Archive for August 6th, 2019

August 6 Energy News

August 6, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Shout It From The Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy” • A new study from Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group lays out benefits that rooftop solar panels deliver beyond those their owner gets. Solar power benefits all grid energy customers and society as a whole. [Greentech Media]

Installing rooftop solar panels

Science and Technology:

¶ “July Confirmed As Hottest Month Recorded” • July 2019 has replaced July 2016 as the hottest month on record. This July’s global temperatures marginally exceeded the previous record, according to meteorologists of the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Programme, which analyzes temperature data from around the planet. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Extinction Rebellion: Ex-Government Adviser Fined Over Climate Protest” • A former government adviser has been fined for his part in the Extinction Rebellion protests which brought parts of London to a standstill. Dr Steven Melia, 57, broke down as he told a court that his actions were a justified response to a “catastrophic” climate emergency. [BBC]

Extinction Rebellion protest (Getty Images)

¶ “Protests Come To Coal Country In Germany And Kentucky” • It’s a tough time to be in the coal business. Though they are doing so for different reasons, protesters in Kentucky and the Mannheim region of Germany are blocking coal plants. The Block 9 coal plant, at less than two years old, is said to be the dirtiest coal facility in Germany. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utility Giants Urge Government To Establish New Onshore Wind Strategy” • Utility giants, including EDF Renewables UK, SSE Renewables, and Siemens Gamesa, are calling on the UK’s government to establish a new onshore windpower strategy. They say it is needed so the UK can meet a 2050 net zero goal at the least cost to consumers. [Energy Live News]

Onshore wind turbine (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Canadian Solar Fires Up 100-MW Cafayate” • Canadian Solar has started commercial operation of the 100-MW Cafayate PV facility in Argentina, the country’s largest solar farm. The PV plant is located in the Salta province and comprises over 289,000 of Canadian Solar’s high efficiency modules. It will generate over 216 GWh of electricity annually. [reNEWS]

¶ “Geothermal Energy To Power Factories Of Food Giant Nestlé In The Philippines” • Food giant Nestlé has reportedly signed a power purchase agreement with AboitizPower for 17 MW of electric power from the MakBan geothermal plant. Nestlé Philippines has a goal of minimizing its environmental impact by using renewable energy. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Geothermal plant (Mike Gonzalez, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “EU Makes A New Bet On Green Hydrogen” • The European Commission has awarded a contract for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen. The project partners will work and conduct research to develop an innovative hydrogen demonstration plant in Linz, Austria. [Transmission & Distribution World]

¶ “Europe’s Record Heat Melted Swiss Glaciers” • According to initial findings from the Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network, Swiss glaciers experienced unusually high melt rates during the last two heat waves, which occurred in June and July. The network’s head tweeted that Swiss glaciers lost about 800 million metric tons of ice. [Science Magazine]

Aletsch Glacier (Sam Rayner | Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

US:

¶ “Little Rhody Hits The Climate Change Litigation Big Time” • After Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against oil companies on climate change, the defendants tried hard to move the case to federal court, where they hope any final appeal would favor them. But a Republican-appointed federal judge has moved the case back to the state’s legal system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Voices Of 100%: Cleveland Commits To Clean And Equitable Energy” • Cleveland was once a center for oil refining and the environmental pollution that accompanied it. But the city has committed itself to 100% renewable energy. Now, as the city celebrates the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire, ILSR takes a look at its history. [CleanTechnica]

Cuyahoga River and Cleveland (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How Nevada Is Leading The Renewable Energy And Battery Storage Charge ” • Lawmakers throughout the US debated new energy policies during the 2019 legislative session. Nevada is among the states leading the way forward. Several new laws were passed in the state that will affect both power companies and consumers for years to come. [POWER magazine]

¶ “As Climate Reckoning Arrives Over Agriculture, USDA’s Scientists Face Censorship” • A government climate scientist, who says the Trump administration buried a groundbreaking report he authored, has left the US Department of Agriculture in protest over the “political views” top officials allegedly imposed on his work. [ThinkProgress]

Agriculture (Matthias Bein | Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “Dominion’s 100% Renewables Tariff Could Kill Virginia’s Retail Choice Ambitions” • Dominion Energy filed an application with Virginia’s State Corporation Commission in May for approval of its 100% renewable energy tariff. That tariff offering would keep other retail electricity providers from competing with 100% renewable options. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Energy Dept Plans Nuclear Test ‘Fast’ Reactor” • A new nuclear test reactor is needed as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants, according to the DOE. The agency will prepare an environmental impact statement on building the test reactor in Idaho or Tennessee by the end of 2025. [KTVZ]

Have a thoroughly charming day.

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