Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

The use of fossil fuels to produce hydrogen, combined with carbon capture and storage, will almost certainly require dedicated government support, and given the Morrison government’s track record of backing gas and coal projects, suspicions are high about a potential backdoor for channelling funds into the sector.

Austria shuts down last coal-fired power plant

Austria shuts down last coal-fired power plant

BERLIN (AP) — Austria has shut down its last coal-fired power plant as part of a plan to end the use of fossil fuels for energy production by 2030.Utility company Verbund said the plant in the southeastern town of Mellach was powered down Friday.

Why Big Oil is paying top dollar to dump its fossil fuel – and what that means for renewables

Why Big Oil is paying top dollar to dump its fossil fuel – and what that means for renewables

“It’s like trying to explain something that is unprecedented and seemingly unreal!,” said Rystad Energy oil markets analyst Louise Dickson in comments on Tuesday.“The most simple explanation for negative oil prices is that midstream players are now paying ‘buyers’ to take oil volumes away as the physical storage limit will be reached.

Britain hits ‘significant milestone’ as renewables become main power source

Britain hits ‘significant milestone’ as renewables become main power source

In Q1 2020, renewables became Britain’s main power source for the first time ever, according to new analysis by EnAppSys. Renewables hit a new milestone, generating 35.4TWh between January and March, more than fossil fuels combined.

Renewable power expansion continues to outpace fossil fuel growth, new data shows

Renewable power expansion continues to outpace fossil fuel growth, new data shows

Renewable energy accounted for the lion’s share of global power expansion last year, outstripping oil and gas growth by more more than double.Despite overall expansion of renewables slowing last year, total renewable power growth outpaced fossil fuel growth by more than double.

New Zealand looks to add 6.5GW of solar as it heads to 100 per cent renewables

New Zealand looks to add 6.5GW of solar as it heads to 100 per cent renewables

The report Whakamana i Te Mauri Hiko – Empowering our Energy Future , “urges the energy sector to combine optimism with urgency to transform New Zealand and its economy through electrification” and “shows how accelerated electrification stands to provide a stronger, more reliable system with much lower reliance on fossil fuel imports at the same time as cutting average household energy costs.”.

Teck withdrawal of Frontier creates space for climate cooperation

Teck withdrawal of Frontier creates space for climate cooperation

VICTORIA — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement regarding Teck Resources’ decision to withdraw the Frontier oilsands mine application from the federal environmental assessment process: “It’s clear that Canada can’t keep kicking the can down the road—our political and business leaders must address whether or how the development of fossil fuel resources can continue in the face of the imperative to cut carbon pollution.

Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms

Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms

They found that in 53 out of 59 regions, comprising 95% of the world, electric vehicles and domestic heat pumps generate less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel powered cars or boilers.

U.S. needs to reduce fossil-fuel dependence, but parties disagree about how to do it

U.S. needs to reduce fossil-fuel dependence, but parties disagree about how to do it

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Both sides of the political spectrum recognize a need to reduce American dependence on carbon-based energy sources, but how the nation does so remains a divisive issue, a new study from Indiana University researchers has found.

Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solution

Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solution

But as large amounts of renewable energy generation are introduced to electrical grids and fossil-fuelled plants close down, the system loses this short-term storage provided by the huge spinning rotors of the power stations.The buffer energy stored in fossil fuel power stations provides inertia, buying time for the system to adjust to match supply and demand.

How to win the fossil fuel word game

How to win the fossil fuel word game

If Australia builds more coal production capacity, but demand for our exports falls below unrealistically high scenarios, new low-cost, highly mechanised mines would cannibalise coal industry jobs.

New York’s Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing

New York’s Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing

The state has separately committed to eliminating it this year.“As the federal government continues to support the dying fossil fuel industry, deny climate change and roll back environmental protections,” said Basil Seggos, the commissioner of state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, “the closure of New York’s last coal plant makes good on our commitment.”.

Breakthrough Solar System Uses Recycled Aluminum to Store Energy—Without Batteries

Breakthrough Solar System Uses Recycled Aluminum to Store Energy—Without Batteries

In a building cut-off from a reliable grid powered by fossil fuel, diesel generators might be used to cover the hours of darkness when solar panels cease providing electricity.

Governments warned: $1 trillion in coal power investments at risk

Governments warned: $1 trillion in coal power investments at risk

The falling costs of wind and solar will see the technologies become the cheapest source of electricity, cheaper than either existing or new-build fossil fuel plants across all global markets as early as 2030.Source: Carbon Tracker“Renewables are outcompeting coal around the world and proposed coal investments risk becoming stranded assets which could lock in high-cost coal power for decades,” Carbon Tracker’s co-head of power and utilities Matt Gray said.

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

UNSW pledges to divest from fossil fuels by 2025

The University of New South Wales has announced it will divest from fossil fuels by 2025, as part of its net zero emissions goal and in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C.Environmental group said the commitment was delivered off the back of six years of student-led campaigning UNSW, and as the university – a world leader in solar PV research and development – shifts to zero carbon electricity by the end of this year.

NSW committee rejects move to protect coal mines from downstream emissions

NSW committee rejects move to protect coal mines from downstream emissions

We can’t continue feeding the world’s fossil fuel addiction if we are to have any hope of dealing with this climate crisis that threatens our environment and our communities,” Faehrmann said.“The committee’s report is scathing and recommends in the strongest possible terms that the Bill not proceed in its current form,” NSW Greens mining spokesperson, and a member of the inquiry Abigail Boyd added.

