January 1 Energy News

January 1, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Australia’s Angry Summer: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like” • Summer used to be something we yearned for: long, lazy days spent by the beach or pool, backyard barbecues, and games of cricket with family and friends. But summer has become a time of fear, with heatwaves, fires, and evacuations. Australia has a changed climate. [Scientific American]

Fire fighting helicopter (David Gray | Getty Images)

¶ “Twenty Reasons Why 2019 Gave Us Climate Hope” • For all of the unfortunate events that happened this year, we also saw an equal (and growing) opposite reaction. People all around the world stepped up for the climate like never before.Technology and economics are making the solutions to the crisis more feasible than ever. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “We Know This Disaster Is Unprecedented – No Amount Of Scott Morrison Spin Can Hide It” • There is a message carefully woven into everything Australia’s prime minister says about the fires. It is that they are not extraordinary, not unprecedented. But we know that this fire disaster is unprecedented, and no amount of spin can hide it. [The Guardian]

Fire wreckage (Sean Davey | AFP via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Australia Is Burning And Tesla Owners Are Trying To Help” • Australia is burning and thousands are facing burning fires that ravage their communities and leave behind apocalyptic scenes. Tesla’s Starlink technology is not ready to help restore Australia’s communications yet, but Tesla owners, and others, ares stepping up to the job. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Singapore’s Clean Power Growth May Beat Expectations: Report” • Thanks to government efforts to promote the sector, growth in Singapore’s clean power may beat expectations in the long run, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said in a report. But the pace is slow for now, with a lack of private sector enthusiasm and slowing power consumption. [The Straits Times]

Rooftop solar system in Singapore (ST file photo)

¶ “Zero-Carbon Energy Outstrips Fossil Fuels In Britain Across 2019” • With a dramatic decline in coal-fired power and a rise in renewable and low-carbon energy, 2019 was Britain’s cleanest energy year on record, according to National Grid, which owns and operates the transmission network in England and Wales, and runs the Scottish networks. [The Guardian]

¶ “Australia Now Has Its First State Run On 100% Renewable Electricity” • From 1 January 2020, the Australian Capital Territory achieves something no other Australian state or territory has. “The ACT will officially be powered by 100% renewable electricity,” the territory’s climate change minister Shane Rattenbury told SBS News. [SBS]

Solar farm in ACT (SBS News image)

¶ “Second WindFloat Atlantic Platform Sets Sail” • The second of three platforms of the Windplus consortium’s 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic floating project off Portugal has set off from the Port of Ferrol in Galicia. Upon arrival at its final destination 20 km off the coast, it will be installed next to the first floating platform, which was deployed in October. [reNEWS]

¶ “From Red Seaweed To Climate-Smart Cows: New Zealand Leads The Fight Against Methane” • For Dr Suzanne Rowe, who is breeding strains of sheep that emit less methane, there is no more important work. She says, “New Zealand has really become a global leader in this space and there’s a lot of buzz around at the moment – it’s hugely exciting.” [The Guardian]

Thoughtful cow (William West | AFP | Getty Images)

US:

¶ “The Largest Passive House In North America: 154 Low-Income Housing Units (46 For Formerly Homeless)” • The largest US residential building built to the Passive House US standard and the largest passive house building in North America came about at the end of 2019, with units for low-income tenants. The design even addresses storm resiliency. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Mississippi, The Costs Of Coastal Flooding Are Adding Up” • First Street Foundation research found that between 2005 and 2017, flooding erased nearly $16 billion of real estate appreciation in coastal areas from Maine to Texas. Researchers did not even calculate losses in Louisiana due to the complexity of issues in that state. [CleanTechnica]

House built to code for floods and hurricanes (Nexus Media)

¶ “Enel Will Bring Almost 1 GW Of Clean Electricity Online In US During 2020” • Enel brought two wind projects online in the US during 2019, totaling 318 MW. The Italian energy company is not resting on its laurels, however. Enel Green Power has six wind farms under construction, which will bring installations for the US in 2020 to nearly 1 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Peak Inside the Unisphere, One of the World’s Largest Net-Zero Buildings” • The head of United Therapeutics, Martine Rothblatt, would not yield on the company’s new headquarters. When designers warned that building a net-zero building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland would be a formidable task, she replied, “I don’t care. Figure it out.” [CleanTechnica]

The Unisphere (United Therapeutics image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Could Top Natural Gas In New Capacity Added In US In 2019” • According to the SUN DAY Campaign, data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Information Administration for the first ten months of 2019 show renewable energy sources are on track to place first for new US generating capacity in 2019. [Solar Builder]

¶ “Push For US Uranium Production Opposed Near Grand Canyon” • The Trump administration wants to encourage US production of uranium. That could affect a temporary ban now in place on uranium mining in and around Grand Canyon. A bill to make that ban permanent passed the House and was introduced before the Senate. [KTAR.com]

Have an enjoyably productive day.

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