January 4 Energy News

January 4, 2020


¶ “Oil And Petrochemical Companies Want YOU To Pay To Protect Them From Climate Change!” • Not content with ruining the Earth with billions of tons of CO₂ and plastic waste, oil and petrochemical companies want the federal government to build enclaves to protect their refining facilities from rising sea levels and more powerful storms. [CleanTechnica]

Motiva refinery Port Arthur, Texas (Motiva image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “NTU Scientists Have Discovered A Method To Break Down Plastic Waste Using Sunlight” • According to a press release, a research team led by an assistant professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University found a way to harness light energy to convert dissolved plastic into formic acid, a chemical with many uses. [SAYS]

¶ “Groundbreaking Study Finds ‘Fingerprint’ Of Human-Caused Climate Change In Global Daily Weather” • Scientists can now detect the “fingerprint” of human-caused climate change in a global perspective of daily weather patterns, according to a groundbreaking analysis published in the journal Nature Climate Change. [Common Dreams]

After Hurricane Maria (Photo: Mario Tama | Getty Images)


¶ “Adani Green Switches On 75-MW Wind Park In Gujarat” • India’s Adani Green Energy Ltd put a 75-MW wind farm online in the state of Gujarat, it said in a bourse filing. The plant will sell electricity to state-owned utility Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd for ₹2.85/kWh (€0.0356/kWh, 3.97¢/kWh) under a power purchase agreement. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Boost To Renewable Energy: MNRE Proposes ‘Bundling’ Scheme” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working out a way to supply round-the-clock power from wind and solar plants. It would to sell renewable energy and thermal power together in a ‘bundle’ to deliver renewable energy in an uninterrupted electricity supply. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar panels (Bart Speelman | Flickr)

¶ “Japan Nuclear Regulator Effectively Made Safety Measure Decision Behind Closed Doors” • After Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority met behind closed doors with KEPCO, experts argue that such hearings are in effect a decision-making process of the NRA, violating the Public Records and Archives Management Act. [The Mainichi]

¶ “Turkey Hits New Renewable And Hydro Output Records In 2019” • Turkey’s Solar Energy Investors Association said that Turkey generated around 44% of its electricity from renewable sources last year. Turkey set new annual renewable electricity and hydroelectricity generation records in 2019 according to an industry leader. [Daily Sabah]

Wind turbines (AA photo)


¶ “Mallacoota: How people survived in the fire-hit beach town” • Most people who were in Mallacoota or from areas around the town hunkered down on the beach. Some stayed at their homes, wetting them down and checking for embers. As the fire drew nearer, “it sounded like a jet engine, a far-away plane over the hill that we were on,” one man said. [BBC]

¶ “Australia Fires: Troops Called To Tackle Fires” • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced 3,000 reserve troops will be deployed to help tackle raging bushfires across the country. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Mr Morrison told reporters, “We have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level.” [BBC]

Hot tinder countryside (AFP image)

¶ “Australia’s Fires Could Change The Country Forever” • The natural rhythms of Australia’s environment include wildfires, but scientists haven’t seen anything like this before. At least 12 million acres of land have already been scorched and more than a hundred blazes are still active, but the fire season has yet to reach its peak. [NBCNews.com]

¶ “Australia Fires: How Do We Know How Many Animals Have Died?” • There is a widely-reported estimate that almost half a billion animals have been killed by the bush fires in Australia. The figure came from an expert on Australian biodiversity at the University of Sydney, who released a statement explaining how he had reached it. [BBC]

Emergency worker and koala (Reuters image)


¶ “Tesla Hits 2019 Guidance – Delivers 367,500 Vehicles, Grows 50% Over 2018” • Tesla released its Q4 2019 vehicle production and deliveries results, delivering about 112,000 vehicles in Q4 and about 367,500 vehicles in 2019 overall, which is a 50% increase over 2018 deliveries. Tesla’s annual guidance was for 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “120 GW Of Energy Storage By 2050: We Got This!” • Low cost energy storage is true gamechanger. About 15 years ago, experts with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory were looking at an ambitious scenario of 20% penetration. Today they’re saying that 80% or more renewable energy is doable, and even 100% is conceivable. [CleanTechnica]
Massive solar plus energy storage project in Hawaii

¶ “Albuquerque Lays Out 2020 Renewable Energy Plan” • Just a few days into the new year and Albuquerque’s 2020 resolution is clear: Go green. First, it was the ban on plastic bags that began January 1. Now the city, which averages 280 sunny days a year, is also taking advantage its climate by a number of moves toward solar power. [KRQE News 13]

¶ “Hawaii Electric, PGV New Agreement Could Lower Electric Bills” • An agreement between Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture will lower electric bills on the Island of Hawaii and increase its renewable energy. PGV was shut down in May 2018 due to the Kilauea eruption, but it could resume operations this year if all goes well. [Big Island Now]

Have a graciously evolving day.

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