February 22 Energy News

February 22, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change May Doom 1 In 3 Species Of Plants And Animals In The Next 50 Years” • Using data from surveys that studied 538 animals, insects and plants from 581 sites across the globe, researchers  from the University of Arizona found that approximately one in three plant, insect, and animal species could face extinction by 2070. [CNN]

Campbell Island Teal (Stomac, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Offshore Wind: An Opportunity For Cost-Competitive Decarbonization Of China’s Energy Economy” • Investments in China’s offshore wind have been limited until recently largely by perceptions of cost. Analysis indicates that the potential wind resource is 5.4 times larger than the current coastal demand, and it can be cost-competitive. [Science Advances]

¶ “To Combat Climate Change, Human Activities More Important Than Natural Feedbacks” • Scientists at the University of Rochester studied methane emissions from a period in Earth’s history partly analogous to the warming of Earth today. Their research, published in Science, suggests human caused emissions are of greatest concern. [University of Rochester]

Drillling ice cores (Vasilii Petrenko | University of Rochester)

World:

¶ “Blue Nova Launches The MegaBoy 1-MWh Storage Product” • In South Africa, as the power utility, Eskom, struggles to meet demand, outages have ranged from two to four hours per day. This has encouraged battery makers to come to market. Blue Nova Energy looks to be ramping up nicely and has just launched the MegaBoy storage system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Power Projects Delayed By Coronavirus In China May Get Relief” • In a big relief to renewable energy projects, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will give extra time for commissioning power projects that face delays due to squeezing of supply lines from China which is facing deadly spread of coronavirus. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar Power (Thomas Lloyd Group, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Bavaria’s Renewable Capacity Growing As Nuclear Plant Shutdown Boosts Power Imports” • Power generation with solar panels and bioenergy plants reached a new record level in Bavaria, its economy ministry said. Final 2018 data showed that solar power production grew by 4.5% that year to reach nearly 12 TWh. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “France’s Oldest Nuclear Plant Fessenheim Turns Off One Reactor” • France pulled the plug on one of the nuclear reactors at the country’s oldest plant. It is a small first step in reducing nuclear’s place in its energy mix. The plant at Fessenheim  entered into service in 1978. Its second reactor is scheduled to close in June. [Euronews]

Fessenheim nuclear plant (Florival fr, Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Labor’s Chris Bowen: Renewables Make Much More Sense Than ‘Nuclear Fantasy’” • Australian Federal Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen criticised the Morrison government for even considering nuclear power as an option in the future energy mix, calling it a “fantasy and a furphy.” He said, “The economics of nuclear power don’t stack up.” [The New Daily]

¶ “Tesla’s Helping Australian Bushfire Victims” • Tesla is helping Australian bushfire victims, along with 5B, a solar provider in Sydney, and Mike Cannon-Brooks, the founder of Atlassian. The goal is to install solar panels and batteries in towns that have lost power completely due to the devastating bushfires of 2019 to 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfires on the coast of Australia (NASA image)

¶ “Queensland Supercomputer To Test Seamless Integration Of Renewables On And Off The Grid” • A world-class R&D hub planned for Cairns will be home to a supercomputer that will simulate and model intricate networks. It is to enable renewable energy and energy storage to form a greater part of microgrids for remote communities. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Climate Change Is Drying Up The Colorado River, Putting Millions At Risk Of ‘Severe Water Shortages'” • The Colorado River – which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles – has seen its flow dwindle by 20% compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is mainly to blame. [CNN]

Glen Canyon Dam (Bill Weir)

¶ “From 75% Coal To 50% Renewables? Voters May Decide” • When advocacy group Renew Missouri pushed for the state’s first renewable energy standard over a decade ago, it bypassed the GOP-dominated legislature and took the issue straight to voters. Now it is behind a ballot initiative to get 50% of Missouri’s power from renewable resources by 2040. [E&E News]

¶ “Cuomo Announces Efforts To Speed Up Green Energy Projects” • New York Gov Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is advancing a budget amendment to ramp up the permitting and construction of green projects, as part of the state’s commitment to obtain 70% of energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade. [Albany Times Union]

Wind turbines (Russell Lovrin, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Potentially $50M Solar Farm Could Power Ann Arbor Municipal Operations On 100% Renewable Energy” • A proposed Michigan solar farm is moving ahead for approval. The 24-MW solar installation could power the equivalent of five thousand households. The proposed site of the solar farm is primarily at Ann Arbor’s old landfill. [Michigan Radio]

¶ “American Electric Power ‘Feeds The Beast’ Of Earnings Growth With More Renewable Capital Projects” • American Electric Power expects to hit its target of 5% to 7% earnings growth through 2024, in large part by making capital investments in new renewable projects, CEO and President Nick Akins said in a recent earnings call. [Utility Dive]

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