January 14 Energy News

January 14, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Business Leaders Must Help Fight The Climate Crisis” • This is a make-or-break year. Global emissions have risen for three consecutive years when they should be dropping sharply, if the world is to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can respond with material action. But we are running out of time. [CNN]

Moy Wind Farm, Scotland (Mars Incorporated)

¶ “Five 2020 Energy Predictions: Solar Surge, Coal Crash, Gas Exorcism, Clean Energy Incentives, Public Mobilization” • Five leading energy and climate policy experts shared predictions for the year and decade ahead. Among them are a record year for solar, federal incentives for clean energy, the end of coal, and the beginning of the end for natural gas. [Forbes]

¶ “It’s Clear Who’s To Blame for Australia’s Fires, And It’s Not Arsonists” • The Australian bushfires are due to the actions of a relatively small number of people, but they are not the several dozen arsonists that right-wing media outlets have attempted to blame. The true arsonists are the people who lead 90 of the world’s most polluting companies. [VICE]

Australian fire (Sam Mooy | /Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oceans Are Warming At The Same Rate As If Five Hiroshima Bombs Were Dropped In Every Second” • A study showed that 2019 was another year of record ocean warming.The world’s oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said.  [CNN]

¶ “Australia Fires Will Be ‘Normal’ In Warmer World” • UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise. Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are “seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3°C.” [BBC]

Aftermath of a fire (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Germany Could Lose 410,000 Auto Industry Jobs By 2030, Claims New Report” • A report from Germany’s National Platform For The Future Of Mobility says the German auto industry could lose up to 410,000 jobs between now and 2030 due to changes in how people get from Point A to Point B in the future, particularly with more EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China 2019 Electric Vehicle Market Share Grows To 4.7% Despite Tighter Incentives” • In China, as sales of combustion vehicles fell 8.4%, EVs gained market share. Government officials expect fossil vehicles sales to fall again in 2020 but EV sales will remain relatively healthy. Tesla’s locally made vehicles are part of the reason for that. [CleanTechnica]

Shanghai (Courtesy of sdweathers from Pixabay)

¶ “Sadiq Khan And Octopus Energy Launch New Renewable Company” • Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced via Twitter the launch of accessible energy company London Power in partnership with Octopus Energy. They aim to combat fuel poverty in London, where the problem affects more than a million people. [Power Technology]

¶ “Ideol Hails Performance Of French Floater” • The 2-MW Floatgen floating wind turbine off western France exceeded production and availability expectations in the second half of 2019, according to its developer Ideol. The turbine more than doubled its power production in comparison with the first half, to reach an annual total of 6 GWh. [reNEWS]

Floatgen (Ideol image)

¶ “Brazil Okays 1.16 GW Of Renewable Supply From Oct 18 Auction” • Brazil’s power sector regulator Aneel approved 58 of the winning projects from the A-6 energy auction held on October 18, 2019, representing a combined capacity of 1,162 MW. Overall, 91 power plants relying on wind, biomass and hydro won contracts in the tender. [Renewables Now]

¶ “ADFD Allocates $105 Million to Fund Eight Renewable Energy Projects” • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has allocated approximately $105 million for eight renewable energy projects under the seventh cycle of its partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency. The announcement made during the 10th IRENA Assembly. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Renewable power (IRENA image)

¶ “Parkwind Notches First Power At Northwester 2” • The 219-MW Northwester 2 offshore wind farm has begun delivering clean electricity to the Belgian grid, after its first turbine was commissioned. The wind farm, being developed by Parkwind, is expected to be fully operational by the summer. It is comprised of 23 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Bill McKibben Organizing Protests Against Banks That Fund Fossil Fuel Industry” • Bill McKibben got arrested once again on January 10th as he and other climate protesters blocked an ATM at a Chase Bank in New York City. Since the Paris Agreement, the bank has loaned $195 billion  to fund fossil fuels. Other banks are not far behind. [CleanTechnica]

Image by Stop The Money Pipeline

¶ “National Community Solar Programs Tracker” • Individuals can subscribe to a portion of a community solar project and get credits on their energy bill for the electricity it produces. This way, people who cannot have solar PVs at home can benefit. A few states have laws that support community solar projects, and we track them here. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SC Law Makers Looking To Receive Proposals For Santee Cooper” • Further discussion on Santee Cooper is expected this week among South Carolina law makers. Santee Cooper is around $8 million in debt. After the VC Summer Disaster, the company abandoned its share in two nuclear reactors after 10 years of planning and construction. [WFXG]

Have an appreciably cheerful day.

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