July 24 Energy News

July 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Inside Alaska’s battles over land, sea and life” • There is a gold and oil rush underway in Alaska. It began when Donald Trump set out to deregulate the environment. It has brought dismay to fishermen and wildlife guides, conservationists and native tribes who believe that Alaska’s true wealth lies in its wilderness and biodiversity. [CNN]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

¶ “NRDC: Breakthrough Republican Climate Plan Still Falls Short” • Rep Carlos Curbelo of Florida introduced a carbon tax, one of the first credible proposals by a congressional Republican to address climate change. But the plan will not cut carbon pollution enough to safeguard the climate, and so it is just a conversation starter. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “Electricity plan would all but hit emissions goal before it starts” • The Turnbull government’s National Energy Guarantee, the centerpiece of its climate change and electricity policy, would help cut an average Australian household’s power bills by A$50 (US $37) in its first year. But it does little to cut carbon emissions over the decade to 2030. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Morwell power station (Marcus Wong, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ A group of researchers has developed an open-source computing tool that calculates the environmental impact of residential buildings, including the CO2 emissions in each phase of a building project. A building’s carbon footprint will be obtained digitally, from its conception, through every stage of the construction process. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands created Noah, one of the most innovative electric cars since the original Tesla Roadster. Its frame is made of rigid material created from flax and sugar. It is called “the most circular car in the world,” since most of it can be recycled or repurposed at the end of its useful life. [CleanTechnica]

Noah’s frame and suspension

World:

¶ In its latest report, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, working with Altai Consulting, has highlighted the impact and the benefits of off-grid solar home systems in improving the quality of life for African households. The report sheds light on how PV systems can help governments of developing nations create ample employment opportunities. [Mercom India]

¶ TEPCO Holdings will pursue renewable energy projects worth tens of billions of dollars in a sharp turn away from nuclear power and an effort that will require finding partners abroad, the power company’s president told Nikkei. TEPCO is aiming to develop renewable energy installations in Japan and overseas that produce 6 GW to 7 GW of power. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Floating wind turbine (© Reuters)

¶ BYD and Changan Automobile have spun up a joint venture to manufacture and sell electric vehicle batteries. The enterprise is based in the sprawling metropolis of Chongqing, China. It is focused on spooling up a battery production facility with a total production capacity of 10 GWh, which is being split into two nearly equal phases. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UK Government’s plan to introduce new auctions to secure renewable energy sources could mean that the UK’s offshore wind capacity may nearly double over the next decade, according to RenewableUK. They called the recent announcement a ringing endorsement by Government of the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry. [Maritime Journal]

Offshore wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ Philippine communities are pushing back against new “clean coal” plants. Packaged as “clean and environment-friendly,” the two new 670-MW coal-burning power plants will be built close to an intact rain forest in a northern region of the country. Locals resisting the $1.5 billion project say it will destroy the environment and ruin livelihoods. [eco-business.com]

¶ The southern Indian state of Karnataka is now a renewable energy leader. It has surpassed Tamil Nadu to become the country’s biggest renewable power producer with an installed capacity of 12.3 GW. In comparison, the state’s coal power capacity is around 9.8 GW. The move to renewable power was based on its low cost compared to coal. [Quartz]

Renewable power (Fred Lancelot | Reuters)

US:

¶ The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan. The proposal, expected to be released this week, sets up a high-stakes battle over the state’s ability to regulate air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Washington Geological Survey is planning to drill two test wells at two geothermal sites at Mount Baker and Mount St. Helen in the State of Washington to explore the possibility of further geothermal development. Local news in the State of Washington report that there will be some test drilling done near Mount Baker at Baker Lake. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Mount Baker (photo: ensteele | Flickr, creative commons)

¶ Since Vermont’s Green Mountain Power was certified as a benefit corporation (B Corp) in 2014, it has found financial success while maintaining social and environmental sustainability: a triple bottom line. Despite engaging in conventionally “poor” business practices, its net income is still growing, and even outpacing peers in the utility industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Canadian renewable power producer BluEarth Renewables LP said it has completed the purchase of a 795-MW wind project portfolio in Wyoming. This acquisition adds to BluEarth’s existing development portfolio, which includes more than 400 MW of projects in advanced development stages and a pipeline of early-stage opportunities. [Renewables Now]

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