Archive for July, 2019

July 31 Energy News

July 31, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland Is Melting In A Heatwave. That’s Everyone’s Problem” • Extreme heat bowled over Europe last week, smashing records in its wake. Now, the heatwave that started in the Sahara has rolled into Greenland, where more records are expected to crumble in the coming days. This has effects across the globe. [CNN]

Greenland (Jakec, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Turning Heat Into Light Could Make Solar Panels 80% Efficient, Rice Researchers Say” • Scientists at Rice University are turning heat into light which can be used to make electricity. They say their research could ultimately lead to solar panels that are 80% efficient, nearly four times as efficient as any panels that are commercially available today. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Porsche Has 30,000 Reservations For Its Taycan Electric 4-Door Sports Car” • The new Porsche Taycan all-electric 4-door sedan will be in production soon and the company says it already has 30,000 reservations for the car. In light of that level of interest, the initial plan to build 20,000 cars a year has been doubled to 40,000. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Taycan (Porsche image)

¶ “University Of Cambridge Announces Science Based Target For Carbon Reduction” • The University of Cambridge in the UK announced last week that it is the first university in the world to adopt a 1.5°C Science Based Target for carbon reduction, which will see it reduce its energy-related CO₂ emissions to “absolute zero” by 2048. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India And Australia To Lead Cost Competitive Renewables In Asia Pacific” • India and Australia are expected to lead a regional shift in power generation costs over the next few years, according to new figures from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The shift will see renewable energy sources cost competitive with fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Hamilton Solar Farm in Australia (Edify Energy image)

¶ “State Minister For Energy And Mining Opens New Engie Wind Farm To Help Power South Australia” • Engie opened its Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia, one of the largest renewable energy projects completed in the state. It has a capacity of 119 MW, enough to deliver renewable energy to 80,000 homes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Welsh Port Moves 100% Of Its Electricity Usage To Renewable Energy” • In Wales, the Port of Milford Haven has continued its commitment to renewable energy by switching its energy provider to Octopus Energy. The move to Octopus means that 100% of the Port’s electricity usage is guaranteed to be coming from renewable sources. [Business News Wales]

Welsh solar array

¶ “Enel Signs With AngloAmerican In Chile Group’s Largest Renewable Energy Supply Deal” • Enel Generación Chile and global mining company AngloAmerican signed an agreement for supply up to 3 TWh of renewable energy per year over a 10-year period. It will help AngloAmerican reduce its total CO₂ emissions in Chile by over 70%. [REVE]


¶ “Coke And Pepsi Abandon The Plastics Lobby” • Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, two major sellers of plastic bottles, have made sweeping sustainability commitments. Now they are stepping away from a plastics lobbying group. The association took positions that “were not fully consistent with our commitments and goals,” Coca-Cola said in a statement. [CNN]

Plastic bottles (Shutterstock image)

¶ “New York Times Champions Two ‘Leave It In The Ground’ Proponents, Jay Inslee And Lee Wasserman” • Two op-ed pieces in The New York Times look at advocates for reducing our use of fossil fuels. They are Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington and presidential candidate, and Lee Wasserman, director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Ramping Up Production Of V3 Solar Roof Tiles To 1,000 Systems Per Week By End Of 2019” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that the company is working to ramp up the production of its solar roof tiles to a rate of 1000 per week by the end of the year. Better solar cells could also see efficiency as high as 23%. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla solar roof (Tesla image)

¶ “Engie Secures Storage Six Pack In Massachusetts” • Engie Storage is to supply and operate a 19-MW portfolio of six energy storage systems in Massachusetts, to be coupled with solar power plants. The combined solar and storage portfolio will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets. It is being developed by Syncarpha Capital. [reNEWS]

¶ “New Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Facility Expected To Become Largest In The US” • Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas announced the completion of Calgren’s dairy renewable natural gas facility. The project, in the Central Valley, is expected to be the largest dairy biogas operation in the US within six months. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]

Grazing cows

¶ “Arizona Utility Targets 400 MW Of Clean Power” • Arizona Public Service Company will add solar and wind capacity with a combined total capacity of 400 MW by 2021. The company plans to issue two requests for proposal. One is for proposals for up to 150 MW of APS-owned solar resources. The other will be for up to 250 MW of wind capacity. [reNEWS]

¶ “Georgia Regulators Raise Fresh Concerns About Nuclear Project’s Timing” • Georgia regulators are raising fresh doubts about Georgia Power’s latest timeline for completing the nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle, partly because of lingering risks, productivity slips and concerns about aging equipment that has not been maintained. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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July 30 Energy News

July 30, 2019


¶ “The new electricity boom: renewable energy makes staggering leap but can it last?” • Nearly 3.5 GW of large-scale clean energy projects were built in 2018 in Australia. Installations are expected to grow 36% this year and another 25% next year. Despite federal government hostility, the country should meet its 2020 carbon goals. But will the growth last? [The Guardian]

Solar farm in Canberra (Lisa Maree Williams | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Intel And 10 Auto Industry Leaders Publish First Standardized Self-Driving Safety Rules” • In a recently published paper Safety First for Automated Driving, Intel and ten auto industry leaders outline a comprehensive set of rules for developing, testing, and validating autonomous driving. The paper provides a framework for safety standards. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “200 Reindeer Died On An Arctic Island, And Researchers Think Climate Change Is To Blame” • More than 200 reindeer have been found dead this summer in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It looks like they were killed by climate change, according to researchers. They appear to have starved to death after being unable to find food. [CNN]

Arctic rein deer (Daniel J Allen)


¶ “Daimler Is Building Electric Trucks To Make Online Shopping Greener” • Agora, a think tank, says that 38% of European road emissions come from heavy duty vehicles. Emissions from trucks and buses have risen at a rate of 2.2% annually since 2000, according to the International Energy Agency. Daimler’s heavy trucks can help reduce emissions. [CNN]

¶ “Ethiopia Plants More Than 350 Million Trees In Twelve Hours” • Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in twelve hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. [CNN]

Planting trees (Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office)

¶ “Global Solar PV Installations Expected To Hit 114.5 Gigawatts In 2019” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables published a report predicting that global solar PV installations will reach a new high of 114.5 GW in 2019, growing by 17.5% on 2018 and putting the industry on track to reach around 125 GW per year by the early 2020s. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greta Thunberg Will Sail Across The Atlantic On A Zero-Emissions Yacht For The UN Climate Summit” • Climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. They will set off in mid-August from an undisclosed location in the UK. [CNN]

Sailor, father, and activist (birte lorenzen)

¶ “China Pursues More Renewable Energy At Home And Abroad” • Renewable energy subsidies cost China a lot of money, so it curtailed many of them. When installations of renewable resources, especially solar, plummeted, the government changed policies again, and the country is now on track for 40 GW of solar installations this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scotland’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opened” • Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm has been officially opened by Prince Charles. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles (13 km) off the coast of Wick in the far north, can generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes. Its 84 turbines produced 588 MW. [BBC News]

Beatrice offshore wind farm (BOWL image)

¶ “Planned Pilbara Renewable Energy Hub Scales Up” • The capacity of a giant renewable energy project proposed for the Western Australia has been scaled up by more than one third of its former capacity. The hybrid wind and solar development the Asian Renewable Energy Hub has had its capacity increased from 11 GW to 15 GW. [The West Australian]

¶ “Robots Come To The Rescue After Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster” • When three of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down, hot fuel turned to molten lava and burned through steel walls and concrete floors. To this day, no one knows exactly where the fuel is. Human beings cannot survive the radiation, so TEPCO is turning to robots to find the fuel. [CBS News]

Six-legged robot to be used at Fukushima Daiichi


¶ “Green New Deal In Action: Renewable Energy Trifecta For Oklahoma” • Long before the Green New Deal, the US gave birth to hundreds of rural electric cooperatives. In the 1940’s these member-owned utilities lit up the vast swaths of rural America. Today, RECs are still going strong, renewing their relevance with renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corporate Investment In Solar Energy Surges” • America’s top corporations, led by Apple and Amazon, are pouring investments into solar energy, a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association says. Declining costs, more flexible financing, and climate-friendly state and local policies are accelerating commercial solar adoption. [Forbes]

Target retail store with rooftop solar array (SEIA image, 2018)

¶ “Denver Ranks Among Best For Renewable Energy” • Denver has been ranked the 8th best city in the nation when it comes to building toward a clean-energy future. The annual rankings were released last week by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which scores 75 large cities across five key areas. []

¶ “Pittsfield’s Renewable Energy Work Highlighted” • Pittsfield, Massachusetts, got to renewable energy early. It replaced its streetlights with LEDs, joined a municipal aggregation program to get renewable energy at lower costs, and put up a 2.9-MW solar array on a former landfill. Now, it is studying prospects for a micro-grid. []

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July 29 Energy News

July 29, 2019


¶ “Edmunds: Tesla Model 3 Is The “Ultimate Driving Machine”” • Edmunds makes a ton of money funneling internet surfers to local auto dealers to buy gasmobiles. So, for Edmunds staff to bash a conventional auto company by saying that its popular tagline fits Tesla better is … well … sort of shocking. But that’s just what it did. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Aircraft News: AirVenture In Oshkosh, Bye Aero eFlyer, Opener BlackFly, XTI And GE Catalyst, And More” • One of the biggest air shows in the world, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, just wrapped up. As with any major air shows, companies use that time to reveal plans and purchases. This year, a lot of them were electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Do airplane contrails add to climate change? Yes, and the problem is about to get worse” • Scientists say contrails add to climate change by trapping heat that radiates upward from Earth’s surface. A study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics suggests that the global warming effect will triple by 2050 as air travel grows. []

Contrails (Larry MacDougal | AP file)

¶ “‘Nuclear Energy Is Never Profitable,’ New Study Slams Nuclear Power Business Case” • A study from DIW Berlin, a leading German economic think-tank, found that nuclear power has never been viable. The average 1,000-MW nuclear power plant built since 1951 resulted in an average economic loss of €4.8 billion (A$7.7 billion, $5.34 billion). [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Many Animals Can’t Adapt Fast Enough To Climate Change” • As oceans and forests transform and ecosystems go into shock, perhaps a million species teeter on the edge of extinction. Some may survive by changing behaviors in response to soaring global temperatures. Others may get smaller or otherwise evolve. Some will disappear. [Ars Technica]

Bonobos (Reflexiste | Flickr)


¶ “Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturing Heating Up In India” • Having missed out on building its own manufacturing base for solar PV, India seems determined not to miss the opportunity for EVs, especially for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. The Indian government has new benefits for battery makers and to push the sale of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Leads Asia Pacific With Lowest Renewable Cost: Report” • A report by  consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables revealed that the levelised cost of electricity using solar PVs in India has fallen to ₹2,617/MWh ($38/MWh) this year, 14% cheaper than coal-fired power, which had been the cheapest source of power. [Saurenergy]

Bringing electricity to homes (ABD image)

¶ “EU Coal Regions Could Supply 730 GW Of Solar Power While Providing Employment For Miners” • A report from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission looked at areas of the EU used for coal production and power generation. It said converting them to use for PVs could provide both electricity and jobs for coal workers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Renewable Power Capacity In June Up By 9.5%” • China’s total renewable power capacity rose 9.5% in the year to June amid Beijing’s push to boost clean energy consumption as part of its anti-pollution campaign. The country’s capacity additions include 1.82 GW of hydro, 9.09 GW of windpower, and 11.4 GW of PVs for the period. [SteelGuru]

Renewable energy in China

¶ “Solar Sabres Are Drawn As Victoria And NSW Fight For Most-New-Renewables Title” • Although South Australia still retains the trophy for the highest volumes of renewable generation, New South Wales and Victoria are battling it out to take its place, according to The Australia Institute’s July National Energy Emissions Audit. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Queensland Drops Bidding Directions, Says Wind And Solar Less Than A$50/MWh” • For many years Queensland, despite being the state most reliant on coal-fired generators, rivalled South Australia for the rank of most expensive wholesale price of electricity. Now, with changed bidding directions, renewables are pushing costs of power down. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm construction

¶ “Chile Spearheads LatAm Renewables Investment” • Chile is leading Latin American countries when it comes to investing in new renewable energy capacity, S&P Global Ratings’ latest credit update for utilities in the region has highlighted. Chile plans to shut down 1.6 GW of coal power generation in the next two-to-three years. [reNEWS]


¶ “Elon Tweets Tesla Pickup Truck Reveal Only A Few Months Away, While Ford Impresses Joe Sixpack” • After Elon Musk was asked on Twitter when the Tesla pickup truck will be revealed, he replied, “We’re close, but the magic is in the final details. Maybe 2 to 3 months.” Musk has suggested the Tesla pickup will be priced at under $50,000. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla event (Photo: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Renewable Energy Accounted For 20.3% Of Electrical Generation In US” • Renewable energy sources accounted for 20.3% of net electrical generation in the US during the first five months of 2019, data published by the US. Energy Information Administration shows. Renewable energy outproduced both coal and nuclear for the period. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “RI Says Clean Energy Plan Falls Short” • National Grid is set to negotiate a contract for another batch of renewable energy for Rhode Island, but the state energy office says the selection falls short. It says National Grid chose only one project, which does not come close to the 400-MW capacity in the request for proposals. [The Providence Journal]

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July 28 Energy News

July 28, 2019


¶ “The Best Trees To Plant For Global Warming Have Three Blades And Generate Electricity” • What is better, a forest or a wind farm? Calculations show a wind farm is about eight times more effective at reducing CO₂e annually than a forest. Also, it eliminates a bunch of other air and water pollution, and reduces habitat destruction. [CleanTechnica]

Solar+wind farm (Washington State Department of Commerce)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Set To Grab Global #1 Premium Vehicle Spot In 2020, Crushing Mercedes C-Class And BMW 3 Series” • Tesla aims to produce 600,000 to 650,000 vehicles in 2020, including about 500,000 of the Model 3. In 2018, Mercedes sold 478,000 of its C-Class, and BMW sold 366,000 of its 3 Series, but those numbers are declining. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Wind Turbine Farm The Size Of Delaware Could Power The Entire United States” • What if we wanted to generate all the primary energy that the US uses for everything, heating, cooling, industry, and transportation, with wind generation? How many wind turbines would that take? How much land? It turns out, it is not much. [CleanTechnica]

US energy, 2018 (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “Republican Politicians May Start Accepting Climate Change” • In the US, Republican politicians could actually start to accept the science of global warming and attendant climate change, and offer actual solutions. That’s probably because Republican voters are much more aware of reality than the party’s political rhetoric makes it seem. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Despite Hinkley, The New Plan For Nuclear Is Hardly Better Than The Old One” • The government’s new funding model at the heart of its plan for a nuclear renaissance is an improvement since it struck a deal three years ago to support Hinkley Point C in Somerset. This is the best that can be said for the new strategy, and it is very faint praise. [The Guardian]

Cranes at Hinkley Point (Photo: Sam Frost | The Observer)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Fungus Is Now Infecting Humans And Global Warming May Be To Blame” • A fungus is beginning to infect human beings for the first time. Three distinct strains appeared in three continents, as the fungus had to adapt to ambient temperatures closer to the body temperatures of mammals. It also became resistant to drugs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Is This Still The Best Place To Be A Puffin?” • When Prof Mike Harris started research on puffins on the Isle of May in the 1970s, there were 2,000 breeding pairs. Today, there are 40,000. But life has not always been easy, and the number was 80,000 only ten years ago. Weather, driven by climate change, has been a growing problem. [BBC]

Puffins on the Isle of May (Photo: Marine Quintin)


¶ “Tunisia Faces Worsening Energy Deficit” • The Tunisian government admits the risks faced by the country’s economy because of its inability to meet growing domestic demand for energy. And Tunisia’s oil income is down. It produces about 40,000 barrels of crude oil per day, down from about 110,000 barrels per day in 2010. [The Arab Weekly]

¶ “Adani Green Energy To Add 800 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects” • In a planned expansion of its energy business, the Indian company Adani Green Energy plans to add over 800 MW of renewable energy projects in the current financial year and 3300 MW in two more years. The company is committed to 10,000 MW by 2022. [Pressroom Today India]

Solar system (Adani Green Energy image)

¶ “No Need For Transition Period In Shift To Renewable Energy – Group” • Murang Kuryente, a Philippine clean energy advocacy group, claimed there is no transition period needed in the shift the renewable energy, and coal-power plants should be closed immediately. The Philippine Department of Energy takes the position that a transition is needed. [GMA News]

¶ “Amazon Deforestation Is Fast Approaching A ‘Tipping Point,’ Studies Show” • New satellite data shows that the rate of deforestation is increasing in the Amazon, prompting fears that the rainforest could reach a tipping point beyond which it could not recover. The rainforest plays a vital role in stabilizing the global climate. [The Weather Channel]

Amazon rain forest (Weather Channel | Getty Images)

¶ “Shopping Mall Banking On Solar, While Going Green” • South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province is known for its beaches and sunshine. Local retail businesses are starting to take advantage of all those sunny days to generate their own electricity with a view to “going green” and reducing their monthly electricity costs. Mtuba Mall is one of them. [ESI Africa]


