July 4 Energy News

July 4, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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)

World:

¶ “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:

¶ “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. [ETEnergyworld.com]

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.  [ETEnergyworld.com]

US:

¶ “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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