September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Clean energy can provide 100% of electricity” • A report by the Centre for Alternative Technology says clean energy could meet all our electricity needs, using only existing technology, at all times of the day, and all year round. It draws on “scenarios” designed to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, developed at various scales. [Eco-Business]

Barack Obama and Joe Biden at a solar site in
Denver (White House photo, Wikimedia Commons)

Hurricane Florence:

¶ “EPA assessing vulnerability of at least nine toxic sites in Florence’s projected path” • Hurricane Florence, with its strong winds and massive storm surge, is threatening to release toxic chemicals from hazardous waste sites the EPA has designated contaminated Superfund sites. The agency said it is monitoring nine of them. [CNN]

¶ “North Carolina didn’t like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it” • In 2012, North Carolina reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39 inches over the next century by passing a law banning policies based on such forecasts. Now it is in the path of Hurricane Florence. [The Guardian]

Hurricane Irene in North Carolina, 2011 (Jim Lo Scalzo | EPA)

¶ “Nuclear plants in Florence’s path prepare to weather storm” • As Hurricane Florence churns its way towards the Carolinas, at least 8 nuclear power plants stand in its way. North Carolina’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant, and South Carolina’s Robinson and Vogtle Nuclear Stations are in areas that will likely see the worst impacts. [The Weather Network]

World:

¶ “Engie ties up with STOA to set up 2 GW wind plants in India” • Engie said it partnered with STOA, a French infrastructure equity investor, to build a 50-50 joint venture platform to set up more than 2,000 MW of wind power projects in India within five years. Industry estimates are that over $1.8 billion of investment will be required. [Financial Express]

Wind turbines and cattle

¶ “EU Plan to Rely on Wood for Energy Will Increase Emissions” • A plan that the EU says will almost double its use of renewable energy by 2030 through increased use of wood products will also significantly increase both deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. [US News & World Report]

¶ “Google Signs Wind Farm Deals To Power Finnish Data Center” • Google announced that it has signed 10-year power purchase agreements to buy power from three unsubsidized new wind farms in Finland. The three wind farms, with a total capacity of 190 MW, are to be built by France’s Neoen and Germany’s CPC and WPD. [Silicon UK]

Google’s data center in Finland (Credit: Google)

¶ “American company to invest $ 1.2 billion in renewable energy in Uzbekistan” • An American company, Headwall LLC, intends to invest $ 1.2 billion in renewable energy in Uzbekistan, a regional administration press service reported. The project envisages the installation of solar panels with a capacity from 300 MW to 1 GW. [AzerNews]

¶ “Climate change saps WA’s native forestry industry” • Western Australia’s ailing native timber industry appears to be hanging by a thread, as loggers are unable to meet quotas. A report on the management of WA’s forests has painted a bleak picture of the associated timber industry as it struggles with the ravages of climate change. [The West Australian]

Forest in Western Australia

US:

¶ “US Solar Market Experiences Slight Turnaround In Q2” • US solar saw something of a turnaround in the second quarter, with utility-scale solar procurement soaring and the residential installations stabilizing, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “United Renewable Energy completes first installment of Georgia Power’s community solar program” • United Renewable Energy has announced the completion of a 2-MW solar facility as the first installment of Georgia Power’s Community Solar program. URE said this is a win for all Georgia Power residential customers. [Solar Power World]

Community Solar Array (Georgia Power image)

¶ “Renewable Natural Gas Leaders to Share Expertise on Developing Biogas Projects at ‘Power of Waste’ Conference” • Renewable natural gas industry leaders will gather in Los Angeles to share the keys to successful biomethane development on October 2. Two California utilities and the nonprofit Energy Vision will be hosts. [PR Newswire]

¶ “Minnesota’s clean energy industry grows to more than 57,000 jobs” • Clean Energy Economy Minnesota has released a report from Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs that finds that Minnesota has 57,351 total clean energy jobs. It said that over the last 12 months, Minnesota’s clean energy industry has grown by 5.3%. [Windpower Engineering]

Minnesota wind farm (Windtech, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Annapolis officials tout bright future for solar panel plant, even on a cloudy day” • A sprawling new field of solar panels draped atop an 80-acre, capped Annapolis landfill has started generating both clean energy and fresh income for the city, officials said at the plant’s ceremonial opening. It is one of the largest capped landfills in the US. [CapitalGazette.com]

¶ “JEA sues, and is sued, over fate of expensive nuclear project” • Jacksonville’s electric utility and City Hall filed a lawsuit seeking to void a decade-old agreement requiring local ratepayers to help build and eventually buy power from two planned nuclear reactors in Georgia, the only active nuclear power project in the country. [The Augusta Chronicle]

Have an extraordinarily refreshing day.

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