Archive for May 16th, 2020

May 16 Energy News

May 16, 2020


¶ “BLM Planning Vast Overhaul of Greater Chaco Land Management Plan During Pandemic” • The US Bureau of Land Management is holding final public comment sessions on oil and gas drilling in the Greater Chaco region online through May 28, effectively excluding local Navajo, and Pueblo peoples, many of whom have no internet access. [Earth Island Journal]

Great Chaco landscape (Jim Rhodes | Flickr)

¶ “Wind and Solar Profits: The Race Between Falling Costs and Declining Revenue” • Dramatic reductions in the cost of wind and solar lead to optimism that they can be primary contributors to low-carbon electricity grids. But there’s an important obstacle to their profitability. With increased presence of renewables, revenues decline. [Greentech Media]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Study Shows Wetter Climate Is Likely To Intensify Climate Change” • A study published in the journal Nature indicates that the increase in rainfall forecast by global climate models is likely to hasten the release of carbon dioxide from tropical soils. That increase in greenhouse gas emissions would further intensify global warming. [National Science Foundation]

River in India (Valier Galy | WHOI)

¶ “Fast-Charging Super-Capacitor Could Accelerate Renewable Energy Usage” • Researchers at the University of Surrey have developed super-capacitor technology that can store and deliver electricity at high power rates for mobile applications. It also has potential to forward advancements in wind, wave, and solar energy, researchers said. [Electronics360]


¶ “Households In UK Are Earning Money By Consuming Green Electricity” • This spring the UK electric grid was occasionally challenged by the fall in consumption due to Covid-19 and increased production in solar and wind power plants. To help overcome the issue, supplier Octopus Energy paid households to use electricity. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Offshore wind power (Pixabay image)

¶ “London Is Creating The World’s Largest Car-Free Zone” • Some restrictions on vehicles in London have been relaxed due to disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic, but London Mayor Sadiq Kahn and Transport for London announced that they will be reinstated on Monday, May 18. In fact, they will be expanded to allow more foot and bike traffic. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Goverment of Croatia Adopts Decree To Introduce Premiums For Renewables” • The Government of Croatia has adopted a decree on quotas to incentivize the production of electricity from renewable energy generating sources and high-efficiency cogeneration. The decree marks the introduction of premiums for stimulus. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Tracking solar panels (Pixabay image)

¶ “PFF Demands Replacing Coal With Renewables For Power Generation” • The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum demanded that the government stop power generation through dirty fuels, such as coal, and instead invest in the development of renewable and alternative energy. The government had proposed nine coal-burning power plants. [The News International]

¶ “Lithuania Considers 700-MW Offshore Zone” • Lithuania has opened a consultation on a draft resolution proposing the site of an offshore wind farm of up to 700 MW. The area in the Baltic Sea covers 137.5 km² and is about 29 km from shore. Wind speeds at the site average about nine metres per second, according to the energy ministry. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Nicholas Doherty | Unsplash)

¶ “Labor Calls For End To ‘Decade-Long Barney’ On Climate Wars In Post-Pandemic Recovery” • Australian shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers says if the Morrison government is serious about kickstarting the economy after the coronavirus, it will seek bipartisan agreement with Labor on a new energy policy, and end the decade-long climate wars. [The Guardian]

¶ “Southeast Asia’s Shift To Renewables A Blow To Japan’s Plant Builders” • Philippine conglomerate Ayala plans to exit coal-fired power generation by the end of the decade. The move comes as renewable energy is now on par with fossil-fuels. The trend will be a blow to Japanese plant exporters, such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Ayala coal-burning plant in the Philippines


¶ “Facebook Data Center Installation In Los Lunas Lifts Local Economy” • Construction of a major data center in Los Lunas, New Mexico, has lifted the local economy and accelerated the state’s transition toward renewable-powered electricity, a report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Governor Cuomo Rejects The Williams Pipeline” • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected the Williams Pipeline, which would have carried natural gas that had been fracked in Pennsylvania to parts of New York City. This pipeline would also have trapped New York into several decades of dependence on fracked gas. [CleanTechnica]

Governor Andrew Cuomo
(Darren McGee | Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

¶ “Study Finds Methane Leaks In PA Much Higher Than State Reports” • Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry has made the state second only to Texas for gas production. But scientists working for the Environmental Defense Fund found that the industry releases a lot of methane, which is responsible for around 25% of global warming. []

¶ “Doe Announces $230 Million To Build Advanced Reactor Demonstration Project” • Building on its contention that nuclear power must be a vital part of the American energy future, the US DOE announced that it is going to invest $230 million into a demonstration of advanced reactor technology within this decade. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Have a beautifully pleasant day.

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