August 16 Energy News

August 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How To Save A Sinking Island Nation” • Kiritimati has a dark past of British colonialism and nuclear weapons testing. It gained independence from the UK on 12 July 1979, when the Republic of Kiribati was established to govern a group of 33 islands that straddle the equator in the area. Now, it is facing the complex threat of climate change. [BBC]

Climate Refugee

¶ “Scott Morrison’s Betrayal Of The Pacific Was Immoral – And Completely Unnecessary” • As the Pacific Islands Forum comes to an end, Australia has yet again been shamed on a global stage for our inaction on climate change. The forum was held in Tuvalu, where a global commitment to limiting climate change to 1.5°C is literally a question of survival. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “July Was Earth’s Hottest Month On Record” • According to NOAA, Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record. July’s temperature across land and ocean surfaces worldwide was 1.71°F above the 20th-century average of 60.4°. It was the highest for July since records began in 1880, besting the record set in 2016 by 0.05°. [CNN]

Boy in the heat (Str | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “New Research Points To Fracking As Cause Of Spikes In Atmospheric Methane” • Cornell researchers studying rising methane emissions found there is a way to tell where it is coming from. The percentage of carbon-13 is higher than normal in fracked methane, so they can show that the increased methane emissions are fracked. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Earth Stopped Getting Greener 20 Years Ago” • The world is gradually becoming less green, according to a study published in the journal, Science Advances. Since about 20 years ago, plant growth has been declining all over the planet, a phenomenon linked to decreasing moisture in the air, a consequence of climate change. [Scientific American]

Greening from increased CO₂ a thing of the past (Credit: NASA)

World:

¶ “Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than The Grid In Hundreds Of Chinese Cities” • Some 344 Chinese cities were found to have solar systems producing energy at lower prices than the grid, without any subsidies, research published in the journal Nature Energy says. According to the authors, that could encourage further investment in renewable energy. [CNN]

¶ “Pacific Forum Turns Into Row With Australia Over Climate Goals” • Regional leaders met at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu this week, where smaller island-dominated states sought a consensus on climate goals. However Australia, the region’s largest emitter, did not endorse some calls – such as an end to coal mining. [BBC]

Children with climate change messages (EPA image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Projects Took 80% Of All Energy Financing In 2018” • In India, renewable energy projects took up a vast majority, nearly 80%, of the total energy financing last year, while financing for coal-fired power plants decreased by a staggering 90%, according to the report, “Coal versus Renewables Finance Analysis.” [Saurenergy]

¶ “Oman’s First Wind Farm Begins Generating Electricity” • Oman’s first wind farm, the 50-MW Dhofar Wind Farm, has produced its first electricity, marking a major milestone for the region. The project is fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and is expected to be in commercial operation by the end of this year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind farm (Courtesy of Masdar)

¶ “Solar Panel Plant To Boost Turkey’s Role In Renewables” • A state-of-the-art solar panel production facility, built in the central province of Niğde with an investment of around $650 million, is promising to boost Turkey’s position and make it an ambitious player in the global renewable energy market. Production is to start in 2020. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “Atlas Renewable Energy Inks Solar PPA In Chile With Engie” • Atlas Renewable Energy entered into a fifteen year contract for the sale of power from a 230-MW solar park in Chile to the local unit of France’s Engie SA. The solar park is expected to begin operations in January 2022. Atlas’ contracted pipeline in Latin America exceeds 1,400 MW. [Renewables Now]

PV plant (Featured Image: Gilles Paire | Shutterstock.com)

US:

¶ “Austin Energy Wind Contract Increases Renewable Energy Sources” • Austin Energy will receive up to an additional 200 MW of Texas wind power from an agreement with E.ON Climate and Renewables. Together with other contracts, this means Austin Energy customer needs will be met with about 61% renewable resources. [Austin American-Statesman]

¶ “Renewable Energy Can Generate Billions Of Dollars In Health Benefits, Study Finds” • Ten states across the Midwest and Great Lakes region could see $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2030 if they stick with current renewable energy standards, according to a study from MIT. Building the renewable infrastructure would cost $3.5 billion. [The Verge]

Wind farm in Kansas (Drenaline, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Department Of Energy Announces $40 Million In Funding For 29 Projects To Advance H2@Scale” • The DOE announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. Its focus is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the US. [Energy.gov]

¶ “Nuclear Plant Where US Flirted With Its Own Chernobyl To Close” • One reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania had a partial meltdown in 1979, and has been out of action since. It was a victim of human and mechanical failures. The other reactor at the plant will shut down in coming weeks, a victim of economics. [Claims Journal]

Have a thumpin’ good day.

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