Archive for July 13th, 2019

July 13 Energy News

July 13, 2019


¶ “The Climate Crisis Is Making Storms Like Barry Worse” • Tropical Storm Barry, like Hurricane Florence last year and Harvey the year before, looks like it will once again provide us with an example of what the climate crisis is doing to storms right now, with heavy rainfall from slow moving storms leading to devastating floods. [CNN]

CNN weather forecast with Tropical Storm Barry (CNN)

¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 1: Carbon Sequestration Is Vital” • According to ​Hansen et al​, a safe level of atmospheric CO​₂​ to avert runaway global warming is below 350 PPM. We are at 414 and climbing. So we have our work seriously cut out for us not only to reduce our emissions, but sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Indian Water Train Arrives With Desperately Needed Relief For Chennai” • A train carrying 2.5 million liters of water rolled into the southern Indian city of Chennai, providing desperately needed relief to residents who have been facing an acute water shortage for the past month. It is the first water train for the city’s 4.5 million people. [CNN]

Chennai water train


¶ “Kenyan Court Puts Kibosh On Country’s First Coal-Fired Plant” • A court in Kenya blocked the country’s first coal facility, a Chinese-led 981-MW station, after activists sued. They claimed that developers failed to carry out a rigorous environmental assessment and failed to inform the local people of potential impacts, The Guardian reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford And Volkswagen Autonomous And Electric Car Marriage Is Official” • Volkswagen put its MEB chassis on the table. Ford brought its newly acquired Argo AI division to the party. CNBC reports that spending on self-driving vehicle technology is expected to reach $85 billion annually by 2025, according to a June study by AlixPartners. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID concept car (Nicolas Zart | CleanTechnica)

¶ “UK Net Zero Goal ‘Requires 263 GW By 2050′” • National Grid estimates the UK will require 263 GW of installed power capacity to meet its net zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. The company said in its ‘Future Energy Scenarios 2019’ report that a net zero scenario would see annual electricity demand reaching 491 TWh by 2050. [reNEWS]

¶ “Foreign Investors Pumped $1.02 Billion Equity In India’s Clean Energy Space In FY19” • The foreign investors’ interest in India’s emerging green economy continues, with around $1.02 billion of equity investment made by them in the current financial year to date, according to data compiled by consulting firm Bridge to India for Mint. [Livemint]

Clean energy in India (Pradeep Gaur | Mint)

¶ “Iran 90% Self-Sufficient In Renewables Equipment” • “Iran-made renewable equipment are of very high quality and can compete with renowned brands in global markets,” IRNA quoted Seyed Mohammad Sadeqzadeh as saying. According to the official, the country’s renewable industry has witnessed over 60% growth in the past few years. [Tehran Times]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open New Offshore Wind Energy Factory In China” • GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind energy factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province. The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind power demand in the region and China. [REVE]

New GE facility in China


¶ “State Utility Regulators Approve Power Contract For Planned Hancock County Wind Farm” • A contract under which Emera Maine will pay the 72.6-MW Weaver Wind LLC 3.5¢/kWh, with increases of 2.5%, annually was unanimously supported by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, officials said. The wind farm is to be operational in 2020. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry” • The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in New Orleans, is now at 16 feet, owing to record spring flooding along the waterway. Barry is threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, which will bring cresting at 19 feet. [CNN]

The storm hasn’t even hit yet. (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “TVA Boosts Solar Power But Still Trails Other Regions In Use Of The Sun” • The Tennessee Valley Authority board will vote on a new plan next month. It envisions replacing old coal plants with more nuclear, up to 14 GW of solar, purchased wind, natural gas, and battery storage by 2040. But critics are not entirely happy with the details. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Clean Power Alliance Signs Deals For Renewable Energy In Southern California” • The board of the Clean Power Alliance community choice aggregator authorized long-term two PPAs for 273 MW of solar capacity. It also signed a deal for for 12.8 MW of hydropower from a federal dam, though part of this was built over an active fault. [The South Pasadenan]

Lake Isabella (

¶ “Montana Energy Storage Project Lines Up Financial Partner” • Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year, having reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm, its sponsors said. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project would have a 400-MW capacity. [Great Falls Tribune]

¶ “Trump Finds A Trade Fight He Doesn’t Like In Uranium Imports” • President Trump found a trade fight he doesn’t like. After disrupting global markets by imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods, he decided against putting a cap on uranium imports. US nuclear power plants get 97% of their fuel from foreign sources. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

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