Archive for September, 2019

September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Can A Carbon Fee Save The World’s Oceans? Senator Whitehouse Says ‘Yes'” • Climate change is altering the oceans, and CO₂ is changing their chemistry. In an exclusive comment for CleanTechnica, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says a carbon fee is the best method to limit emissions and mitigate ocean quality loss. [CleanTechnica]

Lobster fishing (AK-Bino, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work” • People often ask about solutions for climate change. What works? What should we be doing? A question on Quora was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly is the current scientific consensus on steps to combat climate change?” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar, Wind And Batteries Threaten Future Of Nuclear Power” • The natural gas boom is killing America’s nuclear industry, and wind and solar may finish the job. Battery prices have plunged 85% from 2010 to 2018, and huge storage plants are planned in California and Arizona. The US is also not the only place nuclear power is threatened. [The Business Times]

Three Mile Island (Smallbones, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “GE Delivers Wind PPA To Google” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Google for energy from the Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm in Sweden, about 470 km north of Stockholm. GE will supply 33 of its 5.3 MW Cypress turbines. The wind farm is to be operational by the end of 2020. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “First Utility-Scale Floating Solar Power Plant For Germany” • Ciel & Terre  announced a 750 kW floating solar array in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The project has more than 2,300 solar panels and is predicted the solar power plant will generate 736 MWh per year. The mining company Ossola GmbH will use the electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Image courtesy of Ciel & Terre)

¶ “Piiparinmaki Deal Gives Glennmont Nordic Foothold” • Investor Glennmont Partners entered the Nordic market with the acquisition of the ready-to-build 211-MW Piiparinmaki wind farm in Finland from Ilmatar Energy. The unsubsidized project will feature 28 5.6-MW and 4.2-MW Vestas EnVentus turbines. Construction will start in October. [reNEWS]

¶ “RWE Touts 18 GW Renewable Project Pipeline In Green Shift” • German utility RWE said it has a renewable project pipeline of more than 18 GW, mostly in the US. The company confirmed that it is setting aside €1.5 billion ($1.37 billion) per year into renewable energy and storage, but indicated it could expand that to €3 billion. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar PVs and wind turbines

¶ “Queensland Green Ammonia Plant Could Use Renewable Hydrogen” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura in Central Queensland. [Mirage News]

¶ “Turkish Delight For GE With 51-MW Cypress Deal” • GE Renewable Energy has inked a deal to supply 4.8-MW turbines from its Cypress platform for the 51-MW Gazi 9 wind farm in Turkey. Blades will be produced by GE company LM Wind Power at a site in the Turkish city of Izmir and towers will also be made locally in Turkey. [reNEWS]

Prototype Cypress wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Centrica To Use Customers’ Hot Water Tanks To Stop Blackouts” • Centrica, the owner of British Gas, plans to use its customers’ hot water tanks to create a virtual power plant which could help National Grid prevent future blackouts. It hopes to harness household gadgets with energy capacity equivalent to a large power plant by 2025. [The Guardian]

¶ “PMO Steps In To Ease Supply Of Credit For Green Energy Firms” • In India, the Prime Minister’s Office has intervened to help ease the credit supply for renewable energy firms. The government is moving to ensure that India’s efforts to emerge as a clean energy champion are not undermined by a lack of access to funds. [Livemint]

Solar array in India (Bloomberg image)

¶ “France Says Nuclear Plant Overruns ‘Unacceptable'” • The French government slammed as “unacceptable” delays and cost overruns at nuclear power plant projects undertaken by state utility firm EDF, including Britain’s controversial Hinkley Point. Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said there would be an independent audit. [Daily Pioneer]

US:

¶ “Hanwha Q Cells Dedicates Largest Solar Panel Factory In Western Hemisphere” • Hanwha Q Cells opened a 300,000 square foot solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia. The $200 million factory employs more than 650 workers and is capable of producing 12,000 solar panels a year, enough to generate 1.7 GW of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

New Hanwha Q Cells facility (Hanwha image)

