Tuesday, 19 June 2018

June 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Pennsylvania conservation officials released a plan to confront climate change on public land as flooding, wildfires and warmer bodies of water threaten wildlife, landscapes and recreation. The state will identify the most resilient microclimates, then try to physically connect them by acquiring the land or developing easements. [StateImpact Pennsylvania]
Pennsylvania wetland (Nicholas, Wikimedia Commons)

Pennsylvania wetland (Nicholas, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “US Offshore Wind Upends Plans For Saving Coal & Nuclear Power Plants” • If the latest news out of the US DOE is any indication, the Trump Administration’s newest stratagem for keeping old coal and nuclear power plants in operation – make the taxpayers pay extra to keep uneconomical power plants running – is going nowhere fast. [CleanTechnica]
  • Electricity and natural gas distributor National Grid released “Northeast 80×50 Pathway,” outlining various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The program includes in-depth modelling and analysis addressing the three most carbon-intensive sectors in the Northeast: power generation, heating, and transportation. [Power Technology]
  • “Could the U.S. Retire Most of Its Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2040?” • The Energy Information Administration said coal could still generate 22% of US electricity in 2050, but there is a reason why it may be wrong. Utilities and electricity generators are far more eager to get away from coal than market outlooks seem to take into account. [Motley Fool]
  • The technology group Wärtsilä is leading the way to the power industry’s transformation towards a future that utilises 100% renewable energy. Wärtsilä is making a call to action since the technologies required to achieve this vision are already available. In a changing energy sector, Wärtsilä is harnessing its extensive capabilities to lead that change. [SteelGuru]

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Monday, 18 June 2018

June 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • President Donald Trump ordered a rescue of the nation’s struggling coal and nuclear power industries, but that does not mean utilities are reconsidering the shutdown of unprofitable plants. Many said Trump has not altered their plans to retire old units despite the prospect of his trying to force grid operators to buy power from old plants. [Bloomberg]
Cross Generating Station (Photo: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg)

Cross Generating Station (Photo: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg)

  • In a world first, Siemens is opening a £1.5-million pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a form of energy storage. The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water, and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia can be stored and burned for electricity, sold as a fuel, or used for industrial purposes. [businessgreen.com]
  • “Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades” • We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, Dr James Hansen told Congress that global warming was not approaching – it had already arrived. Thirty years later, it’s clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. And the change has been sweeping. [The Denver Post]
  • Tesla’s cobalt usage will soon be a thing of the past if Elon Musk has his way. And it makes sense. Cobalt prices are soaring. There is an ethical dilemma with cobalt’s primary sourcing, as much of its mining is tainted with corruption and human rights violations, including child labor. And Panasonic announced it is developing cobalt-free batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • Eastern Australia is home to the world’s largest battery. It is increasingly integrating renewable energy into one of the world’s longest interconnected energy systems. And in the past six months, about 180 MW of new demand response resources have entered the ancillary services markets. The effects on obsolete technology are disruptive. [RenewEconomy]

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

June 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The Indian city of Chennai has the potential to harness solar energy enough to reduce the demand by at least 20% says a report by Greenpeace India and Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute. The report found that the total rooftop potential of the city was 1,380 MW and that at least 46% can come from residential areas. [Deccan Chronicle]
Chennai vendor (Photo: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons)

Chennai vendor (Photo: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons)

  • For a split-second after the demolition plunger went down, the cooling towers at St Johns River Power Park stood as if they would remain for 30 more years as Jacksonville landmarks. Then the burst of 1,500 pounds of dynamite ripped through them, and they collapsed into dust. From the crowd, a child’s voice called out: “Do it again.” [The Florida Times-Union]
  • Research by two Harvard University scientists concluded that the Trump administration’s environmental policies could result in an additional 80,000 deaths per decade. The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the health impacts of the EPA’s policies on toxic chemicals and air pollutants. [The Hill]
  • China fired back in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars, and whiskey. The Chinese government said it was responding in “equal scale” to Trump’s tariff hike in a conflict over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology policy. [ETEnergyworld.com]
  • The US split from other Group of 20 member countries over the future of the coal industry and the 2015 Paris climate accord. At a press conference at the close of the G-20 meeting of energy ministers in Bariloche, Argentina, Germany’s director of energy policy Thorsten Herdan said G-20 member countries “have to get out of coal.” [The Japan News]

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

June 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Massachusetts moved closer to embracing an economy-wide price on carbon, as the Senate approved an energy bill with a “market-based compliance mechanism.” One of New England’s largest utilities backed the move, saying a carbon price is needed for the region to have a chance of meeting its greenhouse gas emission targets. [CommonWealth magazine]
Electric vehicle charging

