January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2020


¶ “The Climate Change Solution That Climate Deniers Can Get Behind” • Republicans and Democrats generally disagree about climate change, but they are likely to agree on renewable and clean energy. Among Republicans, 77% agree with funding more research into renewable energy, and 79% are behind generating renewable energy. [VICE]

Renewable Energy (hpgruesen, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Gas Boilers Should Be Replaced With Renewable Heat Technologies – Starting Now” • Scotland’s tradespeople are on the brink of an enormous opportunity – and grasping it would help meet our tough climate change targets. More than half of the energy Scotland uses – and more than half of its emissions – comes from heat. [Inverness Courier]

Science and Technology:

¶ “200 Years Since Antarctica Was Discovered, The Continent Faces Irreversible Glacial Melting” • On January 27, the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, glaciologists say the continent is approaching a tipping point. Pass it and nothing will prevent the glaciers from melting, even if we cut out all GHG emissions overnight. [Newsweek]

Antarctic glacier (Murray Foubister, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Mercedes And Geely Launch JV For smart Cars” • Geely, a Chinese company that owns Volvo, Lotus Cars, and Lynk & Co, has launched a joint venture with Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’ parent company, to co-develop and produce the next generation of autonomous electric city “smart” cars based on the smart Vision EQ concept. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Using Plastic Waste To Build Schools In The Ivory Coast” • The commercial capitol of the Ivory Coast is Abidjan. It has 300 tons of plastic are discarded every day. It also has a shortage of classrooms.  Conceptos Plásticos, a company that makes bricks out of plastic trash, is working with UNICEF to make bricks for nine new classrooms in Abidjan. [CleanTechnica]

School in Ivory Coast (Image: UNICEF via YouTube)

¶ “DEME Consortium Plans Ostend Green Hydrogen Drive” • A Belgian group is planning to construct a facility in the Port of Ostend by 2025 to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind-generated electricity. According to the three project partners, Hyport will cut CO₂ emissions in Flanders by around 500,000 to 1 million tonnes annually. [reNEWS]

¶ “Simec Atlantis Hails MeyGen Performance” • According to an update released by developer Simec Atlantis Energy, the 6-MW MeyGen tidal energy plant exported over 13.8 GWh of electricity to the grid in 2019. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of around 3800 typical UK homes. It generated a revenue of £3.9 million. [reNEWS]

MeyGen tidal generator (Atlantis image)

¶ “Eskom Pushes For Independent Power In Mines” • Increased use of renewable energy, combined with investments by private capital, could be what South Africa needs for its energy mix, according to Andre de Ruyter, CEO of Eskom, the country’s public utility. A report says he wants mines to produce their own electricity to reduce grid loads. [ITWeb]

¶ “Glenmorangie Wastewater Energy To Power Distillery” • Alpheus Environmental won a contract to provide wastewater services at Glenmorangie Distillery, with a system that will return renewable energy to the building. The firm will install an anaerobic digestion process that will generate electricity from the distillery’s wastewater by-products. [insider.co.uk]

Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain

¶ “Japan Begins Nation’s Second Removal Of Spent MOX Fuel From Nuclear Reactor” • Operations have begun to remove a rare type of spent fuel made of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide from the Takahama nuclear plant in central Japan, according to Kansai Electric Power Co, the plant’s operator. The plant is in Fukui Prefecture. [The Japan Times]


¶ “Rivian Says Lower Prices Are Coming For Its Electric Truck And Electric SUV Models” • Rivian brought prototypes of its electric truck and electric SUV to San Francisco at the end of January. The company has put the midrange vehicles at $69,000 and $72,000, but its CEO told Reuters that when final prices are revealed, they will be lower. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian electric truck

¶ “NextEra Energy Enjoys Busy Q4 But Posts Lower 2019 Net Profit” • Clean energy company NextEra Energy Inc more than doubled its fourth-quarter attributable net profit on a GAAP basis to $975 million (€884.1 million) but still faced a 43% year-on-year drop in earnings for the full 2019. Q4 net profits were up from $422 million 2018. [Renewables Now]

¶ “The Trump Administration Is Helping Nine States Prepare For Climate Change” • In 2018, Congress devised a plan to help disaster-ravaged states actually prepare for extreme weather for a change, and President Trump signed off on it. It’s the first time national legislation has designed block grants to help the states prepare for future disasters. [Grist]

Flood (Getty Images)

¶ “Groups Funded By Oil Industry Bash Plan To Reduce Northeast’s Dependence On Oil” • Last month Gov Chris Sununu announced that New Hampshire would not participate in the Transportation and Climate Initiative. The program just being developed, but groups tied to petroleum interests and the Koch empire are already fighting it. [DeSmog]

¶ “The 8-Year Project To Dismantle The San Onofre Nuclear Plant Is About To Begin” • Seven years after the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station officially went offline, the eight-year process of physically dismantling the plant and knocking down the domes that have loomed over the landscape for four decades is about to begin. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Have an outstandingly winsome day.

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