February 13 Energy News

February 13, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Study Shows Air Pollution Can Cross State Lines, And With Deadly Consequences” • A study shows that air pollution can contribute to serious health issues hundreds of miles away. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that around half of the pollution-related early deaths in the US occur outside the borders of the state where the toxic air originated. [CNN]

Smog (Drew Angerer | Getty Images)


¶ “Myanmar To Increase Renewable Energy Sources” • Myanmar is trying to increase the content of renewable energy sources by tapping all available energy sources to generate electricity, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing. The country is blessed with solar energy, wind power and other renewable energy sources. [The Star Online]

¶ “Djibouti Secures First Renewables Project: 60-MW Wind Farm” • Africa Finance Corporation, Climate Fund Managers, FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, and Great Horn Investment Holdings have announced an investment for the construction and operation of a 60-MW wind farm near Lake Assal in Djibouti. [ESI Africa]

Wind farm (Stock image)

¶ “PH Could Attract $20-B Renewable Energy Investment” • The Philippines could attract US$20 billion of renewable energy investment over the next decade through the use of auctions under the DOE’s  proposed Green Energy Tariff Program, according to a new report. The report is expected to increase competition in the energy sector. [Manila Bulletin]

¶ “Yukon Aims To Sell Renewable Power To Skagway Cruise Ships” • Yukon Energy rolled out a 10-year plan for renewable electricity in the territory. One of its goals is to sell excess renewable energy to green up cruise ships in Alaska ports. The utility plans to expand its southern infrastructure in order to store a projected surplus of summer power. [KHNS Radio]

Disney cruise ship (Emily Files)

¶ “New $1 Billion Mine Looks To Solar, Wind, Batteries For 80% Of Power Needs” • Australian mining company Oz Minerals plans to power its proposed $1 billion West Musgrave copper nickel mine with up to 80% renewables. A study shows the deposit has the potential to produce 28,000 tonnes of copper and 22,000 tonnes of nickel a year for 26 years. [RenewEconomy]

¶ Deutsche Telekom Taps Vattenfall For Solar”” • A Deutsche Telekom subsidiary has signed a 10-year supply contract with Vattenfall for electricity from its new solar park in Germany. Vattenfall and Power & Air Solutions have signed a corporate power purchase agreement for clean electricity generated by the 60-MW PV plantin west Pomerania. [reNEWS]

Vattenfall renewable plant (Vattenfall image)

¶ “Baltic States Will Not Buy Energy From Belarus NPP” • Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are joining forces to oppose energy imports from a Belarusian nuclear power plant Lithuania has declared a national security threat. The governments of the three Baltic nations have announced that they will sign a declaration of intent to oppose electricity purchases. [Emerging Europe]



¶ “The Exxon Plant Near My House Caught Fire” •The Exxon plant here in Baton Rouge has caught fire. Even though officials say there wasn’t an explosion, several witnesses reported hearing one. I also heard what seemed like an explosion, and I live just about 5 miles away. They also say the fire is out and no one was hurt. [CleanTechnica]

Exxon plant burning (Image: KDH via Twitter)

¶ “University Of Utah’s Electricity Fueled By Renewable Energy” • The University of Utah agreed to an energy deal to allow the school to get more than half of its electricity through renewables. The university finalized the purchase of geothermal energy with Cyrq Energy for 53.7% if its electricity supply. [Daily Herald]

¶ “Dueling Opinions On Clean Energy Jobs Act” • Illinois lawmakers could enact new legislation this spring that would put the state on a path to using 100% renewable energy by 2050, but just what the Clean Energy Jobs Act would mean for the state’s ratepayers remains unclear. Both the Senate and the House have their own bills. [Alton Daily News]

Have an abundantly rewarding day.

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