¶ “Nashville Man Uses Solar Power To Empower Minority Communities” • Jason Carney has been around the industry for years. He runs his own clean energy company. He came to notice something unusual: he didn’t know any other families of color with solar grids. His new mission to use solar power to empower minority communities. []

Jason Carney (Photo: Eric Hilt)

¶ “Andrew Yang Understands The Climate Crisis. Here Are Five Ways He’ll Tackle It As President.” • As climate change quickly became an important point of discussion for politicians, most presidential candidates have kept the pace and announced plans to tackle the issue. Andrew Yang says he gets the climate crisis and he has a plan. [The Rising]

¶ “A Louisiana Republican Reckons With Climate Change” • Garret Graves is a forty-seven-year-old Republican congressman from Louisiana who, earlier this year, bet his considerable political future on the proposition that the age of conservative climate denial is over. Democrats and climate activists view his position with some cynicism. [The New Yorker]

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July 27 Energy News

July 27, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wallbox Launches In US And China, Adds Residential Bi-Directional DC Fast Charger” • Electric vehicle charging station manufacturer Wallbox launched a new charging unit in the US and China. The unit adds bi-directional DC charging capability to the home. It is the first such unit to be offered in more than one major world market. [CleanTechnica]

Wallbox bi-directional residential DC charger (Wallbox image)

¶ “Climate Change Blamed For Europe’s Latest Heatwave” • “This is clearly as a result of climate change,” Andreas Friedrich said, referring to the current heat wave. A meteorologist at the German federal weather service, he added, “If you’d have said five years ago we’d see temperature records fall this frequently, I wouldn’t have believed you.” [Insurance Journal]


¶ “Zimbabwe Descends Into Darkness” • A financial crisis shut off Zimbabwe’s imported electricity because it could not pay bills. Its one hydro dam is not producing power because of drought. People have power only for six hours starting 10:00 pm. Solar power is definitely the country’s one growth area – panels are mushrooming on rooftops. [BBC]

Homework by candle light (Getty Images)

¶ “Environmental Groups Wary Of Mismatch Between Duterte Words, Gov’t Actions On Clean Energy” • Environmental groups have welcomed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to fast-track development of clean, sustainable energy, but they question what appears to be a disconnect between his promises and actions. [ABS-CBN News]

¶ “The Dam That Could Kill Myanmar’s Biggest River” • In 2011, construction work on a massive dam project on the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar was halted after large protests. China is now lobbying hard to resume the work, but as BBC News Burmese’s Soe Soe Htoon found, local people are still not convinced they will ever see its benefits. [BBC]

Fishing boats on the Irrawaddy (Getty Images)

¶ “European Investment Bank Proposal Would End Funding Of Fossil Fuels” • A draft proposal to end investments in fossil fuels is circulating among the heads of the European Investment Bank for discussion at a September board meeting. If approved, EIB would stop funding fossil fuel activities at the end of 2020, Oil Change International reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Sources Now Generate One-Third Of UK Energy” • Renewable sources generated 33% of the UK’s energy in 2018, according to statistics published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The proportion of energy from renewable sources generation rose by 3.8% from 29.2% in 2017. [Power Technology]

Tummel hydro station (Peter Ward, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “China Uses 14% More Renewable Energy In H1” • China’s renewable energy generation rose 14% in the first half of the year from the same period last year to 887.9 billion kWh, official data showed. Hydropower topped 513.8 billion kWh, up 11.8%. Wind power, at 214.5 billion kWh, was up 11.5%, and PVs, at 106.7 billion kWh, were up 30%. [Global Times]

¶ “Nampower Reveals N$4.7 Billion Five-Year Renewable Energy Strategy” • Namibia’s national power utility, NamPower, revealed that it will construct four renewable energy plants over the next five years at an estimated cost of N$4.7 billion ($329 million). This is part of the corporation’s new business plan covering the years 2019 to 2023. [New Era Live]

Solar panels in Namibia (GbbIT, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Delay In Compliance With Nuclear Security Regulations To Boost Japan’s LNG Imports” • Japan’s LNG imports are projected to recover in 2020 and 2021 as nuclear plants are unlikely to meet the deadlines of the new anti-terrorism nuclear regulations. They require new backup power and water systems, among other things. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]


¶ “War On Science: Trump Administration Muzzles Climate Experts, Critics Say” • According to whistleblowers, Trump officials are censoring warnings about the climate crisis, moving critical agencies out of Washington and enacting far-reaching changes in what facts regulators can consider when they choose between industry and the public good. [The Guardian]

Pollution (Photo: Jeff Zehnder | Alamy)

¶ “Renewable Natural Gas Close To Taking Off In US” • RNG, Renewable natural gas, is methane collected from waste and manure. It is a popular source of energy in Europe, but is just establishing itself in the US. New York City joined a growing network of 530 RNG fueling stations run by a T Boone Pickens company, Clean Energy Fuels. []

¶ “New Bipartisan Bill Seeks To Increase Renewables On Public Lands” • US Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have introduced a bill to help combat the climate crisis and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by promoting the development of wind, solar, and geothermal energy on public lands. [Windpower Engineering]

Public lands

¶ “Lawmakers Propose Clean Energy Victory Bonds In Fight Against Climate Change” • The Clean Energy Victory Bond was introduced in the House by Reps Zoe Lofgren and Doris Matsui and in the Senate by Sen Tom Udall. It calls for the government to issue up to $50 billion per year in bonds people could buy for as little as $25 per bond. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Koch-Funded Group Wants You To Believe It’s Scandalous To Support Clean Energy Policies” • The Club for Growth, a group that has received significant funding from the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers, launched a new ad this week smearing a North Carolina congressional candidate. Why? Because he was advocating for clean energy. [ThinkProgress]

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July 26 Energy News

July 26, 2019


¶ “The True Toll Of The Chernobyl Disaster” • Kate Brown, a science historian at MIT, has been researching the impact of the Chernobyl disaster. Her determination to unravel the true cost of the disaster has seen her travel to many parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, to interview survivors, examine official archives, and search old hospital reports. [BBC]

Women with pictures of men who died (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sodium-Ion Battery Research Shows Promising Results” • Professor Jong Min Yuk and a team of scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology report in the journal Advanced Science that they have made significant progress toward creating high performing sodium-ion batteries with copper sulfide electrodes. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Europe’s Heat Wave Is Shattering Temperature Records And Cities Are Struggling To Cope” • Europe is suffering through the latest heat wave in a summer that has seen at least 12 countries experience record-breaking temperatures. Scientists warn that the world should expect more scorching heat waves due to climate change. [CNN]

Notre Dame Cathedral (Bertrand Guay | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “India’s Greenko Raises $950 Million Through Green Bonds Sale” • According to media reports, Greenko raised $950 million in green bond sales priced at a yield of 5.5%, a highly attractive rate. As a result, the bond issue was oversubscribed by a factor of three, and the entire bond issue process was completed within five days. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Private Utility In India Issues 350-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender” • Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited, a private power distribution company in India, issued a tender to buy energy from solar-wind hybrid projects with a goal of fulfilling its Renewable Purchase Obligation, and possibly, to reduce the cost of power procurement. [CleanTechnica]

Solar and wind farm (Photo: Jennifer Sensiba | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Philippines Readies New Renewable Energy Policies To Curb Coal Dependence” • The Philippines’ Department of Energy has vowed to fast-track the implementation of two key renewable energy policies, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reduce dependence on coal. The directive came in his annual address to congress. []

¶ “RA Opts Against Natural Gas In IRP” • Bermuda’s Regulatory Authority has opted against natural gas as a principal generation fuel and in favor of an offshore wind farm and more solar power. The RA said the high renewable option will have a low long-term cost, while it will exceed Bermuda’s renewable energy policy objective. [Royal Gazette]

Solar panels in Bermuda (Royal Gazette file photograph)

¶ “High Court Stays Andhra Pradesh Government Plan To Review Renewable Energy PPAs” • The Andhra Pradesh High Court has stayed the state government’s move to review power purchase agreements of renewable energy companies. Justice M Ganga Rao granted a stay and posted the matter for further hearing on August 22. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

¶ “First Turbine Rises At Formosa 1” • The first Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the 120-MW Formosa 1 phase two offshore wind farm off Taiwan. The project will feature 20 6-MW machines and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Seajacks jack-up Zaratan is carrying out the installation in the Taiwan Strait. [reNEWS]

First turbine at Formosa (Ørsted image)

¶ “Clean Energy Regulator Tips Australia To Exceed 2020 RET By A ‘Substantial Margin’” • Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator released its 2018 Administrative Report. Not only does it project that Australia will easily meet its 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, it also predicts that the target will be exceeded substantially. [pv magazine Australia]


¶ “Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, And BMW Negotiate Their Own Deal With California (Go Around USA)” • California has the right to set its own emissions standards, and other states are allowed to use them. While the Trump administration tries to end that right, four big car makers made a deal with California. It offers predictability. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 sedans (Photo: Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “CNN To Host Climate Crisis Town Hall With Democratic Candidates” • CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 4. CNN is inviting candidates who meet the DNC’s polling threshold for the September primary debate to participate. [CNN]

¶ “PSEG Plans To Power Down All But Three Natural-Gas Power Plants” • Public Service Enterprise Group intends to shutter all but three of its newest natural-gas-fired power plants by 2046, a step driven by a company push to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. But it says it needs policy changes, like putting a price on carbon. [NJ Spotlight]

PSEG’s Keys Energy Center in Maryland (PSEG image)

¶ “Kirsten Gillibrand Releases $10 Trillion, 10-Year Plan To Combat Climate Change” • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic presidential contender, is proposing $10 trillion in public and private funding over the next decade to combat climate change and bring the US to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [CNN]

¶ “Oklahoma Co-op Targets Largest Wind, Solar, And Storage Facility In US” • In Oklahoma, Western Farmers Electric Co-op has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with NextEra Energy Resources. The Skeleton Creek project will supply the electricity. It will have 250 MW of wind power, 250 MW of solar power, and a 200-MW/800-MWh battery. [CleanTechnica]

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July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2019


¶ “The Cheapest Way To Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed” • One of the fastest ways to sequester CO₂ is the widespread cultivation of industrial hemp, the nonintoxicating form of cannabis grown for fiber, cloth, oil, food, and so on. Hemp grows to 13 feet in 100 days, making it one of the fastest CO₂-to-biomass conversion tools available. [Truthdig]


¶ “Could Wooden Buildings Be A Solution To Climate Change?” • Because making concrete emits so much CO₂, some architects are arguing in favor of a return to wood as our primary building material. Wood from managed forestry actually stores carbon as opposed to emitting it, so atmospheric CO₂ can be sequestered in wooden buildings. [BBC]

¶ “French Labor Union Will Support Climate Change Protest. Here’s What You Can Do” • is sponsoring a global week of climate protest beginning Sept 20. Among its supporters is CGT, one of France’s largest labor unions. has a blueprint for how all of us can organize family, friends, and co-workers to join in. [CleanTechnica]

Greta Thunberg set to talk at the National
Assembly in Paris (Image via Twitter)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change: Current Warming ‘Unparalleled’ In 2,000 Years” • The speed and extent of current global warming exceeds any similar event in the past 2,000 years, three papers published in Nature and Nature Geoscience say. They show that historic events like the “Little Ice Age” don’t compare with the scale of warming seen over the last century. [BBC]


¶ “Europe Heatwave: Records Tumble In Belgium, Germany And The Netherlands” • Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have recorded their highest ever temperatures, in a heatwave searing Western Europe. Germany’s weather service said a new record of 40.5°C (104.9°F) had been set in Geilenkirchen, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. [BBC]

Beachgoers cooling off in the Baltic Sea (AFP)

¶ “Opposing PPA Reviews, Renewable Developers Move High Court Against Andhra DISCOM” • After the state distribution company in Andhra Pradesh issued letters to operators to revise tariffs for solar and wind projects that already have power agreements in place, the operators declined to comply and are going to court. [Mercom India]

¶ “Global Mining Giant Announces $400 Million Program To Cut Emissions” • Australian mining giant BHP announced a $400 million Climate Investment Program intended to cut both its own and its customers’ emissions. It has a short-term goal to cap 2022 emissions at 2017 levels, and a long-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Mining truck (BHP courtesy image)

¶ “TEPCO Tells Fukushima Governor No 2 Plant’s Reactors Will Be Scrapped” • TEPCO notified the Fukushima governor that it will decommission all four reactors at its Fukushima Daini plant. The six reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant were already being scrapped, so all ten of TEPCO’s nuclear reactors in Fukushima will closed permanently. [The Japan News]


¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces Two Hydropower Services Contracts In The US” • GE Renewable Energy announced at HydroVision that it signed two US hydropower contracts. One is for the Northfield Mountain project in Massachusetts, which can generate 8,700 MWh per day, and the other is for the Caribou One hydropower station, in California. [HydroWorld]

Upper pond at Northfield Mountain (Credit: GE)

¶ “New REV Site Guides Vermont Residents Through Switch To Clean Energy” • Renewable Energy Vermont has an improved website for Vermonters looking to use renewable electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation. The website showcases innovative technologies and helps guide accelerating energy transformation. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Texas Has Generated More Electricity From Wind Than Coal So Far This Year” • For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. According to data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, wind created 22% of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%. [KERA News]

Texas wind turbines (Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon | KUT)

¶ “California EV Rebate Could Go From $2500 To $7500 – A CleanTechnica Interview With Bill Author Phil Ting” • California Assembly member Phil Ting (D, San Francisco) introduced a bill to triple the EV rebate in California from $2500 to $7500. It would also change how the incentive is funded. He agreed to an interview. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Santa Barbara Gives Green Energy Plan The Green Light” • What seemed a far-fetched environmental scheme when it was launched 13 years ago ​– ​local governments buying and selling renewable energy to meet residents’ electrical needs ​– ​became a reality this week with the unanimous approval of the Santa Barbara City Council. [Santa Barbara Independent]

Santa Barbara (Caroline Culler, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “More Than 250 Mayors Nationwide Sign Letter Calling For Increased Solar Power” • A bipartisan group of 252 US mayors, representing every state and one territory, released a letter through Environment America Research and Policy Center. In it, they resolved “to make solar energy a key element of our communities’ energy plans,” [Environment America]

¶ “PSEG, One Of America’s Oldest Power Companies, Is Going Carbon Free” • PSEG, New Jersey’s largest and oldest power company, has relied on fossil fuels to keep the lights on for the past 116 years. Now, the power company is going carbon free by shutting down coal plants, betting on offshore wind, and working to keep its existing nuclear plant alive. [CNN]

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July 24 Energy News

July 24, 2019


¶ “Climate Change: 12 Years To Save The Planet? Make That 18 Months” • Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5°C this century, emissions of CO₂ would have to be cut by 45% by 2030. But the decisive, political steps to make that possible will have to come very soon. [BBC]

The Planet Earth (NASA image, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Could Solar Energy Sharing Between Australia And Singapore Be A Model For Other Regions?” • An ambitious plan to export solar electricity from Australia’s Northern Territory to Singapore could erode the longstanding dominance of natural gas in Singapore’s fuel mix. It could also be a model for other regions of the world. [Eco-Business]


¶ “Europe Heatwave: French City Of Bordeaux Hits Record Temperature” • The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer. Meteo France registered 41.2°C (106.1°F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7°C. [BBC]

Water Mirror on the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux (AFP)

¶ “Italian PM To Address Claims League Sought Money From Russia” • Italy’s prime minister will address the country’s senate to discuss allegations that the far-right League party sought money from Russia. Matteo Salvini, head of the populist League, has been accused of seeking to strike an oil deal in a Moscow hotel to fund his party. [The Guardian]

¶ “Nearly ₹29 Billion Allotted For Off-Grid Renewable Generation In Last Three Years” • A corpus of ₹29.37 billion ($430 million) has been provided for off-grid renewable energy over the past three fiscal years, starting in mid-2016. Important technologies include Bio-gas, bio-mass gasification, solar PV, and concentrating solar. [Mercom India]

Solar power on rooftops

¶ “India turns to electric vehicles to beat pollution” • Car makers successfully pushed back when India had announced a move to 100% EVs by 2030. But a new proposal is to have only electric three-wheelers running in the country by 2023, and to have only electric two-wheelers by 2025. These outnumber four-wheeled automobiles by far. [BBC]

¶ “South Korea Unveils Plans For 2.1-GW Floating Solar Plant” • South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced that it will develop a 2.1-GW floating solar power plant which, upon completion, will be 14-times larger than the world’s current largest floating project. The plant will be built in two stages, to be completed in 2022 and 2025. [RenewEconomy]

Floating solar array

¶ “Crowdfunded Solar Plant Goes Live In France” • Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH has supplied 14,592 solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in northwestern France that had about 40% of its costs covered by crowdfunding. Located in Brittany, the 4.5-MW plant has been officially inaugurated and connected to the central grid. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Renewables Deliver ‘Over Half Of UK Power'” • More than half of the UK’s power was supplied by renewables for the first time on 30 June, according research by Drax Electric Insights. The researchers said 39% of the country’s electricity was supplied by wind, 9% by solar, 8% by biomass and 1% by hydro. On the same day, carbon intensity hit a record low. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (reNEWS image)


