Archive for June 12th, 2019

June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2019

Media:

¶ “Leonardo DiCaprio Spotlights Urgency Of Climate Crisis In New Film” • Leonardo DiCaprio is weighing in on climate change this week with a documentary he co-produced, “Ice on Fire.” It is a better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn the tide. [CNN]

Ice on Fire image (Courtesy of HBO)

¶ “Chernobyl Survivors Assess Fact And Fiction In TV Series” • Engineer Oleksiy Breus was a member of staff at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and he was there on the morning of 26 April 1986. He knew and worked with people depicted in the HBO/Sky miniseries. Appraising it, he spoke about what was true and what was fiction. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “GE: Hydrogen Trumps CCS In Preserving Gas Turbines In A Carbon-Free Grid” • General Electric sees hydrogen as the key to natural gas’ participation in a 100% carbon-free electric grid, its chief marketing officer said. He said adding increasing amounts of hydrogen to the gas is a better solution than carbon capture and sequestration. [Utility Dive]

GE gas turbine (GE Power image)

World:

¶ “IEA Hails UK As Climate Leader” • The UK has made “major progress” in reducing its energy-related CO₂ emissions and introducing energy policies and reforms to promote sector decarbonization and clean energy technology, the International Energy Agency says. The IEA adds that the UK must now continue its global climate leadership. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Government To Commit To 2050 Target” • Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut National Health Service costs. The UK is the first country to adopt the goal. [BBC]

Cleaning solar panels (Getty Images)

¶ “Taking A Cue From EU, Canada Plans To Ban Some Single Use Plastics” • Plastic trash used to be a problem with a simple solution: Ship it to China. That worked well until China stopped taking plastic waste. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said his government is considering an alternative solution: Ban some single use plastics. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Stands Ready To Become Offshore Wind Powerhouse” • China’s offshore wind turbine manufacturers could grow to be some of the most dominant in the industry without ever having to succeed overseas, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. China’s offshore wind market could add 40 GW of capacity over the next decade. [CleanTechnica]

Project in Jiangsu, China (Goldwind image)

¶ “Queensland Budget Delivers $250 Million To Kick-Start CleanCo” • The Queensland Government has delivered on its promise to allocate $250 million to CleanCo. The new publicly owned electricity generation and trading company has a mandate to build, own and operate new commercial renewable energy generation in Queensland. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Cheap Solar And Wind Can Re-Boot Australia’s Economic Advantage” • Australia’s abundant wind and solar resources will reduce costs for electricity up to 30%, lead to the electrification of much of transport, building and industrial use, and re-position Australia as major manufacturing center, now with low cost and low carbon power. [RenewEconomy]

AGL wind farms

US:

¶ “Climate Change Poses Major Risks To Financial Markets, US Regulator Warns” • A top financial regulator is opening a public effort to highlight the risk that climate change poses to the nation’s financial markets, setting up a clash with a president who has mocked global warming and whose administration continues to suppress climate science. [Forbes India]

¶ “America’s Oil Boom Will Break More Records This Year” • US oil production is on track to spike to a record 13.4 million barrels per day by the end of 2019, according to a report by research firm Rystad Energy. Texas alone is expected to top 5 million barrels per day in oil production, more than any OPEC member other than Saudi Arabia. [CNN]

Pump jacks (Nick Onford | Reuters)

¶ “Electrify America And ChargePoint Enter Into Roaming Agreement” • In a joint press release, Electrify America and ChargePoint announced that they entered into a roaming agreement that will allow the customers of each company to use the other’s charging equipment seamlessly, with no membership or payment hassles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Are Old Midwest Coal Plants Pushing Renewables Offline?” • State utility commissions in Minnesota and Missouri are looking at the way companies run older coal plants, even when those units aren’t the cheapest option. By doing so, they may be squeezing out lower-carbon resources and raising costs for consumers. [E&E News]

Transmission lines (Ian Muttoo | Flickr)

¶ “Utility-Scale Wind Becoming Top Renewable Energy Resource This Year, EIA Says” • The annual power production from wind energy will surpass hydropower and become the top US clean energy resource for the first time this year, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration forecast in an outlook it released. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “Solar-Fueled Oversupplies Drive Record Renewable Energy Waste In California” • As California increases renewable energy use, its primary power grid is wasting more. In this year’s first five months, the state’s ISO curtailed about 37% more available renewable energy than it did in all of 2018, S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis said. [S&P Global Platts]

Have an amazingly cheerful day.

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