Archive for July 22nd, 2020

July 22 Energy News

July 22, 2020


¶ “Nakhchivan: The World’s Most Sustainable Nation?” • As a result of regional conflicts, residents of Nakhchivan, an enclave of Azerbaijan, developed an unwavering sense of self-sufficiency born from scarcity and necessity. They began producing their own goods and planting their own food, based strictly on a pesticide-free, all-organic food policy. [BBC]

Nakhchivan countryside (Credit: Anar Aliyev | Getty Images)

¶ “How Big Is The Anti-Cleantech Propaganda Industry?” • As it turns out, anti-cleantech PR and influence peddling is a bonafide industry. It’s shadowy as it can be, and it’s impossible to tell how big or how deep it goes, but estimates put it in the $9 billion per year range. If only we would see that sort of investment in clean energy news sites! [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Revolutionary Boat Powered By The Ocean” • The Philippines’ traditional three-hulled boat is being redesigned, to draw its power not from fossil fuels, but from the energy of the waves. The hybrid trimaran’s use of wave energy could be a significant step toward reducing the need for environmentally damaging fuels. [BBC]

Traditional Philippine boats (Credit: Getty Images)

¶ “Link Between Air Pollution And Vascular Damage, Study Finds” • A link between exposure to air pollution and vascular (heart) damage has been found in a new study, which was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. The cross-sectional study that analyzed more than 3,000 people living in 28 villages south of Hyderabad, India. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Green Power Beats Fossil Fuels For First Time In Europe” • About 40% of the electricity in the first half of 2020 in the 27 EU countries came from renewable sources, compared with 34% from plants burning fossil fuels, the London environmental group Ember said. As a result, CO₂ emissions from the power sector fell 23%. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

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¶ “‘Coal Has No Place In Covid-19 Recovery Plans,’ Says UN Chief” • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged countries to stop financing the coal industry, to deliver a sustainable future following the pandemic. “Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans,” he said during an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency. [CNN]

¶ “Green Energy Ratchets Up Power During Coronavirus Pandemic” • Renewable power has taken up a record share of global electricity production since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters review of data, suggesting a transition away from polluting fossil fuels could be accelerated in the coming years. []

Water released at a dam (Russell Cheyne | Reuters File Photo)

¶ “Global Offshore Pipeline Grows By 30%” • The global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects that are operational, under construction, consented, or being planned has soared by 30% in the last twelve months from 122 GW to 159 GW. RenewableUK’s latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence report shows that the UK has retained its top spot. [reNEWS]

¶ “Hydrogen Part Of UK Heat Decarbonisation Strategy” • A new commission set up by the UK Government to advise on heat decarbonisation has identified hydrogen as one of the options to help achieve net zero. Its report said hydrogen needs “significant market building” in the UK in order to drive down production costs. [reNEWS]

Hydrogen cylinders (Colin Keldie | EMEC)

¶ “India To Have 60% Renewable Energy By 2030: Power Minister RK Singh” • India will have around 60% of its installed electricity generation capacity from clean sources by 2030, its Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister said. He also exuded confidence that the renewable energy capacity would touch 510 GW by 2030. [Business Standard]

¶ “Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Scheme Gets EU Approval” • Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme has passed EU state aid rules, allowing it to take provided funding for future renewable projects. The scheme’s targets include making 70% of its energy from clean sources by 2030, while contributing to the EU renewable energy target. [Power Technology]

Wind farm (Karsten Würth | Unsplash)


¶ “Crowdfunding For Clean Energy – Raise Green Launches New Marketplace” • An impact investment company set up “the first crowdfunding platform for investment in clean energy projects nationwide.” Its first listing, the National Energy Improvement Fund, is a Certified B Corporation® specialized energy efficiency and resilience lender. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York State Announces 4 GW In Renewables Solicitations” • New York State Governor Andrew M Cuomo has announced 4 GW of renewable energy solicitations and a multi-billion dollar port strategy. This will include a second solicitation of offshore wind, seeking up to 2.5 GW of projects, said to be the largest in the nation’s history. [reNEWS]

Governor Andrew M Cuomo (Image: NYSGO)

¶ “Environmental Groups Want Controversial Ohio Nuclear Bailout Bill Reexamined; HB6 Now At The Center Of FBI Investigation” • Ohio House Bill 6 bailed out two FirstEnergy power plants and gave subsidies to coal plants, while dismantling mandates for clean energy. Now, it is the centerpiece of a federal bribery investigation. []

¶ “Progress On Our Goal To Be Carbon Negative By 2030” • In January, Microsoft launched its environmental sustainability initiative with an announcement that it will be carbon negative by 2030. It also committed to providing updates on our progress. Today, Microsoft is announcing seven important new steps on our path to be carbon negative by 2030. [Microsoft]

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