February 14 Energy News

February 14, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Airbus MAVERIC Design Study Project Is 20% More Efficient Than Today’s Airplanes” • At the Singapore air show, Airbus took the wraps off a super secret design project. That project, started in 2017, could lead to exotic new commercial aircraft which are up to 20% more efficient than the single aisle planes used by most commercial airlines today. [CleanTechnica]

Airbus MAVERIC design (Airbus image)

¶ “A Small Change In Airplane Altitude Could Reduce Climate Impact Of Contrails By 59%” • Getting planes to fly just 2,000 feet (610 metres) lower could cut the climate impact of their contrails by a whopping 59%. While most contrails vanish in minutes, some can stick around for up to 18 hours, mixing with other contrails and cirrus clouds. [ScienceAlert]

World:

¶ “Antarctic Island Hits Record Temperature Of 20.75°C” • Antarctica has exceeded 20°C for the first time, after researchers logged a temperature of 20.75°C (69.35°F) on an island off the coast of the continent. Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP they had “never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica.” It is the second record high in just days. [BBC]

Adélie penguins (Getty Images)

¶ “Sri Lanka Needs 10,000 MW Of Renewable Energy To Meet 2030 Target: Official” • The Government will need to implement forward-looking policies to keep up with an estimated 6% increase in annual energy demand, with a staggering 10,000 MW of renewable energy to meet its target of 80% renewables by 2030, a top official warned. [ft.lk]

¶ “Love Skiing? Enjoy It While It Lasts” • A report from the International Olympic Committee examines the impact of climate change on future winter games. It forecasts that an increase of 1°C (1.8°F) would push the snowline up by 150 meters. “The ski season may start up to a month later and finish up to three months earlier,” the committee said. [CNN]

Skiing in Germany (Christof Stache | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Hydrogen Association Formed In Asia-Pacific” • Several Asia-based renewable energy industry executives have set up the Asia-Pacific Hydrogen Association. The Singapore-based association aims to coordinate international policy, research, communications, and analysis and will provide services to support members’ development needs. [reNEWS]

¶ “Telco Orange Dials In Iberdrola Power Play In Spain” • Telco Orange has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Iberdrola for 200 GWh of electricity from the 328-MW Ceclavin solar plant in Spain. Electricity from the PV project, due online later this year, will power 9000 sales offices and buildings Orange operates in the country. [reNEWS]

Solar plant under construction (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Renewables Account For Almost Half Of Turkey’s Installed Power” • Turkey’s renewable energy capacity has registered a remarkable surge over the last decade. Turkey’s installed power capacity was calculated at a total of 91,267 MW by the end of last year, while only around a decade ago, the country possessed only 15,500 MW in renewable capacity. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “South Africa To Procure More Renewable Energy To Ease Power Shortages” • South Africa will soon procure additional renewable energy to ease electricity shortages, ramping up generation capacity outside struggling state utility Eskom, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a state of the nation address on Thursday. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable energy

US:

¶ “Calculating The True Cost Of A Society Based On Automobiles” • Researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School set out to find out just how much money the state of Massachusetts and its citizens spend each year to maintain a transportation system based on private car ownership. The answer, they said, is a staggering $64.1 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Groundwater Depletes, Arid American West Is Moving East” • Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater – about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter of Lake Erie, a first-of-its-kind study has shown. [EurekAlert]

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River (Credit: Daniel Stolte)

¶ “Oregon Bill To Give Covanta Incinerator Renewable Energy Credits Put On Hold” • A bill to provide millions of dollars in renewable energy credits to a garbage incinerator, has moved to the House Rules Committee, where negotiations may continue. State law requires 50% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2040. [Statesman Journal]

¶ “Bill To Penalize Utilities For Renewable Energy Returns To Wyoming Legislature, Quickly Fails” • Wyoming lawmakers proposed a bill to penalized utility companies for using renewable energy sources to supply electricity to ratepayers. It would have required utilities to fuel all electricity from coal, oil, or gas. It failed. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Solar arrays (Michael Quine | Las Vegas Review-Journal)

¶ “Industry Leader: Wyoming Uranium Industry On ‘Its Death Bed’” • A potential addition to President Donald Trump’s budget for the purchase of domestic uranium might not be enough to save Wyoming’s uranium mining operations, an industry leader said. John Cash of Ur-Energy said, “The uranium industry is on its death bed.” [Cowboy State Daily]

¶ “Meredith Town Warrant Takes Up Climate Change” • New Hampshire town warrants do not usually address global issues, but an exception will play out on March 11. In the town of Meredith, Warrant Article 16 asks voters to “take action on climate pollution.” It is advisory only, urging lawmakers to take action. [The Laconia Daily Sun]

Have an altogether superb day.

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