March 1 Energy News

March 1, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Five reasons why Canada’s ‘shutdown’ is a big deal” • A conflict first sparked over indigenous opposition to a natural gas pipeline project led to rail blockades and protests that have crippled rail lines and disrupted the flow of Canada’s economy. Now it has evolved to include broader complex issues like indigenous governance and indigenous rights. [BBC]

Train halted as rail lines were shut down (Reuters)

¶ “Who Is Naomi Seibt? German Climate Change Denier And Greta Thunberg’s Rival” • German teen Naomi Sebt has been dubbed the “anti-Greta” – a tender voice for climate change sceptics who denounces “climate activism.” A supporter of right-wing causes in Germany, now she has been recruited by the Heritage Institute. [News Parliament]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Last Month in Climate Science: More Injury-Related Deaths, Mass Seabird Die-Off, River Ice Disappearing” • Scientists are constantly making new discoveries. The blog series, “This Month in Climate Science,” offers a snapshot of the month’s significant scientific literature, compiled from some of the leading peer-reviewed journals. [CleanTechnica]

Common murres (D Roseneau | US Fish and Wildlife Service)

¶ “Climate Change Threatens Winter Sports’ Very Existence” • A warming planet has major ramifications on winter snowpack across the globe, including a long-term drying trend for many. That’s a concern for winter sports enthusiasts and communities that depend on snow. California, where snowfalls have been abysmal this winter, provides an example. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Coronavirus: NASA Images Show China Pollution Clear Amid Slowdown” • Satellite images show a dramatic decline in levels of pollution over China. This is “at least partly” due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, US space agency NASA says. NASA maps show falling levels of NO₂ as manufacturers stop work to contain the virus. [BBC]

Pollution comparison (NASA image)

¶ “Dam The North Sea! Hey, It Could Happen” • Who says scientists don’t have a sense of humor? Two of them published a proposal to build two dams, one from Scotland to Norway and another from England to France, to maintain water levels in the North Sea. The interesting thing is that it would be cheaper than allowing sea levels to rise. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Highfield Enters Wind Power JV For ‘€300 Million’ Plan” • An Irish developer of renewable energy projects, Highfield Energy, announced a joint venture with the Temporis Aurora Fund to finance 200 MW of new onshore wind assets in Ireland. One industry source said 200 MW of development would involve an investment of around €300 million. [Independent.ie]

Wind turbine

¶ “Enova Grant Will Help Add 100 Electric Buses To Ruter Fleet In South Oslo” • Enova is a Norwegian government-owned organization working to reduce carbon emissions. It is giving a grant to Oslo’s transportation company, Ruter, to help with the purchase of 100 electric buses. Ruter expects to eliminate use of diesel-powered buses by 2028. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “JPMorgan Chase Announces End To Financing New Oil And Gas Drilling In Arctic” • After a similar move by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase announced an end to financing all new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Chase is the largest bank in the US to release such an updated energy policy. [NationofChange]

Arctic oil drilling

¶ “OG&E Partnering With Chickasaw, Choctaw Tribes For New Solar Farms” • Oklahoma Gas and Electric says it will build two new 5-MW universal solar energy centers to help provide renewable energy to the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. Each tribe will purchase about 50% of the farm’s solar energy output. The centers are to be online in August. [KXII-TV]

¶ “US Coal-Fired Power Plants Just Had Their Worst Year Since The 1970s” • In 2007, the US generated a record amount of coal-fired electricity, at an estimated 2,016 TWh, data compiled by the US Energy Information Administration shows. Last year, coal generated less than half that, as natural gas, nuclear, wind, and solar all set records. [Motley Fool]

Wind turbines (Getty Images)

¶ “NV Energy Requests Rate Decrease For Southern Nevada Customers” • NV Energy filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for an overall $6.7 million rate decrease for Southern Nevada customers effective Oct 1, 2020. The filing reflects reductions in costs forecast for clean energy and energy efficiency services. [KTNV Las Vegas]

¶ “Santa Barbara Council Votes To Move Forward With Community Choice Energy Program” • The City of Santa Barbara has taken a step toward using 100% renewable energy. The City Council voted 7-0 to form Santa Barbara Clean Energy and join the California Choice Energy Authority. The move should be complete this year. [Noozhawk]

Have a mystifyingly felicitous day.

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