July 29 Energy News

July 29, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Edmunds: Tesla Model 3 Is The “Ultimate Driving Machine”” • Edmunds makes a ton of money funneling internet surfers to local auto dealers to buy gasmobiles. So, for Edmunds staff to bash a conventional auto company by saying that its popular tagline fits Tesla better is … well … sort of shocking. But that’s just what it did. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Aircraft News: AirVenture In Oshkosh, Bye Aero eFlyer, Opener BlackFly, XTI And GE Catalyst, And More” • One of the biggest air shows in the world, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, just wrapped up. As with any major air shows, companies use that time to reveal plans and purchases. This year, a lot of them were electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Do airplane contrails add to climate change? Yes, and the problem is about to get worse” • Scientists say contrails add to climate change by trapping heat that radiates upward from Earth’s surface. A study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics suggests that the global warming effect will triple by 2050 as air travel grows. [NBCNews.com]

Contrails (Larry MacDougal | AP file)

¶ “‘Nuclear Energy Is Never Profitable,’ New Study Slams Nuclear Power Business Case” • A study from DIW Berlin, a leading German economic think-tank, found that nuclear power has never been viable. The average 1,000-MW nuclear power plant built since 1951 resulted in an average economic loss of €4.8 billion (A$7.7 billion, $5.34 billion). [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Many Animals Can’t Adapt Fast Enough To Climate Change” • As oceans and forests transform and ecosystems go into shock, perhaps a million species teeter on the edge of extinction. Some may survive by changing behaviors in response to soaring global temperatures. Others may get smaller or otherwise evolve. Some will disappear. [Ars Technica]

Bonobos (Reflexiste | Flickr)

World:

¶ “Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturing Heating Up In India” • Having missed out on building its own manufacturing base for solar PV, India seems determined not to miss the opportunity for EVs, especially for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. The Indian government has new benefits for battery makers and to push the sale of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Leads Asia Pacific With Lowest Renewable Cost: Report” • A report by  consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables revealed that the levelised cost of electricity using solar PVs in India has fallen to ₹2,617/MWh ($38/MWh) this year, 14% cheaper than coal-fired power, which had been the cheapest source of power. [Saurenergy]

Bringing electricity to homes (ABD image)

¶ “EU Coal Regions Could Supply 730 GW Of Solar Power While Providing Employment For Miners” • A report from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission looked at areas of the EU used for coal production and power generation. It said converting them to use for PVs could provide both electricity and jobs for coal workers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Renewable Power Capacity In June Up By 9.5%” • China’s total renewable power capacity rose 9.5% in the year to June amid Beijing’s push to boost clean energy consumption as part of its anti-pollution campaign. The country’s capacity additions include 1.82 GW of hydro, 9.09 GW of windpower, and 11.4 GW of PVs for the period. [SteelGuru]

Renewable energy in China

¶ “Solar Sabres Are Drawn As Victoria And NSW Fight For Most-New-Renewables Title” • Although South Australia still retains the trophy for the highest volumes of renewable generation, New South Wales and Victoria are battling it out to take its place, according to The Australia Institute’s July National Energy Emissions Audit. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Queensland Drops Bidding Directions, Says Wind And Solar Less Than A$50/MWh” • For many years Queensland, despite being the state most reliant on coal-fired generators, rivalled South Australia for the rank of most expensive wholesale price of electricity. Now, with changed bidding directions, renewables are pushing costs of power down. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm construction

¶ “Chile Spearheads LatAm Renewables Investment” • Chile is leading Latin American countries when it comes to investing in new renewable energy capacity, S&P Global Ratings’ latest credit update for utilities in the region has highlighted. Chile plans to shut down 1.6 GW of coal power generation in the next two-to-three years. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Elon Tweets Tesla Pickup Truck Reveal Only A Few Months Away, While Ford Impresses Joe Sixpack” • After Elon Musk was asked on Twitter when the Tesla pickup truck will be revealed, he replied, “We’re close, but the magic is in the final details. Maybe 2 to 3 months.” Musk has suggested the Tesla pickup will be priced at under $50,000. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla event (Photo: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Renewable Energy Accounted For 20.3% Of Electrical Generation In US” • Renewable energy sources accounted for 20.3% of net electrical generation in the US during the first five months of 2019, data published by the US. Energy Information Administration shows. Renewable energy outproduced both coal and nuclear for the period. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “RI Says Clean Energy Plan Falls Short” • National Grid is set to negotiate a contract for another batch of renewable energy for Rhode Island, but the state energy office says the selection falls short. It says National Grid chose only one project, which does not come close to the 400-MW capacity in the request for proposals. [The Providence Journal]

Have a perfectly delightful day.

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