Archive for July 29th, 2018

July 29 Energy News

July 29, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Hottest Four Years Ever? 2015. 2016. 2017. 2018?” • “The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University told CNN. “We are seeing them play out in real time in the form of unprecedented heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. And we’ve seen them all this summer.” [Common Dreams]

Carr Fire near Redding, California (Noah Berger | AP)

¶ “Is Japan Finally Turning Away From Coal?” • The country’s dependence on fossil fuels has been growing since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and consequential Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. However, to their credit, financial institutions in Japan are beginning to catch on to the risks inherent to a national coal addiction. [The Diplomat]

¶ “Benefits of Personal Energy Independence” • The concept of energy independence entered the US national consciousness in the early 1970’s, when a series of embargoes and price hikes at the hands of Arab nations made the unstable nature of reliance on foreign oil obvious. President Nixon promised us we would be energy independent in 10 years. [Mother Earth News]

Solar tracking system

World:

¶ “France, Portugal, Spain agree to build undersea power line” • After a meeting in Lisbon, leaders from the three countries announced a deal to finance construction of a power line nearly 300 kilometres long in the Bay of Biscay linking south-west France to northern Spain. The aim is to integrate electricity links between the Iberian Peninsula and Europe. [RFI]

¶ “Europe May Thrive On Renewable Energy Despite Unpredictable Weather” • Scientists modelled the impact of renewable energy on the electricity sector out to the year 2030 based on 30 years of weather data. The work suggests Europe can comfortably get at least 35% of its electric power from wind and solar energy, regardless of weather. [Irish Tech News]

Installing a solar array (skeeze | Pixabay)

¶ “Big boost for Yogi’s UP” • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched projects involving an investment of ₹60,000 crore ($9.02 billion). The projects materialised after the Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit, which led to investment for renewable energy, infrastructure, power, Information Technology, electronics, and tourism, an official release said. [Financial Express]

¶ “D and G windfarm to power Nestlé” • Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, opened a new wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, with which it hopes to supply around half of the electricity demands of its operations in the UK and Ireland. The farm’s nine turbines will now produce around 125 GWh of power per annum. [The Scottish Farmer]

Minsca Wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway (Walter Baxter, 
Minsca Wind Farm | CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Uganda becomes the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables” • Uganda is the first African country to sign an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility. Under the program, RLSF will offer protection to new small and mid-sized renewable energy projects, up to 50 MW, in Sub-Sahara Africa. [IT News Africa]

US:

¶ “Why Maine towns and cities are investing in solar projects” • Moving away from fossil fuel-driven energy feels like the right thing to do, to many residents of Maine communities. But it also is good for a town’s bottom line. Solar projects on rooftops, in closed landfills, and in other places have taken off in many of the state’s municipalities. [Bangor Daily News]

Lincolnville municipal array (Josh Gerritsen | Town of Lincolnville)

¶ “EPA reverses Pruitt-era rule on diesel emissions” • The EPA will now enforce an Obama-era rule that limits diesel truck emissions, reversing one of the final decisions of the Pruitt era. In a memo, acting administrator Wheeler listed problems with Pruitt’s replacement rule, but did not say whether a different replacement was to come. [CNN]

¶ “Tiny Power: Hybrid Microgrid Aids Rural Puerto Rico, Alaskan Arctic” • A hybrid microgrid kit in a shipping container offers a reliable, renewable power source in areas suffering through emergencies. When devastating weather events like Hurricane Maria leave regions without power, the kit can bring important services online. [Efficient Gov]

BoxPower system (Facebook image)

¶ “The precious metal sparking a new gold rush” • Cobalt mining has not happened at any sort of scale in the US for decades, but a handful of mining companies are staking claims at sites in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Interest in cobalt is growing because it is a key component in the lithium-ion batteries that power electronic devices and electric cars. [BBC]

¶ “Massive solar panels to power apartments at Pepperell Mill in Biddeford” • Work on Maine’s largest solar energy project will begin this fall. US Senator Angus King, Pepperell Mill Campus CEO Doug Sanford, and Revision Energy Co-Founder Phil Coupe were on hand to announce a solar project. It will power Pepperell Mill’s apartments. [Biddeford Journal Tribune]

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