January 2 Energy News

January 2, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Politicians Stand In The Way Of A Green Energy Revolution” • Renewable energy is now so cheap that installation worldwide is happening faster than governments have allowed for in their national plans for action, the International Renewable Energy Agency said. IRENA says the barrier to tackling climate change is political, not technical. [Truthdig]

Wind farm (Ian Sane, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “Want To Ban New Gas And Diesel Cars? Look To Sweden To See How It’s Done” • What would it take for a country to ban new gasoline and diesel cars? Look no farther than the government of Sweden, which is in the midst of a study to offer proposals on just such a topic. Details are emerging in a report is to be presented by 1 February 2021. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Australia Fires: New South Wales Declares Week-Long State Of Emergency” • The premier of New South Wales has declared a week-long state of emergency in response to the escalating bushfire threat. High temperatures and strong winds are forecast for the weekend, leading to “widespread extreme fire danger” in the eastern Australian state. [BBC]

Police delivering supplies at Mallacoota (Victoria Police)

¶ “Sebastian Kurz-Led Conservatives To Form Coalition Government With Greens In Austria” • Austria’s conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz agreed to form an unprecedented coalition government with the Greens, capping almost three months of negotiations. It will mark the first time the Green party has been in power. [WION]

¶ “Jakarta Floods: ‘Not Ordinary Rain’, Say Officials” • At least 21 people have died in flooding in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, after the city had its most intense rainfall since the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency began supplying records in 1996. The agency measured 377 mm (14.84 in) of rainfall in one day at an airport in East Jakarta. [BBC]

Rescuing an infant (Muhammad Iqbal | Antara Foto via Reuters)

¶ “Obrador Administration Rolling Back Energy Reform In Mexico” • Mexican President Obrador, who came to office late in 2018, wants state-owned energy companies to have more control over the country’s power projects. He rolled back moves from the previous administration, which had opened Mexico’s energy markets to competition. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Danish Wind Delivers Record Year” • With new wind farms and average winds, wind power delivered almost 47% of last year’s electricity in Denmark, beating the previous record of over 43% in 2017, according to industry association Wind Denmark. Total output from Danish wind farms was 16.0 TWh last year, up from 13.9 TWh in 2018 and 14.8 TWh in 2017. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Vattenfall image)

¶ “₹1,228 Crore Dues To Renewable Power Firms Cleared In December” • Andhra Pradesh distribution companies (discoms) are making all-out efforts to clear the dues of renewable power developers. Energy Department said out of ₹2,255.97 crore ($339 million) owed, the discoms cleared ₹1212.28 crore ($182 million) in December. [The New Indian Express]

¶ “German Solar Grows 30% In 2019” • The solar market grew by about 30% in 2019 with almost 4 GW of new projects installed, nitial analysis by the German solar industry association BSW said. The association said falling PV prices with increased power prices, intensifying climate debate, and growing electromobility were the main reasons for growth. [reNEWS]

Solar array (APPA | Unsplash)

¶ “2019 Was Australia’s Hottest Year On Record – 1.5°C Above Average Temperature” • The year 2019 was the hottest on record for Australia with the temperature reaching 1.52°C above the long-term average, latest data from the Bureau of Meteorology confirms. It was a year of crippling drought, record heatwaves, and devastating bushfires. [The Guardian]

¶ “Prince William Unveils ‘Earthshot Prize’ To Tackle Climate Crisis” • Prince William announced what Sir David Attenborough called “the most prestigious environment prize in history” to encourage climate crisis solutions. The “Earthshot prize” will be awarded to five people with answers for climate problems every year over the next decade. [The Guardian]

Sir David Attenborough commenting (Reuters)

US:

¶ “Trump Administration Says It Will Approve Largest Solar Farm In US” • Federal officials plan to approve a massive, 690-MW solar farm with energy storage in the desert outside Las Vegas, paving the way for a $1-billion project that will provide electricity to Nevada residents served by billionaire Warren Buffett’s NV Energy. [Bryan-College Station Eagle]

¶ “Kansas’ Embrace Of Wind Energy Helps It Reduce CO₂ Emissions” • Kansas has been able to reduce its CO₂ emissions for a 10th straight year, largely due to the rapid adoption of wind energy and a slow move away from coal powered electricity. The Kansas News Service reports that about 36% of all electricity produced in Kansas is from wind. [KSHB]

Smoky Hills Wind Farm (Drenaline, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Shiloh Industries To Power Technical Center, Two Stamping Plants With 100% Renewable Energy” • Shiloh Industries has joined DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, committing to power three facilities with 100% Michigan-made clean energy. The move will offset the equivalent of nearly 4,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions. [mitechnews.com]

¶ “Controversy Continues To Swirl Around Uranium Enrichment Contract” • The chairs and ranking members of two House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittees asked the DOE to justify an award of a $115 million contract to Centrus Energy to demonstrate technology for producing a specialized nuclear fuel for advanced reactors. [Physics Today]

Have an unambiguously jolly day.

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