken aim efficiency and renewable energy, but they are economic and environmental winners. Small businesses in those fields and with related software are Minnesota’s economic growth leaders. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Have a tremendously agreeable day.

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