Archive for August 13th, 2018

August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2018


¶ “People are not the worst – they are the only hope for the planet” • If we attribute the ruination of the planet to human nature, we are essentially giving up. If we blame everyone, we let the real culprits of the hook, seeing the multinational that pumps pollutants into the atmosphere as like to the pensioner who has forgotten his recycled bag. [The Guardian]

Pro-Earth (Photo: Etienne Laurent | EPA)

¶ “Consumers are not the big winners out of National Energy Guarantee” • As with any policy change, it is worth asking who benefits from the NEG. The answers include Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, and the big three energy companies – AGL, Origin and Energy Australia. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “Electric Car Growth Produces Battery Shortages, Carmakers Cannot Match Production With Demand” • The rapidly increasing demand for successful, fairly affordable, long-range EVs has taken both battery manufacturers and car companies by surprise. For car makers, demand exceeded expectations, and battery shortages are evident. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes EQA Concept

¶ “Five-Fold Growth In Solar Panels On Commercial Buildings” • A “perfect storm” of rising energy prices, improved technology, and cheaper prices has led to a five-fold growth in the number of Australian commercial premises now installing alternative sources of energy such as solar panels. The increase has come to 400% in three years. [Commercial Real Estate News]

¶ “Weather alarms highlight need to accelerate low-carbon economy” • India is seeing its weather patterns changing, and researchers believe climate change may not only challenge the country’s development pathways but also pose a serious threat to its economy. A World Bank report said climate change could cost India 2.8% of its GDP. []


¶ “Barking: Coalition back-benchers promised a world of coal” • Reports in the Daily Telegraph and the Australian Financial Review said the Turnbull government was committing to “underwrite” multi billion dollar investments to build new coal-fired generators as way of getting the National Energy Guarantee past Coalition back-benchers. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Amid Kerala floods, IMD issues heavy rain warning for Uttarakhand” • Even as Kerala battled floods, state-run weather forecaster India Meteorological Department has issued very-heavy rain warning for Uttrakhand as well, raising concerns over India’s vulnerability to extreme rainfall events which have recorded a steady rise over recent years. [Livemint]

Uttrakhand flash floods in 2013 (Photo: PTI)

¶ “China sets up International Investment Alliance for Renewable Energy” • Although the Chinese government has recently scaled back solar energy development, it has created a new, large alliance to reach more foreign markets. In addition to focusing on the shipment of PV modules, it will also address financing, EPC, and O&M services. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Iran Responds to Trump Sanctions by Importing Uranium” • Days after President Trump signed an executive order reinstating economic sanctions, Iran announced they will bring back the second batch of uranium that was transferred to Russia as part of the nuclear deal. Iran reopened a nuclear power plant that had been idle for nine years. [Breaking Israel News]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking at the Bushehr
Nuclear Plant (Hossein Heidarpour, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “UH Mānoa launches ambitious renewable energy project” • Several rooftop PV systems at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, including a large PV canopy on the top deck of the main parking structure, will generate about 2 MW of electricity. The PVs are part of a new effort to move the campus toward its goal of net-zero electricity use. [UH System Current News]

¶ “Many Hoped for a Rebound in Kentucky Coal Jobs Under Trump; It Has Not Happened” • The number of coal jobs edged downward in Kentucky between April and the end of June, illustrating the continued struggles the industry has faced despite President Donald Trum’s campaign promise to “put our miners back to work.” []

Coal mining, largely without miners

¶ “Maryland opens solar-power subscriptions to all” • Solar developers, offering discounted electric rates, are looking for hundreds of subscribers for six Maryland power projects. The General Assembly authorized the pilot program in 2015, but local opposition and concerns about the loss of agricultural land have slowed progress. [Washington Post]

¶ “Utility companies may soon provide loans for energy upgrades” • Alaskan utility companies are looking at offering loans for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy systems to be paid back through “on-bill financing” on monthly utility bills. Loans can be for solar panels, heating systems, or high-efficiency appliances. []

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