September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Global warming harms national parks more than rest of US, study finds” • According a climate study published by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin, areas that are chock-full of national parks, places like Alaska and the American Southwest, have already seen dramatic temperature hikes. [NBC News]

Alaska’s North Slope (Photo: Al Grillo | AP file)

World:

¶ “Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions” • The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions. The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses to continue trading, without relying on the US-led global market and dollar. [BBC]

¶ “Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030” • Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, will declare that the UK Labour Party is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Almost all of Britain’s homes and businesses would be powered by emissions-free power by 2030. [The Guardian]

Green Rigg Wind farm in Northumberland
(Photo: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian)

¶ “RE100: Green companies outperform their peers” • Those companies that use renewable electricity outperform their rivals financially, according to a report released by RE100, The Climate Group’s initiative to encourage firms to commit to using 100% renewable power. The report compared 152 RE100 companies with rivals. [businessgreen.com]

¶ “Global oil production to rise over next five years” • An annual report from OPEC has predicted global oil production will rise to record highs over the next five years, predominantly due to increased demand from airlines and road vehicles. OPEC expects demand to rise from 100 million barrels today to 112 million by 2040. [Power Technology]

Plane wing (Photo: Raffaello Tesi)

¶ “Hiroshima High Court signs off on restart of reactor at Shikoku Electric’s Ikata nuclear power plant” • The Hiroshima High Court accepted an appeal by Shikoku Electric Power Co to allow it to restart a reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant, saying worries over the possibility of a volcanic eruption damaging the plant are “groundless.” [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Purely Green Program Connects Consumers Directly To Renewable Energy In Texas” • Renewable Power Direct, a Texas startup, has taken community solar and wind farms to the next level. RPD’s Purely Green program has several large companies working together to give small customers power from renewable sources. [CleanTechnica]

Green Mountain Wind Farm

¶ “Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push” • The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant serves as 1900-MW battery for Michigan’s electric grid. The plant is getting an $800 million upgrade that will boost capacity and extend its life another 40 years, to store energy from solar and wind plants. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Vestas secures 144 MW order from Avangrid Renewables in the USA” • Vestas has received an order for 144 MW of its V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6-MW Power Optimized Mode from Avangrid Renewables for the Otter Creek Wind Farm in Illinois. Turbine delivery will begin in the second quarter of 2019. [Renewable Energy Magazine ]

South Plains wind farm, Texas (Vestas image)

¶ “Local solar at the heart of Cleveland’s 100% renewable energy goal” • The city of Cleveland, Ohio, is looking to put community solar plants on vacant and contaminated land and to make it easier for residents and business to go solar. It will also employ community choice aggregation, according to its climate action plan. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Ground-breaking renewable fuel refinery announced” • NewEnergyBlue is about six months away from breaking ground on a ground-breaking renewable fuel refinery. New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery is projected to turn 280,000 tons of North Dakota wheat straw into 16 million gallons per year of low-carbon auto fuel. [Feedstuffs]

New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery

¶ “LG Enters US Home Energy Storage Business, Unveils State-Of-The-Art Systems” • LG Electronics USA Business Solutions is launching two advanced energy storage systems, along with an expandable battery pack for US homeowners. One system is for those who already have solar panels; the other is for new LG solar panel installations. [MarketWatch]

¶ “Iberdrola plans to boost US renewable power by about 50%” • Iberdrola SA, the world’s biggest wind power producer, plans to expand its renewable capacity in the US by about 50% over four years. The expansion is part of the Spanish electric utility’s global plan to reduce carbon emissions, Iberdrola’s chief executive told Reuters. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind farm

¶ “LePage’s secret wind commission falling apart” • A vocal critic of commercial wind energy in Maine has resigned from Gov Paul LePage’s secretive commission to study the industry, saying the group “lacks urgency, credibility, and focus.” Maine’s wind farms generate roughly 900 MW, more than all other New England states combined. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

¶ “Owners Vote to Continue Vogtle Nuclear Project” • Owners of the beleaguered Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project have voted, at least for now, to continue construction of two new AP1000 reactors at the site near Waynesboro, Georgia. One owner’s board said its vote was conditioned on an agreement to cap costs. [Power Magazine]

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