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Green Energy Times’ June, 2022 Edition Is Available

The latest edition of Green Energy Times has gone to press and will be distributed in the next few days.

The online edition is available now as a pdf file. To see it, download the whole issue.

Individual articles will be coming soon as web pages.

June 27 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Climate Damage Caused By Growing Space Tourism Needs Urgent Mitigation” • Researchers from UCL, the University of Cambridge and MIT used a 3-D model to explore the impact of rocket launches and re-entry, and the impact of projected space tourism. The damage done by space launches was shown to be almost incredibly polluting. [CleanTechnica]

Space launch in 2016 (SpaceX, Unsplash)

 

  • “France Likely To Restart Coal-Fired Power Plant To Deal With Energy Crisis” • France is likely to restart coal-fired power plants to cope with the energy crisis fueled by the Russia-Ukraine war, Anadolu reported. The Energy Transition Ministry proposed to restart the Emile Huchet power plant in Saint-Avold. Many of the French nuclear plants are offline. [The Sun daily]
  • “Khan Moves Toward Running London Tube On 100% Renewable Electricity” • Mayor Sadiq Khan is beginning the London Underground’s transition to being carbon neutral as he opens London Climate Action Week. He is launching a Power Purchase Agreement, with the first tender spent on ensuring 10% of the required electricity is renewable. [City AM]
  • “Arizona DOT Wants You To Suggest Sites for EV Charging Stations” • The Arizona Department of Transportation has an interactive map that gives EV enthusiasts a chance to express their views on where EV chargers should be installed. As pioneers of a new technology, and many of EV drivers know a lot more about such things than state officials do. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Japan Urges 37 Million People To Switch Off Lights” • Japan’s government has urged people in Tokyo and its surrounding area to use less electricity on Monday, as it warned that supplies will be strained as the country faces a heatwave. It said people should switch off unnecessary lights but still use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke. [BBC]

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

June 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Energy Shock Tests G7 Leaders’ Climate Resolve” • Leaders of the Group of Seven nations are under pressure to stick to climate pledges. Germany is in an awkward position as G7 summit host, having recently announced that it will burn more coal to offset a drop in Russian gas supplies amid deteriorating ties over the war in Ukraine. [France 24]

Hybrid solar-wind plant in Germany (Toksave, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “France Sees Nuclear Energy Output Plummet At The Worst Possible Moment” • A recent flurry of unexpected issues at EDF caused French nuclear output to tumble to its lowest levels in 30 years. Around half of the EDF’s massive nuclear fleet is offline, delivering a massive blow to the EU’s energy security in the midst of a worldwide energy crisis. [Oil Price]
  • “Energy Prices Are Causing Chaos In Asia. Here’s Why The Rest Of The World Should Worry” • Effects of high energy prices in Sri Lanka are so bad that the Prime Minister said the country’s economy has “completely collapsed.” In other countries trouble may be less obvious, but even in Australia, wholesale electricity bills are up 141% for the first quarter. [CNN]
  • “European Gas “Crisis” Has Global Ripple Effects” • Russia’s Gazprom throttled deliveries of natural gas to Germany by 60% on Thursday. German economic minister Robert Habeck told reporters the cutbacks were a direct political attack in retaliation for Germany’s sanctions against Russia and military support for Ukraine. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ford Ends Leasing Buyout Provision For Electric Vehicles” • It used to be that leasing a car was a way for some people to drive more car than they could otherwise afford. One advantage was that the person leasing the car could purchase it at the end of the lease period for a predetermined price. But such a deal may not be available at Ford anymore. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Tesla Invites New Round Of Californians To Enroll In Virtual Power Plant” • Tesla recently launched of its new virtual power plant in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The virtual power plant will allow Powerwall owners to opt into the program to help stabilize the electric grid and end blackouts in California. [CleanTechnica]

House lit up in a blackout (Tesla image)