¶ “California Governor Newsom And Michael Bloomberg Announce Plan To Use Satellite To Track Climate Change” • Gov Gavin Newsom of California and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new initiative that will use satellite data from Earth-imaging company Planet to monitor climate change in California. [Newsweek]

¶ “Duke Energy Renewables Announces Second Power Purchase Agreement For Frontier Windpower II” • Oklahoma’s Frontier Windpower project, owned by Duke Energy Renewables, has a second major purchaser for energy. The company announced signing a 15-year, 160-MW virtual power purchase agreement with AT&T. [Oklahoman.com]

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September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Got The World’s Attention. But Are Leaders Really Listening?” • The science is clear that we need to act now on climate change. But commitments to reduce planet-warming emissions that were announced at the UN Climate Summit this week show some world leaders are not yet willing to take really transformative action. [CNN]

Greta Thunberg and other climate activists (Sarah
Silbiger | Getty Images North America | Getty Images)

¶ “Why Vladimir Putin Suddenly Believes In Global Warming” • Some Russians have seen climate change as a “good thing,” with new opportunities for commerce, shipping, and exploration for petroleum sources. But the melting of permafrost poses a huge threat to Russia’s heartlands, as the thawing ground cannot bear the weight of infrastructure. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Food Or War: A Book That Teaches Common Sense” • Famine and conflict over food have been driving forces for as long as humans have lived on the planet. A new book called Food or War, by Julian Cribb, chronicles thousands of years of human history surrounding the quest for food and its violent consequences, into the present age. [CleanTechnica]

Fenway Park Gardens (Carolyn Fortuna | CleanTechnica)

World:

¶ “Solar, Wind Are Now Cheaper Than Coal In Most Of The World” • Bloomberg reported this week on the once unthinkable phenomena of solar and wind subsidies disappearing across the world because the industry has outgrown the need for them. The costs of electricity from renewable resources has dropped below the cost from coal. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “China struggling to kick its coal habit despite Beijing’s big climate pledges” • Even as China reiterated its commitment to reducing emissions last week in New York, earlier this month at least three large, new coal-fired power stations appeared to be either operating or under construction in Inner Mongolia in northern China. [CNN]

Sheep grazing near a new coal plant (CNN)

¶ “Ban On Single-Use Plastic In Ministries Of Power, Renewable Energy From Oct 2” • Single-use plastic will be banned from October 2 in India’s Ministries of Power, and New and Renewable Energy, by order of Union Minister RK Singh. The order says all public sector undertakings and attached offices of both ministries will also ban single-use plastic. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s Liddell Taskforce Told Singleton ‘Comfortable’ With Liddell Closure Plans” • Lack of government leadership is the biggest issue facing Australia’s Hunter Region as closure of Liddell power station approaches and the region transitions away from coal, Hunter councils told a federal/state Liddell taskforce. [Newcastle Herald]

Liddell coal-fired power station (Photo: Janie Barrett)

¶ “Iran’s Renewable Power Generation Capacity Exceeds 840 MW” • The capacity of Iran’s renewable power plants reached 841 MW, the Iranian Energy Ministry reported. The country’s renewable power plants have so far generated about 4.171 billion kWh of electricity, preventing emissions of 2.871 million tons of greenhouse gases. [Tehran Times]

US:

¶ “Dozens Arrested At Protest Outside New England’s Largest Coal Power Plant, In Bow, NH” • Nearly 70 people were arrested during a protest at a coal-fired power plant in Bow Saturday. The activists had marched onto the grounds of Merrimack Station, the largest coal-burning facility left in New England that is not set to retire. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Activists at Merrimack Station (Annie Ropeik | NHPR)

¶ “Apple Encourages Suppliers To Move To Green Energy With New Investment Projects” • Apple has moved to using 100% renewable energy, but now hopes that it can convince its suppliers to do the same. With 70% of its corporate carbon footprint is in the supply chain, Apple is helping its suppliers make the transition. [AppleInsider]

