January 9 Energy News

January 9, 2020


¶ “Pathways To Changing The Minds Of Climate Deniers” • Researchers at Stanford found that those who deny human causes for climate change can be swayed through conversations that appeal to their different identities, reframe solutions, or even embrace their climate views. They have four suggestions for breaking down barriers in conversation. [Phys.Org]

After a fire (C00 Public domain)

¶ “Trump Says America Doesn’t Need Middle East Oil. It’s Not That Simple” • President Donald Trump declared that the US no longer needs to rely on the Middle East for oil. There is no doubt that America’s historic oil boom has rewritten the rule book for the global energy industry, but the real story is much more complicated. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “It’s Official: 2019 Was The Second-Hottest Year On Record” • From France to Australia, from India to Alaska … if you stepped outside in almost any corner of the globe, you could feel it. 2019 was hot. Really hot. In fact, we just lived through the second-hottest year ever recorded, according to the European Union’s flagship climate monitoring organization. [CNN]

Cooling off in Melbourne (Saeed Khan | AFP via Getty Images)


¶ “Australia’s Kangaroo Island Is A Haven For Rare Wildlife. A Third Of It Has Burned In Bushfires” • Kangaroo Island is famous for its pristine wilderness. Its protected nature reserves teem with wildlife, including endangered species. NASA estimates that 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of the island has burned, calling it “an ecological tragedy.” [CNN]

¶ “As The Ice Melts, Greenland Considers Its Future” • Greenland is not used to being the center of attention, but last year it made the front pages of newspapers around the world. President Trump wanted to buy it. China wants a presence there. The ice is melting, and this makes mining easier. Greenland is vast, and its mines could be rich. [BBC]

Greenland’s capital, Nuuk (Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Shatters All Records in Historic Month And Year in the Netherlands” • December had an amazing 22,983 plug-in registrations in the Netherlands. This historic result translated into a Norway-like 54% plug-in EV share last month, pulling the 2019 plug-in share to 15% (compared to 6% in 2018). And 99% of those EVs were fully electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Budweiser Brewer Cheers European Power Play” • Budweiser brewer AB InBev has signed a power purchase agreement with BayWa re to cover 100% of its electricity demands in Europe. The beer giant will take 130-MW of power from two solar farms in a 10-year virtual off-take deal. BayWa says it is the largest solar deal in European history. [reNEWS]

Budweiser celebrating BayWa deal (BayWa image)

¶ “Chinese Internet Firms Falling Behind On Renewable Energy Goals: Greenpeace” • China’s internet firms have fallen behind global peers in sourcing energy from clean, renewable sources, with soaring use of internet data driving up both energy demand and carbon emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said in a report. [Reuters]

¶ “2019 Saw The Rise Of Wind Power And The Collapse Of Coal” • In 2010, Britain generated 75% of its electricity from coal and natural gas. But by the end of the decade these fossil fuels stood at just 40%. Coal generation collapsed from the decade’s peak of 41% in 2012 to under 2% in 2019. Wind energy set a new record of 26.5% for December. [The Independent]

Race Bank wind farm (PA)

¶ “Japan Studies Disposal Of Nuclear Plant Water” • Japan released a draft report on December 31 about how to dispose of treated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It covers two methods: releasing the water into the ocean after diluting it, and releasing it through evaporation. A combination of both could be used. [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

¶ “First Large Battery In Republic Of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services” • The Republic of Ireland recently got its first grid-scale battery, which will help manage volatility as the island nation ramps up renewable power plants. The Kilathmoy battery packs 11 MW and 5.5 MWh. It sits alongside a 23-MW wind farm in County Kerry. [Greentech Media]

Kilathmoy battery


¶ “Tesla Is The Most Valuable Auto Company In The History Of America” • Barron’s noted on January 7th, 2020, that Tesla had become the most valuable auto company in US history. Let me repeat: Not just currently. We are talking about the most valuable American auto company in US history. Congratulations to Elon and Tesla! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Smithfield Foods Generates RNG From Wastewater To Power North Carolina Communities” • Smithfield Foods, Inc, working with Duke Energy and OptimaBio, is producing renewable natural gas from manure at a North Carolina pork processing facility. It will help power more than 2,000 local homes and businesses. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Smithfield Foods plant (Courtesy of Duke Energy)

¶ “Study Group Proposes Modest Goals For Maine Renewable Energy Storage” • A commission that studied the potential for projects to store excess renewable power generated in Maine has recommended that the state set a short-term goal of 100 MW of capacity by 2025. The goal would send an important signal to investors and developers. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

¶ “Maine Agency Signs Off On $1 Billion Hydropower Transmission Line” • The Maine Land Use Planning Commission, which handles zoning in unregulated territories, approved a proposed $1 billion transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada to the New England power grid. It determined that the project met zoning and land use standards. [WABI]

Have a totally fantastic day.

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