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Australian news, and some related international items

Natural gas, not renewable energy, was most responsibe for Texas power failure in freezing conditions

Why is Texas suffering power blackouts during the winter freeze?

The oil- and gas-rich state is experiencing what officials call a ‘total failure’ of its electricity infrastructure  Guardian,  Lauren Aratani, Thu 18 Feb 2021…...Did renewable energy play a role in the grid’s malfunction?

While Republicans have been blaming frozen wind turbines for the state’s blackouts, officials and experts say that malfunctions in natural gas operations played the largest role in the power crisis.

Ercot said all of its sources of power, including those from renewable sources, were affected by the freezing temperatures. The state largely relies on natural gas for its power supply, though some comes from wind turbines and less from coal and nuclear sources.

Natural gas can handle the state’s high temperatures in the summer, but extreme cold weather makes it difficult for the gas to flow to power plants and heat homes. Michael Webber, an energy resources professor at the University of Texas Austin, told the Texas Tribune that “gas is failing in the most spectacular fashion right now”.

With the climate crisis likely to trigger more freak weather events like the one Texas is suffering it is noteworthy that there are places that experience frigidly cold weather that rely heavily on wind turbines and manage to have electricity in the winter. In Iowa, a state which sees freezing temperatures more often than Texas, nearly 40% of electricity is generated by wind turbines……. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/18/why-is-texas-suffering-power-blackouts-during-the-winter-freeze

February 19, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Google’s Sky News Australia team-up will make it a climate misinformation powerhouse — RenewEconomy

It’s been the busiest week for renewable energy misinformers in recent years. Google’s new partnership with Sky News is going to supercharge the problem. The post Google’s Sky News Australia team-up will make it a climate misinformation powerhouse appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Google’s Sky News Australia team-up will make it a climate misinformation powerhouse — RenewEconomy

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Saving one life while working to save all our lives — IPPNW peace and health blog

“When faced with a dire emergency of sudden cardiac arrest, doctors do not inquire whether the patient was a good person or a criminal. We do not delay treatment to learn the politics or character of the victim. We respond not as ideologues, nor as Russians nor Americans, but as doctors. The only thing that matters is saving a human life.”

Saving one life while working to save all our lives — IPPNW peace and health blog

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February 19 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Lies, Damned Lies, And Greg Abbott” • While people were suffering and even dying in Texas, Governor Abbott was on Fox News talking to Sean Hannity about the situation. He said the Green New Deal would be a “deadly deal” for the US, and blamed renewables for the shortfall. But renewables aren’t to […]

February 19 Energy News — geoharvey

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Australia’s battery and hydrogen storage pipeline jumped by massive 20GW in 2020 — RenewEconomy

Number of battery storage and hydrogen electrolyser projects in Australia soared in 2020, rivalling that of solar PV and wind energy as developers bet on a rapid transition to renewables. The post Australia’s battery and hydrogen storage pipeline jumped by massive 20GW in 2020 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia’s battery and hydrogen storage pipeline jumped by massive 20GW in 2020 — RenewEconomy

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Labor promises 1,000 stand-alone solar, battery and hydrogen microgrids — RenewEconomy

Western Australia to build and install 1,000 standalone power systems including solar, battery and hydrogen electrolysers, to replace poles and wires and diesel gen-sets, and boost the state’s green manufacturing sector. The post Labor promises 1,000 stand-alone solar, battery and hydrogen microgrids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Labor promises 1,000 stand-alone solar, battery and hydrogen microgrids — RenewEconomy

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