June 9 Energy News

June 9, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic Melt: Threat Beneath The Ice” • The Arctic is heating up twice as fast as the global average, causing massive melting of sea ice. While we know climate change is warming the Arctic air, there is a lot more happening under the ice that we don’t fully understand. We have known the ice was melting, but the effects on microflora may be far-reaching. [CNN]

Arctic ice (Brice Laine | CNN)

¶ “Cautioned Urged Over Modular Nuclear Reactors” • Energy heavyweights are urging caution over the idea that small modular reactors can replace cancelled and decommissioned UK nuclear power projects. National Infrastructure Commission chief economist James Richardson sited the industry’s past failures to deliver on technology promises. [New Civil Engineer]

¶ “New Delivery Drone Focuses on Efficiency, Stability, And Safety” • The latest Prime Air drone can do vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter. It can fly with an airplane’s efficiency. As a hybrid, it transitions easily between the two modes, from vertical mode, to airplane mode in sustained forward flight, and back to vertical mode. [CleanTechnica]

Prime Air drone

World:

¶ “Tesla Outsold Porsche And Jaguar Globally In First Quarter” • In the first quarter of 2019, for the third quarter in a row, Tesla outsold Porsche and Jaguar globally. Jaguar and Porsche sell several more models than Tesla, but as Tesla expands its vehicle lineup, its sales consistently grow. The lower-cost Tesla Model 3 exploded Tesla’s sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Village Considers The Unfathomable: Tearing Itself Down Before Nature Does” • Fairbourne, a village in northwest Wales, was built on a natural flood plain. The reinforced embankment that protects it from flooding was upgraded after a flood 2014 at a cost of £6.8 million ($8.7 million), but it will only hold for so long, as the sea keeps rising. [CNN]

Fairbourne, northwest Wales (CNN image)

¶ “India Offers $360 Million Subsidy For 5,000 Electric Buses” • The Indian government plans to incentivize cities to include electric buses to their public transport fleet through financial subsidies. It will offer subsidies worth ₹2,500 crore ($360 million) for the deployment of 5,000 electric buses in a total of 40 large cities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EnBW pumps up Austrian hydro” • EnBW and Vorarlberger Illwerke have opened the 360-MW Obervermunt 2 pumped hydro storage plant in Austria. The project in Montafon took four and a half years to build and has two turbines and two pumps. Obervermunt 2 uses existing water reservoirs, Lake Silvretta and Lake Vermunt. [reNEWS]

Obervermunt 2 (Image: Vorarlberger Illwerke)

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity Target Of 175 GW Will Be Achieved: Power Minister R K Singh” • Indian Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh has expressed confidence that the renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022 will be achieved. He said 80 GW is already in place and another 24 GW is being installed. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “New Rules Give Households Right To Sell Solar Power Back To Energy Firms” • Britain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from customers under new laws to be introduced this week. Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to sell the energy they do not need to their supplier. [The Guardian]

Solar installation (Photo: David Pearson | Alamy)

¶ “Russia Wants An Alternative Ending To HBO’s Show On The Nuclear Accident Of Ukraine” • The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Russian state TV network NTV is developing its own, more pro-Russia version of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The NTV drama will reportedly alter history to claim that the CIA was involved in the disaster. [News Nation]

US:

¶ “Volkswagen Does Something No Other Manufacturer Is Doing – Advertise Electric Cars” • Volkswagen of America kicked off an ad campaign designed to promote electric cars and rehabilitate the company’s image. It will be featured during the NBA playoffs. It is the first time a car company promoted in EV in the US. But some people aren’t buying it. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen Lemons and Lemonade (Volkswagen image)

¶ “US Automakers Warn Of Dire Consequences If Trump Takes A Sledgehammer To Emissions Rules” • The Trump administration is getting set to release less restrictive exhaust emission rules, but California and the 13 other states that subscribe to stricter rules are not about to relax their standards. That puts the car makers in a real bind. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘We All Owe Al Gore An Apology’: More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding” • A string of natural disasters has hit the central US in recent weeks, from tornadoes to heavy rainfall that floods fields, inundates homes and threatens levees. For many people, there is a clear connection between new weather patterns and climate change. [WAMU 88.5]

Floodwaters in Arkansas (Nathan Rott | NPR)

¶ “White House Blocks Testimony Calling Climate Change ‘Possibly Catastrophic’ Because It Didn’t ‘Jibe’ With Trump Administration Views” • The reason written testimony from an intelligence staffer was barred from being submitted to congress was that it didn’t “jibe” with Trump administration views, news reports say. [Newsweek]

¶ “Bankruptcy Court Asserts Sole Authority Over PG&E Power Contracts” • In a sharply worded ruling, a federal judge scolded a federal regulator for its “power play,” without statutory or Supreme Court authority, to claim jurisdiction over Pacific Gas and Electric’s power supply contracts after the embattled utility declared bankruptcy. [Courthouse News Service]

Have an utterly charming day.

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