Archive for January 13th, 2020

January 13 Energy News

January 13, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can solar geoengineering mitigate both climate change and income inequality?” • Research from the University of California San Diego finds that solar geoengineering – the intentional reflection of sunlight away from the Earth’s surface – may reduce income inequality between countries. The study was published in Nature Communications. [EurekAlert]

Greenhouse Products in Mali (Anastasia Sogodogo | USAID)


¶ “EIB Backs PGE With €64 Million For 100-MW Klaster” • The European Investment Bank backed PGE Polska with funding of €64 million to support construction of three new wind farms on the Polish Baltic coast totalling 97 MW. The amount covers about 50% of the costs of the Klaster project, which is comprised of the Starza, Rybice, and Karnice 2 sites. [reNEWS]

¶ “Construction Crews On The Clock At Borssele 1&2” • Ørsted has kicked off offshore construction at its 752-MW Borssele 1&2 wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands. DEME Offshore hammered home the first of 94 monopile foundations. The first tubular will be the heaviest and tallest at the project, at 1188 tonnes and 76 meters. [reNEWS]

Ship working at Borssele 1&2 (Ørsted image)

¶ “Ørsted, Equinor Spearhead Global Offshore Coalition” • Ørsted and Equinor have joined forces to lead a new group to advance the deployment of offshore renewable energy to mitigate climate change. The international Ocean Renewable Action Coalition will champion offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power. [reNEWS]

¶ “Community-Generated Green Electricity To Be Offered To All In UK” • Everywhere in the UK, homes will soon be able to plug into community wind and solar farms through the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity entirely from community projects. Co-op Energy will source the electricity from 90 local renewable power projects. [The Guardian]

Small windfarm in Scotland (Murdo Macleod | The Guardian)

¶ “IRENA: Renewable Energy Must Double In 10 Years” • The International Renewable Energy Agency said that to address climate change, renewable sources need to grow from the current 26% of global power to at least 57% by 2030. This will require annual investment in the sector to double from $330 billion to $750 billion. [Gulf News]

¶ “Georgia Green Light For 108-MW Wind Duo” • Georgia’s government has approved construction of two wind farms totaling 108 MW in the European country. The approval means Georgia Capital can now finalize power purchase agreements with the government. The two wind farms are expected to be commissioned in 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Science in HD | Unsplash)

¶ “Austria Pledges To Fit 1 Million Roofs With Solar By 2030” • Austria’s new government promised a program to put PVs on a million roofs as part of its plan for climate neutrality by 2040. The governing coalition of the conservative Austrian People’s Party and the Green Party has pledged to source all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. [Forbes]

¶ “Canada Nuclear Plant: Alert About Incident Sent In Error” • An emergency alert for an incident at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station near Toronto was sent to mobile phones in error, officials say. The warning said staff were responding to an incident at the plant, but then, almost two hours later, a second alert said the initial message was wrong. [BBC]

Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (Reuters)


¶ “‘Perfect Storm’: The Energy Industry Struggles To Keep The Lights On” • This summer began with parts of Victoria’s grid looking very frail. With scorching forecasts and multiple power plant units taken offline for unplanned repairs, over a million households were facing blackouts. Then bushfires brought down vital interstate links. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Australian Firefighters Say ‘Megablaze’ Near Sydney Is Under Control” • Exhausted firefighters said the largest “megablaze” is under control, as wet weather promised to deliver a respite that is much needed. The vast Gospers Mountain fire on Sydney’s northwestern outskirts has been burning out of control for nearly three months. [The Japan Times]

Wallaby eating a carrot (NSW DPIE handout, via Reuters)

¶ “‘Port Arthur Moment’: Business Urges PM To Lead On Climate Amid Bushfire Crisis” • Business leaders have described the unfolding bushfire crisis as a “Port Arthur moment”, urging the Morrison government to adopt a co-ordinated national strategy to address climate change and aggressively reduce carbon emissions. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “Largest Electric School Bus Program In United States Launching In Virginia” • Dominion Energy partnered with local Virginia school districts to begin replacing diesel buses with 100% electric school buses in phases. Thomas Built Buses Inc has been selected as the provider of all 50 of the initial electric school buses. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra Jouley Electric School Bus (Courtesy Proterra)

¶ “Natural Gas Provided False Promise, Deception – Severe Health Problems From ‘Natural’ Gas” • It is called natural gas, but hydraulic fracking makes the fuel source anything but natural. Some of the chemicals used but exempted from regulations have been proven to cause significant health problems, and they will be there for generations to come. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Holtec Pilgrim, LLC; Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station” • In response to a request from the licensee, the NRC issued an exemption to permit decommissioning companies to reduce the required level of primary offsite liability insurance for the Pilgrim nuclear plant from $450 million to $100 million. [Insurance News Net]

Have a downright delightful day.

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