February 7 Energy News

February 7, 2020


¶ “When It Comes To Climate Hypocrisy, Canada’s Leaders Have Reached A New Low” • Canada has made pledges about “net-zero emissions by 2050.” The government would seem to believe the climate crisis is real and dangerous. But it is about to approve a shale oil mine that could use up about a third of the Earth’s carbon budget. [The Guardian]

Greta Thunberg and Justin Trudeau (Andrej Ivanov | Reuters)

¶ “How To Tell If A Republican Is Serious About Climate Action (Or Not)” • How do conservatives who care about climate change tell which Republican politicians are actually serious about the issue? To answer this and other such questions, Grist turned to three Republicans who’ve been beating the climate action drum for years. [Grist]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bumblebees’ Decline Points To Mass Extinction – Study” • Bumblebees are in drastic decline across Europe and North America owing to hotter and more frequent temperature extremes, scientists say. Data collected for a 115-year period on 66 bumblebee species show how bumblebee populations have changed over the years. [The Guardian]

Bumblebee (Natalia Fedosenko | Tass)


¶ “Winter In Germany: Fossil Vehicle Sales Slide 15% As EV Market Share Increases From 2.5% To 6.5%” • Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, saw January fossil fuel vehicle sales drop by over 15% year-on-year, with gasoline vehicles alone down over 17%. Meanwhile, EVs increased their market share to 6.5% from 2.5%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia Fires: Heavy Rain Extinguishes Third Of Blazes In NSW” • Torrential rain across the east coast of Australia has extinguished a third of the fires in the region and could put more out, officials say. A wide band of rain sweeping New South Wales has put out 20 of about 60 fires in the state in the past day. Now authorities warn of flash flooding. [BBC]

Sydney rainfall (Getty Images)

¶ “Indonesia To Replace Fossil Fuel Plants With Renewable Plants” • With an aim to achieve its target of 23% renewable energy share in the energy mix by 2025, Indonesia reportedly plans to replace its old fossil fuel plants with renewable energy. The country has renewable energy potential of over 400 GW but is dominated by fossil fuels. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Vattenfall Installing First Floating Solar Power Farm” • The first floating solar farm to be installed by Vattenfall going up in Gendringen, Netherlands at the site of operations for a gravel and sand extraction company. The 1.2-MW floating solar system is expected to generate about half of Netterden Equipment’s yearly electricity needs. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Vattenfall screenshot)

¶ “Power Ledger Wins Contract With Italian Energy Utility” • Australian peer-to-peer energy trading pioneer Power Ledger has won a lucrative contract with Alperia SpA, one of Italy’s largest renewable electricity utilities. Power Ledger’s technology, a potentially significant Australian digital export, is useful to enable virtual power plants. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Rentel Seeks Power Off-Taker” • The operator of the Rentel offshore wind farm off Belgium has opened a competition call for companies to buy electricity generated by the 309-MW project under a long-term power purchase agreement. According to the call documents, the PPA would start on 1 October this year and run until the end of June 2036. [reNEWS]

Rentel offshore wind farm (Image: Otary)

¶ “Finland To Become EU’s Only Uranium Producer” • The Finnish government gave the green light for state-owned Terrafame to extract and refine uranium, paving the way for the country to become the EU’s only uranium producer. Terrafame plans to produce uranium at a mine that has been producing nickel and other metals for years. [Infosurhoy]

¶ “Sub-Saharan Africa Spent Record $2.8 Billion On RE Projects In 2018: BNEF” • The region of sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) spent a record $2.8 billion on renewable energy projects in 2018 and added about $600 million more than the previous year in renewables, according to a recent report by BloombergNEF. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array


¶ “King County (Washington) To Get 120 Electric Buses” • King County Metro, which serves Seattle and the rest of King County, Washington, recently agreed to purchase 40 sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE articulated electric buses from New Flyer. And looking ahead, it intends to order another 80 of the battery-electric buses next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AEP, Toyota To Buy Power From 110-MW Wind Park In West Virginia” • US power company Clearway Energy Group agreed to sell the output of its 110-MW Black Rock wind project in West Virginia to AEP Energy and Toyota Motor North America. The Black Rock wind park will be installed in West Virginia’s Grant and Mineral counties. [Renewables Now]

Farm with wind turbines (USDA image)

¶ “Metro Council Passes Resolution Calling For Louisville’s Transition To Renewable Energy By 2040” • In Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution pushing for the city to be fully powered by clean energy in no more than 20 years. Through a series of steps, Louisville would transition to 100% clean energy community wide by 2040. [WDRB]

¶ “Saint-Gobain Turns To Illinois Wind” • Glass maker Saint-Gobain North America is to buy 120 MW of electricity from the 250-MW Blooming Grove wind farm in Illinois, under a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Invenergy. This will result in a 41% reduction in Saint-Gobain’s carbon footprint in the country. [reNEWS]

Have an especially cheery day.

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