July 4 Energy News

July 4, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Koalas, Under Stress From Wildfires And Climate Change, Could Become Extinct In One Part Of Australia” • Ravaged by wildfires and habitat loss, Koalas could become extinct in New South Wales by 2050, a government report says. The prediction is based on a year-long study launched just a few months before recent devastating wildfires. [The Weather Channel]

Koala in a tree (Douglas Paul Perkins, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Early Exposure To Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked To Increased Risk Of Neurodevelopmental Disorders” • Researchers at the University of California, Davis have released a study, based on rodent models, that corroborates previous epidemiological evidence showing the effects of traffic-related pollution on the brains of developing young.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate change is hitting home gardens. Here’s how to adapt” • Every year now, gardeners should rethink what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. A longer growing season can deliver bigger harvests, but conditions are changing in ways that offset that, with new weather patterns, invasive species, and other problems. [Christian Science Monitor]

Plant in extreme weather (Dean Fosdick | AP)


¶ “Octopus Identifies Renewable Energy Targets In Ireland” • Last year, Octopus, a UK renewable energy company, acquired its first asset in Ireland, a 15-MW wind farm in Donegal. Now, it is looking at Ireland, along with ten other countries, for places to make additional investments. Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust expects to invest £2.2 billion. [Independent.ie]

¶ “With Much Of The World’s Economy Slowed Down, Green Energy Powers On” • The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has many businesses reeling. The oil and gas industry in particular has been forced to drastically cut production and lay off workers. But producers of clean energy are pushing hard to get their projects up and running. [bdnews24.com]

East Anglia One wind project (Suzie Howell | The New York Times)

¶ “45,000 Renewables Jobs Are Australia’s For The Taking – But How Many Will Go To Coal Workers?” • As the global renewables transition accelerates, the future for Australian coal regions has become a big worry: Can renewables create the right jobs in the right places to employ former coal workers? A study says that in many cases, they can. [Australian Times]

¶ “Lord Bamford And Son Develop Construction Industry’s First Hydrogen-Powered Excavator” • JCB chairman Lord Bamford and his son Jo, who runs Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, have spent two years working on the construction industry’s first ever hydrogen-powered excavator and then a further year testing the prototype. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Bamfords and their hydrogen excavator (Ryse Hydrogen image)

¶ “Turkey To Offer ‘Green Only’ Power Tariff As Of August” • Turkey will start offering a “green only” power tariff as of August for electricity consumers interested in purchasing clean, renewable energy, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said in a statement. Turkey’s electricity production is about 50%. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “India Plans To Halt $2.8 Billion Import Of Power Equipment From China” • India will stop power equipment imports from China, power minister Raj Kumar Singh said, amid simmering border tensions between the two neighbors. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is asking companies to look for Indian suppliers to spur economic recovery. [ThePrint]

Solar panels and wind turbines (Bloomberg image)

¶ “SP Energy Networks Funds Scottish Community PV” • SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund has provided money for 14 community solar projects, with more than 200 kW of total capacity, in Scotland. The electricity distributor has supported the installation of solar panels on community halls, churches, schools and sports clubs. [reNEWS]

¶ “Germany Is First Major Economy To Phase Out Coal And Nuclear” • German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers’ money. The last coal-fired power plant will close by 2038. [Sumter Item]

Bucket wheel digging for coal (Martin Meissner | AP file photo)

¶ “Singapore To Retain Focus On Long-Term Goals To Create Jobs: Masagos Zulkifli” • Singapore should continue to work on its long-term goals like sustainability and digital transformation even while it deals with near-term priorities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, its Minister for the Environment and Water Resources said. [The Straits Times]


¶ “Duke Energy Florida Plans To Double Its Solar Power Capacity” • Perhaps managers at Duke Energy finally noticed that solar power is cheaper than nuclear, coal, or natural gas. They submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission requesting approval for a plan to build 750 MW of new solar capacity at a cost of $1 billion. [CleanTechnica]

PVs (ASCOM Prefeitura de Votuporanga, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Proposes New 200MW Solar Project; Forecasts Customer Savings Of About $66 Million” • Black Hills Energy is proposing to lower customer energy costs by about $66 million over 15 years with a 200-MW solar project to be built in Pueblo County, Colorado, under the company’s Renewable Advantage plan. [Canon City Daily Record]

¶ “Portland General Electric Looks To Create 4-MW VPP With Batteries” • Portland General Electric announced plans to start a pilot program aimed at creating a virtual power plant with a capacity of 4 MW out of residential energy storage batteries. PGE will offer incentives to customers in its service area, to participate in the VPP. [Renewables Now]

Have a supremely splendid day.

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