January 17 Energy News

January 17, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Giant Jet Engines Aim To Make Our Flying Greener” • The aerospace industry is under pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Aircraft are getting more efficient, but airline traffic is growing even faster. Rolls-Royce has a solution, which involves building a much bigger, much more efficient jet engine. It is made largely of carbon fiber. [BBC]

Ultrafan engine (Rolls-Royce image)


¶ “Nestlé Is Spending Billions To Create A Market For Recycled Plastics” • Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, said it would cut costs in other parts of its business to free up more than 1.5 billion Swiss francs ($1.6 billion) to buy 2 million metric tons of recycled plastic up to 2025. The company hopes to reduce its use of virgin plastics by a third. [CNN]

¶ “Volkswagen CEO: We Need To Move Faster On Electric Vehicles Or We Will Follow Nokia’s Fate” • Volkswagen’s CEO, Herbert Diess, reportedly expressed yet again the corporation’s internal struggles regarding the transition to EVs. According to Reuters, he noted that Volkswagen could end up going the route of Nokia if it moves too slowly. [CleanTechnica]

Angela Merkel at Zwickau (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Esperance To Receive Renewables Hub, Reduced Emissions Under 20-Year Power Deal” • In Western Australia, the town of Esperance is on track to reduce carbon emissions by close to 50% with a more efficient power station, battery storage system, and renewables hub for the region. The move is expected to reduce the price of electricity by 39%. [Esperance Express]

¶ “India Will Have 225 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity By 2022, Including Large Hydro: MNRE Secy” • India will have an installed renewable energy generation capacity of 225 GW by 2022, including large hydro projects, according to Anand Kumar, Secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, speaking at an industry event. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Coal and wind in Germany (Lukas Schulze | Getty Images)

¶ “Germany To Press Renewables Accelerator” • The German government is to accelerate renewables deployment in line with its 65% 2030 target, as it moves to phase out coal generation. In a bill launching this month, the country will commit to phasing out coal-fired power generation. The legislative process is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Germany Will Pay Billions To Speed Up Coal-Fired Power Plant Shutdowns” • Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country’s efforts to fight climate crisis, the government has said. The move is to cover losses for companies that depend on coal. [The Guardian]

New coal-burning plant in Germany (Friedemann Vogel | EPA)


¶ “Tri-State G&T To Boost Renewable Energy Goal To 50% By 2024” • Tri-State Generation & Transmission serves the needs of 43 electric cooperatives in four states. They have pushed it to go to renewables. According to the Denver Post, Tri-State intends to increase the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources to 50% by 2024. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota Invests In Joby Aviation Electric Air Taxi Service” • Toyota, the company that refuses to take battery electric cars seriously, has invested $394 million in Joby Aviation, an electric air taxi service based in California. The money was part of a $590 million Series C funding round, according to TechCrunch. It has raised a total of $720 million. [CleanTechnica]

Joby eVTOL (Image credit: Joby Aviation)

¶ “Microsoft Pledges To Go ‘Climate Negative,’ And Remove 45-Years Of Company Emissions” • American tech giant Microsoft made an ambitious pledge to effectively reverse the company’s historical contributions to climate change, and says it will remove the entirety of its carbon footprint made since the company’s founding 45 years ago. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Direct Energy Works With Sprint For 100% RE In Virginia Operations” • Sprint and Direct Energy Renewable Services have announced that all of the over 800 Virginia Spring locations will be served with 100% renewable energy. This agreement includes Sprint’s retail locations, cell phone towers, and Sprint’s east coast corporate office in Reston, Virginia. [Saurenergy]

Turbine in a wind farm (GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Blackout On Renewable-Energy Study Called Politically Expedient” • Environmentalists filed suit to unearth a taxpayer-funded study on the electricity grid. The Center for Biological Diversity got no answer for a records request filed last October. The DOE had pulled back a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Courthouse News Service]

¶ “BPU Approves Partnership To Bring Solar And Wind Energy To Los Alamos” • New Mexico’s Department of Public Utilities has approved a Power Purchase Agreement for Uniper Global Commodities to get 15 MW of electricity from wind and solar projects in New Mexico. The PPA covers renewable electricity at night. [Los Alamos Daily Post]

Wind farm (Courtesy photo)

¶ “US Renewable Energy Investment Surges To Record As Investors Shrug Off Trump’s Views” • US investors don’t appear to share President Donald Trump’s doubts about renewable energy and climate change, pouring a record amount of cash into wind, solar and other clean power. Renewable sector spending in the US jumped 28% to $55.5 billion last year. [Karma]

¶ “Colorado Uranium Producer Lays Off Third Of Utah Workforce” • A Colorado energy company laid off a third of its workforce in southeast Utah, primarily at the last conventional uranium mill operating in the US. Energy Fuels Inc laid off 24 of its 79 employees, most of them at the White Mesa Mill, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. [Argus Press]

Have a creatively productive day.

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