May 30 Energy News

May 30, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Coming Recession Is The Best Reason To Step Up The Pace Of Renewables Investment” • The Covid-19 recession will bring fiscal stimulus on a massive scale. There are high hopes that the recovery will be green but it could be an uphill struggle. A big opportunity for Australia’s governments is to keep the renewable energy revolution going. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (Carly Earl | The Guardian)

¶ “Managed Retreat in the Face of Climate Change, Part 1” • In the first episode of a two-part podcast interview for CleanTech Talk, Michael Barnard, of TFIE Strategy Inc, and Dr. AR Siders, of the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, sit down to talk about her work as a researcher in managing retreat in the face of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Managed Retreat in the Face of Climate Change, Part 2” • AR  Siders and Michael Barnard start the second half of this episode by discussing case studies of communities dealing with climate change impacts and managed retreat. Mike and AR compare and contrast the challenges with managed retreat within Canada and the US. [CleanTechnica]

After a levee failed (Infrogmation, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Chile Advances In Breeding Gene-Edited Crops That Weather Climate Change” • Chile has played a leading role in genetically modified seed production for two decades. Now, it is now at the lead in publicly developed gene-edited crops to address climate change impacts on local farming, according to a peer-reviewed study in GM Crops & Food. [Alliance for Science]

World:

¶ “Global Auto Sales Down 26%, By More Than 6 Million Units, In 1st Quarter” • When US new auto sales were reported down by 496,600 units in Q1 of 2020 from Q1 of 2019, it was stunning. But now we see that globally, Q1 saw new auto sales down by over 6 million units. According to JATO Dynamics, the world market declined 26% from 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Teska Model S (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Colombia Enables Private Ports To Import Equipment For The Construction Of Renewable Energy Projects” • Now, private service ports may provide services to third parties to import equipment for building non-conventional renewable energies in Colombia. This is to help the country toward its resilience and environment goals. [BNamericas English] (Written in PR-ese)

¶ “UK EV Owners Got Paid To Charge Their Cars Over The Holiday Weekend” • In the UK, a bank holiday, sunny skies, and  reduced demand due to the coronavirus pandemic left Octopus Energy, a UK utility that uses only renewable energy, with an oversupply. So, to use up excess electricity, it paid some lucky EV owners to charge their cars. [CleanTechnica]

Octopus Energy: Kia-ora

¶ “UK Government Committee To Probe Offshore Wind Potential” • A UK Government select committee is to consider the potential of offshore wind and how policy can facilitate the making the technology best and most cost-effective for the UK. The UK has the largest market in the world for offshore wind, and it is growing rapidly. [reNEWS]

¶ “France, UK, Germany Regret US Decision To End Iran Nuclear Waivers” • France, Germany, and Britain criticized a US decision to end sanction waivers allowing work on Iranian nuclear sites designed to prevent weapon development. “We deeply regret the US decision to end the three waivers,” the three countries said in a joint statement. [Daily Sabah]

Iranian technician at Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility (AP Photo)

¶ “Canadian Court Slams Trump Climate Advisor In Successful Libel Case” • Climate science denier and Trump transition team advisor Dr Tim Ball, who was earlier derided by a Canadian court as incompetent, ill-intended, and apparently indifferent to the truth, has again been rebuffed in the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He is accused of libel. [NationofChange]

US:

¶ “The World’s ‘Largest All-Electric Commercial Aircraft’ Has Completed Its First Flight” • The “largest all-electric commercial aircraft” completed its maiden flight. The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was flown at Moses Lake, Washington, and used a 750-horsepower all-electric motor developed by magniX, a company based in Redmond. [CNBC]

Electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (magniX image)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is The Top Selling Car in California” • For the first time ever, the Tesla Model 3 was the top selling vehicle in California last quarter, a bit of a surprise. The Model 3 has often been in the top 5 in California, but decades-long leaders from Honda and Toyota, with the Civic, Accord, Corolla, and Camry, have been hard to pass. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This Huge Natural Gas Company Looks To Power Operations With Solar Energy” • US natural gas processing and transmission firm Williams is looking to develop solar installations on land it owns close to its existing facilities to power its operations with electricity from solar energy. Williams owns and operates about 30,000 miles of pipelines. [OilPrice.com]

Solar panels

¶ “EIA: US Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For The First Time In Over 130 Years” • In 2019, US annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded consumption of energy from coal for the first time since before 1885, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “ExxonMobil And Chevron Challenged On Climate Lobbying By Investors” • Investor resolutions on climate lobbying gained momentum at the annual shareholder meetings of ExxonMobil and Chevron. How companies and their lobby groups influence the climate policy imperative is now firmly set as a topic on the investor agenda. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Have a serenely invigorating day.

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