Archive for June 13th, 2019

June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2019


¶ “Why networks think battery storage may be smarter choice than more poles and wires” • Transmission companies worldwide are increasingly considering energy storage to supplement a fundamental part of our electric power infrastructure: the poles and wires that carry high-voltage current from power plant to end-users. [RenewEconomy]

Energy storage

¶ “Confessions Of A Climate Activist: Don’t Blame Yourself, Go After The Criminals Who Sold Out Humanity For Profit” • Don’t blame yourself. Out of all the companies in the world, just one hundred have been responsible for 71% of the global emissions that cause global warming since 1998, according to the Carbon Majors Database. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Adani Mine: Australia Approves Controversial Coal Project” • Australia has given the final approval for construction to begin on a controversial coal mine to be built by Indian company Adani. The mine, in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, has been the subject of years of hold-ups over environmental approvals, but it has both state and federal approval. [BBC]

Coal export point (Getty Images)

¶ “India Invites Proposals For Gravity-Based Energy Storage Projects” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is looking beyond batteries to push energy storage in the grid balancing and support sector and for renewable energy. It has issued a document calling upon companies to submit proposals for gravity storage projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vietnam To See A Gigawatt Of Onshore Wind Installed By 2021” • The Global Wind Energy Council expects Vietnam to install 1 GW of onshore wind capacity by 2021, a move that could make the country a regional wind power leader. The Vietnamese government is said to be considering increasing a wind energy target to 6 GW by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Wind project in Vietnam (Credit: TSV Investment)

¶ Onshore Wind Farms In UK Could Cut £50 A Year Off Energy Bills” • Government ministers face calls to lift a block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets and reduce home energy bills. Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged ending an effective ban on new onshore wind farms in England. [The Guardian]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Storage Rocks In Hamburg” • Siemens Gamesa has started operating an electric thermal energy storage system in Hamburg, Germany, that uses about 1000 tonnes of volcanic rock as a storage medium. The pilot project was developed in partnership with Hamburg Energie and Hamburg University of Technology. [reNEWS]

Storage in stone (Image: Siemens Gamesa)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Move South And East, As Industry Shifts To Middle Income Economies” • Currently 39% of all renewable energy jobs are in China. Other important jobs markets include Brazil, the US and the EU, but the most notable trend is the emergence of renewable energy industries in more corners of east and southeast Asia. [Forbes]

¶ “Japan Sets Carbon-Neutral Goal By 2050” • Japan’s cabinet has adopted an new energy policy, which is intended to bring the country to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It aims to reduce reliance on nuclear energy while also tackling the “reduction of CO₂ emissions from thermal power generation” fired by fossil fuels like coal. [Japan Today]

Mount Fuji (AFP image)


¶ “A Former EPA Chief Says The Trump Administration Is ‘Hamstringing Scientists'” • The Trump administration is “hamstringing scientists and their ability to do their work” to tackle climate change, according to Christine Todd Whitman. She was one of three Republican EPA chiefs who slammed Trump administration policies. [CNN]

¶ “Seven Top Takeaways From Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting” • At Tesla’s yearly shareholder meeting, Elon Musk delivered the company’s “state of the union” for 2019. A few takeaways include that Tesla will make vegan steering wheels and that Elon actually does have a submarine car (though he is not James Bond). But they are not in the top seven. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas (Photo: Megan Gale via Twitter)

¶ “New Jersey 100% Renewable Energy Plan: More Fiber, Less Fluff” • New Jersey has declared it will use only zero carbon energy by 2050. Lots of other states and many municipalities have announced similar goals. The difference, according to PV Magazine, is that New Jersey has an actual plan to make its 100% renewable energy goal a reality. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Up To $9,500 Incentive Offered For EVs Or Hybrid Vehicles In Bay Area” • The Clean Cars for All program is offering up to $9,500 for the purchase or lease of an EV or hybrid vehicle for Bay Area residents who qualify. The $9,500 option is available for certain residents who replace older vehicles (which are dismantled) with plug-in cars. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Screenshot)

¶ “Target Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • Target says it is taking a major step forward by committing to get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. It will help power Target’s stores, distribution centers, and offices more sustainably and responsibly. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Renewable Energy Vermont Becomes First SEIA Affiliate In New England” • Solar Energy Industries Association announced that Renewable Energy Vermont is an official affiliate, its 15th state affiliate, and the first in New England, growing a network of organizations committed to advancing solar markets around the country. [Solar Power World]

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