Archive for February 2nd, 2021

February 2 Energy News

February 2, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How To Fix Flaring For A Quick Emissions Win” • With the new year and the new presidential administration, climate change is again on the agenda in the US, the world’s largest producer of natural gas. The oil and gas industry has a quick win within reach to cut emissions – by putting out the fire of natural gas flaring. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas flare (Tim Evanson, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Steps To Aid US Fossil Fuel Workers In The Clean Energy Transition” • Economic fallout from Covid-19 took a serious toll on US fossil fuel workers and communities. But well before that arrived, the fossil fuel industry was under pressure as the country moves toward cleaner forms of energy. Workers can be helped by “just transition” strategies. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Low A Solar Cell Can Go, Perovskite Edition” • The hits just keep on coming for fossil energy stakeholders, and the worst is yet to come as new low-cost perovskite solar cell technology bubbles up through the R&D pipeline. Helping things along is the US DOE, which has spent years plotting the nation’s course back to solar leadership. [CleanTechnica]

Perovskite solar cell (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)

¶ “Chart: Why Battery Electric Vehicles Beat Hydrogen Electric Vehicles Without Breaking A Sweat” • Here is a chart that gives one of the clearest explanations of why hydrogen cars fueled by “green hydrogen” makes no sense whatsoever. That chart, which comes from Transport & Environment, makes it easy to see the difference of efficiency. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Begins Battery Recycling Pilot Project In Lower Saxony” • At Volkswagen, the quest for in house battery recycling technology began more than a dozen years ago with a doctoral project. Components of lithium ion batteries can be recovered and reused to make new batteries, rather than being incinerated or sent to landfills. [CleanTechnica]

Battery component (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Sweeping Electricity Market Overhaul Deals A Blow To Renewable Energy” • The Mexican Congress has a bill that proposes a sweeping overhaul of its electricity market to favor the state-owned utility. It is a move that would deal a blow to the use of renewable energy in the country and raise trade tensions with the US and Canada. [Mexico News Daily]

¶ “Naturgy Launches Floating Wind-Hydrogen Study” • Naturgy is entering a partnership with Enagas on a feasibility study for the production of green hydrogen from up to 250 MW of floating wind power, located off the coast of Asturias in north-west Spain, and a 100-MW onshore wind farm in Asturias, an autonomous community. [reNEWS]

Platforms for floating turbines (Navantia-Windar image)

Australia:

¶ “Australia Gas Plants Face Price, Renewable Headwinds” • The decline in gas-fired power generation to a 15-year low in eastern Australia’s national electricity market in October-December may reflect a transition to renewables. It was not what the Australian government had in mind when it unveiled its gas-led recovery plans last year. [Argus Media]

¶ “Aussie Retailers Leading The Charge On Renewable Energy” • The Australian retail sector is well ahead of other industries when it comes to renewable energy commitments, new Greenpeace research reveals. The report found that retailers had 1146 MW of clean energy commitments, almost double the amount of any other sector. [Pro Bono Australia]

Wind turbines

¶ “Coal-Rich Hunter Valley Ponders Jobs Future As Asian Giants Commit To Net-Zero Carbon Emissions” • As Australia’s biggest coal export markets – Japan, South Korea and China – commit to net-zero carbon emissions and shift towards clean energy, the mines of the Hunter Valley of New South Wales appear to be heading for a slow decline. [ABC News]

US:

¶ “Battery-Powered Construction Equipment From Komatsu And Liebherr” • Electric bus manufacturer Proterra is joining forces with Komatsu to develop a line of medium size electric excavators. The combination makes use of Komatsu’s experience as a manufacturer of heavy equipment with Proterra’s expertise at building batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Excavator (Proterra image)

¶ “El Paso Electric Files EV Plan With New Mexico Regulators” • El Paso Electric provides electricity to a lot more than just El Paso, Texas. It provides electricity to the smaller towns in both Texas and New Mexico. The company filed a Transportation Electrification Plan with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Boston Gets On Board, Community Power Compacts Gain Steam” • With the launch of Boston’s new Community Choice Electricity program this month, nearly half of all Massachusetts municipalities are now buying electricity on behalf of their residents. The state’s 168 municipal aggregation programs provide cheaper, greener power. [WWLP]

Solar array in Massachusetts (Nick Allen, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Peterborough Energy Action Schedules Outreach Dialogues For Renewable Energy Commitment” • Community dialogues are being scheduled for Peterborough, NH, residents interested in discussing the 2021 warrant article proposing a commitment by the town to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and other energy by 2050. [Monadnock Ledger Transcript]

¶ “Exelon Threatens To Mothball Four Nuclear Power Plants Unless Paid A Premium For Their Zero-Carbon Electricity” • Exelon has warned repeatedly that the two plants, Byron and Dresden, faced the possibility of early closure unless they get financial support. The company is also demanding subsidies to keep LaSalle and Braidwood open. [Forbes]

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