June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Facebook Creates Fact-Checking Exemption For Climate Deniers” • Facebook is “aiding and abetting the spread of climate misinformation,” said environmental sociologist Robert Brulle. “They have become the vehicle for climate misinformation, and thus should be held partially responsible for a lack of action on climate change.” [PR Watch]

Earth (NASA Johnson Space Center)

World:

¶ “73.5% of Londoners Changed Usual Mode of Transport Due to Ultra Low Emission Zone” • London has demonstrated a solution that genuinely works to clean up the air and get people using healthier, more climate-friendly modes of transport. Its “Ultra Low Emissions Zone,” established on April 8, 2019, led to major shifts in transportation patterns. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Denmark To Address Carbon Emissions With New Universal Fees – Final Negotiations This Fall Could Be Historic” • Finally something is getting real for reducing Danish greenhouse gas emissions 70% by 2030. The Danish national media outlet reports that a majority coalition of the parties in parliament have agreed on a tax on the emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Credit: Jesper Berggreen)

¶ “Nineteen times More Invested In EVs & EV Batteries In Europe Last Year Than In 2018” • According to a Transport & Environment report, Europe poured €60 billion into EV production and EV battery production in 2019, 19 times as much as it did in 2018. Some of the results are clear. EV market share has been skyrocketing in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Largest Solar Plant In Italy Plugs Into The Grid” • Danish developer European Energy has connected a 103-MW solar PV park in Italy to the grid. The plant, in Apulia, is the largest built in the country to date. Construction took one year. It will produce enough energy to cover annual consumption of a city with 200,000 inhabitants. [reNEWS]

Solar park (European Energy image)

¶ “Renewables To Create Three Times More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels By 2030: IRENA” • An International Renewable Energy Agency report shows that scaling up annual energy spending to $4.5 trillion per year would boost the world economy by 1.3% more, creating 19 million more jobs related to the energy transition by 2030. [Technical Review Middle East]

¶ “UK Offshore Wind Cheaper Than New Nuclear” • Offshore wind farms being built in UK waters will produce electricity more cheaply than the next generation of nuclear power stations. Electricity from new nuclear plants is likely to cost £60/MWh. But electricity from offshore wind plants will be delivered at a strike price as low as £39.65/MWh. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Nicholas Doherty | Unsplash)

¶ “Canadian Utility Formally Drops Underground Radioactive Waste Storage Next To Lake Huron” • An Ontario nuclear power generating company, Ontario Power Generation, has officially dropped its pursuit of a deep underground storage facility for low- to intermediate-level radioactive waste within a half-mile of Lake Huron. [Detroit Free Press]

US:

¶ “Electric Shuttle Vans Are Now In Service In Sacramento, California” • This month, three new electric shuttles funded by Electrify America’s “Green Cities” program were deployed in Sacramento, California. The vehicles are EV Star shuttles from GreenPower Motor Company. And SmaRT Ride provides point to point transportation. [CleanTechnica]

EV Shuttle (Photo courtesy Electrify America)

¶ “Pew Poll Shows Americans Favor Renewables And Climate Action” • The latest Pew Research poll, conducted in April and May of this year, shows the number of Americans clamoring for aggressive action on renewable energy and climate change is at an all-time high. That means voter support for the fossil fuel party has eroded substantially. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minnesota Sues Exxonmobil, Koch Industries, And Top Oil And Gas Trade Association For Climate-Related Consumer Fraud” • The suit alleges that the two companies and the trade association violated state consumer protection laws as they misled Minnesotans about the role fossil fuels play in causing the climate crisis. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Koch refinery

¶ “Trump Administration Wind And Solar Approvals Lag Obama Record: Study” • President Donald Trump’s Interior Department has approved about half as many wind and solar energy projects on federal lands as the Obama administration had at the same point in its first term, according to a report published by the Center for American Progress. [Reuters]

¶ “Oh The Irony: Fossil Fuel Financier Signs A Major Solar Contract With Fossil Fuel Producer” • A report by The Washington Post says that Wells Fargo has signed a varying Power Purchase Agreement with Shell Energy for 150 MW of US solar power. It which will be purchased from plants at three locations in Virginia and one in California. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array (Steve Parsons | PA Wire)

¶ “Staff For New Mexico Regulators Pushes Renewables For San Juan Replacement” • Hearing examiners are recommending that the state Public Regulation Commission replace power from the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico with renewable energy sources on tribal lands and within the same school district. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ “Many US Cities Turn To Renewables For Electricity Supply” • The new Local Government Renewables Action Tracker resource showed that local governments across the US have signed a total of 335 deals to procure 8.28 GW of renewable energy over the last five years, according to a statement by the World Resources Institute. [OilPrice.com]

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