Archive for March 14th, 2020

March 14 Energy News

March 14, 2020


¶ “Could The Oil Price Collapse Drive More Investment Into Renewables?” • Low oil prices will test the resolve of the majors’ energy transition plans, but analysts expect the companies’ long-term commitments to decarbonization and renewable energy to remain intact. It might even speed the transition up, if they find there is no profit in oil. [Greentech Media]

Energy transition

¶ “COVID-19 Impacting Oil And Gas More Than The Markets As A Whole” • The SP O&G index peaked in 2015 or so and has been in serious decline since. The current broad market decline is just more of the same for them. The markets have spoken clearly and are saying that the industry is dead. COVID-19 coronavirus is just another nail in the coffin. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Coronavirus Makes The Case For Renewable Energy” • Reliance on fossil fuels has left countries more exposed to the economic shock of such global crises as coronavirus, according to a leading financial economist at London’s Imperial College Business School. Governments should look to renewable energy to help reduce such risks. [Forbes]

Pump jack in Tatarstan (© 2020 Bloomberg Finance LP)

¶ “Why We Panic About The Coronavirus But Not About The Climate Crisis” • We face two global crises. In both cases, the science is crystal clear, the economic and social impacts are devastating, and people are dying. But our reactions to them are very different. One is the coronavirus pandemic. The other is the climate crisis. [Huffpost]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Will Planting Millions Of Trees Really Save The Planet?” • Can trees stop climate change? The answer is complicated. Honestly addressing the lack of knowledge, one professor of the University of Birmingham said, “There are lots of things we don’t know about the precise movement of carbon.” And knowing about carbon cycles is just one piece of the puzzle. [BBC]

In the woods (Jeff Overs)

¶ “Burning Fossil Fuels Heats The Climate. It Also Harms Public Health” • Air pollution kills people. This is not an abstract, faraway, or uncertain conclusion. Public health researchers are beginning to conclude there is no safe level of air pollution. Addressing air pollution to deal with the climate change will also deal with health issues. [Yale Climate Connections]


¶ “This Small Island Chain Is Leading The Way On Hydrogen Power” • A group of islands off the northern coast of Scotland is an unlikely pioneer in hydrogen power. Orkney, better known for its breathtaking coastal scenery and some of Britain’s oldest heritage sites than for its cutting edge approach to energy, has been quietly leading on hydrogen technology. [CNN]

Stromness, Orkney (Wikipedia)

¶ “TenneT To Invest Up To €5 Billion A Year” • Dutch/German transmission system operator TenneT expects to increase its investment level to €4 billion to €5 billion annually in the coming years, as a result of the phase out of coal and nuclear power plants and the growth of offshore wind energy. Its capital investments totaled €3.064 billion in 2019. [reNEWS]

¶ “The Muslim Clerics Preaching For Indonesia’s Peat” • There are vast peatlands in Indonesia that have been widely degraded to grow crops, such as oil palm. Restoring peatland is currently one of Indonesia’s priorities to reduce its annual carbon emissions. Indonesia’s highest Islamic authority has issued a fatwa saying burning the peat was forbidden. [BBC]

Sorting palm fruit (Getty Images)

¶ “LONGi Joins RE100 In Pledge To Source 100% Renewable Power By 2028” • China’s LONGi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd joined the global RE100 initiative. It committed to sourcing 70% renewable power across all operations worldwide by 2027 and 100% by 2028. LONGi will employ the “solar for solar” manufacturing concept. [Renewables Now]

¶ “The First 4 Nations To Submit Stronger Climate Plans (NDCs) Are …” • The World Resources Institute’s NDC Tracker shows that 107 countries said they will enhance their NDCs in 2020. Four of them, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway, and the Republic of Moldova, have submitted their plans already, leading the way for others. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus in Norway (Image courtesy of Volvo)


¶ “Trump Plan For Rising Sea Levels: Eminent Domain And Evictions” • There are places in America that are facing imminent danger from flooding, but no worries, the Trump Administration, acting through the Army Corps of Engineers, has a plan to deal with the problem, according to The New York Times. It is eminent domain and evictions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Knoxville Signs Long Term Agreement With TVA” • Knoxville Utilities Board, one of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s biggest customers, signed a 20-year power agreement with the federal utility and will build another major solar farm in East Tennessee. Knoxville plans to get about 8% of its electricity from its own 212-MW solar farm. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Knoxville (Nathan C Fortner, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “17 Large-Scale Solar Projects Planned In Upstate New York” • Gov Andrew M Cuomo unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, totaling 1,278 MW of new renewable capacity. These projects include 17 solar systems. A state goal is carbon-free electricity by 2040. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Wind Plants Can Provide Grid Services Similar To Gas, Hydro, Easing Renewables Integration: CAISO” • Wind plants have the potential to provide grid services that match those of a gas plant or hydroelectric facility, the California Independent System Operator has found. In a test, wind provided services at least as well as conventional plants. [Utility Dive]

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