¶ “Air Pollution May Have Killed 30,000 People In A Single Year, Study Says” • Over 30,000 deaths in the US in one year may have been caused by air pollution, a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine said. Since almost every county was within federal air quality standards, the study suggests that standards should be stricter, its authors say. [CNN]

¶ “Video And Photos Of Fully Electric Ford F-150 – Pulling A Train” • Ford just released photos and a video with a sneak peak at an all-electric prototype Ford F-150. Ford loaded 42 F-150s, one for each of the 42 years the model has been the #1 selling vehicle in the US, into rail cars. Then the electric prototype was shown off pulling the train. [CleanTechnica]

All-Electric F-150 pulling loaded rail cars (Source: Ford)

¶ “Lights Out? Not For This Michigan City” • In 2011, the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Michigan, went dark. The utility company had repossessed streetlights to collect on the city’s debt. Unwilling to stand idly by, the people of Highland Park organized to light the streets themselves using off-grid, renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This Is The First Airport In The US To Operate Fully On Renewable Energy” • Chattanooga Airport celebrated the completion of the final phase of its solar farm. The solar farm, with rows on rows of PVs across 12 acres of land, generates 2.64 MW of electricity, enough to support the airport’s total energy needs. [Lonely Planet Travel News]

Chattanooga Airport solar farm (Chattanooga Airport image)

¶ “400-MW Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding” • A proposed 400-MW pumped hydro storage project near Martinsdale, Montana is a big step closer to reality. Its promoter, Absaroka Energy, announced this week it has $1 billion in financing from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Governor Signs Nuclear And Coal Bailout At Expense Of Renewable Energy” • The Ohio legislature passed a measure that cuts renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while adding subsidies for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Ohio’s Republican Governor, Mike DeWine, signed the bill into law within hours. [InsideClimate News]

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July 23 Energy News

July 23, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Record High Temperatures Far Exceed Record Lows – A Trend Of The Climate Crisis” • More than 400 places in the US reached record-breaking temperatures last week. Over the same week, only about 100 places saw record-breaking lows. The 4-1 record ratio is partly due to the heat wave. A 2-1 ratio is more normal in the US due to climate change. [CNN]

Melting Valdez Glacier (US Government image)

¶ “EV Transmissions Are Coming, And It’s A Good Thing” • Why would an EV have a transmission? There are two reasons. One is that torque is not actually constant; it is not usually as good at high speed as at low speed. Another is that motor efficiency is also not constant, which means that adding a transmission can improve range. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “South Australia Has 10-GW Wind And Solar In Pipeline As It Heads To 100% Renewables” • South Australia’s conservative Liberal government has boasted that it has 10 GW of large scale wind and solar projects in the development pipeline, moving the state toward its anticipated milestone of “net” 100% renewables by 2030. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines, old and new

¶ “Oil Giant Saudi Arabia To Start First Wind-Power Plant” • Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels. The 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal facility is to begin producing electricity early in 2022. [Energy Voice]

¶ “BP Announces Major Expansion In Renewable Energy, Combining Biofuels And Biopower With Bunge In Brazil To Create A World-Class Bioenergy Company” • BP agreed to form a joint venture with Bunge, a leader in agriculture and food, to create a bioenergy company in one of the world’s largest markets for biofuels. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Farm tractor operating

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Seals 32-MW Nearshore Prize In Vietnam” • Siemens Gamesa is to supply seven turbines totaling 32 MW for Tan Hoan Cau’s Number 5 Thanh Hai 1 nearshore wind farm in Vietnam. Number 5 Thanh Hai 1 will be located between 2 km and 5 km off the coast of Ben Tre province, with commissioning expected in mid-2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “GE Finishes First Nacelle For 12-MW Offshore Wind Turbine” • In a plant in Saint-Nazaire, France, General Electric finished manufacturing the first nacelle for its new 12-MW offshore wind turbine, known as the Haliade-X. The company is pushing to establish itself as an offshore market rival to Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas. [Greentech Media]

Nacelle of the 12-MW Haliade-X (GE image)

¶ “Coalition Has An ‘Open Mind’ On Nuclear Power, Energy Minister Says” • Australia’s Energy Minister said the Coalition government has an “open mind” on developing a nuclear energy industry, as ratings agency Moody’s predicted the Coalition’s Snowy 2.0 hydro project may play a key role in premature coal plant closures. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “Solar And Wind Met Over 50% Of An Indian State’s Energy Demand 3 Days This Month” • For three consecutive days earlier this month, the state of Karnataka satisfied more than 50% of its energy demand from solar and wind energy projects. Karnataka was the 7th largest energy consumer in India in the financial year 2018–2019. [CleanTechnica]

Karnataka wind turbines (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewable Energy Projects With ₹21,000 Crore Debt Facing Risk” • Andhra Pradesh’s latest move to reduce the contracted price of wind and solar energy could aggravate a problem of delayed payments from distribution companies and bring under stress 5.2 GW of renewable projects with debt of over ₹21,000 crore ($3.16 billion). []

¶ “India: Renewable Energy Dominates First Half Of 2019 With 58% Share In New Capacity” • In India, renewable energy, especially wind and solar power, continued to lead all other technologies in new capacity added in the first half of 2019. Of the 7.8 GW of new capacity added between January and June 2019, 3.5 GW were solar projects. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in Uttar Pradesh (Citizenmj, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “United States Boasts 24 GW Of Wind Capacity Under Construction” • The US has 24 GW of wind capacity under construction, according to the latest preliminary figures from Windpower Intelligence. This is a 26% increase over the same period a year earlier. But it is difficult to know how much of this will actually be finished this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PGE Plan Calls For More Renewables, Energy Storage” • Portland General Electric’s resource steers clear of fossil fuels, a departure from 2016, when the possibility of new natural gas plants brought a wave of opposition. The company is looking at batteries and pumped hydro in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. [Portland Business Journal]

Biglow Canyon wind farm (Portland General Electric image)

¶ “North Carolina Coastal Flooding Is Worsening With Climate Change, Population Growth” • A historic 120-year-old data set is allowing researchers to confirm what data modeling systems have been predicting about climate change: Climate change is increasing precipitation events like hurricanes, tropical storms and floods. [EurekAlert]

¶ “Maryland High Court Finds State Authority To Approve Renewable Energy Projects Preempts Local Zoning Authority” • The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on the case. It said, “Ultimately, the final decision regarding whether to approve a generating station lies exclusively with the [Public Service Commission].” [Lexology]

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July 22 Energy News

July 22, 2019


¶ “US Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do” • As financial stress sets in for US shale companies, some are trying to drill their way out of the problem, while others are cutting costs. The problems they face, however, include the continually falling prices of renewables, which are already out-competing them, and a market moving to cut CO₂ emissions. []

Shale drillers

Science and Technology:

¶ “Autonomous Tractors, Mining Equipment, and Construction Vehicles – Oh, My!” • Autonomous tractors are just one new technology that can increase farm productivity and efficiencies, bringing higher yields. AI can lead to detecting early symptoms of uneven emergence, weeds, nutrient deficiencies, disease, insect infestations, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Geothermal Battery Directly Converts Heat To Electricity” • Japanese researchers say they have a new system for geothermal energy. Their design uses sensitized thermal cells, which are able to generate electricity at temperatures below 100°C (212°F), without needing a middle-ground carrier like water or steam. [New Atlas]

Geothermal energy (Credit: OlgaSinenkoBO | Depositphotos)


¶ “How India In A Short Period Of Time Has Become The Cheapest Producer Of Solar Power” • India’s recent status of lowest-cost producer of solar power reflects a shift towards global energy transformation. Analysis by IRENA found that the costs for setting up solar PV projects dropped by about 80% in India between 2010 and 2018. [Economic Times]

¶ “Delhi To Replace Retired Thermal Power Plant With Solar Project” • In its efforts to reduce air pollution, the government of Delhi is taking steps beyond shutting down aging thermal power plants within city limits. It is replacing them with PV systems both within and outside the city. In this, it is following a trend seen in other parts of India. [CleanTechnica]

Delhi Metro station system (Rsrikanth05, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Hot Weather May Force Nuclear Plant Shutdown” • France’s nuclear power plant Golfech may have to stop generating power due to extremely hot weather. The 2,600-MW facility, operated by French electric utility EDF, may close beginning July 23, as weather services forecast an extreme heatwave in the area, Reuters reported. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “Renewable Energy Creating Skilled Jobs In Africa And Asia” • Africa may skip right over the conventional utility grid and go directly to distributed renewables thanks to low cost solar panels and plummeting prices for storage batteries. With renewables, employment opportunities in Africa, India, and Asia are rapidly expanding. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power in Africa (Power For All image)


¶ “Australia-Singapore Power Link project awarded Major Project Status” • The Northern Territory Government has awarded Major Project Status to Sun Cable’s Australia-Singapore Power Link. The proposed Australia-Singapore Power Link is a $20 billion, 10-GW solar farm and a storage facility of up to 30-GWh near Tennant Creek. [Utility Magazine]

¶ “Local Manufacture And Innovation Put Wind Into Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target” • The 43-turbine Berrybank Wind Farm in Western Victoria will produce 180 MW, enough to power around 138,000 homes. What sets the project apart is a decision to use 64% locally manufactured content, including turbine parts and hubs. [create digital]

Wind farm

¶ “Electricity Prices Across The Grid Fall To Zero As Renewables Reach 44% Share” • You don’t get to see this very often. For one 5 minute dispatch period, all of the state-wide power grids in Australia carried electricity priced at zero or below. These grids cover Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Melbourne’s Trams To Run On 100% Solar Power” • Trams in Melbourne will soon be fueled by 100% solar power, thanks to the largest operating solar farm in Victoria, making them green powered trams. The 128-MW Numurkah Solar Farm, north of Shepparton, will create enough energy to power Melbourne’s fleet of 450 trams. [Energy Matters]

Melbourne trams (Image: ABC News)


¶ “Portland General Electric Proposes Clean Energy, Smart Grid Resource Plan” • Portland General Electric Company presented a new integrated resource plan for approval of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. It focuses on more renewable power, more energy efficiency, and working with customers to help balance energy supply and demand. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “NextEra Energy Predicts 50% Renewable Energy In US By 2030” • In a meeting with investors in May, NextEra Energy used data from IHS Markit projecting that the US would get 25% of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030. For the June meeting, it used data from NREL projecting 50% renewables by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

NextEra Energy solar farm (From NextEra Energy website)

¶ “A Field In DC Will Soon Be Home To 5,000 Solar Panels. It’s All Because Of Local Catholic Groups And A Message From The Pope” • By next year, a five-acre plot in Northeast Washington will sprout about 5,000 solar panels, the largest ground array the nation’s capital has seen. It is a change wrought by local Catholic groups. [Washington Post]

¶ “University Of Alaska Budget Cuts May Affect Alaska Climate Researchers” • The University of Alaska says it is scrambling to determine where jobs will be eliminated if the Alaska Legislature does not intervene after Gov Dunleavy vetoed $130 million dollars in university funding. The university is facing a 41% reduction in state funding. [Reading Eagle]

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July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2019


¶ “US Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees A Year. Here’s Why It Matters And How You Can Stop It” • Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10°F, according to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But tree cover in US cities is shrinking by 36 million trees annually, according to a US Forest Service study. [CNN]

Trees in Chicago (Crimson3981, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Coal, Gas Sink As New York Sails Into Offshore Wind Power Mega-Deal” • When New York Gov Andrew Cuomo committed his home state to the largest ever offshore wind power deal in US history, it didn’t bode well for the nation’s dwindling coal power fleet. Neither does the potential for replacing gas with batteries for grid reliability. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Tech Companies Don’t Speak Auto, Auto Companies Don’t Speak Tech’ – But Tesla Speaks Both” • A computer systems engineer, Mick Ronson, who’s bullish on Tesla, recently warned in a media post, “If you’re shorting Tesla, you’re betting on incumbents that are signaling an acknowledgement of their impending obsolescence.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “The War on Coal in California Is Over – It Lost” • In 2008, coal produced 18.2% of California’s electricity. By 2018, that number had fallen to 3%, with virtually all the electricity from coal coming from one plant in Utah. It is to be retired within five years and replaced with cleaner resources, pushing California coal generation down to zero. [Times of San Diego]

¶ “Gauge On Climate: Regions Must Secure Their Climate Future” • In Australia, with no credible federal approach to climate change in sight on the horizon, it’s time for our regional cities to step up to meet the challenge of climate change. And many of cities are moving forward with smart, ambitious climate and energy plans. [Tasmania Examiner]

Solar array

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve The Climate Crisis?” • The fight against climate change may seem hopeless, but humanity has a simple and powerful ally in plain sight: plants. At least that’s the belief of the botanist Joanne Chory and her team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. They are modifying plants to absorb more CO₂. [Foreign Policy]

¶ “July Set To Smash Record As Hottest Month In Temperature History” • So far, July is the hottest on record. The past two weeks have been exceptionally warm across many areas of the planet, and this last week of July is forecast to bring new record highs to many areas of the northern hemisphere, from Europe to North America and Asia. [The Weather Network]

Weather in Europe (Image courtesy of Weather Bell)


¶ “520+ Electric Cars Are 1st To Cross Montreal’s New Samuel de Champlain Bridge” • Over 500 electric cars enjoyed the honor of being the first to cross the Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada, which opened at 5:00 am on Monday, June 24th. This special bridge-crossing EV parade was organized by Club Tesla Quebec and AVEQ. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Provide Equipment For Onshore Wind Farms To RT Enerji And Turkeler” • RT Enerji and Turkeler have chosen GE Renewable Energy to provide equipment for five onshore wind farms being built in Turkey. A total of 49 3-MW onshore wind turbines will be installed in Izmir, Bilecik, Sakarya, and Istanbul. [Ankeny Daily News]

Wind farm

¶ “New Partnership To Finance 60 Mini-Grids In Tanzania” • CrossBoundary Energy Access, Africa’s first project financing facility for mini-grids, announced its first transaction to finance 60 mini-grids in Tanzania in partnership with a mini-grid developer, PowerGen Renewable Energy. Funding is through the Renewable Energy Performance Platform. [ESI Africa]


¶ “Speakers At DCD-San Francisco Ask, ‘Why Won’t Utility Companies Give Us The Renewable Energy We Want?'” • At this year’s Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco, speaker after speaker took to the stage to lament how utility companies refuse to provide even the largest corporations with the renewable energy they want. [CleanTechnica]

Google data center (Google image)

¶ “Solar Power Comes To Standing Rock Reservation” • A 300-kW solar power plant wouldn’t ordinarily be a CleanTechnica story. However, this particular solar facility is notable because it is located on the Standing Rock Reservation, just two miles from the Dakota Access pipeline that was the focus of a furious protest movement in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Planned Small Nuclear Project Reaches Milestone With More Utah Cities Signing On” • Enough communities in Utah and elsewhere have agreed to purchase nuclear power from a small modular reactor planned at the Idaho National Laboratory, to triggering a next phase in its development. They signed contracts for over 150 MW. [Deseret News]

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July 20 Energy News

July 20, 2019


¶ “4.37¢/kWh Proposed As Maximum Solar Tariff In Indian Auctions” • The National Solar Energy Federation of India proposed that all national-level solar power auctions in the country have a maximum tariff bid threshold. The industrial body has proposed a maximum threshold of ₹3.00/kWh (4.37¢/kWh) for the auctions. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy: MNRE, India)

¶ “London: More Than 50,000 EV Charging Points By 2025” • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce have some serious plans to transition London to zero-emissions transport as fast as possible. They would provide Londoners with at least 50,000 electric vehicle charge points by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Electric Car Market News – Triple The Number Of Models And More Battery Factories” • Analysis by IHS Markit found that European car makers plan to triple the number of models with plugs by the end of 2021, from 60 today to 210 just eighteen months from now. Europe will also see rapid growth in the capacity of battery factories. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EVs at the LA Auto Show

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity To Reach 260 GW By 2024” • India expects to have a renewable energy capacity of 260 GW by 2024, a government official said. India has set a target of 175 GW by 2022, the secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said. India also plans a 30-GW capacity for manufacturing PVs by 2024. [The Asian Age]

¶ “Toyota And BYD To Jointly Develop EVs And Batteries In New Deal” • BYD and Toyota announced an agreement to partner on developing EV batteries. The agreement includes sedans and low-floor SUVs. The new set of vehicles will be produced under the Toyota brand specifically for the Chinese market, starting in the early 2020s. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus battery (Image: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Kenya’s President Formally Launches Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Farm” • Kenya has formally launched Africa’s largest windpower plant. The $680 million (€600 million) scheme, a 365-turbine wind farm on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana, is delivering 310 MW of power to the national grid of East Africa’s most dynamic economy. [Gulf Times]

