February 29 Energy News

February 29, 2020


¶ “The History of China’s Green Energy Revolution” • China accounts for 30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but Chinese authorities are investing heavily in green energy. The country has become a world leader in solar and wind power. This rapid expansion was made possible by the approach taken by authorities. [The Maritime Executive]

Offshore wind power in Rudong, China (Mario Korsnes)

¶ “Namaste Nukes? Trump’s Toxic Sales Pitch For The Stalled Westinghouse Nuclear Project In India” • Despite the hype that Trump’s recent visit generated, including an upgrade of US-India relations to a ‘Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership’ and so on, there is very little that India stands to gain by buying nuclear power plants. [The Citizen]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Research Identifies Climate Change Fingerprints And Emitters’ Liability” • We have methods to quantify how much of an extreme weather event can be attributed to human-caused climate change and how to allocate costs of losses, based on work by an international team of scientists and economists. Emitters can be held responsible. [Phys.Org]

Red sky (Credit: CC0 Public Domain)


¶ “Eni Unveils 55-GW Clean Power Goal For 2050” • Italian oil and gas company Eni plans to have 55 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2050. In the short term, the company aims to have 3 GW of clean power installed by 2023 and 5 GW by 2025. The capacity drive to 2025 will represent investments of €2.6 billion, Eni said. [reNEWS]

¶ “This Tiny Electric Car Looks Like A Washing Machine And Costs Just $6,600” • French automaker Citroën has unveiled the Ami, a tiny electric car that’s designed from the outset to be as cheap as possible. The car isn’t very fast and it looks a bit like a washing machine, but it only costs €6,000, or the equivalent of about $6,600. [CNN]

Citroën Ami (©Maison Vignaux | Continental Productions)

¶ “Power Minister Inaugurates Eleven Renewable Energy Management Centers” • India’s power minister, RK Singh launched eleven Renewable Energy Management Centers to accelerate renewable energy integration. They are equipped with renewable energy forecasting and scheduling tools based on AI to support grid operations. [pv magazine India]


¶ “Collinsville: The Queensland Town On The Frontline Of The Coal Wars” • The only physical trace of Shine Energy is a small post office box shared by more than a dozen online businesses. It is listed as worth $1,000 and has no physical office. But it has political support for its goal of building a $2 billion coal-fired power plant in Collinsville. [The Guardian]

Collinsville (Photo: Ben Smee | The Guardian)

¶ “Queensland Energy Minister Tells Angus Taylor He’s ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Collinsville Coal Plans” • Queensland’s energy minister sent a letter to his federal counterpart, saying he was not aware of any study that showed additional coal generation was needed in Queensland, and that he was worried about its impact on other power stations. [The Guardian]

¶ “It Might Sound Insane, But Australia Could Soon Export Sunshine To Asia, Via A Cable” • The proposed Sun Cable project envisions a 10-GW solar farm, along with about 22 GWh of battery storage, in the Northern Territory. Power generated will supply Darwin and be exported to Singapore via a 3,800 km (2,360 mi) cable slung across the seafloor. [Inverse]

Cable laying ship (Nsandel, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Tesla Model 3 – Only American Car In Consumer Reports’ 2020 Top Picks” • The Tesla Model 3 is the only electric car, as well as the only domestic US model, that made it into the “10 Top Picks of 2020: Best Cars of the Year” list published by the Consumer Reports magazine. All other brands are either Japanese or Korean. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Elon Musk’s Brother Wants To Transform Farming” • Elon Musk’s younger brother, Kimbal Musk, started Square Roots, an indoor urban farming company based in Brooklyn, in 2016. Square Roots’ mission is to bring fresh, local food to cities around the world by empowering younger generations to participate in urban farming. [CNN]

Basil growing at Square Roots farm (Square Roots image)

¶ “Solar Energy Kicks Carbon Capture Butt In Wild Renewable Energy Rampage” • The 128-MW Wild Springs solar farm is to be built about 20 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. To this point, the state has only had 1.8 MW of solar power installed. The Wild Springs project results from rural electric cooperatives in promoting renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Municipal Aggregation Savings ‘Shattering Expectations’ In Massachusetts” • The growing number of Massachusetts cities and towns that have negotiated community-wide rates for green energy have saved millions of dollars while also shrinking carbon footprints, according to a report released by the Green Energy Consumers Alliance. [Energy News Network]

Glouchester, Massachusetts (Robert Laliberte via Flickr)

¶ “Gillette Stadium Scores A Touchdown With 50 New Enel X EV Chargers” • In Boston, Gillette Stadium is diving into EV charging with the installation of 50 new JuiceBox Pro 32 amp units mounted on 25 JuicePedestals. The new stations will provide EV charging services to patrons of the stadium as they arrive to watch events. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Review Of $700M Superior Power Plant” • In Wisconsin, environmentalists sued for a review of Public Service Commission approval of a 625-MW gas-fired power plant. They say the PSC failed to examine environmental impacts or assess potential alternatives adequately. [Wisconsin Public Radio News]

Have an auspiciously groovy day.

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