July 29 Energy News

July 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Talking About Climate Change: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It” • You might have found yourself talking to someone about Earth justice and climate change, and suddenly, you notice their eyes have started to glaze over. How do you talk to such a person? The answer lies in messaging, as has been explained by political author George Lakoff. [CleanTechnica]

Sen Whitehouse with US Fish & Wildlife officials (public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Project Begins Assembly” • The world’s biggest nuclear fusion project has entered its five-year assembly phase. When finished, it will be able to generate the super-hot “plasma” needed for fusion power. The £18.2 billion (€20 billion; $23.5 billion) facility has been under construction in southern France. [BBC]

¶ “Believe It Or Not, Forests Migrate – But Not Fast Enough For Climate Change” • We’re all familiar with migration: Wildebeests in Africa, Monarch butterflies in the Americas … but did you know that forests migrate, too? In his new book The Journeys of Trees, science writer Zach St George explores the agonizingly slow migration of forests. [GPB]

Giant Sequoia National Monument (David McNew | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “RBC Becomes First Canadian Bank To Sign Long-Term Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement” • RBC has announced signing a formal partnership with Bullfrog Power, a Spark Power company, and BluEarth Renewables for a long-term renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement. It is a first for a Canadian financial institution. [Stockhorse]

¶ “1.4 Million Ugandans To Access Reliable And Affordable Energy Under New Initiative” • Millions of people in villages of Uganda are set to access reliable, cheap electricity for the first time under a new off-grid solar scheme that Fenix International, an ENGIE subsidiary, and the European Investment Bank have agreed on. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Off-grid electricity charging a cell phone (Courtesy of Engie)

¶ “Greenlink Gains Onshore Planning Approvals In Wales” • Pembrokeshire County Council in Wales approved remaining planning applications for onshore works for the 500-MW Greenlink interconnector. The 200 km submarine cable will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland. The approval was unanimous. [reNEWS]

¶ “Nearly 3 Billion Animals Killed Or Displaced In Australia’s Fires, Scientists Say” • Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by the catastrophic bushfire season that scorched tens of millions of acres across Australia in 2019 and 2020, according to experts. They hope the research will demonstrate the urgent need for action to prevent future disasters. [HuffPost]

Animal rescue (John Moore | Getty Images)

¶ “Kayan And Cirata Renewable Power Plant Projects Continue Despite Pandemic” • The development of West Java’s Cirata solar power plant and North Kalimantan’s Kayan hydropower plant is moving forward despite the ongoing pandemic. The two plants are nearing the construction phase, bringing Indonesia closer to a boost in its green energy capacity. [Jakarta Post]

US:

¶ “Why America’s Schools Are Turning Into Solar Power Stations” • On the campus of Galesburg High School in Illinois, there is a football field, a track, eight tennis courts, two baseball and two softball diamonds, and an acre of PVs that can generate nearly 1,800 MWh of electricity per year. The array will knock $40,000 off the school’s energy bill. [HuffPost]

Galesburg High School (Courtesy of Galesburg CUSD 205)

¶ “Solar-for-Coal Energy Swaps Could Facilitate Utilities’ Renewables Transition, Analysis Shows” • Natural gas is often called a transition fuel between coal and renewables, but direct solar-for-coal swaps could enable utilities to skip that step entirely, according to an analysis by Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. [Morning Consult]

¶ “Study Finds Renewable Energy Has Created 6,300 Jobs In Rural Colorado” • The renewable energy industry has created 6,334 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern Colorado, according to a study from The Western Way, a Denver-based conservative environmental group. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

Wind turbine in Colorado (Christian Murdock | The Gazette)

¶ “Switch Turns To Tesla For Renewable Energy Storage” • Global data center provider Switch has selected Tesla as the battery supplier for a massive solar project at its northern Nevada data center facilities. It is a geographically easy alliance as Switch’s campus is right near Tesla’s Gigafactory Nevada manufacturing facility. [Network World]

¶ “Duke Rolls Out Alternative Lifting Service In US” • Duke Energy Renewables is rolling out an alternative lifting service for turbine repair and maintenance. Duke says its new service is more efficient than traditional wind turbine maintenance, which can require many cranes, a large construction zones and precise scheduling of contractors and equipment. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Hundreds Of Toxic Superfund Sites Imperiled By Sea-Level Rise, Study Warns” • A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that more than 800 hazardous Superfund sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding in the next 20 years, distributing toxic chemicals, even with low rates of sea level rise. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Boulder And Xcel Energy Reach A Potential Agreement On Boulder’s Clean Energy Future” • The City of Boulder and Xcel Energy announced reaching a settlement that, if approved by the City Council and Boulder voters, would create new pathways to reach the city’s clean energy and emissions goals and suspend the city’s municipalization effort. [City of Boulder]

Have a manifestly glorious day.

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