July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “US Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees A Year. Here’s Why It Matters And How You Can Stop It” • Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10°F, according to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But tree cover in US cities is shrinking by 36 million trees annually, according to a US Forest Service study. [CNN]

Trees in Chicago (Crimson3981, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Coal, Gas Sink As New York Sails Into Offshore Wind Power Mega-Deal” • When New York Gov Andrew Cuomo committed his home state to the largest ever offshore wind power deal in US history, it didn’t bode well for the nation’s dwindling coal power fleet. Neither does the potential for replacing gas with batteries for grid reliability. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Tech Companies Don’t Speak Auto, Auto Companies Don’t Speak Tech’ – But Tesla Speaks Both” • A computer systems engineer, Mick Ronson, who’s bullish on Tesla, recently warned in a media post, “If you’re shorting Tesla, you’re betting on incumbents that are signaling an acknowledgement of their impending obsolescence.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “The War on Coal in California Is Over – It Lost” • In 2008, coal produced 18.2% of California’s electricity. By 2018, that number had fallen to 3%, with virtually all the electricity from coal coming from one plant in Utah. It is to be retired within five years and replaced with cleaner resources, pushing California coal generation down to zero. [Times of San Diego]

¶ “Gauge On Climate: Regions Must Secure Their Climate Future” • In Australia, with no credible federal approach to climate change in sight on the horizon, it’s time for our regional cities to step up to meet the challenge of climate change. And many of cities are moving forward with smart, ambitious climate and energy plans. [Tasmania Examiner]

Solar array

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve The Climate Crisis?” • The fight against climate change may seem hopeless, but humanity has a simple and powerful ally in plain sight: plants. At least that’s the belief of the botanist Joanne Chory and her team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. They are modifying plants to absorb more CO₂. [Foreign Policy]

¶ “July Set To Smash Record As Hottest Month In Temperature History” • So far, July is the hottest on record. The past two weeks have been exceptionally warm across many areas of the planet, and this last week of July is forecast to bring new record highs to many areas of the northern hemisphere, from Europe to North America and Asia. [The Weather Network]

Weather in Europe (Image courtesy of Weather Bell)

World:

¶ “520+ Electric Cars Are 1st To Cross Montreal’s New Samuel de Champlain Bridge” • Over 500 electric cars enjoyed the honor of being the first to cross the Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada, which opened at 5:00 am on Monday, June 24th. This special bridge-crossing EV parade was organized by Club Tesla Quebec and AVEQ. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Provide Equipment For Onshore Wind Farms To RT Enerji And Turkeler” • RT Enerji and Turkeler have chosen GE Renewable Energy to provide equipment for five onshore wind farms being built in Turkey. A total of 49 3-MW onshore wind turbines will be installed in Izmir, Bilecik, Sakarya, and Istanbul. [Ankeny Daily News]

Wind farm

¶ “New Partnership To Finance 60 Mini-Grids In Tanzania” • CrossBoundary Energy Access, Africa’s first project financing facility for mini-grids, announced its first transaction to finance 60 mini-grids in Tanzania in partnership with a mini-grid developer, PowerGen Renewable Energy. Funding is through the Renewable Energy Performance Platform. [ESI Africa]

US:

¶ “Speakers At DCD-San Francisco Ask, ‘Why Won’t Utility Companies Give Us The Renewable Energy We Want?'” • At this year’s Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco, speaker after speaker took to the stage to lament how utility companies refuse to provide even the largest corporations with the renewable energy they want. [CleanTechnica]

Google data center (Google image)

¶ “Solar Power Comes To Standing Rock Reservation” • A 300-kW solar power plant wouldn’t ordinarily be a CleanTechnica story. However, this particular solar facility is notable because it is located on the Standing Rock Reservation, just two miles from the Dakota Access pipeline that was the focus of a furious protest movement in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Planned Small Nuclear Project Reaches Milestone With More Utah Cities Signing On” • Enough communities in Utah and elsewhere have agreed to purchase nuclear power from a small modular reactor planned at the Idaho National Laboratory, to triggering a next phase in its development. They signed contracts for over 150 MW. [Deseret News]

Have a sublimely untroubled day.

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