August 1 Energy News

August 1, 2019


¶ “Jay Inslee: I’ve witnessed the devastation climate change can cause” • Businesses flooded out in Davenport, Iowa; homes burned to ashes in Agoura Hills, California; families breathe in toxic fumes in south Philadelphia. American communities are paying the price for American politicians who refuse to confront the fossil fuel industry. [CNN]

Jay Inslee (Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Charged With Fraud Over Diesel Scandal” • German prosecutors have charged former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler with fraud in connection with the 2015 diesel emissions scandal that rocked the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen has admitted that it rigged millions of diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests. [CNN]

¶ “LEVC Says Electric Taxis Have Saved £3.5 Million In Fuel Costs For London Cabbies” • The London Electric Vehicle Company says London taxi cab operators have saved £3.5 million in fuel costs since it introduced its PHEV electric cab last year. The electrified black cab has a range of 80 miles and an onboard range extender gasoline engine. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Taxi (Courtesy LEVC)

¶ “Russian Army Ordered To Tackle Massive Wildfires” • Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian army to help fight massive wildfires raging in the east. The decision was taken after Mr Putin was briefed on the growing crisis by the head of the emergencies ministry. About 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) have been affected. [BBC]

¶ “Clean Energy Set To Provide 35% Of Australia’s Electricity Within Two Years” • Analysts say clean energy will be providing 35% of Australia’s total electricity needs within two years, as data provided by a report from consultants Green Energy Markets underlines the pace at which solar power is transforming the national energy market. [The Guardian]

Rooftop solar systems in Australia (Dan Himbrechts | AAP)

¶ “Queensland – Australia’s Greatest Fan Of Renewable Energy” • Australia’s soon-to-be largest wind farm is already generating power in Queensland. All 123 planned turbines will be up and running early next year. The state has more than 2400 MW of large‑scale renewable energy capacity operating already and 900 MW more have been financed. [Mirage News]

¶ “Second Wind For GE” • GE India is making a bold bet on wind power, disruptive technology, and a new business model. The company has patented a hybrid technology to make renewable power available to a grid 24×7 through different combinations of solar, wind, hydro, and storage, managed by intelligent control systems. [Fortune India]

GE manufacturing facility in Pune (Image: Sanjay Rawat)

¶ “Energy Storage To ‘Top 1 TW By 2040′” • Energy storage will grow to 1095 GW in 2040, compared with 9 GW last year, boosted by cheaper lithium-ion battery technology, according to new research by BloombergNEF. The 122-fold boom will require $662 billion of investment, said BNEF in the ‘Energy Storage Outlook 2019’ report. [reNEWS]

¶ “Fukushima Governor Accepts TEPCO Plan To Scrap No 2 Nuclear Plant And Store Spent Fuel On Site” • Fukushima Gov Masao Uchibori said his prefecture will accept a decision by TEPCO to scrap the Fukushima No 2 nuclear complex. The Fukushima No 2 plant is located near the No 1 plant crippled in the March 2011 disaster. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima No 2 (IAEA Imagebank, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Colorado Comes To Terms With All Major Automakers On Emissions And ZEV Mandates” • Just after Jared Polis took office as governor of Colorado in January, he announced that his state would join 11 other states to implement California’s auto emissions policies. Now, like California, Colorado has made a deal to move ahead on that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Southwest Monsoons Getting More Frequent And Intense” • Scientists studying monsoon storms in the Southwest found that, compared to 1970, storms are now producing 6-11% more rain per storm, while the time the storms last hasn’t changed. This means each storm is not only dumping more water, but is more intense. [CleanTechnica]

Monsoon storm (Photo by Jennifer Sensiba)

¶ “Entergy Says It Plans To Invest Big In Renewable Energy Over The Next Decade” • Entergy Corp said Wednesday that it plans to add substantially to its renewable energy capacity over the next decade, riding a trend of technological advances and lower costs, as well as bowing to political pressure to move away from fossil fuels. []

¶ “Microsoft’s Planned Arizona Data Centers Will Run On 100% Renewables” • Microsoft’s upcoming data center campuses in El Mirage and Goodyear, Arizona, will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The cloud company is partnering with First Solar and will be getting electricity from its 150-MW Sun Streams 2 PV solar plant. [DatacenterDynamics]

Horses and Solar panels (Sebastian Moss)

¶ “US Consumers Expect Changes In Energy Supplies, Autos In 10 Years: Survey” • US consumers expect that in the next 10 years they will be able to switch to new forms of energy with a lower impact on the environment once the price has dropped an affordable level, according to a survey by accountants Ernst & Young LLP. []

¶ “Georgia Power Orders Fuel For Plant Vogtle Unit 3” • Georgia Power has ordered the first nuclear fuel load for Unit 3 at Plant Vogtle, which is under construction. It is the first such order for a new reactor in the US in decades. The order comprises 157 fuel assemblies, each 14 feet tall, to be loaded into the Unit 3 reactor vessel for startup. [Aiken Standard]

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