Archive for June 17th, 2019

June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2019


¶ “EU Leaders Face Pressure To Deliver On Climate Change” • By keeping global warming in the public eye, protests helped Green parties in last month’s European elections. They won 74 seats in the European Parliament, up from 52 seats. Their surge, and the boost for liberal parties in the center, will change EU political dynamics. [BBC]

Climate rally in Paris (Getty Images)

¶ “Want To Fight Big Oil, Pollution, And Corrupt Pollution-Pushing Politicians? Do This One Thing” • The US government is unlikely to do anything significant to weaken and shrink the oil and gas industry, but you can. You can easily pull thousands of gallons of oil off the market by switching to an electric car and slam the oil industry as you do. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Indian Farmers Are Using The Sun To Help Water Their Crops” • Khethworks is trying to fix the problem of drought and heat in India by harnessing one of the causes. The company has developed a solar-powered irrigation system that allows farmers to water their crops without depending on seasonal rains or expensive fuel. [CNN]

Paddy in India (Meena Kadri, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Honda e Electric Car Details Emerge – 31,000 People Say They Want One” • The Honda e four-passenger urban electric car is scheduled to go on sale in early 2020, with full-production-spec versions to be on display at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Honda says it has already received more than 31,000 “expressions of interest.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kenya Slowly Warms to Solar As Two New Solar Projects Launch” • In November 2018, Kenya commissioned its first commercial-scale solar power plant, the 54.6-MW Garissa Solar Power Plant, which will supply about 2% of Kenya’s electricity. Its success led to a 40-MW project in Eldoret and a 50 MW project in Nandi County. [CleanTechnica]

Kenya’s first grid connected solar roof (Strathmore University)

¶ “Investors Remain Ready To Back Renewable Projects, Survey Finds” • Sydney-based MinterEllison released a wide-ranging international survey that found that renewable energy investors stand ready to increase their activities over the next two years. Australian renewable projects are attractive, especially with US investors. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Wins Formosa 2 Supply Deal” • Siemens Gamesa secured a conditional order to supply turbines for the 376-MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm off Taiwan, a Macquarie and Swancor Renewables project. The German-Spanish turbine maker will delivery 47 8.0-167 machines for the project, which will enter construction in 2020. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “South Australia’s Stunning Aim To Be ‘Net’ 100% Renewables By 2030” • The South Australia Liberal government says it expects the state will achieve “net” 100% renewables by 2030. This contrasts with the conservative Liberal Party at the federal level, where the prevailing view is that renewables will kill the economy. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Hydrogen To Drive The Future Of Energy” • Dubai broke ground for what is expected to become the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa. Research has found that hydrogen produced from renewables will become a fuel that can be stored and used for a wide variety of purposes. [Utilities Middle East]

Siemens hydrogen electrolysis unit

¶ “Major Companies Call For Ambitious 2030 Renewable Electricity Targets” • Twenty major companies called on the Japanese government to set an ambitious target of sourcing at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, more than double its current ambition. Among the companies were Sony, AEON, and Fujitsu. [Mirage News]

¶ “EU Needs More Wind And Solar Power” • A report by the European Court of Auditors says that although both wind and solar power have recorded strong growth since 2005, there has been a slowdown since 2014. It recommends that the European Commission take steps to encourage support for deployment of both technologies. [The Scottish Farmer]

Wind turbines in Germany

¶ “Chiefs Oppose Small Reactors On First Nations Territory” • Chiefs of the Anishinabek Nation, representing 40 Indigenous communities across Ontario, unanimously endorsed a grand council resolution stating their objection to the construction, operation, storage or disposal of small modular nuclear reactors anywhere on their lands. [The Sudbury Star]


¶ “Co-op Elections Show Strengthening Interest In Electrical Transition” • Across mountain valleys of Colorado, from La Plata Electric in the Durango-Pagosa Springs area to Yampa Valley Electric, the co-op that serves the Steamboat Springs-Craig areas, elections of electrical co-op board members have had many real contests this year. [Mountain Town News]

San Luis Valley solar farm (Allen Best)

¶ “New Project To Power 100% Of Arkansas County’s Operations” • Continuing a string of solar project announcements, Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock has partnered with Ouachita County, Arkansas, and the city of Camden, the county seat, to provide enough sun energy to power 100% of municipal and county operations. [US News & World Report]

¶ “UC Solar Projects Create Lower Costs, Renewable Energy” • Three big University of California Solar projects are poised to be the next big breakthroughs in low-cost, accessible sustainable commercial and residential energy in California and far beyond. One technology being tested conducts heat away from the solar PV panels. [Merced County Times]

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