July 30 Energy News

July 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The new electricity boom: renewable energy makes staggering leap but can it last?” • Nearly 3.5 GW of large-scale clean energy projects were built in 2018 in Australia. Installations are expected to grow 36% this year and another 25% next year. Despite federal government hostility, the country should meet its 2020 carbon goals. But will the growth last? [The Guardian]

Solar farm in Canberra (Lisa Maree Williams | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Intel And 10 Auto Industry Leaders Publish First Standardized Self-Driving Safety Rules” • In a recently published paper Safety First for Automated Driving, Intel and ten auto industry leaders outline a comprehensive set of rules for developing, testing, and validating autonomous driving. The paper provides a framework for safety standards. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “200 Reindeer Died On An Arctic Island, And Researchers Think Climate Change Is To Blame” • More than 200 reindeer have been found dead this summer in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It looks like they were killed by climate change, according to researchers. They appear to have starved to death after being unable to find food. [CNN]

Arctic rein deer (Daniel J Allen)

World:

¶ “Daimler Is Building Electric Trucks To Make Online Shopping Greener” • Agora, a think tank, says that 38% of European road emissions come from heavy duty vehicles. Emissions from trucks and buses have risen at a rate of 2.2% annually since 2000, according to the International Energy Agency. Daimler’s heavy trucks can help reduce emissions. [CNN]

¶ “Ethiopia Plants More Than 350 Million Trees In Twelve Hours” • Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in twelve hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. [CNN]

Planting trees (Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office)

¶ “Global Solar PV Installations Expected To Hit 114.5 Gigawatts In 2019” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables published a report predicting that global solar PV installations will reach a new high of 114.5 GW in 2019, growing by 17.5% on 2018 and putting the industry on track to reach around 125 GW per year by the early 2020s. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greta Thunberg Will Sail Across The Atlantic On A Zero-Emissions Yacht For The UN Climate Summit” • Climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. They will set off in mid-August from an undisclosed location in the UK. [CNN]

Sailor, father, and activist (birte lorenzen)

¶ “China Pursues More Renewable Energy At Home And Abroad” • Renewable energy subsidies cost China a lot of money, so it curtailed many of them. When installations of renewable resources, especially solar, plummeted, the government changed policies again, and the country is now on track for 40 GW of solar installations this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scotland’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opened” • Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm has been officially opened by Prince Charles. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles (13 km) off the coast of Wick in the far north, can generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes. Its 84 turbines produced 588 MW. [BBC News]

Beatrice offshore wind farm (BOWL image)

¶ “Planned Pilbara Renewable Energy Hub Scales Up” • The capacity of a giant renewable energy project proposed for the Western Australia has been scaled up by more than one third of its former capacity. The hybrid wind and solar development the Asian Renewable Energy Hub has had its capacity increased from 11 GW to 15 GW. [The West Australian]

¶ “Robots Come To The Rescue After Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster” • When three of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down, hot fuel turned to molten lava and burned through steel walls and concrete floors. To this day, no one knows exactly where the fuel is. Human beings cannot survive the radiation, so TEPCO is turning to robots to find the fuel. [CBS News]

Six-legged robot to be used at Fukushima Daiichi

US:

¶ “Green New Deal In Action: Renewable Energy Trifecta For Oklahoma” • Long before the Green New Deal, the US gave birth to hundreds of rural electric cooperatives. In the 1940’s these member-owned utilities lit up the vast swaths of rural America. Today, RECs are still going strong, renewing their relevance with renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corporate Investment In Solar Energy Surges” • America’s top corporations, led by Apple and Amazon, are pouring investments into solar energy, a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association says. Declining costs, more flexible financing, and climate-friendly state and local policies are accelerating commercial solar adoption. [Forbes]

Target retail store with rooftop solar array (SEIA image, 2018)

¶ “Denver Ranks Among Best For Renewable Energy” • Denver has been ranked the 8th best city in the nation when it comes to building toward a clean-energy future. The annual rankings were released last week by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which scores 75 large cities across five key areas. [Patch.com]

¶ “Pittsfield’s Renewable Energy Work Highlighted” • Pittsfield, Massachusetts, got to renewable energy early. It replaced its streetlights with LEDs, joined a municipal aggregation program to get renewable energy at lower costs, and put up a 2.9-MW solar array on a former landfill. Now, it is studying prospects for a micro-grid. [iBerkshires.com]

Have an exceptionally lovely day.

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