March 7 Energy News

March 7, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “New York Has Already Moved Beyond Indian Point Nuclear Power; Here’s Where We’re Headed” • New York will have the replacement power it needs to replace Indian Point’s output once it closes, the New York Independent System Operator says. And it can be done with clean energy, transmission improvements, and energy efficiency. [Gotham Gazette]

Hudson River (Kevin P Coughlin | Office of Gov Cuomo)

¶ “Policy And Global Supply Chain Innovation Are Making Solar Cheap, Not New Solar Chemistries” • Blaring headlines about new solar panel chemistries are rife in the cleantech press, but they are moderately irrelevant. What is relevant? Global supply chains and policy that stimulates solar markets. They have impelled the fall in solar panel prices. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Put Down That Veggie Burger. These Farmers Say Their Cows Can Solve The Climate Crisis” • A quiet revolution has started reshaping the agricultural world. Some farmers and their supporters say that what people eat is not as important as how they farm. They believe cattle and cropland could help save the planet. [CNN]

Regenerative farming (David McKenzie)

¶ “Satellite Data Boosts Understanding Of Climate Change’s Effects On Kelp” • Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines. [Science Daily]

World:

¶ “When Your Capital Is Sinking … Start Again?” • Jakarta’s story is a cautionary tale for city planners. The Java Sea is rising. And while it is vulnerable to climate change, the capital of Indonesia is also sinking, literally. With the capital slipping under the sea, the Indonesian government announced it is moving its national administration to Borneo. [BBC]

Abandoned mosque in Jakarta

¶ “Soft Bank, Total-EDF Subsidiaries Score 900 MW Of Solar In India” • Large developers are back participating in Indian solar power tenders following concessions from the government. The largest winner in the eighth edition of national-level solar power auctions was SB Energy, which secured 600 MW of capacity at ₹2.50/kWh (3.39¢/kWh). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Zero Mass Water Transforms Colombian Community With New Hydropanel Installation” • Conservation International and Zero Mass Water partnered to transform the community of Bahia Hondita, Columbia, with 149 of ZMW’s Hydropanels. The system will pull water pulled from the atmosphere, powered by abundant sunshine. [CleanTechnica]

Zero Mass Water installation (Zero Mass Water courtesy image)

¶ “Kansai Electric Used Local Deputy Mayor To Seal Shady Land Deal” • An investigation by The Asahi Shimbun has shed light on how a deputy mayor exerted an amazing level of influence over Kansai Electric Power Co for decades, starting when he helped to alleviate local opposition to a nuclear power plant in Takahama from 1977 to 1987. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “Spreading Like Wildfire: An Interest In Making Electric Power Public” • Investigations show that mismanagement of PG&E made wildfires more likely and led to they utility’s bankruptcy. California’s legislators and community members are calling for a public takeover of the electric utility. Similar calls are happening in many parts of the US. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire (Peter Buschmann, US Forest Service, Wikimedia)

¶ “Senate Bill Would End Tax Credits For Renewables And EVs, But Boost Coal, Gas And Nukes” • The US Senate is likely to pass legislation that would fail to extend tax credits for renewable energy and electric vehicles but includes financial incentives for coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. It is the exact opposite of what’s needed. [Environmental Working Group]

¶ “After Yearlong Delay, Work On Toyota’s Renewable Power Plant Can Resume At Long Beach Port” • A decision by the California Public Utilities Commission cleared the way for a new type of renewable power plant, including at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota and FuelCell Energy are to build a plant that converts biogas to hydrogen. [Long Beach Post]

Rendering of plant (Courtesy of FuelCell Energy)

¶ “Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power By 2050” • Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power. Dominion Virginia will have be 100% renewable by 2045. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Utah’s Largest Power Company And Solar Advocates Fight Over Rooftop Panels” • The future of Utah’s rooftop solar industry is in the hands of the Utah Public Service Commission as it weighs how much Rocky Mountain Power must pay its solar-equipped customers for the excess electricity they send back into the grid. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Installing solar panels (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

¶ “Gov Cuomo Fast-Track For Green Energy Projects Gets Pushback On Long Island” • A plan by Gov Andrew M Cuomo to fast-track renewable energy projects statewide by toppling approval barriers is getting the thumbs-down from Long Island officials concerned that it will exclude local governments from siting and approval. [Newsday]

¶ “Sierra Pacific To Provide PSE With Renewable Energy” • As the Sierra Pacific Industries mill west of Burlington, Washington, turns Douglas fir and hemlock trees into lumber, the facility also produces more electricity than it needs to power its operations. Puget Sound Energy announced that it will purchase that excess power, starting in 2021. [goskagit.com]

Have a beautifully pleasant day.

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