Archive for September 20th, 2017

September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2017


¶ “Clean Energy Is America’s Next Frontier & Path to a Safer Climate” • A new report from the NRDC shows how the United States can meet our short- and long-term climate goals relying primarily on today’s proven clean energy solutions – and with tremendous climate and health benefits that far surpass the cost. [Common Dreams]

Proven clean energy solutions (Photo: istock)

Science and Technology:

¶ Eradication of the world’s wildlife is not slowing. The most recent IUCN Endangered Species List includes numerous examples that were recently common but now are “disappearing faster than they can be counted.” Among noteworthy species are North American ash trees, as they fall to invasive beetles driven by a warming climate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A team of scientists from the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has figured out a way to convert CO2 directly into ethanol and ethylene, using a process powered by solar energy. The team made ethanol, skipping all the steps that involve planting corn, growing it, harvesting it, and processing it into biofuel. [CleanTechnica]

Conversion process (Image: Clarissa Towle | Berkeley Lab)


¶ More than 300 companies worldwide have now committed to setting ambitious Science Based Targets to reduce emissions, with more than 90 new companies joining this year alone. They now include 50 US businesses. Companies that have signed up to the initiative currently represent an estimated $6.5 trillion in market value. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Siemens Gamesa has been selected to supply 28 of its G132-3.465MW turbines to the Arauco wind complex in La Rioja, Argentina. The deal for the third and fourth phases totals 97 MW and marks the South American debut of the turbine model for state-led developer Arauco Sapem. The wind farm is due to be operating by the end of 2018. [reNews]

First phase of the Arauco wind farm (Metalúrgica-Calviño)

¶ Renewable fuels company Velocys has entered into a partnership to prepare the business case for a commercial-scale waste-to-renewable-jet fuel plant in the UK. The prospective plant would take post recycled waste destined for landfill or incineration, and process it into clean-burning, sustainable aviation fuel. [Biofuels International Magazine]

¶ Australia has more than 22,000 sites around the country that could be suitable for pumped hydro storage, according to a study by the Australian National University. Interest in pumped hydro has increased in the wake of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s much-publicised twin visits to the Snowy Hydro scheme since March. [Brisbane Times]

Hydro scheme in the Snowy Mountains (Photo: Supplied)

¶ Renewable electricity is close to reaching a tipping point almost everywhere in the world and “nobody is going to make coal great again,” BNEF founder Michael Liebreich told a clean energy industry event in London. He said solar and onshore wind power had surpassed all orthodox expectations over the past two decades. []

¶ The City of Fremantle, in Western Australia, has earmarked 2025 as the year they will become fully reliant on renewable energy. Working with a business consortium, the city created a Corporate Energy Plan that outlines the steps needed to make all corporate operations run on 100% renewable energy in the next eight years. [Community Newspaper Group]

Solar power in Western Australia

¶ Global bank Citigroup is to source all its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020. Citigroup said it will consider onsite electricity generation, power purchase agreements for energy-intensive properties, such as data centers, and renewable energy credits. The bank owns or leases more than 7900 properties in 94 countries. [reNews]

¶ Japan’s Resilience Program is mainly for building municipal back-up capabilities to prepare for disasters like the earthquake and tsunami that caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The city of Higashi-Matsushima has chosen to construct micro-grids and de-centralized renewable power generation. [VietNamNet Bridge]

Sunrise in Matsushima Bay (Photo: Shift, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch have commissioned a 50-MW solar project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that is operating and providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid. The installation, which can produce enough energy to supply power to approximately 6,500 homes, is located on 182 hectares in south Hattiesburg. [PV-Tech]

¶ Over $2 billion has been spent by the federal government on fire suppression efforts so far this budget year, according to the US Forest Service. The predictions that wildfires will become increasingly common and severe over the course of the century as a result of anthropogenic climate change have something substantial to them. [CleanTechnica]

California wildfire (Image: Andrea Booher | FEMA)

¶ Soltage LLC has completed the 4.75-MW Bird Machine Solar Farm on a brownfield in Walpole, Massachusetts. Its 14,600 panels are expected to produce nearly 6,000 MWh of energy per year, equivalent to the power needed for roughly 623 homes. The town will purchase the power at a fixed-price below utility energy costs. [Solar Novus Today]

¶ Georgia Power Co launched a voluntary renewable energy program aimed at the Atlanta-based utility’s commercial and industrial customers. To qualify, a customer must have an aggregate peak demand of 3 MW or greater. The utility has committed to adding up to 1,600 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2021. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

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