Archive for June 14th, 2020

June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Why We’re Overweighting Renewable Energy” • With the tentative return of demand, West Texas Intermediate oil just posted its best month on record in terms of price percentages. But some analysts say global oil demand may never fully recover. I believe this makes alternative and renewable energy a more attactive long-term investment. [ETF Trends]

Wind turbines

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Has Degraded Productivity Of Shelf Sea Food Webs” • Research shows climate change has caused a shortage of marine nutrients. This contributed to a 50% decline in important North East Atlantic plankton over 60 years. More nutritious large plankton, food for larger sea animals, are being replaced by tiny creatures of poorer food quality. [Science Daily]

¶ “Nature’s ‘Slow Lanes’ Offer Hope For Species Feeling Heat Of Climate Change, Other Pressures” • Pockets of landscape less prone than adjacent areas to disturbances like fire and drought may hold the key for scientists, conservationists, and land managers seeking to preserve vulnerable species in a changing climate. [The News Guard]

Patterns of living and dead trees

World:

¶ “Australia’s Renewable Energy Plan Will Require Lots Of Energy Storage. Siemens Wants To Help” • Enough sunlight hits Australia every day to meet all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. The problem is not creating electricity from renewables. It is moving electricity through an aging grid. Siemens’ Central West hub can help with that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Defines Green Investments To Boost Sustainable Finance” • To boost the shift towards eco-friendly investment the EU is introducing rules to define what qualifies as green or sustainable activities. This month, Members of the European Parliament will vote on a framework that determines which activities can be considered sustainable. [Modern Diplomacy]

Wind farm

¶ “Enefit Green Renewable Electricity Production Up 15% On Year” • The renewable energy subsidiary of Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, Enefit Green, produced 96 GWh of renewable electricity in May. This is 15% more than in May 2019. The company’s renewable electricity production grew on year for the seventh consecutive month. [ERR News]

¶ “Delhi University To Set Up School Of Climate Change And Sustainability” • Delhi University will set up a School of Climate Change and Sustainability under the Institute of Eminence Scheme, which will do research related to the environmental challenges. Professor C R Babu, an acclaimed environmental scientist, will head DSCC&S. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Yes! (Representational image)

¶ “Government Targets 1 GW Power From Nuclear Sources” • Ghana has over 4,000 MW of installed generating capacity, including renewable sources. Actual availability barely exceeds 2,400 MW, however, due to changing hydrological conditions, inadequate fuel supplies, and poor energy infrastructure. It is considering nuclear power. [GhanaWeb]

US:

¶ “Tesla Safety Chief Announces Coronavirus Is Not Circulating At Fremont Facility” • Tesla appears to have safety under control. According to Tech Chronicle, there have been no transmissions of the coronavirus in the workplace at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, in the month since production lines starting moving and employees returned to work. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla factory in operation (Image: CleanTechnica)

¶ “Solar Project To Be Built South Of Lawton” • In Comanche County, Oklahoma, the Commissioners of the Land Office board approved a long-term lease for a 4,349-acre solar facility. EDF is planning a 250-MW facility in Comanche County, sufficient to produce enough energy to potentially power 100,000 homes, the company said. [The Lawton Constitution]

¶ “Linking Climate Change Policy To Social And Economic Justice Makes It More Popular” • In the midst of the pandemic and racial unrest, researchers detailed recent studies showing “policy packages that address the climate crisis alongside income inequality, racial injustice, and the economic crisis are more popular among voters.” [Red, Green, and Blue]

Climate Justice (Photo: Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

¶ “Oregon bids goodbye to coal power” • The Boardman Coal Plant has produced nearly half of Portland’s electricity since 1980. It can burn up to 8,000 tons of coal a day. That will end in just a few months. The plant’s owner, Portland General Electric will close it down for good by the end of 2020. It is the last coal plant left in Oregon. [East Oregonian]

¶ “$242 million solar farm moving ahead in Randolph County” • A renewable energy company has asked government officials in Randolph County, Indiana, to address utility-scale solar farms in the zoning regulations as it moves forward on a $242 million, 200-MW project. Riverstart Solar Park would have 670,000 solar panels on 1,400 acres. [Muncie Star Press]

Have a swimmingly satisfactory day.

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