February 2 Energy News

February 2, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “It’s Time For Solar And Wind To Fight Back In Fossil’s War On Renewables” • Fossil-fuel companies are doing all they can to thwart the development of renewable energy, one renewables developer said this week, but renewables now have the clout to fight back. It’s a pitched battle because both industries are forcing new megawatts into a shrinking market. [Forbes]

Wind turbines near an aging pumpjack (Getty Images)

¶ “Scott Morrison Is Stuck In A Time Warp – More Gas Is Not The Answer” • Australia’s prime minister, advised by fossil fuel industry experts, claims, “there is no credible energy transition plan, for an economy like Australia in particular, that does not involve the greater use of gas as an important transition fuel.” He is demonstrably wrong. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Okanagan Company Braves High Winds With High Hopes Of Renewable Energy In Nunavut” • Spearheaded by the Arctic Research Foundation, the project titled Naurvik, Inuktut for “growing place,” consists of two sea cans outfitted to grow vegetables that proponents hope will help ease Arctic food costs. They are powered by the wind. [KelownaNow]

Sea can and wind turbine (Contributed photo)

¶ “Up For sale: Eskom’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor” • Eskom, South Africa’s public utility, was developing a nuclear Pebble Bed Modular Reactor some years back, but work was eventually halted. While various options were explored to commercialize its PBMR in the past, Eskom now intends to dispose of the company and is looking for a buyer. [ESI Africa]

India:

¶ “India Bets On Barren Land, Rail Tracks To Raise Solar Power Capacity” • India aims to boost solar power generation by encouraging the installation of panels along rail tracks and on barren land, the finance minister said on Saturday as the country looks to cut its carbon footprint and accelerate clean energy production. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Indian solar thermal power (Bkwcreator, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Energy Storage Industry Sees New Opportunities In Sitharaman’s Budget 2020” • Analyzing Sitharaman’s second Union Budget, the energy storage industry found that it has numerous opportunities. It will not only provide a further boost to the economy but also help in further boosting the renewable energy sector as a whole. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Union Budget: Old, Polluting Coal Power Stations To Be Closed” • India’s Union government announced that all coal-fired power plants not meeting prescribed carbon emission standards will be shut down. About 80 Indian coal-fired power plants, all below 100 MW of capacity, are likely to be affected by the government decision. [Yahoo India News]

Coal-burning plant (Ashish.prajapati90, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Super Bowl LIV Will Feature Recyclable And Compostable Products” • If you buy a Bud Light at this year’s game, it will be served in a recyclable aluminum cup made by Ball. Aluminum can be recycled many times. In fact, three quarters of all the aluminum ever produced in the US is still being used, according to a report by Ad Week. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “$64 Million Makes It Official: Renewable Hydrogen In, Natural Gas Out (Eventually)” • As it puts research dollars into hydrogen and fuel cell technology, the DOE’s latest effort is all about using wind and solar energy to bring the cost of renewable hydrogen down. The DOE is spending $64 million for funding projects related to the H2@Scale initiative. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen facility (US DOE image)

¶ “Lake Tahoe Airport Now Runs On Renewable Energy” • The mayor of South Lake Tahoe told 2 News that the city’s goal is 100% renewable energy by 2032 as conservationism has gained momentum. The city has added solar panels to the Lake Tahoe Airport. They will supply 95% of current demand, and efficiency will reduce demand. [KTVN]

¶ “Allegiant Stadium To Be Powered By Renewable Sources” • After NV Energy saw 10 companies make moves to leave in 2018, the Nevada utility started to offer long-term deals with reduced energy prices. Allegiant Stadium had been given authority to leave NV Energy, but instead will use its renewable resources to power its facility. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Allegiant Stadium (KM Cannon | Las Vegas Review-Journal)

¶ “Documents Show Scientists’ Revolt At Trump’s ‘Crazy’ Hurricane Claims” • A flurry of emails from NOAA’s top officials and scientists shows their consternation and alarm after President Trump falsely claimed Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. The emails were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Paradise Lost: Unit 3 Coal Operations Cease Today” • The last of the three coal-fired units at Kentucky’s Paradise Fossil Plant is history. TVA workers at Unit 3 burned the last of the coal today at the steam plant that opened over 50 years ago. Units 1 and 2 were replaced with natural gas units in 2017, largely due to economical and environmental reasons. [SurfKY News]

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