June 7 Energy News

June 7, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Large Ebola Outbreaks New Normal, Says WHO” • The world is entering “a new phase” in which large outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal,” according to the World Health Organization. Climate change, rainforest exploitation, emerging diseases, population pressures are among the issues making outbreaks worse. [BBC]

Grave of an Ebola victim (Getty Images)

¶ “Global Aquaculture Poses Serious Risks To The Environment” • Global aquaculture, one of the fastest growing food sectors on the planet, is putting lots of seafood on our plates these days. Scenarios of change require that the aquaculture industry design effective and efficient use and protection of the oceans if it is to be sustainable. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “France Among Members Putting EU 2020 Renewables Target At Risk” • France is one of six EU nations unlikely to hit their 2020 renewable energy targets, putting the EU’s 20% goal at risk, a report from the European Court of Auditors says. The French goal is to source 23% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Renewable energy

¶ “All New British Columbia Light-Duty Vehicles Will Be Zero Emissions By 2040” • The government of British Columbia passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, requiring all new light-duty vehicles like cars and trucks sold there be zero emissions vehicles by 2040. A BC Energy, Mines and Petroleum division representative answered questions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Atlassian Is First Australian Tech Company To Join RE100 Initiative” • Atlassian, an enterprise software company, is the first Australian tech company to join RE100, a global corporate initiative bringing together businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. Its new goal is to be 100% renewably powered by 2025. [Architecture and Design]

Interior of Atlassian Sydney office

¶ “Europe’s Second Hybrid Renewable Power Park Opens On Off-Grid Greek Island” • Greece’s Public Power Corp launched Europe’s second hybrid renewable energy park, combining wind and hydroelectric power, on the Aegean island of Ikaria. The 6.9-MW project will replace part of the power now produced by an oil-fired station. [ETEnergyworld.com]

UK:

¶ “Renewables Offer UK ‘Nuclear Gap’ Insurance” • Increasing renewable energy capacity would provide an insurance policy against a possible ‘nuclear gap’ in the UK’s low-carbon power pipeline caused by early closure of ageing reactors, according to a new report, “Cracks in the System,” by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (reNEWS image)

¶ “Fossil Fuel Pain Increases For Auto Makers As Ford Shutters Bridgend Engine Factory” • Nothing shows the approaching disaster for traditional automakers more clearly than having to close an engine making facility due to lack of demand for internal combustion engines. And lack of demand is why Ford is closing an engine factory in Wales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Northern Ireland On Brink Of Meeting 40% Green Energy Target” • Northern Ireland is closing in on a target of generating 40% of all electricity from renewable sources by next year. Data from the Department for the Economy indicate that 38.6% of the country’s electricity came from homegrown green sources over the 2018-19 fiscal year. [Belfast Telegraph]

Wind turbines (Giuseppe Milo, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “GM Claims It Can Sell Affordable Electric Cars That Are Profitable” • GM president Mark Ruess told an audience at the UBS Global Industrials and Transportation Conference that GM will soon be able to sell electric cars at “very average transaction prices.” He said GM’s EVs are being engineered to make money at low cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Bet On Fossil Fuels, Lost Nearly $200 Billion Misjudging Renewable Energy Transition, Study Says” • General Electric’s profitability collapse over the past few years can be largely attributed to the company’s inability to judge the accelerating pace of the global energy transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables, a study claims. [Electrek]

GE Haliade-X turbine

¶ “Michael Bloomberg Promises $500 Million To Help End Coal” • Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States and halt the growth of natural gas, his foundation said. The campaign will focus on state and local governments. [The New York Times]

¶ “US Offshore Wind Race Heats Up, Now Connecticut In The Mix” • All that lies between The Constitution State and 2,000 MW of clean electricity is Governor Ned Lamont’s signature, and it looks like he’ll sign the state onto offshore wind just in time to knock Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant out of the picture. [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (Photo, cropped, via Ørsted)

¶ “Navajo Tribal Utility Authority To Receive $94 Million Loan Supporting Renewable Energy” • The Navajo Generating Station is expected to close in December 2019, and the Four Corners region is transitioning from coal to renewables. A $94 million loan from USDA to build a solar farm should help the transition. [Utah Public Radio]

¶ “US Senators Collins, King Announce $200,000 in Grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company” • Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I), the US Senators from Maine, announced a $200,000 DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant to the Ocean Renewable Power Company, based in Portland. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a magically superb day.

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