¶ “Big Banks Are Shifting Mortgages Made Riskier By Climate Change Onto Taxpayers” • New research first reported by The New York Times suggests banks are shifting mortgages made riskier by the climate emergency over to financial institutions backed by US taxpayers, a finding that echoes the subprime lending crisis of 2008. [Truthout]

Flooded house in Texas (Thomas B Shea | Getty Images)

¶ “Feds Give Counties Grants To Help Boost Ailing Coal Industry” • The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado won a $200,000 matching federal grant to help it develop new ways to market its coal. The plan could include finding ways to create coal-derived products as a way to help diversify the coal industry. [The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel]

¶ “Push For Nuclear Power In Space Sets Off Proliferation Debate” • NASA could place human missions to the moon or Mars in political jeopardy if it opts to use  power from highly-enriched uranium in space, warns Alan Kuperman, the founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin. [Yahoo News]

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September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Is Trudeau Doing Enough On Climate Change?” • For the first time in more than a decade, climate change is at the forefront of a federal election campaign in Canada. Greta Thunberg has earned a reputation for speaking truth to power – but Mr Trudeau nonetheless chose to meet her before she led the climate strike march in Montreal. [BBC]

Melting arctic ice

¶ “The 3.5% Rule: How A Small Minority Can Change The World” • Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, has shown it takes around 3.5% of the population to be participating actively in the protests to ensure serious political change. She also showed civil disobedience is the most powerful way to shape world politics. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Proctor & Gamble And PureCycle Collaborate On Recycling Process For Polypropylene” • Polypropylene is hard to recycle. But Proctor & Gamble, working with PureCycle Technologies, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Innventure, says it has perfected a process that results in recycled polypropylene that is odor-free and snowy white or clear in color. [CleanTechnica]

Polypropylene structure (Stan Zurek, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Almost 13,000 Study Clean Power In Scotland” • Almost 13,000 students are studying courses related to renewable energy at Scotland’s universities and colleges, according to a survey by Scottish Renewables. Over one third (36%) of the 12,885 students are female, according to data from 31 institutions, from Dumfriesshire to the Highlands. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla: Russia’s Top Propaganda Target” • RT (formerly called Russia Today), produces an abundance of articles suggesting Tesla is led by an incompetent CEO producing pathetic, highly dangerous, and unpopular cars. Tesla has nearly no presence in Russia. It does, however, represent a threat to a country whose exports are primarily gas and oil. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas in Florida (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Tory Conference 2019: Boris Johnson Pledges £1 Billion To Develop Electric Cars And To Plant A Million Trees” • Plans for heavy investment in electric car production, energy reduction measures in all new homes and the planting of one million trees are being promised by Boris Johnson in a £1.2 billion package to combat climate change. [iNews]

¶ “Hundreds Of Thousands Join Canada Climate Strikes” • Hundreds of thousands of people have joined climate strike marches across Canada, with almost 100 events planned in cities and towns. Greta Thunberg spoke in Montreal at the start of strikes in the city, which were expected to draw more than 300,000 people. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg speaking in Montreal (AFP)

¶ “Pm Tells UN General Assembly: Bahamas Under Threat From Climate Change” • Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said during the UN General Assembly meeting that the beauty and existence of the Bahamas is under grave threat from climate change. He used Hurricane Dorian as an example of the destruction climate change brings. [Bahamas Tribune]

¶ “Germany’s Climate Targets Require Huge Amounts Of Renewable Hydrogen – Reports” • Germany will require massive amounts of hydrogen made with renewable power to reach its climate targets, two reports commissioned by Greenpeace Energy say. The company sees demand for more hydrogen than green electricity. [Clean Energy Wire]

German geothermal plant (Niteshift, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Rupert Murdoch’s Daughter-In-Law Bucks The Family’s Conservative Reputation, Pledging Millions To Fight Climate Change” • Kathryn Murdoch, the daughter-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, publicly contradicted the family’s conservative stance on climate change in an interview with John Schwartz of the The New York Times. [Business Insider]

¶ “Climate Change Is Raising Quite The Stink In Florida” • In addition to other problems, the sunny day flooding that comes with rising sea levels threatens to overwhelm septic systems, leading to health issues. A Dade County report estimates it would take more than $3.3 billion to build water treatment facilities to provide sewer hookups. [CNN]

