May 7 Energy News

May 7, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Warren Buffett Is Betting On Solar: Should You?” • In his annual shareholder meeting, Warren Buffett reiterated his interest in the renewable energy sector, saying that company was prepared to spend tremendous amounts of money to deploy more renewable solutions moving forward. Investors should not overlook the opportunity. [The Motley Fool Canada]

Solar and wind (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Find Human Link To Drought As Early As 1900” • In the study “Twentieth-century hydroclimate changes consistent with human influence,” published in the journal Nature, scientists claim they detected evidence that human activity was already contributing to drought conditions in many parts of the world in the early 1900s. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arctic Permafrost Is Melting So Fast It’s Damaging The Equipment Scientists Use To Measure It” • Permafrost is the Arctic region’s bedrock. A study says it is melting so fast that it’s not just ripping up the landscape; it is wrecking the scientific equipment used to measure it. And it is making climate change even worse for all of us. [CNN]

Disko Bay (Education images | Getty Images)

¶ “Global Health Benefits Of Climate Action Offset Costs” • The price for cutting global emissions rapidly may appear to be high, but a study published in Nature Communications shows that immediate, dramatic cuts in carbon emissions to meet the Paris Agreement are economically sound when human health benefits are factored in. [EurekAlert]

World:

¶ “Mercedes-Benz ‘Flips The Switch’ On EQC Production At Its Bremen Factory” • Mercedes-Benz announced the start of production for its electric EQC, starting at €59,900 euros ($67,132). Board chairman Dieter Zetsche called the move “the dawn of a new era at Mercedes.” Later this year, the EQC will also be made in China. [CleanTechnica]

Showing a Daimler Accumotive battery

¶ “Renewable Power Capacity Stalls For First Time Since Turn Of Millennium” • After nearly two decades of strong annual growth, renewables added as much net capacity globally in 2018 as they did in 2017, an unexpected flattening of growth trends that raises concerns about meeting long-term climate goals, according to the IEA. [Portfolio English Edition]

¶ “Daintree Rainforest Solar To Hydrogen Microgrid An Australian First” • A test-run for Australia’s first solar-to-hydrogen microgrid is great news for the ecologically sensitive Daintree Rainforest. Energy from rooftop solar power systems will go into a reticulated microgrid. There, energy can be used to create hydrogen for fuel. [Energy Matters]

Daintree Rainforest

¶ “Britain Goes Coal-Free For 100 Hours, Setting New Record For Energy Use” • Britain was powered by sources other than coal for over 100 hours at the weekend, setting a record. The National Grid says coal is less impartant as renewable energy sources are more reliable and the public is installing more solar panels. [Telegraph.co.uk]

¶ “Rising Coal And Gas Costs Push Australia Electricity Prices To Record Highs” • Electricity prices across much of Australia’s main grid rose to record highs in the first quarter of 2019, the Australian Energy Market Operator said. It blames the record heatwave, rising coal and gas costs, and the rising cost of hydro power because of the drought. [RenewEconomy]

Installing solar power

US:

¶ “Renewables Outproduced Coal Power In The US For The First Time Ever” • Last month, for the first time, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro outpaced coal generation, according to data from the Energy Information Administration and an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [Popular Mechanics]

¶ “ABB Electrifies The Niagara Falls’ Iconic Maid Of The Mist Ferries” • ABB announced that its zero emission technology will power the next generation fully electric ferries for the iconic Maid of the Mist tour. The two new vessels will go into service next year, powered completely by high-capacity battery packs, according to ABB. [CleanTechnica]

ABB Maid of the Mist electric ferries (ABB)

¶ “Los Angeles Green New Deal Will Change City’s Car Culture” • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is proposing his own version of a Green New Deal. If he gets his way, the impact on personal vehicles will be profound. Among other things, Garcetti’s plan calls for 80% of the vehicles in LA to be powered by electricity or zero emissions fuels by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “C2 Energy Capital To Build Up C&I Solar Portfolio To 400 MW” • C2 Energy Capital, based in New York, plans to increase the size of its commercial and industrial-focused solar portfolio by a factor of four, to 400 MW, within two years, a co-founder and managing member of the company said. C2 owns over 100 solar projects in 9 US states. [CleanTechnica]

Napa County solar array (Credit: Far Niente Winery)

¶ “Akamai To Power Its Dallas Data Center With Wind Energy” • Texas’ Seymour Hills Wind project is complete and expected to become commercially operational in the coming weeks. The project is an investment of Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network and cloud service provider that invested in the wind farm. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Conservatives Criticize FirstEnergy Nuclear Bailout Bill As ‘Corporate Welfare’” • The Ohio Republicans pushing a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants are finding themselves at odds with conservative groups in the state. The bill would make customers pay over $300 million to keep the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants going. [Energy News Network]

Have an abundantly fruitful day.

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