August 7 Energy News

August 7, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How Shorter Workweeks Could Save Earth” • There can be no doubt that we are living unsustainably, but there’s a novel idea that could turn this around: we work less, thus slowing down the global economy and curbing our seemingly endless appetite to consume more stuff. Is that feasible? And would it really save the world? It could at least help. [BBC]

Flooding (Photo: Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antineutrino Detection Could Help Remotely Monitor Nuclear Reactors” • Technology to measure subatomic particles known as antineutrinos as they flow from nuclear reactors could allow continuous remote monitoring designed to detect fueling changes that might indicate the diversion of nuclear materials, even of a single fuel assembly. [Newswise]

¶ “How Vaccines Could Fix Our Problem With Cow Burps” • Livestock may be responsible for up to 14% of all greenhouse emissions from human activities. But scientists at AgResearch hope a vaccine targeting methane making microbes could make it possible to reduce the contribution livestock farming is making to global warming. [BBC]

Cows grazing (Credit: AgResearch)

World:

¶ “Indian EVs Become Cheaper After Tax Rate Cut” • To promote the sale of EVs, the Goods and Services Tax Council, a committee of finance ministers of all states of India headed by the finance minister of the country, have agreed to reduce the GST rate on electric cars from 12% to 5% and the rate on electric chargers from 18% to 5%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Car Sales In UK Falter As BEV Sales Soar” • The Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders says that in July, UK new car sales were down by a whopping 4.1%. And diesel sales, which have trended downward for 28 months, were off by a further 22%. Sales of new fully electric cars, however, were up 158% in July compared with a year ago. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging station (Photo: Zachary Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Don’t Reduce Purchase Of Green Power: High Court” • The Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered the state’s power transmission company to refrain from arbitrarily reducing the power it transmits from renewable projects, giving a breather to developers who have set up more than 7,500 MW of solar and wind energy capacity. [Economic Times]

¶ “Report Puts North Queensland At The Frontline Of Climate Change” • A Climate Council report shows North Queensland is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change but is also leading the renewable energy charge. It outlines the threats facing Queensland as well as the economic opportunities for the state. [TropicNow]

Wetland in Queensland (Photo: Wt Tropics Waterways)

¶ “Finley Solar Farm Starts Sending Power To NSW Grid” • Just days after the 70-MW West Wyalong solar and battery project got the all-clear to connect to the grid in the New South Wales Riverina region, the nearby 175-MW DC (133-MW AC) Finley Solar Farm is starting to show signs of activity on the National Electricity Market. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Proterra Launches Proterra Powered To Help” • Electric bus company Proterra has a new vehicle electrification offering called Proterra Powered. It makes the same technology Proterra has used in its vehicles for years available to other manufacturers to use in theirs. Most recently, Proterra electrified Thomas Built Buses’ Jouley school bus. [CleanTechnica]

School bus powered by Proterra (Proterra image)

¶ “Illinois Starbucks Now Powered With 100% Wind Energy” • It’s official. More than 340 Illinois Starbucks-operated stores are now powered with 100% renewable energy from wind power generated by the HillTopper wind farm in Logan County, Illinois. This will include the Starbucks Chicago Roastery, which is set to open later this year. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Dominion Energy Calls 500-MW Solar RFP In Virginia” • Dominion Energy Virginia issued a solicitation for up to 500 MW of solar capacity to be operating in 2021 and 2022. Projects are required to be larger than 5 MW. Dominion Energy’s goal is to have 3 GW of solar and wind energy in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. [Renewables Now]

Dominion Energy solar array (Dominion Energy image)

¶ “US Installs 736 MW Of New Wind As Pipeline Grows To Record Highs” • The US wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 GW, and 736 MW of capacity commissioned. One factor is demand by Fortune 500 companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Preps 300-MW Nebraska Giant For Construction” • EDF Renewables North America is preparing to start construction of its 300-MW Milligan 1 wind project in Nebraska. Milligan 1, to be located in Saline County in south-eastern Nebraska, will use a combination of Vestas V110 turbines as well as turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa. [reNEWS]

EDF wind farm (EDF image)

¶ “South Dakota Green Light For 200-MW Sweetland” • Scout Clean Energy has secured construction permit approval from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for its 200-MW Sweetland wind farm. The project, which will comprise up to 71 GE 2.82 MW series turbines. The approval means Scout now can take the power to market. [reNEWS]

¶ “EDPR Makes California PV-Storage Power Play” • EDP Renewables North America is to sell 110 MW of electricity from the Sonrisa solar farm and battery storage facility to California community choice aggregator San Jose Clean Energy. The 20-year power purchase agreement covers 100 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of storage capacity. [reNEWS]

Have a wonderfully happy day.

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