Sunny day flooding (Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

¶ “Dominion Energy Acquires Two Solar Projects In Virginia” • Dominion Generation, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, has acquired two solar generating projects with a total capacity of 95 MW from Savion LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. They are expected to be operational in 2020. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Oil Company Agrees To Pay Up To $100 Million To Restore Louisiana Coastline” • An agreement between Freeport-McMoRan, a company that specializes in drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and 12 coastal communities in Louisiana may set a precedent. The company agreed to pay up to $100 million to restore the Louisiana coastline. [CleanTechnica]

Barrier island creation (MississippiRiverDelta.org)

¶ “DTE Pledges Carbon-Free Power By 2050 Banking On Small Reactors, Carbon Capture Advancements” • DTE Energy said it will work to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It says it needs some regulatory changes, such as a price on carbon, and it is looking at technology, such as small modular nuclear reactors and energy storage. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Scout Flush For Heart Of Texas Build” • Scout Clean Energy has secured construction financing and tax equity commitments for the 180-MW Heart of Texas wind farm. Construction financing of $255 million was provided by KeyBank, Rabobank and CoBank. The project will comprise 64 GE turbines from the company’s 2-MW platform. [reNEWS]

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September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Birds Are Dying Off At An Alarming Rate. Here’s How You Can Help From Your Own Backyard” • An alarming study says that since 1970 the US and Canada have lost almost a third of their bird population. Habitat loss, collisions with glass, hunting by cats, and pesticides are the biggest threats, the American Birding Conservancy said. [CNN]

Western Meadowlark (Matthew Pendleton, Cornell University)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 vs. Mercedes C-Class And Audi A4: 5 Year Cost of Ownership Comparisons” • Given reasonable assumptions, Tesla’s Model 3 has a far lower 5 year cost of ownership than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A4. In fact, the Model 3’s cost in these comparisons is about 60% that of the popular Mercedes and Audi models. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Microplastics: Premium Teabags Leak Billions Of Particles – Study” • Some premium tea bags might be leaving billions of microscopic plastic particles in your cup, new research suggests. Canadian researchers found that some plastic tea bags shed high levels of microplastics into water. Microplastics have widely been found in the environment. [BBC]

Tea (Getty Creative Stock)

¶ “Fifth Of World’s Calories Threatened As Climate Scientists Sound Alarm Over Wheat” • Droughts caused by global warming could devastate up to 60% of the world’s wheat fields by the end of the century, and the world must prepare for “unprecedented” shocks to the production of the crop, a paper published in the journal Science Advances warns. [Malay Mail]

World:

¶ “Telford And Wrekin Council Switch To Renewable Electricity” • In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Council has switched to a new environmentally-friendly energy contract, Pure Green, which is provided by WME. This decision is part of the Council’s commitment to ensure all its activities and operations are carbon neutral by 2030. [Shropshire Live]

Solar array

¶ “EirGrid: 70% Of Ireland’s Electricity Will Be Renewable By 2030” • EirGrid Group in planning for 70% of all Irish electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, as part of a €2 billion, five-year strategy to transform Ireland’s electric system. Energy will come from a combination of onshore and offshore wind and solar sources. [TechCentral.ie]

¶ “South Africa’s Renewables Sector Growth May Be Driven By Coal’s Collapse” • South Africa’s switch to green energy may come sooner than later as its coal-based energy utility continues to implode. The opposition in parliament, the Democratic Alliance, published a warning that coal stocks are running out and blackouts are inevitable. [The National]

Traffic in a blackout (Waldo Swiegers | Bloomberg)

¶ “No More Pipelines, It’s Time For Renewables: Green Party” • Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, reaffirmed a party pledge to cancel the $13 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and redirect the funds to implementing a National Grid Strategy to transmit cheap, clean, renewable energy from coast to coast to coast. [Net Newsledger]

