July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “3 Ways Cities Can Protect Low-Income Residents From Climate Change” • Climate impacts often fall disproportionately and unfairly on society’s most vulnerable, but cities are uniquely well-positioned to do something about these inequities by taking innovative climate action. And local leaders are ready right now to take climate action. [CleanTechnica]

Protecting low-income citizens

¶ “This Is The 16-Year-Old Leading The Next Climate March” • At 16 years old, Climate Reality Leader Jamie Margolin is one of 13 plaintiffs suing Washington State for failing to take adequate steps to fight climate change. On July 21, she will lead a mass youth climate march in Washington, DC, led by her organization, Zero Hour. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance, and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer.  It announced it will not provide reinsurance to businesses with more than 30% exposure to thermal coal across all business lines. It is just the latest company to tighten the screws on the future of thermal coal. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-burning power plant (Petr Štefek, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Six Uttar Pradesh cities alone can generate 11.4 GW of solar energy using 11% of their built-up area, a report by the Centre for Environment and Energy Development said. The report said that installing solar rooftops in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Meerut, Agra, and Gorakhpur can also generate 3 lakh (300,000) jobs in the Indian state. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Poland, Europe’s second-biggest consumer of coal, is cautiously embracing renewables to improve energy supply security and meet its EU targets. The country’s upper house of parliament approved removing clean power investment roadblocks within a law that is aimed to put Poland on track to 15% renewables by 2020. [Greentech Media]

Warsaw (Shutterstock image)

¶ A coalition of seven Dutch political parties, with 113 out of 150 seats in parliament, unveiled a climate policy proposal that is breathtaking in its ambition. If it becomes law, it will codify the most stringent targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any country in the world, requiring the country to reduce carbon emissions by 95% by 2050. [Vox]

¶ Time is running out for the world’s forests, warns a report by the UN agriculture agency. It urges fostering an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them. Halting deforestation, managing sustainably, restoring degraded forests, and adding tree cover all need action to avoid damaging consequences. [UN News]

Forest in Germany (Bob Ionescu, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ The Trump administration drafted a new proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, but it is far less stringent than the climate plan formalized in 2015 by the Obama administration. The new proposal accepts, for now, the idea that CO2 is a pollutant, but  it is likely to spur only small tweaks to the nation’s energy system. [The New York Times]

¶ The US government announced plans to boost the nation’s offshore wind industry by streamlining, permitting, and offering leases in coastal waters. The plans form part of the “America First” initiative that aims to increase local energy production and employment, Reuters reported. The news sparked interest in European energy firms. [Energy Digital]

Offshore wind farm (Getty Images)

¶ In addition to its wind farms, Texas has seen a sharp increase in the number of new solar arrays. The largest of those projects so far is a 150-MW solar farm on 1,600 acres in Upton County. That array may soon be overtaken by a 250-MW solar project in West Texas, as Canadian company Innergex has acquired the rights to develop it. [Climate Action Programme]

¶ The American Geophysical Union is a nonprofit professional scientific organization whose members come from different fields of Earth and space sciences. They could see that systems in its ageing Washington, DC headquarters needed major repair. They also saw this as an opportunity to design an entirely new “green” workplace. [CleanTechnica]

AGU headquarters with a new solar array

¶ An EIA study examines the role of high-voltage direct current lines in integrating renewables resources into the electric grid. The review shows that there are limited applications in the current electric transmission network, but properly configured HVDC lines could help mitigate some of the operational issues of renewable generation. [Solar Power World]

¶ Last year had the lowest share of total US energy consumption by fossil fuels in more than 100 years, but they still have an 80% market share. The Energy Information Administration found petroleum, natural gas, and coal use have been decreasing for the last three years. Coal especially has taken hits, the others are both down. [Daily Energy Insider]

Old technology and new (©Shutterstock)

¶ “We want microgrids everywhere,” Puerto Rico Gov Ricardo Rosselló said in a recent discussion of his Energy 2.0 plan. The remark, part of his “New Vision for Puerto Rico” speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, signaled a push to modernize the island’s electric grid with microgrids, renewable energy, and energy storage. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ The Millstone nuclear plant is renewing threats to close its reactors after state regulators proposed delaying the company from bidding on clean energy contracts. A draft request for proposals by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection would delay Millstone’s ability to bid for zero carbon electric contracts for five years. [CT Post]

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