Archive for February 5th, 2020

February 5 Energy News

February 5, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “From Billie Eilish To Maroon 5, Green Touring Is Becoming The New Normal” • Green touring has been around for decades, with musicians including Neil Young and Bonnie Raitt among the movement’s pioneers. But as effects of climate change continue to intensify, the music industry is now making this approach mainstream. [CNN]

Billie Eilish greening her act (Scott Dudelson | Getty Images)

¶ “Trump’s New Trade Deal Is Disastrous For The Planet” • A number of leading members of Congress and virtually every major environmental group have one thing made clear, Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement opts for ignoring the health of the planet. Despite these warnings, Trump signed his pro-polluter trade deal last week. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Vestas Lauds ‘Busiest Year To Date'” • Vestas order intake hit a record of almost 18 GW in 2019, which the company described as its “busiest year to date.” The company’s turbine order intake increased year-on-year by 3,663 MW to 17,877 MW in 2019 and the value of the service order backlog increased by €3.5 billion to €17.8 billion. [reNEWS]

Vestas nacelle (Vestas image)

¶ “Airport Runways Underwater: Rising Seas Threaten 80 Airports” • Using sea level rise data from Climate Central and airport locations from OpenFlights, we found that 80 airports could be underwater with one meter of sea level rise, which researchers at the UN’s expert climate panel predict is likely to occur by 2100 if emissions aren’t reduced. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Adelaide Inks Deal To Go 100% Renewable From July 2020” • The City of Adelaide will power all of its operations and council-owned facilities with 100% renewable energy via a power purchase deal with Flow Power that start in July. Flow Power will supply it from a mix of locally generated wind and solar power, the city announced. [One Step Off The Grid]

Adelaide, South Australia

¶ “China Leads In Renewable Energy Sector” • Since China’s renewable energy law took effect in January 2006, its renewable energy sector has grown from modest beginnings to become the world’s largest. In 2018, 26.7% of the electricity generated in China was from renewables, increasing 10.6 percentage points from the level in 2005. [China.org.cn]

¶ “Wind Power Grows 12% In Americas” • Over 13 GW of new wind capacity was installed in the Americas region in 2019, an increase of 12% on the previous year, according to research by the Global Wind Energy Council. It said 13,427 MW was installed last year in the Americas, including the Caribbean, bringing the total to more than 148 GW. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Enel image)

¶ “Thanks To Renewable Energy: Electric Bulbs Will Finally Glow In 1200 Government Schools” • Students in far flung areas across Kashmir division have a reason to smile as more than 1200 government schools will be provided round the clock electricity from the clean renewable energy sources. Previously, only 36% of the schools had power. [The Kashmir Monitor]

¶ “Queensland Requests $1 Billion In Renewable Energy Funding” • In a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad called for more renewable investment and Federal government backing to help create and support more jobs in more industries. Gas is not out of the picture, however. [pv magazine Australia]

Daydream Solar Farm (Image: Edify Energy)

¶ “Saugeen Ojibway Nation Has Saved Lake Huron From A Nuclear Waste Dump” • In a major victory for Canada’s First Nations, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation overwhelmingly voted down the proposed deep geological repository for storage of low-level and intermediate-level radioactive nuclear waste next to Lake Huron. [CounterPunch]

US:

¶ “Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Hinges On Fossil Fuel Giant” • Some Virginia Democrats, who had previously been adversarial to Dominion Energy, are easing that position a bit, as they see the company work on the Mid-Atlantic’s first offshore wind farm. Dominion proposes to build hundreds of turbines off the coast of Virginia. [E&E News]

Depiction of turbine installation (Dominion Energy via YouTube)

¶ “Tar Sands Pipeline ‘Line 3’ Faces Ongoing Opposition Despite PUC Rubber Stamp” • Minnesota activists opposed to Line 3 committed to continued opposition to the controversial tar sands pipeline despite a ruling from the Public Utilities Commission approving the certificate of need for the project. Line 3 would cross 211 bodies of water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Something In The Air” • In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the US beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. Complaints reveal problems potentially far graver than the smell. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it, and it’s about to get a whole lot worse. [The Texas Observer]

Site of a proposed giant feedlot (George Steinmetz)

¶ “Solar Innovations Abound At The San Diego Show” • New solar energy innovations are being unveiled at Intersolar 2020 in San Diego. Among them are a concrete solar shingle and under-the-panel battery storage. One forward-looking company is now buying up broken solar panels in expectation of mining the components for recycling. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arlington County To Use Renewable Energy From A Solar Farm” • The sun is shining brightly on Arlington County. The Virginia region approved a partnership with Dominion Energy to purchase power from a solar farm in Pennsylvania County. This project aligns with Arlington County’s mission to be 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2025. [WUSA9.com]

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