Electric vehicle charging

  • “Despite Tariffs, Solar Energy Is Cheaper Than Ever” • The cost of solar power continues to fall to new lows in the US, even as tariffs are imposed in favor of keeping the coal and natural gas industries afloat. One expert pointed out that it is cheaper to build a new PV plant than just to operate an existing coal or natural gas plant. [The Weather Channel]
  • The Boring Company announced a project with the Chicago Transit Authority to develop a set of tunnels connecting Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago. The new route, the Chicago Express Loop, would get passengers from O’Hare to downtown in just 12 minutes for around $20–25. That’s half the price of a cab. [CleanTechnica]
  • In India, excessive demand, mismanaged water resources, erratic weather patterns, and climate change have led to a water shortage that is only getting worse. According to a report by NITI Aayog, India is facing its worst water crisis and about two lakh (200,000) people die every year due to inadequate access to potable water. [India Times]
  • Japan’s SoftBank is planning to invest between $60 billion to $100 billion in a solar power project in India, a Japanese report said. The report by broadcaster NHK comes after SoftBank announced in March it would partner Saudi Arabia on a multi-billion dollar solar project that the company’s founder called the largest in the world. [Daily Times]

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Friday, 15 June 2018

June 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “NRDC, 19 Other Groups Challenge EU’s Mistaken Climate Decision” • EU policymakers agreed on a new Renewable Energy Directive that failed to fix Europe’s broken bioenergy policies. The decision to continue to label the indiscriminate burning of wood as “carbon neutral” undercuts the EU’s climate targets. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
Clearcut forest (MO Stevens, Wikimedia Commons)

Clearcut forest (MO Stevens, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Volkswagen’s diesel emission scandal is still ongoing with German prosecutors fining the automaker €1 billion (£882 million, $1.16 billion) for cheating. The one-billion-euro fine is one of the highest fines ever imposed by German authorities against a company, according to Reuters. However, things aren’t slowing down for VW. [Yahoo News UK]
  • At an upcoming meeting of the G20 countries, one of the topics on the agenda will be increasing natural gas production investments by as much as $1.6 trillion by 2030. A report by Oil Change International finds doing so will use up the entire remaining carbon budget limits needed to meet the climate goals of the Paris climate accords. [CleanTechnica]
  • Connecticut selected a city fuel cell company and a major offshore wind farm developer to help bring more than 250 MW of clean electricity to the state’s consumers. Gov Dannel P Malloy and other officials announced that FuelCell Energy of Danbury and Deepwater Wind were selected from among the 27 bidding companies. [Danbury News Times]
  • Massachusetts utilities have signed an agreement to bring hydropower from Quebec through Maine via a new 145-mile transmission corridor. The agreement is a necessary step for the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project, which will bring power from Hydro-Quebec to markets in the Bay State. [Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel]

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

June 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary announced that the country had met its statutory annual greenhouse gas emissions target for the third year in a row in 2016, and this resulted in emissions being down 49% on a 1990 baseline. Of European countries, only Sweden, with a drop of 51%, reduced emissions faster than Scotland. [CleanTechnica]
Wind farm in Scotland

Wind farm in Scotland

  • Swytch, blockchain-based clean energy incentive, and the Energy2market, a German company aggregating energy trading in Europe, announced a blockchain renewable energy trial that could power over 500,000 homes. The pilot program, which is in Germany, includes approximately 3.5 GW of solar, wind, hydro, and biogas energy capacity. [SmartCitiesWorld]
  • The US added more solar electric capacity than any other type in the first quarter of 2018. A report from the nonprofit Solar Energy Industries Association said the US solar market added 2.5 GW of new capacity in the first quarter, up 13% from the first quarter of 2017. That accounts for 55% of all new US electric capacity for the quarter. [Business Insider]
  • Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, said it will stop using coal to generate electricity by 2040. The utility company has said it will increase its use of renewable resources, especially solar, and begin closing its remaining five coal-fired units in 2023. The plan is being filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission. [The Detroit News]
  • Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate, according to a report in the journal Nature. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6 mm annually, three times as fast as it was in 2012. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

June 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The oil markets shrugged off the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Both sides hailed the summit as a breakthrough, with a pledge towards denuclearization, but as expected, there was a lack of even the most basic details on how they might get there. Oil was flat at the start of Tuesday. [OilPrice.com]
Singapore (chensiyuan, Wikimedia Commons)

View of Singapore, from Kim Jong Un’s hotel (chensiyuan, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Chinese battery heavyweight CATL looks to invest up to €1 billion into a new battery factory in Germany, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move would put one of the largest plug-in vehicle battery manufacturers right in the backyard of Germany’s luxury automotive makers, including BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Porsche. [CleanTechnica]
  • In the last two months, India has seen 2.5 GW of wind tenders completed at record low tariffs at or slightly below $37/MWh, and the Indian Energy Minister increased India’s renewable goal from 175 GW to 227 GW by 2022. Meanwhile, the largest import coal plant in India, the relatively new 4.6-GW Mundra facility, sits idle, unable to compete. [RenewEconomy]
  • Bailing out nuclear and coal-fired power plants will not help toughen the US power grid against cyber attacks as the Trump administration claims, according to cyber experts. Hackers have a wide array of options for hitting high-profile targets such as electric infrastructure and nuclear facilities. The ability to store fuel is not relevant. [Reuters]
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members criticized President Trump’s order to prevent the closing of financially struggling coal and nuclear plants. Republican FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre dismissed claims that the reliability of the grid is at immediate risk because of planned coal and nuclear plant closures. [Washington Examiner]

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