September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “No chance of meeting EU renewable goals if infrastructure neglected” • Negotiations on the Electricity Market Design package will continue this fall with one aim of the package being to provide for a higher percentage of renewables in our energy. Yet we have no chance of meeting our goals if we neglect our energy infrastructure. [EUobserver]

Energy from the wind (Photo: European Community)

¶ “Power Outages During a Hurricane Can be Deadly. Solar Could Fix That.” • Maria, and the more recent storms like Hurricane Florence, tell a story about reliable power that’s quite different from what President Trump has claimed as he gives his usual support to fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not secure, but the sun is reliable. [Mother Jones]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jordan’s plans to turn the desert green” • According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation, food production needs to be increased by 50% by 2050. Food production accounts for about 70% of our freshwater consumption and emits 25% of greenhouse gases. While arable land is being lost to climate change, Jordan is farming in a desert. [BBC]

Greenhouse in a desert

¶ “GE unveils 5.3-MW onshore titan” • Turbine manufacturer GE has taken the wraps off a new 5-MW-plus onshore wind turbine featuring a novel two-piece blade design. The 5.3-158 is part of the Cypress platform to be unveiled at WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 this week. It offers a 50% power increase from GE’s 3-MW turbine. [reNews]

World:

¶ “Talk of coal-mining in Sabah draws objections across the board” • Non-governmental organisations and political parties from both sides of the divide have come out strongly to object to Government plans to allow coal mining in Sabah, in northern Borneo, Malaysia, as fears grow that the coal-rich Maliau Basin was a target. [The Star Online]

Mount Kinabalu, Sabah (Dcubillas, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Volkswagen Plans 16 New Electric Car Assembly Plants, One In North America” • Volkswagen plans to make as many as 10 million electric cars in the coming years. As part of that plan, the company expects to have 16 electric car assembly plants in operation by 2022, part of its $40 billion dollar EV investment strategy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scotland’s renewables masking ‘lack of progress’ on EVs and agriculture” • Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK on emissions reduction and is on course to meet upcoming climate targets. But the Committee on Climate Change says strong progress is needed in such sectors as agriculture, transport, and heating. [businessgreen.com]

Edinburgh

¶ “More solar panels! Rooftop energy creation goes up in 2018, new players enter market” • Those who have bemoaned the slow pace of capacity addition of rooftop solar PVs in India have reason to cheer. As much as 805 MW capacity was added in the first half of 2018, nearly double the combined amount in 2015 and 2016. [Financial Express]

¶ “More renewable energy projects to be implemented in Russia” • Russia’s conventional energy reserves are among the world’s biggest, but the country has been also working on increasing the share of renewables. In addition to wind, solar, and hydro-electric projects, the government is stimulating the development of waste-to-energy. [Realnoe vremya]

Renewable energy (Photo: adege)

¶ “Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit” • With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly are feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Ontario’s government preps for Green Energy Act repeal” • The newly-elected government of Ontario introduced legislation to scrap the Green Energy Act. The Green Energy Act had been introduced in the Ontario legislature back in 2009 in order to expand the use of renewables in the province and fight climate change. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Ontario (Image: CanWEA)

¶ “Arkona delivers first power” • Eon and Equinor have delivered electricity to the German grid for the first time from the 385-MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. GeoSea jack-up A2Sea Sea Challenger has installed 44 of the 60 Siemens Gamesa 6.45-MW turbines at the project, Equinor said. Equinor was formerly known as Statoil. [reNews]

US:

¶ “Arkansas Electric Cooperative CEO says coal is ‘no longer king’, consumers are ‘next power plant’” • Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp CEO Duane Highley said energy efficiency has helped produce more power with existing assets, and in turn, is helping reduce the need for new billion-dollar power plants to be constructed. [talkbusiness.net]

Electric utility worker

¶ “Former federal energy regulators say it’s a ‘fertile time’ for energy choice, question renewable mandates” • Two former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members met with reporters to back an upcoming Nevada ballot measure and give their takes on the potential benefits of moving to a competitive retail market. [The Nevada Independent]

¶ “Leading Gold Dome Republicans grumble about rising cost of new nukes at Vogtle” • A group of Republican state legislators are now among those grumbling publicly about budget-busting costs as the Plant Vogtle expansion drags toward completion. They want owners to make certain that regular folks not pay too much of the bill. [SaportaReport]

Have a dazzlingly worthwhile day.

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