July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “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)
(Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “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)

World:

¶ “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

China:

¶ “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]

US:

¶ “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]

Have a superbly awesome day.

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