June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Beyond Renewables: How To Reduce Energy-Related Emissions By Measuring What Matters” • Despite the uptick in renewable energy usage, global emissions have grown steadily. John Woolard, of the World Resources Institute, argues that commitments to 100% renewables will not alone curb the worst impacts of climate change. [Eco-Business]

Albany Wind Farm in Western Australia
(Image: Juan Alberto Garcia Rivera, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “Conservatives Should Change How They Think About Global Warming. I Did.” • I worked at a libertarian thinktank for 23 years, arguing against climate action. But my views have changed. I now embrace decarbonization. Why? For one thing, I’ve come to better understand risk management. We need to hedge our bets on climate change. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sea-Based Renewable Hydrogen Storage Project Could Fuel Ships” • A renewable hydrogen storage project, known as the Deep Purple project, aims to convert electricity generated from wind into hydrogen. This hydrogen would then be stored on the seabed and supplied to offshore facilities located on Norway’s continental shelf. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Ocean floor

¶ “Jet Fuel From Plastic Bottles? It’s Possible, Say Washington State University Researchers” • Landfills in the US take in about 28 million tons of plastic waste each year, the EPA says. It could take centuries to decompose. Now, Researchers at Washington State University claim they have created a way to make jet fuel from plastic waste. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alberta Wildfires Linked To Climate Change, Scientist Says” • Recent fires were connected to climate change in two research papers published by scientists with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Fires like the one near Fort McMurray in May 2016, which forced more than 80,000 people to flee, are much more likely with climate change. [CBC.ca]

Wildfire (Rodney Schmidt)

¶ “Industrial Methane Emissions Far Higher Than Expected” • Methane emissions from US industrial operations have been thought to be just under 9,000 tons. But when researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund decided to do some real world testing, they found their measurements showed much greater amounts. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “How Countries Can Learn From Jordan’s Renewable Energy Pivot” • Jordan, with a total generation capacity of about 4,000 MW, has 285 MW of wind and 771 MW of solar power. It wants to have 2,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2021. Its move toward renewables, started in 2015, is impelled by both economic and humanitarian pressures. [The National]

Jordan’s sunny and windy Wadi Rum

¶ “Hurdles Cleared For 480-MW Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Project” • The Conseil d’Etat, the French supreme administrative court, turned down an appeal against the  480-MW Saint-Nazaire wind farm, which EDF Renewables and Enbridge plan for French waters, moving the long-delayed project forward. The permit had been granted in 2016. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Korean Firms Eye Investment In Renewable Energy In Vietnam” • Korean investors hope to work on renewable energy in Vietnam because of the country’s potential and incentives, an official said. Vietnam plans to cooperate with the Korea to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and protect its environment. [en.vietnamplus.vn]

Installing PVs in Quang Ngai province (Photo: VNA)

¶ “900 GW Of Coal To Be Repaced By Renewable Energy – IRENA” • A report from IRENA convincingly concludes that by 2020 the entire world will be able to install renewable energy for considerably less cost than existing fossil fuel plants. Renewable energy has fallen in cost faster than even IRENA had forecast, and the cost keeps declining. [Utilities Middle East]

¶ “Welsh Farming Was Paralyzed For 26 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Disaster” • The Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986 released deadly radioactive clouds to drift across Europe contaminating land and livestock. It left Welsh farming paralysed for 26 years with sheep remaining radioactive for years after the explosion. [Kent Live]

Sheep grazing in Wales (Eirian Evans, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Ex-Governor Strickland Frustrated To See Ohio Dumping Renewable Energy Goals” • In 2008, Ohio Gov Ted Strickland signed into law a bill pushing the coal-dependent state toward renewable electricity. The Republican controlled legislature had passed the bill with one negative vote. Now, that law is being undone, and he is not happy. [Toledo Blade]

¶ “Walt Disney World Solar Panels Now Span 270 Acres” • At 50 MW, the Walt Disney World solar array is one of the biggest in Florida, and it generates enough renewable energy to operate two of Disney’s four Florida theme parks. The Walt Disney Company has a 2020 goal to reduce emissions by 50% compared to 2012. [CleanTechnica]

Walt Disney World solar array (Image: Cynthia Shahan)

¶ “Renewable Energy Microgrid To Power Oakland Conference” • The VERGE 19 conference and expo, Oct 22-24 in Oakland, is a platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy. The conference will be powered by a renewably powered, fully functional microgrid, a demonstration of radical efficiency and resilience. [GreenBiz]

¶ “Climate Change Causing Lake Michigan To Experience Rapid Shifts Between High And Low Water Levels” • New high water level records were set on Lakes Erie and Superior, and there has been widespread flooding across Lake Ontario for the second time in three years. Only a few years ago, water levels were at a low point. [Milwaukee Independent]

Have a marvelously productive day.

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