Archive for July 26th, 2018

July 26 Energy News

July 26, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Deaths Rise As Earth Swelters – Could Global Warming Be Responsible?” • It has been brutally hot this July all over the world. The temperature touched 106°F, the highest temperature ever recorded in Japan, and 44 people have already died in heat wave. Heat all over the world has led to wildfires. Even the ocean is warming alarmingly. [CleanTechnica]

California wildfire

¶ “Beijing Bids to Extend its Global Clean Energy Lead” • China has firmly established itself as the world’s dominant manufacturer of clean energy technologies. It has been the largest producer of solar PVs for over a decade. Economically and strategically, China is well set to benefit  from the global shift toward clean energy technologies. [The Jamestown Foundation]

¶ “Government’s last-minute approval of fracking an example of its profoundly dated thinking” • The move flies in the face of the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation that ministers seize the “golden opportunity” presented by renewable sources to provide 50% of the UK’s requirements by 2030 without adding to bills. [The Independent]

Drilling for shale gas (PA)

Science and Technology:

¶ The rate at which our planet is warming has been found to be a critical factor in explaining declines of bird and mammal species, according to new research by University College London and Zoological Society of London. The study, published in Global Change Biology, examined 987 populations of 481 species across the globe. [Infosurhoy]

¶ Tropical species loss has become dire. A study in the journal Nature warned that a global biodiversity collapse is imminent unless we take urgent and significant action. An international team of researchers warns that failure to act quickly and decisively will greatly increase the risk of an irreversible species loss in the most diverse areas on Earth. [Earth.com]

In the tropics (Alexander Lees | Manchester Metropolitan University)

World:

¶ The Queensland government warns it may block the Turnbull government’s signature energy plan, saying that it will not sign any deal that undermines the state’s ambitious renewable energy target. Backing for the National Energy Guarantee hinges on how Queensland’s target of making 50% of its electricity renewable by 2030 is affected. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Thirty-one new solar power plants with a total of over 1,000 MW of capacity will be installed in Portugal by 2021, according to an article in Dinheiro Vivo. The total value of the projects has been stated to be about 800 million euros. The Portuguese Energy Secretary of State said the installations would triple the country’s solar capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Portugal

¶ Yorkshire Water is demolishing an old sewage sludge incinerator to make way for a £40-million state-of-the-art facility energy and recycling centre converting human waste into electricity. The new ‘poo-power’ technology, formally called anaerobic digestion, will also reduce nitric oxide emissions from the site and help improve air quality. [Huddersfield Examiner]

¶ The cost of EDF’s new Flamanville nuclear reactor has swelled to over three times the original budget after more issues came to light in the construction process. EDF said target construction costs had risen by €400 million to €10.9 billion ($12.7 billion). Already seven years behind schedule, the project will be delayed by yet another year. [The New Economy]

Flamanville nuclear power plant

US:

¶ Federal enforcement of corporate wrongdoing declined badly during Donald Trump’s first year in office, analysis from Public Citizen, a government watchdog, shows. A prime example is the EPA, where the report said penalties during Trump’s first year dropped 94%, from $23 billion in Obama’s last year to $1.4 billion in Trump’s first year. [Wisconsin Gazette]

¶ The Bureau of Land Management will no longer require oil and gas companies, land developers, and other companies to pay into government funds set up to offset damage they do to natural resources and wildlife habitats when operating on public lands. Payments for off-site “compensatory mitigation” will now be voluntary. [ThinkProgress]

Colorado (Helen H. Richardson | The Denver Post via Getty Images)

¶ Dominion Energy Virginia has filed plans with state regulator to bolster the US state’s grid and add up to 3 GW of new wind and solar power by 2022. The plans have been filed with the State Corporation Commission for approval under the state’s Grid Transformation and Security Act, which became effective in Virginia earlier this month. [reNews]

¶ MidAmerican Energy’s 2-GW Wind XI project continues to roll out across Iowa with new announcements confirming another 341 MW of capacity in the Arbor Hill and Ivester wind farms. Last May, MidAmerican Energy announced that it intends to be the first investor-owned electric utility in the US to meet 100% of its demand with renewable power. [CleanTechnica]

Beaver Creek wind farm

¶ Configuring Puerto Rico’s electric system into 10 mini-grids could bring the island much-needed resiliency at a competitive price, a white paper issued by Siemens said. Under the definition put forward by Siemens, mini-grids are like microgrids but larger. One mini-grid, for example, could encompass San Juan, which requires about 513 MW. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ Nuclear power has little future in the US, according to a recent paper. It says that the country is unlikely to see many new reactors in coming decades, unless there are major policy changes. That means the only two nuclear reactors currently under construction in the country, which are in Georgia, could be the last ones built in the US for years. [WABE 90.1 FM]

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