June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2019


¶ “From Smokestacks To Solar Panels: Asia Starts Embracing Renewables” • Many people associate the energy infrastructure in Asia with environmental devastation, routine brownouts, and pollution from coal power plants so thick it coats buildings, cars, and lungs. But momentum is building for the use of new green energy across the region. [strategy+business]

Solar panels in a city (Photo by aaaaimages)

¶ “How Should Electric Car Drivers Pay For Using Roads?” • America’s transportation infrastructure of roads, bridges, and tunnels costs a lot of money to build and maintain. Those costs were covered by state and federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. This raises a question of how roads will be paid for when the cars use no fuel. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Refilling Lake Chad With Water From The Congo River Using Solar Power” • Lake Chad, once the size of New Jersey, has lost 95% of its area. After the Amazon River, the Congo River has the second highest discharge rate of any river in the world. Here is a proposal to use some of the Congo River water to restore Lake Chad, powered by solar energy. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Chad shrinking (GRID Arendal, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


¶ “This Week’s Heat Wave In Europe Is A Preview Of What The Climate Crisis Has In Store” • “Potentially dangerous” heat is forecast for much of Europe this week. Forecast temperatures are nearly 20°C (36°F) above the average of 22°C (72°F). In Paris, it is expected to be nearly 40°C (104°F). But record breaking has become normal. [CNN]

¶ “GE’s 12-MW Haliade-X Turbine Tower And Blade Make First Appearances” • The component parts of GE Renewable Energy’s mammoth new 12-MW Haliade-X wind turbine prototype are arriving for installation in Rotterdam. The first turbine blade made its first appearance outside the company’s factory in Cherbourg, France. [CleanTechnica]

Haliade X tower in Rotterdam (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “G20 Coal Subsidies Rise Despite Climate Pledges” • Despite promising a decade ago to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the world’s leading economies more than doubled subsidies to coal-fired power plants between 2014 and 2017, putting climate goals at risk, according to a report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute. [RTE.ie]

¶ “Turkey Touts Ambitious Renewable Energy Plans As It Awards 1 GW Of Wind Capacity” • Turkey aims to increase the share of domestic renewable energy sources in its electricity production to two-thirds by 2023, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Fatih Donmez, said at a recent G20 ministerial meeting in Japan. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “Four Dams To Get Floating Solar Power Plants In Maharashtra” • Maharashtra is all set to get floating solar power generation plants on the backwaters of four dams, state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan told the Legislative Council. He said the floating solar panels were to be set up using the Swiss Challenge method. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “BC Lighthouses Go From Diesel To Renewable” • British Columbia’s 27 staffed lighthouses are shifting from diesel power to renewable energy, with several recently getting solar and wind turbines. Ten lighthouses are expected to make the changeover in about a year, while the other 17 will be retrofitted as the diesel generators age. [Daily Commercial News]

Lighthouse on Merry Island (Don Procter)

¶ “Solar Panel Systems Soar In Spain Thanks To Friendlier Regulation” • Last year, 235 MW of new photovoltaic power were added in Spain, and this year industry expects to see an installed capacity rise to 400 MW, says José Donoso, director general of the industry association. The growth is largely due to changes in regulation. [El País in English]


¶ “How Georgia Became A Surprising Bright Spot In The US Solar Industry” • In a big move last year for Georgia, the city of Dalton added a new industry to its manufacturing mix: the largest solar panel assembly plant in the Western hemisphere, a $150 million investment. It adds to Georgia’s increasing progress with solar power. [Spokane Public Radio]

Solar farm Hazlehurst, Georgia (Silicon Ranch image)

¶ “US Senate Democrats And Clean Energy Industry Call For Tax Credit Extensions” • Twenty US Senate Democrats, including five presidential candidates, called for the extension of clean energy tax incentives and tax credits such as those for wind and solar energy. The call has been applauded and joined by the country’s clean energy associations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Small Iowa Town Pushes For Energy Independence” • A small town in Iowa with a population of about 2,600 people and aging homes, Bloomfield has its own electric and gas utilities. Town staff found “net zero” didn’t resonate with the community, but it found traction with “energy independence.” It will use renewable energy for that. [CleanTechnica]

Bloomfield stores, 2003 (John Margolies, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “NV Energy Announces Three New Solar Projects To Be Complete By 2023” • NV Energy is expanding its portfolio of renewable energy enterprises with three projects. The projects will contribute 1,190 MW of solar capacity to a portfolio of 57 renewable energy projects that are currently in service or under development. [KTNV Las Vegas]

¶ “How (Un)Profitable Are Ohio’s 2 Nuclear Plants? FirstEnergy Solutions Says It Can’t Tell The Public” • Lawmakers in Ohio will decide soon whether to bail out two nuclear power plants. But FirstEnergy Solutions says it can’t reveal how much money they are losing (if any), because the it is involved in bankruptcy proceedings. [cleveland.com]

Have a stupendously excellent day.

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