May 26 Energy News

May 26, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “State of Global Air 2019 – A Special Report On Global Exposure To Air Pollution And Its Disease Burden” • Scientists, doctors, lung associations, medical journals, and another recent report, State of Global Air 2019, have conducted tens of thousands of studies on such topics. At this point, the message is clear – we need stronger policy action. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot from The Human Element

¶ “The Dance of Nuclear, Coal, And Renewables in South Africa” • In 2010 South Africa planned to build 8 more nuclear reactors, in addition to two already running. Since then, there has been a shift in political positions, and amidst problems with finance and corruption, they have been cancelled. But the old reactors may stay for a while. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The First Tribal Climate Emergency Declaration Is Here, And It Won’t Be The Last” • In the Arctic, people don’t have time to wait around for others to take action to stop climate change. An indigenous community in Canada’s Yukon territory recently declared a climate emergency. They are just the first indigenous peoples to do so. [Gizmodo Australia]

Some rely on caribou to survive. (Photo: G MacRae, Flickr)

¶ “2020 Is Team Oil vs Team Climate Change. There’s No Middle.” • 96% of Democrat or Democratic-leaning voters polled by CNN in April want a candidate who will take aggressive action on climate change. While an NBC News poll in December found 71% of Democrats saying climate change required immediate action, only 15% of Republicans agreed. [CNN]

World:

¶ “BYD Delivers The First Fleet Of Electric Buses To Argentina” • A fleet of fully electric buses in Argentina was brought across the Chilean border and to its final destination in the City of Mendoza by manufacturer BYD after making a lengthy trek by freighter. The 12 new BYD K9 buses will be the first fleet of electric buses in Argentina. [CleanTechnica]

Three of the BYD buses delivered to San Antonio, Chile

¶ “Skyrocketing Tesla Sales Force Mercedes Dealer In Norway To Face A Kodak Moment” • With the Tesla Model 3 available in Norway since February, sales of competing brands have suffered. Mercedes dealer Bertel O Steen has seen its passenger car sales drop a full 33% in the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Adani Solar Aims At 50% Market Share In Two Years, Says Official” • With 80% of solar panels sold in India made in China, Adani Solar is making modules and panels cheaper and more durable, a company official told reporters. Adani Solar expects to get 50% market share in two years, the company’s business development chief said. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar power plant

¶ “True Energy Gets First License To Help Secure Green Future” • Danish start-up True Energy received a ‘peak shaving’ approval from the country’s authorities. The license enables homes and individuals in Denmark to help balance an increasingly green energy grid, thereby assisting the transformation towards a greener energy future. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Microsoft Announces A New Wind Energy Deal In The Netherlands” • Microsoft announced a wind energy deal in the Netherlands. As part of this deal, Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from a wind farm owned by developer Eneco. Microsoft will use this green energy to power its datacenters for 15 years starting in 2022. [MSPoweruser]

Green energy

¶ “Coal Reigns In Vietnam’s Booming Energy Sector But Interest Growing In Renewables” • Vietnam has become a hot spot for energy investors eyeing a spend of up to $150 billion over the coming decade to meet surging power demand. Coal is expected to dominate the sector despite signs of a government effort to go green. [The Japan News]

US:

¶ “ChargePoint And Chevron Partner To Bring More Fast Charging To More Gas Stations” • ChargePoint and Chevron partnered on DC Fast Charging stations along Interstate 5 in California to fill in key gaps in universal fast charging coverage. A California Energy Commission program will see 70 ChargePoint charging stations installed.  [CleanTechnica]

Two girls charging an EV (Credit: Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Four US States Scoring Under-the-Radar Clean Energy Wins” • Across the country, from South Carolina to Nevada, states are taking new measures to harness wind and solar power. Since January, more than 10 state legislatures have enacted policies that encourage new renewable energy development. Here are four examples. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coal’s US Slide To Continue As Renewables, Gas Fill The Gap” • Demand for coal to generate electricity will continue its slide in coming months, despite Trump administration efforts to shore up the industry, the EIA said. Renewable energy, including wind, solar, and hydropower, are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline. [Mayfield Recorder]

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