  • “World Leaders Are Facing Crises On All Fronts. Putin Will Be Watching If They Fail” • As the G7 approaches, Russian President Vladmir Putin’s officials are hinting at nuclear Armageddon, China is increasingly assertive, a global food crunch is on the way, oil prices are spiking, and both global economic slowdown and a cost-of-living crisis are looming. [CNN]
  • “Wildlife Officials Want To Make It Easier To Relocate Climate-Imperiled Species” • The Endangered Species Act typically allows species to be introduced outside of their current range, but only within its historical range. But for some species, all of that range is becoming uninhabitable. New policy is needed, according to wildlife officials. [National Audubon Society]
  • “New Zealand Sea Sponge Populations ‘Dying By The Millions’ Due To Climate Change” • Shocking images have emerged from New Zealand showing millions of once-velvety brown sea sponges bleached bone white, the worst mass bleaching event of its type ever recorded, marine scientists say. The bleaching event is due to warm waters from climate change. [CNN]
  • “Colorado Regulators Approve Plan That Phases Out Coal By 2031” • With a unanimous decision, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan to accelerate the end of coal in the state by 2031. The updated settlement was supported by NRDC, Sierra Club, and other parties and approved by the PUC with some modifications. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Cheap Gas Fired Power Begins To Unravel” • In 2019, a year in which gas prices were at a record low, we saw evidence that gas plants were not being operated in the best interest of ratepayers. Now gas prices are at a high, and projections indicate that gas prices will not decrease anytime soon. Policy makers need to do more to protect ratepayers. [CleanTechnica]

Two US areas exemplifying uneconomic operations (UCS image)

  • “Germany Declares Gas Crisis As Russia Cuts Supplies To Europe” • Germany activated the second phase of its three-stage gas emergency program, after Russia reduced the amount of natural gas it supplies. This takes Germany one step closer to rationing gas to industry, which would be a huge blow to the manufacturing heart of its economy. [CNN]
  • “Canada Will Ban Harmful Plastics By End Of Year” • Canada is working to eliminate a lot of the plastic litter it produces every year. It enacted a world-leading ban on harmful single-use plastics. The ban will result in the estimated elimination of over 1.3 million tons of hard-to-recycle plastic waste and more than 22,000 tons of plastic pollution. [CleanTechnica]
  • “American Clean Power Urges US Senate To Reconsider Coastguard Bill” • ACP has sent a letter to Senate leadership, with support from 24 senior leaders in the US offshore wind sector, raising concerns with the wording of a House-passed Coastguard Bill. If enacted, the Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 could stall offshore wind development. [reNews]
  • “James Hansen Leads Petition To EPA To Regulate Greenhouse Gases” • Nobody listened to Dr. Hansen 34 years ago when he told congress about climate change. That’s one of the reasons we are on the verge of a global climate catastrophe today. Now he and colleagues propose to regulate greenhouse gases under the Toxic Substances Control Act. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Millions Affected As Deadly Floods Hit India And Bangladesh” • The South Asian nations of India and Bangladesh, home to more than 1.3 billion people, have been particularly badly hit by the rains, prompting some of the worst flooding in the region in years. Extreme weather events are increasingly frequent due to climate change. [CNN]

Children in Bangladesh in normal times – no flood (Nayeem Is J Preenon, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “Europe Told To Prepare For Russia Turning Off Gas” • The head of the International Energy Agency has warned that Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. Fatih Birol says he believes a complete shutdown is not the most likely scenario, but Europe needs to develop contingency plans. Russia is already supplying less gas than expected. [BBC]
  • “Historic Extension Of EU’s Carbon Market Gets Green Light From Parliament” • The EU Parliament has voted in favor of extending its carbon market to shipping and road transport, two weeks after it also voted on expanding coverage to all departing flights from the EU. After a ten-year fight, big shipping polluters will finally be made to pay. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Brightdrop Delivers 150 Electric Vans To FedEx” • FedEx and Brightdrop announced that the first 150 Zevo 600 electric vans have been delivered to facilities around southern California. This would make for one of the biggest deployments of electric vans to date. It’s also the fastest GM has brought a vehicle from design to market in its history. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Solar Power Plants Are More Missile Resistant” • Probably all of us have seen them the images of death and destruction in Ukraine. Every one has been heart rending. But, there’s one interesting piece of good news that came out of the country recently. It is the proof that it’s pretty difficult to take out a solar power plant. [CleanTechnica]

