June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Call On Science To Protect Wetlands Policy In A Changing Climate” • The Trump administration’s dogged retreat from the use of science to inform sound public policy will reach another milestone on June 22 when the final regulations reducing the number of water bodies and wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act take effect. [The Hill]

Wetlands (Getty Images)

¶ “Investors: It’s Time To Calculate Climate Crisis Risks” • The climate crisis is expected to increase the probability and severity of such climatic hazards as floods, heatwaves, and droughts. This translates into shocks for economies and financial markets. The climate crisis risks are real for investors, but they are not being addressed as they should be. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oil’s Green Gusher, Vattenfall’s UK Seapower Fury, Fusion Energy Cooking” • The world’s fossil giants are in the eye of the proverbial perfect storm, with Covid-19 just the latest energy transition disruption that could wipe two-thirds of the planet’s oil & gas reserves. Oil majors are talking about everything from solar and wind to nuclear fusion. [Recharge]

Old and new (Orjan F Ellingvag | Corbis via Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest May On Record, As The World Creeps Closer To A Dangerous Threshold” • Last month was the hottest May on record worldwide, a Copernicus Climate Change Service report said. Globally, May was 0.63°C above the average for 1981 to 2010, setting a record for the month. Siberia was 10°C (18°F) above normal. [CNN] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery)

¶ “Covid-19 Pandemic A ‘Bonanza’ For Climate Scientists” • A big part of climate science is trying to predict the future. If the world cuts greenhouse gas emissions by x amount, what impact will that have on the planet? In some ways, the coronavirus pandemic has made it possible to check and refine models by reducing carbon emissions. [CGTN]

Morning mist and wind turbines (Michael Probst | AP)

World:

¶ “Lisbon Adds Incentives For Buying Bicycles And 32 Miles Of Bike Lanes” • The coronavirus pandemic has reduced traffic in cities dramatically, causing many to wonder why we need all those damned cars in the first place. The mayor of Lisbon has announced a €3 million plan to add bike lanes and incentives for people to purchase bicycles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Iraq’s Fields Of Black Gold, Thousands Lose Livelihoods” • Iraq in March asked international oil companies to cut their budgets by 30% because of plummeting oil prices. In the south, energy companies responded by cutting costs. Thousands of workers were let go by subcontractors, including construction, security, and transport firms. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Petrochemicals (Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg via Getty Images)

¶ “Arctic Circle Oil Spill: Russian Prosecutors Order Checks At Permafrost Sites” • Russian prosecutors have ordered checks at “particularly dangerous installations” built on permafrost. After 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil leaked into a river in the Arctic, initial inquiries suggest the tank collapsed because the permafrost that it was built on melted. [BBC]

¶ “ARENA Receives Overwhelming Response To Green Hydrogen Funding Round” • With the initial application stage closing, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it had received an overwhelming response from 36 prospective developers interested in grants from its Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding. [pv magazine Australia]

Hydrogen from electrolysis (Image: ARENA)

¶ “Premier Of Victoria : Australian-First Renewable Organics Networks” • The Victorian Government is powering a jobs and renewable energy boom thanks to the nation’s first Renewable Organics Networks. The Minister for Water  announced two RON projects to reduce waste going to landfill by using organic waste to produce electricity. [marketscreener.com]

¶ “WoodMac: How The Renewables O&M Market Is Adapting To The Covid-19 Crisis” • Renewables generation has proven largely resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as global demand for electricity has declined, wind and solar PV continue their growth in many regions. In the US, wind and PV output is 10% higher than in 2019. [Greentech Media]

Windfarm technicians (Enel image)

¶ “Four New Renewable Energy Projects In South Africa Receive Support From MIGA” • Four new renewable energy power plant projects for South Africa, with a combined installed capacity of 288 MW, have received support totalling $116 million from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a subsidiary of the World Bank Group. [Construction Review]

US:

¶ “US Dishes Out Offshore Wind R&D Support” • Research projects by GE and Principle Power are among 12 to share over $10 million of funding from the US National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. Principle Power aims to demonstrate shallow-water mooring components for floating offshore wind turbines. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Shaun Dakin | Unsplash)

¶ “9th Circuit Court Eviscerates EPA Over Pesticide Approval” • This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit stemming from the EPA’s support for the use of certain pesticides and GMO crops resistent to them. It excoriated the EPA in an opinion that can only be described as a scathing rebuke. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Wind And Solar Hot Spots Of The US, Data Shows How Pandemic Tanked Renewables’ Value” • Just as the pandemic has contributed to a plunge in oil prices, it has also cratered the value of wind and solar energy in many parts of the country. Data from REsurety Inc shows a perfect storm of increased supply and low demand in some places. [Morning Consult]

Have an outstandingly resplendent day.

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