September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2018

World:

¶ “Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit” • Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after France’s environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC]

Demonstration in Sydney harbor

¶ “Dirty Reality Catching Up With Fossil Fuel Vehicles” • The new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure has been put into force in the EU from 1st of September 2018. With it and the Real Driving Emissions test, OEMs whose cars have always been highly polluting, and are finding that they are now running out of road. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Companies want blockchain technology for Europe’s electricity market” • A growing number of companies want blockchain technology to become a core feature of Europe’s electricity market. With blockchain, traders can do business with no centralized intermediary, such as an exchange, and the system is considered more resilient. [Market Business News]

Electricity market based on blockchain technology

¶ “Kenya Being Duped Into The Coal Power Plant, Experts Say” • Environmental experts and civil society members have called on the government of Kenya to suspend the construction of a proposed coal power plant in Lamu County. They put a focus on dire health and environmental consequences associated with coal energy. [kenyanews.go.ke]

¶ “Sony to source all its energy from renewables by 2040” • Sony plans to have all the energy it uses come from renewable sources by 2040, up from the current level of 7%. Sony has already gone fully to green energy in Europe, but it has 111 business sites around the world, and 80% of the group’s energy consumption is in Japan. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Solar array (© Reuters)

¶ “‘Disappointed’: Josh Frydenberg sorry to see NEG dumped” • Former Australian Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says he is disappointed the National Energy Guarantee is now dead. He says the Coalition’s message at the next federal election will be that both the major parties have failed to land durable emissions policies. [The Guardian]

¶ “30,000 Zambian households gain access to energy” • Over the course of a period of nine months, 30,000 Zambian households have gained access to energy for the first time. The increased access was achieved through the collaborative efforts between renewable energy company Fenix International and telecom firm MTN. [Lusaka Times]

Solar panels and a thatched roof

¶ “First Minister suggests trip to north-east turbines might change Trump’s mind” • As she officially opened the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said US President Trump might “change his mind” if he paid a visit to the wind farm off Aberdeen he has famously opposed. [Aberdeen Evening Express]

¶ “Coal sector in crisis” • A study revealed South Africa’s coal sector is in a state of crisis, including both coal mining and coal-fired electricity. Rising costs of coal mining, complicated procurement procedures, and energy insecurity have made coal increasingly less competitive. The crisis could place thousands of jobs at risk. [eNCA]

Coal

¶ “World Nuclear Association Calls For Abandoning Fossil Fuels To Achieve Green Future” • Agneta Rising, the director general of the World Nuclear Association, called on the global community to boost efforts to decarbonize economies and increase the use of nuclear power in order to achieve a clean energy future. [UrduPoint News]

US:

¶ “Scenes From San Francisco’s #RiseforClimate” • In San Francisco, political and business leaders are gathering for the Global Climate Action Summit. On Saturday, so were 30,000 people, who came to make it clear that the stakes for dawdling on replacing fossil fuels with a just transition to clean energy are very, very high. [Sierra Magazine]

Young Aztec dancer (Photo: Sam Murphy)

¶ “Tesla’s battery business is booming amid Model 3 struggles” • For the past year, Tesla watchers have been obsessively focused on its struggles to build its Model 3 electric sedan. But another element of Tesla’s business has been booming. Deployment of Tesla’s stationary batteries surged 450% during the first half of 2018. [San Francisco Chronicle]

¶ “Wisconsin professor cycles around the Midwest for solar” • On Jim Tinjum’s #bikethewind tour last year, he often saw turbines towering gracefully in the distance from miles away. On his recent #bikethesun tour of about 1,200 miles of the Upper Midwest, he had to search for solar destinations nestled into the countryside. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Solar system in North Dakota (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

¶ “Maine regulators to hold hearings in towns eyed for CMP hydropower project” • The Maine Public Utilities Commission said it will hold public witness hearings in Farmington and The Forks Plantation on September 14 to let citizens comment on a proposed hydroelectric transmission line that will run from Canada to Lewiston. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “A Crack In Co-Owner Support For Vogtle, As Costs Skyrocket” • Georgia Power’s announcement last month of an unexpected increase of $2.3 billion more to complete Vogtle units 3 and 4 triggered confusion and the requirement for a vote by each of the co-owners on whether to continue participating in the project this month. [Atlanta Progressive News]

Have a thumpin’ good day.

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