Archive for February 3rd, 2020

February 3 Energy News

February 3, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “If There’s A Silver Lining In The Clouds Of Choking Smoke It’s That This May Be A Tipping Point” • As a climate scientist on sabbatical in Australia, I’ve had plenty of conversations about the climate crisis lately. Although the Murdoch media make it seem as if there’s plenty of debate, the reality is that most Australians I talk to get it. [The Guardian]

Fire nearing Canberra (Photo: Barcroft Media | Xinhua)

¶ “Leave ‘Em Laughing Instead Of Crying: Climate Humor Can Break Down Barriers And Find Common Ground” • Largely gloomy approaches and interpretations typically stifle audiences rather than inspiring them to take action. Instead, we could potentially take more effective ways to communicate about climate change. [Red, Green, and Blue]

¶ “Fighting Climate Change Is The Cheapest Option We Have Left, Modeling Shows” • You would think that ensuring the survival of the human race is something you can’t put a price on, but one of the reasons that governments aren’t always keen to take action on climate change is the economic cost. And saving humanity turns out to save money. [ScienceAlert]

Desert (Jared Verdi | Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Brazil Clears Debentures Issuance For 151 MW Of Renewables” • The Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy has allowed four renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 151 MW to issue infrastructure debentures. With the permits, the projects, of which one is PV and three wind, now have priority status. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Electric Deliveries Are Spreading Across Africa, Botswana Startup MyFoodness Adopts Electric Scooters On Its Routes” • Chinese manufacturers have been selling tens of millions of electric scooters in China. Now they are selling them in Africa. Electric scooters for deliveries make perfect sense in a small city like Botswana’s capital Gaborone. [CleanTechnica]

Electric scooter (Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai)

¶ “Storage Added To Honduras Solar Hybrid Plant” • Wärtsilä is to add energy storage to a power plant on the Honduran island of Roatan. The existing 28-MW plant has four Wärtsilä propane-fired engines and solar PV. Wärtsilä will now install storage with a software package that will eliminate the need for mechanical spinning reserve. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Marubeni Hits Financial Close On Japan Offshore First” • A Marubeni-led consortium has reached financial close on two offshore wind farms totalling 140 MW in Japanese waters. Construction of the projects, located off Akita and Noshiro ports in the Akita Prefecture, will will begin shortly, and commercial operations are to begin this year. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (GWEC image)

¶ “Forum Draws Attention To Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism” • Speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the seventh annual Cybertech Global Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel’s Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz stressed the need for governments to use artificial intelligence to proactively prevent nuclear terrorism. [Daily Nation]

¶ “Lightsource BP Flush For Spanish PV Cluster” • Lightsource BP signed a senior debt facility with NatWest Markets to fund a 250-MW cluster of solar farms in Spain and secured a seven-year power purchase agreement for the all the electricity generated. The cluster is to be operational by January 2021 and deliver about 500 GWh per year. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Lightsource BP image)

Australia:

¶ “Scientists Call On MPs To Urgently Reduce Australia’s Emissions Amid Bushfire Crisis” • After a catastrophic summer of fires, a group of more than 200 scientists is urging returning parliamentarians to act decisively to reduce Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and work diplomatically to achieve coordinated global climate action. [The Guardian]

¶ “‘News Corp Is A Climate Criminal Of The Highest Order’: Protestors Lie In Holt Street To Demand Advertiser Boycott” • Three to four hundred people lay in the street outside News Corp’s Sydney offices on Friday afternoon, urging advertisers to boycott what organiser Brad Pedersen called “a climate criminal of the highest order.” [MuMbrella]

Protesting News Corp (Photo: Robert Coluccio)

¶ “South Australia Paves The Path To 100% Renewables” • South Australia set its sights on reaching its target of 100% renewables in the next 10 years, with aims to provide generated power to New South Wales. This will offset the shutdown of coal plants. The Australian Energy Regulator gave the approval for the gameplan. [Energy Matters]

US:

¶ “Power To The People: Bernie Calls For Federal Takeover Of Electricity Production” • Sanders has laid out a $16 trillion climate change plan that would transition US electricity generation away from fossil fuels to renewable resources like wind, solar and hydropower by 2030. That’s far faster than any other Democratic candidate’s target. [Politico]

Bernie

¶ “Super Bowl Ads Announce Hummer Electric Truck And The “Quiet Revolution”” • General Motors will start selling a battery-powered Hummer pickup truck in May 2020. To whet the appetite of the truck-driving public, the new Hummer is the topic of a 30-second television ad running during the Super Bowl. You can see it here. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AEP Renewables Signs PPA For Kansas Wind Project” • AEP Renewables, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Evergy Inc for the output of the new Flat Ridge 3 wind project, near Kingman, Kansas. The project, with 62 wind turbines totaling 128 MW of capacity, is to be online this year. [Energy Global]

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