January 15 Energy News

January 15, 2020


¶ “Oppenheimer: Tesla Is An ‘Existential Threat’ To Automakers” • On CNBC’s Power Lunch, Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch explained that Tesla has proven to be an existential threat for automakers. The idea that Tesla is an existential threat to other automakers just seems accurate. It is what CleanTechnica has been publishing for many years. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk (CNBC via Twitter)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Filters Used In LA Schools Linked To Higher Test Scores” • NYU Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Gilraine studied what happened when Los Angeles area schools had air filters installed during the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak. The air filters were linked to increases in test scores equivalent to two and a half months of extra learning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Reconnecting With Nature ‘Triggers’ Eco-Actions” • People who have access to nature or urban green spaces are much more likely to behave in environmentally friendly ways, a study in the journal Environment International suggests. Researchers used a representative sample of 24,000 people in England for their study of green behavior. [BBC]

Green space


¶ “Rupert Murdoch’s Son Lashes Out Against Fox And His Father’s Other News Outlets For Climate Change Coverage” • Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, and his wife are lashing out against his father’s sprawling media empire for how it covers the climate crisis, especially in light of the fires raging in the family’s native Australia. [CNN]

¶ “The Glitzy European City Going Green” • Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world. But it is where Jessica Sbaraglia, a 31-year-old Swiss native and former tennis pro and model, launched her urban agriculture business Terre de Monaco in 2016. Now she has five micro farms on Monaco’s rooftops, balconies, and hidden plots of land. [BBC]


¶ “BlackRock Is Changing Its Investment Strategy Because Of Climate Change” • BlackRock, the massive asset manager in charge of $7 trillion, will ditch investments that it considers a sustainability risk, including thermal coal producers – part of an effort to put sustainability at the center of its approach to investing. [CNN]

¶ “‘Must Run’ Status, No Power Curtailment For Renewable Energy Plants: Expert Panel” • An expert group reviewing the Indian Electricity Grid Code has asserted that renewable energy power plants shall be treated as “must run” and electricity from these plants shall not be curtailed for any commercial reasons. Several states now curtail them. [The Indian Express]

Wind farm in India

¶ “Transitioning To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050 Would Pay For Itself” • A global effort to eliminate the world’s greenhouse gas emissions implies a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. According to analysis, that would cost C$95 trillion ($72.7 trillion), but the investment would pay for itself in only seven years. [The Weather Network]

¶ “SECI Invites Solar, Wind Energy Generators To Supply Power Through Open Access” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited Expression of Interest from renewable energy generators for the supply of power through open access. These are already commissioned renewable plants that have no active power purchase agreement. [Mercom India]

Renewable generation (Credit: Kenueone, CC0)

¶ “Australia’s Science Minister Calls For End To Debate Over Whether Climate Change Is Real” • Australia’s Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has warned denying climate change is a waste of time that should instead be spent on the urgent need to implement steps for mitigation and adaptation. [SBS]

¶ “Nuclear Power ‘Cannot Rival Renewable Energy’” • Nuclear power is in terminal decline worldwide and will never make a serious contribution to tackling climate change, according to a group of energy experts. The nuclear power stations being built worldwide will not be enough to replace those closing down, as solar and wind power are increasing. [EcoWatch]

Nuclear plant (© Allard Schager | Moment | Getty Images)


¶ “Warmer Temperatures Linked To Increase In US Injury Deaths, Study Says” • A temperature increase of 1.5°C (2.7°F) would cause an additional 1,600 injury deaths every year in the US, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine. The majority of those deaths, 84%, would be among men, the study said. [CNN]

¶ “Replacing Coal With Renewables Could Save Energy Customers $8 Billion A Year, Financial Analysts Find” • Analysts at Morgan Stanley and Moody’s Investors Service expect electric utilities to accelerate their transition away from coal. Replacing coal with renewable energy could save electricity customers as much as $8 billion each year. [DeSmog]

Wind and coal (Credit: Andrew, Creative Commons)

¶ “New Plates In Kansas Will Emphasize Renewable Energy” • Kansas will begin issuing new personalized license plates that emphasize the state’s growing use of renewable energy. The “Powering the Future” plates feature wind turbines profiled against a sunrise. Windpower supplies Kansas with more than 36% of its electricity. [KCTV Kansas City]

¶ “Three-Quarters Of New US Generating Capacity In 2020 Will Be Renewable, EIA Says” • According to the latest EIA data, wind and solar will make up 32 GW of the 42 GW of new capacity additions expected to start commercial operation in 2020, respectively, dwarfing the 9.3 GW of natural-gas-fired plants to come online this year. [Greentech Media]

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