August 2 Energy News

August 2, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “‘Getting Back To Normal’ Is The Last Thing Governments Should Be Doing” • Normal is a society with 99% of the wealth owned by 1% of the people. Normal is pollution that kills more Americans each year than Covid-19. Normal is a Senate that funds fighter jets before human beings. America may not be able to survive more a return to normal. [CleanTechnica]

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(Image: European Society of Cardiologists)

¶ “Trump Is Emboldening Other Countries’ ‘Bad Behavior’ On The Climate Crisis” • Donald Trump’s of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will take effect on November 4. The divisions his stance opened up within the US have also been starkly in evidence at the annual UN climate talks, where two different US groups have been showing up for three years. [Grist]

¶ “The (Renewable) Power And Politics Fueling The UAE’s New Nuclear Plant” • The United Arab Emirates’ Barakah nuclear power plant, a first for the Arab world, successfully started up Saturday in a region grappling with conflicts. Here are some facts about the nuclear plant in a country with vast oil reserves that is investing heavily in renewables. [The Times of Israel]

Barakah nuclear plant (Arun Girija | WAM via AP, File)

¶ “Realistic Proposals Needed To Deal With Coal’s Decline” • State and local governments in coal-producing areas must plan for what budgeting will be like as revenues from coal severance taxes and income taxes from businesses that depend on coal decline. The problem has been around for years, but it needs to be better addressed. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rasberries Can Grow Under Solar Panels!” • What may have been a crazy idea a few years ago, it turns into a project in the Netherlands. A Dutch farm had 10,250 solar panels deployed across 3.2 hectares of raspberry crops to provide renewable energy for the area and create a more sustainable environment for the raspberries to grow in. [Energy Live News]

Raspberries under solar panels (Image: BayWa re)

World:

¶ “France EV Market Share Hits 9.5% In July – And 4× Volume Growth Year-on-Year” • July saw France’s plugin passenger vehicle market share hit 9.5%, compared to 2.5% in July 2019. While the overall auto market in France was up 3.7% from last year, plugin sales grew impressively; 16,967 were sold in July 2020, up from 4,258 in July 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Largest Floating Solar Park In Europe Connected To Grid In Netherlands” • The largest floating solar power park outside of China was recently completed in the Netherlands by BayWa re’s Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven. It is expected to provide energy for 7,200 homes. It has 72,000 solar panels. And it was built in just seven weeks. [CleanTechnica]

Zonnepark Bomhofsplas (Energiefonds Overijssel image)

¶ “Lower-Range BEVs Are Seeing Strong Sales In Europe” • Will consumers buy BEVs with less than around 250 miles of range based on the EPA test cycle? Elon Musk doesn’t think so. But for the first 6 months of 2020, European sales of EVs were led by the Renault Zoe, which has a WLTP range of 245 miles (219 miles under the EPA test cycle). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India’s Shift To Renewable Energy Driven By Lower Costs” • Sustainability goals, consumer awareness, and, especially, lower costs are spurring India to shift to using renewable energy. Indian companies are switching to clean energy sources for more than altruistic reasons, according to speakers at a webcast held by the Global Wind Energy Council. [EnergyInfraPost]

India (ReNew Power image)

¶ “Deutsche Bank To Discontinue Lending To Coal Miners” • Deutsche Bank announced that it would discontinue doing business with companies that are most exposed to coal mining by 2025 at the latest. Deutsche Bank also said it would cease financing of new projects in the Arctic and of oil sand projects immediately. [EconoTimes]

¶ “Ottawa Taps The Brakes On Huge Coal Mine Expansion Near Jasper National Park; Alberta’s UCP Stays Mum For Now” • Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson tapped the brakes on the Vista coal mine expansion near Hinton with an announcement Ottawa will take a look at the environmental impact of the project after all. [albertapolitics.ca]

Coal mine near Hinton, Alberta (Photo: Bighorn Mining)

US:

¶ “Xpeng Motors Ready For IPO In USA” • Xpeng Motors, a popular EV startup in China that has unabashedly followed Tesla’s lead, that used patents that Tesla opened up for anyone to use, and that designed and developed cars that clearly resemble Teslas (yet do have their own design language) is readying for an IPO in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Report Details The Promise Of Plum Island” • A 72-page report, “Envision Plum Island,” lays out a road map for turning New York’s Plum Island into a prized public jewel under state and local ownership. The report is from the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, 110 organizations seeking to prevent its sale by the US government to the highest bidder. [theday.com]

Lighthouse on Plum Island (Day file photo)

¶ “Climate Change Deniers Get More News Coverage Than Scientists, Study Proves” • A study found that climate change deniers get far more news coverage than climate scientists and activists. This helps explain why the US seems to have such a hard time accepting science. We are allowing the coverage to be skewed by corporations. [The Ring of Fire Network]

¶ “WEC Pledges To Be Carbon-Neutral By 2050” • WEC Energy Group, which owns We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, is pledging to go carbon-neutral by 2050, joining a growing list of companies that are looking to step up their carbon reduction goals. It has set a new goal to reduce carbon emissions 70% in the next decade. [Urban Milwaukee]

Have an extraordinarily rewarding day.

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