Archive for July 12th, 2019

July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2019


¶ “Why The Future Is Bright For 100% Clean Energy” • A city in Texas with oil derricks on its license plates. A Kansas town devastated by a tornado. An isolated Alaskan island, known for its huge bears. What do they have in common? All are in red states, yet their electricity is generated from 100% renewable energy sources. [WhoWhatWhy]

Wind farm in Texas (Photo: Library of Congress)

¶ “Tropical Storm Barry Could Hit The Gulf Coast With ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding. Climate Change Is Likely To Blame” • The Mississippi River is already bursting as a result of months of flooding in the Midwest and South, and Tropical Storm Barry is about to make the situation really dire. Experts say it is a sign of things to come. [Time]

¶ “Giant Batteries And Cheap Solar Power Are Shoving Fossil Fuels Off The Grid” • Los Angeles is expected to approve a deal for a solar farm and battery to provide 7% of the electricity for the city at 1.997¢/ kWh for the solar power and 1.3¢/ kWh for the battery. That’s cheaper than any power generated with fossil fuel or nuclear power. [Science Magazine]

Solar farm in California (8minute Solar Energy image)


¶ “The Texas Oil Boom Is Messing With OPEC’s Plans To Keep Prices High” • To set a floor under oil prices, OPEC is showing remarkable restraint by holding back production. But that effort keeps getting undermined by the American shale oil boom. That problem for OPEC doesn’t seem to be going away. OPEC warned of a supply glut in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “The Coal Mine That Ate Hambacher Forest” • More than a third of Germany’s electricity is still produced by burning coal, and that coal is mostly dirty brown lignite. Environmental activists are fighting to change this. A small area of forest not far from the Dutch border has become the focal point of their campaign. [BBC]

Hambacher forest

¶ “Gujarat To Subsidize Rooftop Solar Systems In 200,000 Homes” • The Indian state of Gujarat announced its budget for the financial year 2019-20. Along with an allocation of money for on-ground solar power, the state is providing subsidies of ₹1,000 crore ($145 million) for rooftop solar systems, enough for about 200,000 families. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vattenfall Wins 760-MW Subsidy-Free Dutch Offshore Wind Tender” • Swedish energy group Vattenfall won the most recent subsidy-free offshore wind tender in the Netherlands. It has been awarded the right to build the 760-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid  3 & 4 offshore wind farm. Vattenfall will begin offshore construction in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Image: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)

¶ “Pilbara Green Hydrogen Project Grows To 15 GW Of Wind And Solar” • The huge wind and solar project planned for the Pilbara region of West Australian has grown in scope again. It will now aim to build 15 GW of wind and solar capacity as it focuses on encouraging local industry and the “green” hydrogen export and domestic markets. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Plan To Build 10 Offshore Wind Power Hubs In North Sea Deemed Feasible” • The North Sea Wind Power Hub program is one way the countries on the North Sea are trying to meet their Paris climate goals. After studying the ways it could proceed, the NSWPH announced that a plan for up to 10 offshore wind energy hubs is technically feasible. [CleanTechnica]

Illustration of the hub-and-spoke concept (NSWPH image)

¶ “Colombia’s Renewables Share Goes Up To 88.36% In June” • Colombia’s renewable energy power plants produced 88.36% of the country’s electricity in June, a daily average of 170.08 GWh, according to the Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados. This is a 5.66% growth from the figure for this May. [Renewables Now]

¶ “South Korea Could Soon Be Home To The World’s Biggest Floating Offshore Wind Farm” • Equinor, the Korea National Oil Corporation, and Korea East-West Power formed a consortium to develop a 200-MW floating offshore wind project off the coast of South Korea. Equinor announced it is starting on a feasibility study for the project. [CNBC]

Floating turbines (Carina Johansen | Bloomberg | Getty Images)


¶ “High-Tide Flooding Is Only Going To Get Worse, NOAA Says” • US Coastal communities saw an uptick in flooding from high tides last year, and it’s not likely to get any better, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report. Last year tied the 2015 record for a national median of five days of high-tide flooding. [CNN]

¶ “It’s Lindsey Graham Vs. Donald Trump On Climate Change” • Sen Lindsey Graham is sounding an alarm on climate change, and hoping to make it loud enough for President Donald Trump to hear. Graham said acknowledging – and embracing – climate change as an issue in the GOP can be a good thing, and the party is ignoring it at its own peril. [CNN]

Lindsey Graham (Nicholas Kamm | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “DeWitt Transitioning To 100% Renewable Energy Using Solar Farm” • After six years of pushing for clean electricity, the Town of DeWitt, New York, will start running on a new source of energy. “We’re going to be off the grid by 2020 by solar,” said resident Sonia Kragh, a Sierra Club member. “That’s an immense accomplishment.” [Spectrum News]

¶ “Construction Set To Begin On $335 Million Wind Farm In Knox County” • Renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in a news release the beginning of construction for a $335 million wind farm in Knox County, Texas. Other investors in the project include two Danish pension funds represented by US investment manager AIP. [Times Record News]

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