May 20 Energy News

May 20, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Ohio’s Governor Listened To The Science On Coronavirus. Why Not Climate Change?” • Ohio’s Republican Governor, Mike DeWine, listened to science on the coronavirus. His response is supported by 84% of his Republican constituents and 90% of Democrats. His performance on the environment and climate change, however, has been less consistent. [Grist]

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (Tony Dejak | AP)

¶ “Lies Republicans Tell Themselves – And You – About The Green New Deal” • The Republican party has allowed itself to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Ordinary people struggle to pay their bills after being laid off because of the coronavirus, and Republicans are putting together a $750 billion lifeline for oil and gas companies. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Hole In The Ozone Layer? Climate Change May Be To Blame” • NASA has kept track of the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica for 40 years. It has shrunk, thanks to policies curbing the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. But another hole briefly opened up in the Arctic in March, and climate change may be partly to blame. [CleanTechnica]

Polar stratospheric clouds (NASA image)

¶ “Top 10 Tips To Reduce Carbon Footprint Revealed” • Climate change can still be tackled, but only if people are willing to embrace major shifts in the way we live, a report says. The authors have put together a list of the best ways for people to reduce their carbon footprints. The list is based on an analysis of 7,000 other studies. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Change Is Turning Parts Of Antarctica Green, Say Scientists” • Scientists have mapped “the beginning of a new ecosystem” on the Antarctic peninsula as microscopic algae bloom across the surface of the melting snow. While the algae tint the surface green, they potentially creat a source of nutrition for other species. [The Guardian]

Snow algae on Anchorage Island in Antarctica (Dr Matt Davey | University of Cambridge | SAMS | AFP via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Coronavirus Crisis To Hit Renewable Energy Installations This Year, But IEA Praises Sector’s ‘Resilience’” • This year, renewable installations are set to fall due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Energy Agency said. The agency’s “Renewable Market Update” projects the first decline in the growth rate in 20 years. [CNBC]

¶ “Northvolt Enters The Portable Energy Storage Market With The Voltpack Mobile System” • A Swedish battery producer, Northvolt, launched the Voltpack Mobile System in partnership with Vattenfall. The modular system was designed to replace diesel generators, providing energy as a service in temporary installations. [CleanTechnica]

Voltpack Mobile System (Image courtesy of Northvolt)

¶ “Renewable Energy Sector Is Expected To Bounce Back Quickly Despite The Impact Of Covid-19” • Despite the Covid-19 global slowdown, the renewable energy sector is expected to bounce back quickly. The “55th EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index” says long-term drivers for investment remain strong. [Windtech International]

¶ “Nobel Prize Winner Urges Use Of Renewable Energy Over Fossil Fuels” • Just as Mexico moves to give higher priority to electricity produced with petroleum, Mario Molina, a Mexican winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has called for fossil fuel energy generation to be phased out over the next 10 years in favor of renewable energy. [Mexico News Daily]

Wind turbines

¶ “Mexican Judge Suspends Official Order That Froze Opening Of New Renewable Power Plants” • In Mexico, a judge has provisionally suspended an official order that froze the opening of new renewable power plants and sparked complaints from some of Mexico’s main allies, including the European Union, according to judicial sources. [Vallarta Daily]

¶ “Massive 1000-MW ‘Baseload’ Wind, Solar And Hydrogen Plant Pitched For NSW” • Infinite Blue Energy proposed a A$3.5 billion ($2.3 billion) concept called “Project NEO,” which would see combining up to 1,000 MW of wind, solar, and hydrogen fuel cell generation capacity to deliver continuous power, around the clock, in New South Wales. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array (Canva image)

¶ “2nd Kyushu Electric Reactor Halted Over Delayed Antiterror Steps” • Kyushu Electric Power Co suspended the operation of a second reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant, as it will miss the regulators’ deadline to implement antiterrorism measures. The only other unit at the Sendai complex had been halted for the same reason in March. [The Mainichi]

US:

¶ “Solar Industry Poised To Lose 114,000+ Jobs From COVID-19 Through June” • The Solar Energy Industries Association is projecting the US solar industry will lose nearly 114,000 jobs through June, to have 38% fewer jobs than the pre-COVID-19 forecast, according to new analysis. This would negate five years of solar industry job growth. [CleanTechnica]

Percentage of solar industry jobs lost by state (SEIA image)

¶ “Department of Energy researchers say blockchain may be revolutionary for renewable energy” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a unit of the US DOE, has been investigating blockchain for energy transactions. Some use cases are a natural fit for blockchain, as renewable energy proliferates through the country. [Ledger Insights]

¶ “Federal Judge Won’t Dismiss Lawsuit Against Justice-Owned Companies” • An effort by several companies owned by West Virginia Gov Jim Justice to dismiss a lawsuit alleging they owe Canadian steel manufacturer millions of dollars was denied by a federal judge. The suit involves complex financial issues among Justice holdings. [Wheeling Intelligencer]

Have a wonderfully fruitful day.

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