May 29 Energy News

May 29, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Warming Arctic Produces Weather Extremes In Our Latitudes” • Atmospheric researchers have shown that rising temperatures in the stratosphere are causing the jet stream to falter and follow a wave-like course. And the weakening of the jet stream is spreading downward from the stratosphere, producing weather extremes in lower latitudes. [Science Daily]

Midnight sun in Greenland (Credit: © Hortigüela | Adobe Stock)

World:

¶ “BNP Paribas Cuts Ties With Polish Electricity Producers Over Coal Dependency” • French banking giant BNP Paribas has cut ties with electricity producers in Poland. The bank cited the producers’ continued dependence on the coal industry and absence of signs of a change in strategy towards renewable forms of energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Scouts For Wind Sites In Preparation For More Tenders” • Citing sources from India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, multiple media reports claim that Indian states that are rich in renewable energy potential have been asked to identify land to set up large-scale wind energy projects to prepare for more tenders. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Pexels image)

¶ “‘Startling’ Inaction On Climate Change Must End, Pope Says” • Pope Francis said that to win the fight against climate change, its leaders must stop profiting from fossil fuels that threaten the survival and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. He was addressing a Vatican climate change conference for world finance ministers. [Crux: Covering all things Catholic]

Australia:

¶ “Vestas Strikes 227-MW Gold In Australia” • Vestas has secured an engineering, procurement and construction contract for Ratch-Australia Corporation’s 227MW Collector wind farm in the Australian state of New South Wales. The deal includes the supply of 54 Vestas V117-4.2MW turbines with an energy-based availability guarantee. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Australia On Track To Reach 50% Renewable Energy By 2030: RepuTex” • Australia is on track to achieve a 50% renewable electric energy target by 2030, regardless of federal policy intervention. This is due to the country meeting state renewable energy targets. That’s the finding of new modelling by energy analyst firm RepuTex. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Two New Solar Farms Connect To The Grid In Queensland” • Two solar farms have joined the grid in Queensland, including Adani Renewables’ Rugby Run project which finally sealed its connection some seven months after the project was built and mechanically complete. These are just two of several solar farms queued up to connect. [RenewEconomy]

Rugby Run project (Adani Renewables image)

US:

¶ “Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science” • Donald Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault. Parts of the federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet. [The New York TImes]

¶ “Carbon Pricing Reaches US House’s Main Tax-Writing Committee” • A coalition of business and environmental groups, with the support of some major oil companies, took a carbon pricing plan to the US House’s main tax-writing committee. It was the Ways and Means Committee’s first climate-related hearing in a dozen years. [InsideClimate News]

Capitol Power Plant (Credit: Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “BYD Goes Green With 2 MW Of Solar Plus 2 MWh Of Storage On Its California Factory” • BYD announced that it has partnered with Apparent, Inc to develop a 2-MW solar installation at its Lancaster, California Coach & Bus plant. The installation will be paired with a 2-MWh stationary energy storage battery to maximize solar usage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “USPS Goes Driverless Between Phoenix And Dallas With TuSimple” • The US Postal Service has entered into a contract with self-driving truck startup TuSimple to haul mail between Dallas and Phoenix. TuSimple will complete five round trips over the next two weeks while a safety engineer and licensed driver ride along in the cab. [CleanTechnica]

TuSimple self-driving truck (Credit: TuSimple)

¶ “Dallas To Cut Electricity Costs With New Renewable Energy Contract” • The City of Dallas has entered into a new electricity contract with TXU Energy to power all city facilities with wind and solar energy for 10 years. The city will initially draw power and renewable energy credits from the Foard City Wind Farm in west Texas. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Rhode Island Confirms Revolution Power Play” • Ørsted and the utility Eversource have secured a power purchase agreement for their 400-MW Revolution wind farm off Rhode Island, with PUC approval, a tweet from the Danish developer said. A further 300 MW from the lease zone is to be delivered to neighboring Connecticut. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Ørsted image)

¶ “US Partners Saddle Up 300-MW Solar ‘Ranch'” • First Solar and Capital Dynamics have started commercial operations at a 280-MW PV farm. The California Flats facility is on land of the Hearst-owned Jack Ranch near the borders of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, one of the largest cattle ranches in the country. [reNEWS]

¶ “Workers At Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Prep For Permanent Shutdown” • To prepare for final shutdown, workers simulated shutting down of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. On May 30, a team of workers will begin the process of reducing the plant’s power output from the current 40% of its capacity to zero, after 47 years of operation. [NBC10 Boston]

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