March 16 Energy News

March 16, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “How A Virus Makes The Case For Renewable Energy” • In an interview with Forbes, Charles Donovan, executive director of the Center for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School in London, explained how a global economy based on fossil fuels is more vulnerable to market disruptions like the one caused by the coronavirus. [CleanTechnica]

Imperial College, London (Robin Webster, Wikimedia)

¶ “Renewable Energy Could Power The World By 2050” • Virtually all the world’s demand for electricity to run transport, for heating and cooling, and to provide the power demanded by industry, could be met by renewable energy by mid-century. This is the consensus of 47 peer-reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups. [Truthdig]

¶ “We Must Fight Climate Change Like It’s World War III – Here Are Four Potent Weapons To Deploy” • We are a group of experts in physics, geology, science education, coral reefs, and climate system science. We believe the lack of progress by governments in reducing global emissions means bold solutions are now urgently needed. [The Conversation AU]

White roofs for cooling – Santorini (Yvette Kelly | AAP)

World:

¶ “The ‘Climate Doomers’ Preparing For Society To Fall Apart” • An article by a British professor that predicts the imminent collapse of society, as a result of climate change, has been downloaded over half a million times. Many mainstream climate scientists totally reject his claims, but his followers are already preparing for the worst. [BBC]

¶ “Utrecht Plans To Expand Its Car-Free Zone To Become Bicycle Capitol Of Europe” • A development of 6,000 homes in Utrecht’s Merwede district is being planned with bicycles as the preferred mode of transportation. It is expected to be serviced by 20,000 bicycles but no cars. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Bicycles in Utrecht (City of Utrecht)

¶ “Renewables Briefly Surpass Gas Generation In UK” • UK’s renewables power generation has surpassed natural gas for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2019, Kallanish Energy learned. Data for July-September 2019 show that renewable sources broke a record generating 28.8 TWh of electricity, marginally higher than gas. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “Gujarat To Install Solar Systems To Power Fifteen Water Treatment And Sewage Projects” • Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani approved proposals to install solar systems costing about ₹136.1 million ($1.83 million). The solar systems will power fifteen water treatment and sewage projects in eleven municipalities in the state. [Mercom India]

Solar system (AES Distributed Energy image)

¶ “Queensland Power Assets Pay Dividends” • Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced that the state’s publicly owned power assets would deliver their third $50 dividend in three years, with two more to come. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham touted the benefits of the state’s target of 50% renewable energy. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “NSW Government Upscales Solar PV Deployment And Drives EVs Towards 2030” • With the release of Net Zero Plan, Stage 1: 2020-2030, the New South Wales government outlined how it will achieve 35% reduction in carbon emissions from the 2005 emissions level by 2030. Key to its strategy is increased support of solar PVs. [pv magazine Australia]

PVs (NSW Department of Planning and Environment)

¶ “Planning Applications For UK Clean Energy Projects Hit New High” • The number of new renewable energy projects applying for planning permission reached a four-year high in the UK last year. There were 269 planning applications for new wind, solar, and bioenergy projects in 2019. This is up from 2018, when there were 204 applications. [The Guardian]

¶ “Coronavirus Outbreak: Coal Import Declines 14% To 17 Million Tonnes In February” • India’s coal imports registered a decline of 14.1% to 17.01 million tonnes in February in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry data. The overall trend in coal imports had been increasing until the coronavirus pandemic. [BW Businessworld]

Women carrying coal in India (Reuters image)

¶ “Kyushu Electric Halts Sendai Reactor Due To Delay In Terrorism Measures” • A Kyushu Electric Power Co reactor was halted due to a delay in the implementation of the utility’s anti-terrorism measures as required by regulators. It is the first such suspension under strict rules introduced after the Fukushima nuclear crisis of 2011. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “More Wind Projects In The Works In Steuben County” • Two wind projects in Steuben County, New York, are set to take off after Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, with a total of 1,278 MW of new renewable capacity. [Hornell Evening Tribune]

Cohocton Wind Project (Hornell Evening Tribune file photo)

¶ “As The Cost Of The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Soars, Renewable Energy Is The Better Option For NC” • The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a long way from being constructed, but it’s already proving a leaky conduit for cash. Estimated in November 2018 to cost $5.1 billion, the project is now expected to cost about $8 billion, a 60% jump. [Raleigh News & Observer]

¶ “Owner To Keep Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Plant Open Beyond 2021” • Energy Harbor Corp, owner of the 1,872-MW Beaver Valley nuclear power station in western Pennsylvania has reversed a previous decision and will keep the plant open beyond 2021, but only if Pennsylvania adopt a cap-and-trade plan, Kallanish Energy reports. [Kallanish Energy]

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