June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “China Is Eating Our Lunch, And What We Can Do About It” • Solar, wind, batteries, and their industrial mass production use common raw materials and processes that are available in most countries. There is nothing in them that is exclusive to China. And rare earth metals are not all that rare. But we cannot afford to be complacent. [CleanTechnica]

Clean resources (NRDC courtesy photo)

¶ “Ohio Utilities May Do Politics Better Than Electricity” • Ohio electric companies seem to spend as much time on politics as on electricity. Consider House Bill 6, which the Ohio House passed 53-43. It’s a ratepayer-funded bailout of two nuclear plants, pushed by electric companies that only recently had panted for “deregulation.” [cleveland.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Some Of Pennsylvania’s Iconic Tree Species Might Not Survive Climate Change” • Thousands of acres of the mountain maple, American beech, balsam fir, paper birch, and quaking aspen that produce some of Pennsylvania’s most vibrant spring, summer, and fall scenes are at risk because of climate change, a state agency said. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Trees in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry)

World:

¶ “China Electric Vehicle Sales Up To 5.4% Market Share” • After a first quarter with surging sales, April saw the Chinese plug-in EV market cool down a little, to some 100,000 registrations. That means it was up only 34% year over year. With the mainstream market still in the red, the April plug-in EV share reached an amazing 6.2%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PM To Challenge Trump’s Approach On Climate” • Theresa May will raise the issue of climate change with Donald Trump during his upcoming visit to the UK, Downing Street has told BBC News. The confirmation coincides with UK climate researchers asking the prime minister to “robustly challenge” President Trump on the topic. [BBC]

Protest (Jim West | Science Photo Library)

¶ “MNRE Invites Preliminary Proposals For Gravity-Based Storage Project” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy requested proposals for projects that store energy by gravity or  that make hydrogen from seawater by use of PVs. The ministry believes that with growing renewable generation, more energy storage will be needed. [Mercom India]

¶ “Vena Commissions 95-MW Solar Park In South Australia, Plans Extension, Storage” • Vena Energy Australia said it has opened its 95-MW Tailem Bend solar park in South Australia. It is working on a similar-sized second phase project and a battery storage plan. The PV park is expected to supply enough for about 40,000 homes. [Renewables Now]

Solar park (Image: Equis Pte Ltd)

¶ “Total Inaugurates 2nd Solar Power Plant In Japan” • Natural gas and low-carbon electricity provider Total started up commercial operation of its second solar power plant in Japan. The 25-MW solar power plant in Iwate Prefecture on Japan’s Honshu Island, will generate enough energy to serve over 8,000 typical Japanese households. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Energy Prices Drop In Europe As Cheaper Renewable Energy Fights For Market Share” • Gas and coal prices are plunging in Europe, hurt by the relentless threat of ever-cheaper clean energy that’s gaining market share and pushing out the fossil fuels in the process. [The National]

Burbo Bank wind farm (Reuters)

US:

¶ “Lyft Offers Portland Drivers Free EV Charging” • Until Lyft and Uber can replace all of their traditional cars with robotaxis, both are encouraging drivers to use plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars. According to Mashable, Lyft drivers in Portland, Oregon, will be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid or fully electric cars for free, starting in July. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massachusetts Officials Recommend Another 1.6 GW of Offshore Wind” • Massachusetts officials have recommended that the state double down on its offshore wind program and sign contracts for another 1,600 MW of capacity in two solicitations to be held in the early 2020s. They were encouraged by low bids in recent auctions. [Greentech Media]

Building the Block Island wind farm

¶ “Illinois Solar Energy Association Announces 2019 Tesla Model X Raffle” • The Illinois Solar Energy Association has been hosting annual fundraising raffles to win a Tesla for the past six years. This year, anyone in the US can help support the ISEA’s solar advocacy and enter for a chance to win a Tesla Model X by visiting the ISEA store. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Irish Solar Energy Developer BNRG Strikes Financing Deal For Us Projects” • Irish solar energy developer BNRG renewables has struck a financing deal for the first projects in a US portfolio which it predicts will grow to a total value of $375 million (€336m). The first $40 million investment is for development of a 33 MW of US projects. [Irish Times]

Have an irrefutably gorgeous day.

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