April 29 Energy News

April 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Clean Trucks Are Critical To Our Future” • Big polluters are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to attack vital environmental rules by pressuring government agencies for regulatory delays, rollbacks, or weaken enforcement. One target is the Advanced Clean Truck rulemaking, which would put zero-emission trucks on California roads starting in 2024. [CleanTechnica]

Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter (Photo by Hideki Machida)

¶ “Smog-Free Skies Should Be The New Normal” • Cleaner air is not just aesthetically pleasing. It could also greatly reduce the incidence of lung and heart disease, and quite possibly reduce the severity of future outbreaks of airborne diseases. People are coming increasingly to acknowledge that to have cleaner air, we just stop burning fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Michael Moore’s Latest Film Is Riddled With Errors – And Millions Are Watching” • “Planet of the Humans,” produced by Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs, is ostensibly about climate change. But Gibbs spends most of the so-called “documentary” railing against the problems of renewable energy and spinning out conspiracy theories. [Grist]

Michael Moore (Santiago Felipe | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Size Matters: Energy Storage Scales Up To Beat Down Fossil Fuels” • Everybody knows that coal is on the way out, but the latest electricity report from BloombergNEF is a shocker, casting a shadow of gloom over natural gas, too. Low-cost renewables are creeping into gas territory, helped along by the falling costs of energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Satellite Data Shows Amazon Rainforest Is Drier And Could Be At Risk For Fires” • New satellite data shows that the Amazon rainforest is drier than usual and could be at risk of fires again this year. The data shows regions of the Amazon basin that have severe negative changes in the soil’s moisture and groundwater, increasing danger of fire. [CleanTechnica]

Amazon wildfire (Mongabay via Twitter)

World:

¶ “Queenslanders Support Renewable Energy Over Coal” • A QDOS Research poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders found overwhelming support for the state to invest in renewable energy. It found that 78% of respondents would be more likely to support state government spending on renewable energy than on new coal-fired power. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Manufacturing Units Of Swelect Energy, Inox Wind Resume Operation Amid Lockdown” • Swelect Energy Systems Limited, a solar PV module manufacturer, has resumed operations at its unit in Bangalore with effect from April 25, 2020. And Inox Wind Limited has resumed operations at three of its manufacturing units in India. [Mercom India]

Solar array under construction

¶ “Recipe for cheaper electricity? Try 90% renewables by 2040” • A report from energy market analysts Reputex finds that the faster the shift to a power market dominated by renewable energy – and the more aggressive the action on climate change – the greater the downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices in the future. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Five Renewable Start-Ups Getting Funding Despite The Coronavirus” • Despite the slowdown in renewable energy production caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, people are still investing in renewable energy projects, in particular start-ups. Power Technology takes a look at the top five projects being funded during the pandemic. [Power Technology]

Tulips and turbines (Martijn Baudoin | Unsplash)

¶ “Solar, Wind And Battery Storage Now Cheapest Energy Options Just About Everywhere” • Solar PV and onshore wind are the cheapest form of new energy capacity almost worldwide. Analysis looked at nearly 7,000 projects across 25 technologies (including types of coal, gas and nuclear generation as well as renewables), in 47 countries.  [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Planting Trees Could Help This City Prevent 400 Premature Deaths” • Philadelphia, America’s fifth-largest city, could help as many as 403 adults live longer each year if it meets its existing target for increasing tree cover from 20% to 30% within five years, according to a study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health. [CNN]

Aerial view of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

¶ “RPI Receives Over $2.6 Million To Study Renewable Energy” • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York, received over $2.6 million in federal funding to help integrate renewable energy into New York State’s power grid. The funding came from a new program of the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. [News10 ABC]

¶ “As Energy Use Changes In The Great Lakes, So Too Does The World’s Largest Freshwater Port” • The Port of Duluth-Superior is one of the largest ports in the US. It has huge amounts of iron ore and coal going through it. But the country has been turning to renewable resources, and coal shipments have been declining since 2008. [Minnesota Public Radio News]

Coal and ore (Paul Walsh | MinnPost 2020)

¶ “Federal Solar Policy Challenge From Group With NH Ties Draws National Attention” • A conservative lobbying firm, the New England Ratepayers Association, is challenging a policy that benefits solar energy. It is seeking a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision that would invalidate the legal basis for net metering nationwide. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

¶ “Duke Doubles Renewable Goals While Staying Committed To Fossils” • Duke Energy now owns or purchases 8,000 MW of renewable generation, and it plans to double that mark by 2025. However, while the company eyes zero-carbon electricity by 2050, it maintains that natural gas will remain a crucial source to achieve this goal. [pv magazine USA]

Have a mightily healthy day.

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