Archive for February 18th, 2020

February 18 Energy News

February 18, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Can Rationing Carbon Help Fight Climate Change?” • Carbon allowances for individuals have been tested experimentally from Finland to Australia, and some have proved popular. Politicians may shy away from talking about carbon allowances, but the dozens of smartphone apps available to track and reduce your carbon footprint show the idea’s popularity. [BBC]

Reducing emissions (Jack Guez | AFP via Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scottish researchers say climate change will ‘100%’ lead to more rainfall” • More water in the atmosphere is “an entirely inevitable consequence of climate change,” according to Dr Michael Byrne, lecturer in climate science at the University of St Andrews and research fellow at the University of Oxford. And this will lead to more floods. [HeraldScotland]

World:

¶ “German Court Orders Halt To Tesla Giga Berlin Tree Clearing Pending Review” • A ruling by the higher administrative court of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg prohibits Tesla from cutting down any more trees on the site where it intends to build its first European factory until a final determination is made on the matter. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Fossil Fuel Companies Dominate ‘Top Tax Dodgers’ List” • Given the links between government and fossil fuels, it should be no surprise that fossil fuel companies dominate the list of the top 40 tax dodgers in Australia. ExxonMobil Australia, racked up a total income of $42.3 billion over the past five years but paid no income tax in this country. [The Big Smoke Australia]

¶ “Fraunhofer Opens Grid Study Of Offshore Giants” • A research project in Germany seeks to improve the integration of offshore wind farms into the grid. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems project, Mobil-Grid-CoP, is aimed to develop and commission a mobile grid simulator. The project will run for three years. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Image: EnBW)

¶ “DEWA Emphasises That The Clean And Renewable Energy Sector Provides Key Opportunities For Women In The UAE” • Speaking during the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai, DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said that Dubai Electricity & Water Authority employs 1,933 women, including 646 female engineers and technicians. [MEP MiddleEast]

¶ “Arab World’s First Nuclear Reactor Cleared For Startup” • The United Arab Emirates took a final step toward switching on the Arab world’s first commercial nuclear power plant, even as the country prospers by producing and selling fossil fuels. The plant can now start loading fuel and ramp up to commercial operation within several months. [msnNOW]

Moon above a reactor dome (© Bloomberg)

UK:

¶ “Shell Signs PPA With Largest Storage Battery In Europe” • Shell signed a power purchase agreement with the developers of what is being called “the largest battery in Europe.” The 100-MW / 100-MWh Minety power storage project, which is located in Wiltshire (arguably no longer part of Europe), is expected to be complete by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “West Midlands Canals To Help Heat Hospitals In Renewable Energy Drive” • The canals of the West Midlands may seem an unlikely source of warmth, but they could soon be used to heat hospitals and tower blocks under a plan to harness Britain’s hidden heating sources. The government promised to spend over £20 million on such schemes. [The Guardian]

Birmingham (Photo: tupungato | Getty Images | iStockphoto)

¶ “200-Year-Old Weir To Create Renewable Energy For Generations To Come” • After almost four years of detailed work, a group of volunteers in Congleton, a town in Cheshire, unveiled plans for a new community-funded hydro-electricity scheme. The system’s 75-kW Archimedes screw will create enough power for around 60 homes. [So Cheshire]

¶ “ScottishPower Launches 100% Green Energy Tariff” • All new ScottishPower domestic fixed price tariffs are being supplied by 100% green electricity. All electricity for the new tariffs will come from the company’s UK wind farms and energy generated by these facilities will only be sold to ScottishPower’s domestic and commercial customers. [Energy Live News]

Wind farm (Image: Shutterstock)

US:

¶ “Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change” • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new fund, called the Bezos Earth Fund, to back scientists, activists and organizations working to mitigate the impact of climate change. Bezos will commit $10 billion “to start,” he said. The initiative will begin giving out grants this summer. [CNN]

¶ “Louisville 160th City To Pass 100% Renewable-Energy Resolution” • In Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Council voted to commit to 100% renewable energy use for city’s operations within the next two decades. The city will work to shift public transit and other operations to run on clean energy, such as electricity and solar power. [Public News Service]

Louisville (Adobe Stock image)

¶ “Good News: USA Had Largest CO₂ Reduction In The World In 2019” • There is a bit of good news to share that might have slipped under your nose. The USA had the largest CO₂ reduction in the world in 2019 on a country basis. (The entire EU, in total, did slightly better.) This news comes from data gathered by the International Energy Agency. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virginia Senate Advances Bill Expanding Access To Renewable Energy” • A bill that would allow state residents, nonprofits, and schools to more easily seek and secure alternative energy sources such as rooftop solar passed the Virginia Senate by a vote of 22-18. Senate Bill 710 cleared the hurdle on crossover day, the last chance for passage. [WWBT NBC12 News]

Have a perfectly glorious day.

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