August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Sea-Level Rise Is A Major Urban Economic Risk” • When we think of sea-level rise due to global warming, we tend to think of beaches eroding or perhaps tiny Pacific nations like the Maldives slowly disappearing. The reality, however, is that it will not be countries or country sides bearing the economic brunt of sea-level rise. It will be cities. [CleanTechnica]

Miami skyline (Daniel Christensen, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why not wreck the planet? It could save your political skin” • There is a certain mindset in politics that distrusts expertise. That mindset is presently revealing itself in Australia, where this week a small group of conservative-minded members of parliament held the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, hostage over climate policy. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Duke University Students Set World Record For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fuel Economy – 14,573 Miles Per Gallon” • Guiness World Records confirmed that Duke University students set a new world fuel economy record for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. In an experimental vehicle, the students got a stunning 14,573 miles per gallon. [CleanTechnica]

Students and their experimental vehicle

¶ “Study: Climate change possible cause of bird species decline” • Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, Berkeley scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43% over the past century at survey sites over a wide area. [Yahoo News]

World:

¶ “Drax makes fourth bio switch” • Drax Power switched on its fourth biomass generating unit. The conversion of the Yorkshire facility Britain from coal to biomass was completed in just over two months. Drax previously upgraded three of its coal units to use biomass. It said it was on course to be off coal before the government’s 2025 deadline. [reNews]

Drax power station (Drax image)

¶ “Scots tidal hits milestone” • Scotrenewables, an Orkney tidal outfit, has notched 3 GWh of generation from its 2-MW floating turbine in the past 12 months. The Kirkwall company said the SR2000 tidal device installed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Fall of Warness site has at times supplied 25% of Orkney power demand. [reNews]

¶ “DOC on Borkum 2.2 cable role” • Deutsche Offshore Consult is to start supervising the inner array cable installation works at Trianel’s 200-MW Borkum West 2.2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. DOC’s task will begin with cable loading and the necessary preparatory work for the cable pull-ins at the substation. [reNews]

Monopile installation (Image: Trianel | TWB II)

¶ “New microgrid program for Latrobe Valley boosts renewable energy development” • The Victorian government will fund a $3-million grant program to help grow the new energy technology sector in the Latrobe Valley. Minister for energy Lily D’ambrosia announced the Latrobe Valley microgrid grant program on August 21. [PACE Today]

¶ “Most British people want to install their own solar panels, survey reveals” • The majority of the British public would like to install solar panels and home energy storage schemes if greater government assistance was available, a new survey has revealed. In total 62% said they would like to fit solar panels and 60% would install an energy storage device. [The Independent]

Small solar project (Image: Rex)

US:

¶ “Acting EPA head signs Trump admin proposal that would release more CO2 into the air, WSJ reports” • The EPA will allow states to set their own emission standards for coal-fueled power plants, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Critics say the decision will result in much more carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. [KSHB]

¶ “Near-Zero-Emissions Heavy Duty Trucks Now Hauling Freight At Southern California Ports” • The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which includes the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, has a goal of zero emissions by 2035. Since its beginning, the CAAP has reduced particulate emissions by 85%. [CleanTechnica]

Near zero emissions drayage truck.

¶ “Ocean City’s solar plant will power the resort and beyond” • Ocean City, Maryland, has partnered with Constellation Energy, an Exelon company, to build a 10-MW solar energy project that will include more than 30,000 PV panels on 113 acres of land. The project is part of a commitment by the city to achieve green goals. [Delmarva Daily Times]

¶ “DTE Energy partners with Wisconsin dairy farm to create renewable natural gas” • DTE Energy recently launched a project with a Wisconsin dairy farm to create renewable natural gas from dairy cow waste. The initiative, a joint effort with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, will create fuel to power compressed natural gas vehicles. [Daily Energy Insider]

Cows (Image: ©Shutterstock)

¶ “World-Renowned Scientists: California Must Operate on 100 Percent Clean Electricity” • In a summer of record-setting heat and wildfires worsened by climate change, 37 scientists signed a letter published in the Sacramento Bee, calling on California state legislators to pass the “100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018.” [Union of Concerned Scientists]

¶ “Jacksonville Utility wants out of Plant Vogtle purchase agreement” • One of the utilities that had agreed to buy power from the new nuclear reactors at Vogtle says it wants out. In a letter to a plant owner, Jacksonville Electric Authority wrote that a decision to continue the new reactors “cannot be justified on any rational basis.” [WSAV-TV]

Have a surprisingly pleasant day.

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