Archive for July 19th, 2020

July 19 Energy News

July 19, 2020


¶ “The End Of Fossil Fuels: Is It Here Yet?” • Peak oil has been a topic of heated conversation for decades. The usual definition describes it as the theorized point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which it enters into terminal decline. It may be here already, driven by climate change and a coronavirus. [CleanTechnica]

Oil field in China (Yoshi Canopus, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Trump Rewrite Of Longstanding Environmental Law Pushes Climate Change Aside” • A deep dive into President Trump’s rollback of a bedrock environmental law shows how much the administration is narrowing the scope of government reviews for major projects by setting aside consideration of climate change and other impacts. [The Hill]


¶ “Time Running Out To Prevent Oil Spill From ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Tanker In Yemen, UN Warns” • Time is running out to prevent a decaying tanker off the coast of Yemen from dumping its load of 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea, sparking an environmental catastrophe, the UN has warned. The vessel is under the control of Houthi rebels. [CNN]

Stranded ship (SEPOC image)

¶ “NIA On Renewable Energy: Four Hydropower Sites, Pilot Floating Solar Project Already Operating” • In the Philippines, the National Irrigation Administration said four hydropower sites, ranging from 500 kW to 8.5 MW and with a combined capacity of 11 MW, have been put into operation, along with a 200-kW floating solar system. [Manila Bulletin]

¶ “First Solar Power Plant In Armenia” • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group; and the EU agreed to support development of an Armenian solar plant. The 55-MW plant is the first utility-scale solar system in the Caucasus, where Armenia is located. [Energy Industry Review]

Solar plant in the mountains

¶ “Explosion Hits Central Iranian Power Plant Few Weeks After Natanz Nuclear Site Blast” • An explosion took place at a power plant in Iran’s central Isfahan province, the IRNA news agency reports. The blast occurred a few weeks after an explosion ripped through Iran’s Natanz facility for enriching uranium, reportedly caused by a bomb. [Sputnik International]


¶ “GM Says 12 New EVs Coming, Including Full Size Pickup Truck With 400 Mile Range” • Buried within General Motors’ sustainability report is some information about its EV plans. Globally, GM will have 20 electric models available to customers by 2023, many of them aimed at the Chinese market. At least 12 models will be sold in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Buick Enspire concept (Courtesy of Buick)

¶ “Renewable Energy Showing To Be Growing Cost-Effective Alternative For Indiana” • In a study published by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, researcher Michael Hicks found that using a greater mix of renewable energy, like wind, solar and biomass, will result in lower power costs. []

¶ “NOAA Gives UM Up to $310 Million To Continue Leading Climate And Ocean Research” • In Florida, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, a research institute at the University of Miami that has done research on climate change, hurricanes, and sick reefs is getting up to $310 million from NOAA to continue its work. [WUSF News]

Studying the impact of warming oceans on reefs (CIMAS image)

¶ “We Now Know How Many Billions Of Gallons Of Water Colorado Will Save By Closing Coal-Fired Power Plants” • An analysis by the Energy and Policy Institute found that closing 30 coal-fired generating units in the West could free up over 76 billion gallons of river and groundwater a year in the increasingly parched region. [Steamboat Pilot and Today]

¶ “Pentagon Is Working To Develop Detection System For EMP Blasts” • The Pentagon is researching better ways to detect and respond to electromagnetic pulse weapons, which could disable or destroy electronic devices. A massive atmospheric nuclear blast could produce an EMP sufficient to wipe out the entire nation’s electricity grid. [Daily Mail]

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