Archive for July 7th, 2019

July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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]

World:

¶ “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]

US:

¶ “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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