Archive for May 25th, 2019

May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Somebody Needs To Tell Ohio Farmers About Agro-photovoltaics” • Farmers in Ohio believe they are being forced to choose between the life style they know and the economic rewards of renewable energy. But the combination of farming and solar energy has been tested repeatedly. It works, and it creates greater opportunities. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (© Fraunhofer ISE)

¶ “Canada’s Amazing – And Invisible – Green Energy Sector” • We don’t hear much about the success story that is clean energy in Canada. But the clean energy sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy, and it is attracting billions of dollars of investment every year. In 2017 it employed nearly 300,000 people. [Macleans.ca]

Science and Technology:

¶ “For Nearly 20 Years, GRACE Has Helped Us Understand Climate Change” • In 2002, two satellites designed to take detailed measurements of the Earth were put into space. They provided detailed daily information on climate change for 15 years. Now, the GRACE Follow-On mission has been launched successfully to take their place. [CleanTechnica]

GRACE satellite system (Credit: JPL | NASA)

¶ “To Infinity And Beyond! The Boring Company Goes Plaid In New Demonstration” • Elon Musk’s Boring Company released a video demonstrating its proposed network of underground tunnels for electric vehicles. Two Teslas compete, one with its onboard Autopilot navigating a tunnel at a speed of up to 127 MPH, the other in LA traffic. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Solar The Key To Progress On Global Access To Electricity” • The report showing the world is still falling short of the global energy targets has some good news also. The number of people without access to electricity continues to shrink as deployment of off-grid power solutions gathers pace. The empowerment is led by solar. [pv magazine International]

Off-grid solar PV system (Image: NwComp Solar)

¶ “Book Titled Empowering Africa Unveiled, Aimed At Enabling Energy Access” • The IEA estimated that Africa has a potential of 300,000 GW of solar PVs 7,000 GW of windpower, but many of its people go without. Enel Foundation and others published Empowering Africa to address the problem of African energy poverty. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Wind Keeps The Wine Flowing In The UK” • Accolade Wines has installed a wind turbine to power its Avonmouth distribution center near Bristol. The 2.5-MW machine was installed with the help of renewable energy specialists CleanEarth and following agreement with the landlord, which sees the turbine as adding value to the property. [reNEWS]

Accolade Park wind turbine (CleanEarth image)

¶ “The Bus Wars Are Over. Electricity – And China – Won.” • The bus wars are over and electricity has won, thanks to a big boost from China. With China’s massive investment in and support for electric buses, electrics are now racing past a 50% share of new bus sales worldwide, according to a recent analysis by Bloomberg NEF. [ThinkProgress]

US:

¶ “US Offshore Wind At Risk Of Delays After ‘Redundant’ Defense And Interior Appropriations Language” • The American Wind Energy Association described language in the FY 2020 appropriations bills for the Defense and Interior Departments as threatening to delay development of the country’s offshore wind pipeline needlessly. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Integrated Solar Roof Shingles From 3 IN 1 ROOF Up For UL Approval” • Solar roofing maverick 3 IN 1 ROOF is looking to leapfrog Tesla in its bid for UL approval for its solar roof shingle. The company, which is based in Fort Lauderdale, has submitted a plan for UL approval. It could come before Tesla’s solar shingle approval. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Freeport Brewery Launches Effort To Put More Clean Energy Into Its Beer” • Maine Beer Co wants to reduce the carbon footprint behind the beer it brews. The company already has a 50-kW solar PV system. It hopes to meet 60% to 70% of its energy needs by 2022 and to generate more clean energy than it uses by 2030. [Press Herald]

Working at Maine Beer Company (Brianna Soukup, PH Staff)

¶ “ComEd Customers Save $4 Billion Thanks To Energy Efficiency Offerings” • Customers of Commonwealth Edison Co, a unit of Exelon Corp, have saved a total of $4 billion on their electricity bills since it introduced its energy efficiency program in 2008. That’s the equivalent of about $84 per year for each customer. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Puerto Rico Adopts New Climate Law, With Goal Of 100% Renewable Energy By 2050” • Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed into law a new climate change initiative that calls for the island commonwealth to reduce its carbon emissions 50% in the next five years and transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [Yale Environment 360]

Governor Ricardo Rosselló at the signing ceremony (PRFAA)

¶ “FPL Starts Building 750 MW Of New Solar On Its Way To 2 GW By 2020” • FPL still gets most of its energy from gas-fired plants, but utility officials also say Florida will soon be “a world leader” in solar energy. FPL has broken ground on ten solar PV projects, each with a capacity of 74.5 MW. They will increase FPL’s solar capacity by 60%. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Three Mile Island Plant, Site Of Nuclear Accident, To Close” • Three Mile Island, site of the worst nuclear power crash in the US, will begin a planned shutdown beginning June 1 now that it is apparent that it will not get a fiscal rescue Exelon Corp said. It has been two years since Exelon first threatened to shut the plant unless it got a bailout. [Mayfield Recorder]

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