August 22 Energy News

August 22, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The Victims of Climate Change Are Already Here” • Climate change is not a future problem. Climate change is a current problem. Despite this, the US has pulled back from a number of already-insufficient commitments to reversing emissions. NGOs and states have stepped forward but they still have a long way to go. [The Atlantic]

Workers and crops (Gosia Wozniacka | AP)

¶ “If Trump and GOP don’t understand climate change, they don’t deserve public office” • Trump’s proposed new EPA rules are not just vindictive, they are dangerous. The administration wants to allow coal-burning power plants to emit more deadly carbon and to give states greater leeway to allow big-money companies to pollute. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record” • The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon, which has never been recorded before, has occurred twice this year due to warm winds during heat waves. [The Guardian]

Thinning ocean ice (Photo: Nick Cobbing | Greenpeace)

World:

¶ “TenTree Clothing Company Plants 10 Trees For Every Item It Sells” • The idea that a company could change the world just by selling clothing is a bit mind-bending. The fact that it is working to plant more than 1 billion trees by 2030 is impressive and humbling. To date, TenTree Clothing Company has planted over 21 million trees. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CWP unveils plan for 800 MW of solar-plus-storage in New South Wales” • Australian developer CWP Renewables has unveiled plans for the Parkesbourne project, deploying a total of 800 MW of capacity in New South Wales. The project would have 600 MW of solar PV capacity and 200 MW of battery storage. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels (NSW Department of Planning and Environment)

¶ “Mercury Energy uses Tesla to power homes, businesses” • Mercury Energy launched New Zealand’s first grid-scale battery storage facility in Auckland. Using Tesla’s Powerpack battery, the direct grid-connected storage system is part of a project that will test direct integration of battery storage with New Zealand’s electricity grid. [New Zealand Herald]

¶ “Sydney Airport turns to wind energy for 75% of supply” • Sydney Airport has decided to turn to wind energy to reduce its electricity costs and lower emissions. It has signed a contract with Origin Energy that will result in three-quarters of its electricity supply coming from the Crudine Ridge wind farm in central west New South Wales. [RenewEconomy]

Sydney Airport Control Tower (Elisfkc, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Japanese firms in talks over alliance on nuclear power: sources” • Two major utilities and a pair of power plant manufacturers are considering a four-way alliance on nuclear power operations, according to sources. Companies in the nuclear energy industry are grappling with rising costs related to decommissioning and safety. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Trump Moves To Let States Regulate Coal Plant Emissions” • The Trump administration has moved to formally replace the Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that former President Barack Obama once lauded as the most important step America has ever taken to fight climate change, with a plan of its own. [MTPR]

Coal-fired power plant in Wyoming (J David Ake | AP)

¶ “While Trump Touts Coal Revival, EPA Analysis Shows Mining Decline” • “It is really happening – we are back,” Trump told the cheering crowd, many of whom were sporting hard hats and carrying “Trump Digs Coal” signs. “The coal industry is back.” But the EPA projects that the amount of coal produced in the US will decrease. [West Virginia Public Broadcasting]

¶ “New Trump rule to aid coal-power plants unlikely to slow Northwest push for cleaner electricity” • The plan released by the EPA to scale back federal restrictions on coal-plant emissions is unlikely to have any significant impact in the Pacific Northwest and California, where a transition away from coal is well underway. [Seattle Times]

Colstrip coal-fired plant (Mike Siegel | The Seattle Times)

¶ “Trump’s Plan To Prop Up Coal Could Lead To More Deaths, Cost Billions” • EPA models estimate that under the Trump plan, 300 to 1,500 more people would die prematurely each year by 2030. And when health costs from air pollution are factored in, the new plan would cost the country $1.4 billion to $3.9 billion annually. [OPB News]

¶ “Trump EPA plan would prolong power plants, but Wisconsin utilities are moving away from coal” • Aging coal-fired power plants could get a new lease on life under an industry-friendly proposal by the Trump administration that would replace the Clean Power Plan. But Wisconsin’s two largest utilities still plan to burn less coal. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Coal-fired plant in New Hampshire (Photo: Jim Cole | AP)

¶ “In Massachusetts, solar developers linger amid financial uncertainty” • In Massachusetts, solar developers and their potential customers are waiting to learn whether the final details of the new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program will help advance the role of renewables in the state or put a damper on growth. [Energy News Network]

¶ “CleanChoice Energy launches community solar in Maryland” • CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that provides wind and solar energy products to customers across the country, launched the CleanChoice Energy Community Solar project in Maryland with 21.4 MW of proposed community solar capacity available. [Your Renewable News]

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