Archive for May 30th, 2019

Month 30 Energy News

May 30, 2019


¶ “‘Stranded Costs’ Mount As Coal Vanishes From The Grid” • Milwaukee-based We Energies announced in 2017 that it would close the 1,210-MW Pleasant Prairie coal-fired plant to save both itself and its customers money. And so it will, despite the fact that the plant has not yet been paid down and will not be for another twenty years. [E&E News]

Pleasant Prairie plant (We Energies | MCT | Newscom)

¶ “Trump’s Bid To Weaken The Next Federal Climate Report Is Likely To Backfire” • As planet-warming gases reach record levels, the Trump administration’s bid to restrict the scope of the National Climate Assessment could backfire, becoming yet another loss for a president whose efforts often fail to meet even basic legal standards. [HuffPost]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is Climate Change Fueling Tornadoes?” • The short answer: There is growing evidence that “a warming atmosphere, with more moisture and turbulent energy, favors increasingly large outbreaks of tornadoes, like the outbreak we’ve witnessed in the last few days,” said Penn State University climate researcher Michael Mann. [InsideClimate News]

Tornado outbreak in 2011 (Image: Jason Weingart |
Barcroft Images | Barcroft Media via Getty Images)


¶ “Vestas Leads Record-Breaking First-Quarter Wind Turbine Order Intake” • Global wind turbine order intake increased by 7% in the first quarter of 2019 to 13.69 GW, eclipsing the previous record set a year earlier by 875 MW, said Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Increasing numbers of orders came from China and the Americas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Reveals Floating Maglev Train With Max Speed Of 373 mph” • China unveiled a prototype maglev train with a top speed of 373 mph (600 km/h). The train was developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, CNN reported. The train will go through further testing before scheduled production in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Maglev train (CRRC image)

¶ “Cost Of Renewable Power Dropped To A Record Low In 2018: Report” • Renewable power generation costs declined in 2018, an IRENA report says. Global costs declined 26% year-on-year for concentrated solar power, 14% for bioenergy, 13% for PVs and onshore wind, 12% for hydropower, and 1% for geothermal and offshore wind. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Britain Nears 12 Days Without Coal” • Great Britain is on its way to going 12 days without burning any coal for electricity. This smashes the record set only a few weeks ago and shows coal’s increasing irrelevance in the British energy mix. May is definitely a record setting month, with a total of over 600 coal-free hours (25 days). [CleanTechnica]

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station (Credit: Alan Murray-Rust)

¶ “Microsoft Partners With Vattenfall On Sustainable Datacenters In Sweden” • Microsoft said two future data centers in Sweden are to be among the most sustainably designed and operated to date. Microsoft is working with Vattenfall to power the data centers with 100% renewable energy and to develop emissions reduction systems. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Enel Starts Spanish Wind Build” • Enel Green Power has started construction of the 12-MW Paradela wind farm in Spain, a six-turbine project  the province of Lugo. It is one of three wind farms the company is currently building in Galicia. The others are the 52-MW Serra das Penas and the 8-MW Pena Ventosa facilities. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “China Gears Up To Use Rare Earths As A Weapon In Trade War As Summit Approaches” • Chinese media reports, including an editorial in the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party, raised the prospect of Beijing cutting exports of the commodities that are critical in the US defense, energy, electronics, and automobile sectors. [Los Angeles Times]


¶ “US Energy Officials Hail ‘Freedom Gas,’ ‘Molecules Of Freedom” • Two DOE officials referred to natural gas produced in the US as “freedom gas” and “molecules of US freedom” in a press release announcing the expansion of a natural gas facility in Texas. The expansion could double the output of the facility by 2020. [CNN]

Flaring natural gas (David McNew, Getty Images)

¶ “Washington State EV Tax Credit Reinstated” • In the state of Washington, EV tax incentives are being reinstated. They ended last year but were recently revived and will go into effect on August 1st of this year. Gov Jay Inslee was behind the revival. The goal in Washington is to get 50,000 of these kinds of vehicles on the roads by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “El Paso Seeks Greener New Mexico” • El Paso Electric has issued a request for proposals for renewable energy projects that can supply a minimum of 141,000 MWh of electricity a year from 2020 into the US state of New Mexico. The company said it will consider a single source or a combinations of solar and wind power with storage. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “State Bill Requires Public Schools To Teach Science of ‘Human-Induced’ Climate Change” • The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill that would make Connecticut the nation’s first state to mandate teaching “human-induced climate change.” The bill was hotly debated for nearly five hours before eventually passing 103-43. [Law & Crime]

¶ “Bill That Subsidizes Nuclear, Scraps Renewable Standards Passes Ohio House” • The Ohio House passed a sweeping energy bill, HB6, that would bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants but wipe out green energy standards. The vote was 53-43. Ten Democrats voted for the bill while seventeen Republicans voted against it. [The Statehouse News Bureau]

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