May 23 Energy News

May 23, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Republicans Aren’t Just Climate Deniers. They Deny The Extinction Crisis, Too” • In King Lear there is a famous line: “‘Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.” The words comment on the deadly consequences of greed, delusion, and folly, but they could serve just as well as a comment on today’s Republican Party. [The Guardian]

Endangered Mandarin duck (Yuri Smityuk | TASS)

¶ “Despite Coalition Victory, The Clean Energy Transition Will Continue” • With an inadequate renewable energy policy at the federal level, a significant amount of grassroots support for climate action and renewable energy development will be a main driver to stimulate new policy. And economics also support new renewable energy projects. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone” • The US federal government has been missing legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics. Seventeen standards are aready overdue for review. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency standards in the absence of federal action. [CleanTechnica]

Los Angeles (Henning Witzel | Unsplash)

¶ “Reality Check: Does Wind Energy Kill Birds And Cause Cancer?” • According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, wind turbines kill up to 300,000 birds a year. That’s low compared to other sources. Communication towers kill 40 million, power lines kill 140 million. Also, the American Cancer Society says it is unaware of links to cancer. [WCCO | CBS Minnesota]

¶ “World’s Fifth-Largest Bank Drops Stink Bomb On US Coal Industry” • Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc said that it will no longer finance the construction of new coal power plants. While this does not mean it will stop supporting projects already underway, it also indicates strong support will continue for renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy in Japan

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bosch Steps Into the Electric Air Taxi Industry To Help Cars Fly” • Bosch is getting into the electric vertical take-off and landing business with a sensor box for autonomy. According to the Boston Consulting Group, there will be 1 billion air taxi flights by 2030. Bosch sees a market for air taxis using its sensor technology for safe automated flights. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “BHP Sees Early End For Thermal Coal, Plugs In To Electric Future” • Just as the Coalition government ramps up efforts for the Adani coal mine and new investments in coal generation, Australia’s biggest mining group, BHP, said thermal coal is likely to exit quicker than most people expect. BHP is getting ready for a decarbonised economy. [RenewEconomy]

Heavy coal mining equipment

¶ “Nigeria’s 100% Renewable Electricity Achievable By 2050 – Report” • Nigeria is among countries whose electricity supply can be fully based on renewable energy sources and storage by 2050. It states that 100% renewable electricity systems would be 60% to 70% cheaper than nuclear power or fossil fuels with the carbon capture and storage. [Pumps Africa]

¶ “Tariff Bids Rise Further In Indian State’s Solar Power Auction” • Tariff bids by project developers continued to rise in Indian auctions, with several major developers avoiding large-scale auctions. A recent auction for 250 MW of PVs received only three bids, which ranged between ₹2.87/kWh (4.12¢/kWh) and ₹2.91/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels in Bhopal (Stefan Krasowski, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Twenty-five New Renewable Energy Facilities to Be Built in Zhambyl region” • Two wind power stations are being developed in the Zhambyl region of Kazakhstan and will be completed in the third quarter of 2019 and 2020. An additional 25 renewable energy facilities will be commissioned by 2023, with a total capacity of 1,392 MW. [Kazakh TV]

US:

¶ “Southern California Fleet Owners Learn How To Go Electric” • Southern California Edison has launched a program, Charge Ready Transport, that aims to install charging stations designed for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles at a minimum of 870 commercial sites within the utility’s 50,000 square-mile service area. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Credit: Penske Truck Leasing)

¶ “Maryland CEJA To Become Law Without Governor Signature” • Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act, recently passed by the state’s General Assembly, is set to become law, but without the signature of governor Larry Hogan. He said in a letter that Senate Bill 516 is not clean and affordable enough and will not produce the anticipated jobs. [Offshore WIND]

¶ “US Wind Industry’s Response To Solar’s Rise: Embrace It” • Amid the changes going on in the renewable power industries, the American Wind Energy Association trade group announced that its flagship annual Windpower conference and exhibition will expand to include solar and storage, starting next year in Denver. [Greentech Media]

Wind turbines and horses in Wyoming (AWEA image)

¶ “Traverse City Switching To 100% Renewable Energy” • Traverse City is known for its beauty, and city officials want to protect that by switching to 100% green energy. Municipal buildings will be powered entirely by solar and wind energy by 2020. The local utility will use 40% renewables by 2025, and it will be completely green by 2040. [9&10 News]

¶ “Ohio House Lawmakers Amend Nuclear Plant Bailout Bill” • The Ohio House has dramatically changed the energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal renewable energy standards. Under the changes neither wind nor solar power can qualify for “Clean Air Credits.” It seems the bill benefits only nuclear plants. [WCBE 90.5 FM]

Have a delightfully ducky day.

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