Archive for March 2nd, 2020

March 2 Energy News

March 2, 2020


¶ “California’s Primary Comes Amid A Dramatic Battle Over Nuclear Energy” • The California March 3 primary comes amid an atomic struggle whose outcome will hugely impact the nation and world, including the global climate crisis, the Green New Deal, and the outcome of the 2020 election. Ground Zero is the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. [Truthout]

Diablo Canyon (Mark Ralston | AFP Via Getty Images)

¶ “‘Greenwashing’: Are Republicans Sincere About Climate Legislation?” • Republican lawmakers under pressure to address the climate crisis are trying to move beyond denying the problem and start proposing solutions. But they still refuse to commit to what scientists say is necessary if the US is to rapidly cut back on burning fossil fuels. [The Guardian]


¶ “Climate Change: Australian Summers ‘Twice As Long As Winters'” • Australia’s summers have become twice as long as its winters, as temperatures rise with climate change, weather data analysis shows. The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century. [BBC]

Summer at an Australian beach (Reuters image)

¶ “Guyana Votes Amid High Hopes Over Oil Discoveries” • Voters in Guyana will go to the polls in a general election amid hopes that the nation, one of the poorest in the region, could be transformed by the discovery of huge new oil reserves. Last year’s oil finds could put Guyana among the top 10 oil producers in the world. [BBC]

¶ “Battle For Title Of World’s Largest Electric Vehicle” • The world’s largest EV is eDumper, a 45-tonne mining dump truck, but it may soon have to give up its title. There’s a much bigger EV coming, a hybrid vehicle that is powered by both battery and hydrogen. The new 290-ton EV will do its test runs at a metal mine in South Africa this year. [CleanTechnica]

eDumper, currently the largest EV (Image: © eMining AG)

¶ “EVs Are Taking Over The World” • EVs are taking over the world, and if you need proof of this, just look at the numbers of sales. Since 2015, sales of EVs have been growing at a rate around 41% annually. In 2014, there were just over 60,000 EVs sold in China, but in 2018, the number sold in that country had grown above a million. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oxfam: Every 2 Seconds Climate Change Forces A Person From Their Home” • Every 2 seconds, climate change forces someone from their homes, according to data from Oxfam International. Climate-fueled disasters are the number one cause of internal displacement globally, and they have increased “five-fold over the last decade.” [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Climate Change Could Disrupt The Coffee Industry” • A study published by ScienceDirect indicates that climate change could devastate coffee production in Brazil, but also offers ideas on how to save 75% of it. It is estimated that 100 million livelihoods in Africa, Mesoamerica, and South America depend on production of coffee. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Germany Hits Record 61% Renewables For Month Of February” • Renewable energy sources provided a record 61.2% of Germany’s net public electricity generation in February, according to figures provided by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). The figures also showed that wind energy provided nearly half of the country’s electricity during the month. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm in a storm

¶ “Irish Wind Sector Adds 460 MW In Record Year” • The Irish wind sector recorded a record year in 2019 after developers added 463 MW of new capacity and provided a third of the country’s electricity demand, according to new figures. Some 24 new wind farms were completed bringing the country’s total wind capacity to 4.1 GW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tasmania Boosts Renewable Hydrogen Aspirations With $50 Million ‘Action Plan'” • The Tasmanian government is hoping to position the state as the leading producer of affordable renewable hydrogen. It announced the $50 million Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan to grow the industry over the next 10 years. [RenewEconomy]

Tasmanian pumped hydro station


¶ “Colorado Senate Passes Bill Allowing Tesla And Rivian Sales” • In an epic win for EVs, the Colorado Senate passed SB20-167. If the Colorado House also approves the bill, EV producers will be able to sell their products directly to consumers, bypassing the traditional dealership system, as Tesla has been doing in most other states. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump EPA Chief To Congress: Cut My Funding” • President Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal year. The Trump administration asked Congress to reduce the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for fiscal 2021, a cutback of 26%. [Virginia Mercury]

Chesapeake Bay (Virginia Office of Natural Resources)

¶ “Greenbacker Breaks Ground On 61-MW Solar Project In Nevada” • Construction has been launched on a 61-MW solar project in Nevada owned by New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co LLC, the company said. The Turquoise PV park will be installed by McCarthy Building Companies Inc in Nevada’s Washoe County. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Native Activists Are Forging A Just Transition To Renewable Energy” • Native activists and youth are shaping a clear vision for the transition to an environmentally just future. Nationally, the Sunrise Movement and Indigenous environmental justice groups are overtaking entrenched political power with a breath of fresh air. [Truthout]

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