Archive for January 12th, 2020

January 12 Energy News

January 12, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Scott Morrison Can’t Afford To Waste The Bushfire Crisis When Australia Urgently Needs Its Own Green New Deal” • The lies of the climate deniers have to be rejected. This is a time for truth telling, not obfuscation and gaslighting, writes former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. He calls for a Green New Deal in Australia. [The Guardian]

Dunn Road fire (Sam Mooy | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hyundai Debuts A Vertical Take-Off Air Taxi” • Carmaker Hyundai Motor Co revealed plans at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to make electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) tilt rotor aircraft to serve as air taxis for a planned Uber passenger service called Uber Elevate. The S-A1 has a cruising speed of 180 mph and a 60-mile range. [DesignNews]

World:

¶ “Mercedes Vans Needs To Reach 50% BEV In 2020 To Escape EU Fines” • Under new EU fuel efficiency regulations, passenger cars and light vans are in different classes. Car manufacturers can’t compensate a surplus in one class to balance a deficit in the other.  To avoid fines, 50% of Mercedes vans have to be EVs this year. They were just introduced. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes eVito

¶ “London Launching A 100% Zero-Emissions Street” • London has indicated that Beech Street will soon be a zero-emissions street, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Beech Street will go emissions-free in the spring of this year, assuming the plan is approved by Transport for London. It is a pilot program that will run for 18 months. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Plans $10 Billion Of Investments In 2020” • Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power plans to invest about $10 billion in 2020 as it eyes new projects in some 10 countries, its chief executive said. The company, which builds power and desalinated water plants, has plans to build renewable energy plants in new markets. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Transmission lines in a desert

¶ “Nuclear Safety Agency Approves Additional Spent Fuel Storage Facility” • South Korea’s nuclear safety agency said that it has approved the construction of seven additional spent fuel storage structures at the Wolsong nuclear power plant to allow for uninterrupted power generation. The state-owned utility is running out of storage space. [The Korea Bizwire]

¶ “Energy Transformation Can Create More Than 40 Million Jobs In Renewable Energy” • If renewable energy is used to its full potential, the field could employ more than 40 million people by 2050, under the International Renewable Energy Agency’s climate safe energy path, according to a report published by the agency during its 10th Assembly. [REVE]

Wind turbine blades ready for installation

Australia:

¶ “Australia Fires: PM Admits Mistakes In Handling Of Crisis” • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed regret over his handling of the bushfire crisis ravaging the country. The PM has faced mounting criticism over his government’s response to the bushfires and its climate policy. He has been heckled severely on visits to fire-hit communities. [BBC]

¶ “Australian Megafire Engulfs Nearly 1.5 Million Acres” • Two wildfires in southeastern Australia have merged, creating one megafire that spans 2,300 square miles (6,000 square km – somewhat larger than the US state of Delaware). It is just one of at least 155 are burning in New South Wales, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. [Livescience.com]

Air tanker fighting the fire (Image: © Brook Mitchell | Getty)

¶ “Scientists Paint Australia Fires As Red Alert On Climate Change” • Large swathes of Australia are battling wildfires that have killed 27 people and torched more than 10 million hectares (25 million acres) in the wake of the nation’s hottest and driest year on record. Not every year will be this bad, one scientist said, but future years could be much worse. [Reuters]

¶ “Australia Fires: Plants Photographed Regrowing In Ashes” • The unprecedented bushfires sweeping parts of Australia have devastated huge areas of the country’s natural environment. But in some recently-burned areas, signs of life are returning, as captured by local photographer Murray Lowe, as he investigated how fire had affected the bush. [BBC]

Three weeks after a fire (Murray Lowe)

US:

¶ “Traffic On Monongahela River Slows Due To Slump In Coal Demand” • Pittsburgh’s three rivers have dropped from being the No 1 inland port in the US to fourth due to the slump in the demand for coal. Shipping on the rivers has dropped from nearly 52 million tons in the early part of this century to 27 million in 2017, an official report says. [Observer-Reporter]

¶ “Western States Face Huge Coal Mine Cleanup Liability, Study Says” • Wyoming has a colossal cleanup project on its hands. About 83,000 acres of land sit unreclaimed by coal companies in the state. It is by far the most acreage among its Western peers, according to a report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils. [Wyoming Tribune]

Eagle Butte coal mine (Carol M Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Climate Change Could Stress Mind And Body, Modesto Audience Hears. But There’s Hope” • Experts spoke at Modesto Junior College about how climate change could affect health in California’s Central Valley. More smoke from wildfires, more mold in flooded homes, and psychological effects, including despair, may be seen. But there is hope. [Modesto Bee]

¶ “Bankrupt Coal Company Blackjewel Accuses CEO Of Fraud” • Attorneys for coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors asked a judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops, alleging that he took millions of dollars for personal gain. They said the company was “woefully insolvent” when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [K2 Radio]

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