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June 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Finally, Major Movement On Governor’s Promises For Offshore Wind” • Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project established a first-year price of $98.10/MWh for the subsidy provided by ratepayers, the offshore renewable energy certificate. By way of comparison, the OREC offered in Maryland is priced at $170 for a wind project there. [NJ Spotlight]

Offshore wind farm (Zoltan Tasi | Unsplash)

  • “The Diesel Scandal Just Destroyed Profit Growth At Daimler, Maker Of Mercedes-Benz” • Daimler, the German auto company that makes Mercedes-Benz, reduced its 2019 profit expectations by hundreds of millions of euros. The financial downgrade is fallout from the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the German auto industry. [CNN]
  • “VP Mike Pence Refuses To Directly Answer Whether Climate Change Is A Threat In Tapper Interview” • During an interview on CNN, Vice President Mike Pence said, “We will always follow the science.” But he repeatedly refused to give a direct answer when asked about his beliefs on climate change and whether it poses a threat to the planet. [Newsweek]
  • “MECO Increases Renewable Power, Storage Amounts Sought In Next Procurement” • Maui Electric Co will be seeking 295 GWh per year of renewable energy and 58 GWh per year of power storage in its next round of requests for proposals, according to the utility and filings with the state Public Utilities Commission. [Maui News]
  • Hav”Climate Change Adviser Says PM’s Plan Will Fail Unless It Is Dramatically Stepped Up” • The British government’s chief adviser on climate change has warned that the Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to eliminate Britain’s contribution to global warming will fail unless cuts to greenhouse gases are stepped up dramatically. [Sky News]

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June 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Personal Airline Exchange Orders 50 Ampaire EEL Hybrid Electric Commuter Airplanes” • Air service provider Personal Airline Exchange, to expand its on-demand charter service, placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter planes. They have hybrid electric systems like those in cars, with both electric and combustion power. [CleanTechnica]

Ampaire Electric EEL airplane

  • “Climate Protesters Storm Garzweiler Coal Mine In Germany” • Hundreds of climate change activists ran through fields, broke through a police cordon and stormed the Garzweiler open cast coal mine in western Germany to campaign against fossil fuels. Germany has vowed to be carbon neutral by 2050, but activists say 2050 is not soon enough. [BBC]
  • “70 People Were Arrested At A Climate Protest Outside The New York Times Offices” • Seventy people were arrested outside of The New York Times building in Manhattan, according to a New York Police Department spokesman, who said that charges are pending. They were protesting to call attention to the way news outlets cover the climate crisis. [CNN]
  • “Cornell Professor Offers Ag Fixes To ‘Complex, Severe’ Climate Change” • A Cornell plant science professor told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago. He called for technology solutions. [Lancaster Farming]
  • “Major Investment Manager Drops ExxonMobil And Spam, McKibben Asks ‘Who’ll Be Last Out?'” • Legal and General Investment Management, the UK’s largest asset manager, with a £1 trillion portfolio, has sold its holdings in five companies it deems to be lagging behind in meeting the challenge of a warming planet. [CleanTechnica]

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June 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Costa Rica To Go 100% Plastic and Carbon-Free By 2021” • No country has made more environmental progress than Costa Rica. The country has got 99% of its energy from renewable sources since 2014. It has doubled the size of its forests, creating a huge carbon sink. Now, it plans to be free of plastic and fossil fuels by 2021. [The Rising]

Forest in Costa Rica (Victor Quirós, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “GE Will Shutter California Natural Gas Plant 20 Years Early” • GE notified the California Energy Commission it is shuttering the Inland Empire in Riverside, California, according to Reuters. The Inland Empire plant was only commissioned in 2009. GE invested roughly $1 billion in the plant, but operating it has become uneconomical. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Olympics’ New Swiss HQ Is Both Eco-Friendly And Symbolic” • The new Swiss headquarters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is finished, and the building, in the city of Lausanne, is the most sustainable in the world, the architects say. The building occupies a scenic spot on the shore of Lake Geneva, inside Louis Bourget Park. [CNN]
  • “Why Climate Change Might Be Worse Than You Think” • If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, a convocation speaker at a major Canadian university suggested. That is important for the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry. [Canadian Underwriter]
  • “Ørsted Wins New Jersey Offshore Prize” • Officials in New Jersey have selected Ørsted as the winner in the state’s first offshore wind solicitation with the 1100MW Ocean Wind project. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities received 14 bids from three developers for the solicitation, which was issued in September 2018. [reNEWS]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

