Archive for December 4th, 2020

December 4 Energy News

December 4, 2020


¶ “Slow And Steady Won’t Win the Climate Race” • Climate-related emergencies over the last two years have made it clear: the time for ambitious climate action in the US and abroad is now. NRDC’s Eighth Annual Energy Report digs into US energy trends over the last two years to understand what it all means for the worsening climate crisis. [CleanTechnica]

Microburst (NOAA image, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “2020 Might Be 3rd Hottest Year On Record” • This year is on track to be one of the three hottest on record, completing a run of six years that were all hotter than any year ever measured before, the World Meteorological Organization said. And the CO₂ levels in the atmosphere will fuel temperature rise for decades to come. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This Company Is Using Drones To Replant Forests Devastated By Wildfires” • The US has had its most devastating wildfire season on record, with more than 8 million acres of land burned across the country this year. Replanting forests normally takes human labor over years. Seattle-based DroneSeed can replant them much faster with drones. [CNN]

Eight-foot planting drones (Image courtesy of DroneSeed)

¶ “Hard Sails And Green Hydrogen For The Cargo Ships Of The Future” • Cargo ships are notoriously bad polluters. It is vitally important that the industry move away from dirty old bunker fuel to clean power. The solution for how to do this may lie in a return to the old ways of wind power, with a new high-tech assist from green hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “How Ireland Is Abandoning Its Dirty Fuel” • Peat has been an important fuel for Ireland, providing the island nation with some energy self-sufficiency. Recently, its uses have expanded and its culture has become commercial. Energy from peat releases more CO₂ than coal, and using peat destroys a powerful carbon sink. Now, its use is in fast decline. [BBC]

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland (William C Watts, Unsplash)

¶ “UK aims to cut emissions by 68% by end of 2030” • The UK will aim to cut its carbon emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by the end of 2030, Boris Johnson announced. He said the target would see the UK cutting emissions faster than any major economy so far. But scientists say it doesn’t guarantee dangerous climate change will be avoided. [BBC News]

¶ “Norway In November: EV Market Share At 80%, Fossils Disappearing” • Norway saw its plugin vehicle market share standing at 80% in November 2020, up from 60% in November 2019. Old school non-hybrid fossil vehicles saw their share fall to just 10.5%, from 27.1% a year ago. The overall auto market volume was up 25% year-on-year. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Signs First Cypress Order In Spain” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it was selected by Azora to supply 19 Cypress wind turbines for the 100-MW Cuevas de Velasco wind farm in the Cuenca province in Spain. Azora will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, the highest rating ever permitted in Spain. [WebWire]

¶ “Goldwind Completes Turbine Job At 312-MW Oz Windfarm” • Goldwind Australia has completed installation of 104 turbines at the 312-MW Moorabool wind farm in the state of Victoria, 25 km south-east of the city of Ballarat. Turbine commissioning and project completion activities are now underway at the project, Goldwind said. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Goldwind image)

¶ “Court Revokes Approval For Japan’s Ohi Nuclear Reactors” • A Japanese court ordered the government to invalidate regulatory approval given to operate the Ohi nuclear power plant, based on earthquake concerns. The decision is seen as a setback to Tokyo’s efforts to restore the country’s nuclear output and meet its goal for emissions reduction. [Argus Media]

¶ “All New Lorries Must Be Emissions-Free In The 2030s If The UK Is To Decarbonize By 2050” • Growing demand for freight transport mean that improving the efficiency of lorries will not be enough to achieve the climate targets, a study by the NGO Transport & Environment shows. Sales of new diesel lorries will need to be phased out in the 2030s. [CleanTechnica]

“How to decarbonise the UK’s freight sector by 2050”
(Publication by Transport & Environment)


¶ “Mobility House Provides Smart Charging Solutions For St. Louis Electric Bus Fleet” • Mobility House has helped operators worldwide manage their electric bus charging needs for over a decade. Now it is teaming with Metro Transit, which serves the greater St. Louis area, to manage charging for one of America’s largest electric bus fleets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Giant New GE Wind Turbine Can Power A Home For A Day In Just 7 Seconds” • The developers of the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts announced that they’ll be using GE Haliade-X wind turbines. That turbine recently got a capacity upgrade, from a world-leading 12 MW to a world-leading-by-even-more 13 MW. [CleanTechnica]

GE Haliade-X wind turbine (Image courtesy of GE Renewables)

¶ “Shuttering Fossil Fuel Power Plants May Cost Less Than Expected” • A generator-level model described in the December 4 issue of the journal Science suggests that most fossil fuel power plants could complete normal lifespans and still close by 2035 because so many of the facilities are nearing the ends of their operational lives. [EurekAlert]

¶ “SCANA Agrees To Settle Fraud Charges In Failed VC Summer Nuclear Plant Project” • SCANA Corp has agreed to settle the Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit charging them with defrauding investors with false and misleading statements about a nuclear plant expansion that was ultimately abandoned. SCANA will pay a total of $137.5 million. [WBTW]

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