July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2019

 Opinion:

¶ “The Cheapest Way To Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed” • One of the fastest ways to sequester CO₂ is the widespread cultivation of industrial hemp, the nonintoxicating form of cannabis grown for fiber, cloth, oil, food, and so on. Hemp grows to 13 feet in 100 days, making it one of the fastest CO₂-to-biomass conversion tools available. [Truthdig]

Hemp

¶ “Could Wooden Buildings Be A Solution To Climate Change?” • Because making concrete emits so much CO₂, some architects are arguing in favor of a return to wood as our primary building material. Wood from managed forestry actually stores carbon as opposed to emitting it, so atmospheric CO₂ can be sequestered in wooden buildings. [BBC]

¶ “French Labor Union Will Support 350.org Climate Change Protest. Here’s What You Can Do” • 350.org is sponsoring a global week of climate protest beginning Sept 20. Among its supporters is CGT, one of France’s largest labor unions. 350.org has a blueprint for how all of us can organize family, friends, and co-workers to join in. [CleanTechnica]

Greta Thunberg set to talk at the National
Assembly in Paris (Image via Twitter)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change: Current Warming ‘Unparalleled’ In 2,000 Years” • The speed and extent of current global warming exceeds any similar event in the past 2,000 years, three papers published in Nature and Nature Geoscience say. They show that historic events like the “Little Ice Age” don’t compare with the scale of warming seen over the last century. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Europe Heatwave: Records Tumble In Belgium, Germany And The Netherlands” • Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have recorded their highest ever temperatures, in a heatwave searing Western Europe. Germany’s weather service said a new record of 40.5°C (104.9°F) had been set in Geilenkirchen, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. [BBC]

Beachgoers cooling off in the Baltic Sea (AFP)

¶ “Opposing PPA Reviews, Renewable Developers Move High Court Against Andhra DISCOM” • After the state distribution company in Andhra Pradesh issued letters to operators to revise tariffs for solar and wind projects that already have power agreements in place, the operators declined to comply and are going to court. [Mercom India]

¶ “Global Mining Giant Announces $400 Million Program To Cut Emissions” • Australian mining giant BHP announced a $400 million Climate Investment Program intended to cut both its own and its customers’ emissions. It has a short-term goal to cap 2022 emissions at 2017 levels, and a long-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Mining truck (BHP courtesy image)

¶ “TEPCO Tells Fukushima Governor No 2 Plant’s Reactors Will Be Scrapped” • TEPCO notified the Fukushima governor that it will decommission all four reactors at its Fukushima Daini plant. The six reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant were already being scrapped, so all ten of TEPCO’s nuclear reactors in Fukushima will closed permanently. [The Japan News]

US:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces Two Hydropower Services Contracts In The US” • GE Renewable Energy announced at HydroVision that it signed two US hydropower contracts. One is for the Northfield Mountain project in Massachusetts, which can generate 8,700 MWh per day, and the other is for the Caribou One hydropower station, in California. [HydroWorld]

Upper pond at Northfield Mountain (Credit: GE)

¶ “New REV Site Guides Vermont Residents Through Switch To Clean Energy” • Renewable Energy Vermont has an improved website for Vermonters looking to use renewable electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation. The website showcases innovative technologies and helps guide accelerating energy transformation. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Texas Has Generated More Electricity From Wind Than Coal So Far This Year” • For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. According to data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, wind created 22% of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%. [KERA News]

Texas wind turbines (Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon | KUT)

¶ “California EV Rebate Could Go From $2500 To $7500 – A CleanTechnica Interview With Bill Author Phil Ting” • California Assembly member Phil Ting (D, San Francisco) introduced a bill to triple the EV rebate in California from $2500 to $7500. It would also change how the incentive is funded. He agreed to an interview. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Santa Barbara Gives Green Energy Plan The Green Light” • What seemed a far-fetched environmental scheme when it was launched 13 years ago ​– ​local governments buying and selling renewable energy to meet residents’ electrical needs ​– ​became a reality this week with the unanimous approval of the Santa Barbara City Council. [Santa Barbara Independent]

Santa Barbara (Caroline Culler, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “More Than 250 Mayors Nationwide Sign Letter Calling For Increased Solar Power” • A bipartisan group of 252 US mayors, representing every state and one territory, released a letter through Environment America Research and Policy Center. In it, they resolved “to make solar energy a key element of our communities’ energy plans,” [Environment America]

¶ “PSEG, One Of America’s Oldest Power Companies, Is Going Carbon Free” • PSEG, New Jersey’s largest and oldest power company, has relied on fossil fuels to keep the lights on for the past 116 years. Now, the power company is going carbon free by shutting down coal plants, betting on offshore wind, and working to keep its existing nuclear plant alive. [CNN]

Have an enchantingly groovy day.

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