July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “China and EU can lead on climate action” • When Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, he surrendered its influence. The upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment when the world leaders can emphasise the successes in decarbonizing their respective economies. [Climate Home]

Mulan wind farm, China (Photo: Creative Commons)

¶ “New utility settlement highlights how Ohio utilities are leaving FirstEnergy behind on clean energy” • Dayton Power & Light and environmental groups have reached a settlement that limits cost increases while promoting efficiency, electric vehicles, and clean energy. But FirstEnergy is doubling down on clunky old power plants. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Science and Technology:

¶ Since records began in the early 1900s, hurricanes have only reached a maximum strength of category five during six seasons: 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005, 2007, and 2017. But some scientists now warn that as the Earth gets warmer as a result of climate change, hurricanes will produce more wind and rain, and we may see some of Category Six. [Express.co.uk]

Hurricane

World:

¶ The UK’s first independent infrastructure review poured cold water on plans to invest billions of pounds in a string of new nuclear power stations. It was in favor of cheaper wind and solar power. The National Infrastructure Commission warned ministers against deals for more than one follow-up to the Hinkley Point C project before 2025. [Telegraph.co.uk]

¶ The world’s largest vertical farm is to be built in Dubai. It is a joint venture between agri-tech firm Crop One Holdings and Emirates Flight Catering, which supplies 225,000 meals daily from its base at Dubai International Airport. Construction of the 130,000-square foot farm will begin in November. It will provide 6,000 pounds of produce daily. [CNN]

Vertical farm

¶ The 750-MW Rewa solar power project, one of the world’s largest single-site solar power plants, has started operations. Located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it is the first solar project in the country to supply power to an inter-state open access customer. It will supply electricity to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. [pv magazine India]

¶ Morocco is moving towards achieving its renewable energy production goals. It inaugurated the 120-MW Khalladi wind farm in the city of Tangier. Built at a cost of $170 million, the farm was developed by ACWA Power, a firm headquartered in Riyadh. The launch of the wind farm could fast track Morocco’s ambitions for energy independence. [Forbes Middle East]

Wind farm (ShutterStock image)

¶ Renewable energy provided a record 28.1% of the UK’s electricity in the second quarter of 2018, according to a report by EnAppSys. The figure was boosted by high winds and a sunny start to the summer. Wind farms provided the largest share, at 9,500 GWh. The next share came from solar, at 5,200 GWh, with the help of a June heat wave. [reNews]

¶ With Japan saying for the first time that renewable energy will be a “major” source of its electricity supply, international windpower companies are gearing up to get into the potentially lucrative market. Such foreign players have mostly stayed away thus far, deterred by high installation costs and red tape, but they are now rethinking the situation. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Offshore wind turbine operated by Toda (Courtesy of Toda)

US:

¶ Wind turbines standing on 22,000 acres of North Carolina farmland do not interfere with a Navy radar system in Virginia, according to a study by researchers at MIT. But the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the study also said a developer should not expand the 104-tower Amazon Wind Farm to 150 turbines as originally planned. [WHSV]

¶ On his last day in office, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt managed to cement a massive loophole for some of the dirtiest, most polluting trucks on the road, allowing manufacturers to build even more them. Pruitt’s last policy decision benefits a small number of truck manufacturers, including one that hosted a campaign event for Donald Trump. [Vox]

Not a “green” machine (Image: Fitzgerald Glider Kits)

¶ NET Power completed a demonstration plant outside Houston for a technology that it claims will capture 100% of the carbon dioxide produced as it burns natural gas to generate electricity. It uses carbon dioxide as part of its process. It says the excess CO2 can be sold for industrial uses, the most important of which is for oil recovery. [CleanTechnica]

¶ All residential buildings in Keene, New Hampshire, could get their electricity from solar installations by 2030, a group of Keene State College environmental studies students found. They said all residential heating and transportation in the city could be solar powered by 2045. The local Ready for 100 campaign helped them to study the question. [The Keene Sentinel]

Rooftop solar system (Flickr image)

¶ Dwindling populations of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds could be the winners in the push to add more solar power to New York’s energy grid. A three-year project will identify the ecological and economic benefits of adding so-called pollinator friendly wildflowers and habitat on solar farms in Central New York and the Hudson Valley. [The Journal News]

¶ A growing number of Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities are raising concerns about the evacuation plans for Seabrook Nuclear Power Station, especially during summer months when roadways are clogged by visitors. NextEra Energy, Seabrook’s owner, has applied for a 20-year license extension to operate until 2050. [Wicked Local]

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