June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2019


¶ “Renewables Are Winning The Economics Battle Against New Coal And Gas, Stunning Study Shows” • Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that renewables are now the cheapest form of new electricity generation across two thirds of the world. Five years ago, they were cheapest in only 1% of the world, according to BNEF. [ThinkProgress]

Solar panels and wind turbines in Palm Springs (Getty Images)

¶ “Extreme Temperatures Are Melting The Arctic” • If you live in the US or Canada, you may have noticed cool weather lately. Climate scientists say that this is because the mass of cold air usually over the Arctic has been displaced southward by air that is as much as 40°F higher than normal. There is a cause of this, but the effects are just starting. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Photo Of Sled Dogs Walking Through Water Shows Reality Of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet” • A photo of sled dogs ankle deep in a wide expanse of light blue water may be destined to join pictures of starving polar bears, shrunken glaciers, stranded walruses, and lakes turned bone dry in the images evidence of our ongoing climate catastrophe. [CNN]

Sled dogs in northwestern Greenland
(Steffen M Olsen, Denmark Meterorology)

¶ “Boaty McBoatface Makes Significant Climate Change Discovery On First Mission” • The British unmanned research submarine Boaty McBoatface has made an impressive debut in the scientific arena, discovering a significant link between Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures on its 180 km (112 mile) maiden voyage. [CNN]

¶ “The Poisons Released By Melting Arctic Ice” • In a rapidly warming Arctic, the permafrost is thawing out and revealing its hidden secrets. Alongside Pleistocene fossils in land and soil that has been permanently frozen up to now, however, there are massive carbon and methane emissions, toxic mercury, and ancient diseases. [BBC]

Arctic “mega slump” (Credit: Sue Natali)


¶ “Renewable Energy Investment In 2018 Hit $288.9 Billion” • According to data from BloombergNEF, global investment in renewable energy hit $288.9 billion in 2018. The amount is down by 11% from the previous year, partly due to falling technology costs in solar PVs. Investment in new capacity fired by coal or gas was $95 billion. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Canada Approves $5.5 Billion Oil Pipeline Project” • Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion project after a federal court sent it back for review last summer. PM Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals had taken the rare step last year of buying the pipeline for C$4.5 billion ($3.4 billion, £2.6 billion) to help ensure the project’s survival. [BBC]

Trans Mountain project construction site (Reuters)

¶ “India Auctions 1.2 GW Of Solar PVs At 3.66¢/kWh” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India issued the fourth national-level solar PV tender last February, and the technical bidding phase was completed in May. Media reports said that bids came in for 1.9 GW, with the lowest bid at ₹2.54/kWh (3.64¢/kWh). The cap was ₹2.65/kWh (3.80¢/kWh). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greece Named Among Top 10 Countries Producing Renewable Energy” • Greece has been recognized as one of ten countries in the world that are producing over 20% of their total electric energy from solar and wind power, according to the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report, which was released this week. [Neos Kosmos]

Wind farm on Panachaiko mountain (Wikipedia)

¶ “South Korea Fires Up On Renewables, To Close More Coal Plants” • In South Korea, coal-fired generation has been the bedrock of the country’s electricity supply. The country is the world’s fourth-biggest coal importer, but it is expected to accelerate targets for green energy in an updated 15-year energy plan later this year. [ETEnergyworld.com]


¶ “The US Solar Power Is Booming This Year Despite Trump’s Tariffs” • A report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables found that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the US solar industry’s history, with 2.7 GW of solar capacity added to the grid. The growth is expected to continue. [Gizmodo]

Solar PVs (Getty Images)

¶ “Power Company Agrees To Pay $1 Billion For Damage” • Pacific Gas & Electric Corp has agreed to pay $1 billion (£800 million, €893 million) to fourteen different local California authorities for wildfire damage blamed on the company. The claims stem from the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2018 Camp Fire. [BBC]

¶ “Porsche Predicts Plug-In Paradise In Perpetuity” • In an op-ed published by USA Today, Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, predicted that cars with tailpipes would soon be a thing of the past. He believes we are about to hit a turning point, with more Americans experiencing the instant power and sporty handling of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Taycan charging

¶ “New York Set To Adopt Aggressive Emission Reduction Goals” • New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive emission reduction goals under a proposal endorsed by the state Senate. New York would generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce or offset all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [MyTwinTiers.com]

¶ “Decades Later, Maine Yankee Plant Stuck With Spent Nuclear Fuel As Feds Pick Up $10 Million Tab” • At a cost to the taxpayers of $10 million a year, the owners of the shuttered Maine Yankee nuclear power plant pay armed guards to watch 60 cement and steel canisters loaded with spent nuclear fuel, each weighing 150 tons. [The Journal News | LoHud.com]

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