Archive for July 26th, 2019

July 26 Energy News

July 26, 2019


¶ “The True Toll Of The Chernobyl Disaster” • Kate Brown, a science historian at MIT, has been researching the impact of the Chernobyl disaster. Her determination to unravel the true cost of the disaster has seen her travel to many parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, to interview survivors, examine official archives, and search old hospital reports. [BBC]

Women with pictures of men who died (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sodium-Ion Battery Research Shows Promising Results” • Professor Jong Min Yuk and a team of scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology report in the journal Advanced Science that they have made significant progress toward creating high performing sodium-ion batteries with copper sulfide electrodes. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Europe’s Heat Wave Is Shattering Temperature Records And Cities Are Struggling To Cope” • Europe is suffering through the latest heat wave in a summer that has seen at least 12 countries experience record-breaking temperatures. Scientists warn that the world should expect more scorching heat waves due to climate change. [CNN]

Notre Dame Cathedral (Bertrand Guay | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “India’s Greenko Raises $950 Million Through Green Bonds Sale” • According to media reports, Greenko raised $950 million in green bond sales priced at a yield of 5.5%, a highly attractive rate. As a result, the bond issue was oversubscribed by a factor of three, and the entire bond issue process was completed within five days. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Private Utility In India Issues 350-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender” • Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited, a private power distribution company in India, issued a tender to buy energy from solar-wind hybrid projects with a goal of fulfilling its Renewable Purchase Obligation, and possibly, to reduce the cost of power procurement. [CleanTechnica]

Solar and wind farm (Photo: Jennifer Sensiba | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Philippines Readies New Renewable Energy Policies To Curb Coal Dependence” • The Philippines’ Department of Energy has vowed to fast-track the implementation of two key renewable energy policies, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reduce dependence on coal. The directive came in his annual address to congress. []

¶ “RA Opts Against Natural Gas In IRP” • Bermuda’s Regulatory Authority has opted against natural gas as a principal generation fuel and in favor of an offshore wind farm and more solar power. The RA said the high renewable option will have a low long-term cost, while it will exceed Bermuda’s renewable energy policy objective. [Royal Gazette]

Solar panels in Bermuda (Royal Gazette file photograph)

¶ “High Court Stays Andhra Pradesh Government Plan To Review Renewable Energy PPAs” • The Andhra Pradesh High Court has stayed the state government’s move to review power purchase agreements of renewable energy companies. Justice M Ganga Rao granted a stay and posted the matter for further hearing on August 22. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

¶ “First Turbine Rises At Formosa 1” • The first Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the 120-MW Formosa 1 phase two offshore wind farm off Taiwan. The project will feature 20 6-MW machines and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Seajacks jack-up Zaratan is carrying out the installation in the Taiwan Strait. [reNEWS]

First turbine at Formosa (Ørsted image)

¶ “Clean Energy Regulator Tips Australia To Exceed 2020 RET By A ‘Substantial Margin’” • Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator released its 2018 Administrative Report. Not only does it project that Australia will easily meet its 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, it also predicts that the target will be exceeded substantially. [pv magazine Australia]


¶ “Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, And BMW Negotiate Their Own Deal With California (Go Around USA)” • California has the right to set its own emissions standards, and other states are allowed to use them. While the Trump administration tries to end that right, four big car makers made a deal with California. It offers predictability. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 sedans (Photo: Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “CNN To Host Climate Crisis Town Hall With Democratic Candidates” • CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 4. CNN is inviting candidates who meet the DNC’s polling threshold for the September primary debate to participate. [CNN]

¶ “PSEG Plans To Power Down All But Three Natural-Gas Power Plants” • Public Service Enterprise Group intends to shutter all but three of its newest natural-gas-fired power plants by 2046, a step driven by a company push to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. But it says it needs policy changes, like putting a price on carbon. [NJ Spotlight]

PSEG’s Keys Energy Center in Maryland (PSEG image)

¶ “Kirsten Gillibrand Releases $10 Trillion, 10-Year Plan To Combat Climate Change” • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic presidential contender, is proposing $10 trillion in public and private funding over the next decade to combat climate change and bring the US to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [CNN]

¶ “Oklahoma Co-op Targets Largest Wind, Solar, And Storage Facility In US” • In Oklahoma, Western Farmers Electric Co-op has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with NextEra Energy Resources. The Skeleton Creek project will supply the electricity. It will have 250 MW of wind power, 250 MW of solar power, and a 200-MW/800-MWh battery. [CleanTechnica]

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