December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2020


¶ “Happy Birthday To The Arctic Refuge” • Sixty years ago, on December 6, 1960, Public Land Order 2214 established a National Arctic Wildlife Range. Before that, business and environmental interests had feuded over the region since the late 1920s, as military and business leaders wanted to open the land for oil and gas exploration. And now … [CleanTechnica]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Hillebrand | USFWS)

¶ “Happy Talk Vs Hard Truth – Why Fossil Fuel Production Cuts Are So Not Happening” • To stave off disaster, we must reduce fossil fuel use by 6% a year, starting now. But even the most aggressive plans call for a reduction less than half that amount, and powerful interests, many funded by fossil fuels, are doggedly fighting even those efforts. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Offshore Wind Turbine Switcheroo Outsmarts The Smarty Pants” • The US offshore wind industry took a beating from recalcitrant state governors during the Obama years, and then the Trump administration delayed a decision on the Vineyard Wind permit. Nevertheless, it looks like wind power will get the last laugh. [CleanTechnica]

GE turbine for offshore windpower (Photo courtesy of GE)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Beer And Crisps Used To Help Tackle Climate Change” • UK crisps firm Walkers adopted technology it says will reduce CO₂ emissions from making its crisps by 70%. It captures CO₂ from beer fermentation and mixes it with potato waste, turning it into fertilizer. Creating fertiliser normally produces a lot of CO₂, but Walkers’ process doesn’t. [BBC]


¶ “Climate Change Threatens ‘Most Alps Glaciers'” • Up to 92% of glaciers in the Alps could be lost by the end of the century due to climate change, say researchers from Aberystwyth University. The university’s research covers the entire European Alps region and is based on 200 years of climate records and forecasts that cover 1901 to 2100. [BBC]

Alps without snow (Image: Aberystwyth University)

¶ “41.5 Gigawatt Hybrid Wind And Solar Power Park Planned In India” • The news out of India concerning wind and solar power has been bipolar, to say the least. India has set an ambitious target of 175 GW of new wind and solar power to be completed by 2022. But India certainly has not been meeting that goal on a linear timeline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK’s First Electric-Only Car Charging Station Opens For Business” • The UK’s first all-electric car charging station has opened, marking a milestone in the country’s transition away from fossil fuels. The station is operated by Gridserve, and is the first of more than 100 locations the company plans to build over the next five years. [The Verge]

Electric-only car charging station (Gridserve image)

¶ “MHI Vestas Rolls Out 500th Nacelle At Lindo” • MHI Vestas produced the 500th nacelle for its V164 turbine line at its Lindo facility in Denmark. The company said the unit has been rolled out of the factory in preparation for installation in UK waters in 2021. The MHI Vestas Lindo facility has been producing V164 nacelles since 2014. [reNEWS]

¶ “Warning Over Irish 2030 Climate Targets” • The Irish Wind Energy Association has warned that more action is needed over the next two years if Ireland is to reach its 2030 climate action targets. The organisation published a report showing how the Programme for Government’s target of 5-GW of offshore wind energy can be met. [reNEWS]

Irish offshore wind farm (NREL image)

¶ “Questions Abound About New Brunswick’s Embrace Of Small Nuclear Reactors” • Mike Holland is New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative minister of energy development talks a lot, and when he talks about small modular nuclear reactors, he sees dollar signs. When the Green Party hears about them, they see danger signs. [Yahoo News Canada]

¶ “Siemens Energy To Deliver Uniper Grid Services” • Uniper has appointed Siemens Energy to deliver rotating grid stabilization technology that will provide inertia services to system operator National Grid ESO. Siemens Energy will install and commission synchronous condenser units at two facilities in Killingholme, Lincolnshire and Grain, Kent. [reNEWS]

Synchronous condenser unit (Image: Siemens Energy)


¶ “Solar Jobs, Solar Installations, And Homes Powered by Solar in Top 10 US Solar States” • Here is a look at the numbers of solar jobs, solar installations, homes in the state solar powers, and percent of the state’s electricity coming from solar for the top ten states in terms of solar power per capita. Two of the top ten states are in New England. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massive 853-Foot-Tall Wind Turbines Are Coming To The East Coast” • The Vineyard Wind 1 project’s colossal Haliade-X turbines are the world’s largest and most powerful. They will stand 853 ft (260 m) high, as tall as an 85-story building, with a 722-foot (220 m) rotor. Because of their size, they capture 45% more energy than other turbines. [New Atlas]

GE Haliade-X turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Central Hudson Expands Its Distributed Energy Resource Capabilities” • Alternative energy powers innovation at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. Homes with rooftop solar panels and expansive, commercial solar farms are important in the utility’s 2,600 square-mile service area north of New York City, along the Hudson River. [Utility Dive]

¶ “FBI Raid Brings Scrutiny On Obscure But Powerful Ohio Energy Regulator” • Ohio GovMike DeWine is considering a replacement for the state’s most powerful utility regulator, Sam Randazzo. Randazzo has been accused of receiving a $4 million payment from FirstEnergy, which was looking for support for a nuclear power plant. []

Have an enlighteningly gorgeous day.

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