August 15 Energy News

August 15, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Trump Administration Completes Climate Dismantling with Methane Rollback” •  The final rollback of Obama-era methane rules was announced by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during a trip to Pittsburgh. The move marked the culmination of a 3 ½-year struggle by the Trump administration to undo the Obama emissions rules. [Scientific American]

Pump jack and refinery (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Last Decade Was Earth’s Hottest On Record, Exposing Grim Reality Of Climate Change” • The State of the Climate in 2019, a report published by the American Meteorological Society, says 2019 was among the warmest years on record, this decade is the hottest since records began in the mid-1800s, and the warmest six years on record were all in the last six years. [CNN]

¶ “Greenland’s Ice Sheet Has Melted To A Point Of No Return, According To Study” • Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, and efforts to slow global warming will not stop it from disintegrating, according to a study by researchers at Ohio State University. Over 280 billion metric tons ice melt from Greenland each year. [CNN]

Melting Greenland (Steffen M Olsen, Danmarks Meteorologist)

¶ “UK Firm’s Solar Power Breakthrough Could Make World’s Most Efficient Panels By 2021” • Oxford PV claims the next-generation solar panels will generate almost a third more electricity than traditional silicon-based solar panels by use of a thin layer of perovskite. The company plans to sell them to the public within the next year. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Tesla Had 28% of World’s Fully Electric Vehicle Sales in 1st Half of 2020” • Among fully electric vehicle sales, Tesla’s has a 28% market share, while Volkswagen Group and the Renault-Nissan Alliance each had 10%. BYD and Hyundai-Kia round out the top five with 7% each. The top five accounted for 62% of EV sales in the first half of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

VW ID3 cars (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Mexico’s Renewables Fiasco Keeps Getting Worse” • Investor interest in Mexico’s emerging renewables market was at an all-time high when Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power. Less than halfway through the his term, expectations have hit rock-bottom, the market is in tatters, and the Covid-19 pandemic is making things worse. [Greentech Media]

¶ “NSW To Fund Four New Big Battery Projects As It Flicks Switch On Transition From Coal” • The New South Wales Liberal government has announced funding support for four new big battery projects in the state as it flicks the switch on the transition from coal to a grid dominated by “on demand” renewables and storage. [RenewEconomy]

Sapphire wind farm (Supplied)

¶ “Khairy Says Nuclear Energy ‘Not On The Table’ For Now, Focus On Renewable Energy Sources” • Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the idea to develop nuclear energy will be a last option for Malaysia, as there are many other sources of energy in the same category which the country has yet to explore. [Malay Mail]

¶ “Batteries To Help Alice Springs Secure Its Renewable Energy Future” • Alice Springs is turning to battery storage to overcome its grid challenges and facilitate its transition towards a future dominated by renewables. Under the Alice Springs Future Grid project, the town is looking to address the challenges it has with its isolated grid. [pv magazine Australia]

Epuron’s Uterne Solar Farm in Alice Springs (CEFC image)

US:

¶ “Michigan Building the Road of the Future between Ann Arbor And Detroit” • Gov Gretchen Whitmer announced an initiative to develop an innovative corridor for connected and autonomous vehicles. The first phase of the project will test technology in a driverless vehicle corridor of over 40 miles between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Study Shows Air Pollution Has Decreased In The US – Mostly In Rich, White Communities” • A study shows that fine particulate concentrations in the US have declined around 70% since 1982. But the areas that were the most polluted in 1982 are still the most polluted in 2020, and they are largely low-income and minority communities. [CleanTechnica]

New Orleans French Quarter (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Tesla Continues To Ramp Up Solar Roof Installations Across The Country” • After two iterations of the solar roof tiles, Tesla finally ramped up production of version 3 of the Solar Roof tiles in late 2018 and through 2019. This week, a story confirms Tesla continues to rapidly expand its installation area across the state and into new areas of the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Generac Power Systems and Momentum Solar Forge Strategic Relationship” • Generac Power Systems and Momentum Solar, the largest privately-owned US residential solar installer, forged a strategic relationship to accelerate residential adoption of solar plus storage. They will give homeowners a source for solar plus back-up power. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Home solar system (Courtesy of Momentum Solar)

¶ “Analysis: States’ Renewable Mandates Continue To Grow” • States in the US continue to boost renewable energy goals, with Virginia and Colorado recently joining the growing number with 100% clean energy targets. At the same time, multiple others, including Ohio and New Hampshire, are in heated political battles over state energy needs. [S&P Global]

¶ “Malibu CPA Customers Will Receive 100% Green, Renewable Power Starting October 2020” • Last October, the Malibu City Council approved the selection of 100% Green Power as the default electricity choice for Clean Power Alliance customers in the City. Starting in October 2020, that plan is going into effect, saving customers money. [Patch.com]

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