Archive for March 29th, 2020

March 29 Energy News

March 29, 2020


¶ “Off-The-Radar Renewable Energy Explosion After COVID-19 Dust Settles” • Renewable energy advocates raised the alarm when it became clear that the new $2 trillion stimulus package will not shine so kindly on wind, solar, and other clean tech. But the groundwork for a low carbon revolution was laid by another stimulus bill, passed 11 years ago. [CleanTechnica]

New electric grid (cropped screenshot, via US EPA)
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¶ “Trump’s Dangerous War On Science” • Long before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, the world knew that Donald Trump plays fast and loose with science. In his approach to the subject, Trump is following in the footsteps of autocrats of the past. Will the result be similarly disastrous for the US, and for the rest of the world as well? [The Globalist]

¶ “‘Misinformation Kills’: The Link Between Climate Denial And Coronavirus Conspiracies” • Misinformation is being spread, scientific warnings are being ignored, and leading Republicans have said that addressing the problem is either too expensive or too difficult. No, this isn’t climate change: This is the new reality of the novel coronavirus. [Grist]



¶ “Air Pollution Drops As Europeans Stay At Home” • Most Europeans are living under severe restrictions, stuck at home, desperately hoping for the coronavirus pandemic to pass soon. The impact of the pandemic-related restrictions on air quality is staggering. In some parts of Europe, the levels of toxic pollutants in the air have been reduced by half. [CNN]

¶ “MNRE Announces Scheme For 100% Solarization Of Sun-Temple Town Modhera In Gujarat” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced a scheme that aims at 100% solarization of Modhera in Gujarat. The town, located in Mehsana district, is the home of the famous Sun Temple, a hindu temple dedicated to the sun God. [EnergyInfraPost]

Sun Temple

¶ “IEA Supports Luxembourg’s Ambitious Energy Transition Goals” • Luxembourg shows positive signs in its efforts to move ahead with its clean energy transition, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. The latest in-depth review of Luxembourg’s energy policies welcomes the country’s to shift to a low-carbon economy. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “New Peterborough Green Energy Comparison Website Can Save Residents Money On Bills” • A website launched in the English city of Peterborough gives residents a way to compare 100% green energy tariffs easily. They were chosen on the strict criteria of value for money, customer service, and because they are 100% ethical. [Peterborough Telegraph]

Rooftop solar panels

¶ “Battery Storage Paves Way For A Renewable-Powered Future” • A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency illustrates how electricity storage technologies can be used for a variety of applications in the power sector, ranging from e-mobility and behind-the-meter applications to utility-scale use cases. [Modern Diplomacy]


¶ “Exxon May Crush Bailout Hopes For Suffering Fracking Companies” • In a remarkable interview on March 26, CEO Scott Sheffield of shale firm Pioneer Natural Resources gave great clarity to why shale companies are unlikely to get bailed out and why the American Petroleum Institute has been touting free markets and opposing bailouts. [EnerCom Inc]

Old and tending toward obsolescence

¶ “Check Out This Electric Vehicle Total Cost Of Ownership Calculator” • California utility PG&E Corporation has a cost of ownership calculation tool for 52 EVs on the market in California (plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles). By clicking on a pair of vehicles, you can compare their costs of ownership over a five year period. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Coal Exports Declined In 2019” • In 2019, US coal exports fell to 93 million short tons, down 20% from the previous year, the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Coal Report says. Steam coal exports were affected by the downturn in global coal demand, dropping 30% in 2019 from 2018. Metallurgical coal was down 12%. [Beckley Register-Herald]

CSX coal train (Jenny Harnish | The Register-Herald file photo)

¶ “Updated Federal ‘Essential Worker’ Guidance Will Expand Energy Sector Definitions” • The Department of Homeland Security will broaden the list of “essential workers” in the energy sector to include those supporting industries and companies “regardless of the energy source,” after at least one governor tried to shut down his state’s coal industry. [InsideSources]

¶ “Containment vessel top placed for Vogtle Unit 4” • The final major lifts inside the containment vessels for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project are now complete following the placement of the Unit 4 containment vessel top head earlier today. This comes approximately a year after the Unit 3 containment vessel top was lifted into place. [EnerCom Inc]

Have a gloriously jubilant day.

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