March 27 Energy News

March 27, 2020


¶ “Stop The Lies! Electric Cars Do NOT Have Higher Emissions Than Conventional Cars” • One popular meme for those who are opposed to EVs is that EV have higher carbon lifetime emissions than conventional cars. However, the author of a study on the subject, “The idea that electric vehicles could increase emissions is a complete myth.” [CleanTechnica]

Insides of an EV (US DOE image)

¶ “COVID-19 Could Affect Cities For Years. Here Are Four Ways They’re Coping Now” • The COVID-19 pandemic showed the importance of two important facts: we are more interconnected than ever, and cities are at the front lines of this crisis and will be at the front lines of any similarly globalized crisis in the future. Here are four ways cities cope. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Causes of global warming: How scientists know that humans are responsible” • The National Academies of Sciences, in an update to its “Climate Change Evidence and Causes” report, concluded, “Natural causes alone are inadequate to explain the recent observed changes in climate.” This is based on both modeled and observed data. [Yale Climate Connections]

Hurricane Dorian from a space station (Photo credit: NASA)


¶ “Share Of Renewable Energy Production Hits Record High In Scotland” • Renewable energy accounted for 90% of all the electricity used in Scotland last year, according to newly released figures. The Scottish Government said more electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2019 than ever before: 30.5 TWh, up from 26.5 TWh in 2018. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Electric Vehicles Now 68% Of Auto Sales In Norway” • The Norwegian auto market continues to electrify more and more, with a whopping 68% of new vehicle sales being plug-in vehicle sales in February. Unsurprisingly, in a market that plugged into the EV revolution, the majority of sales were for fully electric vehicles, as opposed to plug-in hybrids. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron (Audi courtesy photo)

¶ “Offshore Wind Set To Soar To 200 GW By 2030 Says Report” • As the offshore wind sector’s global expansion trend continues to grow, increased awareness of the risks and effects of climate change is likely to lead to a greater focus on decarbonization efforts in both the supply chain, and means of component production, a report says. [Smart Energy]

¶ “UK Renewables Bask In Record 2019” • Renewable energy generated a record 37% of the UK’s electricity demand in 2019, with wind contributing more than half of the amount, according to new statistics released by the UK government. Onshore and offshore wind farms each contributed 9.9% of the total  amount of electricity generated. [reNEWS]

Construction at Hornsea One (Ørsted image)

¶ “COVID-19 Impacts Nuclear Industry Worldwide” • With world economies heavily impacted by the COVID-19 virus, nuclear operators are considering their options. Nuclear Engineering International takes a look at how the nuclear industry is dealing with the pandemic, and what measures are being put in place by companies in the industry [Nuclear Engineering]


¶ “Origin Pulls Plug On Gas Exploration In Northern Territory. Who’s Next?” • Many fracking companies try to respond to both the oil price crash and the coronavirus crisis with a business-as-usual approach. Origin, however, called for an exit from their fracking exploration operations in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo basin. [RenewEconomy]

Fracking operation (Australia Institute)

¶ “In Australia, One Climate Change Denier Comes Back To Science (Because Coronavirus)” • Over two months, Australian blogger Jo Nova has kept her readers abreast of the pandemic, as her climate conspiracy theory posts have dried up and she covers coronavirus. She calls for quick and drastic measures to deal with the problem. [Red, Green, and Blue]

¶ “AEMO Warns Any Further Delays In Renewables Transition Could Hit Gas Supplies” • Australia’s Energy Market Operator has warned that any delays to at least 30 GW and up to 47 GW of new renewable energy capacity required to realize its draft Integrated System Plan could force it to lean more heavily on costly and polluting gas. [RenewEconomy]

Solar farm (RenewEconomy stock image)


¶ “Renewables Leader to Washington, DC: More Than 300,000 Jobs Are Not ‘Ridiculous’” • A renewables energy leader strongly urges lawmakers to ensure the clean energy industry, particularly wind and solar jobs, is included in the next phase of federal stimulus spending to defend against the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Federal Judge Rules Permits For Dakota Access Pipeline Are Invalid” • Even though the Dakota Access pipeline has been completed and placed in service, a federal judge ruled this week that all the environmental permits for it were granted without adequate review or input from the Indigenous communities impacted by it. [CleanTechnica]

Tribal land (Credit: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

¶ “How COVID-19 is Impacting Five State Energy Legislation Efforts” • The novel coronavirus global threat is beginning to hit state legislatures, a development that could hinder state clean energy policies, according to several industry stakeholders. Twenty-four states have pushed back legislative sessions, and that is affecting renewables. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Minnesota Solar Industry Says Pandemic Increases Pressure For Legislation” • Faced with an economic downturn caused by the pandemic, Minnesota’s solar industry wants lawmakers to increase the budget for a solar program. Xcel Energy funds the program in return for being allowed to store spent nuclear fuel at two power plants. [Energy News Network]

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