January 9 Energy News

January 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector … And How We Can Fix It” • A report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that America’s monopoly problem is bigger than you might think. The monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy, including the electricity sector. [CleanTechnica]

Ways to generate power (Untitled Photo, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Standard Lithium Scores Points With Proof-of-Concept Lithium Extraction And Crystallization Tech” •  With success at a project extracting lithium from an Arkansas brine well, Standard Lithium is looking to go further. The startup has shown that its process can produce lithium carbonate that is over 99.9% pure. Now it is ready to commercialize it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “2020 Was Tied For The Hottest Year Ever Recorded – But The Disasters Fueled By Climate Change Set It Apart” • Data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service made it official that 2020 tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, but it was abundantly clear throughout 2020 that the world is already seeing worsening disasters from climate change. [CNN]

2020 (Copernicus Climate Change Service and ECMWF)

¶ “A Sustainable Alternative To Portable Power Generators” • After four Ohio State University students noticed the emissions-heavy gas generators used to power tailgating parties, they came up with a sustainable alternative to portable power generators. It has a battery pack, delivery system, and mobile app. Now they have a startup to make it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Will Roast Cities More Than Anywhere Else” • Research shows that the average temperature within a city will rise well beyond the global average temperatures that climate initiatives tend to focus on, Wired reports. In fact, the new models show that metro areas could end up 4.4°C hotter by the year 2100. [Futurism]

Los Angeles (Andy Feliciotti, Unsplash)

¶ “Due To Climate Change, Only 5% Of US Rivers Are Still Blue” • Over the past few decades, fewer US rivers are actually blue. In fact, human activity and climate change have affected rivers so much that a whopping one-third of long rivers across the nation have changed color over the past few decades, leaving just 5% of the rivers blue. [Green Matters]

World:

¶ “Solar Sister: How 2020 Changed Things” • Solar Sister is a program that invests in women’s clean energy businesses within off-grid African communities. One year after their first chat, The Beam spoke again with its founder to see it did in 2020. Even in a difficult year, Solar Sister continued to grow and now has over 5,000 women entrepreneurs. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Sister working in a village near Moshi, Tanzania

¶ “Almost Nine Out Of Ten Germans Support ‘Greater Use Of Renewable Energy’” • Nearly nine out of ten German citizens support expanding the country’s renewable energy installations, research by the German Renewable Energy Agency found. And almost 57% agree that greater use of renewables could strengthen the regional economy. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Ofgem All Ears On Hornsea 1 OFTO Modifications” • Ofgem has launched a consultation on proposed modifications to the transmission licence for the grid assets of the 1200-MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm off the east coast of England. The proposed modifications include a pass-through mechanism known as the contingent event revenue adjustment. [reNEWS]

Offshore substation (Semco Maritime image)

US:

¶ “2020 Smashed The Record For Billion-Dollar Weather And Climate Disasters, NOAA Says” • An astonishing 22 separate weather and climate disasters costing over $1 billion each occurred in the US in 2020, the NOAA announced. This shatters the annual record of 16 costly disasters that was set in 2011 and then tied in 2017. [CNN]

¶ “Trump Admin Trying To Force Banks To Finance Fossil Fuel Projects” • Wall Street banks slammed a proposed rule that would force lenders to finance fossil fuel projects and other business they they deem to pose a reputational risk, Bloomberg reports. They question both its legal underpinnings and the fast-tracked process that created it. [CleanTechnica]

New York City (Photo by Josh jfisher on Unsplash)

¶ “In Boost For Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is On The Rise” • The gas-fired Moss Landing Power Plant was once California’s largest electric power station. Now it is closed. Its connections to the electric power grid are to be used by huge batteries, with 300 MW nearly ready and more to come. And that is just one of several batteries coming. [Grist]

¶ “Oil Lobby Cheers Trump Policy That Lets Oil Companies Kill Birds” • With just two weeks left in office, the lame duck Trump administration published a rule to allow industries to kill migrating birds so long as they don’t intentionally kill them. The rule is based on a legal opinion rejected and vacated by a federal judge last August. [CleanTechnica]

Birds (Photo by Barth Bailey on Unsplash)

¶ “Pine Gate Renewables Completes Eight Solar Projects Across Michigan” • Five new solar energy projects in Genesee County and three in Saginaw County, Michigan are providing electricity for Consumers Energy customers. Pine Gate Renewables built and operates them, and they are owned by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Kauai To Hit 80% Renewable Power With Solar-Charged Hydro Storage” • The nonprofit Kauai Island Utility Cooperative signed a deal with AES to deliver power throughout the night from a solar-charged water pumping system. If approved, the project would bring KIUC’s electricity mix to 80% clean energy by the mid-2020s. [Greentech Media]

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