Archive for May 15th, 2019

May 15 Energy News

May 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Donald Trump Can’t Stop America From Going Green” • Despite Donald Trump’s vows to save coal, American oil companies (!) are investing in cleaner technology, according to a report from two World Bank economists. And state governments are filling the regulatory breach left by the do-nothing regime occupying Washington. [WBUR]

Coal mine in Wyoming (US BLM image, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Army Research Lab Water-Based Battery Is Lighter, Uses No Cobalt Or Nickel” • Researchers at the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, Maryland report they have created lighter batteries with high energy density that use no flammable electrolyte and operate without cobalt or nickel in their chemistry. The concept needs to be field-proven. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “187 Nations Signed UN Plastics Waste Protocol, But The US Was Not One Of Them” • After China stopped importing waste, delegates from 187 countries met in Geneva to figure how to deal with plastic refuse. They agreed that waste may not be shipped to a country, if it refuses its permission. The US did not sign the protocol. [CleanTechnica]

Plastic waste (Image: CC0, Public Domain)

¶ “Germany’s SCHMID Plans Saudi Energy Storage JV With GW-Scale Production” • German technology group SCHMID and two Saudi investors plan to form a joint venture in Saudi Arabia to develop and manufacture vanadium redox flow batteries. They plan a GW-scale manufacturing facility in the kingdom to enter production in 2020. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Ørsted Divests Danish Coal Station And Transit Harbor” • Ørsted announced that it had signed an agreement with Danish consortium Stigsnæs Industripark A/S for the sale of a coal-burning power, transit harbor, and coal terminal, near Skælskør, in Denmark. The buyer has experience in demolition and cleanup. It will develop the site. [CleanTechnica]

Stigsnæs Transit Harbour (Ørsted image)

¶ “China Still Most Attractive Renewables Market Despite Subsidy Cuts – EY” • China is the most attractive market for investment in renewable energy for the fourth year in a row and growth there is set to continue despite the country’s efforts to trim subsidies, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed. The US is number two. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Aussie Businesses Take Renewable Energy To The Next Level” • A customer-owned bank has become the first Australian bank to switch to 100% renewable electricity amid a growing push for clean energy in the business sector. Bank Australia joins Westpac and tech company Atlassian as recent Australian companies to join RE100. [Pro Bono Australia]

Wind farm

UK:

¶ “UK Solar Soars To Record High” • Solar generation records were broken in the UK on 13 May on the back of clear and bright weather conditions, according to the Solar Trade Association. STA said a generation peak of 9.47GW was achieved, surpassing the previous record of 9.38GW set in May 2017. Another  new record may be set today. [reNEWS]

¶ “Glasgow Aims To Be The UK’s First ‘Net-Zero’ City” • Plans unveiled by Glasgow would make it the first UK city to reduce its greenhouse emissions to net-zero. The city wants to reach the target before 2045, beating the Scotland-wide ambition of the Scottish government. Glasgow’s plan includes mass EV charging stations. [BBC News]

Glasgow at night (Barnabas Csomor, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Scots To Reap £2 Billion Pumped Hydro Benefits” • Scottish companies are set to benefit from £2 billion investment in three pumped hydro schemes in Scotland, according to ILI Group chief executive Mark Wilson. Speaking on the eve of the All-Energy 2019 trade fair in Glasgow, he said the projects will create thousands of jobs. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Teachers Grapple With Climate Change: ‘A Pretty Scary Topic'” • The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools. The rest include materials from climate change doubters, the oil industry, and others with misleading information. [NBC 10 Philadelphia]

Teaching science (Sarah Blake Morgan | AP)

¶ “Boulder City Looks To Make More Than $1.6 Million Per Year With New Renewable Energy Plant” • Nevada has the best solar power potential in the nation, the US EIA says. Boulder City, which sits between Las Vegas and Lake Mead, is looking to capitalize on a renewable energy push that Nevada is particularly ripe for. [News3LV]

¶ “Students press Portland school board to adopt climate curriculum promised 3 years ago” • Dozens of students packed the auditorium at Portland school district headquarters to demand a science and social studies curriculum that addresses climate change. The school board passed a resolution three years ago promising just that. [OregonLive.com]

Students attending
(Eder Campuzano)

¶ “Springtime Showers Brings State Legislation In The US Friendly To Solar And Wind Energy” • In the months of March and April alone, eight states in the US passed legislation in an attempt to either make the permitting process easier for solar and wind power or to commit to the use of renewable power by a certain date. [The National Law Review]

¶ “A Strong Bipartisan Vote For Wind Power In Connecticut” • Connecticut’s House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for a bipartisan measure that proponents say would make Connecticut a reliable customer of electricity produced by offshore wind turbines, a step to match the output of the aging Millstone nuclear power station. [The CT Mirror]

Have a thoroughly delightful day.

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