¶ “Offshore wind lifts UK renewables to ‘best ever Q2′” • New installed offshore wind capacity has help propel renewables share of UK electricity generation to record production in the second quarter of 2019. The UK’s electricity generation rose to over 35.5% in the second quarter of 2019, up from 32% in the same quarter of last year. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (SSE image)

¶ “Macquarie Reveals Five-Year Plan For Massive Investment In 20 GW Renewables” • Australian based Macquarie Group has announced plans to develop a massive portfolio of clean energy projects, with a goal of investing in 20 GW of new projects across the globe and will be channeled through a subsidiary, the Green Investment Group. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Latin America Pledges 70% Renewable Energy, Surpassing EU” • At the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Latin American countries have set a collective target of 70% renewable energy use by 2030, more than double what the EU plans, Colombia’s energy minister said. Her country has a renewables tender scheduled for October. [NBCNews.com]

Climate Strike in Bogota (Luisa Gonzalez | Reuters)

¶ “Kansai Electric Execs Allegedly Got ¥180 Million From Ex-Deputy Mayor Of Town Hosting Nuclear Plant” • Kansai Electric Power Co’s top executives have received payoffs totaling ¥180 million from a former deputy mayor of a town hosting one of the company’s nuclear power plants, sources close to the matter said. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “US War On California Emissions Standards Gets Approval From Republicans, Opprobrium From Democrats” • In a survey by Autolyst about California’s ability to set its own emission standards, 61% of Republicans responding said they agreed with the administration’s climate policies, while 70% of Democrats disagreed. [CleanTechnica]

Downtown Los Angeles (Coolcaesar, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Second-Largest Gift To A US University Was Pledged To Caltech. It’s Being Used For Climate Research” • Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company, pledged $750 million, the second-largest gift to a US academic institution, to the California Institute of Technology to support cutting-edge research into environmental sustainability. [CNN]

¶ “Fired EPA Scientists Band Together To Continue Their Work” • Last October, the EPA disbanded an advisory panel of scientists whose mission was to advise it on air pollution standards. Many of those same scientists will meet this year where they always met in the past to carry on their work as private citizens rather than public employees. [CleanTechnica]

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September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2019

World:

¶ “Landmark UN Report Warns Sea Levels Will Rise Faster Than Projected By 2100” • Cities from New York to Shanghai could see regular flooding, as sea levels rise faster than previously thought. Glaciers and ice sheets from the Himalayas to Antarctica are rapidly melting. And the fisheries that feed millions of people are shrinking. [CNN]

Ocean food (Jay Directo | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Fish Are In Trouble With The Climate Crisis, IPCC Report Finds” • Since the 1970s, the climate crisis has made our oceans warmer and more acidic, reducing the number of the fish we rely on for our food, according to a major UN report. Ultimately, the report said, this will lead to the extinction of some species we fish for food. [CNN]

¶ “Vestas Wins 168-MW In Mexico” • Vestas has secured a 168-MW turbine order for a wind farm in Mexico. The order derives from a corporate power purchase agreement and includes the supply and installation of 42 turbines from the 4-MW platform with V150 rotors. Details of the project location, customer, and completion date are undisclosed. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “The Tiny Island That Aims To Become A Carbon-Netural Paradise” • Gapado  is a speck of land off the southern coast of South Korea. It has fewer than 200 residents, many with solar powered homes, and two wind turbines. The island produces more energy than it uses. It could show Jeju province how to be carbon neutral by 2030. [BBC]

¶ “Australia Is A Forerunner In Generating Renewable Energy” • Growth of renewable energy in Australia is happening at a rate that is ten times faster per capita than the world average. In 2018 through 2020, the country is installing more than 16 GW of solar and wind capacity, which is an average rate of 220 watts per person per year. [Industry Reporter]

Installing solar panels

¶ “Nuclear Power Risks Pricing Itself Out Of Europe’s Energy Market” • Aside from the British project at Hinkley Point in southwestern England, additional nuclear plants in Finland and France are also behind schedule and over budget. The industry’s woes contrast with swiftly falling costs for installing wind and solar farms. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Australian Energy Market Commission Wants Power Prices Cut And A Grid Suited For Renewables” • The energy adviser for the Federal Government warned that solar panels are so popular that the grid is at capacity. Time is running out for the energy grid to be revolutionized to pass on better returns to customers generating their own power. [ABC News]

