September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2018


¶ “We need to respond to climate change immediately” • It is time for elected officials to stop pandering to the interests of well-moneyed corporations whose positions fly in the face of facts and overwhelming scientific consensus. It is time for them to legislate and govern in a manner that adheres to scientific recommendations. [Washington Post]

Mendocino Complex fire (Justin Sullivan | Getty Images)

¶ “Will Farmers Bring The World To Its Senses About Climate Change?” • In Germany, 10,000 farmers are facing bankruptcy after a summer of record high heat and record low rainfall, according to a report by NPR. Dairy farmers are slaughtering their cows because there is not enough grain available to feed them. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Emissions From Huge Vessels Are About To Get Slashed With The Use Of Rotor Sails – Large Scale Testing Begins” • Two 30-meter tall rotor sails have been installed onboard the product tanker vessel Maersk Pelican, targeting a reduction in fuel cost and associated emissions on typical global shipping routes of 7% to 10%. [CleanTechnica]

Rotor sails (Credit: Maersk Tankers)

¶ “Nuclear Has to Use Climate Crisis to Justify High Cost, MIT Says” • Nuclear energy cannot compete on cost with cheap natural gas or renewables and therefore needs the help of policy makers who are willing to promote its low-emission power generation as a way to fight climate change, a landmark new study says. [Bloomberg]


¶ “How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy” • China has more solar energy capacity than any other country in the world, at a gargantuan 130 GW. Unsurprisingly, China is the home of many sizeable solar farms. The largest solar plant in the world at the moment is in China’s Tengger Desert, which has a capacity of over 1,500 MW. [BBC]

Solar farm in Datong County

¶ “Rolls Royce Electric Debuts SAVe Energy Battery Propulsion System For Ships” • Rolls Royce Energy, based in Norway, is introducing its proprietary SAVe Energy battery propulsion and energy management system for commercial ferries and ships. They are modular, which means they can be sized to the needs of any ship. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TenneT starts NordLink subsea cable laying in German section” • Dutch transmission system operator TenneT, which also operates in Germany, announced that it has started laying its subsea cable section in the German North Sea for the 1.4-GW NordLink. NordLink is the first interconnection between Norway and Germany. [Renewables Now]

Cable laying (Source: TenneT Holding BV )

¶ “Queensland could be 90% renewable by 2030 – with right policy settings” • Coal-dependent Queensland could meet almost 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, a new report has found, if all of the state’s almost 15,000-MW pipeline of large-scale wind and solar projects went ahead. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Modern Energy Management to take part in 130-MW PV project in Myanmar” • Thailand-based renewable energy consultancy Modern Energy Management has joined hands with an unnamed partner to develop a 130-MW solar PV project in Myanmar. They expect to bring the project online in the last quarter of next year. [Renewables Now]

Solar farm (Image: Business Wire)

¶ “Japan’s nuclear reboot gathers pace, set to curtail LNG demand” • Japan’s liquefied natural gas consumption is falling as the country’s nuclear reactors restart, and output from atomic power set for its highest since the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Each reactor cuts LNG demand by a million tonnes per year. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]


¶ “EDPR backs 200-MW wind project in Illinois with new PPA” • EDP Renewables North America announced that it struck a power purchase agreement for 50 MW of its Broadlands wind project in Illinois. The deal came from an unnamed energy company and lifts the contracted capacity for the project to 200 MW. [Renewables Now]

Maple Ridge wind farm (Image: EDPR, all rights reserved)

¶ “Utilities are reluctant to invest in coal plants, even after Trump tries to save them” • No utilities contacted by the Washington Examiner said they would commit to improving their coal plants or re-evaluate planned retirements because of the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. And none of them have plans to build new coal plants. [Washington Examiner]

¶ “Navy now considering plans for ocean wind farms – and Morro Bay is a top prospect” • Efforts to build fields of floating wind turbines off the coast of California are gaining momentum, and Morro Bay might be at the front of the line. Despite a lack of publicity, activity on the West Coast’s offshore windpower is moving along. [The San Luis Obispo Tribune]

European offshore wind turbine (Courtesy photo)

¶ “‘It sort of exploded’: the rapid rise of solar energy in North Carolina” • Solar energy growth in North Carolina is among the fastest in the country, according to an Environment North Carolina report, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Between 2008 and 2017, the state’s solar production rose from 7 GWh to 5,783 GWh. [The Daily Tar Heel]

¶ “Commercial solar is about to become a reality in Alaska” • A 408-panel solar PV array is weeks away from completion on a plot of land along the Glenn Highway in Willow, Alaska. When it’s switched on next month it will be the largest solar power project in Alaska. A larger array, however, is already being built near Fairbanks. [Anchorage Daily News]

Have a fantastically cool day.

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