January 29 Energy News

January 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Kathryn Murdoch: ‘We’re Really Excited To Back Whoever The Nominee Is’” • For Kathryn Murdoch, daughter-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, there comes a time when you have to speak out. She sees us in a “make or break” moment for both climate change and American democracy, two causes in which she’s investing $100 million of her own money. [Politico]

James and Kathryn Murdoch in 2015 (Scott Olson | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Even Short-Term Exposure To Low Levels Of Air Pollution Can Increase Risk Of Cardiac Arrest” • Short-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a higher risk of sudden heart problems, especially among the elderly, and even low levels of air pollution can increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet. [CNN]

¶ “Composting For Climate Change: More Important Than You Might Think” • High-tech renewable technologies are moving us to a world beyond fossil fuels. This truly can’t come fast enough. And yet, there are some decidedly low-tech opportunities that can make a big difference for climate change, like compost and reducing food waste. [CleanTechnica]

Compost bin (Mussklprozz, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “New Record In Renewable Energy Purchase By Corporates Globally” • Worldwide, corporate organizations purchased a record 44% more renewable energy through power purchase agreements last year than they did in 2018 and more than three times what they did in 2017, according to a recent research by BloombergNEF. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “AGL To Buy Power From Vena’s 100-MW Battery In Queensland” • Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd will buy power from a 100-MW / 150-MWh battery Singapore’s Vena Energy plans to install in Queensland. Vena Energy Australia will build, own, and maintain the system, and AGL will have full operational dispatch rights. [Renewables Now]

Battery system (Michael Durham | Portland General Electric)

¶ “Victorian Hospitals Continue To Make The Move To Solar Energy” • Australian hospitals have continuously made positive decisions to cut down on electricity costs and influence their carbon footprint. In Victoria, this is even more of a focus, with the East Grampians Service joining the latest line of facilities to receive panel installations. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Britain’s Renewables Pipeline Tops 24.5 GW, Most Projects Pending Construction” • The renewable energy and storage pipeline of projects in England, Scotland and Wales presently amounts to 24.7 GW, including just over 15 GW of schemes “awaiting construction,” according to research and analysis provider Cornwall Insight. [Renewables Now]

Fraisthorpe wind farm

¶ “UAE’s Nuclear Power Plant Ready To Start Operation” • The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear power plant’s first reactor is ready to start operating, news agency WAM reported. The Barakah plant will be the world’s largest when it is completed, with four reactors and 5,600 MW of capacity. It is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation. [Gulf Digital News]

¶ “KEPCO To Halt Two Nuclear Reactors After Missing Their Counterterrorism Deadline” • Kansai Electric Power Co said it will suspend operations at two nuclear reactors after missing the industry regulator’s deadline to build counterterrorism facilities. Nearly half of Japan’s working nuclear reactors will go offline for required security upgrades. [The Japan Times]

Takahama nuclear power station (Tomohiro Ohsumi | Bloomberg

US:

¶ “Big US Utility Says ‘Near-Firm Renewables’ Soon To Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels” • The CEO of clean energy company NextEra Energy says wind and solar projects co-located with battery storage will be cheaper to operate than most fossil fuel-powered plants by 2025. He expects the LCOE from wind farms to be $20 to $30/MWh. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “General Motors Will Convert Hamtramck Factory To EV And Autonomous Vehicle Production” • GM says it will manufacture EVs and the Cruise Origin, an autonomous electric shuttle, at the Hamtramck Factory. Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of global manufacturing for GM sent a letter to factory workers telling them the news. [CleanTechnica]

Cruise Origin

¶ “GM’s Upcoming Electric Trucks And SUVs ‘Will Be Profitable From Day One'” • GM will invest a total of $2.2 billion to retool the Hamtramck plant, and $800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of new electric trucks. GM said truck production is scheduled to begin in late 2021, but did not say what brand it would be. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 55 Climate Scientists Call BS On Joe Biden’s Claim No Scientists Support Bernie Sanders’ Climate Plan” • Over 55 scientists signed an open letter rebuking Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for his claim that no climate scientist supports the plan of rival candidate Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, the Green New Deal. [Gizmodo]

Biden and Sanders (Photo: Patrick Semansky | AP)

¶ “Texas Is The Center Of The Global Corporate Renewable Energy Market” • Texas accounted for more than a quarter of all corporate renewable energy deals signed worldwide last year. The global market for corporate renewable energy deals surged 40% in 2019, reaching 19.5 GW of new contracts. Texas’ share of this was 5.5 GW. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Amazon, IKEA, AT&T, DHL And Others Join Electric Vehicle Alliance” • The non-profit Ceres started the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance to support greater commercial EV adoption. So far, DHL, Amazon, AT&T, Clif Bar, Consumers Energy, Direct Energy, Genentech, IKEA North America, LeasePlan, Lime, and Siemens have joined. [CleanTechnica]

Have a salubriously uncomplicated day.

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