Solar project (Supplied photo: Quality Solar NT)

UK:

¶ “The World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Is Nearly Complete. It Can Power 1 Million Homes” • The world’s largest offshore wind farm is taking shape 120 km (75 miles) off England’s Yorkshire coast. Hornsea One will produce enough energy to supply 1 million UK homes with clean electricity when it is completed in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Resurgence In Wales” • Four years ago Welsh Government passed the Well-Being of Future Generations Act. It contained an ambitious target for the country to get 70% from renewables by 2030. The latest figures show this is within reach, since 48% of Wales’ energy consumption is currently coming from renewable power. [Energy Saving Trust]

Dam in the Elen Valley (Getty Images)

¶ “The Road To Clean Energy” • Wind power has made it possible for the UK to contemplate a zero carbon future. What was once a seemingly impossible dream is now a government commitment for the year 2050. Thanks in part to the growth in use and the reduction in cost of renewables, the UK has lowered its carbon emissions by 40% since 1990. [BBC]

¶ “Scotland Will Probably Reach 100% Renewable Energy Goal ‘Soon’” • With nearly three-quarters of its energy coming from wind, solar, and hydro, Scotland is well on its way to a carbon-free energy grid. Scottish Renewables predicts in a recent report that the country will soon be meeting its 100% target for energy from clean sources. [ZME Science]

Edinburgh

US:

¶ “GE Scores California Storage Hat-Trick” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Convergent Energy and Power to supply battery energy storage systems for three projects in California with total capacity of 100 MWh. GE said the project will bring its total battery storage capacity in operation or under construction to 495 MWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “eBay San Jose Headquarters Moves To 100% Renewable Energy” • eBay announced that two San Jose campuses, including eBay’s global headquarters, will be powered entirely by carbon-free solar, wind, and geothermal energy by the end of September thanks to a new partnership with San Jose Clean Energy and its TotalGreen service. [eSellerCafe]

eBay campus (eBay image)

¶ “Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Were Caused By Weak Management, Poor Oversight, NTSB Says” • In September, 2018, a series of gas explosions and fires destroyed 131 buildings in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. One person was killed. An NTSB investigation said the fault lay in inadequate management and poor oversight. [CNN]

¶ “Dominion Energy Plans America’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm” • Dominion Energy is planning the construction of the single largest offshore wind project in US waters, consisting of three 880-MW phases. According to the American Wind Energy Association, this presents a huge economic opportunity for the State of Virginia. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2019

World:

¶ “Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn” • Italian authorities closed roads and evacuated mountain huts after experts warned that about 250,000 cubic meters of ice are in danger of breaking away from a glacier on the peak of Grandes Jorasses. The mayor of nearby Courmayeur said global warming was changing the mountain. [BBC]

Glacier on Grandes Jorasses peak (Getty Images)

¶ “UN Report Warns Climate Change Is Accelerating” • Days after millions of climate protesters called for international action and global leaders convened at the UN Climate Action Summit, the world’s top climate-science body warns that intergovernmental collaboration on a global scale is required to cope with changes that are already under way. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Hydro-Floating Solar Farms: New Opportunity For Việt Nam’s Renewable Energy Sector” • The Đồng Nai People’s Committee proposed the Ministry of Industry and Trade develop eight floating solar farms on the man-made Trị An Lake. The floating solar projects would have total capacity of 5,400 MW and be added by 2025.  [Viet Nam News]

Floating system on Đa Mi reservoir (Courtesy of DHD/ADB)

¶ “Amazon Rainforest Belongs To Brazil, Says Jair Bolsonaro” • Conservationists blame Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his government for turning a blind eye as Amazon land is cleared by farmers and loggers, hastening deforestation. But  Bolsonaro has insisted that the Brazilian areas of the Amazon rainforest are sovereign territory. [BBC]