June 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Self-Proclaimed ‘Queen Of [WORD] Robots’ Builds The First Tesla Truck” • Tesla’s pickup truck is set to be unveiled in just a few months, but one eager maker just had to go off and make one for herself. Simone Giertz, who has shown some seriously odd robot creations on her YouTube channel, built herself the world’s first Tesla pickup. [CleanTechnica]

Simone Giertz and Tesla Model 3 truck

  • “Yellow Light In US Auto Industry: Consumer Demand Problem Growing For Gas Cars” • A recent article in Forbes highlighted that JD Power and LMC Automotive have found “a growing backlog of unsold new cars and trucks” across the country. The reason? Sales are down. People are buying fewer and fewer gasoline-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Fooled Again: New “ACE” Power Plan Brings Back Nuclear Energy Jobs, Not Coal Jobs” • The Affordable Clean Energy plan was announced with great fanfare and coal miners in attendance. ACE replaces President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with one that stresses both affordable and clean. But that leaves coal still in its death spiral. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Fossil Fuels Produce Less Than Half Of UK Electricity For First Time” • This year will be the first that fossil fuels make up less than half of the electricity generated, according to National Grid. Instead, UK homes and businesses will rely more on clean electricity generated by wind farms, solar panels, hydro power and nuclear power reactors. [The Guardian]
  • “Retreat And Abandonment – The $400 Billion Problem Confronting US Coastal Communities” • The Center For Climate Integrity forecasts that protecting US coastal communities from rising sea levels could cost $400 billion over the next 20 years. This is not a worst-case scenario. CCI says, “In reality, the situation could be much worse.” [CleanTechnica]

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June 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting Twice As Fast As Last Century” • Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a study revealed. Spanning 2,000 kilometers and harboring some 600 billion tons of ice, Himalayan glaciers supply around 800 million people with water for irrigation, hydropower and drinking. [CNN]

Himalayan mountain (Neville Gillett)

  • “Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open” • President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry. The EPA released the final version of its Affordable Clean Energy rule. It’s supported by the coal industry, but it is not clear that it will be enough to stop coal-fired power plants from closing. [NPR]
  • “Pennsylvania Governor Wants To Tie Nuclear Bailout To Joining RGGI” • Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked Republican lawmakers to authorize the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as part of a nuclear bailout deal, according to reports from local media and analysts. The governor’s office did not comment. [Investing.com]
  • “India’s Sixth Biggest City Is Almost Entirely Out Of Water” • The floor of the Chembarambakkam reservoir is cracked open, dry and sun-baked. About 25 km (15.5 miles) away, in Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, millions of people are running out of water. All four of the reservoirs that are used to supplied Chennai are nearly dry. [CNN]
  • “Maine On The Cusp Of A Clean Energy Future” • The list of states committing to power themselves with 100% clean energy could soon include the Pine Tree State. In a bipartisan vote, the Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2050. [Environment America]

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June 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewables Are Winning The Economics Battle Against New Coal And Gas, Stunning Study Shows” • Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that renewables are now the cheapest form of new electricity generation across two thirds of the world. Five years ago, they were cheapest in only 1% of the world, according to BNEF. [ThinkProgress]

Solar panels and wind turbines in Palm Springs (Getty Images)

  • “Extreme Temperatures Are Melting The Arctic” • If you live in the US or Canada, you may have noticed cool weather lately. Climate scientists say that this is because the mass of cold air usually over the Arctic has been displaced southward by warm that is as much as 40°F higher than normal. There is a cause of this, but the effects are just starting. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The US Solar Power Is Booming This Year Despite Trump’s Tariffs” • A report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables found that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the US solar industry’s history, with 2.7 GW of solar capacity added to the grid. The growth is expected to continue. [Gizmodo]
  • “Canada Approves $5.5 Billion Oil Pipeline Project” • Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion project after a federal court sent it back for review last summer. PM Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals had taken the rare step last year of buying the pipeline for C$4.5 billion ($3.4 billion, £2.6 billion) to help ensure the project’s survival. [BBC]
  • “New York Set To Adopt Aggressive Emission Reduction Goals” • New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive emission reduction goals under a proposal endorsed by the state Senate. New York would generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce or offset all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [MyTwinTiers.com]

