February 1 Energy News

February 1, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Death Knell For Nuclear And The End Of Cameco” • Nuclear energy is in a state of terminal decline because of concerns over its safety and the inexorable rise of renewable energy. Not only are renewables safer than nuclear energy, but costs have fallen sharply over the last three years, and many sources are now far cheaper. [The Motley Fool Canada]

Rotten apple (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How To Plant A Trillion Trees And Get Real Climate Results” • Climate scientists have shown that reducing emissions will not be enough to stay below the 1.5°C threshold for global warming. We need to get active about drawing down CO₂ in addition to our already-planned emissions cuts. If we plant trees, they have to be planted correctly. [Ecosystem Marketplace]

¶ “We May Avoid The Very Worst Climate Scenario. But The Next-Worst Is Still Pretty Awful” • Commentary published in the journal Nature argues that a total warming of around 3°C (5.4°F) is now where the world is likely headed. That’s appreciably better than 4°C to 5°C (7.2°F to 9°F), which is regarded as a worst case scenario, but it is still severe. [Anchorage Daily News]

Melting Greenland (Keith Virgo | AP)

World:

¶ “Australia Fires: Residents Told To Seek Shelter In Canberra Region” • A bushfire near the Australian Capital Territory grew to more than 35,000 hectares (135 square miles) on Saturday, as officials closed a major motorway. Residents in some areas near the capital, Canberra, were warned that it was “too late to leave” and they should try to seek shelter. [BBC]

¶ “Capstone Captures 132 MW Alberta Solar Share” • Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has acquired a 51% interest in the 132-MW Claresholm solar farm in Alberta, Canada, from Perimeter Solar for an undisclosed price. Construction of Claresholm, which will be located in Willow Creek, will start in the spring of this year. [reNEWS]

Solar array (APPA | Unsplash)

¶ “Ocean Viewed As The Best Place To Dump Water From Fukushima Plant” • A government panel wound up three years of discussions by effectively suggesting that releasing more than 1 million tons of water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant represented the most feasible option. [Asahi Shimbun]

India:

¶ “Budget Allocates ₹22,000 Crore To Power And Renewable Sector For FY 21; Consumers To Get Choice Of Supplier” • India’s Finance minister allocated ₹22,000 crore ($3.3 billion) for the power and renewable sector and urged states to implement smart meters within three years, so consumers could choose suppliers and the rate. ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable energy

¶ “Greenko, ReNew Win World’s Largest Renewable-Cum-Storage Based Firm Supply Tender For 1.2 GW” • Greenko and ReNew Power won a reverse auction to supply 1200 MW of clean power after Solar Energy Corporation of India concluded the world’s largest renewable-cum-energy storage power purchase tender. [Economic Times]

¶ “SECI Issues NIT for 5000 MW Power From Renewable and Thermal Sources” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued a Notice Inviting Tender for the procurement of 5000 MW power on Round-The-Clock based, from renewable energy projects, complemented with occasional use of high-cost thermal power to address intermittency. [Saurenergy]

Sun setting on coal

¶ “India To Have 450 GW Renewable Energy By 2030” • India has taken on an ambitious target of having 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030, President Ram Nath Kovind said. It will also provide 17 lakh (1.7 million) solar pumps to farmers to capitalize on this clean resource. India’s current goal is to have 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. [Economic Times]

US:

¶ “Republican Strategists Praise Carbon Pricing As A Way To Win Votes” • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for conservative solutions to address climate consequences. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) talked of a possible existential crisis for the party. Republicans are starting to talk about carbon pricing. [CleanTechnica]

Sunset over Newport Bridge (Carolyn Fortuna | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Donald Trump’s EPA, Ruled By The Swamp, Is Letting Companies Dump Sewage Into Our Rivers” • The EPA under Donald Trump is now allowing cities to dump raw sewage into rivers. A New York Times article says the Trump administration has decided to reverse almost 95 environmental rules because it considers them too costly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ACEEE: Honolulu, NYC Lead Clean Energy Resilience Plans” • Honolulu and New York City are the two top-scoring US cities for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable power policies into resilience plans, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. They were ranked as “exemplary.” [Smart Cities Dive]

Honolulu (Roxanne Ready | Flickr)

¶ “PRC Approves 140 MW Of Wind Power For PNM” • New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission approved PNM’s 2020 Renewable Energy Plan. It includes the 140-MW La Joya Wind Farm to be built in Torrance County by the end of the year, allowing PNM to meet a legal requirement to provide 20% of its electricity from renewable energy in 2020. [KRWG]

¶ “Expect Increasing Climate Threats In NC, Scientists Warn” • A North Carolina research group is putting the final touches on a state climate report that details an array of major changes it expects through the end of the century, including the dynamics of rising seas, wetter storms, and more frequent flooding, a preview shows. [Richmond County Daily Journal]

Have an extraordinarily gratifying day.

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