¶ “Costa Rica Will Run On More Than 98% Renewable Energy For Fifth Consecutive Year, Government Says” • Costa Rica’s government expects that the country will generate more than 99% of its energy from renewable resources in 2019. That means Costa Rica will have run on more than 98% clean energy over five consecutive years. [The Tico Times]

Costa Rica (Via ICE)

¶ “More Cost Overruns And Delay For UK’s Nuclear Project: EDF” • Britain’s controversial Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project faces substantial fresh cost overruns and further delay, France’s EDF power supplier said. The increase puts the cost between £1.9 billion ($2.36 billion) and £2.9 billion ($3.6 billion) over previous estimates. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Apple-Launched China Clean Energy Fund Invests In Three Wind Farms” • Launched in 2018, the first-of-its-kind China Clean Energy Fund connects suppliers with renewable energy projects. Apple and ten of its suppliers in China will invest nearly $300 million by 2022 to develop projects totaling 1 GW of renewable energy. [Apple Newsroom]

Concord Jing Tang wind farm

US:

¶ “Trump Is Weaponizing The EPA Against California” • President Donald Trump continues to make political war on California over the environment. Last week the Trump administration went after the state for doing too much under the Clean Air Act. This week it’s alleging that California isn’t doing enough under the same law. [CNN]

¶ “In The Renewable Energy Credit Market, Some Are Greener Than Others” • Vermont’s energy may not be as green as it seems. Rep Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, said the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus, which she vice chairs, will push to update the state’s renewable energy standard to require more in-state generation. [vtdigger.org]

Green Mountain Power solar array (Glenn Russell | VTDigger)

¶ “America’s Top Energy Regulator Agonizes Over The Downfall Of Coal Country” • Neil Chatterjee, America’s top energy regulator, grew up in the heart of coal country. Now, he agonizes over the collapse of the coal industry, and there’s not much he can do to save it. “It is really, really difficult for me to watch,” Chatterjee said in an interview. [CNN]

¶ “Microsoft Signs 230-MW US Renewables PPA” • Microsoft entered into a long-term PPA with Engie to buy 230 MW of wind and solar capacity in Texas. The 200-MW Las Lomas wind farm will supply 145 MW, and the 200-MW Anson Solar Center park will provide 85 MW. The projects bring Microsoft’s renewables portfolio to over 1.9 GW. [reNEWS]

Installing a wind turbine (Engie image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Goes Carbon Neutral” • The wind, hydropower, energy storage, and grid operations business of GE has committed to going 100% carbon neutral by the end of 2020. GE Renewable Energy chief executive Jerome Pecresse said, “This is a decision that makes business sense.” Natural Capital Partners will advise GE on the move. [reNEWS]

¶ “US Developer Primed For 1.7-GW Solar Surge” • US solar developer Intersect Power has entered late-stage development on a large portfolio of solar power plants with a combined capacity of more than 1700 MW. The five shovel-ready projects, which are located in California and Texas, will begin construction in 2020. [reNEWS]

Solar array (First Solar image)

¶ “More Utilities Getting Serious About Becoming Carbon-Neutral” • Last year, Xcel Energy became the first utility to commit to reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The company’s bold goal now is spurring others in the sector to make similar pledges. The investments are to benefit both the environment and the investors. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Industry Leaders: Solar Can Cover 20% Of US Energy Needs In The Next Decade” • While it may seem like an ambitious and overly lofty plan, leaders in the solar energy industry say they believe a variety of strategies will help get them to their goal of producing 20% of the US energy demand in about a decade from now. [KSL.com]

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September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2019

Greta Thunberg:

¶ “Angry Greta Thunberg Tells Global Leaders She ‘Will Never Forgive’ Them For Failing On Climate Change” • Greta Thunberg doesn’t mince words. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” the Swedish climate activist told the UN General Assembly. “How dare you?” [CNN]

Greta Thunberg scolding the UN (UNTV)

