July 15 Energy News

July 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 2: Carbon Farming Can Deliver” • Inefficiencies in how we obtain the energy to power the human body provide a lifeline for us to get out of the climate crisis. We have the land we need; we just have to use it better. By reducing the amount of land we need for food, we free up land for carbon sequestration in forests. [CleanTechnica]

Agroforestry plantation in Nicaragua (© Ryan Logtenberg)

¶ “Climate Change Will Be A Slow-Motion, Multi-Generational Train Wreck. We Should Talk About That” • Dealing with climate change will require the end of the selfie-madness of the “Me Generation.” And it will require abandoning leaders who think governing is all about them and are more interested in the size of the audience than wise policy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Politics Not Technology: What Must Change For The World To Go 100% Renewable By 2050” • A study published by Energy Watch Group and researchers at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Finland concluded that dealing with climate change requires a change in political will more than any other thing. [Power Technology]

Wind turbines (US DOE photo)

World:

¶ “Scotland’s Wind Could Power Every Home Across Scotland And North Of England” • Figures provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June, Scottish wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland. [WWF-UK]

¶ “Germany Stares Into The Abyss And Sees A Price On Carbon As Inevitable” • With current policies, Germany is not going to achieve the carbon reductions it committed to in Paris, a cut of 55% by 2030, according to a report by Germany’s Council of Economic Experts. To get there, they recommend setting a price on carbon. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging in Germany (Tesla Shuttle | CleanTechnica)

¶ “MENA To Invest $209 Billion On Power Generation Through 2023 As Demand Swells” • Middle East and North African economies have to invest $209 billion (Dh767 billion) in the power sector over the next five years to meet growing electricity demand, as they continue spending on renewable energy projects. [The National]

¶ “Distributed Renewable Energy Sector To Create 400,000 Jobs In India” • The distributed renewable energy sector is set to create 400,000 jobs in India by 2023, including 190,000 direct, formal jobs, almost double the current number, as well as 210,000 direct, informal jobs, according to the first annual jobs census by Power for All. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Worker in a solar farm

¶ “Total Eren And EDF Renewables Sign PPA For 716 MW Of Solar Projects In India” • Total Eren and EDF Renewables have signed 25-year long term power purchase agreements for four solar power projects to have a total installed capacity of 716 MW. These projects are located in northern India, in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. [Mercom India]

¶ “Masdar, Amernia Sign MOU For 500 MW Of Wind, Solar Capacity” • Armenian National Interests Fund and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 500 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 300 MW of solar and 200 MW of windpower. [Renewables Now]

Yerevan (Photo: Matthias Ripp)

¶ “Nuclear Lobby Identifies Preferred Sites For 20 Nukes In Australia” • The Australian Institute of Energy in Victoria was given a presentation by the Australian Nuclear Association. ANA vice president Robert Parker outlined his hopes for the country to adopt nuclear and for the renewable energy industry to be stopped in its tracks. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Alberta Company To Try To Harness Bay Of Fundy’s Powerful Tides” • Alberta-based Jupiter has been granted permission to try to harness electricity from the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. Backers have long touted the massive energy potential of Fundy’s tides but large-scale commercial efforts to harness them have borne little fruit so far. [CBC.ca]

Tidal turbine (Cape Sharp Tidal)

US:

¶ “Barry Weakens To A Tropical Depression, But Authorities Still Warn Of Dangerous Flooding” • Barry is forecast to produce an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain from the lower Mississippi River Valley through portions of Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, and west Tennessee. Some areas in this region could see storm totals upward of 15 inches. [CNN]

¶ “America Is Building Another Big Wall. This One Will Protect New York” • By 2025, New York’s Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat. The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world. [CNN]

Staten Island seawall

¶ “Vineyard Seeks To Overturn ‘Flawed’ Permit Refusal” • Vineyard Wind is seeking to overturn a local authority’s refusal to permit transmission cables for the 800-MW Vineyard offshore wind farm in Massachusetts. The developer said the Edgartown Conservation Commission’s decision was “inconsistent with the evidence before it” and “flawed.” [reNEWS]

¶ “Bitter Ridge Stars For Constellation” • Scout Clean Energy is to supply 80% of the electricity from the 130-MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Indiana to Exelon subsidiary Constellation under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The project in Jay County will feature 52 GE 2.82 series turbines. It is expected to be online in September 2020. [reNEWS]

Have a fantastically dreamy day.

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