Archive for May 18th, 2019

May 18 Energy News

May 18, 2019


¶ “Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars?” • According to two attendees at a closed-door meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, here was a contentious discussion between utility companies, which stand to benefit financially from sales of electricity for electric cars, and the fuel companies, which stand to lose. [CleanTechnica]

VW e-Golf Envoys

¶ “Cities Hold The Keys To Greener, More Efficient Homes” • Our homes may be a source of safety, comfort, and stability, but they also represent a considerable slice of our country’s carbon emissions, estimated by the Energy Information Administration to be 20%. Addressing this piece of our energy system is essential to achieving our climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stalling Renewables Growth Raises Concern About Global Decarbonization Efforts” • In 2018, for the first time this century, global growth rate of new renewable energy capacity did not show a year-to-year increase. This leveling off has raised concern that efforts to advance a low-carbon energy transition may be stalling at just the wrong time. [Forbes]

Wind Farm (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study Claims” • A comprehensive global study by the International Respiratory Society’s Environmental Committee appeared in the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. It says that air pollution may damage every organ in the human body. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Another Electric Vehicle Benefit: No Carbon Monoxide Poisoning” • Several hundred Americans die each year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and far more are made sick. A number of the deaths occur in gas-powered vehicles where CO can build up without the occupants knowing, because the gas is colorless and odorless. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan LEAF


¶ “German Brands Recover Ground In German Electric Car Market – April EV Sales Report” • The German plug-in electric vehicle market continued on the right track in April, having scored 7,771 registrations. Fully electric vehicles grew at 50% year over year, and plug-in hybrids grew at 14%. The overall market was stagnant and fell 3%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In A First, India’s Quarterly Solar Generation Exceeds 10 TWh” • According to data reported by the Central Electricity Authority, India generated 11.3 TWh of solar power during the quarter of January-March 2019. This marks a 16.5% increase from the previous quarter and a huge 57% jump from the same quarter last year. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “NB Green Party Makes Progress In Bill That Promotes Municipality-Based Renewables” • New Brunswick’s Green Party is pushing to increase the amount of renewable energy for municipal governments and First Nations. The plan is to allow local governments and First Nations to partner with local renewable energy producers. [Huddle Today]

¶ “BYD Lands Deal For 15 Electric Buses In Madrid” • BYD has taken another step forward in electrifying mass transit in Spain, as the company has landed a deal with EMT Madrid for 15 BYD 12-meter buses. The new order marks the first order of fully electric buses from BYD for EMT Madrid, the city’s primary public surface transit operator. [CleanTechnica]

BYD 12-meter bus in Santiago, Chile (BYD image)

¶ “It Just Became Much Easier For Businesses To Move Off Eskom’s Grid – Here’s Why” • Business Day reported that South Africa’s Minister of Energy gave the country’s energy regulator leave to licence 500 MW for small-scale embedded generation projects, sized between 1 MW and 10 MW, without his signing off on them. [Business Insider South Africa]

¶ “OPT PowerBuoy Passes MWh Milestone” • Ocean Power Technologies PB3 PowerBuoy system has delivered more than 1 MWh of electricity since deployment in the Adriatic Sea in November. The company said the wave device has operated “continuously and error-free” while being controlled remotely from its New Jersey facility. [reNEWS]

OPT PowerBuoy (Ocean Power Technologies image)


¶ “Deadly Flooding Is Rocking Texas. Scientists Say This Is Our Future Under Climate Change.” • Across the US, trends indicate that flooding is becoming the new normal. Climate scientists say it is a challenge to connect isolated events to climate change, but they have linked the wider trend uptick in rain and disasters to global warming. [ThinkProgress]

¶ “White Cloud To Deliver For Enel In Missouri” • Enel Green Power is to supply electricity to Associated Electrive Cooperative from the White Cloud wind farm in Missouri under a long-term power purchase agreement. The White Cloud wind farm will have a capacity of over 236 MW and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “New York Updates Price Signals To Recognize Full Value, Spur Distributed Energy Resources” • New York regulators continue to hone the state’s rates and policies to expand the use of clean, distributed energy resources. Commissioners want distributed energy resources to increase on the grid, but also must ensure customer bills are fairly assessed. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Plant Vogtle Update: Further Behind Schedule, Still Billions Over Budget” • The Georgia Public Service Commission has been reviewing the status of the Vogtle nuclear expansion project this week after receiving a required update from Georgia Power. The update shows each reactor is now one more month behind schedule.  [Georgia Public Broadcasting]

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