August 18 Energy News

August 18, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths” • July 23 saw hottest temperature ever recorded in Japan. In the Tokyo suburb of Kumagaya, the temperature was 41.1°C (106°F). But the record was more than a statistic. It was a tragedy. Over the course of a few hot weeks, more than a thousand people died from heat-related illnesses. [Grist]

Fuji-san on a hot day (Tomohiro Ohsumi | Getty Images)

¶ “Fossil Fuels Are So, So Screwed” • The fossil fuels industries are suffering from increasingly effective competion. Even gas-fired electricity is too expensive to be competitive. Both climate change and ethics argue agains them.  When you have science, the market, and religion all against you, a purchased government is just one more stranded asset. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Worse Than Acid Rain? Agricultural Sulfur Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Ecosystems” • Coal-fired power plants used to be the greatest source of reactive sulfur to the biosphere. A study shows that that fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands have overtaken coal as the most significant source of sulfur to health and the environment. [CleanTechnica]

Farmland (Image retrieved from PA Dept of Agriculture)

¶ “Propelling The Transition: Green Hydrogen Could Be The Final Piece In A Zero-Emissions Future” • Renewably generated electricity and battery energy storage can eliminate most power system greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the near term. But for nearly everything else, green hydrogen can provide whatever fuel is needed. [Utility Dive]

World:

¶ “Green Recovery Or ‘Nightmare’ For Trade? Europe Wants To Tax Emissions From Ships” • The European Commission is proposing to extend its Emissions Trading System to shipping as one of a series of measures to help pay for rebuilding the EU economy, and to promote a green recovery from the crisis. Some fear the plan could be counterproductive. [CNN]

Container ship (Lynne Sladky | AP)

¶ “Utility Taps Tesla Megapacks For Qatar’s First Energy Storage Installation” • Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation tapped Tesla for the country’s first energy storage installation. The new 1-MW, 4-MWh Tesla Megapack installation will supply power at peak consumption and provide power during off-peak periods. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CATL Working On Batteries With No Nickel And No Cobalt” • At a conference hosted by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers in Shanghai, Meng Xiangfeng, a senior executive at Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd, said his company is working a new type of battery that would operate with no nickel or cobalt, Reuters reported. [CleanTechnica]

CATL IAA Booth

¶ “Vestas Lands 86-MW Turnkey Job At Lincoln Gap” • Vestas has been appointed as the EPC contractor on the 86-MW expansion phase of the Lincoln Gap wind farm in South Australia. Nexif Energy, the developer, is proceeding with the expansion phase of the 126-MW Lincoln Gap wind farm, outside of Port Augusta, to bring its capacity to 212 MW. [reNEWS]

¶ “SeaRoc, JBA To Support Choshi Wind Farm Project Offshore Japan” • TEPCO commissioned SeaRoc and JBA Consulting to support the development of the Choshi offshore wind farm, a 370-MW project off the coast of Choshi City, Chiba Perfecture, Japan. If approved, the wind farm is to reach operational stage after 2024. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

Offshore wind farm (Courtesy of JBA Consulting)

¶ “Campaigners Claim Hiroshima Ruling Underlines Dangers Of Hinkley Point Mud Dumping” • Campaigners against plans to dump mud from the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station into the sea off Cardiff Bay say a legal decision in Japan highlights the potential risk to public health and wildlife posed by the proposal. [Nation.Cymru]

US:

¶ “‘Highest Temperature On Earth’ As Death Valley, US Hits 54.4°C” • What could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth – 130°F (54.4°C) – may have been reached in Death Valley National Park, California. It comes amid a heatwave on the US’s west coast, where temperatures are forecast to rise further this week. [BBC]

Death Valley, California (Getty Images)

¶ “Facebook Is Rejecting Clean Energy Ad Campaigns” • While Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, believes that publications tied to white supremacist meet a rigorous fact checking standard, Facebook’s ad policy seems to be that clean energy is the bad guy. Facebook is filled with false information and extreme conspiracy theories. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Power Grid Operator Cancels Rolling Blackouts” • in California, widespread blackouts to reduce pressure on the grid, like those over the weekend, have been averted. Pleas for people to leave their air conditioners at higher temperatures and avoid using their washing machines and other major appliances seemed to have worked. [ABCcolumbia.com]

Hot day (John Antczak | AP Photo)

¶ “Investment Into Renewable Energy In New Mexico Continues To Grow” • The Energy Transition Act in 2019, increased New Mexico’s renewable energy goals. The state is required to have 100% carbon free electricity generation by 2045. Utilities and other companies are looking at increasing investments in green energy. [Albuquerque Business First]

¶ “Northrop Grumman Enters Solar Deal With Dominion Energy” • Northrop Grumman Corp is contracting with Dominion Energy Inc to buy solar energy to offset 100% of its manufacturing and office operations in Virginia. The 62.5-MW Madison Solar facility in Orange County will supply the electricity. [Virginia Business Magazine]

Have an outrageously leisurely day.

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