Archive for May 10th, 2019

May 10 Energy News

May 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “These Scientists Did More Than Tell Us We Were Doomed” • In the past few days, a series of apocalyptic headlines appeared, telling us that a million species were threatened with extinction, based on an IPBES report. It is important to remember that the report didn’t just talk about doom. The committee also offered solutions. [Sierra Magazine]

Mangrove forest (Photo: The X File Photo | Istock)

¶ “Climate Change Finally The Most Important Issue To US Democratic Voters. Will It Last Until Election Day?” • In past US presidential elections, candidates steered clear of climate change. But according to two polls of registered Democratic voters, those who are lining up to take on Donald Trump in 2020 will ignore it at their peril. [Bellona]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Weeds Help Fight Climate Change” • Most people see weeds as a problem. But one farmer has found they can help make dry, damaged land lush again, and they also absorb carbon from the atmosphere. His observations of the flow of water from high to low places inspired what is called natural sequence farming. [BBC]

Re-establishing vegetation on parched land (Getty Images)

¶ “Fully Recyclable Plastics Breakthrough! This Could Change Everything” • Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a recyclable plastic that can be disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level. It can then be reassembled repeatedly into a different forms without loss of quality. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Simple, Yet Elusive, Key To Fighting The Climate Crisis” • Unsustainable human behaviors over-consuming and depleting environmental resources are becoming a threat to human health and prosperity. Preserving and restoring forests is an effective step toward mitigating climate change. And it comes with a host of other benefits. [CleanTechnica]

Fishing in Benin, Western Africa (Pixabay image)

World:

¶ “WindEurope Launches EU Election Campaign” • WindEurope launched a campaign to mobilize the 300,000 people who work in European wind energy to be sure to vote in the European elections on 23-26 May. The campaign aims to encourage voter turnout to ensure Europe remains on the right track in terms of its climate ambition. [reNEWS]

¶ “Solar Energy Is On The Rise, As Coal-Fired Power Stations Age And Gas Prices Rise – But Is The Grid Ready?” • Last year, the amount of electricity generated by Australian solar panels and wind turbines rose by almost a third from 9.8% to 12.6% of total generation. The rate of installations is increasing, and the grid has to be prepared. [ABC News]

Solar array (Jane Cowan | ABC News)

¶ “Top Scientists Call For A Halt To Nuclear Power Generation” • For the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement, a paper published in the India Forum provided a biting criticism. The deal’s goals have not been realized, but its threats to India’s economics, democracy, and safety have become clear. [Kashmir Times]

¶ “Ofgem Grid Changes ‘To Hit UK Renewables’” • UK regulator Ofgem’s targeted charging review proposals will lead to a 6-GW reduction in onshore wind and solar installations by 2035, energy consultancy Aurora said. The findings are in contrast to Ofgem’s impact assessment, which assumed renewables deployment would remain unchanged. [reNEWS]

Penyrheollas solar farm (BayWa image)

US:

¶ “US Residential Solar Installs Hit 2 Million In Q2” • The US now has over 2 million solar systems installed, and forecasts are that the number will double by 2023, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The first million installations took 40 years, but the second took just three. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Feeds Wyoming Whoppers” • Vestas has secured a turbine order totalling 459 MW from PacifiCorp for two wind farms in Wyoming. The deals for the TB Flats 1 and 2 projects are for V136 machines, each of 4.3-MW capacity. With previously purchased turbines, the wind farms will have a total capacity of 503 MW, Vestas said. [reNEWS]

Installing a blade (Vestas image)

¶ “Sunrun Nearly Doubles Tesla Solar Installations In Middling First Quarter” • The largest residential solar, storage, and energy services provider in the US, Sunrun, installed 86 MW in the first quarter of 2019, which could be described middling. Doing so, it trounced former US residential solar leader Tesla, which installed only 47 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “200+ Groups Demand Senate Kill Bill That Would Pour ‘Fuel On Fire of Climate Crisis'” • Over 200 national climate action groups demanded that the Senate reject a bill that would help keep both Europe and the US dependent on fossil fuels for decades to come, providing billions of dollars for natural gas infrastructure projects. [Common Dreams]

Fracking in Wyoming (Photo: Wendy
Shattil, Bob Rozinksi, Creative Commons)

¶ “Coal’s Slide To Continue In US As Renewables Fill The Gap” • US demand for coal to generate electricity will continue its slide in coming months, federal officials said, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry. Wind, solar, and hydropower are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline. [Great Falls Tribune]

¶ “New Report Finds It’s A Buyer’s Market: Wind And Solar Costs Are Down” • LevelTen Energy’s latest quarterly report shows significant declines in the cost of electricity from wind and solar sources. Across markets, an evenly weighted index of wind and solar prices decreased $0.39/MWh, which is 2.3% quarter-over-quarter. [Windpower Engineering]

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