February 28 Energy News

February 28, 2020

World:

¶ “China May Send Ducks To Battle Pakistan’s Locust Swarms” • China could deploy 100,000 ducks to neighboring Pakistan to help tackle swarms of crop-eating locusts, reports say. Pakistan declared an emergency saying locust numbers were the worst in more than two decades. An agricultural expert says ducks can be more effective than pesticides. [BBC]

Ducks (Getty Images)

¶ “Energy Policy Shake-Up Flagged As Government Looks To Dump Solar, Wind Investment” • Research programs into wind and solar could be dumped by Australia’s Federal Government in favor of such emerging technologies as hydrogen, lithium, and reducing or storing greenhouse emissions from major industries, the Energy Minister says. [ABC News]

¶ “Western Australia’s Water Company’s Big Plans To Roll Out Solar” • Owned by the government, Western Australia’s Water Corporation pledged $30 million worth of developments in solar energy, which are expected to roll out over the next three years. Water Corporation plans to install solar power across fifty of its sites and buildings. [Energy Matters]

Perth, Western Australia

¶ “Shell Consortium Eyes 10-GW Offshore Wind-Hydrogen Giant” • Shell, Gasunie, and Groningen Seaports have launched the NortH2 project. NortH2 will entail the construction of a purpose-built offshore wind farm of up to 10 GW. It will supply electricity for industrial-scale production of green hydrogen in the Netherlands. [reNEWS]

UK:

¶ “Next Stop, Hydrogen-Powered Trains” • The UK’s rail system is 42% powered by electricity. One line running to London from Hampshire runs entirely on solar power. However, 58% of UK track is not yet electrified, and on them, diesel engines still keep trains running. One test system may show how to replace diesel, as it is powered by hydrogen. [BBC]

Emissions free Hydroflex train (University of Birmingham)

¶ “Climate Activists Just Blocked Plans To Expand Heathrow, One Of The World’s Biggest Airports” • The British government’s contentious plans to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport have been blocked by an appeals court on environmental grounds, in a landmark victory for climate campaigners. The airport said it would appeal the verdict. [CNN]

¶ “Drax Hails Quality Of Scottish Renewable Energy Assets As It Moves To End Coal-Fired Generation” • Energy giant Drax has highlighted a strong performance by the assets it acquired in Scotland through a £700 million deal with ScottishPower as it announced plans to stop coal-fired generation at its flagship plant in Yorkshire. [HeraldScotland]

Cruachan pumped storage facility on Loch Awe (Drax image)

¶ “BP Withdraws From Three Fossil Fuel Industry Trade Groups” • BP says it has reviewed its climate policies over the past six months. According to The Guardian, BP has now severed ties with three oil industry lobbying groups, as it has a basic philosophical difference with them when it comes to their climate-related policies and activities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Westminster Sets Out EU Energy Agreement Terms” • In a new paper titled “UK’s Approach to negotiations on Future Relationship with the EU,” the UK Government suggests an agreement on energy could cover energy trading over the interconnectors between the UK and the EU, carbon pricing, and climate change. [reNEWS]

Houses of Parliament (Image: Parliamentwiki)

US:

¶ “Tesla Now Has 1,800 Employees In New York, Panasonic Quits Gigafactory 2 In Buffalo” • Tesla informed the Empire State Development Corporation that it has met the requirement to hire 1,450 workers by the end of April. But Panasonic is quitting the solar cell making business in North America and will not join Tesla in use of the New York Gigafactory. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fleet Serving The “Happiest Place On Earth” Goes Electric With 42 Buses From BYD” • BYD continues to make inroads in the US bus market. It delivered the first two of a total of 42 buses to Anaheim Resort Transportation. ART is tasked with moving 9 million annual passengers around the greater Disneyland area in central Anaheim, California. [CleanTechnica]

ART electric bus from BYD (BYD courtesy image)

¶ “Yes, Electric Trucks Make Sense For Regional Haul” • The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Rocky Mountain Institute have been working with the trucking industry since 2009, guiding fleets as they adopt cleaner technologies. NACFE has found that electric trucks are well suited to the needs of regional trucking operations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Geothermal Energy Contract Set To Boost Glendale’s Renewable Portfolio By 11%” • In Glendale, California, City Council members voted to enter into a 25-year contract with Open Mountain Energy that will eventually provide the city with 15.5 MW of geothermal energy annually. The price is expected to be about $67.50 to $70.25/MWh. [Los Angeles Times]

Geothermal energy project in Nevada (Courtesy of GWP)

¶ “Non-Hydro Renewables Provided 11.6% Of US Electricity In 2019” • Renewable energy generated 18.2% of the US electricity in 2019, a SUN DAY Campaign analysis shows. The non-hydro portion of that was 11.6%. With current growth trends continuing, renewable energy sources could overtake nuclear power in 2020 and coal in 2021. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Dominion Energy: SEC Charges South Carolina Companies, Executives in Failed Nuclear Project Case” • Two South Carolina companies and two former top executives face civil fraud charges in relation to a failed expansion project to build nuclear reactors at the Virgil C Summer nuclear power plant, the Securities and Exchange Commission said. [marketscreener.com]

Have a memorably magnificent day.

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