Archive for May 21st, 2019

May 21 Energy News

May 21, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “One-Quarter Of West Antarctic Ice Is Currently Unstable Due To Changing Climate” • In the last 25 years, warming oceans and changing climatic conditions have caused ice throughout West Antarctica to thin. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters says as much as 24% of West Antarctica’s glaciers are impacted. [IFLScience]

West Australian ice (Tarpan | Shutterstock)

¶ “Report: Cities Designed To Shape And Enable New Mobility” • Urban areas that are designed to shape and enable new mobility can lower emissions, enhance health, and improve equity. A report says experimentation is key to best realize the potential of new mobility while avoiding possible negative and unintended consequences. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Sea Level Rise Could Have ‘Profound Consequences'” • Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica. A study says the greater melt doubles the estimated maximum sea level rise during the 21st century, from one meter to two meters. [BBC]

Supply ship at an ice shelf (Jonathan Bamber)


¶ “Ships Spend Hundreds Of Thousands Of Hours A Year Trawling In Europe’s Marine-Protected Areas” • Using data from Global Fishing Watch and the World Database of Protected Areas, we found that in 2016, fishing vessels spent over 930,000 hours trawling Marine Protected Areas off the coasts of the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ExxonMobil Eyes Clean Energy Partnership In India” • ExxonMobil is reportedly in talks with an Indian company to initiate a clean energy partnership. ExxonMobil seems to have been attracted by the clean energy policies in India and an increase interaction between Indian and American businesses over the last few years. [CleanTechnica]

Wind Energy (Pexels image)

¶ “French Retailer Boulanger To Source Renewable Power From Voltalia” • French specialised retailer Boulanger has entered into an exclusive partnership with Voltalia SA to source 100% of its energy from renewable sources. Under terms of the partnership, Boulanger will source 100% of its energy from renewable sources from July 1, 2019. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory – Main Structure Now Being Completed (Video Update)” • The latest aerial video from the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory site, courtesy of Jason Yang, shows the main structure of the factory very close to completion. Focus is now shifting to work on the loading bays and the factory’s internals. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai

¶ “Renewable Energy Now Accounts For 33% Of Global Power” • Data from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows 171 GW of renewable energy was added globally in 2018. That is two-thirds of the all generation capacity added for the year. This is in part because, for the first time, renewables generate at a lower price than fossil fuels. [ThomasNet News]
(Please NOTE: I believe the 33% report is not correct. – George)

¶ “Could The Notre Dame Be Reborn As An Energy-Positive Eco-Cathedral?” • Could the Notre Dame be reborn as an energy-positive cathedral? Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures says that is exactly how it should be rebuilt. It has released new concept plans to repair the eight-century-old Notre-Dame cathedral after the fire. [Energy Live News]

Notre Dame design (Image: Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

¶ “How A Remote Togo Village Is Getting Transformed By Solar Power” • BBOXX, a UK-based power company, in partnership with France’s EDF Group, launched a program to power an entire village in southern Togo with solar PVs. Currently, all electricity in the village of Sikpe-Afidegnon comes from expensive and polluting fuel oil. []


¶ “Chevron Dabbles In EV Charging, Installs EVgo Fast Chargers At Select Stations” • EVgo and Chevron have partnered to bring EV fast charging capability to a select set of Chevron fueling stations in California. Chevron has over a dozen EVgo fast charging stations in operation or under construction at five California stations. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model X at an EVgo charging station (EVgo image)

¶ “Salt Lake City Moves Up Goal To Be Entirely On 100% Renewable Energy To 2030” • Salt Lake City has moved up its goal to be on 100% renewable energy. In a recent interview with FOX 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said the original goal to have the entire city on renewable energy has changed from 2032 to 2030. []

¶ “Xcel Energy Fast-Forwards Minnesota Coal Plant Closures But Extends Nuclear Window” • Xcel Energy plans to close its last two coal-fired power plants in Minnesota by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, while keeping its nuclear power plants running through at least 2040. It plans to have 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.  [Greentech Media]

Coal-burning power plant in Minnesota

¶ “New Hampshire Legislators Quintuple Net Metering Cap By Veto-Proof Margin” • As more states to meet their net metering caps, the legislature in New Hampshire has sought to encourage further adoption by increasing the maximum amount of distributed solar capacity that would receive credit for power sent to the grid. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Reactor Shut Down After Electrical Cable Fails At Plymouth Nuclear Plant” • A degraded electric cable led to a manual scram of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth on May 17. The NRC reported that operators shut down the reactor when a circulating-water pump lost power. Pilgrim is scheduled to close permanently on May 31. [Wicked Local Plymouth]

Have a perfectly auspicious day.

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