¶ “Northern communities selected for U of S renewable energy project” • Two University of Saskatchewan professors are leading an $8.8 million international partnership project to explore how northern communities can achieve energy independence while benefiting economically and socially by developing renewable energy. [larongeNOW]

Installing PVs in Saskatchewan (file photo | paNOW Staff)

¶ “BayWa Commits To 100% Clean Power” • BayWa, a German company, has committed to cover all its electricity requirements with renewable energy from 2020 onwards. The company, which has businesses involved in agriculture, building materials, and energy, has joined the RE100 initiative led by the The Climate Group and CDP. [reNEWS]

¶ “TEPCO To Decommission Reactors At Fukushima No 2 Nuclear Plant” • TEPCO will formally decide to decommission the Fukushima No 2 nuclear plant. It informed the prefecture’s governor of its policy as early as this month, a company source said. The Fukushima No 2 was not damaged when the Fukushima No 1 plant had three meltdowns. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima No 2 (IAEA Imagebank, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Trump’s USDA Buried Sweeping Climate Change Response Plan” • The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how farmers could respond and adapt to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. [Politico]

¶ “New York Completes Nation’s Largest Renewable Energy Procurement” • New York has completed the single largest renewable energy procurement in any US state’s history. The state made awards for two offshore wind projects that total nearly 1.7 GW. The winning bids were Sunrise Wind for 880 MW and Equinor for 816 MW. [Energy Manager Today]

Ørsted turbine in the UK (Ørsted image)

¶ “Dangerous Heatwave Starts Hitting US And Canada” • Extremely hot weather has started to hit most of the US, with temperatures set to peak over the weekend, meteorologists say. The heatwave could affect about 200 million people in major cities like New York, Washington, and Boston in the East Coast, and the Midwest region too. [BBC]

¶ “Lucid Begins Work On Factory In Arizona” • This week, Lucid Motors finally broke ground on its factory in the city of Casa Grande, Arizona. David Salguero, Lucid Motors’ marketing manager, says the plant is on track to begin production of the Lucid Air electric car by late 2020, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Motors electric car (Courtesy of Lucid Motors)

¶ “Petition Seeks To Force New England Anti-Renewable Group To Disclose Its Donors” • Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and New Hampshire legislators asked federal regulators to require a nonprofit that opposes state renewable energy subsidies to reveal its members, charging its claim that it represents ratepayers is misleading. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Continuing Shift To Renewables, AEP Commits To Coal Reductions” • The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has approved a modified agreement that will accelerate emission reductions from American Electric Power’s remaining coal-fueled power plants in the Midwest, along with other provisions. [Solar Industry]

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July 19 Energy News

July 19, 2019


¶ “Car Parts From Weeds: The Future Of Green Motoring?” • Cars are responsible for a lot of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but their manufacture can emit as much CO₂ as all the fuel they burn. Could plastics made from weeds, modular designs, and other innovations help the motor industry reduce its carbon footprint? [BBC]

“Dandelions (Ion Chibzii, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “This Is How Natural Gas Loses: One Building At A Time” • Natural gas investors in the US are already beset a host of problems no investor would want. Now here comes another problem to add to the list: The city of Berkeley, California, has banned gas hookups for certain types of new buildings built after January 1, 2020. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Crown Backs Down And ‘Refines’ Plans For Offshore Wind Auction” • The Crown Estate has bowed to criticism over plans for the biggest offshore wind auction in a decade by agreeing to fairer terms for renewable energy companies. It said it has “refined” the plans to make developing renewable energy more affordable. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind power (Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “India To Achieve 63% Of Power Capacity From Renewable Energy” • India is likely to have 63% of its installed power capacity be non-fossil fuel sources by 2029-30, according to a report from the Central Electricity Authority. This would significantly exceed India’s Paris agreement target of 40% non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “REN21 Report Calls For ‘Ambitious And Sustained’ Policies To Make Energy Systems Sustainable” • Renewable energy use is on the rise, but a lack of “ambitious and sustained policies” hinders the sector’s potential contribution to reducing emissions and achieving climate and development goals, according to a report published by REN21. [IISD Reporting Services]

Solar power (Photo by American Public Power Association)

¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest June On Earth Ever Recorded” • If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. The sizzling average land and sea temperature of June 2019 was 1.71°F (0.95°C) above the global average temp, making June 2019 the hottest June in 140 years. [Live Science]

¶ “South Africa Plans To Replace Nuclear Reactor That Produces Medical Isotopes” • The Nuclear Energy Corp of South Africa and the country’s Department of Energy are working with other parties on a multi-purpose research reactor that would take over from the current plant that has been making medical isotopes since 1965. [Bloomberg]

Safari-1 reactor (Source: NTP)


¶ “New York Climate Law Aims To Drive Dramatic Changes Over Next 30 Years” • A bill signed into law by New York Gov Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions. The law is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for transitions in electricity, heating, and transportation. [PBS NewsHour]

¶ “A Raging Wildfire Is Burning Nearly 7,000 Acres Near Arizona’s Prescott National Forest” • A wildfire burning in central Arizona is forcing evacuations in a remote area near Prescott National Forest in Arizona, the US Forest Service said. The Cellar Fire has burned nearly 7,000 acres, and it was 0% contained as of Thursday, fire officials said. [CNN]

Fighting the Cellar Fire (KPHO | KTVK)

¶ “Expiring US Solar Power Subsidy Spurs Rush For Panels” • America’s biggest solar power developers, including Duke Energy, 8minute Solar Energy, and Shell-backed Silicon Ranch, are stockpiling panels to lock in a 30% federal tax credit set to start phasing out next year, a strategy that could backfire if panel prices slide substantially. []

¶ “DTE Energy Receives Approval To Purchase Three Wind Parks As It Transitions To Cleaner Energy” • DTE Energy announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission has conditionally approved its proposed purchase of three new Michigan wind parks to be completed in 2020. They add 455 MW to DTE’s wind portfolio. [Yahoo Finance]

Wind turbines

¶ “National Grid Increases Partners For Virtual Power Plant Project” • National Grid announced a partnership with SolarEdge Technologies for its ConnectedSolutions program in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Owners of solar inverters developed by SolarEdge will receive financial incentives for excess energy during demand peaks. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Scores US Offshore Hat-Trick” • JV partners Ørsted and Eversource signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for a 1.7-GW portfolio of US offshore wind farms. The German-Spanish firm will deliver its 8-MW wind turbines to three projects, subject to final investment decisions, according to Ørsted. [reNEWS]

Building a wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Finalizes Largest-Ever Renewables Procurement” • Hawaiian Electric Co says it plans to seek about 900 MW of new renewables, capable of generating about 2 million MWh each year. The requests for proposals are “among the largest single procurement efforts undertaken by a US utility,” the company said. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Illinois Agency Warns That State Is Not On Track To Meet Renewable Power Goals” • The head of the Illinois Power Agency, a state agency that procures power for Illinois utilities, is warning about a widening gap between the state’s ambitious renewable goals and its ability to meet them with existing funding and incentives. [Energy News Network]

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July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2019


¶ “Oceans Need Geoengineering, Not The Atmosphere” • Geoengineering is the study, and potential practice, of large-scale intentional changes to the Earth’s systems. Most ethicists are very cautious about it, but recent news of potential carbon-spikes suggests an area where it may be absolutely necessary: the oceans. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean CO₂ (Graphic via CoastAdapt)
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¶ “Trump Invents Fake Emergencies. Congress Should Declare A Real One On Climate” • President Trump invents crises. He declared a fake national emergency to seize funds that Congress refused to give him to build a wall on the Mexican border. He declared another phony national emergency over Iran in order to sell Saudi Arabia weapons. [CNN]

¶ “‘An Insanely Bad Move’: Experts Sound Alarm as Trump’s Nuclear Safety Agency Weighs Rollback of Plant Inspections” • For months, experts have raised an alarm over the nuclear power industry pressuring the NRC to roll back safety policies. Now, NRC staffers’ official recommendations include scaling back inspections to save money. [Common Dreams]

Nuclear power plant (Photo: Jeff Fusco | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Electric Vehicle Benefit: No Direct Exposure To Cancer-Causing Benzene” • Some people say they like the smell of gasoline, but that sweet odor they are talking about is probably a chemical called benzene, a very flammable liquid with a sweet aroma found in gasoline and crude oil. It is a known carcinogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stanford Study Examines Hydrogen As A Commercially Viable Storage Medium For Renewable Energy” • Stanford University has published a report outlining how excess renewable energy could be used to make hydrogen, which can then be sold to commercial users at a profit. Hydrogen already has a well established market. [CleanTechnica]

Perovo solar farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)


¶ “Indian Company Plans 10-Gigawatt Lithium-ion Battery Plant” • Tata Chemicals, one of the largest chemical companies in India, announced plans to set up a lithium-ion battery plant in the western state of Gujarat. Tata Chemicals is part of the huge Indian conglomerate Tata Group, and it manufactures a wide variety of products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indian Cities Now Plan To Buy Thousands Of Electric Buses” • With the launch of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme in India, several cities are planning to introduce thousands of electric buses over the next few years. The central government is offering subsidies worth ₹2,500 crore ($360 million). [CleanTechnica]

BYD 12-meter bus (Image courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Tonga’s First Large Batteries Will Store Renewable Energy” • Tonga’s first large scaled Battery Energy Storage System is to be built at the Popua Power Station. It is expected to be operational in May 2020. Battery storage systems are vitally important to reach Tonga’s renewable energy target, which is to have of 50% renewable sources by 2020. [Matangi Tonga]

¶ “Indonesia’s President Signals A Transition Away From Coal Power” • President Joko Widodo expressed an intention to wean Indonesia off coal, reports say. This is despite his administration’s current policy to increase the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel. Indonesia has 39 coal-fired plants under construction and 68 more in the pipeline. [Eco-Business]

President Joko Widodo (Eduardo M Cp, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “WA Unveils Demonstration Hydrogen Home, And Green Hydrogen Strategy” • West Australian gas network operator ATCO has unveiled a Clean Energy Hub it hopes will show the potential of hydrogen gas to help supply the domestic market, as the WA Government announces the creation of a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Rock Hill, SC Installs A New Free-To-Ride Fully Electric Transit Bus System” • The city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has added transit bus service for residents that is the manifestation of the future of transit in two key areas. First, the new bus fleet is fully electric from day one. Second, and perhaps most important, the new buses are free to ride. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus (Proterra courtesy image)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Adds New Wind Turbines To Help Businesses” • Black Hills Energy is moving toward renewable energy by adding wind turbines in Wyoming. The company will offer a renewable energy program called “Renewable Ready,” but the program is only to be available for commercial, industrial and governmental customers. [KEVN Black Hills Fox]

¶ “Alaskan Village, Maine Company And Alaska Governor Launch Sustainable River Energy Project” • The Igiugig Village Council and Maine-based ORPC, have celebrated the launch of ORPC’s commercial RivGen® Power System, a unique sustainable solution now available to remote river communities in Alaska and worldwide. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

RivGen® system (Courtesy of ORPC)

¶ “Rural Electricity Provider Announces Early Coal Plant Closure, Focus On Renewables” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30% of its power supply. [Colorado Public Radio]

¶ “Senate Passes Davis-Besse Bill, But House Adjourns Without Acting” • The Ohio General Assembly stopped just short of passing a bill to save the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, passing the latest version of the measure in the Senate but not in the House. The House is expected to take the measure up again August 1. [Sandusky Register]

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July 17 Energy News

July 17, 2019


¶ “What Happens When Parts Of South Asia Become Unlivable? The Climate Crisis Is Already Displacing Millions” • South Asia is already suffering as a result of climate change, a crisis caused by the developed world’s consumption patterns and fossil fuel-driven capitalism. Extremes of weather are driving people from their homes. [CNN]

Scene in Southeast Asia (MD Mughal | AP)

¶ “High Voltage Undersea Transmission Lines, Green Hydrogen Could Make Australia A Clean Energy Powerhouse” • Australia’s renewable resources may upstage coal and natural gas soon. Two plans, one for what could be the world’s largest solar farm and the other for a combination of wind and solar, could provide export energy products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mini-Grids Are Ready To Change The World (Again)” • Mini-grids do not represent altogether new technology. In fact, the first grids built were mini-grids. Now electrification is coming full circle. Due to the declining cost of solar and storage, mini-grids have fallen dramatically in cost and they may change the world again. [Forbes]

PowerGen mini-grid in Tanzania (PowerGen Renewable Energy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Driving Growth Of California Wildfires, Study Says” • Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future. The cause of the increase is simple. Hotter temperatures cause drier land, which causes a parched atmosphere. [CNN]


¶ “Reading Borough Council Commits To Buy 100% Renewable Energy” • Schools, care homes, and council offices in Reading, Berkshire, will use 100% renewable energy, as the council has committed to choose a green provider. The council currently spends around £2 million per year on energy for services such as buildings and street lighting. [Reading Chronicle]

Solar array

¶ “Renewable Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels In Europe” • In the first and second quarters of 2019, for the second consecutive year, European renewables produced more power than fossil fuels. Renewable projects generated 245.8 TWh of electricity in the three months to June 30, while fossil fuels produced 202.7 TWh in the same period. [Business Leader]

¶ “Wind Leads 50Hertz Renewables Surge” • Grid assets in the area of Germany covered by 50Hertz delivered almost 28 TWh of electricity from wind and solar in the first half of 2019, up from less than 23 TWh in 2018. Wind power supplied almost 21.6 TWh in the first six months of this year, rising from around 16.6 TWh in the same period last year. [reNEWS]

Laying cable (50Hertz image)

¶ “Green Energy Installations In India Cross 80 GW” • India’s renewable energy capacity has crossed 80 GW, against the government target of 175 GW by 2022. According to Minister of New & Renewable Energy R K Singh, a total of 80.46 GW of clean energy has been installed to date, including 29.55 GW of solar and 36.37 GW of windpower. [DNA India]

¶ “Scotland’s Wind Energy Just Set A New Record, Putting Country On Track For 100% Renewable Electricity In 2020” • Scotland is working on a goal of using renewable energy sources to provide 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity by 2020. The country’s use of windpower shows how reliable that source of energy can be. [Green Matters]

Wind turbine in Scotland (Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images)

¶ “German Renewables Deliver More Electricity Than Coal And Nuclear Power For The First Time” • In Germany, sun, wind, water and biomass have so far produced more electricity in 2019 than coal and nuclear power combined. But it is said to be a snapshot of a special market situation and might not be a long-term trend. [Deutsche Welle]


¶ “PG&E Wildfire Policies Provide Opportunities For Tesla, Sunrun, And Others” • PG&E went bankrupt because fires started from its power lines. A Wall Street Journal story says that to avoid that problem, it has begun notifying customers in high risk areas that they may be without electricity for days at a time when the risk of wildfires is high. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

¶ “Why Natural Gas Can’t Blow Off Biogas Threat Any More” • Natural gas may soon be facing competition from biogas. What biogas lacks is the flexibility and market reach provided by renewable energy certificates. Until now, that is. A new REC plan for biogas is up and running, and it could give natural gas a real run for the money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Green Light For 2.2-GW Renewables Drive” • Regulators in Georgia have approved plans for Georgia Power to add 2260 MW of new renewables capacity and 80 MW of battery storage by 2024. Georgia Power’s renewables capacity will be increased to 5390 MW, representing 22% of the its generation portfolio. [reNEWS]

Georgia Power linemen

¶ “Another Wisconsin City Commits To 100% Clean Energy” • The La Crosse City Council in Wisconsin has unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy across the city by 2050. La Crosse joins Eau Claire, Madison, Middleton, and Monona as the fifth Wisconsin city to adopt this goal. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Senate Nuclear Subsidies Plan Ends Energy Efficiency Requirements” • A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate. It would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants. But the plan would allow efficiency standards to end. [WOSU]

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July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2019


¶ “When It Comes To Automotive CEO Longevity, Tesla’s Elon Musk Is Now King” • Elon Musk is famous for making bold claims and big bets, and then pulling off what seemed impossible. Now he has another interesting claim to automotive fame: he is the longest tenured CEO in the automotive world. That’s an amazing feat. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk in CleanTechnica shirt (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)


¶ “China Approves 22.8 GW Of Solar PV For 2019 Subsidies” • China’s National Energy Administration has announced the results of its first national solar auction for projects approved for Feed-in Tariffs. It has awarded 22.78 GW across 3,921 projects, all of which must be completed and grid-connected by the end of the year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Abu Dhabi Is Replanting Mangroves In The Fight Against Climate Change” • The coastal city of Abu Dhabi is threatened both by rising sea levels and increasing heat of climate change. By planting mangrove trees along the coastline, it is protecting the land from erosion, wave surges, and floods, and it is drawing down CO₂ from the atmosphere. [CNN]

Mangrove trees (CNN image)

¶ “Philippines Switches On It’s First Hybrid Floating PV Hydro Power Project” • The Philippines’ first 200-kW floating solar power project has been switched on. The project is part of the partnership between Ocean Sun, based in Norway, and GCL-SI, which provided the modules used for the construction of the floating solar facility. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Radical Changes Proposed For Indonesia To Meet Clean Energy Target” • Indonesia will require nothing less than a policy overhaul – starting with its state-owned power utility – to meet the target of having 23% of its electricity generated from hydro, solar, and other renewable sources in 2025, according to an AT Kearney report. [Eco-Business]

