June 16 Energy News

June 16, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “We Need A Total Fossil Fuel Lockdown For A Climate Revolution” • Growth in renewable power has been impressive, but too little is happening in heating, cooling, and transport. The journey towards climate disaster continues, unless we make an immediate switch to renewable energy in all sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [UN Environment]

Los Angeles from Griffith Park (Downtowngal, Wikimedia)

¶ “A Win For The First Amendment (And Clean Energy) In Louisiana – HB197 Vetoed” • Louisiana’s HB197 would have violated the First Amendment rights. It was especially harsh on black people who have been protesting the construction of a $94 billion petrochemical plant that would double the state’s toxic emissions. It was vetoed. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “BP Warns Of $17.5 Billion Hit As Pandemic Accelerates Move Away From Oil” • BP is writing down the value of its assets by as much as $17.5 billion as a shift away from fossil fuels is sped up by the coronavirus pandemic. The UK oil company has cut its forecast for Brent crude prices over the next three decades by 27% to $55 per barrel. [CNN]

Pump jack (Eric Gay | AP)

¶ “2 Billion People Use These Products. By 2030 They’ll Be Biodegradable” • Unilever unveiled plans to achieve net zero emissions from its products by 2039. It plans for all 70,000 of its products to be made biodegradable over the next decade. It will also disclose the amount of carbon used to produce them as part of its commitments for the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Shenzhen Gives Residents Incentives To Buy EVs – Tesla Included” • The city of Shenzhen in China has long been an EV leader. Its bus fleet went 100% electric in 2017, and its taxi fleet in 2018. Now, it is pushing EV sales (including Tesla sales) just in time for the end of Q2 2020, offering residents an incentive of 20,000 yuan ($2,800). [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric taxis in Shenzhen (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Dutch Water Company Will Evaluate Impact Of Floating Solar On Water Quality” • Evides Waterbedrijf, a water company in the Netherlands, estimates it could generate all the electricity for its pumping and distribution operations if just 30% of the reservoirs it manages were covered with floating solar panels. But first, it will conduct a test. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Irish Coalition Promises ‘Renewables Revolution’” • The three parties close to forming Ireland’s next government have promised a “revolution” in renewables to include annual capacity auctions and a beefed-up 5-GW offshore wind target. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and the Green Party aim for “at least” 70% renewable electricity by 2030. [reNEWS]

Green Party leadership (Green Party image)

¶ “Domestic Renewable Energy Installs Rise 37% In ‘Early Signs’ Of Recovery” • According to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, there are “early signs” of recovery for UK renewable energy installations. As restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 are lifted by the government, the renewable energy installation market appears to be waking up. [Solar Power Portal]

¶ “Hydrogen Fuel Economy Is Finally Going Mainstream” • Hydrogen power has been on the market for decades but has never really been able to break the glass ceiling of mass-market appeal, mainly due to a host of technical and cost issues. Now, however, some experts believe that the hydrogen fuel economy has finally reached a tipping point. [OilPrice.com]

Hydrogen filling station

¶ “Global Annual Installed Capacity Of Nuclear Power To Decline To 3 GW Due To Covid-19” • With the pandemic, there has been reduced power consumption. The World Nuclear Association expects a drop in 10% to 20% in electricity generation, as various factors are expected to impact both nuclear power generation and nuclear plant construction. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ “Residents With Open Land, Large Rooftops And Parking Lots Could Contribute To Renewable Energy Development” • The Hawaiian Electric Company is seeking information from owners of land, large rooftops and parking lots on the islands of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi island, Maui, and Molokaʻi. Responses are requested by July 12, 2020. [KHON2]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Clean Energy Loses Another 27,000 Jobs In May” • As the US Congress begins debating economic stimulus support for the energy industry, a new analysis of unemployment data shows the biggest part of America’s energy economy – clean energy – lost another 27,000 jobs in May. In total, over 620,500 clean energy workers have lost their jobs. [Solar Power World]

¶ “New West Texas Wind Farm Supplies Power To Rhode Island And Beyond” • In Rhode Island, Brown University is getting its renewable energy from a West Texas wind farm. So is the home improvement emporium Lowe’s of North Carolina, tax software maker Intuit of California, and industrial cleaning products company Ecolab of Minnesota. [Houston Chronicle]

West Texas wind farm (Elizabeth Conley | Houston Chronicle)

¶ “New NC Climate Change Report Says The Time To Act Is Now” • The coronavirus pandemic has North Carolina in its grip, our economy is in tatters, and protesters are crying out for racial justice. Now comes more bleak news in the form of a 372-page report titled “North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan.” [North Carolina Health News]

¶ “Deadly Heat Is Killing Americans: A Decade Of Inaction On Climate Puts Lives At Risk” • Increasing numbers of people are dying of heat in the US. Heat now causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods in most years, creating a new public health threat. An investigation reveals why the CDC’s prevention efforts have faltered. [The Guardian]

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