Archive for June 14th, 2019

June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Tesla’s Solar Roof Is A Bargain, 53% Of The Price Of A Roof + Electricity” • I priced a new roof for my house, so the numbers are not hypothetical but a comparison of bids and realistic projections of two scenarios over 25 years. The Tesla Solar Roof is 52.7% of the cost of installing a comparable roof and buying power from the utility. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla roof, car, and storage

¶ “As Trump Touts Ethanol, Scientists Question The Fuel’s Climate Claims” • President Trump pushed ethanol in Iowa to show support for farmers. But scientists are questioning the administration’s evidence, and the Government Accountability Office questions whether ethanol mandates deliver any emissions reductions at all. [InsideClimate News]


¶ “Global Renewables Jobs ‘Hit 11 Million'” • The renewable energy industry employed 11 million people around the world last year, according to analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA said that 10.3 million people were employed in the sector in 2017, and the increase came in such key markets as China. [reNEWS]

Solar array (IRENA image)

¶ “Why Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Is Ditching Fossil Fuels” • Norway is the largest oil producer in Western Europe, and its economy depends on the oil industry. The parliament instructed its sovereign wealth fund to divest fossil fuel holdings to limit the exposure of its public finances to a sector that is challenged by climate concerns. [The Local Norway]

¶ “UK To Be Left With Five Coal Power Stations After Latest Closure” • The UK’s race to increase renewable energy sources has intensified with the announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station. The news of the plant closing came as last winter was revealed to be the greenest yet for the country’s energy system. [The Guardian]

Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station (Photo: Alamy)

¶ “UK ‘Could Deploy 80 GW Of PV By 2030′” • The UK could install up to 80 GW of solar capacity by 2030, growing from the current 13 GW, a report said. Solarcentury, LUT University, and Energy Watch Group colaborated on the report, which said 80 GW would meet 20% of the country’s electricity demand and could create 200,000 ‘green’ jobs. [reNEWS]

¶ “Sendai Reactor To Stop Due To Delay In Anti-Terror Upgrade Work” • Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority decided to order power companies to suspend operations of their reactors unless anti-terror facilities are completed about a week before set deadlines. The deadline for the No 1 reactor at Sendai will be in March, 2020. [Asahi Shimbun]

Sendai plant (Kyushu Electric Co, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Household Solar Surge Drives Down Power Sales” • The Australian Energy Market Operator said surging rooftop solar panel installations and improved efficiency will reduce the amount of power sold in South West for the first time since 2006. It predicts power sales will decrease an average 0.4% per year over the next decade. [The West Australian]

¶ “Western Australia power retailer Synergy forecast to lose $180 million over three years as dire finances revealed” • A Synergy spokeswoman admitted the utility’s profitability is threatened, citing a range of factors. Chief among them was the rapid uptake of rooftop solar power by households and businesses looking to reduce their power bills. [ABC Local]

Solar farm (Sarah Tallier | ABC News)

¶ “Australia’s Largest Solar And Battery Farm Opens In Kerang, Improves Energy Security” • Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm was officially opened in the north of Victoria. The 50-MW battery system just outside of Kerang stores 100% renewable energy and feeds directly into the state’s electricity grid. [ABC News]


¶ “96% Of National Parks Negatively Impacted By Air Pollution” • The National Parks Conservation Association published a report that has a number of insights about the negative impacts of air pollution at US National Parks. One of these is, “96% of the 417 national parks assessed are plagued by significant air pollution problems.” [CleanTechnica]

Yosemite Valley

¶ “New Florida Law Just Legalized Driverless, Human-Less, Self-Driving Vehicles” • When will regulators approve self-driving vehicles? Well, in Florida, they already have. “More than a month after the Florida legislature passed a bill legalizing the use of autonomous vehicles, Gov Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law,” 10News reports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Looking To Harness The Ocean Winds With British Help” • The federal government estimates that the coastal waters off of New Bedford, Massachusetts, are among the windiest in the nation. Some bad news is that the US doesn’t know much about building wind turbines, out in the ocean at least. But some good news is that the UK can help with that. [BBC]

Burbo Bank wind farm near New Brighton, UK (Reuters)

¶ “US Senate Introduces Offshore Wind Jobs And Opportunity Act” • A bipartisan senate bill is intended to grow offshore wind industry jobs. The Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act would create a system for federal grants to help institutions and businesses develop programs preparing workers for jobs in offshore wind. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “US Seeks Offshore Innovators” • The DOE’s National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has issued a request for proposals to secure funding for research and development in several areas. One area is plant technology advancement, such as improving equipment and its efficiency. Another is developing better systems for installation and supply. [reNEWS]

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