PV array on Sumba Island (Asian Development Bank image)

¶ “How Decentralised Renewables Are Creating Jobs” • Power for All released its first annual jobs census measuring employment from decentralized renewables for rural electrification in Africa and Asia. The census shows that delivering energy access to almost 1 billion people is emerging as a significant employment opportunity. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Renewable Energy Workforce In India Grew Five Times In Past Five Years: Study” • India’s renewable energy workforce has grown five-fold in the past five years, according to a report published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Skill Council for Green Jobs. []

Cleaning reflectors

¶ “Italy To Hold First 500-MW Renewables Auction On Sept 30” • The Italian Ministry of Economic Development signed a decree implementing an auction and incentive scheme for solar and renewable energy. The European Commission had approved the action in mid-June. The first procurement exercise is planned for September 30. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Swedish Wind And Solar ‘Set To Double’” • The renewable energy capacity in Sweden is projected to more than double by 2030, analysis from GlobalData says. Renewables capacity, excluding hydropower, is forecast to increase from 14,800 MW in 2019 to 30,400 MW in 2030. Hydropower is nearly 40% of Sweden’s installed capacity. [reNEWS]

Swedish wind farm (Image: Arise)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open Offshore Wind Factory And Development Centre In China” • A GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet China’s growing demand for offshore wind energy and will also serve regional projects. Construction is expected to begin about the end of this year, and production in the second half of 2021. [Construction Global]


¶ “Harley Davidson LiveWire – 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds, 145 Mile Range, $29,799” • Will an electric motorcycle make Harley Davidson great again? Five years in the making, its LiveWire electric bike will begin production soon, and you can reserve one online today. For $29,799, a buyer gets a bike that screams to 60 mph in 3 seconds. [CleanTechnica]

Harley Davidson LiveWire (Harley Davidson image)

¶ “New York Times: EPA To Limit Ability To Oppose Pollution Permits” • The EPA is working to change rules that allow individuals or community advocates to fight agency-issued permits that regulate how much pollution can be released by area power plants and factories, according to a report in The New York Times. [CNN]

¶ “California Orders Chevron To ‘ Take All Measures’ To Halt Massive Spill Of Oil-Water Mixture” • About 800,000 gallons of an oil-water mixture, including about 240,000 of oil, has spilled in the last two months at a Chevron operation in California. The state ordered Chevron to “take all measures” to the stop the flow immediately. [CNN]

Chevron oil field (California Dept of Fish and Wildlife, via AP)

¶ “AEP Swoops On 1.5 GW Oklahoma wind” • American Electric Power is looking to buy 1,485 MW of wind capacity in Oklahoma. Two subsidiaries, Southwestern Electric Power Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, are seeking regulatory approvals to purchase three wind projects being developed by Invenergy for $2 billion (€1.75 billion). [reNEWS]

¶ “Ohio Gas Plant Project In Jeopardy If Nuclear Bill Passes” • LS Power said it would end a project to expand a gas-fired power plant in Ohio if the state’s lawmakers pass legislation to subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants. The company said a subsidy for nuclear power could lead to “reduced reliability for Ohio’s electric generation fleet.” [POWER magazine]

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July 15 Energy News

July 15, 2019


¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 2: Carbon Farming Can Deliver” • Inefficiencies in how we obtain the energy to power the human body provide a lifeline for us to get out of the climate crisis. We have the land we need; we just have to use it better. By reducing the amount of land we need for food, we free up land for carbon sequestration in forests. [CleanTechnica]

Agroforestry plantation in Nicaragua (© Ryan Logtenberg)

¶ “Climate Change Will Be A Slow-Motion, Multi-Generational Train Wreck. We Should Talk About That” • Dealing with climate change will require the end of the selfie-madness of the “Me Generation.” And it will require abandoning leaders who think governing is all about them and are more interested in the size of the audience than wise policy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Politics Not Technology: What Must Change For The World To Go 100% Renewable By 2050” • A study published by Energy Watch Group and researchers at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Finland concluded that dealing with climate change requires a change in political will more than any other thing. [Power Technology]

Wind turbines (US DOE photo)


¶ “Scotland’s Wind Could Power Every Home Across Scotland And North Of England” • Figures provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June, Scottish wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland. [WWF-UK]

¶ “Germany Stares Into The Abyss And Sees A Price On Carbon As Inevitable” • With current policies, Germany is not going to achieve the carbon reductions it committed to in Paris, a cut of 55% by 2030, according to a report by Germany’s Council of Economic Experts. To get there, they recommend setting a price on carbon. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging in Germany (Tesla Shuttle | CleanTechnica)

¶ “MENA To Invest $209 Billion On Power Generation Through 2023 As Demand Swells” • Middle East and North African economies have to invest $209 billion (Dh767 billion) in the power sector over the next five years to meet growing electricity demand, as they continue spending on renewable energy projects. [The National]

¶ “Distributed Renewable Energy Sector To Create 400,000 Jobs In India” • The distributed renewable energy sector is set to create 400,000 jobs in India by 2023, including 190,000 direct, formal jobs, almost double the current number, as well as 210,000 direct, informal jobs, according to the first annual jobs census by Power for All. []

Worker in a solar farm

¶ “Total Eren And EDF Renewables Sign PPA For 716 MW Of Solar Projects In India” • Total Eren and EDF Renewables have signed 25-year long term power purchase agreements for four solar power projects to have a total installed capacity of 716 MW. These projects are located in northern India, in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. [Mercom India]

¶ “Masdar, Amernia Sign MOU For 500 MW Of Wind, Solar Capacity” • Armenian National Interests Fund and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 500 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 300 MW of solar and 200 MW of windpower. [Renewables Now]

Yerevan (Photo: Matthias Ripp)

¶ “Nuclear Lobby Identifies Preferred Sites For 20 Nukes In Australia” • The Australian Institute of Energy in Victoria was given a presentation by the Australian Nuclear Association. ANA vice president Robert Parker outlined his hopes for the country to adopt nuclear and for the renewable energy industry to be stopped in its tracks. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Alberta Company To Try To Harness Bay Of Fundy’s Powerful Tides” • Alberta-based Jupiter has been granted permission to try to harness electricity from the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. Backers have long touted the massive energy potential of Fundy’s tides but large-scale commercial efforts to harness them have borne little fruit so far. []

Tidal turbine (Cape Sharp Tidal)


¶ “Barry Weakens To A Tropical Depression, But Authorities Still Warn Of Dangerous Flooding” • Barry is forecast to produce an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain from the lower Mississippi River Valley through portions of Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, and west Tennessee. Some areas in this region could see storm totals upward of 15 inches. [CNN]

¶ “America Is Building Another Big Wall. This One Will Protect New York” • By 2025, New York’s Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat. The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world. [CNN]

Staten Island seawall

¶ “Vineyard Seeks To Overturn ‘Flawed’ Permit Refusal” • Vineyard Wind is seeking to overturn a local authority’s refusal to permit transmission cables for the 800-MW Vineyard offshore wind farm in Massachusetts. The developer said the Edgartown Conservation Commission’s decision was “inconsistent with the evidence before it” and “flawed.” [reNEWS]

¶ “Bitter Ridge Stars For Constellation” • Scout Clean Energy is to supply 80% of the electricity from the 130-MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Indiana to Exelon subsidiary Constellation under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The project in Jay County will feature 52 GE 2.82 series turbines. It is expected to be online in September 2020. [reNEWS]

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July 14 Energy News

July 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Crisis Weekly: Weekly Disasters, Flooding Forces Moves, Climate Review Off The Table, More” • Climate crisis disasters are happening at an average rate of one per week, the UN says, giving this feature of Electrek new definition. Many “lower-impact” disasters are happening in developing countries and draw relatively little attention. [Electrek]



¶ “Pay Dues Or No Electricity: Centre Tells Tamil Nadu” • India’s central government has told the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, which is losing money and delaying payments, that it will not be able to purchase power from the private power companies unless they settle their outstanding amounts due to them. [The News Minute]

¶ “‘Just A Matter Of When’: The $20 Billion Plan To Power Singapore With Australian Solar” • The desert outside Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build Singapore’s future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet to take notice, a group of Australian developers are betting that will change. [The Guardian]

Northern Territory solar system (Alice Solar City | AAP)

¶ “Morocco On Course To Meet Renewable Energy Targets For 2030” • Morocco is marching steadily towards fulfilling its renewable energy goal of generating 52% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The country is launching a new process to tender for a solar power plant in Midelt known as Noor Midelt II. [The North Africa Post]

¶ “How Solar Micro-Grids Are Powering Myanmar’s Villages” • Yoma Micro Power is building solar power and micro-grids in Myanmar. Each of its 51 micro plants can power a small town and its surrounding areas. By the end of 2019, Yoma Micro Power plans to build 200 more solar power plants. And it is just one of the country’s microgrid pioneers. [GovInsider]

Myanmar (Stefano Alemani, Unsplash)

¶ “Centre Takes Dim View Of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Plan To Tweak Power Tariffs, PPAs” • Reacting to the decision by Andhra Pradesh to cancel power purchase agreements in renewable energy sector and renegotiate tariffs, Union renewable energy minister RK Singh warned this would impact foreign investment flows into the sector. [Economic Times]

¶ “Unprecedented Fires Burn The Arctic” • The wildfires now burning around the Arctic “unprecedented,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. The UN agency noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more CO₂ into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year. [Mashable SE Asia]

Fire and smoke in the Arctic


¶ “Ford To Partner With Electrify America For Customer Access To EV Charging Network” • Mike Levine, North America Product Communications Manager for Ford, revealed that Ford would be announcing details of a partnership with Volkswagen’s Electrify America charging subsidiary. Electrify America will also provide charging to Harley Davidson owners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Barry Moves Deeper Into Louisiana With More Rain On The Way” • Tropical Storm Barry moved deeper inland, dumping heavy rain and overtopping levees in areas along the Louisiana coastline. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 175 miles outward from the storm’s center, but the rainfall always posed the greatest threat. [CNN]

Coping with water (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, And Cadillac In 2019” • Most auto brands saw their sales decrease in the US during the first half of 2019. Excluding Tesla (and Jaguar, which does not report sales), US auto sales were down 161,810. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Navajo Nation Council To Mull Renewable Energy Resources Bill” • A bill that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The legislation would rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct its Department of Justice to draft a new one. [Farmington Daily Times]

Navajo Generating Station in 2011 (Ross D Franklin | AP)

¶ “Minnesota To Consider Using Energy Storage For Peaker Plants” • Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. Peaker plants operate when utilities face high demand for short periods, such as on hot summer days. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “As The World Heats Up, The Climate For News Is Changing, Too” • As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organisations are devoting more resources to climate change. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling resources and sharing their reporting on the issue. [TODAYonline]

Greenland’s melting ice (Reuters)

¶ “Fire Reached Within 150 Feet Of Main Power Plant” • A wildfire got to within 150 feet of the power plant that produces more than 80% of the fossil-fuel-generated power on the island of Maui and hosts the control systems for industry scale renewable energy, according to Maui Electric Co. The fire also threatened transmission lines. [Maui News]

¶ “Trump Rejects Import Quotas On Uranium, But Creates Group To Find Ways To Boost Domestic Production” • President Trump rejected Department of Commerce recommendations that likely would have revived uranium mining in the US, but he also created a working group to review the country’s nuclear fuel supply chain over the next 90 days. [Salt Lake Tribune]

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July 13 Energy News

July 13, 2019


¶ “The Climate Crisis Is Making Storms Like Barry Worse” • Tropical Storm Barry, like Hurricane Florence last year and Harvey the year before, looks like it will once again provide us with an example of what the climate crisis is doing to storms right now, with heavy rainfall from slow moving storms leading to devastating floods. [CNN]

CNN weather forecast with Tropical Storm Barry (CNN)

¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 1: Carbon Sequestration Is Vital” • According to ​Hansen et al​, a safe level of atmospheric CO​₂​ to avert runaway global warming is below 350 PPM. We are at 414 and climbing. So we have our work seriously cut out for us not only to reduce our emissions, but sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Indian Water Train Arrives With Desperately Needed Relief For Chennai” • A train carrying 2.5 million liters of water rolled into the southern Indian city of Chennai, providing desperately needed relief to residents who have been facing an acute water shortage for the past month. It is the first water train for the city’s 4.5 million people. [CNN]

Chennai water train


¶ “Kenyan Court Puts Kibosh On Country’s First Coal-Fired Plant” • A court in Kenya blocked the country’s first coal facility, a Chinese-led 981-MW station, after activists sued. They claimed that developers failed to carry out a rigorous environmental assessment and failed to inform the local people of potential impacts, The Guardian reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford And Volkswagen Autonomous And Electric Car Marriage Is Official” • Volkswagen put its MEB chassis on the table. Ford brought its newly acquired Argo AI division to the party. CNBC reports that spending on self-driving vehicle technology is expected to reach $85 billion annually by 2025, according to a June study by AlixPartners. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID concept car (Nicolas Zart | CleanTechnica)

¶ “UK Net Zero Goal ‘Requires 263 GW By 2050′” • National Grid estimates the UK will require 263 GW of installed power capacity to meet its net zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. The company said in its ‘Future Energy Scenarios 2019’ report that a net zero scenario would see annual electricity demand reaching 491 TWh by 2050. [reNEWS]

¶ “Foreign Investors Pumped $1.02 Billion Equity In India’s Clean Energy Space In FY19” • The foreign investors’ interest in India’s emerging green economy continues, with around $1.02 billion of equity investment made by them in the current financial year to date, according to data compiled by consulting firm Bridge to India for Mint. [Livemint]

Clean energy in India (Pradeep Gaur | Mint)

¶ “Iran 90% Self-Sufficient In Renewables Equipment” • “Iran-made renewable equipment are of very high quality and can compete with renowned brands in global markets,” IRNA quoted Seyed Mohammad Sadeqzadeh as saying. According to the official, the country’s renewable industry has witnessed over 60% growth in the past few years. [Tehran Times]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open New Offshore Wind Energy Factory In China” • GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind energy factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province. The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind power demand in the region and China. [REVE]

New GE facility in China


¶ “State Utility Regulators Approve Power Contract For Planned Hancock County Wind Farm” • A contract under which Emera Maine will pay the 72.6-MW Weaver Wind LLC 3.5¢/kWh, with increases of 2.5%, annually was unanimously supported by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, officials said. The wind farm is to be operational in 2020. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry” • The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in New Orleans, is now at 16 feet, owing to record spring flooding along the waterway. Barry is threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, which will bring cresting at 19 feet. [CNN]

The storm hasn’t even hit yet. (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “TVA Boosts Solar Power But Still Trails Other Regions In Use Of The Sun” • The Tennessee Valley Authority board will vote on a new plan next month. It envisions replacing old coal plants with more nuclear, up to 14 GW of solar, purchased wind, natural gas, and battery storage by 2040. But critics are not entirely happy with the details. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Clean Power Alliance Signs Deals For Renewable Energy In Southern California” • The board of the Clean Power Alliance community choice aggregator authorized long-term two PPAs for 273 MW of solar capacity. It also signed a deal for for 12.8 MW of hydropower from a federal dam, though part of this was built over an active fault. [The South Pasadenan]

Lake Isabella (

¶ “Montana Energy Storage Project Lines Up Financial Partner” • Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year, having reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm, its sponsors said. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project would have a 400-MW capacity. [Great Falls Tribune]

¶ “Trump Finds A Trade Fight He Doesn’t Like In Uranium Imports” • President Trump found a trade fight he doesn’t like. After disrupting global markets by imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods, he decided against putting a cap on uranium imports. US nuclear power plants get 97% of their fuel from foreign sources. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

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July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2019


¶ “Why The Future Is Bright For 100% Clean Energy” • A city in Texas with oil derricks on its license plates. A Kansas town devastated by a tornado. An isolated Alaskan island, known for its huge bears. What do they have in common? All are in red states, yet their electricity is generated from 100% renewable energy sources. [WhoWhatWhy]

Wind farm in Texas (Photo: Library of Congress)

¶ “Tropical Storm Barry Could Hit The Gulf Coast With ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding. Climate Change Is Likely To Blame” • The Mississippi River is already bursting as a result of months of flooding in the Midwest and South, and Tropical Storm Barry is about to make the situation really dire. Experts say it is a sign of things to come. [Time]

¶ “Giant Batteries And Cheap Solar Power Are Shoving Fossil Fuels Off The Grid” • Los Angeles is expected to approve a deal for a solar farm and battery to provide 7% of the electricity for the city at 1.997¢/ kWh for the solar power and 1.3¢/ kWh for the battery. That’s cheaper than any power generated with fossil fuel or nuclear power. [Science Magazine]

Solar farm in California (8minute Solar Energy image)


