January 11 Energy News

January 11, 2020


¶ “Australia Is Burning. The Arctic Is Melting. Yet Trump Keeps Gutting Climate Change Regulations.” • Increasingly, the world is feeling the dangerous impacts of climate change. But the Trump administration is steadfast in pursuit of one of its signature policy goals: gutting environmental regulations, including those aimed at curbing climate change. [CNN]

Smoke rising from wildfires in Australia (DELWP Gippsland | AP)

¶ “Trump Takes His War On ‘The Swamp’ To New Levels With NEPA Roll Back” • The Trump NEPA roll back will strip local residents of the power to have a say in what generating facilities, pipelines, refineries, and chemical plants are constructed in their communities, tipping the balance of power further in favor of corporations. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “ORNL Researches Create Geothermal Energy Storage System” • Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a geothermal energy storage system that could reduce peak power demand by up to 37% in homes while helping to balance grid operations. The system stores excess electricity from renewables as thermal energy. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

ORNL geothermal energy storage system (ORNL image)

¶ “The Amazon Is A Key Buffer Against Climate Change. A New Study Warns Wildfires Could Decimate It” • In 2019, record fires capped a decade that saw an area of the Amazon the size of 8.4 million soccer fields lost. But authors of a new study warn that as the climate becomes hotter and drier, future fires could be far more damaging. [CNN]


¶ “Fiat Chrysler Will Basically Fund Tesla’s Gigafactory 4” • Last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made a deal to pool its fleet with Tesla’s in order to comply with Europe’s stricter emissions rules. According to a US investment bank, the deal is worth $2 billion through 2023 and will basically provide funding for Tesla’s new German factory. [CleanTechnica]

Chrysler C7 Airstream coupe, very modern
in 1936 (sv1ambo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Chile Tenders Land For Use In Renewable Energy Projects” • To promote sustainable energy, Chile’s ministry of national assets is tendering concessions for ten plots of land for renewable projects. All plots are in northern Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions, which boast access to some of the best solar resources in the world. [BNamericas English]

¶ “Bristol Energy Launches 100% Green Products Powered By Local Generators” • In England, Bristol Energy has announced its new 100% green electricity and lower carbon gas portfolio of tariffs. They are largely powered by local wind and solar farms, as the city enters the 10 year countdown to its 2030 carbon neutral target. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Children play at a wind farm (Courtesy of Bristol Energy)

¶ “Fukushima Aims To Become 100% Renewable Energy Reliant, Nine Years After Nuclear Disaster” • The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power has been reported to have plans to be a renewable energy hub by 2040. Now, reports say that the local government has vowed to meet the area’s power needs by 100% renewable energy by 2040. [Republic World]

¶ “EDF Misses 2019 French Nuclear Power Production Target” • French state-controlled utility EDF said that its 2019 nuclear electricity generation in France fell 3.5% year on to 379.5 TWh, missing its revised production target of between 384 TWh and 388 TWh. EDF attributed the drop in nuclear power generation to a high number of nuclear reactor outages. [Reuters]

Fessenheim nuclear plant (Florival fr, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Tens Of Thousands Protest Australian P M’s Climate Policies Amid Bushfire Crisis” • Thousands of activists marched in several major cities across Australia, calling on the government to act on the climate crisis and do more to stop the bushfires that continue to ravage large swathes of the country. The protests had been organized in nine cities. [CNN]

¶ “Australia Fires: Vineyard Owner’s Grief And Determination” • Australia’s deadly wildfires have devastated huge swathes of territory and left thousands homeless. Among the numerous businesses destroyed were vineyards that have taken generations to grow. The head of lobby group Australian Grape and Wine said, “I wish the worst was behind us.” [BBC]

James Tilbrook at his vineyard (James Tilbrook)

¶ “Social Media Blames Australia’s Inferno On Arsonists” • Rather than acknowledge the obvious fact that alterations in the climate have led to hotter, drier weather and made fires more probable, social media in Australia is spreading lies suggesting the fires are the result of a determined core of left wing arsonists. Reportedly, they are spread by bots. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “California’s Renewable Energy Targets Slashed Carbon Pollution – Now There’s A Proposal To Pause Them” • Analysis shows California’s renewable energy targets helped drive a large drop in emissions and pushed the state past its 2020 climate goals early. Yet one California lawmaker wants to put a stop to the mandate, for now. [Lost Coast Outpost]

Wind turbines (Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)

¶ “Google, NV Energy Renewable Deal, One Of The Largest, Includes Rare Storage Component” • NV Energy has asked Nevada regulators for authority to procure 350 MW of solar generation and up to 280 MW of energy storage to serve a data center Google planned for Henderson. The facility is already under construction. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Climate Change Center Of Conversation At Broward Youth Summit” • At the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, there were kids everywhere talking or learning about climate change. Nearly 800 middle and high school students attended the Broward Youth Climate Summit, and many were focused on environmental issues. [NBC 6 South Florida]

Have a spectacularly enjoyable day.

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