Archive for January 18th, 2020

January 18 Energy News

January 18, 2020


¶ “Oil And Gas Sector Told To Step Up Climate Game Or Lose Investment” • The oil and gas industry is on the verge of losing its “social license,” the goodwill needed for companies to attract investors and avoid public backlash, as a result of its inadequate response to climate change, according to the chairman of the UK Oil and Gas Authority. [Greentech Media]

Oil platform (Credit: Michal | Wachucik Equinor | Abermedia)

¶ “Five Clean Energy Trends To Watch In 2020” • At the start of 2020, analysts bravely stepped out on a limb to predict how the turbulent energy market and energy systems will evolve at the beginning of the new decade. Five experts are optimistic that the US is set to make important steps toward a cleaner energy mix this year. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires” • Despite widespread conspiracy theories about the fires, emerging science continues to find links between global warming and worsening wildfires. Global warming directly intensifies wildfires by drying out soil and vegetation, creating more fuel to burn farther and faster. [Yale Climate Connections]


¶ “Australia’s Heat And Bushfires Are Signs Of Fundamental Shifts In Its Climate” • It is the frequency and intensity of heat and drought conditions causing fires that is so concerning, says University of Melbourne scientist Linden Ashcroft. She says the trends are “exactly in line with what the [climate] science said 10 or 20 years ago.” [Yale Climate Connections]


¶ “Heavy Rains Hit Some Blaze-Hit Regions” • Heavy rains and thunderstorms have hit parts of Australia’s east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding. Major roads were closed in Queensland, and power cuts were reported in parts of New South Wales as a result of the weather, but the rain is helping with fires. [BBC]

Rain in Sydney (EPA image)

¶ “India’s Renewable Energy Generation Registers Lowest Growth In Four Years” • India’s renewable energy generation grew at a dismal pace of 5.22% in the first eight months of the current financial year, the lowest rate of growth in the past four years since 2015-16, according to fresh data from the Central Electricity Authority. []

¶ “Trianel Takes A Flexible Approach” • Trianel, a German company, is starting an initiative aimed to deliver grid flexibility management to cover Germany’s growing share of renewable energy. The ‘FlexStore’ cooperation network will help municipal utilities and other project partners to identify opportunities for flexible grid management. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine construction (Trianel image)

¶ “Work Starts On World’s ‘Largest Offshore Wind Farm,’ Which Could Power 4.5 Million Homes” • Construction work for a huge offshore wind farm in the North Sea is underway. Energy firm SSE said that onshore work for the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank Wind Farms project had begun near Ulrome, a coastal village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. [CNBC]

¶ “Sustainable Investors Target Renewables” • The primary focus of real asset investors looking to boost returns from sustainable investments is renewables, according to a report by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. The ‘MIRA ESG (environmental, social and governance) Survey’ found 29% of ESG strategies by investors focused on clean power. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Abby Anaday | Unsplash)

¶ “Japanese Court Stops Nuclear Reactor From Resuming Operations Again, Cites Volcano And Earthquake Risks” • A Japanese nuclear reactor near a fault line must remain shut because of risks of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, a high court ruled. The Japanese public has largely turned against atomic power since the Fukushima Disaster. [News18]


¶ “Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Thrown Out By Appeals Court” • A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of young people that had sought to compel the federal government to rein in the nation’s climate emissions. The court concluded that the youths lacked standing to sue the government over its actions. [InsideClimate News]

Youth suit over climate change (Robin Loznak)

¶ “More Americans Are Alarmed By Global Warming Than Ever Before, Survey Reveals” • The proportion of Americans who are “alarmed” by global warming is now at an all-time high, a survey shows. It was conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. [CNN]

¶ “Eagle Joins Vail Valley Communities Spending More For Renewable Energy” • Eagle, Colorado will spend 10% more for electricity to buy it from renewable sources. In 2019 the town paid Holy Cross Energy $260,000 for electricity. Now, the town board voted to spend an extra $27,500 annually to get some of its electricity from renewable sources. [Vail Daily News]

Wind turbines in the mountains (High Plains Public Radio)

¶ “More Evidence Of A Republican Pivot On Climate” • The Republican Party has been locked to fossil fuel funding and Libertarian oligarchs. It has chosen for the past 20 years to use wedge politics to scoop up climate change denialists, along with other fringe groups. But things are changing, and in some ways surprisingly so. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “YouTube Still Promotes Climate Disinformation, Report Finds” • You don’t have to look far to find misinformation about climate science continuing to spread online through prominent social media channels like California-based YouTube. That’s despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are driving the climate crisis. [EcoWatch]

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