July 27 Energy News

July 27, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wallbox Launches In US And China, Adds Residential Bi-Directional DC Fast Charger” • Electric vehicle charging station manufacturer Wallbox launched a new charging unit in the US and China. The unit adds bi-directional DC charging capability to the home. It is the first such unit to be offered in more than one major world market. [CleanTechnica]

Wallbox bi-directional residential DC charger (Wallbox image)

¶ “Climate Change Blamed For Europe’s Latest Heatwave” • “This is clearly as a result of climate change,” Andreas Friedrich said, referring to the current heat wave. A meteorologist at the German federal weather service, he added, “If you’d have said five years ago we’d see temperature records fall this frequently, I wouldn’t have believed you.” [Insurance Journal]

World:

¶ “Zimbabwe Descends Into Darkness” • A financial crisis shut off Zimbabwe’s imported electricity because it could not pay bills. Its one hydro dam is not producing power because of drought. People have power only for six hours starting 10:00 pm. Solar power is definitely the country’s one growth area – panels are mushrooming on rooftops. [BBC]

Homework by candle light (Getty Images)

¶ “Environmental Groups Wary Of Mismatch Between Duterte Words, Gov’t Actions On Clean Energy” • Environmental groups have welcomed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to fast-track development of clean, sustainable energy, but they question what appears to be a disconnect between his promises and actions. [ABS-CBN News]

¶ “The Dam That Could Kill Myanmar’s Biggest River” • In 2011, construction work on a massive dam project on the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar was halted after large protests. China is now lobbying hard to resume the work, but as BBC News Burmese’s Soe Soe Htoon found, local people are still not convinced they will ever see its benefits. [BBC]

Fishing boats on the Irrawaddy (Getty Images)

¶ “European Investment Bank Proposal Would End Funding Of Fossil Fuels” • A draft proposal to end investments in fossil fuels is circulating among the heads of the European Investment Bank for discussion at a September board meeting. If approved, EIB would stop funding fossil fuel activities at the end of 2020, Oil Change International reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Sources Now Generate One-Third Of UK Energy” • Renewable sources generated 33% of the UK’s energy in 2018, according to statistics published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The proportion of energy from renewable sources generation rose by 3.8% from 29.2% in 2017. [Power Technology]

Tummel hydro station (Peter Ward, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “China Uses 14% More Renewable Energy In H1” • China’s renewable energy generation rose 14% in the first half of the year from the same period last year to 887.9 billion kWh, official data showed. Hydropower topped 513.8 billion kWh, up 11.8%. Wind power, at 214.5 billion kWh, was up 11.5%, and PVs, at 106.7 billion kWh, were up 30%. [Global Times]

¶ “Nampower Reveals N$4.7 Billion Five-Year Renewable Energy Strategy” • Namibia’s national power utility, NamPower, revealed that it will construct four renewable energy plants over the next five years at an estimated cost of N$4.7 billion ($329 million). This is part of the corporation’s new business plan covering the years 2019 to 2023. [New Era Live]

Solar panels in Namibia (GbbIT, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Delay In Compliance With Nuclear Security Regulations To Boost Japan’s LNG Imports” • Japan’s LNG imports are projected to recover in 2020 and 2021 as nuclear plants are unlikely to meet the deadlines of the new anti-terrorism nuclear regulations. They require new backup power and water systems, among other things. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

US:

¶ “War On Science: Trump Administration Muzzles Climate Experts, Critics Say” • According to whistleblowers, Trump officials are censoring warnings about the climate crisis, moving critical agencies out of Washington and enacting far-reaching changes in what facts regulators can consider when they choose between industry and the public good. [The Guardian]

Pollution (Photo: Jeff Zehnder | Alamy)

¶ “Renewable Natural Gas Close To Taking Off In US” • RNG, Renewable natural gas, is methane collected from waste and manure. It is a popular source of energy in Europe, but is just establishing itself in the US. New York City joined a growing network of 530 RNG fueling stations run by a T Boone Pickens company, Clean Energy Fuels. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “New Bipartisan Bill Seeks To Increase Renewables On Public Lands” • US Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have introduced a bill to help combat the climate crisis and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by promoting the development of wind, solar, and geothermal energy on public lands. [Windpower Engineering]

Public lands

¶ “Lawmakers Propose Clean Energy Victory Bonds In Fight Against Climate Change” • The Clean Energy Victory Bond was introduced in the House by Reps Zoe Lofgren and Doris Matsui and in the Senate by Sen Tom Udall. It calls for the government to issue up to $50 billion per year in bonds people could buy for as little as $25 per bond. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Koch-Funded Group Wants You To Believe It’s Scandalous To Support Clean Energy Policies” • The Club for Growth, a group that has received significant funding from the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers, launched a new ad this week smearing a North Carolina congressional candidate. Why? Because he was advocating for clean energy. [ThinkProgress]

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