June 15 Energy News

June 15, 2019


¶ “A Digital Solution For Plastic Waste” • It was once a shoreline buried by enough trash to render it invisible, warranting the unfortunate nickname “toilet bowl.” Now the Philippines’ Manila Bay beach is unrecognizably clean compared with a few months ago, a transformation so sudden and extreme that it brought tears to the eyes of residents. [BBC]

Clean-up workers (Credit: Nathan Beer)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland Lost Two Billion Tons Of Ice Yesterday, Which Is Very Unusual” • Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting yesterday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons. It is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost in the middle of June, and 2019 could once again set records for the amount of Greenland ice loss. [CNN]

¶ “Acid Test For Hydrogen Versus Battery Electric Transport” • The world’s first hydrogen powered ferry boat has been under construction in San Francisco, and there is also a battery powered ferry in the works for New York City. It’s a classic west coast/east coast matchup, and to add a little extra spice the same investor group is behind both vessels. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen-powered electric ferry (Image: SW/TCH Maritime)

¶ “New IEA Report Focuses on Hydrogen Use” • According to a report from the International Energy Agency, hydrogen has a vast potential to become a critical part of a more sustainable and secure energy future for the world. The study includes analysis of hydrogen’s current state of play and offers guidance on its development. [Renewable Energy Magazine]


¶ “Alberta Taxpayers Will Get Stuck With $400 Billion+ Oil & Gas Cleanup Bill” • Rob Wadsworth, vice-president of closure and liability for the Alberta Energy Regulator told oil and gas officials privately last September that the cleanup bill for oil and gas wells in Alberta will be over $260 billion. Taxpayers were kept in the dark, however. [CleanTechnica]

Alberta oil wells (Credit: Real News via YouTube)

¶ “EU Approves Italy’s Auction Scheme For Renewables” • A €5.4 billion Italian program is expected to spur new growth in both large scale PVs and rooftop systems. The first technology-neutral clean energy auctions in Italy, which will also provide incentives for projects linked to EV charging, may be held in the months ahead. [pv magazine International]

¶ “France Awards 516 MW Of Onshore Wind And Launches 480-MW Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm” • In its third onshore wind tender, France’s Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition awarded a total of 516 MW to 21 projects. It has also launched development of the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. [CleanTechnica]

Alstom wind energy project in France

¶ “Michael E Mann took climate change deniers to court. They apologized.” • In 2011, renowned scientist Michael E Mann sued a Canadian think tank that published an interview suggesting his work on climate change was fraud. Eight years later, the Frontier Center for Public Policy, which often promotes climate change denial, apologized. [Grist]

¶ “Pope Begs Climate Deniers To Listen To Science” • Pope Francis said that carbon pricing is “essential” to stem global warming. In an address to energy executives at a meeting, he also called for “open, transparent, science-based and standardized” reporting of climate risk and a “radical energy transition” away from carbon to save the planet. [The National]

Pope Francis at the two-day meeting (Reuters)


¶ “NASA Pressured By Trump Official On Climate Change Stance, Emails Show” • Once a skeptic about climate change, Jim Bridenstine came around to the prevailing view of scientists before he took over as NASA administrator. That evolution did not sit well with a Trump environmental adviser, nor a think-tank analyst he was consulting, emails show. [NDTV]

¶ “84-Year Old Tesla Owner Perhaps First To Drive Electric Car To Arctic” • Many still believe electric cars are incapable of road trips due to a lack of EV charging infrastructure. An 84-year old Tesla owner proved the naysayers wrong when he became the first person to drive an electric car to the coastline of the Arctic Ocean. [CleanTechnica]

Seward Highway (Image: David Mark | Pixabay)

¶ “US Imposes Tariffs On Indian Solar Modules” • Expanding upon the trade policies enacted against other countries, the US administration recently announced the end of preferential trade treatment for India on account of its ‘developing country’ status. Indian solar module exports shall now attract a 25% safeguard duty. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Walmart Subscribing To 36 Community Solar Gardens” • Walmart has reached an agreement with the United States Solar Corp to subscribe to 36 of the latter’s community solar gardens in the state of Minnesota. The 1-MW community solar gardens will provide energy to Walmart locations in thirteen Minnesota counties. [Progressive Grocer]

US Solar community solar garden in Wrenshall, Minnesota

¶ “Allete Makes Oklahoma Power Play” • Allete Clean Energy is to supply Smithfield Foods with 75 MW of electricity for 12 years from the 300 MW Diamond Spring wind farm in Oklahoma. Construction on the wind farm will begin by early 2020. In 2016, Smithfield set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025. [reNEWS]

¶ “Congressman Hopes Taking DOE Out Of Yucca Process Will Bring Nevada To The Table” • The stalemate over building a national nuclear waste repository in Nevada could possibly be overcome if the DOE was no longer the lead federal agency on the project, experts and members of Congress suggested at a House hearing. [Nevada Independent]

Have an outstandingly pleasant day.

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