August 3 Energy News

August 3, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “We May Have A Future Without Joshua Trees Thanks To Climate Change, Study Says” • Can you imagine a world without Joshua trees? A study by University of California-Riverside scientists says that could be the new reality, thanks to climate change. It says the hearty American desert trees could be driven to extinction by a drier climate. [CNN]

Joshua trees (National Park Service image)

¶ “Climate Change Made Europe’s July Heat Wave Up To 3°C Hotter, Scientists Say” • The scorching heat wave that broke records across Europe last month was made a hundred times more likely, more intense, and up to 3°C hotter by climate change, according to a study from an international alliance of meteorological researchers. [CNN]

¶ “Amid Historic Heat, Greenland Ice Sheet Loses 11 Billion Tons Of Water In One Day Of Melting” • Greenland, home to the world’s second largest ice sheet, is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it’s on track with worst-case scenario models for the year 2070. On July 31 alone, the island lost 11 billion tons of ice. [Sand Hills Express]

Greenland’s melting ice (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

World:

¶ “Arctic Wildfires: How Bad Are They And What Caused Them?” • Wildfires are ravaging parts of the Arctic, with areas of Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, and Canada engulfed in flames and smoke. While wildfires are common at this time of year, record-breaking summer temperatures and strong winds have made this year’s fires particularly bad. [BBC]

¶ “Amazon To Develop Second Wind Farm In Ireland” • Amazon is to develop a second wind farm in Ireland. Once operational, the new Amazon Wind Farm will provide 23.2 MW of renewable capacity, with expected generation of 68,000 MWh of electricity annually. Amazon’s earlier Irish wind project was announced in March of this year. [Big News Network]

Wind farm

¶ “Share of Fossil Fuel In Indian Power Mix Drops For 14th Consecutive Quarter” • According to CleanTechnica Research, the share of fossil fuel-based capacity in India’s total installed capacity declined for a 14th consecutive quarter at the end of June 2019. From 69.60% in Q2 2015, use of fossil fuels fell to 63.05% in Q2 of 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Bolder Action Needed’ To Meet Paris Climate Goals” • Without bolder action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the world will not meet the Paris climate accord’s goals, according to a report by Wood Mackenzie. The report shows that the world is on a trajectory for global warming above pre-industrial levels of 3°C rather than the target of 2°C. [reNEWS]

Coal-burning power plant (Pixabay image)

¶ “Falling Renewable Prices To Aid India Achieve Its Clean Energy Target, Says Amitabh Kant” • India will easily meet its goal of installing 175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 given the rate at which clean energy tariffs, especially solar tariffs, are falling, according to NITI Aayog’s Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Hohe See Nears The Finish Line” • Fred Olsen Windcarrier jack-up Blue Tern is in Esbjerg for its final load of turbines for EnBW’s 497-MW Hohe See offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, with sister vessel Brave Tern soon to arrive in the port for its final load. Hohe See will feature 87 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines. [reNEWS]

Offshore installation (EnBW image)

¶ “Ottawa To Buy Back Renewable Energy To Power Federal Facilities In Nova Scotia” • An agreement between the province and Ottawa will see more renewable energy added to Nova Scotia’s power grid to help the federal government meet its targets. The agreement is for supplying federally-owned facilities in Nova Scotia. [TheChronicleHerald.ca]

¶ “Low River Levels To Affect French Nuclear Power Generation From August 8” • French utility EDF may curb power generation at its 3,000-MW Chooz nuclear reactor in the north of France due to the low flow rate of the Meuse river which it uses to cool the two reactors at the plant. This summer’s heat waves have caused other closings. [Reuters]

Chooz nuclear plant (MOSSOT, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Disposable Plastic Water Bottles Banned From San Francisco Airport” • Gone are the days of buying a last-minute pre-flight plastic bottle of water at San Francisco International Airport. In an effort to make SFO more environmentally friendly, the airport is adding plastic water bottles to its list of restricted food service items starting August 20. [CNN]

¶ “Amazon Announces Renewable Energy Project In Virginia” • Amazon announced a new renewable energy project in Virginia, its seventh solar farm in the state. The project will produce clean energy starting in 2020 in support of the company’s long-term goal to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy. [WSLS 10]

Solar array (Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 – All rights reserved)

¶ “Organic Valley Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Goal With Completion Of Three Community Solar Projects” • Organic Valley, the farmer-owned organic dairy and produce cooperative headquartered in La Farge, Wisconsin, announced that it has reached its 100% renewable energy target set in 2017 as three solar projects are completed. [La Crosse Tribune]

¶ “California Farmers Are Planting Solar Panels As Water Supplies Dry Up” • Solar projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production. [Seattle Times]

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