June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2019


¶ “Recent Science Raises Oil Industry’s Climate Litigation Risk” • The fossil fuel industry defenses for its role in climate change are being chipped away. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court denied a request from ExxonMobil to review a Massachusetts court decision that allowed the state’s attorney general to seek internal company documents. [Forbes]

Gas flare (Tim Evanson, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Study Calls For Monitoring Old Oil And Gas Wells For Air Emissions” • A study of hazardous gas emissions from the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage blowout found that along with methane, a group of other hazardous pollutants escaped into the air. The study calls for air monitoring at underground gas storage facilities nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “H55, Solar Impulse Spinoff, Introduces Electric 2-Seat Airplane” • A spinoff from Solar Impulse going by the short name of H55 flew a successful maiden flight with an electric two-seat airplane. Using an electric propulsion system made by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic airplane is perfect for pilot training and flight schools. [CleanTechnica]

H55 Electric Flight Trainer (Anna Pizzolante | © H55)


¶ “Air Pollution In Malaysia Forces 400 School Closures, Sickens More Than 100 Children” • More than 400 schools in Malaysia have closed this week after air pollution caused vomiting in dozens of students, authorities said. This week, 104 children have fallen ill in the southern state of Johor because of the pollution, mostly in the Pasir Gudang district. [CNN]

¶ “European Heatwave Sets New June Temperature Records” • The heatwave now affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further. Some countries, including France and Spain expect temperatures above 40°C (104°F). Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic have seen their highest-ever temperatures for June. [BBC]

Heat wave in France (AFP)

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Market Grew 16% In Last 12 Months” • The global offshore wind market has grown by 16% over the last 12 months, according to new figures from the UK’s wind energy trade body, RenewableUK. The US accounts for nearly half of the rapid global growth, as it became the third largest market for the technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Croatians Roll Out Korlat Welcome Mat For Nordex” • HEP Group, a Croatian developer, selected Nordex to supply turbines to the 58-MW Korlat wind farm. The German manufacturer will deliver 18 N131/3600 machines to the site some 40 km from the port of Zadar near the town of Benkovac. Commercial operations are expected in 2020. [reNEWS]

View from a nacelle (Nordex image)

¶ “Greece Harnesses EU Funding To Push Towards Ambitious Renewables Plan” • The European Investment Bank announced that the National Bank of Greece is the first partner for its sustainable financing repository, the Infrastructure Fund of Funds, which aims to support environmentally-friendly projects throughout the EU. [South EU Summit]

¶ “First Generation Produced At Australia’s Largest Wind Farm” • The first electricity generation has been achieved at AGL’s Coopers Gap wind farm, north-west of Brisbane. The wind farm, which has 123 turbines and a total generation capacity of 453 MW, is set to be Australia’s largest wind farm when it is fully commissioned. [RenewEconomy]

Building the wind farm (Courtesy image)

¶ “European Solar To ‘Top 250 GW In 2024′” • Total installed solar capacity in Europe will reach 250GW by 2024, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The ‘Europe Solar PV Market Outlook 2019’ report said 20 GW a year will be added over the next three years, with Germany adding the most. [reNEWS]


¶ “US Electricity Generation From Renewables Surpassed Coal In April” • In April 2019, US monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time according to data published in the EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation; coal provided 20%. [Renewables Now]

Please click on image to enlarge. (Image: Electric Power Monthly)

¶ “Exxon Continues To Fund ‘Science’ Group Steeped In Climate Denial And Delay” • ExxonMobil is funding a little-known nonprofit that calls itself a “pro-science advocacy organization,” but whose scientific advisory board includes several renowned climate deniers and has worked for decades to sow doubt about climate change. [Climate Liability News]

¶ “Ohio Senate Amends Energy Bill” • The Ohio Senate has amended the energy bill that could bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants to restore renewable energy standards for now. It means a residential ratepayer would pay 80¢ a month on their electric bill, with higher rates for businesses, to give Ohio’s nuclear plants about $150 million. [WCBE 90.5 FM]

Perry Nuclear Power Plant (Ohio Public Radio image)

¶ “Introducing The Renewable Electricity Standard Act” • New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall, along with others, has introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019. The bill would more than double the supply of renewable energy in the US, taking it from 18% of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50% by 2035. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “EPA Air Chief Bill Wehrum Abruptly Departs Amid Ethics Probe” • Bill Wehrum, the EPA’s air pollution chief who oversaw key rollbacks of Obama-era climate regulations, is stepping down amid an ethics probe into his ties to former industry clients. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce had launched an investigation two months ago. [HuffPost]

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