September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Gas leak: Government tries to release its greenhouse news on the quiet” • The Morrison government stands accused of trying to sneak-release the latest greenhouse gas emission figures by making them public on the eve of the football grand finals. In the year to March 2018, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 1.3%. [The New Daily]

Boy playing on a drought-struck family farm (Photo: Getty)

¶ “Tech Investments Are Powering Up Clean Energy” • Analysts at Bloomberg took a close look at capital expenditures by US tech companies. Since 2010, they have signed agreements to buy nearly 18,000 MW of clean power. Power purchase agreements are good for business. Long-term contracts with renewable generators have no variable costs. [Bloomberg]

¶ “UN report under review presents nations with tough choices on climate” • The world’s nations will gather at a UN conference in South Korea on Monday, October 1, to review and approve a 20-page bombshell, distilled from more than 6,000 scientific studies, laying out our narrowing options for staving off a climate catastrophe. [The Japan Times]

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence

¶ “Report: Don’t bother to fight climate” • Deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7° F (4° C) by the end of this century. But the paper justifies reduced transportation fuel efficiency, saying acting will not help. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Creating Fuel From Thin Air” • Artificial photosynthesis has great technical promise for utilizing solar power to convert CO2 into fuel. Natural photosynthetic efficiency is very low, but it can result in huge accumulations of useful materials over time. Artificial photosynthesis would speed up the process, making hydrogen for fuel. [OilPrice.com]

Science in the laboratory

World:

¶ “Nigeria Doubles Down On Mini-Grids” • The development potential of Nigerian mini-grids supplying up to 1 MW of capacity from renewable sources, is valued at up to $20 billion, according to a report issued by private sector think tank Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the US-based sustainability NGO, Rocky Mountain Institute. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa announces new contracts as ETES construction nears completion” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has revealed that its electric thermal energy storage (ETES) facility in Germany is nearing completion. The facility can store 30 MWh of energy, a day’s supply for 1,500 German households. [Energy Digital]

Offshore wind farm (Getty Images)

¶ “Dasara to be powered by green energy sources” • This year, illumination for India’s Dasara festival is going green, powered largely by renewable energy sources. The festival’s lighting will be powered by over 538 MW from renewable sources, with 238 MW from solar sources and 300 MW from wind generation plants. [The New Indian Express]

¶ “Plan to extend power transmission lines by 36,870 km by 2041” • According to the Power Cell statistics, the total length of transmission lines in Bangladesh is 11,123 km. The government has planned to extend the transmission lines by 36,870 km across the country by 2041, when production of electricity is projected to reach 60,000 MW. [Dhaka Tribune]

Powering the nation (Bigstock)

¶ “Small islands shifting to renewables” • The International Renewable Energy Agency is stepping up its plans to help small island developing states (SIDS) shift to clean power. Leaders from both met at a side event held during the UN General Assembly. They agreed to move forward with the SIDS Lighthouses 2.0 initiative. [Innovators Magazine]

US:

¶ “Disaster could be a turning point in energy debate” • Arguing that money would be better spent shifting to renewable energy, environmentalists have been prodding Massachusetts for years to move away from natural gas. The recent gas fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley have renewed debate over the use of natural gas. [Eagle-Tribune]

Massachusetts boy wearing a gas mask because of
smoke (Paul Bilodeau | Eagle-Tribune Staff photo)

¶ “Elon Musk Settles With SEC, Will Stay On As CEO But Step Aside As Chairman” • Reports say that Elon Musk and Tesla have settled the lawsuit the Securities & Exchange Commission brought alleging fraud because Musk said the words “funding secured” in a tweet about taking Tesla private. He did not admit fraud in the settlement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Entergy seeks to re-license two nuclear plants, amid questions over performance in power emergency” • Entergy is seeking to renew licenses for the River Bend and Waterford 3 nuclear plants in Louisiana. They received favorable reviews from the EPA and the NRC. But recent emergencies have put electricity providers under scrutiny. [The Advocate]

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