July 17 Energy News

July 17, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “What Happens When Parts Of South Asia Become Unlivable? The Climate Crisis Is Already Displacing Millions” • South Asia is already suffering as a result of climate change, a crisis caused by the developed world’s consumption patterns and fossil fuel-driven capitalism. Extremes of weather are driving people from their homes. [CNN]

Scene in Southeast Asia (MD Mughal | AP)

¶ “High Voltage Undersea Transmission Lines, Green Hydrogen Could Make Australia A Clean Energy Powerhouse” • Australia’s renewable resources may upstage coal and natural gas soon. Two plans, one for what could be the world’s largest solar farm and the other for a combination of wind and solar, could provide export energy products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mini-Grids Are Ready To Change The World (Again)” • Mini-grids do not represent altogether new technology. In fact, the first grids built were mini-grids. Now electrification is coming full circle. Due to the declining cost of solar and storage, mini-grids have fallen dramatically in cost and they may change the world again. [Forbes]

PowerGen mini-grid in Tanzania (PowerGen Renewable Energy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Driving Growth Of California Wildfires, Study Says” • Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future. The cause of the increase is simple. Hotter temperatures cause drier land, which causes a parched atmosphere. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Reading Borough Council Commits To Buy 100% Renewable Energy” • Schools, care homes, and council offices in Reading, Berkshire, will use 100% renewable energy, as the council has committed to choose a green provider. The council currently spends around £2 million per year on energy for services such as buildings and street lighting. [Reading Chronicle]

Solar array

¶ “Renewable Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels In Europe” • In the first and second quarters of 2019, for the second consecutive year, European renewables produced more power than fossil fuels. Renewable projects generated 245.8 TWh of electricity in the three months to June 30, while fossil fuels produced 202.7 TWh in the same period. [Business Leader]

¶ “Wind Leads 50Hertz Renewables Surge” • Grid assets in the area of Germany covered by 50Hertz delivered almost 28 TWh of electricity from wind and solar in the first half of 2019, up from less than 23 TWh in 2018. Wind power supplied almost 21.6 TWh in the first six months of this year, rising from around 16.6 TWh in the same period last year. [reNEWS]

Laying cable (50Hertz image)

¶ “Green Energy Installations In India Cross 80 GW” • India’s renewable energy capacity has crossed 80 GW, against the government target of 175 GW by 2022. According to Minister of New & Renewable Energy R K Singh, a total of 80.46 GW of clean energy has been installed to date, including 29.55 GW of solar and 36.37 GW of windpower. [DNA India]

¶ “Scotland’s Wind Energy Just Set A New Record, Putting Country On Track For 100% Renewable Electricity In 2020” • Scotland is working on a goal of using renewable energy sources to provide 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity by 2020. The country’s use of windpower shows how reliable that source of energy can be. [Green Matters]

Wind turbine in Scotland (Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images)

¶ “German Renewables Deliver More Electricity Than Coal And Nuclear Power For The First Time” • In Germany, sun, wind, water and biomass have so far produced more electricity in 2019 than coal and nuclear power combined. But it is said to be a snapshot of a special market situation and might not be a long-term trend. [Deutsche Welle]

US:

¶ “PG&E Wildfire Policies Provide Opportunities For Tesla, Sunrun, And Others” • PG&E went bankrupt because fires started from its power lines. A Wall Street Journal story says that to avoid that problem, it has begun notifying customers in high risk areas that they may be without electricity for days at a time when the risk of wildfires is high. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

¶ “Why Natural Gas Can’t Blow Off Biogas Threat Any More” • Natural gas may soon be facing competition from biogas. What biogas lacks is the flexibility and market reach provided by renewable energy certificates. Until now, that is. A new REC plan for biogas is up and running, and it could give natural gas a real run for the money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Green Light For 2.2-GW Renewables Drive” • Regulators in Georgia have approved plans for Georgia Power to add 2260 MW of new renewables capacity and 80 MW of battery storage by 2024. Georgia Power’s renewables capacity will be increased to 5390 MW, representing 22% of the its generation portfolio. [reNEWS]

Georgia Power linemen

¶ “Another Wisconsin City Commits To 100% Clean Energy” • The La Crosse City Council in Wisconsin has unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy across the city by 2050. La Crosse joins Eau Claire, Madison, Middleton, and Monona as the fifth Wisconsin city to adopt this goal. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Senate Nuclear Subsidies Plan Ends Energy Efficiency Requirements” • A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate. It would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants. But the plan would allow efficiency standards to end. [WOSU]

Have an awesomely cheerful day.

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