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June 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “They Want To Create Floating Islands To Convert Sunlight Into Energy” • Researchers in Switzerland and Norway are trying to recycle carbon dioxide to make fuel. In a study published this month, the group proposes to use marine-based floating islands of solar cells to make hydrogen, extract CO₂ from sea water, and react them to make methanol. [CNN]

Solar system on water (Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

  • “Synthetic Fuels: Supporting Wärtsilä’s Vision Of A 100% Renewable Energy Future” • As Wärtsilä continues to pursue a 100% renewable energy future, one emerging technology that looks set to play a major part in the process is synthetic fuel production, which generates synthetic fuel from excess CO₂ emissions. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]
  • “Sunrun Brings Brightbox To New Jersey, Expands In New York State” • Sunrun, the leading home solar and battery provider in the US, announced that it was expanding its offerings in two key markets. The company is bringing its Brightbox home solar and battery service to residents of New Jersey, and it is expanding its offerings in New York state. [CleanTechnica]
  • “After 12 Years, The Oregon House Passes Controversial Carbon-Reduction Bill” • After more than six hours of debate, the Oregon House passed House Bill 2020, a long-awaited effort to meet the state’s carbon emission reduction goals. The bill is called “Clean Energy Jobs Bill” to emphasize the new green energy jobs it may create. [Willamette Week]
  • “Flesh-Eating Bacteria In New Jersey Reveal One Possible Effect Of Climate Change, Study Says” • In the past two years, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterial infection, have been tied to Delaware Bay. Water temperatures have been rising there in recent years, making favorable conditions for the bacteria, according to a study. [CNN]

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June 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “EU Leaders Face Pressure To Deliver On Climate Change” • By keeping global warming in the public eye, protests helped Green parties in last month’s European elections. They won 74 seats in the European Parliament, up from 52 seats. Their surge, and the boost for liberal parties in the center, will change EU political dynamics. [BBC]

Climate rally in Paris (Getty Images)

  • “Investors Remain Ready To Back Renewable Projects, Survey Finds” • Sydney-based MinterEllison released a wide-ranging international survey that found that renewable energy investors stand ready to increase their activities over the next two years. Australian renewable projects are attractive, especially with US investors. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “South Australia’s Stunning Aim To Be ‘Net’ 100% Renewables By 2030” • The South Australia Liberal government says it expects the state will achieve “net” 100% renewables by 2030. This contrasts with the conservative Liberal Party at the federal level, where the prevailing view is that renewables will kill the economy. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Major Companies Call For Ambitious 2030 Renewable Electricity Targets” • Twenty major companies called on the Japanese government to set an ambitious target of sourcing at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, more than double its current ambition. Among the companies were Sony, AEON, and Fujitsu. [Mirage News]
  • “New Project To Power 100% Of Arkansas County’s Operations” • Continuing a string of solar project announcements, Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock has partnered with Ouachita County, Arkansas, and the city of Camden, the county seat, to provide enough sun energy to power 100% of municipal and county operations. [US News & World Report]

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June 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option – Even Without Subsidies” • New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) demonstrate that using renewable energy is increasingly cost-effective compared to other sources, even when it must compete with the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel industry. [Forbes]

Wind farm (Associated Press)

  • “EPA Air Chief Gave Presentation At Fringe Climate Denier Event, New Emails Show” • A top EPA official gave a presentation last year at a gathering of some of the most zealous deniers of climate science, emails show. The event highlights the influence a small, fringe movement hawking crank theories now wields in Washington. [HuffPost]
  • “Tesla Now Offers Used Model 3’s – Should You Buy One?” • Maybe the management class in college is where the author learned to be able to argue any side of any issue. Or maybe it was politics. Regardless, a used Model 3 is either a great deal or a bad one. Both cases are presented, as either could be true, depending on your situation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe Details Plans To Move Into Stationary Energy Storage” • Rivian Automotive, LLC is a specialist in sustainable transportation, designing and developing EVs. It has designed its batteries so that they can go from use in a vehicle to being used for stationary storage with no more alteration than flipping a switch. [CleanTechnica]
  • “‘The Oceans Are Taking A Beating’: Seawater Temperatures On SLO’s Coast Keep Getting Higher” • Ocean temperatures are rising. Last year, buoys off southern California smashed their records. The Scripps Nearshore meters reached 81.3°, breaking the old record 80.4° set during the very strong El Niño event of 2015. [San Luis Obispo Tribune]

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