June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Why Climate Change Might Be Worse Than You Think” • If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, a convocation speaker at a major Canadian university suggested. That is important for the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry. [Canadian Underwriter]

Melting Arctic

¶ “Trump’s Impeachable Offense: Ignoring Climate Change” • If anything in the second decade of the 21st Century warrants impeachment of an American president, it should be ignoring science and climate change, and putting humanity at grave risk. It is a dangerous dereliction of duty that warrants a president’s removal from office. [Baltimore Sun]

World:

¶ “Costa Rica To Go 100% Plastic and Carbon-Free By 2021” • No country has made more environmental progress than Costa Rica. The country has got 99% of its energy from renewable sources since 2014. It has doubled the size of its forests, creating a huge carbon sink. Now, it plans to be free of plastic and fossil fuels by 2021. [The Rising]

Forest in Costa Rica (Victor Quirós, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Dubai 900-MW Solar PV Tender Attracts 64 Companies” • In Dubai, a tender for the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has attracted huge interest. According to Gulf Today, a total of 64 companies have expressed interest in the project. The companies now have up to 22 August to submit their final bids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Olympics’ New Swiss HQ Is Both Eco-Friendly And Symbolic” • The new Swiss headquarters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is finished, and the building, in the city of Lausanne, is the most sustainable in the world, the architects say. The building occupies a scenic spot on the shore of Lake Geneva, inside Louis Bourget Park. [CNN]

Olympics’ New Swiss headquarters (Adam Mørk | IOC)

¶ “Norway Announces Plan To Cut Emissions From Ships 50% By 2030” • In Norway, with its mountains and fjords, it is often faster and less expensive to deliver cargo to most communities by sea than by land, but its ships are powered by diesel and are heavy polluters. Its government has announced new measures to cut the pollution by half. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Massive Contribution To Global PV, Battery Uptake Blemished By Grid Woes” • Australia tops the global charts in terms of solar PV and battery additions in 2018, according to a REN21 report. It is not all roses, however, with grid bottlenecks and wave developer Carnegie’s bankruptcy featured among the report’s critical highlights. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Spanish Floater Finds Its Home” • W2Power, a multi-turbine floating offshore wind platform, has been commissioned at the Plocan test site in the Canary Islands, according to Ingeteam, a project participant. The platform supports two 100-kW turbines on lateral tilting towers. It was built at the Astican shipyard in Las Palmas. [reNEWS]

¶ “National Grid Is Building A Giant Undersea Power Cable To Norway: Here’s What That Means” • Interconnectors have existed for quite some time, but right now the National Grid is working on one connecting the UK, at Tyneside, to Kvilldal, in Norway. It was started in 2015, and when it is finished, in 2021, it will be the longest in the world. [Gizmodo UK]

Laying a submarine cable (Screenshot)

US:

¶ “GE Will Shutter California Natural Gas Plant 20 Years Early” • GE notified the California Energy Commission it is shuttering the Inland Empire in Riverside, California, according to Reuters. The Inland Empire plant was only commissioned in 2009. GE invested roughly $1 billion in the plant, but operating it has become uneconomical. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Fire At A Philadelphia Oil Refinery Sparked An Explosion Felt For Miles” • A large fire broke out at an oil refinery in Philadelphia, rattling the area with a booming explosion and lighting up the dark sky with huge balls of gas and flame. The explosion and fire came from a vat of butane at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery. [CNN]

Refinery fire (@1nicetownbeam via Twitter)

¶ “Ørsted Wins New Jersey Offshore Prize” • Officials in New Jersey have selected Ørsted as the winner in the state’s first offshore wind solicitation with the 1100MW Ocean Wind project. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities received 14 bids from three developers for the solicitation, which was issued in September 2018. [reNEWS]

¶ “Bay Area’s Electric Car Sales Have Nearly Doubled Thanks To Tesla Model 3” • Electric vehicle sales have nearly doubled in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, and this is at least partly because of the Tesla Model 3. In 2018, EVs accounted for 13% of new passenger vehicle registrations in the Bay Area, up from 7% in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas charging (Photo: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Day Of Reckoning Nears For Ohio Nuclear Bailout Bill” • An Ohio bill that  would bail out two of FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants and scrap the state’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy standards must be acted on soon, because FirstEnergy Solutions has until June 30 to decide to order $52 million worth of nuclear fuel. [cleveland.com]

¶ “Environmental Group Says New Nuclear Power Plant Too Pricey For Utah’s Municipal Utilities” • The cost of power from small modular reactors is raising objections from the Healthy Environmental Alliance of Utah. A study found power from some SMRs would cost over $66/MWh, while wind and solar power would be just over $38. [KSL.com]

Have an abundantly fruitful day.

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