Archive for July 18th, 2019

July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2019


¶ “Oceans Need Geoengineering, Not The Atmosphere” • Geoengineering is the study, and potential practice, of large-scale intentional changes to the Earth’s systems. Most ethicists are very cautious about it, but recent news of potential carbon-spikes suggests an area where it may be absolutely necessary: the oceans. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean CO₂ (Graphic via CoastAdapt)
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¶ “Trump Invents Fake Emergencies. Congress Should Declare A Real One On Climate” • President Trump invents crises. He declared a fake national emergency to seize funds that Congress refused to give him to build a wall on the Mexican border. He declared another phony national emergency over Iran in order to sell Saudi Arabia weapons. [CNN]

¶ “‘An Insanely Bad Move’: Experts Sound Alarm as Trump’s Nuclear Safety Agency Weighs Rollback of Plant Inspections” • For months, experts have raised an alarm over the nuclear power industry pressuring the NRC to roll back safety policies. Now, NRC staffers’ official recommendations include scaling back inspections to save money. [Common Dreams]

Nuclear power plant (Photo: Jeff Fusco | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Electric Vehicle Benefit: No Direct Exposure To Cancer-Causing Benzene” • Some people say they like the smell of gasoline, but that sweet odor they are talking about is probably a chemical called benzene, a very flammable liquid with a sweet aroma found in gasoline and crude oil. It is a known carcinogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stanford Study Examines Hydrogen As A Commercially Viable Storage Medium For Renewable Energy” • Stanford University has published a report outlining how excess renewable energy could be used to make hydrogen, which can then be sold to commercial users at a profit. Hydrogen already has a well established market. [CleanTechnica]

Perovo solar farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)


¶ “Indian Company Plans 10-Gigawatt Lithium-ion Battery Plant” • Tata Chemicals, one of the largest chemical companies in India, announced plans to set up a lithium-ion battery plant in the western state of Gujarat. Tata Chemicals is part of the huge Indian conglomerate Tata Group, and it manufactures a wide variety of products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indian Cities Now Plan To Buy Thousands Of Electric Buses” • With the launch of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme in India, several cities are planning to introduce thousands of electric buses over the next few years. The central government is offering subsidies worth ₹2,500 crore ($360 million). [CleanTechnica]

BYD 12-meter bus (Image courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Tonga’s First Large Batteries Will Store Renewable Energy” • Tonga’s first large scaled Battery Energy Storage System is to be built at the Popua Power Station. It is expected to be operational in May 2020. Battery storage systems are vitally important to reach Tonga’s renewable energy target, which is to have of 50% renewable sources by 2020. [Matangi Tonga]

¶ “Indonesia’s President Signals A Transition Away From Coal Power” • President Joko Widodo expressed an intention to wean Indonesia off coal, reports say. This is despite his administration’s current policy to increase the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel. Indonesia has 39 coal-fired plants under construction and 68 more in the pipeline. [Eco-Business]

President Joko Widodo (Eduardo M Cp, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “WA Unveils Demonstration Hydrogen Home, And Green Hydrogen Strategy” • West Australian gas network operator ATCO has unveiled a Clean Energy Hub it hopes will show the potential of hydrogen gas to help supply the domestic market, as the WA Government announces the creation of a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Rock Hill, SC Installs A New Free-To-Ride Fully Electric Transit Bus System” • The city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has added transit bus service for residents that is the manifestation of the future of transit in two key areas. First, the new bus fleet is fully electric from day one. Second, and perhaps most important, the new buses are free to ride. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus (Proterra courtesy image)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Adds New Wind Turbines To Help Businesses” • Black Hills Energy is moving toward renewable energy by adding wind turbines in Wyoming. The company will offer a renewable energy program called “Renewable Ready,” but the program is only to be available for commercial, industrial and governmental customers. [KEVN Black Hills Fox]

¶ “Alaskan Village, Maine Company And Alaska Governor Launch Sustainable River Energy Project” • The Igiugig Village Council and Maine-based ORPC, have celebrated the launch of ORPC’s commercial RivGen® Power System, a unique sustainable solution now available to remote river communities in Alaska and worldwide. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

RivGen® system (Courtesy of ORPC)

¶ “Rural Electricity Provider Announces Early Coal Plant Closure, Focus On Renewables” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30% of its power supply. [Colorado Public Radio]

¶ “Senate Passes Davis-Besse Bill, But House Adjourns Without Acting” • The Ohio General Assembly stopped just short of passing a bill to save the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, passing the latest version of the measure in the Senate but not in the House. The House is expected to take the measure up again August 1. [Sandusky Register]

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