August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2019


¶ “What Are The Chances One Or More Legacy Automakers Will Fail?” • Sandy Munro is a veteran of Ford, who branched out on his own. His business is about optimizing production to increase quality, lowering costs, and solving the technical challenges to bringing products to market. His thoughts on legacy automakers are not very flattering. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla seat factory (CleanTechnica photo)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Giant Raft Of Rock Floating In The Pacific Could Help Heal Australia’s Great Barrier Reef” • A massive floating sheet of volcanic rock was first spotted on August 9, days after an underwater volcano is believed to have erupted near the Pacific Island of Tonga. It could help hela the Great Barier Reef, if it floats that far. [CNN]


¶ “Scottish Government Backs 2-MW Tidal Turbine” • The Scottish Government is providing £3.4 million (€3.7 million, $4.16 million) in funding towards construction of the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine. Orbital Marine Power will use the funding to deliver the next generation O2 2MW floating tidal energy turbine. [reNEWS]

O2 2-MW tidal turbine (Orbital Marine Power image)

¶ “Amazon Fires: G7 Leaders Close To Agreeing Plan To Help, Says Macron” • International leaders gathering at the G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said a deal to provide “technical and financial help” was close. [BBC]

¶ “Borusan EnBW To Build Ten More Renewable Power Plants” • A major wind power plant investor, Borusan EnBW Energy is planning to build ten new renewable energy plants in Turkey, increasing its capacity in the country from 495 MW to 1,100 MW. Currently, Turkey generates more than 30% of its electricity from solar and wind power. [Daily Sabah]

Borusan EnBW wind plant

¶ “32 Leading Global Fashion And Textile Companies Make Commitments On Climate, Biodiversity And Oceans” • In a historic move, given the scale and importance of the coalition that has been created, 32 leading companies from the fashion and textile industry have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact. [Business Wire India]

¶ “GIG Acquires 47-MW Tysvaer Wind Project” • Macquarie’s Green Investment Group has purchased the 47-MW Tysvaer wind project in Norway from Spanish Power. Construction of the wind farm in the Tysvaer municipality, in southern Norway, is expected to start in early 2020. The Tysvaer wind farm will have 11 Siemens Gamesa 4.3-MW turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “TEPCO May Consider Scrapping One Or More Reactors At Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Plant” • TEPCO said it may decommission one or more reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant within five years, after reactivating two idled reactors at the same plant. The utility is considering Units 1 through 5 for decommissioning. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Eighteen Nuclear Power Plants In The EU Are Operating Without A Valid License” • There are 18 active nuclear power plants currently operating without a valid license in the EU, according to a report seen by Business Insider. The report was put together by Germany’s Green Party member and nuclear expert Sylvia Kotting-Uhl. [Business Insider]

Nuclear power plant (Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters)


¶ “Sanders: Support Coal Country While Combating Climate Change” • Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has told voters in coal-producing Kentucky that it is possible to be a friend of coal miners while also being a believer in climate change and the need for cleaner energy sources to combat it. [San Francisco Chronicle]

¶ “Detroit Zoo Plans To Be Powered By Renewable Energy By 2021” • Wind turbines and solar panels may soon be keeping the lights on in the Detroit Zoo. The zoo says it’s shifting to being powered entirely by renewable energy. It will use DTE’s MIGreenPower program to get electricity from renewable sources coming online in 2020. []

Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit

¶ “Energy Companies Spend Millions Lobbying Massachusetts State House” • Companies with a wide range of energy interests are pumping millions into lobbying efforts in Massachusetts. In 2018, as many as 70 energy groups reported spending at least $5.3 million pushing their messages on Beacon Hill, a review of public lobbying records shows. [Boston Herald]

¶ “Holy Cross, Guzman Energy Announce Wnd Farm Project” • A new wind-farm project in Colorado is expected to supply green power to Holy Cross Energy, a regional electric cooperative, starting in mid-2021, the company announced. Holy Cross said it will buy 100 MW of the Arriba Wind Farm’s output to cover about 30% of its needs. [Aspen Daily News]

Have a fascinatingly mirthful day.

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