February 23 Energy News

February 23, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “USA Braces For Tsunami Of Microgrids As Defense Dept Wades In – CleanTechnica Interview” • The US Department of Defense has been exploring new microgrid technology for at least ten years or so, and it is finally tired of pussyfooting around. Last week it decided on a step that could bring microgrids to scores of DoD facilities. [CleanTechnica]

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association model (NRECA)

¶ “This Is A Huge Strike Against NextEra’s Bid To Purchase Santee Cooper” • Santee Cooper is in debt from a failed nuclear project. NextEra offered to purchase it, but only if it could bypass the South Carolina Public Service Commission on some projects, retaining a right to charge customers for projects abandoned due to changes in federal law. [Charleston Post Courier]

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Fertilizer Will Soon Power Ocean-Going Ships” • Zero-carbon ammonia can be used to power ships and make the transport sector greener, a policy briefing by the British Royal Society shows. The research considers opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of the product, today mainly known as a fertilizer. [Forbes]

Viking Energy (Eidesvik Offshore image)

¶ “NASA Images Show Antarctica’s Eagle Island Almost Ice-Free” • A NASA photo show that Eagle Island, just off Antarctica, was nearly covered in snow on February 4th. In a second photo taken on the 13th, you can see that most of the snow has melted. And Elon Musk tells us why a small change in temperature is critically important. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Climate-Sensitive Bird Hints At Global Warming’s Lasting Impact” • The migration patterns of the black-throated blue warbler have been slowly but steadily changing over the past 50 years, according to a study in the journal The Auk: Ornithological Advances. The bird’s spring migration has occurred around one day earlier per decade. [NBCNews.com]

Black-throated blue warbler (Kyle Horton)

World:

¶ “Queensland Approves Massive 1,200-MW Wind Farm In State Pine Forest” • The Queensland government gave development approval for a massive wind project of up to 1,200 MW that will be located in state pine forest in the Wide Bay-Burnett region. The $2 billion project put forward by Forest Wind will comprise up to 226 turbines. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Promotion Of Renewable Energy Sources For Electricity Production In Greece” • According to the commitment Greece gave in the National Energy and Climate Plan, renewable energy sources should cover 35% of total energy consumption by 2030, up from 18% today. This will include more than 60% of electricity consumption. [Tornos News International Edition]

Windmills in Greece (Mstyslav Chernov, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Revealed: Quarter Of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots” • The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian can reveal. [The Guardian]

¶ “Sales Of Coal And Wet Logs To Be Phased Out In England” • Plans to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home have been confirmed by the UK government. Wood burning stoves and coal fires are the single largest source of the pollutant known as “PM2.5.” [Somerset County Gazette]

Burning coal

US:

¶ “University of Georgia Getting 13 More Electric Buses, Bringing Fleet To 33” • The University of Georgia is to add more electric buses on its campus and to host the largest fleet of electric buses out of all the US universities. UGA has twenty electric buses already. “We don’t ever plan on buying another diesel bus,” the transportation director said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Family Farms Try To Raise A New Cash Cow: Solar Power” • The Kominek family farm in northern Colorado has had yields decline over recent years, and the farm began losing money. In Boulder County, land-use codes made it hard to use the land for anything but farming. So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath. [WIRED]

Solar array (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)

¶ “Energy Fuels Utah’s Economy, Study Says” • Renewable electricity production in Utah has jumped 500% since 2008. The Kem C Gardner Policy Institute released a study showing that Utah’s energy industry supports 76,425 jobs, contributes $9.4 billion in gross domestic product and has $4.3 billion in earnings flowing into the state economy. [Deseret News]

¶ “Helena City Commission Considers Goal Of “100% Clean Electricity” By 2030″ • In Montana, the Helena City Commission will consider a resolution setting a goal of switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The proposed resolution calls for leaders to act “swiftly and decisively” to address impacts from climate change. [KRTV Great Falls News]

Have an astonishingly comfy day.

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