Giant batteries, key to solar and wind power plans, start to get bank backing

Giant batteries, key to solar and wind power plans, start to get bank backing

But when entrepreneur David Cieminis sought financing for a storage project in California, a state desperate to wean itself off of fossil fuels, he couldn’t reel in a bank.“A month or two ago, I wouldn’t have thought that they would have been interested,” says Cieminis, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Able Grid Energy Solutions.

Carbon offsets, explained in 500 words

Carbon offsets, explained in 500 words

Buying carbon offsets for greenhouse gas emissions has become a wildly popular way to fight against climate change.That compensation can come from planting trees that take in carbon dioxide as they grow, installing renewable energy that replaces fossil fuels, or destroying potent heat-trapping gases like nitrous oxide before they reach the atmosphere.

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Newly appointed federal resources minister Keith Pitt, meanwhile, described the decision as “extremely disappointing,” and particularly hard for South Australia, but stressed that the Coalition would continue to encourage the development of Australia’s offshore fossil fuel resources – and that the Bight was still open for business.“The Bight remains one of Australia’s frontier basins and any proposals for new oil and gas fields in this area will be assessed daily and independently,” Pitt said in a statement on Tuesday.

Greens seek laws to block Adani, Clive Palmer’s Galilee coal mines

Greens seek laws to block Adani, Clive Palmer’s Galilee coal mines

Senator Waters cited the significant volume of donations from fossil fuel companies that were channelled into the election campaigns of both of the major parties, including $89 million spent by Clive Palmer to facilitate the re-election of the Morrison government, as a justification for a legislated ban on future coal developments.“Big coal is very generous in their donations to both the old parties, holding back action on climate change and renewable energy in this country for years,” Waters said.

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

[I] will use executive authority to ban fossil fuel extraction on public lands, effectively ban fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining, ban offshore drilling, ban imports and exports of all fossil fuels, end all new federal fossil fuel infrastructure permits, aggressively regulate greenhouse gas emissions, use regulations to help us decarbonize our transportation and energy sectors, rejoin and strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement, and place a fee on imported carbon pollution-intensive goods.

Renewable energy could power the world by 2050

Renewable energy could power the world by 2050

With the world already approaching 1.5°C of heating, it says, seven million people killed by air pollution annually, and limited fossil fuel resources potentially sparking conflict, Stanford’s researchers wanted to compare business-as-usual with a 100% transition to wind-water-solar energy, efficiency and storage by 2050 – with at least 80% by 2030.

Driving on sunshine: Solar cars could be closer than you think

Driving on sunshine: Solar cars could be closer than you think

Being able to charge a car directly off the sun, however, is also a boon for those without the ability to install their own solar panels at home, or wanting to reduce consumption of energy powered from a grid still reliant on fossil fuels.

Fossil-fuel industry doubles donations to major parties in four years, report shows

Fossil-fuel industry doubles donations to major parties in four years, report shows

The fossil-fuel industry has doubled its donations to the major parties in the past four years, new analysis suggests.A new Australian Conservation Foundation report examining last week’s dump of donations data suggests the coal, oil and gas industry gave $1.9m in 2018-19.

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Even a Very Good Investment

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Even a Very Good Investment

A new report from Greenpeace USA and Oil Change International recently found that reinstating the crude oil export ban, as Sanders has proposed doing through executive order, could save as much emitted carbon as closing between 19 and 42 coal plants—savings equivalent to over three times the annual emissions of New York City, every year.

Australia urged follow UK lead and ban new fossil fuel cars by 2035

Australia urged follow UK lead and ban new fossil fuel cars by 2035

They say that if the policy vacuum is not addressed soon, Australia will fall even further behind the global transition to clean transport, because car makers will be discourage from bringing more affordable electric cars to market, says Jafari.“The bad news is that even with this strong growth, EVs still one represent 0.6 per cent of sales.

Hawaii Is a Test Bed to See if Renewables Can Meet Peak Energy Demands

Hawaii Is a Test Bed to See if Renewables Can Meet Peak Energy Demands

During the past four years, while the Trump administration has been focused on reviving the nation’s coal industry, AES Corp., an American company; a rural electric cooperative; and the Navy have been pioneering emissions-free regional systems that are replacing large amounts of fossil-fueled electricity.

Quid pro coal: Morrison support for NSW renewables contingent on fossil fuel expansion

Quid pro coal: Morrison support for NSW renewables contingent on fossil fuel expansion

The Morrison government has landed its first bilateral agreement on energy policy, securing a commitment from the New South Wales government to ramp up its fossil fuel industries in return for chipping in funds to support “emissions reduction” activities as part of a $2 billion funding deal.

New analysis says 4.5 million people will be working in energy storage worldwide by 2050

New analysis says 4.5 million people will be working in energy storage worldwide by 2050

“The results indicate that job losses in fossil fuels and nuclear power sectors are more than outweighed by the job creation in renewable power generation and storage sectors,” the scientists said, predicting the segment to create around 17% of all new energy jobs already by 2030.

BlackRock to sell $500 million in coal investments in climate change push

BlackRock to sell $500 million in coal investments in climate change push

BlackRock said its actively managed funds will exit stocks or bonds of companies that produce thermal coal, which is burnt for the purposed of creating electricity, and largely believed to be among the worst contributors to climate change among fossil fuels.