August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Bernie Sanders’ New Climate Plan Asks Democrats: Do You Want A Revolution Or Not?” • The massive scope and cost of Bernie Sanders’ $16.3 trillion, 10-year “Green New Deal” plan to confront climate change encapsulates both the potential appeal and the limits of the Vermont senator’s uncompromising presidential campaign. [CNN]

Bernie Sanders, 2016 (Max Goldberg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tyrant Trump Terrorizes Car Company Execs With Emissions Rollback Threats” • Donald Trump, reportedly enraged at car companies that reached an agreement with the state of California on auto emissions, commanded their executives to come to the White House so he could bludgeon them into supporting his emissions cut roll-back. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Amazon Fires: Brazil To Reject G7 Offer Of $22 Million Aid” • The Brazilian government has said it will reject an offer of $22 million in aid from G7 countries to help tackle the Amazon rainforest fires. Brazilian officials gave no reason for turning down the money. But President Jair Bolsonaro accused France of treating Brazil like a colony. [BBC]

Burnt area of the Amazon (AFP image)

¶ “India’s NTPC Plans 5 GW Solar Power Park” • The Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC told the Press Trust of India that his company is scouting for locations to set up solar power parks in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The company is expected to set up a 5 GW solar power park Gujarat at a total investment of ₹20,000 crore ($2.8 billion). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India’s Largest Oil Refiner Plans $3.5 Billion Renewable Energy Investment” • According to media reports, Indian Oil Corp, the country’s largest refiner, plans to invest as much as ₹25,000 crore ($3.5 billion) over the next few years to set up wind, solar, and bio-fuel plants. Indian Oil now has an installed renewable energy capacity of 216 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels in India (Prashanthns, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Total makes 200-MW pipeline play in France” • French oil and gas company Total acquired developer Vents d’Oc and its pipeline of more than 200 MW of mainly wind projects. The deal was carried out by Total’s renewable electricity generation subsidiary in France Quadran, which operates a portfolio of more than 830 MW of solar, wind, and hydro. [reNEWS]

¶ “Russians release details on radiation after blast” • Russia’s state weather and environmental monitoring agency Rosgidromet said that the brief rise in radiation levels was caused by a cloud of radioactive gases containing isotopes of barium, strontium, and lanthanum that drifted across the area. The explosion killed six engineers. [NWAOnline]

Testing range entrance (File photo: Sergei Yakovlev | AP)

Australia:

¶ “Wind And Solar Set New Generation Records Across Australia Grid In July” • Wind generation set new records across Australia’s main grid in July, helping the total output of “new renewables” (wind and solar) to reach a new peak for the month also. The record was noted in The Australia Institute’s monthly National Energy Emissions Audit. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “ACT Finalises Shift To 100% Renewables, Now Eyes Transition To Electric Vehicles” • The Australian Capital Territory’s plan to decarbonize its transportation sector is picking up pace and is set to take center stage as the territory is completing its shift to 100% electricity and the first phase of its goal of zero emissions by 2045. [The Driven]

ACT zero-emission vehicles

¶ “Nuclear Power Not The Answer As Renewables Continue To Boom In Australia, Report Finds” • Australia’s renewable energy boom means the development of nuclear power is not a viable option, a report from public policy think-tank the Australia Institute said. It concluded that new “baseload” power sources like nuclear are uneconomic. [ABC News]

US:

¶ “Amazon Fires: Leonardo Dicaprio Gives $5 Million For Rainforest” • Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organisation is putting $5 million (£4.1 million) towards helping the Amazon rainforest after the recent surge in fires there. Earth Alliance will give the money to local groups and indigenous communities as they work to protect the Amazon. [BBC]

Leonardo DiCaprio (Getty Images)

¶ “Trump Skips G-7 Climate Meeting, Slams Renewable Energy, But Insists ‘I’m An Environmentalist’” • After skipping a key meeting on climate change at the G-7 summit, Trump said he would not jeopardize oil, coal, and natural gas industry profits by promoting renewable energy. He also told reporters, “I’m an environmentalist.” [Environmental Working Group]

¶ “University Of Arizona Partners With Tucson Electric Power On 100% Clean Energy Project” • The University of Arizona agreed with Tucson Electric Power to have its campus power needs met by 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind, and storage. The agreement is subject to approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission. [Daily Energy Insider]

Solar rooftop (University of Arizona image)

¶ “Solar Power Could Replace All US Hydro Dams Using ‘Just 13% Of The Space’” • Banks of solar panels would be able to replace every electricity-producing dam in the US using just 13% of the space they take up, according to a study published in Nature Sustainability. The researchers commented that the figure is “surprisingly modest.” [Carbon Brief]

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Pursues Approximately 900 MW Of Renewables In Latest Procurement” • HECO has launched its largest renewable energy procurement, seeking approximately 900 MW between Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, with the first projects coming online in 2022. Hawaii aims to supply 100% renewable energy by 2045. [Utility Dive]

Have a delightfully stimulating day.

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