Archive for June 29th, 2019

June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2019


¶ “France Hits Record Temperature Of 45.9°C” • France has hit its highest recorded temperature, 45.9°C (114.6°F), amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was set in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux. The previous record was 44.1°C during a 2003 heatwave that killed thousands of people. [BBC] (The record jumped 1.8°C, 3.24°F. – GHH)

Water vapor used in Strasbourg to cool people down (AFP)

¶ “French Police Pepper Spray Paris Climate Protesters” • French police pepper sprayed at close range climate activists blocking roads in the capital Paris, before removing them by force. The protesters were trying to draw government and media attention to climate change. During the protest, temperatures in Paris were around 33°C (91°F). [BBC]

¶ “India Has Just Five Years To Solve Its Water Crisis, Experts Fear” • The world’s second-most populous country is running out of water. About 100 million people in India are on the front lines of a nationwide water crisis, and hundreds of millions more are at risk. Major cities are poised to run out of groundwater next year. Some already have. [CNN]

Water crisis in India

¶ “UK Signs Net-Zero Emissions Requirement Into Law” • Two weeks after Theresa May, the UK’s outgoing Prime Minister, announced that she was introducing legislation to enshrine into law a net zero emissions by 2050 target, it was signed into law, making the UK the first major global economy to make such a target legally binding. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Offshore Wind To Reach 200 Gigawatts By 2030” • The Global Wind Energy Council published its inaugural Global Offshore Wind Report. The report shows that offshore wind grown at an average of 21% each year since 2013. Beyond that, it projects that the sector could install an additional 200 GW of capacity by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Driven By Storage – The Journey To Renewables In Australia” • The utility and commercial-level adoption of solar and storage in Australia is impressive, but current industry growth is more so. At present, a report says, around 2,000 people are employed in the energy storage sector, but over 35,000 are predicted to work in the industry by 2020. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Vestas Scores 281-MW Brazilian Hat-Trick” • Vestas has received a turbine order totaling 281 MW for three wind farms in Brazil. The contract, with an undisclosed client, includes the supply and installation of 67 V150-4.2MW machines. Delivery is expected to start in 2021, with commissioning planned by the end of the same year. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbine (Vestas image)


¶ “Fracking Creates A Glut Of Fossil Fuels And A Mountain Of Debt” • Steve Schlotterbeck, former chief executive of EQT, one of the largest shale gas fracking companies in the US, shocked people at a petrochemicals conference in Pittsburgh recently by telling them that fracking has been an “unmitigated disaster” for investors in shale companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alaska’s Warming Ocean Is Putting Food And Jobs At Risk, Scientists Say” • The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It has gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs. Ocean temperatures in the Chukchi and North Bering seas are nearly 10°F (5°C) above normal, satellite data shows. [CNN]

Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Philadelphia Refinery Will Close After Fire, Could Become Renewable Energy Hub” • After a recent explosion at a refinery in South Philadelphia, the owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, announced that the facility will be closed and offered for sale. Some renewable energy advocates are pushing to make it a clean energy hub. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Board Of Local Energy Agency Unanimously Directs Staff To Pursue Agreement With Terra-Gen Wind Project” • In California, the board of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority unanimously directed staff to negotiate a power purchase agreement with renewable energy company Terra-Gen and two other renewable electricity producers. [Lost Coast Outpost]

Simulated view with proposed wind turbines on the ridge
(Draft Environmental Impact Report image)

¶ “Mondelēz And Enel Partner To Produce Greener Oreos” • Enel Green Power North America signed a 12-year PPA with food and beverage company Mondelēz International, whose brands include Oreo, Cadbury and others. Mondelēz will buy the energy from a 65-MW portion of EGPNA’s Roadrunner PV project in Texas. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “The Price Of A Fully Renewable US Grid: $4.5 Trillion” • The cost of shifting the US power grid to 100% renewable energy over the next 10 years is an estimated $4.5 trillion, according to a new Wood Mackenzie analysis. The price is for going entirely to renewables, replacing all nuclear and fossil fuels with renewable energy. [Greentech Media]

Oil and wind

¶ “Trump Plan For Southwestern Colorado Pushes Fossil Fuel Expansion, Undermines State’s Climate Law” • The Trump administration released a resource management plan for federal fossil fuel development in southwestern Colorado, threatening a growing organic agriculture hub and undermining the state’s new climate law. [Center for Biological Diversity]

¶ “Ohio Senate Nuke Subsidy Bill Drops Clean Air Pretense, But Keeps Diminished Renewable Standard” • The Ohio Senate rewrite of legislation subsidizing nuclear power drops the pretense of creating a “clean air program.” Instead, it would create an “Energy Generation Fund,” without any mention of combating CO₂ emissions. [Utility Dive]

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