March 6 Energy News

March 6, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Air Pollution “Pandemic” Worse Than Wars, Parasitic And Vector-Born Diseases, HIV/AIDS, And Smoking” • Air pollution is taking three years from your life, on average, worldwide. No one is exempt. A study found that about two-thirds of premature deaths worldwide are attributable to human-made air pollution, mainly from fossil fuel use. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollution (EHN | France24 via Twitter)

¶ “Adapting To Fire: How Cities Can Enhance Resilience With Distributed Energy” • The economic impacts of California’s 2018 fires have been estimated at $400 billion, nearly twice the state’s biennial budget. While companies can leave in the wake of disasters, cities cannot. With drought conditions returning, cities must develop resilience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘The Heart Of Australia’: Fires Are Out, But How To Save The Bush?” • Climate scientists had warned for decades that global warming could contribute to larger, more destructive bushfires. In the aftermath of the fires, Australia must reckon with questions about its dependence on fossil fuels to propel the economy. [Christian Science Monitor]

Aftermath of fire (Martin Kuz | The Christian Science Monitor)

World:

¶ “Solar Energy Storage Breakthrough Unveiled In Drive To Deliver Affordable Round-The-Clock Renewable Energy To Millions” • Energy storage start-up Azelio integrated a unique energy storage system at the world’s largest solar power plant, the Noor Solar Power Station in Morocco. Energy stored as heat runs a Stirling engine. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Germany ‘Needs 25 GW Offshore To Meet Green Goals'” • Germany could miss its 2030 renewables goal if it does not increase its offshore wind target to 25 GW from 20 GW currently, according to a report by think-tank Agora Energiewende. The report also said annual solar expansion or onshore windpower must increase greatly. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Ireland ‘Could Supply 5% Of Europe’s Electricity’ With Offshore Wind” • Ireland could supply 5% of Europe’s electricity needs from offshore wind farms off the west coast, renewable energy developer Eddie O’Connor said. He strongly endorsed the Oireachtas climate action committee’s call to build 75 GW of offshore wind energy. [The Irish Times]

¶ “Saudi Developer To Build 1-GW Uzbeki Giant” • The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan has signed a deal with Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power valued at between $550 million and $1.1 billion for a project of 500 MW to 1 GW. The wind deal is part of a clutch of agreements between Uzbekistan and ACWA Power, including a natural gas power plant. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Abby Anaday | Unsplash)

¶ “‘You Are Giving Up’: Greta Thunberg Slams European Green Deal” • The European Commission unveiled the EU’s Green Deal, which aims for carbon neutrality across the 27 member states by 2050. It would be similar in scope to the proposed Green New Deal in the US. But for many activists, the 2050 goal is far too distant and unambitious. [The Rising]

¶ “Court Ruling Could Close Doel Nuclear Reactors Earlier” • A ruling by the Belgian Constitutional Court could mean the nuclear power stations Doel 1 and Doel 2 have to close down earlier than the government planned. The Court this week struck down a law passed in 2015 which extended the lifetime of the reactors by ten years. [The Brussels Times]

Doel power station (© Trougnouf | Wikimedia)

¶ “Europe Has Warmest Winter ‘By Far’ On Record” • Europe has just experienced “by far” its warmest winter since records began, the EU climate change observer Copernicus announced. The average temperature in Europe between December 2019 and February 2020 was 3.4°C warmer than the average for 1981 through 2010. [EcoWatch]

US:

¶ “Sweeping Renewable Energy Bill Poised For Final Passage” • A sweeping energy bill that supporters said would make Virginia a national leader in addressing climate change passed the state House of Representatives and went to the Senate for its expected final passage. The bill lays out a path toward a goal of zero CO₂ emissions by 2045. [Economic Times]

Renewable energy

¶ “Senate Overrides Sununu’s Net Metering Veto, Passes Telemedicine Bill” • The New Hampshire Senate voted 17-7 to override Gov Chris Sununu’s veto on net metering. The bill would expand the net metering limit from 1 to 5 MW. It next goes to the House, where it also needs a 2/3 majority to override the veto. [indepthnh.org]

¶ “New Mexico Enacts Solar Energy Expansion And Grid Modernization Laws” • A group of bills dedicated to expanding capacity for solar energy and modernizing New Mexico’s electric grid were signed into law this week by Gov Lujan Grisham. The bills are a part of tackling climate change, which she put front and center in her decision. [Daily Energy Insider]

Solar thermal, New Mexico (US DOE, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Closed Landfill To Become Massive Milwaukee Green Energy Project With 7,000 Solar Panels” • Milwaukee Aldermen have approved leasing eight acres of a city-owned closed landfill to We Energies for a solar power plant. The company will build and operate a 2.25-MW solar array through its Solar Now pilot program. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ “DOD Wants Mini Nuclear Reactors On Bases And For Transport” • The Defense Department is exploring the use of small nuclear reactors on bases as a means of creating a power supplies for installations that may be affected by downed electrical grids. They are looking for reactors that could provide about 2 MW of power. [Federal News Network]

Have a superbly comfortable day.

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