June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ This past May was the warmest May month in a 137-year period, breaking global temperature records, according to a report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Right now, 2016 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. [CNN]

The planet could see 20 more hurricanes and tropical storms each year by the end of the century.

The planet could see 20 more hurricanes and tropical
storms each year by the end of the century.

World:

¶ India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has come out with its most ambitious capacity addition target yet, for 16,600 MW of renewables added this fiscal year. During the current fiscal year, solar capacity is expected to reach its largest-ever capacity addition target of 12,000 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India’s renewable energy targets will see massive amounts of capacity added quickly to the grid. The Indian government is looking at ways to minimize its impact on the existing grid. A possible energy storage policy would most likely be linked with the solar or wind energy policy. [CleanTechnica]

Aliyar Reservoir Dam. Solar and wind installations are developed faster. Photo by Siva301in. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Aliyar Reservoir Dam. Solar and wind plants are developed faster. Photo by Siva301in. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ In the middle of southern Israel’s desert, engineers are hard at work building the world’s tallest solar tower, reflecting the country’s high hopes for renewable energy. Once completed in late 2017, the Ashalim Tower will rise to 240 metres and will resemble a giant lighthouse. [The Express Tribune]

¶ Researchers from the University of Sussex found that the ancient West African method of adding charcoal and kitchen waste to highly weathered, nutrient poor tropical soils can transform the land into enduringly fertile, carbon-rich black soils which they call “African Dark Earths.” [The Marshalltown]

Soil samples in Africa

Soil samples in Africa

¶ Plans to start cutting greenhouse gases by 80% from 1990 levels by the year 2050 will go before Manx legislature. A detailed strategy on reducing emissions will start a series of five-year action plans. Included on the list is encouraging people to reduce use of cars. [Isle of Man Today]

US:

¶ President Obama says climate change is the biggest threat to US national parks. He says meadows are already drying out at Yosemite National Park in California, where he spoke Saturday after spending the night in the park with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. [Capital Public Radio News]

President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Yosemite Falls. Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Yosemite Falls. Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

¶ Residents of Davis, California, and rural Yolo County may soon get access to renewable energy at a cheaper price than PG&E. Supervisors started the ball rolling on a community choice energy program. The project could reduce the county’s greenhouse gas production by 45%. [Daily Democrat]

¶ The largest solar power rooftop in Central Texas was unveiled at the Strictly Pediatrics Surgery Center in Austin. Built by Freedom Solar Power, its nearly 2,500 solar panels should meet half of the building’s energy needs. It is expected to create more than 1.2 million kWh of electricity annually. [KXAN.com]

Aerial view of the solar rooftop at Strictly Pediatrics Surgical Center.

Aerial view of the solar rooftop at Strictly Pediatrics Surgical Center.

¶ While the oil boom in North Dakota may be over, the recent wind boom could be here to stay. In the past decade, there have been more than 400 wind turbines placed on the western side of the state with an additional 550 proposed to be constructed by 2018, with more to come. [The Dickinson Press]

¶ State legislation allowing South Carolina Electric & Gas Co to charge customers for two new reactors at its nuclear power plant years before they are completed has been compared to making payments on a new car before it leaves the assembly line, without knowing the final price. [Charleston Post Courier]

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