Archive for January 23rd, 2020

January 23 Energy News

January 23, 2020


¶ “How Four Top US Utilities Are Grappling With The Energy Transition (Or Not)” • Utilities will be front and center in efforts to combat global warming, reducing both their own carbon emissions and those of others. Today, no US utility can be said to be close to that vision, aside from a few like Vermont’s Green Mountain Power. [Greentech Media]

Transmission line worker

¶ “I Brought Socially Conscious Change To Volvo Without Hurting Profits. Other CEOs Can Do The Same” • Ever since the Business Roundtable issued a Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation last summer, recommending a shift to a stakeholder capitalism business model, it has become a popular topic of conversation. [CNN]

¶ “After A Decade Of Fracking, Billions Of Dollars Lost And A Climate In Crisis” • Today’s climate impacts have been shaped heavily by actions taken during the last 10 years, particularly in the US, where the climate benefits of retiring coal power plants were undermined by the rise of natural gas due to fracking, a powerful money loser. [NationofChange]

Storm damage (Image Credit: ©2012 Julie Dermansky)


¶ “Subaru Plans To Sell Only Electrified Vehicles – By 2035” • Going boldly where no Japanese auto company has gone before, Subaru announced this week it is planning on selling only electrified vehicles by 2035. How’s that for taking a strong stand? Subaru says it is developing a battery electric car with Toyota for introduction at some future date. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Prince Charles: We Need A New Economic Model Or The Planet Will Burn” • Only a revolution in the way the global economy and financial markets work can save the planet from the climate crisis and secure future prosperity, warned Prince Charles, a lifelong environmentalist. The heir to the British throne spoke in an interview with CNN. [CNN]

Prince Charles (CNN image)

¶ “Vestas Nabs 60-MW Polish Prize” • Vestas received a 60-MW turbine order from Eurowind Energy for the Janikowo wind project in Poland’s Kujawsko-Pomorskie province. The wind farm was awarded under the government’s wind-solar energy auction in December. Commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Botswana-Based Accite Holdings Brings Plant-Based Meat Revolution To Africa With Beyond Meat” • Infinite Foods, a subsidiary of Botswana-based Accite Holdings, plans to tackle Africa’s nutrition problem more sustainably by promoting plant-based food products across Sub-Saharan Africa. Meat and dairy demand is projected to grow there. [CleanTechnica]

Beyond Burger (Picture: Remeredzai Kuhudzai)

¶ “Endesa Guarantees 33% Renewables Share In Power Exports To Andorra” • Spanish utility Endesa SA guaranteed that 33% of the electricity imported by Andorra from Spain will come from renewable sources. The company has signed an agreement with Forces Electriques d’Andorra to supply 70 GWh of renewable electricity per year. [Renewables Now]

¶ “TEPCO Estimates It Will Take 44 Years To Decommission Fukushima Daiichi Plant” • TEPCO estimated it will take 44 years to decommission its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The company presented the outline of decommissioning plans to the municipal assembly of Tomioka, one of the two host towns of the nuclear plant. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (KYODO)


¶ “Top US Bankers Don’t Want To Lead The Climate Fight” • While professing deep concern about global warming, top executives at the World Economic Forum expressed reluctance to act as referees in financial markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That, they said, is not their role, despite calls to stop funding carbon-intensive industries. [CNN]

¶ “APS Commits To 45% Renewables By 2030” • Conservation and consumer groups today welcomed Arizona Public Service’s announcement that will set the utility on a path toward 45% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% carbon-free electricity by midcentury. Currently, 13% of the utility’s electricity is generated from renewable sources.  [AZ Big Media]

APS Red Rock Solar Facility

¶ “Tesla Overtakes Volkswagen As Value Hits $100 Billion” • Tesla has displaced Volkswagen as the world’s second most valuable carmaker, after a dramatic rise in share price pushed its market value to more than $100 billion (£76.1 billion, €90 billion). Tesla shares rose 4% on Wednesday, making its valuation second only to Toyota. [BBC]

¶ “Union of Concerned Scientists: Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in the Northeast And Mid-Atlantic” • Asian American, African American, and Latino residents in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region are exposed to substantially more air pollution from cars, trucks, and buses than the other demographic groups. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Vanderbilt University Reaches Deal On Renewable Energy Push” • The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service, and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce Vanderbilt University’s annual indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity by 70%, the university said. [Beloit Daily News]

¶ “Senate Committee Gives The Nod To Nuclear As Part Of Renewables Transition” • The Virginia Senate Commerce and Labor Committee signed off on updates to the Commonwealth Energy Policy, including proposals to classify nuclear energy as clean energy and to develop a strategic plan for how nuclear energy fits with renewable energy goals. [Virginia Mercury]

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