Archive for May 14th, 2019

May 14 Energy News

May 14, 2019


¶ “China, Japan, And South Korea Lie To Themselves (And Us) About Renewable Energy Intentions” • There are about 67 GW of new coal plants scheduled to receive foreign funding in countries around the world. According to, more than 80% of them are being financed by China, Japan, and South Korea. [CleanTechnica]

Mountaintop removal coal mining

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Say They Have Created An Environmentally Friendly Alternative To Styrofoam” • From an environmental perspective, styrofoam is a disaster. Scientists at Washington State University say they have developed an environmentally friendly material derived from plants that works better than Styrofoam for insulation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Deepest Ever Dive Finds Plastic Bag At Bottom Of Mariana Trench” • An American undersea explorer, Victor Vescovo, has completed what is claimed to be the deepest manned sea dive ever recorded, 10,927 meters (35,853 feet). He returning to the surface with the depressing news that there’s plastic trash down there. [CNN]

Victor Vescovo piloting (Discovery | Five Deeps Expedition)

¶ “Cement Giant Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete By 2050” • The world’s fourth largest cement manufacturing company, Heidelberg Cement, pledged to bring its emission reduction targets in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, in a first for the industry. The cement sector accounts for around 7% of CO₂ emissions. [Climate Home]

¶ “New Breakthroughs In Fuel Cell Technology Announced” • Scientists at the University of Waterloo announced that they have succeeded in making fuel cells that last ten times longer than the ones commercially available today. They have the potential to make electric cars that cost no more than cars powered by fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab, University of Waterloo


¶ “Gupta’s Cultana Solar Farm Gets Green Light” • The first solar farm in Sanjeev Gupta’s ambitious plans for Whyalla received planning approval from the South Australian government. The Cultana project will see the construction of a 280-MW solar farm he wants to develop to support steel manufacturing plants in the region. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “43 Cities Score ‘A’ Grade In CDP Climate Change Ranking” • A total of 43 cities, including Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, and Hong Kong, populate a new “A List” ranking cities’ action to cut emissions and set climate strategies published this week by environmental impact non-profit CDP to celebrate the start of EU Green Week. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Business, Homes Urged To Turn To Renewable Energy” • Industrialists have called on the business sector and individuals in Zimbabwe to adopt renewable energy sources as a long-term solution to the country’s power shortages. The call came after utility Zesa Holdings started a load-shedding regime due to low water levels in Kariba Dam. [NewsDay]

¶ “‘Step-Change’ In Energy Investment Needed To Meet Climate Goals: IEA” • The world must double spending on renewable power and slash investment in oil and coal by 2030 to keep the Paris climate treaty temperature targets in play, the International Energy Agency said. That would mean reversing the energy trends of 2018. [Phys.Org]

Solar farm in China

¶ “French Watchdog Investigates Potential Nuclear Safety Fraud” • French nuclear regulator ASN said it was looking into possible fraud and falsification regarding nuclear safety, after receiving several warnings from whistleblowers. The ASN said since November it had received 22 warnings and passed four of them to criminal courts. []


¶ “US Offshore Wind Industry Sucking Up Talent From Oil And Gas” • The US oil and gas industry is facing a workforce crisis in the next five years or so, and now here comes the red-hot US wind industry to add fuel to the fire. It seems that the offshore wind industry is beginning to steal talent from its offshore oil and gas competition. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind industry at work at Block Island

¶ “Jury Returns $2 Billion Verdict Against Monsanto For Couple With Cancer” • A jury awarded $2.055 billion to a couple who blamed Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup for their cancers, their attorneys said. They spoke of a “mountain of evidence showing Monsanto’s manipulation of science, the media and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda.” [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Center Coming To Brayton Point” • The former Brayton Point power station has become the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center, with a 1,200-MW HVDC converter. Commercial Development Company also plans to develop a 400-MW battery storage facility at the site, which is in Somerset, Massachusetts. []

Anbaric Renewable Energy Center (AREC image)

¶ “‘No Middle Ground’: Ocasio-Cortez And Activists Take Aim At Biden At Green New Deal Rally” • Sen Bernie Sanders and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the case for radical action to combat climate change at a rally in Washington. “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy,” Sanders tweeted. [KRTV Great Falls News]

¶ “Venetian Resort Las Vegas, NV Energy Reach Long-Term Agreement” • The Venetian hotel-casino and Nevada utility NV Energy announced that they have reached a long-term energy supply agreement committing to a partnership that advances renewable energy. The resort had considered leaving NV Energy over the issue. [KTNV Las Vegas]

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