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

June 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Giant Hangar Poised For An Aviation Revolution” • Airships could help speed up the delivery of aid in disaster zones, carry air cargo much more cheaply than air freighters, and cut aviation emissions. Airships could offer an alternative for some types of aviation. A new generation of airships is taking shape in a former airship factory in Akron, Ohio. [BBC]

Airship in hanger (LTA Research image)

  • “US Solar Consortium To Buy Up To 7 GW Of Panels Annually From 2024” • Several US solar companies said they plan to spend over $6 billion to buy 6 GW to 7 GW of solar modules annually starting in 2024 to support domestic supply chains. The move comes as the US government seeks to strengthen the country’s energy security. [S&P Global]
  • “Acwa Power Consortium Closes $1.5 Billion Egypt Wind Project” • A consortium led by Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalinization, and green hydrogen plants worldwide, signed an agreement to develop a 1.1-GW wind project in Egypt, at an investment value of $1.5 billion. [ZAWYA]
  • “It’s Boom Times For Wind Power And Green Hydrogen In Ireland” • Clean power is blooming in Ireland thanks to such new technology as green hydrogen and floating wind turbines. That’s good news for the economy and great news for the rest of the EU, which is scrambling to untangle itself from Russian fossil energy imports. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Extreme Weather Drives Need For Better Interconnection” • Insufficient interconnection hampers the ability of neighboring solar and wind rich regions to compensate for anomalous conditions in markets such as Spain had last winter, Solargis said. Grids spanning countries will help regional utilities deal with extreme weather events. [reNews]

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

June 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Floating City In The Maldives Begins To Take Shape” • A city is rising from the waters of the Indian Ocean. In a turquoise lagoon, just 10 minutes by boat from Male, the Maldivian capital, a floating city, big enough to house 20,000 people, is being constructed. Because it floats, it is not vulnerable to sea level rise from climate change. [CNN]

Area in floating city (Waterstudio.NL and Dutch Docklands)

  • “PUC To Cut New Net Metering Compensation As ‘Costliest’ Renewable Program” • The Vermont Public Utility Commission issued its required update of the state’s net-metering program. Future systems that apply for permits on and after September 1, 2022, will see a small net decrease in compensation compared to existing systems. [Vermont Business Magazine]
  • “Contact’s Hamilton Power Plant Closing Next Year To Reduce Carbon Emissions” • New Zealand’s Contact Energy is closing its Hamilton power plant next year to reduce carbon emissions. The 44-MW gas-fired power station has been operating since 1999 and provides steam and electricity to a dairy factory, with surplus electricity directed back to the grid. [Stuff.co.nz]
  • “Boeing Unveils New 777 ‘ecoDemonstrator’ Test Jet” • US aircraft maker Boeing showed its new 2022 ecoDemonstrator plane. It is a converted, 20-year-old 777-200ER that will be tasked with testing new technologies aimed at making air travel more sustainable and safer. The ecoDemonstrator will reportedly go through a six-month series of tests. [CNN]
  • “Ford Sets EV Sales Record, Again” • Ford sold 6,254 EVs last month. This puts its total sales at 222% above last May’s numbers, an amazing increase. Perhaps more importantly, Ford’s EV sales growth is now four times that of the whole EV market, which means the company is grabbing ground and market share from other manufacturers. [CleanTechnica]

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

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Push Buffalo Breaks Ground on $21 Million Affordable Housing Development In Buffalo – “The West Side Homes Project will Add 49 New Affordable and Energy Efficient Apartments at 14 Scattered Locations Across Buffalo’s West Side; Will Include 16 Apartments Reserved for Supportive Housing.” As part of the development, supported with funding from New York State, “A three-story building at 625 West Avenue will include 15 apartments…The building is designed to be all-electric and will include features such as a ground source heat pump, energy recovery ventilation, and a rooftop solar array. Press release here.

National Grid Proposes Extending 100 Foot Subsidy to Heat Pumps – The utility estimates the cost of infrastructure it provides at no cost to new gas customers at $13,859 for its NY City customers and $6,288 for Long Islanders. Grid proposes to provide the same amounts as incentives for new customers who choose ground source or air source heat pumps “sized to meet the entire need of the property – the system cannot be supplemented by additional fuel sources such as gas, oil, or propane outside of emergency situations.” Text of the proposal here.

