February 27 Energy News

February 27, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Water, Peace, And Security – Under Threat” • We write about carbon dioxide emissions quite a bit on CleanTechnica, but there is something that bears repetition. It is that renewable energy typically uses much less water than other electricity sources. The overuse of water, including for power plants, critically threatens our children. [CleanTechnica]

Water stress (Pacific Institute via Twitter)

¶ “The US Government Insurance Scheme For Nuclear Power Plant Accidents No Longer Makes Sense” • The pro-nuclear Japan Center for Economic Research put the long-term costs of the Fukushima accident at about $750 billion. Contrast that with the maximum of $13 billion that could be available under the Price-Anderson Act. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Procurement Comes To China” • China is both the leader in the supply of renewable energy equipment globally and number one in total installed renewables capacity. A forecast by the China Electricity Council says China likely had a total installed capacity of 200 GW of solar and 210 GW of wind by the end of 2019. [pv magazine International]

30-MW solar plant in Qinghai province (Sungrow image)

¶ “Renewable Energy To Employ 42 Million People by 2050, 26 Million in Asia” • The number of people employed in renewable energy could reach 42 million globally by 2050, up from about 12 million in 2017. This is according to the report, “Assessing the Impact of the Energy Transition,” published by the International Renewable Energy Agency. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Australia’s Electricity Market Must Be 100% Renewables By 2035 To Achieve Net Zero By 2050: Study” • Australia can achieve a transition to net zero emissions by 2050 with known technologies, but the deployment of low emissions options will need to be accelerated significantly, according to new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia. [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Calla Wahlquist | The Guardian)

¶ “JPMorgan Chase To Reach 100% Renewable Energy For Global Operations” • JPMorgan Chase expects to reach its goal of 100% renewable energy sourcing for global power needs across its buildings, branches, and data centers by the end of this year. The global financial services firm set the 100% renewable energy goal for 2020 in 2017. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “GE Scoops 300-MW Prize In India” • GE Renewable Energy received an order from the EDF-Sitac joint venture to supply and install 112 turbines at the 300-MW Sitac Kabini wind farm in Gujarat, India. The project will feature 2.7-MW units with with 132-meter rotors. Most of the design work was done at GE’s technology center in Bangalore. [reNEWS]

GE wind turbine (GE image)

¶ “Drax Power Plant To Stop Burning Coal, With Loss Of 230 Jobs” • The Drax power plant in Yorkshire will end all use of coal next year after almost five decades as one of western Europe’s most polluting power plants. Drax Group will stop burning coal the plant in March 2021, four years ahead of the government’s ban on coal-fired electricity. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Trump Regulators Deal A Blow To Leading Coal Companies” • The Federal Trade Commission’s decision, supported by two Republican Trump appointees, dealt a blow to the turnaround efforts of Peabody Energy and Arch Coal from bankruptcy. The FTC found that a joint venture would “eliminate competition” in the Powder River Basin. [CNN]

Mine in Wyoming (Carol M Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Literally Cooking Up New EV Battery That’s More Sustainable With Longer Range” • The DOE has been looking to develop a more environmentally friendly EV battery since at least 1995. For reasons of economy and national defense, the DOE wants batteries made from local materials. Graphite is not mined in the US, but KISK has a battery based on corn. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Long Beach Transit Adds 14 More BYD Electric Buses” • In Southern California, Long Beach Transit is adding 14 more electric buses to its fleet, according to news of a deal with BYD. BYD is based in Shenzhen, China, but buses will be manufactured at its Lancaster, California factory, which produces a range of electric trucks and buses. [CleanTechnica]

BYD K9 electric bus (Credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Wind Surpassed Hydro As Top Renewable Electricity Generation Source In US” • In 2019, US annual wind generation exceeded hydroelectric generation for the first time, according to data in the Energy Information Administration’s “Electric Power Monthly.” Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country. [Renewables Now]

¶ “As New Mexico Swaps Coal For Renewables, San Juan County Struggles To Chart A New Future” • In the Four Corners region of New Mexico, coal has fueled not only homes but also much of its economy for almost 50 years. Now, the San Juan Generating Station is closing, and the community and its people will have to learn to live without it. [New Mexico Political Report]

San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico
(Don J Usner | Searchlight New Mexico)

¶ “Moss Landing Battery Storage Project Approved” • The PG&E-backed Elkhorn Battery Storage Facility in Moss Landing, California, was unanimously approved by the Monterey County Planning Commission. It is the second element of what would be one of the largest energy storage projects in the world. The total capacity will be 1,930 MWh. [Monterey Herald]

¶ “In Massachusetts, Students Step Up To Pressure Schools On Renewable Energy” • Student groups on college and university campuses across Massachusetts are attempting to convince their schools to commit to using only renewable energy. They are joining in the fight for a new bill that would transition the state to 100% renewable energy. [Energy News Network]

Have a thrillingly uncomplicated day.

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