Archive for July 23rd, 2019

July 23 Energy News

July 23, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Record High Temperatures Far Exceed Record Lows – A Trend Of The Climate Crisis” • More than 400 places in the US reached record-breaking temperatures last week. Over the same week, only about 100 places saw record-breaking lows. The 4-1 record ratio is partly due to the heat wave. A 2-1 ratio is more normal in the US due to climate change. [CNN]

Melting Valdez Glacier (US Government image)

¶ “EV Transmissions Are Coming, And It’s A Good Thing” • Why would an EV have a transmission? There are two reasons. One is that torque is not actually constant; it is not usually as good at high speed as at low speed. Another is that motor efficiency is also not constant, which means that adding a transmission can improve range. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “South Australia Has 10-GW Wind And Solar In Pipeline As It Heads To 100% Renewables” • South Australia’s conservative Liberal government has boasted that it has 10 GW of large scale wind and solar projects in the development pipeline, moving the state toward its anticipated milestone of “net” 100% renewables by 2030. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines, old and new

¶ “Oil Giant Saudi Arabia To Start First Wind-Power Plant” • Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels. The 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal facility is to begin producing electricity early in 2022. [Energy Voice]

¶ “BP Announces Major Expansion In Renewable Energy, Combining Biofuels And Biopower With Bunge In Brazil To Create A World-Class Bioenergy Company” • BP agreed to form a joint venture with Bunge, a leader in agriculture and food, to create a bioenergy company in one of the world’s largest markets for biofuels. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Farm tractor operating

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Seals 32-MW Nearshore Prize In Vietnam” • Siemens Gamesa is to supply seven turbines totaling 32 MW for Tan Hoan Cau’s Number 5 Thanh Hai 1 nearshore wind farm in Vietnam. Number 5 Thanh Hai 1 will be located between 2 km and 5 km off the coast of Ben Tre province, with commissioning expected in mid-2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “GE Finishes First Nacelle For 12-MW Offshore Wind Turbine” • In a plant in Saint-Nazaire, France, General Electric finished manufacturing the first nacelle for its new 12-MW offshore wind turbine, known as the Haliade-X. The company is pushing to establish itself as an offshore market rival to Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas. [Greentech Media]

Nacelle of the 12-MW Haliade-X (GE image)

¶ “Coalition Has An ‘Open Mind’ On Nuclear Power, Energy Minister Says” • Australia’s Energy Minister said the Coalition government has an “open mind” on developing a nuclear energy industry, as ratings agency Moody’s predicted the Coalition’s Snowy 2.0 hydro project may play a key role in premature coal plant closures. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

India:

¶ “Solar And Wind Met Over 50% Of An Indian State’s Energy Demand 3 Days This Month” • For three consecutive days earlier this month, the state of Karnataka satisfied more than 50% of its energy demand from solar and wind energy projects. Karnataka was the 7th largest energy consumer in India in the financial year 2018–2019. [CleanTechnica]

Karnataka wind turbines (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewable Energy Projects With ₹21,000 Crore Debt Facing Risk” • Andhra Pradesh’s latest move to reduce the contracted price of wind and solar energy could aggravate a problem of delayed payments from distribution companies and bring under stress 5.2 GW of renewable projects with debt of over ₹21,000 crore ($3.16 billion). [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “India: Renewable Energy Dominates First Half Of 2019 With 58% Share In New Capacity” • In India, renewable energy, especially wind and solar power, continued to lead all other technologies in new capacity added in the first half of 2019. Of the 7.8 GW of new capacity added between January and June 2019, 3.5 GW were solar projects. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in Uttar Pradesh (Citizenmj, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “United States Boasts 24 GW Of Wind Capacity Under Construction” • The US has 24 GW of wind capacity under construction, according to the latest preliminary figures from Windpower Intelligence. This is a 26% increase over the same period a year earlier. But it is difficult to know how much of this will actually be finished this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PGE Plan Calls For More Renewables, Energy Storage” • Portland General Electric’s resource steers clear of fossil fuels, a departure from 2016, when the possibility of new natural gas plants brought a wave of opposition. The company is looking at batteries and pumped hydro in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. [Portland Business Journal]

Biglow Canyon wind farm (Portland General Electric image)

¶ “North Carolina Coastal Flooding Is Worsening With Climate Change, Population Growth” • A historic 120-year-old data set is allowing researchers to confirm what data modeling systems have been predicting about climate change: Climate change is increasing precipitation events like hurricanes, tropical storms and floods. [EurekAlert]

¶ “Maryland High Court Finds State Authority To Approve Renewable Energy Projects Preempts Local Zoning Authority” • The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on the case. It said, “Ultimately, the final decision regarding whether to approve a generating station lies exclusively with the [Public Service Commission].” [Lexology]

Have a triumphantly care-free day.

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