May 9 Energy News

May 9, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Timeline: 23 Years Of Attempts To Restrict Public Health Science At EPA” • The EPA is advancing a far-reaching proposal to restrict its use of science with no official public hearings and a limited sixty-day comment period, ending May 18. The rule is the culmination of 25 years of attempts to weaken environmental and health laws. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Pollution (Adobe Stock image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sea Levels Could Rise More Than A Meter By 2100, Experts Say” • Sea-level rise is faster than previously believed and could exceed 1 meter by the end of the century unless global emissions are reduced, according to a survey of more than 100 specialists. The experts expect that the impact will hit sooner than predicted by the UN. [The Guardian]

¶ “Killer Heat And Humidity Combination Not Experienced Before Is Becoming More Common” • A report by The Earth Institute at Columbia University indicates that the combination of extreme heat and humidity once believed never experienced by humans, is already occurring. Such weather surpasses the theoretical threshold of human survivability. [CNN]

Child in a heat wave (STR | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Shedding New Light On The Ocean’s Living Carbon Pump” • Phytoplankton play a crucial role in ocean biology and climate. Using data from the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative, a study has produced a 20-year time-series of global primary production in the oceans, shedding new light on the ocean’s living carbon pump. [SciTechDaily]

World:

¶ “Brazil’s Amazon: Surge In Deforestation As Military Prepares To Deploy” • Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose sharply last month as the country prepared to send troops to try to curb illegal logging and mining. Brazil’s space research agency said the area destroyed in April was 64% bigger than in the same period last year. [BBC]

Site of an illegal gold mine (Reuters)

¶ “Large Auto Leasing Company: Electric Cars Have Mostly Lower Total Cost In Europe” • Dutch leasing company LeasePlan has studied the total cost of vehicle ownership. The company is increasingly bullish about electric vehicles. Last year it released a white paper on the topic, after conducting nearly 1000 vehicle ownership scenarios. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renew Power Wins 400-MW Round-The-Clock Renewable Auction At ₹2.90/kWh” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India has concluded the 400-MW round-the-clock renewable power supply auction. Out of nearly 950 MW bid, Renew Power won the entire capacity of 400 MW by quoting the lowest first-year tariff of ₹2.90/kWh (3.8¢/kWh). [pv magazine India]

Solar farm (Image: fabersam | Pixabay)

¶ “Renewables Can Play Key Role In COVID-19 Response Strategies: IRENA” • The International Renewable Energy Agency’s Coalition for Action has asked governments to take effective response measures to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis. They emphasize a range of renewable energy options. [Mercom India]

US:

¶ “US Treasury to Tweak Tax Credit Deadlines for Renewables Projects” • A concise three-sentence letter sent by the Treasury Department suggests relief may be on the way for a renewables industry concerned about meeting quickly approaching tax credit deadlines. The letter was a response to a bipartisan group of senators. [Greentech Media]

Wind project

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is Best Selling Luxury Car In USA – By Far (Q1 2020)” • The Tesla Model 3 accounted for approximately 21% of new small and midsize luxury car sales in the USA in Q1 of 2020. This should not be a surprise. It has better acceleration, lower operational cost, and higher resale value. It is also rated as the safest car you can buy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DNREC Suit Claims It Must Have A Say In Whether To Freeze Renewable Fuel Use Under State Mandate” • In Delaware, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is taking the Public Service Commission to court, in a long-term dispute over the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and how it is managed. [Delaware First Media]

Solar array (Sophia Schmidt | Delaware Public Media)

¶ “Innergex Announces Financial Close of Hillcrest Solar Project In Ohio” • Developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc closed on construction financing, tax equity commitment, and a seven-year term loan facility for the 200-MW Hillcrest solar PV project, to be built in Brown County, Ohio. Financing for the project came to $191.8 million. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “‘Inside The Struggle To Keep Reactors Running” • Canceling the refueling of a reactor at a site producing 40% of New Jersey’s power in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t an option for PSEG Nuclear. The Salem Nuclear Generating Station cannot operate at full output without having hundreds of workers refuel it every 18 months. [E&E News]

Have a simply magnificent day.

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