February 16 Energy News

February 16, 2020


¶ “Christiana Figueres On The Climate Emergency: ‘This Is The Decade And We Are The Generation’” • Christiana Figueres is a founder of the Global Optimism group and was head of the UN climate change convention when the Paris agreement was achieved in 2015. In an interview, she talks about her new book, The Future We Choose. [The Guardian]

Christiana Figueres (Photo: ©Jimena Mateo)

¶ “How Solar Works On Cloudy And Rainy Days May Surprise You” • “Renewables are the dole bludgers of the energy system; they only turn up to work when they want to,” said Australia’s ex-federal resources minister Matt Canavan recently. I decided to crunch numbers about solar production on rainy days. The result was a pleasant surprise. [Daily Examiner]

¶ “Santee Cooper’s Fate Could Be Up To Legislative Supporters” • The first-blush reading of the eight-month winnowing of bids to purchase or manage Santee Cooper is that there’s no slam-dunk case for either. Santee Cooper is a 33% owner of the VC Summer nuclear plant, which had to abandon construction of two reactors recently. [Charleston Post Courier]

Virgil C Summer Nuclear Generating Station (Wikipedia)


¶ “Hyundai Gets Serious On Electric Cars – Still Does Not Understand Demand” • When Hyundai added the fully battery electric version of its Ioniq, because there appeared to be some demand for it, the management, was astonished at the result. Demand for the BEV was higher in many markets than the demand for the plug-in hybrid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Warm Winter Helps Enefit Green Set New Renewable Energy Production Record” • Eesti Energia’s renewable energy company Enefit Green produced 165 GWh of electricity in January, setting a new record with the help of unusually warm weather. Most of the production came from the company’s wind farms in Estonia and Lithuania. [ERR News]

Paldiski Wind Farm (Source: Eesti Energia)

¶ “Dozens Protest Cumbrian Coal Mine” • Around fifty people gathered outside County Hall to protest a planned deep coal mine near Whitehaven, Cumbria. A number of environmental activism groups, including Extinction Rebellion Cumbria, took part in the demonstration. The coal is intended for the European steel-making market. [The Westmorland Gazette]

¶ “France President Macron Vows ‘Fight Of The Century’ Against Climate Change” • France’s leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century” after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps. But Macron faces vociferous opposition on multiple fronts over climate change. [WIZM News]

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (Photo: David Azia | AP, File)

¶ “Morocco’s MASEN Announces Tender For Construction Of 400 MW Solar Power Plants” • The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy called for tenders seeking Independent Power Producers to build several solar power plants. The Noor Midelt solar project is to use PVs, concentrated solar, and energy storage. [Utilities Middle East]

¶ “BayWa ‘Powers Through’ 27-MW Solar Floater Build” • BayWa Renewable Energy is building its largest floating photovoltaic farm, a 27-MW project in the Netherlands. Once complete in about two months’ time, the 27.4-MW Bomhofsplas floating solar plant will be the world’s largest renewable energy installation of its kind outside of China. [reNEWS]

Floating solar array (BayWa image)

¶ “Drilling For Geothermal Project To Proceed On The Azores, Portugal” • Local news reports in Iceland say the Iceland Geothermal Drilling Company has secured a drilling contract valued at around €18.6 million for EDA on the Azores Islands. The company is tasked to drill nine wells for extension of current geothermal operations. [ThinkGeoEnergy]


¶ “The Boring Company Completes First Tunnel For Las Vegas Loop Project” • The Boring Company has completed the first of two tunnels it is building for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The tunnel’s electric trains will take about a minute to cover a route that would take a car on surface streets about 15 times that. [CleanTechnica]

Boring tunnel (Credit: The Boring Company)

¶ “Instead Of Releasing This Greenhouse Gas, Beer Brewers Are Selling It To Pot Growers” • The state of Colorado and three small businesses are trying a novel approach to reduce carbon emissions that sounds like something out of the fever dreams of Willie Nelson: using carbon dioxide produced from beer brewing to help marijuana plants grow. [Times Record]

¶ “Sea Levels Around The US Aren’t Just Rising, They’re Accelerating Year On Year” • The worst case scenario for sea level rise in the US is more than just a dim possibility. It’s getting more likely. An annual “report card” for the US coastline shows sea levels are speeding up in most places measured. The acceleration is fueled by climate change. [ScienceAlert]

Flooding (Shannon Honey | EyeEm | Getty Images)

¶ “West Virginia Senate Passes Solar Bill With Nods To Coal” • The West Virginia Senate passed a bill encouraging use of solar energy by power companies. The state commerce department pushed for the bill, saying big companies want to know that they can use renewable energy before relocating to a state. But the bill gives a nod to coal.  [Jackson County Newspapers]

¶ “Michigan State Green-Lights Installation Of Solar Array” • Michigan State University officials approved a solar array as part of an effort to boost environmental sustainability. The MSU Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to install a 20-MW solar array on roughly 100 acres south of the East Lansing school’s main campus. [The Detroit News]

Have a copiously fruitful day.

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