¶ “The Texas Oil Boom Is Messing With OPEC’s Plans To Keep Prices High” • To set a floor under oil prices, OPEC is showing remarkable restraint by holding back production. But that effort keeps getting undermined by the American shale oil boom. That problem for OPEC doesn’t seem to be going away. OPEC warned of a supply glut in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “The Coal Mine That Ate Hambacher Forest” • More than a third of Germany’s electricity is still produced by burning coal, and that coal is mostly dirty brown lignite. Environmental activists are fighting to change this. A small area of forest not far from the Dutch border has become the focal point of their campaign. [BBC]

Hambacher forest

¶ “Gujarat To Subsidize Rooftop Solar Systems In 200,000 Homes” • The Indian state of Gujarat announced its budget for the financial year 2019-20. Along with an allocation of money for on-ground solar power, the state is providing subsidies of ₹1,000 crore ($145 million) for rooftop solar systems, enough for about 200,000 families. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vattenfall Wins 760-MW Subsidy-Free Dutch Offshore Wind Tender” • Swedish energy group Vattenfall won the most recent subsidy-free offshore wind tender in the Netherlands. It has been awarded the right to build the 760-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid  3 & 4 offshore wind farm. Vattenfall will begin offshore construction in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Image: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)

¶ “Pilbara Green Hydrogen Project Grows To 15 GW Of Wind And Solar” • The huge wind and solar project planned for the Pilbara region of West Australian has grown in scope again. It will now aim to build 15 GW of wind and solar capacity as it focuses on encouraging local industry and the “green” hydrogen export and domestic markets. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Plan To Build 10 Offshore Wind Power Hubs In North Sea Deemed Feasible” • The North Sea Wind Power Hub program is one way the countries on the North Sea are trying to meet their Paris climate goals. After studying the ways it could proceed, the NSWPH announced that a plan for up to 10 offshore wind energy hubs is technically feasible. [CleanTechnica]

Illustration of the hub-and-spoke concept (NSWPH image)

¶ “Colombia’s Renewables Share Goes Up To 88.36% In June” • Colombia’s renewable energy power plants produced 88.36% of the country’s electricity in June, a daily average of 170.08 GWh, according to the Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados. This is a 5.66% growth from the figure for this May. [Renewables Now]

¶ “South Korea Could Soon Be Home To The World’s Biggest Floating Offshore Wind Farm” • Equinor, the Korea National Oil Corporation, and Korea East-West Power formed a consortium to develop a 200-MW floating offshore wind project off the coast of South Korea. Equinor announced it is starting on a feasibility study for the project. [CNBC]

Floating turbines (Carina Johansen | Bloomberg | Getty Images)


¶ “High-Tide Flooding Is Only Going To Get Worse, NOAA Says” • US Coastal communities saw an uptick in flooding from high tides last year, and it’s not likely to get any better, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report. Last year tied the 2015 record for a national median of five days of high-tide flooding. [CNN]

¶ “It’s Lindsey Graham Vs. Donald Trump On Climate Change” • Sen Lindsey Graham is sounding an alarm on climate change, and hoping to make it loud enough for President Donald Trump to hear. Graham said acknowledging – and embracing – climate change as an issue in the GOP can be a good thing, and the party is ignoring it at its own peril. [CNN]

Lindsey Graham (Nicholas Kamm | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “DeWitt Transitioning To 100% Renewable Energy Using Solar Farm” • After six years of pushing for clean electricity, the Town of DeWitt, New York, will start running on a new source of energy. “We’re going to be off the grid by 2020 by solar,” said resident Sonia Kragh, a Sierra Club member. “That’s an immense accomplishment.” [Spectrum News]

¶ “Construction Set To Begin On $335 Million Wind Farm In Knox County” • Renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in a news release the beginning of construction for a $335 million wind farm in Knox County, Texas. Other investors in the project include two Danish pension funds represented by US investment manager AIP. [Times Record News]

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July 11 Energy News

July 11, 2019


¶ “Putin: Is He Right About Wind Turbines And Bird Deaths?” • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against over-reliance on renewable energy, something he says harms birds and other wildlife. Estimates are that 0.3 birds die per GWh generated by wind, and 5.2 die per GWh from fossil fuels. But fossil fuels provide Russia with half its income. [BBC]

Birds and turbines (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctica’s Ice Is Degrading Faster Than We Thought, And There May Be No Way To Stop The Consequences” • There are plenty of ominous indicators of the consequences of climate change, but few are more worrying to scientists than the ice sheets of Antarctica at our planet’s southern pole. It doesn’t take a degree in physics to understand the risk. [CNN]


¶ “Mumbai Rains: Is India’s Weather Becoming More Extreme?” • With unusually severe rainfall in India’s financial capital Mumbai over the past few weeks, and severe drought conditions in other parts of the country, questions are being raised about whether extreme events are becoming more common. Reality Check had a look. [BBC]

Flooding in Mumbai (Getty Images)

¶ “Next UK Renewable Auction Could See End Of Subsidies” • The next renewable energy auction in the UK could result in subsidy-free projects awarded contracts as next-generation offshore wind technology reduces costs. Winning bids in the next UK auction round are expected to be awarded at rates that are close to wholesale. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The MINI Electric Is Finally Here!” • The MINI, an icon of British culture, announced a MINI Electric. The new electrified offering is not a concept, but is actually set to come to market in early 2020. With competitive pricing, the MINI Electric will stick to the brand’s original promise to deliver an affordable compact vehicle for the masses. [CleanTechnica]

New electric MINI

¶ “Dutch Tender Result ‘Proves Offshore Cost Credentials’” • The result of the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4 auction has confirmed the offshore wind industry’s low-cost credentials, according to WindEurope’s chief executive He said the tender shows the sector is now the cheapest form of new power in north-west Europe apart from onshore wind. [reNEWS]

¶ “Electric Cars Could Form Battery Hubs To Store Renewable Energy” • A fleet of 35 million electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target, according to the energy system operator, National Grid. Electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up and act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy. [The Guardian]

Car at a charging station (Christopher Thomond | The Guardian)

¶ “Morocco’s Platinum Power Partners With China’s CFHEC On $300 Million Hydropower Project” • Renewable energy investor Platinum Power, minority-owned by US private equity firm Brookstone Partners, announced that it has teamed up with China’s CFHEC to build a $300 million hydropower plant in central Morocco. [Reuters]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investment Dips 14% To $117.6 Billion In First Half” • Renewable energy investment dropped 14% to $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, according to the latest figures from BloombergNEF. The report said renewable energy investment in the world’s biggest market, China, fell 39% to $28.8 billion. [Greentech Lead]

Renewable energy investment
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¶ “‘Opportunities Everywhere’: NREL Study Shows Mass Potential For Storage To Provide Peaking Capacity” • The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that four hours of storage could meet peaking capacity across the country, with the potential to exceed 50 GW. Currently, fossil fuels are backed up by 261 GW of peaking capacity. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Why New Orleans Is Vulnerable To Flooding” • New Orleans was built above sea level, but for a long time it has been sinking. And from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to threats of flooding this week, a few facts on – and in – the ground explain why the Big Easy is uniquely vulnerable to massive flooding. The city has four major issues working against it. [CNN]

Parked car in New Orleans (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Is World’s Largest Producer Of Fossil Fuels” • BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 was released in June, and the findings revealed that the US is leading the world in production of fossil fuels. Among the important facts in the review, one thing stood out: The US made 98% of total global additions, an astonishing figure. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Tesla Ready To Increase Production At Fremont Factory” • An internal email to employees from Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, said the company is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont, California. “While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted …” he is quoted as saying. [CleanTechnica]

Welding a Tesla Model 3 (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “GoFundMe Set Up To Help Kentucky Miners” • Community Action Kentucky announced that a GoFundMe account has been set up to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures, according to a new release. Community Action Kentucky is an association of community action agencies across the state. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

¶ “GE Hitachi To Help Decommission Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station” • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy won the contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey. [Electric Light & Power]

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July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2019


¶ “Flexible And Efficient Use Of Electricity From Renewable Sources To Answer Society Needs” • Denmark’s electricity production from wind was close to 50% in 2018. The Danish transition to an energy system based on renewable power sources is a snap shot of the future that many countries are currently realizing. [Open Access Government]

Danish energy (Data source: EMD International A/S)
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¶ “In Environment Speech, Trump Fails To Mention Climate Change” • President Trump, a president who dedicated much of his first term to unraveling environmental protections that were established by former President Obama, delivered a 45-minute address on the environment. He never mentioned climate change. [Scientific American]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stanford Study Shows Realigned Wind Turbines Can Boost Output Of Wind Farms” • Wake from a wind turbine can reduce the output of nearby wind turbines. A Stanford group developed calculations to optimize misalignment angles for turbines to reduce wake effects. At a test in Alberta, the system they created increased output considerably. [CleanTechnica]

Wake (Rebecca Konte | Stanford University | Dabiri Lab)


¶ “Russia Readies To Ratify Paris Agreement, Warns About Renewables ‘Absolutism’” • The Russian government has ordered two ministries to submit legislation to ratify the Paris climate agreement by September. Putin, however, said renewable energy should not lead to “the complete abandonment of nuclear or hydrocarbon energy.” [EURACTIV]

¶ “Total, EDF Renewables To Develop 700 MW Of Solar Power Projects In India” • Total, one of the world’s major integrated oil and gas companies, along with French energy group EDF Renewables, will develop four solar power projects in India through their joint subsidiary EDEN Renewables India. Their combined capacity is 716 MW. [Business Standard]

Solar system in India (Stefan Krasowski, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Extinction Rebellion And PR agencies Call For Industry To Declare ‘Climate Conflicts’” • Climate activists Extinction Rebellion are supporting a letter signed by more than a dozen PR agencies announcing their refusal to work on fossil fuel briefs, and calling for the PR industry to declare its ‘climate conflicts.’ Several have already begun on disclosures. [PRWeek]

¶ “Offshore Wind Energy To Be $70 Billion By 2025” • The Global offshore wind energy industry, which is valued about $18.479 billion in 2016 is projected to grow with a healthy rate of more than 15.9% over the forecast period 2018-2025, a market research report by Global Reports Store said. At this rate, it would reach $69.63 billion by 2025. [OE Digital]

Offshore wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Tamworth Council To Power 1000 Homes From Landfill Gas” • Councillors in Tamworth, New South Wales, voted in favour of awarding a 20-year contract to LMS Energy to turn landfill gas into electricity to pumped into the grid. The renewable power plant will turn the region’s rubbish into enough gas to power about 1000 homes. [The Northern Daily Leader]

¶ “Risen Energy Begins Construction Of Biggest Solar Farm In WA” • The boom in construction of large-scale renewable power plants in Western Australia continues apace. Risen Energy announced that it has begun construction of the 100-MW (AC) or 132-MW (DC) Merredin solar farm. It is likely that a battery system will be added later. [RenewEconomy]

Yarranlea solar farm in Queensland


¶ “Chinese Expert Warns Australia Against Investing In New Coal Mines” • A Chinese renewable energy expert warned Australia against investing in new coal mines because her country, one of Australia’s biggest coal customers, is moving away from coal for energy production. China’s installed generating capacity is 38.3% renewable. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Chinese Thermal Coal Demand Set To Fall With Launch Of New Power Transmission Line” • A tranmission line of ultra-high voltage, at 1.1 million volts, and 3,324 km (2,065-miles) long, has been launched in China. It is expected to cut demand for thermal coal dramatically, according to market sources quoted by S&P Global Platts. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-fired plant (Kleineolive, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

¶ “China Set To Take Stage As Largest Energy Storage Market In APAC By 2024” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables expects China will be the largest energy storage market in the Asia Pacific region by 2024. China’s storage capacity is expected to increase from 489 MW/843 MWh, in 2017, to 12,500 MW/32,100 MWh, in 2024. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Sanders And Ocasio-Cortez Pressure Congress To Declare Climate Change A National Emergency” • Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont teamed up with Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon to unveil a new resolution that would declare climate change a national emergency. [CNN]

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CNN image)

¶ “Lowell Council OKs Green-Energy Boost” • The City Council of Lowell, Massachusetts, voted unanimously for a Community Choice Aggregation agreement that increases the portion of green energy purchased through the program by 45%. This is in addition to the state-required 14%, so, if all goes well, 59% of the city’s electricity will be renewable. [Lowell Sun]

¶ “Nevada Passes Bill To Boost Renewable Energy Portfolio” • Nevada took a bold step towards promoting clean energy as it recently passed a couple of new laws pertaining to the use of renewable resources. The state aims to fulfill at least half of its total energy needs through the use of clean resources by the year 2030. [Clean Energy Authority]

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July 9 Energy News

July 9, 2019


¶ “The World Needs To Get Serious About Combating Carbon Emissions” • With global emissions on the rise, the world is facing an exceptional challenge that demands a giant leap in innovation. Energy-related carbon emissions hit a high last year, making it increasingly hard for the world to meet international climate goals. [CNN]

Living with Pollution (Money Sharma | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Ages Your Lungs Faster And Increases Your Risk Of COPD, Study Says” • Air pollution does a lot more damage to our lungs than scientists realized, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers found it ages lungs more quickly and puts us at higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [CNN]

¶ “MIT Aerogel Generates Passive Heat From Sunlight” • In below freezing weather on a rooftop at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the inside of a device created by researchers is at 220°C. There are no moving parts, compressors, or vacuum pumps involved, just sunlight and a special aerogel developed by their project team. [CleanTechnica]

Parallel laser beams make the transparent material visible.
(Photo courtesy of professor Evelyn Wang, et al, via MIT News)

¶ “Heatwaves Test Limits Of Nuclear Power” • Enthusiasts say nuclear power is essential to combat the climate emergency because, unlike renewables, it is a reliable source of base load power. This is a spurious claim because power stations, which need large amounts of water for cooling are uniquely vulnerable to global heating. [The Guardian]


¶ “BYD Delivers The First Of 1,500 Taxis To Colón, Panama” • The City of Colón, Panama is taking a step into the future with the procurement of a fleet of 1,500 fully electric BYD e6 taxis. The new vehicles were purchased in partnership with ENSA Servicios and TRASERVI. With them came the first fast charging station in Colón province. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Taxi (BYD courtesy image)

¶ “Annual Global Wind Power Capacity Additions To Average 76 Gigawatts By 2024–2028” • Global wind capacity additions are expected to average 71 GW per year from 2019 to 2023, and 76 GW between 2024 and 2028, according to analysis published by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. This is an increase of 11 GW from earlier projections. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Offers $2,200 In Tax Incentive On Electric Car Purchase” • The Indian government has finally taken a concrete measure to boost sales of electric cars in the private sector. After a thumping win in the recent general elections, the Modi government has announced a slew of measures to promote sale of electric cars in the private segment. [CleanTechnica]

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman (Image: India Press Information Bureau)

¶ “E.ON Delivers 100% Green Energy In The UK” • E.ON is now supplying all its residential customers in the UK with 100% renewable electricity as standard and at no extra cost. The change means more than 3.3 million homes now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass, and solar, the company said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewables Force ESB Rethink At Moneypoint” • With increased renewables penetration in Ireland, utility ESB has permanently reduced output from its 915-MW Moneypoint coal-fired power station. ESB said it is switching to a new “low running regime” as the plant has for some time been in operation at lower levels than previously. [reNEWS]

Moneypoint (Credit: ESB)

¶ “Renewables Now Account For 63% Of New Capacity Added” • Renewables now account for 63% of new capacity added to the global supply of electricity, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows. In Gulf Cooperation Council states, the installed capacity of renewable energy grew four-fold in the period from 2014 to 2017. [Times of Oman]

¶ “2019 Shaping As Watershed Year For Renewables In Resource Sector” • The majority of mining operations globally continue to rely on traditional power sources, mainly from fossil fuels, but momentum is building behind the industry’s energy transition. Mining companies are getting serious about using renewables to reduce costs. [pv magazine Australia]

BHP mine (Image: BHP)


¶ “Trump Takes Aim At Green New Deal While Touting His Administration’s ‘Environmental Leadership'” • President Trump held an event to tout his administration’s previous work on the environment Monday during a speech at the White House, despite having rolled back numerous regulations intended to fight the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Salesforce, Microsoft, Apple Push Virginia Utility To Use More Renewables, Less Gas” • Salesforce, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple and other companies with data centers in Virginia are demanding that the local utility use renewable energy to meet any increase in power demand from the state’s data centers, rather than using natural gas. [GreenBiz]

Dominion Energy solar farm in Virginia (Dominion Energy)

¶ “Nightmare On Woodward Avenue! US Vehicle Sales Continue Their Long Decline – With The Exception Of Teslas.” • US light truck and car sales have been down every month so far this year, according to Automotive News. But Tesla sales were up 29.9% in the second quarter and 23.45% for the year so far, according to data compiled by WolfStreet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AES Starts Building Largest Battery Peaker, Highlighting Technology’s Potential” • More than twice the size of the largest battery system currently operating in the US, the AES Alamitos Energy Battery Storage Array in Long Beach, California, signals much bigger things soon to come for electrochemical energy storage on US power grids. [S&P Global]

