Archive for September 28th, 2018

September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Undersea Walls & Columns Could Slow Collapse Of Glaciers For 1000 Years” • Scientists at Beijing Normal University, the University of Lapland in Finland, and Princeton published a study in the journal of the European Geosciences Union. It argues that walls of sediment and rock could significantly slow glacial melting in Antarctica. [CleanTechnica]

Thwaites Glacier 2012

¶ “Chemical pollution could wipe out half of all killer whale populations” • Chemical pollutants banned more than 40 years ago are still having a devastating effect on marine life and could lead to the disappearance of half the world’s killer whales before the end of the century. That’s according to a study published in the journal Science. [CNN]


¶ “Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe” • Iron Mountain Incorporated, a leader in storage and information management services, announced that its operations in Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, and the UK have achieved their goal of sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewable energy. [Sustainable Brands]

Wind turbines

¶ “IEA Chief Predicts 200 GW Of Offshore Wind By 2040” • Speaking at the Global Wind Summit, Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, predicted that wind energy would play “a critical role” in the world’s energy mix over the coming decades, boosted in part by up to at least 200 GW of offshore wind. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables produces almost a third of UK power in Q2” • Between April and June, renewables provided a record 31.7% of the UK’s electricity generation. The low-carbon share fell slightly compared to the same period in 2017, to 53.4%, as a result of outages in nuclear power plants. Coal power also fell to a record low of just 1.6%. [Energy Voice]

Onshore wind farm (Photo: Colin Rennie)

¶ “World Bank Commits $1 Billion To Battery Storage In Developing Countries” • The World Bank Group announced a commitment of $1 billion for a new global program to accelerate the investment in battery storage for energy systems across developing and middle-income countries to accelerate use of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar & Wind Energy Destined To Expand Faster Than Other Global Energy Sources” • Global market analyst DNV GL peeled back the layers of its recent forecast on global energy source evolution to show that solar and wind energy will grow, buoyed by offshore wind, to represent nearly 70% of global electricity production by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Vestas lands 225-MW turbine order in Argentina” • Danish wind turbine manufacture Vestas Wind Systems A/S said it has secured a 225-MW order for four wind farms in Argentina from local energy company Central Puerto SA. Two of the wind farms are in Buenos Aires province; the other two are in the Cordoba province. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Innogy breaks ground on 349-MW Australian Limondale solar farm” • Germany’s innogy SE, a subsidiary of RWE, confirmed it has taken the final investment decision for the Limondale solar farm in New South Wales. At 349 MW peak, the Limondale solar farm is expected to be Australia’s largest solar power plant once completed. [pv magazine International]

Solar farm of innogy subsidiary Belectric (Image: Belectric)

¶ “Terrible: Rising gas output lifts Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions” • Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to climb, reaching the highest levels on a quarterly basis since 2010. They were led by a surge in gas production. For the 12 months to March 31 2018, emissions were up 1.3% from a year earlier. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Offgrid communities: using renewable energy to live independently” • According to CE Delft’s report, The Potential of Energy Cities in the European Union, by 2050 almost half of all European Union households could help to produce renewable energy, with off-grid communities contributing 37% of this amount. [Power Technology]

Turbines on the island of Eigg (Photo: WL Tarbert)


¶ “SEC Files Suit Against Elon Musk” • (Updated) Probably the last thing anyone wants to hear three days before the end of Q3 is that the Securities & Exchange Commission has sued Elon Musk in federal court in Manhattan, accusing him of fraud with regard to a totally out-of-the-blue tweet on August 7 that rocked Wall Street. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Businesses Push California Toward Another Clean Economy Governor” • California business groups say it is critically important that the next governor endorse California’s ambitious new emissions-free electricity law and Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order that sets the goal of a carbon-neutral state economy by 2045. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “New Jersey utility proposes $4 billion plan to advance state’s clean energy goals” • PSE&G, New Jersey’s largest regulated utility, has a $4 billion plan to make the Garden State greener and advance the state’s bid to become a clean energy leader. Its six-year plan, Clean Energy Future, aims to reduce both costs and emissions. [CNBC]

¶ “New York’s Nuclear Zero-Carbon Credits Pass Federal Court Challenge” • A federal court has upheld the legality of New York’s zero-carbon emissions program for nuclear power plants, the second decision this month bolstering the rights of states to set their own energy policies without overstepping federal authority. [Greentech Media]

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