Archive for July 24th, 2019

July 24 Energy News

July 24, 2019


¶ “Climate Change: 12 Years To Save The Planet? Make That 18 Months” • Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5°C this century, emissions of CO₂ would have to be cut by 45% by 2030. But the decisive, political steps to make that possible will have to come very soon. [BBC]

The Planet Earth (NASA image, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Could Solar Energy Sharing Between Australia And Singapore Be A Model For Other Regions?” • An ambitious plan to export solar electricity from Australia’s Northern Territory to Singapore could erode the longstanding dominance of natural gas in Singapore’s fuel mix. It could also be a model for other regions of the world. [Eco-Business]


¶ “Europe Heatwave: French City Of Bordeaux Hits Record Temperature” • The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer. Meteo France registered 41.2°C (106.1°F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7°C. [BBC]

Water Mirror on the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux (AFP)

¶ “Italian PM To Address Claims League Sought Money From Russia” • Italy’s prime minister will address the country’s senate to discuss allegations that the far-right League party sought money from Russia. Matteo Salvini, head of the populist League, has been accused of seeking to strike an oil deal in a Moscow hotel to fund his party. [The Guardian]

¶ “Nearly ₹29 Billion Allotted For Off-Grid Renewable Generation In Last Three Years” • A corpus of ₹29.37 billion ($430 million) has been provided for off-grid renewable energy over the past three fiscal years, starting in mid-2016. Important technologies include Bio-gas, bio-mass gasification, solar PV, and concentrating solar. [Mercom India]

Solar power on rooftops

¶ “India turns to electric vehicles to beat pollution” • Car makers successfully pushed back when India had announced a move to 100% EVs by 2030. But a new proposal is to have only electric three-wheelers running in the country by 2023, and to have only electric two-wheelers by 2025. These outnumber four-wheeled automobiles by far. [BBC]

¶ “South Korea Unveils Plans For 2.1-GW Floating Solar Plant” • South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced that it will develop a 2.1-GW floating solar power plant which, upon completion, will be 14-times larger than the world’s current largest floating project. The plant will be built in two stages, to be completed in 2022 and 2025. [RenewEconomy]

Floating solar array

¶ “Crowdfunded Solar Plant Goes Live In France” • Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH has supplied 14,592 solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in northwestern France that had about 40% of its costs covered by crowdfunding. Located in Brittany, the 4.5-MW plant has been officially inaugurated and connected to the central grid. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Renewables Deliver ‘Over Half Of UK Power'” • More than half of the UK’s power was supplied by renewables for the first time on 30 June, according research by Drax Electric Insights. The researchers said 39% of the country’s electricity was supplied by wind, 9% by solar, 8% by biomass and 1% by hydro. On the same day, carbon intensity hit a record low. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (reNEWS image)


¶ “Air Pollution May Have Killed 30,000 People In A Single Year, Study Says” • Over 30,000 deaths in the US in one year may have been caused by air pollution, a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine said. Since almost every county was within federal air quality standards, the study suggests that standards should be stricter, its authors say. [CNN]

¶ “Video And Photos Of Fully Electric Ford F-150 – Pulling A Train” • Ford just released photos and a video with a sneak peak at an all-electric prototype Ford F-150. Ford loaded 42 F-150s, one for each of the 42 years the model has been the #1 selling vehicle in the US, into rail cars. Then the electric prototype was shown off pulling the train. [CleanTechnica]

All-Electric F-150 pulling loaded rail cars (Source: Ford)

¶ “Lights Out? Not For This Michigan City” • In 2011, the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Michigan, went dark. The utility company had repossessed streetlights to collect on the city’s debt. Unwilling to stand idly by, the people of Highland Park organized to light the streets themselves using off-grid, renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This Is The First Airport In The US To Operate Fully On Renewable Energy” • Chattanooga Airport celebrated the completion of the final phase of its solar farm. The solar farm, with rows on rows of PVs across 12 acres of land, generates 2.64 MW of electricity, enough to support the airport’s total energy needs. [Lonely Planet Travel News]

Chattanooga Airport solar farm (Chattanooga Airport image)

¶ “400-MW Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding” • A proposed 400-MW pumped hydro storage project near Martinsdale, Montana is a big step closer to reality. Its promoter, Absaroka Energy, announced this week it has $1 billion in financing from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Governor Signs Nuclear And Coal Bailout At Expense Of Renewable Energy” • The Ohio legislature passed a measure that cuts renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while adding subsidies for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Ohio’s Republican Governor, Mike DeWine, signed the bill into law within hours. [InsideClimate News]

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