Archive for July 11th, 2019

July 11 Energy News

July 11, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Putin: Is He Right About Wind Turbines And Bird Deaths?” • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against over-reliance on renewable energy, something he says harms birds and other wildlife. Estimates are that 0.3 birds die per GWh generated by wind, and 5.2 die per GWh from fossil fuels. But fossil fuels provide Russia with half its income. [BBC]

Birds and turbines (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctica’s Ice Is Degrading Faster Than We Thought, And There May Be No Way To Stop The Consequences” • There are plenty of ominous indicators of the consequences of climate change, but few are more worrying to scientists than the ice sheets of Antarctica at our planet’s southern pole. It doesn’t take a degree in physics to understand the risk. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Mumbai Rains: Is India’s Weather Becoming More Extreme?” • With unusually severe rainfall in India’s financial capital Mumbai over the past few weeks, and severe drought conditions in other parts of the country, questions are being raised about whether extreme events are becoming more common. Reality Check had a look. [BBC]

Flooding in Mumbai (Getty Images)

¶ “Next UK Renewable Auction Could See End Of Subsidies” • The next renewable energy auction in the UK could result in subsidy-free projects awarded contracts as next-generation offshore wind technology reduces costs. Winning bids in the next UK auction round are expected to be awarded at rates that are close to wholesale. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The MINI Electric Is Finally Here!” • The MINI, an icon of British culture, announced a MINI Electric. The new electrified offering is not a concept, but is actually set to come to market in early 2020. With competitive pricing, the MINI Electric will stick to the brand’s original promise to deliver an affordable compact vehicle for the masses. [CleanTechnica]

New electric MINI

¶ “Dutch Tender Result ‘Proves Offshore Cost Credentials’” • The result of the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4 auction has confirmed the offshore wind industry’s low-cost credentials, according to WindEurope’s chief executive He said the tender shows the sector is now the cheapest form of new power in north-west Europe apart from onshore wind. [reNEWS]

¶ “Electric Cars Could Form Battery Hubs To Store Renewable Energy” • A fleet of 35 million electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target, according to the energy system operator, National Grid. Electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up and act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy. [The Guardian]

Car at a charging station (Christopher Thomond | The Guardian)

¶ “Morocco’s Platinum Power Partners With China’s CFHEC On $300 Million Hydropower Project” • Renewable energy investor Platinum Power, minority-owned by US private equity firm Brookstone Partners, announced that it has teamed up with China’s CFHEC to build a $300 million hydropower plant in central Morocco. [Reuters]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investment Dips 14% To $117.6 Billion In First Half” • Renewable energy investment dropped 14% to $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, according to the latest figures from BloombergNEF. The report said renewable energy investment in the world’s biggest market, China, fell 39% to $28.8 billion. [Greentech Lead]

Renewable energy investment
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US:

¶ “‘Opportunities Everywhere’: NREL Study Shows Mass Potential For Storage To Provide Peaking Capacity” • The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that four hours of storage could meet peaking capacity across the country, with the potential to exceed 50 GW. Currently, fossil fuels are backed up by 261 GW of peaking capacity. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Why New Orleans Is Vulnerable To Flooding” • New Orleans was built above sea level, but for a long time it has been sinking. And from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to threats of flooding this week, a few facts on – and in – the ground explain why the Big Easy is uniquely vulnerable to massive flooding. The city has four major issues working against it. [CNN]

Parked car in New Orleans (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Is World’s Largest Producer Of Fossil Fuels” • BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 was released in June, and the findings revealed that the US is leading the world in production of fossil fuels. Among the important facts in the review, one thing stood out: The US made 98% of total global additions, an astonishing figure. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Tesla Ready To Increase Production At Fremont Factory” • An internal email to employees from Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, said the company is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont, California. “While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted …” he is quoted as saying. [CleanTechnica]

Welding a Tesla Model 3 (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “GoFundMe Set Up To Help Kentucky Miners” • Community Action Kentucky announced that a GoFundMe account has been set up to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures, according to a new release. Community Action Kentucky is an association of community action agencies across the state. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

¶ “GE Hitachi To Help Decommission Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station” • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy won the contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey. [Electric Light & Power]

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