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July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2019


¶ “Thunberg = ‘Greatest Threat’ To Fossil Fuel Companies’ | Ocasio-Cortez = ‘Determined To Destroy the America We Know’” • What is it about these two young women, Greta Thunberg, who is 16 years old, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29, that squeezes expletives out of some of the world’s most important mouths? [CleanTechnica]

Greatest threat to OPEC (Anders Hellberg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Iran nuclear deal: Is there any way it can be saved?” • The US abandoned the Iran nuclear deal just over a year ago. The Iranian government insists that they have been complying with the agreement, and the International Atomic Energy Agency agrees. Now Iran, hurting from newly imposed US sanctions, wants the Europeans to relieve the pressure. [BBC]


¶ “Greta Thunberg Is Inspiring Climate Action. But In Some Countries Her Message Is Falling On Deaf Ears” • Almost every Friday for the past year, Greta Thunberg has protested in front of the Swedish parliament, holding her now famous “School Strike For Climate” placard. Some leaders listen. Others are not so enthusiastic. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (George Frey | Getty Images)

¶ “Total Reopens La Mède Oil Refinery As Biofuel Facility” • In 2015, French energy company Total shut down its La Mêde oil refinery in France and began repurposing it to produce biofuels. After an investment of €275 million, it is producing hydrotreated vegetable oil, a premium biofuel suitable for diesel engines and jet engines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Disrupts – BMW Boss Throws In The Towel” • BMW CEO Harald Krüger has resigned his post, citing “enormous changes, which have brought about more transformation than in the previous 30 years.” He is referring to the recent rapid rise of Tesla’s compelling electric vehicles that are crushing BMW’s car offerings. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 (BMW courtesy image)

¶ “Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race” • In 2018, nuclear power generated 2,701 TWh of electric energy, compared to 4,193 TWh for hydropower and 2,480 for other renewables. In comparison, coal produced more power than all three categories combined. But as non-hydro renewables grow, the other generating technologiess decline. [Forbes]

¶ “Australia’s First Offshore Wind Project Moves Forward With Labour Market Study” • Plans for Australia’s first offshore wind farm took a step forward, as project developers launched a study of the Australian labor market to deliver on the project. It is planned to have a capacity of up to 2,000 MW installed off the coast of Victoria. [RenewEconomy]

Offshore wind farm at dawn

¶ “Adapting Australia’s National Construction Code To Climate Change” • Australia’s climate is projected to become harsher, putting more stress on our living conditions. Arguably, we need to adapt the design, use and maintenance of infrastructure and building stocks in response to a changing climate and more disruptive climatic impacts. [The Strategist]


¶ “Indian Renewable Energy Companies Continue To Face Financial Challenges” • In the Indian state of Telangana, as many as 200 solar power project developers await payments of $300 million for energy generated since July 2018. A similar situation has developed in Rajasthan, where utilities are failing to pay for wind energy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Panels (Cynthia Shahan)

¶ “Brookfield Offers To Rescue Debt-Ridden Indian Wind Company Suzlon” • Suzlon Energy, a leading Indian wind energy company, reportedly approached Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management to sell a majority stake. Suzlon Energy has had a very long history of a troubled balance sheet and has now run out of money to repay its creditors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Joins The Climate And Clean Air Coalition” • India has formally joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, becoming the 65th country to join the partnership. By doing so, it was following through on a commitment made by the country’s newly-appointed Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar. [Modern Diplomacy]


¶ “India’s First Offshore Wind Tender Out In Four Months, Claims Report” • Recharge News reported that the government of India is planning to approve gap funding of $909 million to support the first offshore wind energy project in the country. There is an in-principle agreement over the funding and it is now considered likely to be approved. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Boeing Gets Cozy With Kitty Hawk” • Boeing is now working with Kitty Hawk’s Cora division, the 2-person electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi. Kitty Hawk, which has been around for some time in eVTOL years, introduced the Cora in March of last year. Since then, Kitty Hawk says it has accumulated more than 700 test flights. [CleanTechnica]

Boeing Kitty Hawk Cora (Boeing-Kitty Hawk courtesy image)

¶ “FERC Now Expects Big Drop For US Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power Over Next Three Years, Major Growth For Renewables” • FERC’s latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” suggests that fossil fuel generating capacity may not grow and nuclear capacity may decline by over 7 GW by June 2022. But Renewables could grow by over 45 GW. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Wind And Solar’s Share Has Grown 800% Without Reliability Issues” • The share of electricity supplied by wind and solar multiplied eightfold in the U.S. over a decade without causing reliability issues, according to a recent report to members of Congress. There have also been occasions when renewables supplied the majority of power. [Forbes]

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July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2019


¶ “Fueling The Climate Crisis: Why LNG Is No Miracle Cure For Australia’s Coal Addiction” • Even Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits Australia’s emissions have been rising since 2015. And the government’s own analysis blames much of that on LNG. Yet the idea the export gas industry is good for the planet appears set for a serious workout in this parliament. [The Guardian]

Gas industry infrastructure (Ray Strange | AAP)

¶ “How USDA Climate Change Denial Threatens The South” • The US Department of Agriculture has withheld from the public dozens of climate-related studies conducted by the department’s principal research agency, the Agricultural Research Service, a recent Politico investigation found. Out of 45 studies produced, only two were released. [Truthout]


¶ “ADFD Financed $15 Million Renewable Energy Project In Cuba” • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Cuban Ministry of Energy and Mines, and the International Renewable Energy Agency put a new 10-MW solar PV project into operation. ADFD provided $15 million for the project. It will power nearly 7,000 Cuban homes. [Construction Business News]

Solar array (ADFD image)

¶ “Sitharaman’s Maiden Budget Dashes Hopes Of Renewable Energy Developers” • In India, the Union Budget for 2019-20 has come as a dampener to the renewable energy sector. The budget has a muted focus on green energy, and this has cast doubts on the government’s target to achieve 225 GW of renewable energy by 2022. [Business Standard]

¶ “Forty Shades Of Green And 5,000 New Renewable Energy Jobs For Ireland” • Renewable company Energia has announced a €3 billion investment that will provide up to 5,000 jobs in Ireland over the next five years. Energia plans projects to focus on onshore and offshore wind farms, solar power, hydrogen fuel generation, and bio-energy facilities. [IrishCentral]

Energia plant in Finglas (RollingNews)

¶ “Iran Prepared To Enrich Uranium Beyond Limits, Senior Official Says” • Iran is prepared to begin enriching uranium beyond the limits set by the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, a top aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said. He spoke ahead of a deadline Iranian officials gave European leaders to offer more concessions to Tehran. [Press Herald]


¶ “Ford To Share Volkswagens’s MEB Electric Vehicle Platform” • A confidential source told Reuters that Ford and Volkswagen have an agreement in principal allowing the American automaker to share VW’s new MEB electric car platform. The arrangement is expected to be formalized at a Volkswagen board of directors meeting on July 11. [CleanTechnica]

Fully-electric Ford Focus (Courtesy: Ford)

¶ “Utility Blocks Iowa Solar Firm From Wisconsin Energy Market” • Eagle Point Solar, an Iowa-based renewables company, wants to partner with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar PVs. We Energies, however, refuses to connect a series of solar arrays to each other, and this led to lawsuits. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “Here Comes The Sun: Colorado Communities Organizing To Tap Solar Resources” • A national nonprofit organization that helps communities form solar-energy cooperatives is organizing homeowners in Fort Collins and the Yampa Valley. It is starting to expand to Grand Junction and Pueblo, and to reach out to Denver residents. [The Denver Post]

Solar garden (Andy Cross | Denver Post file photo)

¶ “Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland” • The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state. This has pitted protection of agricultural land against environmental stewardship. [The Columbian]

¶ “Critic Blasts PNM’s Plan To Replace Coal; Utility Defends Proposal” • Public Service Company of New Mexico filed a plan offering ways to replace two coal-fired plants, saying they would save residential customers money and provide 42% renewable energy in four years. One opposing group said the plan was faulty and “eco-left.” [Farmington Daily Times]

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July 6 Energy News

July 6, 2019


¶ “More Signs That Natural Gas Can’t Compete With Renewables On Cost” • From a natural gas industry conference to a major metropolitan area, it is getting clearer that natural gas is losing economically to renewables and battery storage. Considering recent news on climate change, this emerging reality couldn’t come soon enough. [DeSmog]

Solar farm in Ontario (Credit: I Saw That, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

¶ “Three Takeaways From New York’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan” • New York passed a sweeping climate change plan of its own in June. It calls for 100% of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2040. Some will come from offshore wind, and some from distributed sources. How much will be nuclear is a question. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Got An Overheating Planet? Plant A Trillion Trees. Problem Solved” • Lead researcher Tom Crowther of ETH Zürich in Switzerland told The Guardian, “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.” [CleanTechnica]

Redwood forest (US National Park Service)


¶ “Gold Fields Mine Is First In Australia To Incorporate Wind Into A Hybrid Microgrid” • Gold Fields and EDL are rolling out the first hybrid microgrid with windpower at a mine in Australia. The Agnew mine will have 18 MW of windpower, 16 MW of natural gas generation, 4 MW of solar and 13 MW/4 MWh of energy storage. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “Indian EV Aggregator Ola Electric Hits $1 Billion Valuation” • TechCrunch reported that Ola Electric had raised $250 million from SoftBank, which also holds stake in the former’s parent company, Ola Cabs. With this fresh round of funding Ola Electric is reported to have achieved unicorn status with a valuation of $1 billion. [CleanTechnica]

Recharging Ola Electric vehicles (Ola Electric image)

¶ “Budget To Boost Investment In Renewable Energy Sector” • Cheering the Indian government’s proposal to set up mega manufacturing plants for solar cells, batteries, and solar charging infrastructure, industry experts said the move will give a boost to the sunrise industry. But they said soft loans and export credits are also needed. []

¶ “$14.5 Million Climate Change Research Center Promised For PEI” • Ottawa and the government of Prince Edward Island committed to building a climate change research center and school in the community of St Peters Bay. The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation will be part of the University of Prince Edward Island. []

Planting grass at St Peters Bay (CBC)

¶ “OPEC Head: Climate Activists Are The ‘Greatest Threat’ To Oil Industry” • What’s one of the world’s most powerful cartel’s afraid of? A bunch of meddling kids. Climate activists and their “unscientific” claims are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward,” said Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general of OPEC. [Grist]


¶ “Alaska Sees Record Temperatures In Heatwave” • A temperature of 90°F (32°C) was reached at Anchorage airport, the US Weather Service tweeted. The previous high was just under 88°F (30°C), and the average at this time of year is 65°F (18°C). Alaska had earlier broken records throughout a hot spring, particularly in the Arctic. [BBC]

Anchorage sunset (Joseph from Cabin On The
Road, USA, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-2.0)

¶ “As Coal Crumbles, Dem Asks What About The Miners?” • Blackjewel LLC filed for bankruptcy in a West Virginia court, sent its employees home, and closed the mines, it was reported. Gov Mark Gordon suggested the state could get more involved as miners lose jobs and benefits. The state’s Democrats say more action is needed. [Buffalo Bulletin]

¶ “Blackjewel Withheld $1.2 Million From Payroll, Didn’t Put In 401(k)s” • Bankrupt coal mine operator Blackjewel LLC has withheld $1.2 million from employees’ paychecks without depositing the funds in the workers’ retirement accounts. The company suddenly shuttered two Wyoming mines on Monday, laying off nearly 600 workers. [WyoFile]

Belle Ayr mine (Dustin Bleizeffer | WyoFile)

¶ “Paychecks Bounce, Leaving Kentucky Coal Miners At Bankrupt Blackjewel In A Bind” • It’s been an anxious week for coal miners in Southeastern Kentucky after their last paychecks from a bankrupt coal company bounced, leaving them short on cash and wondering when, or if, they’ll get paid or go back to work anytime soon. [Lexington Herald Leader]

¶ “Georgia Power Requests Rate Increase For Grid Improvements And Renewable Energy Projects” • Georgia Power has filed a request with the Georgia Public Service Commission to increase customer rates by about 7% in 2020 to enable the company to continue making investments in Georgia’s energy future. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Restoring Forests Could Capture Two-Thirds Of The Carbon Humans Have Added To The Atmosphere” • Restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of all the planet-warming carbon that is in the atmosphere because of human activity, according to a study from Swiss university ETH Zurich published in the journal Science. [CNN]

Spruce forest (W.carter, Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

¶ “Researchers Unlock Secret To Higher Efficiency Solar Cells” • A team of researchers at MIT and Princeton has demonstrated a way to get every high energy photon striking silicon to kick out two electrons instead of one, opening the door for a new kind of solar cell with greater efficiency than previously thought feasible, possibly to as much as 35%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canadian Buildings, Coastlines, Northern Communities Face Biggest Climate Risks: Report” • Research for Canada’s federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines, and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada. The report was released by the Council of Canadian Academies. []

Canadian coastline (Darren Calabrese | Canadian Press)


¶ “Climate Change Lawsuits Spreading Around The World, Says Report” • Legal action on climate change has become a global phenomenon, with lawsuits launched against governments and corporate interests in 28 countries so far, according to a report from the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. [CNN]

¶ “Indian State Of Gujarat Issues 950 MW Of Solar Tenders” • The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited issued two tenders with a combined PV capacity of 950 MW for two large-scale solar power parks. The Dholera solar power park is to have a capacity of 750 MW, and the Raghanesda solar power park a capacity of 200 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “UK Planners Clear 1.8-GW Boreas For Consent Test” • The UK Planning Inspectorate accepted Vattenfall’s planning application for the 1.8-GW Norfolk Boreas wind farm, with a minimum of 90 turbines, off the east coast of England. Authorities will now assess the consent request for the project. A final planning decision is expected next year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Thailand’s B Grimm Bets Big On Vietnam’s Renewable Sector” • B Grimm Group, Thailand’s oldest industrial group, won a race against time to begin operating two of Southeast Asia’s largest solar farms, both in Vietnam. The two plants came online last month and will raise the share of solar in B. Grimm’s energy portfolio to nearly 30%. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Phu Yen solar farm (Photo courtesy of B Grimm)

¶ “Scorching Temperatures Smash Records In US, Europe” • The world just recorded its warmest June ever. A deadly heat wave has been baking much of Europe. France experienced its highest temperature on record last week. Now, Alaska is enduring what for it is an ongoing heat wave. Scientists say it is a taste of things to come. [HuffPost]

¶ “EDF Renewables Announces Its First Solar Power Plant In Mexico” • EDF Renewables announced that it commissioned Bluemex, its very first solar power plant in Mexico. This 119.6-MW PV facility is in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America. [REVE]

Solar farm (EDF Renewables)

¶ “Swarms of Jellyfish Invade Power Plant in Southern Israel” • A power station in southern Israel has been dealing with a wave of thousands of jellyfish that could affect its output, the Israel Electric Company said. The jellyfish have been piling up at the Ashkelon station’s filters, which are designed to prevent them from reaching operating systems. [Haaretz]

¶ “A Southern State Has Dealt India’s Renewable Energy Industry A Fresh Blow” • Andhra Pradesh has now taken a hard line against high tariffs being paid to developers. The new state government of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy formed a committee “to review, negotiate and bring down the high wind and solar energy purchase prices.” [Quartz]

Wind farm (Reuters)


¶ “Anchorage Was 89 Degrees On July 4. That’s Not A Typo” • Alaska’s heat wave continued through Independence Day, and in Anchorage, the temperatures shattered an all-time record. The temperature at the airport was 89°F, besting June 14, 1969, for the highest mark ever reached in the state, according to the National Weather Service. [CNN]

¶ “Law Aimed At Speeding Up Coal-Plant Closures Cast As Both Boon, Danger To Colorado Ratepayers” • Earlier-than-planned closure of ten Colorado coal plants could save $1.7 billion if all the plants were replaced by wind power, according to a report by the Sierra Club. Other analysis has warnings about refinancing the plant’s debt, however. [The Denver Post]

Wind farm (Joe Amon | The Denver Post)

¶ “Duke Energy Launches Solar Energy Pilot Program” • Duke Energy is launching a new pilot program intended to improve small businesses, schools and nonprofits’ access to solar energy through a monthly lease. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the program so eligible customers can lease solar energy facilities. [The Republic]

¶ “State Mandates Driving Demand For Renewables” • At least four states boosted their goals for renewable energy this year, joining others that direct power generators to produce more electricity from wind turbines, solar panels and other clean sources. These mandates are increasingly driving development of renewables nationwide. [Houston Chronicle]

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July 4 Energy News

July 4, 2019


¶ “Are Parts Of India Becoming Too Hot For Humans?” • Heat waves have already killed more than 100 people in India this summer, and they are predicted to worsen in coming years. India is likely to be one of the countries most affected by climate change, as large parts of the country could become too hot for human habitation. [CNN]

