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. [CBC.ca]

Canadian coastline (Darren Calabrese | Canadian Press)

World:

¶ “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)

US:

¶ “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]

Have an altogether superior day.

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