Archive for June 23rd, 2019

June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Power And Natural Gas Hit A Wall In US: Now What?” • Two US energy developments call the “clean energy” status of nuclear power and natural gas into question. Rhode Island officials rejected a proposed gas power plant and federal officials okayed the sale of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant for decommissioning. So, now what? [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (screenshot via energy.gov)

¶ “Major Investment Manager Drops ExxonMobil And Spam, McKibben Asks ‘Who’ll Be Last Out?'” • Legal and General Investment Management, the UK’s largest asset manager, with a £1 trillion portfolio, has sold its holdings in five companies it deems to be lagging behind in meeting the challenge of a warming planet. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “All Ploughed Out: The Rebel Farmers Fighting Climate Change” • A primitive form of “mob grazing” consists of moving cattle from one field to another daily. They always have fresh grass. It breaks disease cycles. It lets indigenous plants come through and the grass recovers between grazing periods. “They love it,” one farmer says. [HeraldScotland]

Friendly cow

World:

¶ “Electricity Demand In WA Set To Fall For First Time, AEMO Forecasts, As Solar Power Takes Over” • In a report on the south-west wholesale electricity market, the Australian Energy Market Operator says it does not expect the use of grid power to increase as Western Australia’s population grows. This is largely due to solar installations. [ABC News]

¶ “Climate Protesters Storm Garzweiler Coal Mine In Germany” • Hundreds of climate change activists ran through fields, broke through a police cordon and  stormed the Garzweiler open cast coal mine in western Germany to campaign against fossil fuels. Germany has vowed to be carbon neutral by 2050, but activists say 2050 is not soon enough. [BBC]

Protesters at the Garzweiler mine (AFP image)

¶ “Poland Eyes Green Energy Investments In Western Balkans” • Polish energy groups could invest in renewables in the Western Balkan countries that eye EU membership, Jadwiga Emilewicz, the Polish minister for entrepreneurship and technology, said. Poland has especially close trading ties with Serbia, among the countries in the region. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “China’s Silk Road Fund Acquires 49% Stake In Acwa Power’s Renewable Energy Unit” • China’s Silk Road Fund took a 49% stake in ACWA Power’s renewable energy platform. ACWA Power RenewCo will own 1668 MW of CSP, PV, and wind assets across the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco. [ArabianBusiness.com]

Concentrating solar system 

¶ “China Eyes Argentina In Global Nuclear Roll-Out” • In the midst of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina has doubled down on a major Chinese nuclear power deal. China is looking to ramp up its nuclear power exports, but concerns over the cost and safety of nuclear power continue to plague efforts to expand the industry. [Buenos Aires Times]

US:

¶ “70 People Were Arrested At A Climate Protest Outside The New York Times Offices” • Seventy people were arrested outside of The New York Times building in Manhattan, according to a New York Police Department spokesman, who said that charges are pending. They were protesting to call attention to the way news outlets cover the climate crisis. [CNN]

Protest signs and flags (Jacob Silverman | Twitter)

¶ “Bees, Butterflies, And Solar Panels Learn To Share The Land In Minnesota” • Connexus Energy of Minnesota and the National Renewable Energy Lab are working together in an experimental program that may boost both pollinators and the output of solar power plants. Connexus is planting prairie grasses and flowers at a site under and around solar panels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Personal Airline Exchange Orders 50 Ampaire EEL Hybrid Electric Commuter Airplanes” • Air service provider Personal Airline Exchange, to expand its on-demand charter service, placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter planes. They have hybrid electric systems like those in cars, with both electric and combustion power. [CleanTechnica]

Ampaire Electric EEL airplane

¶ “Wyden Intros Bill To Promote Geothermal Energy” • Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) introduced a  bill to promote the growth of geothermal energy. “Climate change is here, it’s happening now. America must invest in producing renewable energy if we’re going to truly kick our carbon habit,” Wyden said. [KTVZ]

¶ “Cornell Professor Offers Ag Fixes To ‘Complex, Severe’ Climate Change” • A Cornell plant science professor told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago. He called for technology solutions. [Lancaster Farming]

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