Dried lakebed

¶ “Ho Hum. Europe Experiences Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded In June” • Is it time to start being concerned? Not according to the politicians and the business community. Carbon tax? Too expensive! We can’t afford the cost of addressing the problem in any sort of meaningful way, so it’s probably best to just ignore it. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Alaskan Permafrost Warming Experiment Produces Surprising Results” • Emissions from burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and agricultural practices aren’t the only things emitting CO₂. There are also feedbacks in the Earth’s climate system, where warming temperatures cause the release of carbon into the atmosphere. [Ars Technica]

Denali National Park (faungg’s photos | Flickr)


¶ “Clean Energy Beats Coal: Hydro, Wind And Solar Produce More Electricity Than Brown Coal For First Time Ever” • Renewables supplied more energy to the Australian grid than brown coal over the 2018-19 financial year. The University of Melbourne’s College of Climate and Energy says it’s the first time that ever happened. [Energy Matters]

¶ “UK Power Sector Nears “Landmark” Renewable ‘Tipping Point’ Even As It Underestimates Solar” • The UK power sector is on track to reach a “landmark tipping point,” according to the country’s national grid operator. It is nearing the point where non-fossil fuel sources generate more electricity than traditional fossil fuel-powered generation. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power (Solarcentury image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Hire More Than 200 Employees For Its Wind Turbine Blade Factory In Cherbourg, France” • GE Renewable Energy says it plans to recruit over 200 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. Sixty of the new employees have already begun training. [WebWire]

¶ “Russia’s Floating Nuclear Reactor Ready For Arctic Operations, Environmentalists Concerned” • Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant has finally received the right to operate and will provide heat and energy to the remotest regions of Russia in the Arctic. It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia drills farther north. [WION]

Russia’s floating nuclear reactor (Photo: AFP)

¶ “New European Solar Installations To Double Over Next 3 Years, Surpass 250 GW” • New European solar installations are expected to double over the next three years, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The new installatins will push Europe’s installed capacity over the 250 GW mark by 2024. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India Issues Its 8th Wind Energy Tender For 1.8 GW” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India issued the country’s largest wind energy tender in more than a year. The government-owned agency has issued a tender offering 1.8 GW of wind energy capacity to project developers. This is SECI’s eighth national-level tender. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Brett Sayles | Pexels)

¶ “India Wins Tit-For-Tat Solar Case Against US At WTO” • The World Trade Organization issued its ruling on the dispute number DS510 filed by India against the US. In the ruling, the WTO found that as many as 11 state-level incentive and tax credit programs do not conform to the provisions of international trade agreements. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Will Achieve Target Of 175 GW Renewable Power By 2022: RK Singh” • India’s New and Renewable Energy Minister, RK Singh, expressed confidence that the Indian government will achieve the target of installing 175 GW of renewable power by 2022. He said that 33.47 GW had been installed over the three years ending in May. []

Solar array

¶ “Economic Survey Pitches For $330 Billion Investment In Renewable Energy” • The Economic Survey 2018-19 tabled in Parliament pitched for fresh investments of $330 billion in the renewable energy sector over the decade through 2030. This comes a day before the Modi government presents the Union budget for 2019-20.  []


¶ “As The Climate Crisis Accelerates, Big Utilities Go Slower On Cutting Carbon Emissions” • Most utilities have reduced CO₂ emissions, largely from retiring coal-fired power plants. But the Energy and Policy Institute says some big utilities, such as Duke Power and American Electric Power, are going to take it slower in the next decade. [Environmental Working Group]

Coal plant

¶ “Offshore Wind Expected To Grow ‘Clean-Tech’ Jobs” • Job growth for renewable energy and energy efficiency slowed in Rhode Island last year, but employers expect stronger growth this year and in the years ahead because of the expansion of offshore wind, according to the 2019 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report. [ecoRI news]

¶ “New Department Is Set To Assist Communities Affected By Climate Change” • The Los Angeles City Council approved a municipal department that will address local impacts of climate change. Some of its functions will be to give employment assistance to workers affected by climate change and to address local environmental concerns. [NBC Southern California]

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July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2019


¶ “Four Reasons Renewables Will Continue To Dominate Fossil Fuels” • Renewables will dominate energy markets in the US because of their economics, even without the support of policy, some analysts agree. To start with, as renewables gain more market share, fossil fuels are displaced, driving up their per-unit costs. But there is more. [Forbes]

Energy (Christophe Gateau | picture alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “Rural America Could Power A Renewable Economy – But First We Need To Solve Coal Debt” • Despite falling prices for wind and solar projects, the electric cooperatives that power most of rural America remain particularly reliant on coal. This is in part because of billions of dollars in debt on increasingly uneconomic coal plants. [Clean Cooperative]

¶ “Coal-Fired Power Plants Just Had Their Worst Month In Decades” • According to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration, coal-fired power plants produced just over 60,000 GWh of electricity in April 2019, about 20% of demand and the lowest level in decades. But it wasn’t the only first for the country’s energy grid. [Motley Fool]

Coal train (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Warns ‘Rapid Melting’ Of Glaciers Has DOUBLED” • Climate change and global warming have “doubled” the rates at which Himalayan glaciers are rapidly melting, space agency NASA has shockingly claimed. With  temperatures continuing to rise unchecked, up to 75% of the Himalayan glaciers will be gone by the year 2100. []


¶ “Angry Citizens Sue Indonesian Government Over Growing Air Pollution” • Fed up about worsening air pollution in the capital of Indonesia, a group of Jakarta residents is suing the country’s president and other officials. Ayu Eza Tiara, one of the lawyers working on the case, said that 31 people had joined the lawsuit in the past week. [CNN]

Jakarta pollution (Bay Ismoyo | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Last Month Broke The Record For Hottest June Ever In Europe And Around The World” • Will this be a summer for the history books? Average global temperatures were the hottest on record last month, ranging about 0.10°C (or 0.18°F) higher than that of the previous record-holder, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reported. [CNN]

¶ “Gujarat Targeting 30 GW Renewable Capacity By 2022” • The government of Gujarat announced plans to increase its target for power generation capacity from renewable sources to touch or surpass 30 GW by 2022. The Finance Minister said the capacity of renewable energy in Gujarat was 4,126 MW in 2013, and has risen to 8,885 MW. [Saurenergy]

Solar energy

¶ “Vestas Finishes Q2 With Trademark Flurry Of Activity And 40% Bump In Orders” • Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S finished the second quarter of 2019 with a flurry of activity, announcing 1,775 MW of wind turbine orders in its last four days. For the first half of 2019, orders were up 40% over the same period in 2018. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Houston Ranks Number One In America In Renewable Energy Use” • The City of Houston, long associated with oil, sources a whopping 92% of its power from wind and solar energy. According to a February EPA report, that impressive percentage ranks it higher in renewable energy use than any other city government in the US. [PaperCity Magazine]

Wind turbines

¶ “Chubb Becomes First US Insurer To Reduce Exposure To Coal” • Chubb Ltd, an insurance provider based in New Jersey, has announced that it will no longer underwrite the construction and operation of new coal-fired power plants or new risks for companies that generate more than 30% of their revenue from coal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UPM Raflatac Buys 100% Renewable Power For Factory In North Carolina” • UPM Raflatac Inc, a maker of pressure sensitive label materials, said its factory in Mills River, North Carolina, is now running on 100% renewable power. The Mills River factory will get its electric energy under Duke Energy’s NC Renewable Energy Program. [Renewables Now]

Duke Energy solar park (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Greenbelt Resources, New Age Renewable Energy To Produce Bioethanol From Dairy Waste” • NARE, based in New York, has developed technology to convert waste, including acid whey and other milk derivatives, into bio-ethanol and protein concentrate. Greenbelt Resources collaborated with NARE to upscale the technology. [Biofuels International Magazine]

¶ “Duke Energy Passes 1 GW Of Owned Solar Energy Capacity” • With the North Rosamond Solar Facility coming online last month in California, Duke Energy has passed the 1-GW threshold of utility-scale owned and operated solar facilities nationwide. Duke Energy’s solar portfolio that now has a total capacity of 1.1 GW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar technicians (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Tennessee Valley Authority Plans For Up To 14 GW Of Solar By 2038” • The Tennessee Valley Authority expects to add up to 14 GW of solar and 5 GW of energy storage over the next 20 years, a massive new clean energy addition to its current electric generation mix, which is largely based on hydropower, coal, and nuclear power.  [Greentech Media]

¶ “States Stick Ratepayers With $15 Billion To Rescue Nukes” • In the past three years, state governments have forced more than $14 billion in nuclear bailouts onto electricity customers – and counting. Ohio’s subsidy plan has stalled, but it may be restarted. And the plan to support Connecticut’s Milford plant would also be added. [Environmental Working Group]

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July 2 Energy News

July 2, 2019


¶ “America’s Liquefied Natural Gas Boom May Be On A Collision Course With Climate Change” • Companies are scrambling in the US to build dozens of gas export terminals. Those investments are likely to be derailed in time as renewable energy costs plunge and concerns about climate change increase, according to the Global Energy Monitor. [CNN]

Jetty and pipelines (David P Howard,
Wikimedia Commons) CC BY-SA 2.0

Science and Technology:

¶ “After Decades Of Increases, Sea Ice In Antarctica Is Now Shrinking” • Remember when sea ice off of Antarctica was increasing? It isn’t any more. After decades of gradual increases, Antarctic sea ice is now decreasing faster than that in the Arctic, according to new research based on 40 years’ worth of satellite data. [CNN]

¶ “How Plants Reclaimed Chernobyl’s Poisoned Land” • Chernobyl’s exclusion zone is not devoid of life. Wolves, boars and bears have returned to the lush forests surrounding the old nuclear plant in northern Ukraine. When it comes to vegetation, all but the most vulnerable and exposed plant life has survived. Here is why. [BBC]


¶ “Climate Change Has Huge Human Health And Environmental Impacts” • In an interview, Dr Boris D Lushniak, MD, MPH, retired Rear Admiral, and dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, answered some questions about climate change. He prefers to address it as a human health issue, rather than an environmental one. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Women Are Bringing Solar Energy To Thousands Of Indian Villages” • In India’s desert state of Rajasthan, Frontier Markets employs women to sell lamps, stoves, TVs, and the solar power to run them through a program called Solar Sahelis. They are bringing renewable electricity to hundreds of millions of people who live off the grid. [CNN]

Women working for Frontier Markets (Frontier Markets image)

¶ “European Electric Vehicle Market Up 28%” • The European passenger plug-in market had 37,000 registrations in May, up 28% from May of last year. All-electrics had 24,000 deliveries and were responsible for 63% of all plug-in sales last month. At the same time, the overall car market stagnated with a growth of 0.04% for the month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Football Pitch’ Of Amazon Forest Lost Every Minute” • An area of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football pitch is now being cleared every single minute, according to satellite data. The rate of losses in the world’s largest rainforest has recently accelerated as Brazil’s new right-wing president favors development over conservation. [BBC]

Distressed Rainforest

¶ “The Fight On Climate Issues In Danish Elections Results In Greenest Agenda Ever” • A new left-leaning government has been formed in Denmark, with Mette Frederiksen as prime minister. The former, right-leaning government had green ambitions, but this new government seems to want to push the envelope even further. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NSW Plays To Its Pumped Hydro Strengths, With Green Light For Shoalhaven” • New South Wales has given Origin Energy the go-ahead to do geological works for the major upgrade at its Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Storage Scheme. The project stands to double the hydro storage capacity from its current 240 MW to 475 MW. [RenewEconomy]

Kangaroo Valley Pumping Station

¶ “Global Progress To Halt Emissions Rise Is ‘Stalling’ Amidst ‘Woefully Inadequate’ National Targets” • The Climate Action Tracker, in an update of government actions on greenhouse gas emissions, concluded that progress for the climate crisis is “stalling,” as many countries retain “woefully inadequate” national targets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “While The Government Is In Denial, The States Are Making Staggering Progress On Renewable Energy” • Australia’s federal government confirmed it would not consider a new policy to reduce carbon emissions. But every state government in the national electricity market has a target to increase renewable energy or to reduce emissions. [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Angela Harper | AAP)


¶ “Construction Begins On Virginia Offshore Wind Project” • Dominion Energy broke ground to install a half-mile conduit, which will hold the final stretch of cables connecting the turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach to a company substation near Camp Pendleton. The project is starting with two 6-MW wind turbines. [WorkBoat]

¶ “Georgia Power Wants To Own And Operate 80 MW Of Battery ESS To ‘Maximise Value Of Renewables’” • Georgia Power wants to have 80 MW of battery energy storage systems in its service area, building on the state’s recent steps to investigate the value of storage both in front of and behind the electricity meter. [Energy Storage News]

Georgia barn used in the “Walking Dead” (GA Kayaker | Flickr)

¶ “Mike Pence’s Indiana Chooses Renewables Over Gas As It Retires Coal Early” • Conservative Indiana, with no renewable portfolio standard, is making choices like those of Los Angeles. Renewables are so cheap, a utility vice president said, that his company can close its coal plants early and return $4 billion to its customers over the next 30 years. [Forbes]

¶ “Keene Councilors Agree To Shift Money To Renewable Energy Projects” • In Keene, New Hampshire, city councilors approved two measures at their meeting to shift money in the budget and fund efforts to move toward Keene’s renewable energy goals. The current goal includes a switch to all renewable electricity by 2030. [The Keene Sentinel]

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July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2019


¶ “The Green New Climate Deal” • The GND is wildly popular with the Democratic Party base, but much of the leadership has been influenced by large fossil fuel industry contributions. The Sunrise movement has made headway on this, recruiting over 100 members of congress and most presidential candidates to support the GND. [Common Dreams]

Sunrise Movement youth (Photo: Sunrise Movement)

¶ “China Remains The World’s Worst Polluter But Did You Know It’s Also A Leader In Renewable Energy?” • In China, air pollution still causes over 1 million premature deaths a year. But a UN report shows China led renewable energy investment worldwide for the seventh straight year, with almost a third of the global renewables investment. [ABC News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Centuries-Old Sea Captain Diaries Are Confirming Modern Climate Science” • Logs kept by whalers mates can help to fill in some of the gaps left in the weather records, which only go back to 1880. American whaler diaries have been kept since the late 1700s, adding over a century of supplementary information to the climate record. [VICE]

Whaling logbook (Image: Justin Buchli)

¶ “How To Rehabilitate Old Oil Supertankers” • As renewable energy, bio-based plastics, and other sustainable materials reduce our reliance on oil, what will we do with the gigantic oil tankers that currently carry it around the world? There are some who believe that they can rehabilitated and transformed into sources of clean, renewable energy. [BBC]


¶ “Mexico’s Guadalajara Hit By Freak Summer Hailstorm Which Buries Cars, Blankets Streets” • A freak hailstorm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two meters deep. While seasonal hail storms happen, there is no record of any this heavy. [ABC News]

Extreme weather in Guadalajara (Ulises Ruiz | AFP)

¶ “Royal Institute Of British Architects Declares Climate Emergency” • The Royal Institute of British Architects has declared a state of climate emergency. Their declaration points out that buildings and their construction account for 40% of our carbon emissions. It also provides an 11-point plan for what to do about it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energia Embarks On €3 Billion Renewables Spending Spree” • Energia is to invest over €3 billion over the next five years to build up to 1.5-GW of new renewables generation across Ireland. The utility will spend the money on onshore and offshore wind and solar power, as well as hydrogen fuel generation, bio energy, and the smart grid. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Energia image)

¶ “UN Chief Warns Paris Climate Goals Still Not Enough To Avert Disaster” • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world “is facing a grave climate emergency.” He lauded the Paris climate accord, but said even if its promises are fully met, the world still faces a catastrophic 3°C temperature rise by the end of the century. [Oak Ridger]

¶ “Nuclear Plants Facing Closure As Heatwave Grips Europe” • Drought and high temperatures of river water may force France to temporarily shut down some of the nuclear power plants that supply two-thirds of the county’s electricity in the wake of the European heatwave. Meanwhile, homes and businesses need air conditioning. []

Boy in a fountain in Berlin (Kay Nietfeld | dpa via AP)


¶ “Los Angeles And 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under Two Cents Per kWh!” • Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power has a proposal that will help on its goal of a Green New Deal. If approved, the city will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bloom Energy Announces Hydrogen-Powered Energy Servers To Make Always-On Renewable Electricity A Reality” • Bloom Energy Servers can now operate on pure hydrogen or a combination of natural gas and hydrogen. In areas with large amounts of wind and solar power, excess electricty can be used to make hydrogen. [Green Car Congress]

Wind turbines in Kansas (Brian W Schaller,
CC-BY-CNSA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Senators Seek 50% Renewable Electricity In Every State” • A bill proposed by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and several of his colleagues, would create a federal standard for renewable electricity generation from utilities in every state. The targets would put US on the pathway to decarbonize the power sector by 2050. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ “Legislators Miss FirstEnergy Solution’s Deadline For Nuke Plants Bailout” • For over a year, FirstEnergy Solutions has said one thing to Ohio lawmakers: Help us by June 30, 2019, or we’ll be forced to start shutting down Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Now the circled date has arrived, and the legislature has missed the deadline. [Akron Beacon Journal]

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