June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2019


¶ “UK And Trump Miles Apart On Climate Change” • The British parliament declared a ‘climate emergency’ in May, and a day later the government’s chief advisory committee on climate change recommended cutting the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Meanwhile, Trump mocks science and promotes fossil fuels. [CNN]

Protest (Chris J Ratcliffe | Getty Images Europe | Getty Images)

¶ “500 Gas Car Fires Per Day – Can We Please Get Serious About Electric Car Battery Fires?” • A recent FEMA report said that in the US fires in conventional vehicles give us an “annual average of 345 deaths; 1,300 injuries; and $1.1 billion in property loss.” But the headlines we read and the news we hear focus on the few fires that happen in EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Environment Insurance Risk Assessment In The Face Of Climate Change” • The last few years have seen increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Adverse atmospheric events are poignant reminders of how vulnerable our society is across a broad range of threats posed by extreme environmental events. [Advanced Science News]



¶ “Greenko Raises $495 Million In Equity Funding For 2.4 GW Of Storage Projects” • Renwable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings secured Equity Commitment for two Storage Projects, each with a capacity of 1.2 GW. The projects are expected to be constructed and operational in 2022, with a capital outlay of $2 billion. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

¶ “Electric Vehicle Sales Up 70% In Europe” • The European passenger plug-in vehicle market saw 37,000 registrations in April, growing 30% compared to the same period last year. It was a good performance considering that the overall market is still in the red (-1% in April). And April’s fully electric vehicles jumped 70% year over year. [CleanTechnica]

Renault ZOE

¶ “70% Of India’s Top 100 Corporates Are Moving Towards Renewable Energy” • A new WWF-India report, ‘Renewable Energy Demand in India: Corporate Buyers’ Perspective’, says corporates constitute over 50% of India’s electricity demand. And about 70% of the top 100 companies on the NSE are already procuring renewable energy. [India Today]

¶ “The Winds Of Change Blow For Japan’s Energy Mix” • Japan was once thought of as a nuclear pioneer. Then the Fukushima Disaster made it scramble to import fossil fuels. Now, the fossil fuels are being replaced with renewable energy. A recent report produced by Wood Mackenzie says offshore wind could increase 62-fold over the next decade. [Power Technology]

Wind farm (Credit: Σ64)

¶ “Gupta Secures China EPC Contract For $350 Million Cultana Solar Farm” • Sanjeev Gupta’s 280-MW Cultana solar farm, near his Whyalla Steelworks in South Australia, is a step closer to construction. His majority-owned Simec Energy Australia signed a partnership agreement with Shanghai Electric to build and complete the plant. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “South Korea Confirms Plans To Step Up Shift To Renewable Power” • Asia’s fourth-largest economy is shifting towards clean energy amid growing criticism of its air quality. South Korea’s energy ministry said it finalized plans to raise the share of the country’s power output generated from renewable sources to as much as 35% by 2040. [The Indian Express]

Air pollution

¶ “Germany Goes 47% Renewable So Far This Year” • So far this year, renewables have produced 47% of all electricity supplied to the public grid in Germany, according the Fraunhofer Institute’s Head of Department New Devices and Technologies. This is significantly above last year’s clean energy’s share, which was 40.6% of generation. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Coal And Defence Leaders Demand ‘Drastic’ Climate Action” • The end of human civilization could come as soon as 2050, a report warns. It was written by David Spratt, a Research Director at the Melbourne center, and Ian Dunlop, former chairman of the Australian Coal Association and an international oil, gas and coal industry executive. [The Mandarin]

Climate change (Getty Images)


¶ “Joe Biden Unveils ‘Middle-Ground’ Climate Plan With 2050 Target, Room For Fossil Fuels” • Joe Biden promised to reverse the Trump administration’s deregulatory effort and set the US on course to hit net-zero emissions by 2050 with a plan he released as an alternative to the Green New Deal. His plan is short on details, however. [HuffPost]

¶ “Wisconsin Solar Dispute Goes To Court After Regulators Punt” • Five years after a victory on a similar issue in Iowa, Barry Shear, the owner Iowa-based Eagle Point Solar LLC, sued We Energies and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. The utility had refused to let solar arrays on Milwaukee city buildings connect to its power grid. [E&E News]

Solar energy system (Eagle Point Solar image)

¶ “Teen Activists Face US Government In Crucial Hearing Over Climate Trial” • Youth activists are facing off with the US federal government in an Oregon courthouse, where their attorneys will petition a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys will argue, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. [The Guardian]

¶ “Three Waters To Flow For Minnesota Agency” • Scout Clean Energy is to supply electricity to the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency from the 200-MW Three Waters wind farm in Jackson County. The project will feature up to 71 GE 2.82-MW turbines spread across about 18,200 hectares. Construction is slated for 2021. [reNEWS]

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