July 9 Energy News

July 9, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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]

World:

¶ “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)

US:

¶ “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]

Have a magically gorgeous day.

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