Archive for August 31st, 2019

August 31 Energy News

August 31, 2019


¶ “The Global Rich May Not Be Able To Dodge Clear-Air Flight Turbulence Due To Climate Change” • Many impacts of global warming will disproportionately impact the world’s poor. But there’s one that even the global rich will have trouble dodging: clear-air turbulence while flying, bumpiness that happens far above clouds, in clear weather. [CleanTechnica]

Simulation of great circle routes (

¶ “Jalopnik’s Torch Is Right About Electric School Buses” • In a recent article at Jalopnik, Jason Torchinsky explained how degraded but functional EV batteries could work great for school buses. In short, he suggests using low-cost conversion kits and reusing discarded batteries from other EVs to repower school buses, at a low cost. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “‘Science Not Silence’: Greta Thunberg Takes Weekly Climate Strike To UN” • Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg took her weekly campaign for greater action on climate change to the gates of the UN, urging “everyone who cares about our future” to join her as world leaders gather in New York next month. She will address the UN on September  23. [SBS]

Greta Thunberg at UN protest (Image via Twitter)

¶ “Tesla Buyers In China Get 10% Discount As Tesla Is Granted Purchase Tax Exemption” • Tesla is getting another leg up in China, as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology posted news on its website that it would grant a purchase tax exemption, equivalent to a 10% price reduction, to all of Tesla’s vehicles sold in the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Pushes Regions To Maximize Renewable Energy Usage” • China’s parliament will send inspection teams through the country to ensure regions are prioritizing renewable energy resources in a bid to cut waste and boost the sector’s profitability, Xinhua reported. Renewable generation is currently 38% of China’s capacity. [The Express Tribune]

Floating solar array (Reuters image)

¶ “Renewable Power Plants’ Output Tops 3.5 Billion kWh: Energy Minister” • Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said that the country’s renewable power plants have so far produced over 3.5 billion kWh (3,500 GWh) of electricity, preventing production of over 2.461 million tons of greenhouse gases. Iran is expanding its renewable capacity. [Tehran Times]

¶ “Montenegro Power Utility To Build Its First Wind Farm” • EPCG, the power utility of the European nation of Montenegro adopted a €58 million ($65 million) plan to build the company’s first wind farm and help diversify the country’s energy sources. The 50-MW Gvozd project is set to produce 140 GWh per year, starting 2022. []

Wind farm

¶ “Panasonic Sets Sights On 100% Renewable Electricity” • One of the largest consumer electronics companies, Panasonic, has announced that it has joined the Climate Group’s RE100, a program focused on bringing the biggest businesses in the world together to commit to 100% renewable electricity within their operations. [CSO Magazine]

¶ “Chile Taps ‘White Gold’ For Security Of Energy Supply” • In 2017, as he campaigned for office, President Sebastián Piñera pledged to power Chile’s national grid with 100% clean energy. This year, he promised to make Chile the first carbon-neutral developing country. Chile’s 10.3 million tons of lithium reserves will help with that. [pv magazine International]

AES Gener storage facility in Chile (Image: AES Gener)

¶ “Enel Seals 190 MW In Indian Wind Auction” • Enel Green Power has secured the rights to develop a 190-MW wind farm in India’s latest auction. EGP India won a 25-year energy supply contract in the tender, which was organized by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The unnamed project is expected to start operations in the second half of 2021. [reNEWS]


¶ “Federal Energy Data: Coal In Death Spiral, Renewables Surge” • Data from the US DOE’s Energy Information Administration shows that the amount of electricity generated by coal fell by more than 13% in the first half of this year. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the US coal sector’s rating from “stable” to “negative.” [Environmental Working Group]

Coal-burning power plant

¶ “Dominion Energy To Deploy Electric School Buses; Utility Exceeds 2018 Virginia Authorized ROE” • Dominion Energy plans to deploy 1,050 electric school buses by 2025 in its Virginia service territory and replace all diesel school buses with electric versions by 2030. The initial deployment would start with 50 buses in 2020. [S&P Global]

¶ “Good News, Florida May Turn Completely Clean-Energy Within The Next 30 Years” • This week brought some much-needed good news on the fight for clean energy, as Florida Rep Anna Eskami filed HB 97, resurrecting an older bill that puts Florida on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050. A shorter-term goal for the bill is to have 40% by 2030. [Narcity]

Solar farm (mrganso | Pixabay)

¶ “NV Energy Boss: 50% Renewables Will Be Achieved ‘Well Before 2030’” • The CEO of NV Energy, applauded the 2019 Nevada Legislature for passing a bill mandating that 50% of NV Energy’s power come from renewables by 2030, but he said the company is ahead of that schedule. Its its last coal-burning plant will close by 2025. [NN Business View]

¶ “Energy Industry Confident Of Its Resilience To Hurricane Dorian” • Hurricane Dorian, a Category 4 storm (with winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour), is likely to make a mess out of Florida. But the energy industry has been preparing for years. The US nuclear energy industry alone has spent $4 billion since 2011 to storm-proof its facilities. [Forbes]

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