Low-Carbon Fuels Have a Limited Role to Play in New York’s Buildings – By Olivia Prieto, Mike Henchen – New Blog Report from RMI – “a typical New York home… might require about 50 MMBtu (equivalent to 15 MWh) of heating energy annually. Meeting this demand with green hydrogen would require over 25 MWh of clean electricity, due to the efficiency losses during the production of green hydrogen and the relative inefficiency of end-use appliances. Using a high-performing electric heat pump (presumably RMI is projecting use of an air source heat pump) could require as little as 5–6 MWh of clean electricity. That is, heating with green hydrogen would require about 4.4 times as much clean electricity as heating directly with a heat pump.” See the full blog here.

June 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Half A Penny For ‘Near Firm’ Solar And Trillions In Renewable Opportunities” • NextEra, the largest renewable company in the US, sees 3.5 TW renewable capacity installations through 2050 worth $2 trillion. And that figure could double under the right conditions. It says the energy storage adder for solar power is now about 0.4¢ to 0.6¢ per kWh. [PV Magazine USA]

NextEra solar project in Oregon (NextEra image)

  • “Coalition Calls For EU Hydrogen Quota For Shipping” • Last year the European Commission proposed a shipping fuel law aimed at increasing the uptake of alternative marine fuels. Now, a broad coalition of energy providers, shipping companies, and NGOs is calling for improvements to the proposal by including a quota for e-fuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Australian Companies In The Mix For $5 Billion Southland Hydrogen Plant” • Australian companies Woodside Energy and Fortescue Future Industries are counterparties in final stage negotiations to become lead developer of the prospective world’s largest green hydrogen plant in New Zealand’s Southland region, at the southern end of South Island. [Stuff.co.nz]
  • “Germany To Fire Up Coal Stations As Russia Squeezes Gas Supply” • Germany must reduce natural gas consumption and increase the burning of coal in order to help fill gas storage facilities for next winter, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck announced as the country moves away from reduced Russian gas supplies. [CNN]
  • “‘It’s Our New Cash Crop’: A Land Rush For Renewable Energy Is Transforming The Eastern Plains” • Colorado’s Eastern Plains – from Yuma County cornfields to Prowers County feedlots and the wheat and sorghum fields in Kiowa County – are set for their biggest transformation in over a century as clean energy is added to the crops they produce. [The Colorado Sun]

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

June 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Southwest’s Unchecked Thirst For Colorado River Water Could Prove Devastating Upstream” • When the federal Bureau of Reclamation and four states agreed to release a sixth of the capacity of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, on the border of Utah and Wyoming, to help desiccated communities to the south, it created a local uproar. [CNN]

Flaming Gorge Reservoir in 2014 (Paul Hermans, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

 

  • “Friendly Fungi Help Forests Fight Climate Change” • While we know that forests play a major role in countering global warming, acting as reservoirs for carbon, what is less well understood is how tiny organisms that dwell hidden in the soil help lock away our greenhouse gas emissions. Ectomycorrhizal fungi enable certain trees to absorb CO₂ faster. [BBC]
  • “Mexico Signs Renewable Energy Deals With US Companies As It Steps Up Climate Change Fight” • Mexico made commitments with 17 US companies on generating clean energy, its president said. After months of friction with business leaders, President Lopez Obrador said the deals would generate 1,854 MW as the government fights climate change. [The National]
  • “WA Forges Ahead With Renewables Transition As Other States Face Energy Crisis” • WA has announced the end of state-run, coal-fired power plants by 2030. With additions of rooftop solar, there’s little or no need for the coal-fired plants to run during the daytime, and that causes issues for coal because coal plants aren’t designed to be turned on and off. [ABC]
  • “Demand For Rooftop Solar Batteries Surges As Eastern Australian Energy Prices Soar” • Demand for batteries linked to rooftop solar panels has soared in the past month as energy prices rise in the coldest start to winter in decades. Inquiries into battery rebates in Victoria have spiked in the past two weeks, one source says. [The Guardian]

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