March 15 Energy News

March 15, 2020


¶ “Now Would Be A Good Time To Appreciate Solar Power, Amirite?” • March 13 was Solar Appreciation Day, and the US Energy Department sent out an email reminding everyone to appreciate solar power. It offers up an interesting counterpoint to a major energy report from The Atlantic Council advocating continued use of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Testing a PV Module (Dennis Schroeder, US DOE)

¶ “Climate Change Poses National Security Threat Too” • The Henry M Jackson Foundation, together with the Center for Climate & Security and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, issued a report on how future climate change could affect US and world security interests. It foresees severe threats from global warming. [The Daily Herald]

¶ “Four Astonishing Signs Of Coal’s Declining Economic Viability” • There has been no more dramatic story in the world of energy over the last 20 years than the rise and fall of coal. In the early 2000s, coal producers across the world flourished and many believed the “economic miracle” would go on forever. It didn’t. Coal is now a loser around the world. [Vox]

On its way out (Shutterstock)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bears Are Waking Up – Because It’s Too Warm, Too Soon” • After record breaking warm weather in Europe and the US this winter, the bears are waking up from hibernation early because they think it’s spring. So why is this early emergence of the bears a problem? Because they are hungry and there isn’t much for them to eat. [Electrek]


¶ “Volkswagen Confirms Summer Launch For ID.3, Says It Will Cost Less Than Gas Or Diesel Models” • A Volkswagen press release focusing on its ID.3 electric car confirms that deliveries will begin this summer. VW claims that the ID.3 will be less expensive than an equivalent conventional vehicle based on a “true cost of ownership” analysis. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 (VW image)

¶ “Subsidize Renewable Energy, Not Petrol, Operators Tell Government” • Nigerian power sector operators called on the government to channel its subsidy spending on petrol to the renewable energy industry where it will have more impact. They said Nigeria would benefit more when the country’s renewable energy sector was improved upon. [The Punch]

¶ “Yoma’s Green Power Project Delivers Electricity To Tens Of Thousands In Myanmar” • Using a unique business model, Yoma Micro Power set up 250 solar-hybrid power plants last year in rural Myanmar. They are expected to deliver power for the first time to an estimated 25,000 people across the country, a press release says. [Mizzima News]

Solar system in Myanmar (Yoma Micro Power image)

¶ “Wind And Sun Aplenty But Investors Wary Of Australia Renewables” • Australia’s sunny skies and windswept coasts have drawn billions of dollars to the nation’s renewables sector, but they are becoming a hard sell. Overseas renewables developers and investors are shying away in the face of a creaking power grid and unclear policy. [Financial Post]

¶ “GWEC And RE100 Join Forces To Accelerate Corporate Sourcing Of Renewable Electricity In Emerging Markets” • The Global Wind Energy Council is entering a new partnership with The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative to spur greater corporate commitment to renewable electricity sourcing in the emerging markets. [REVE]

Wind farm

¶ “Ineos Ends Bid To Drill For Coal Gas In Central Scotland” • The Scottish fossil fuel company Ineos has withdrawn its bid to drill for underground coal gas in central Scotland, ending a ten-year controversy. It abandoned plans to sink 14 gas wells at Airth near Falkirk because of opposition. The Scottish Government welcomed the company’s decision. [The Ferret]

¶ “Safety Of Fukushima Waste Water Is The Focus Of Sea-Release Debate” • TEPCO’s Chief Decommissioning Officer says contaminated water must be disposed of to make room to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But local residents, especially fishermen, oppose the plan because it would hurt already battered fisheries. [Business Mirror]

Fukushima Daiichi water treatment facility (Jae C. Hong | AP)


¶ “Kimberly-Clark, United Renewable Energy LLC And Nextera Energy Resources Team Up To Build Solar Project In Georgia” • United Renewable Energy has completed and commercialized a 3-MW solar PV project at Kimberly-Clark’s facility in LaGrange, Georgia. Kimberly-Clark will also purchase RECs to offset its carbon footprint. [New Kerala]

¶ “Trump Strikes Oil After Russia Moves To ‘Cripple’ US Shale” • At a White House Rose Garden press conference, President Trump stated that his administration would orchestrate the purchase of large quantities of crude oil to help the struggling US oil industry and build up strategic national reserves. The move is expected to cost $2.5 billiion. [The Epoch Times]

Fracking rig in Pennsylvania (Samira Bouaou | Epoch Times)

¶ “‘A Step In The Right Direction’: More UW Campuses Moving Off Coal” • The Platteville campus of the University of Wisconsin is transitioning away from coal this month. A total of eight UW campuses doing so, also including Superior, Eau Claire, Stout, River Falls, LaCrosse, Oshkosh and Stevens Point. They are on the move toward more sustainable energy. [WKOW]

¶ “House Passes Coal Ash Package” • Three bills imposing additional regulations on the disposal of coal ash in Georgia have cleared the state House of Representatives. Coal ash is the residue left behind after burning coal to fuel power plants. It can contain a number of toxic chemicals, including lead, selenium and arsenic. [The Albany Herald]

Have an impressively triumphant day.

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