Archive for May 20th, 2019

May 20 Energy News

May 20, 2019


¶ “Don’t despair about the climate emergency. Coal is not the future” • The Coalition government has been re-elected. But there are strong international pressures, most of the Australian business community does not want the economy stuck in the past, and the states will not accept a vacuum on climate and energy policy. [The Guardian]

Low-cost renewable energy (Tim Phillips Photos | Getty Images)

¶ “Unlocking The Economic Potential Of Adapting To Climate Realities – Jay Inslee Gets It” • Among Democrats running for president, Jay Inslee has distinguished himself with a bold zero-carbon climate plan. He says it will create 8 million clean tech jobs at a cost comparable to what has been spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Fear Impact Of Deep-Sea Mining On Search For New Medicines” • Scientists who view the deep ocean and its wealth of unique and undocumented species as a prospecting ground for new medicines, fear such potential will be lost in the rush to exploit the deep sea’s equally rich metal and mineral resources. [The Guardian]

Ocean life (Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

¶ “‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing To Keep Up” • Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models. The forests have had no earthworms since the last ice age. Now the worms are invading, and scientists fear possible negative environmental effects. [The New York Times]


¶ “Eskom Woes Pushing SA Business Toward Green Buildings” • As Eskom, South Africa’s public utility, keeps failing to meet demands for electric power, businesses are moving to produce their own. Property company Redefine recently noted that installing renewable energy interventions is an area with scope for growth. [TechCentral]

Modern buildings

¶ “China Invests In Renewable Energy In Cuba” • Cuba began investing in renewable energy back in 2014. Now China is ramping up its efforts in a push to make renewables Cuba’s principal source of electricity by 2030. According to Xinhua News, China is one of the leading investors in Cuba’s renewable energy program. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Sets Renewable Power Quotas For 2019 And 2020” • Reuters reported that China set mandatory renewable power quotas for each of its region for 2019 and 2020, based on their energy structure. The 2019 targets for local grid companies range from 10%, in the eastern province of Shandong, to 88%, in the southwestern province of Sichuan. [SteelGuru]

Solar panels over water (Reuters image)

¶ “Wärtsilä And Lut University To Collaborate On Research For 100% Renewable Energy Systems” • Technology group Wärtsilä and Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology have signed a research agreement on strategic power system modelling. Their aim is to  understand and develop paths towards 100% renewable energy systems. [Golden Casino News]

¶ “Japan’s Orix To Buy Seven 874 MW Wind Energy Plants Of IL&FS” • Debt-ridden IL&FS said Japan’s Orix Corporation, which owns 49% share each in its seven operating wind farms, expressed intent to buy the remaining stake in those assets. The plants are in 12 Indian states and have a total generation capacity of 874 MW. []

Wind turbines

¶ “India Is Now Investing More in Solar than Coal, but Will Its Energy Shift Continue?” • Renewable energy investments in India are outpacing spending on fossil fuel power generation, a sign that the world’s second-most populous nation is making good on promises to shift toward cleaner power. But coal is still growing. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “The Gas-Addicted Scots Have Europe’s Worst Record On Renewable Heat” • New statistics reveal the country, despite an excellent record on clean electricity, remains dangerously dependent on burning climate-change-causing gas to stay warm. Only 6% of all heating in Scotland is sustainable, just a tenth of the proportion in Sweden. [HeraldScotland]

Gas terminal


¶ “Repowering Old Mines With New Energies In The US  Southwest” • Across the US, there are swaths of mine lands that are now prime locations for renewable energy. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Sunshine for Mines Initiative has a goal of helping the mining industry shift from a paradigm of extraction to one of stewardship. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bolt Mobility Unveils $9,999 Electric Car Designed For Car-Sharing In Cities” • An electric car startup based in Florida called Bolt Mobility has unveiled its first car, the B-Nano, which it says it has been working on in secret for the past two years. The B-Nano is designed for car-sharing, and the base model will sell for a mere $9,999.  [CleanTechnica]

Usain Bolt showing off the B-Nano (Credit: Bolt Mobility)

¶ “Maine Solar Bill Would Expand Access And Increase Net Metering Cap” • A bipartisan bill making its way through the Maine Legislature would set the state on a path to develop 400 MW of distributed solar energy. The legislation would allow more people to participate in community solar projects and raise caps for net metering. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Ads Flood Airwaves As Debate Continues Over Nuclear Bailout Bill” • Ohioans are being bombarded by an ad campaign focused on an energy bill, House Bill 6, that is under debate in the state legislature. FirstEnergy Solutions is in bankruptcy proceedings and may need to shut two Ohio nuclear plants down for economic reasons. [WKSU News]

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