July 14 Energy News

July 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Crisis Weekly: Weekly Disasters, Flooding Forces Moves, Climate Review Off The Table, More” • Climate crisis disasters are happening at an average rate of one per week, the UN says, giving this feature of Electrek new definition. Many “lower-impact” disasters are happening in developing countries and draw relatively little attention. [Electrek]

Flooding

World:

¶ “Pay Dues Or No Electricity: Centre Tells Tamil Nadu” • India’s central government has told the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, which is losing money and delaying payments, that it will not be able to purchase power from the private power companies unless they settle their outstanding amounts due to them. [The News Minute]

¶ “‘Just A Matter Of When’: The $20 Billion Plan To Power Singapore With Australian Solar” • The desert outside Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build Singapore’s future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet to take notice, a group of Australian developers are betting that will change. [The Guardian]

Northern Territory solar system (Alice Solar City | AAP)

¶ “Morocco On Course To Meet Renewable Energy Targets For 2030” • Morocco is marching steadily towards fulfilling its renewable energy goal of generating 52% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The country is launching a new process to tender for a solar power plant in Midelt known as Noor Midelt II. [The North Africa Post]

¶ “How Solar Micro-Grids Are Powering Myanmar’s Villages” • Yoma Micro Power is building solar power and micro-grids in Myanmar. Each of its 51 micro plants can power a small town and its surrounding areas. By the end of 2019, Yoma Micro Power plans to build 200 more solar power plants. And it is just one of the country’s microgrid pioneers. [GovInsider]

Myanmar (Stefano Alemani, Unsplash)

¶ “Centre Takes Dim View Of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Plan To Tweak Power Tariffs, PPAs” • Reacting to the decision by Andhra Pradesh to cancel power purchase agreements in renewable energy sector and renegotiate tariffs, Union renewable energy minister RK Singh warned this would impact foreign investment flows into the sector. [Economic Times]

¶ “Unprecedented Fires Burn The Arctic” • The wildfires now burning around the Arctic “unprecedented,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. The UN agency noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more CO₂ into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year. [Mashable SE Asia]

Fire and smoke in the Arctic

US:

¶ “Ford To Partner With Electrify America For Customer Access To EV Charging Network” • Mike Levine, North America Product Communications Manager for Ford, revealed that Ford would be announcing details of a partnership with Volkswagen’s Electrify America charging subsidiary. Electrify America will also provide charging to Harley Davidson owners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Barry Moves Deeper Into Louisiana With More Rain On The Way” • Tropical Storm Barry moved deeper inland, dumping heavy rain and overtopping levees in areas along the Louisiana coastline. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 175 miles outward from the storm’s center, but the rainfall always posed the greatest threat. [CNN]

Coping with water (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, And Cadillac In 2019” • Most auto brands saw their sales decrease in the US during the first half of 2019. Excluding Tesla (and Jaguar, which does not report sales), US auto sales were down 161,810. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Navajo Nation Council To Mull Renewable Energy Resources Bill” • A bill that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The legislation would rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct its Department of Justice to draft a new one. [Farmington Daily Times]

Navajo Generating Station in 2011 (Ross D Franklin | AP)

¶ “Minnesota To Consider Using Energy Storage For Peaker Plants” • Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. Peaker plants operate when utilities face high demand for short periods, such as on hot summer days. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “As The World Heats Up, The Climate For News Is Changing, Too” • As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organisations are devoting more resources to climate change. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling resources and sharing their reporting on the issue. [TODAYonline]

Greenland’s melting ice (Reuters)

¶ “Fire Reached Within 150 Feet Of Main Power Plant” • A wildfire got to within 150 feet of the power plant that produces more than 80% of the fossil-fuel-generated power on the island of Maui and hosts the control systems for industry scale renewable energy, according to Maui Electric Co. The fire also threatened transmission lines. [Maui News]

¶ “Trump Rejects Import Quotas On Uranium, But Creates Group To Find Ways To Boost Domestic Production” • President Trump rejected Department of Commerce recommendations that likely would have revived uranium mining in the US, but he also created a working group to review the country’s nuclear fuel supply chain over the next 90 days. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Have an admirably pleasant day.

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