March 8 Energy News

March 8, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Christiana Figueres On Why Women Are Vital To The Climate Fight” • In 2010, Christiana Figueres became the top climate negotiator at the UN. She is credited as an architect of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. She tells us there are reasons for optimism. Among them are the young women who are emerging as leaders in climate activism. [CNN]

Christiana Figueres

Science and Technology:

¶ “Zinc – The Future Of Renewable Power Storage” • Two years ago, scientists found a way to make zinc batteries rechargeable on a commercial scale. Since then, companies including Zinc8, NantEnergy Inc, and e-Zn Inc have been targeting their use for utilities, where they can accrue energy over an entire day and utilize it at night. [MyBroadband]

¶ “Stony Corals Are About To Go Extinct” • Stony corals provide a home for an astonishing 25% of the ocean’s species. But new research states that stony corals all over the world are squatting down into survival mode, seemingly, in preparation for mass extinction. This was according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. [Science Times]

Corals (Up-Rising | Flickr)

¶ “Climate Change Goals May Not Go Far Enough” • A study by an international team of scientists reported that Amazonian rainforests and tropical forests in Africa are now absorbing less carbon dioxide than they used to just 25 years ago. They warn that we might need to set ourselves even higher goals in the climate change fight. [OilPrice.com]

World:

¶ “Germany’s Electricity Generation Was 60% Renewable In February – With Wind Power Replacing Lignite Usage” • There were a set of new records set in Germany for monthly electricity generation during February. Wind power generated 45.8% of German electricity. Solar power contributed 4.2%. And at 11%, lignite usage hit a new low. [pv magazine USA]

Rooftop solar systems (Hans.Matthias | Flickr cc)

¶ “‘Expensive And Underperforming’: Energy Audit Finds Gas Power Running Well Below Capacity” • Energy analyst Hugh Saddler, from Australian National University’s Crawford school of public policy, found the combined-cycle gas plants in the national grid – those described as “baseload” – ran at just 30% capacity across the past 18 months. [The Guardian]

¶ “How One Woman Is Taking On Vietnam’s ‘Big Coal'” • At 43, Nguy Thi Khanh has already founded Green ID, Vietnam’s best-known environmental NGO, convinced the government to reduce some coal targets, helped spark a national conversation about rising air and water pollution, and won international plaudits for her work. [SowetanLIVE]

Nguy Thi Khanh (Lillian Suwanrumpha | AFP)

¶ “Abe Visits Futaba Just Days Before Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster” • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on visited the virtual ghost town of Futaba since the 2011 Fukushima Disaster. He also attended an opening ceremony in Namie for an experimental facility designed to create hydrogen through solar power generation. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “Pro-Trump Climate Denial Group Lays Off Staff Amid Financial Woes, Ex-Employees Say” • The Heartland Institute, an influential climate-denial think tank bankrolled by President Donald Trump’s far-right billionaire donors, has laid off nearly a dozen staffers amid financial troubles, according to three former employees. [HuffPost]

Pollution (JD Pooley | Getty Images)

¶ “7 Things To Know About Decarbonization In The American Energy Innovation Act” • A new legislative package on energy is on its way through the Senate. The American Energy Innovation Act is a compilation of dozens of energy bills that have passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, most with bipartisan support. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “7,000 Solar Panels On 8 Acres By Mitch Airport To Be Largest Solar Energy Project In City History” • An 8-acre solar project will be located about 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee, close to General Mitchell International Airport. The city is partnering with We Energies, which supplies most of its electricity, for the solar project. [Milwaukee Independent]

General Mitchell International Airport

¶ “South Carolina Speaker: Move Energy Policy Away From Massive Projects” • As South Carolina considers overhauling or selling state-owned utility Santee Cooper, House Speaker Jay Lucas wants to take time to rethink the future of energy. He looks toward a future where electricity from solar and wind energy is stored in batteries. [Texarkana Gazette]

¶ “TVA To Remove Coal Ash From Retired Tennessee Plant To Off-Site Landfill” • The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to move toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to an off-site landfill, at the cost of roughly $300 million, the federal utility said. TVA is considering six landfills in the South for 3.5 million cubic yards of coal ash. [Sumter Item]

Have a breathtakingly groovy day.

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