NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, August 6: Millennials Could Be The Deciders In November; Hoover Dam’s Massive Potential As Energy Storage; Hot New Energy Jobs


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    Monday, August 06, 2018

    QUICK NEWS, August 6: Millennials Could Be The Deciders In November; Hoover Dam’s Massive Potential As Energy Storage; Hot New Energy Jobs

    Millennials Could Be The Deciders In November Climate Change Is Hot Wedge Issue For 2018 Midterms, Polls Indicate; The US electorate is ready for candidates willing to protect environment

    Anna Fahey, August 6, 2018 (Sightline Institute)

    “…Recent polling makes climate change look more like a wedge issue…especially for younger and Latino voters…Polling shows that US voters not only understand climate science, but more and more are increasingly worried about it—including hefty shares of moderate Republicans and Independents…There’s also strong bipartisan support for a range of policies to address climate change and voters support a stronger Environmental Protection Agency—even Trump backers…And climate change is a particular focus for millennial and Latino voters…[Millennial generation voters—ages 22 to 37 this election season—are considerably more liberal than older Americans…[and] are considerably more likely to support climate action and the Congressional candidates who talk them up…

    Pew notes that millennials are more than 40 percent nonwhite…Racial demographics in general are a factor in the electoral equation. Latinos are now the largest non-white racial group in America and…poll after poll reveals strong environmental values among Latino voters, including support for aggressive action to address global warming…EcoAmerica’s 2017 survey showed many voters under 30 (44 percent), Black voters (45 percent), and strong Democrats (51 percent) said they contacted or voted for an elected official based on support for taking action on climate change…[A]dd it all up and climate looks a lot more like a winner than a loser…” click here for more

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    Hoover Dam’s Massive Potential As Energy Storage Hoover Dam was a public works project likened to the pyramids. Now, after channeling a river, what if it could tap the power of the sun and wind?

    Ivan Penn, July 24, 2018 (NY Times)

    Hoover Dam helped transform the American West, harnessing the force of the Colorado River…to power millions of homes and businesses. It was one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century…[Now, the 21st-century challenge is] turning the dam into a vast reservoir of excess electricity, fed by the solar farms and wind turbines that represent the power sources of the future…The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, an original operator of the dam when it was erected in the 1930s, wants to equip it with a $3 billion pipeline and a pump station powered by solar and wind energy…

    The pump station, downstream, would help regulate the water flow through the dam’s generators, sending water back to the top to help manage electricity at times of peak demand…The net result would be a kind of energy storage — performing much the same function as the giant lithium-ion batteries being developed to absorb and release power…[It could help provide affordable and efficient power storage for renewables’ overgeneration and replace the natural gas generation now used to up the West’s abundant but variable solar and wind resources. It could be] key to transforming the industry and helping curb carbon emissions…[When completed in 2028, it] could inspire similar innovations at other dams…” click here for more

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    Hot New Energy Jobs Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Powering Up with Renewable Energy

    Debbie Mickle, August 3, 2018 (Science Matters)

    “….[Without New Energy, the power crucial to running the modern economy] can take a heavy toll on the environment…[Delivering New Energy is] a big responsibility, and doing it well requires all kinds of people with different skills and talents…[A] Project Engineer at one of Dominion Energy’s solar farms [suprevises the design, building, and maintenance of the complex system through which] huge panels are used to capture the energy from sunlight and direct it into the supply…[A Groundman, also called a Line Worker Helper coordinates and supports installation, repair and maintenance of systems that deliver electricity to keep the solar farm] running smoothly…[A Biologist focuses on how the collection and distribution of energy] affects the wildlife where it is harnessed and transmitted…” click here for more

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