¶ “Greta Thunberg And 15 Other Children Filed A Complaint Against Five Countries Over The Climate Crisis” • Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations alleging that five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights by not taking adequate action to stop the unfolding climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Trump Makes Flying Visit To UN Climate Crisis Gathering But US Remains Silent” • The UN gathered world leaders to present concrete plans to tackle the climate crisis. Scientists, activists, and religious leaders warned that urgent steps are needed as natural disasters are increasingly devastating. President Trump paid a flying visit but said nothing. [CNN]

Thunberg watches Trump (Andrew Hofstetter | Reuters)

Opinion:

¶ “Logic Supports Renewables, Not Nuclear” • The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report gives nuclear power little hope in the race against quickly installed, job-friendly, and popular renewables. The report makes it clear that clean power is taking the lead. Nuclear is not only too costly but too slow to deploy to deal with climate change. [pv magazine international]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Energy Watch Group Says Natural Gas Is A Death Sentence For The Earth” • An Energy Watch Group study calculates the climate impact of switching to natural gas. It shows that benefits from reducing CO₂ by switching to natural gas are lost because of the high methane emissions from natural gas production and transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas report (Credit: Energy Watch Group)

World:

¶ “Chinese Suppliers Report Solar Module Supply Milestones In India” • Two Chinese PV manufacturers announced milestones in their business in India. Trina Solar said it has 4 GW in cumulative installed PV modules in India. Jinneng Clean Energy Technology said it shipped over 1 GW of solar modules to Indian customers over the last two years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gabon Becomes The First African Country To Receive Funding For Preserving Its Rainforests” • In an effort to fight climate change, the UN announced that Gabon will become the first African country paid to preserve its rainforest. Norway will pay $150 million to Gabon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle deforestation. [CNN]

Gabon (AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “UK Labour Plans State-Led 52-GW Offshore Wind Drive” • The UK Labour party unveiled a plan to set up a state-owned development company to build 37 new offshore wind farms in domestic waters by 2030. The ‘People Power Plan’ would see 52 GW of offshore wind online by the end of the next decade, up from the existing 30-GW target. [reNEWS]

¶ “UK Offshore Wind Prices Reach New Record Low In Latest CfD Auction” • The latest UK renewable energy auction awarded 12 projects, including 5.5 GW of offshore wind projects, at prices as low as £39.65 ($50.05). According to the UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, prices for offshore wind have fallen 30% since 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Credit: Jan Arne Wold, via Equinor)

¶ “Enlight Team Toasts 105-MW Serbian Success” • Israeli company Enlight Renewable Energy and its Serbian partner New Energy Solutions officially opened the 104.5-MW Kovacica wind farm in Serbia. The project is in the municipality of Kovacica and features 38 GE 2.75-120 turbines. Investment for the wind farm was €189 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “South Australia Unveils Plans For 100% Renewable Hydrogen Economy” • South Australia has outlined plans for a 100% renewable hydrogen economy, saying that with its enormous wind and solar resources, there is nowhere else in the world as well positioned to produce, consume, and export 100% green hydrogen. [RenewEconomy]

South Australian wind farm

US:

¶ “New York State Partners With Ireland, Denmark To Improve Power Grids, Allow More Renewable Energy Resources” • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he signed memorandums of understanding with Ireland and Denmark to partner to improve electric grids and enable more renewable energy resources. [USA Herald]

¶ “Beekeeper Groups Sue EPA Over Pesticide Decision” • In the latest confrontation between the bee industry and the Trump administration, a group of concerned beekeepers have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its July decision to expand the use of a pesticide that is known to harm bees and other pollinators. [CNN]

Bee hive (Georges Gobet | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “23 States Sue Trump To Keep California’s Auto Emission Rules” • California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation’s climate policy. [Associated Press]

¶ “Honda Pushes US Renewables Accelerator” • Honda signed a 320-MW virtual power purchase agreement for electricity from a wind farm in Oklahoma and a solar farm in Texas. In the third quarter of 2020, 120 MW of electricity will come from E.ON’s 150-MW Boiling Springs wind farm. And 200 MW will come a year later from PVs in Texas. [reNEWS]

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September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Our Failed-Businessman President Is Working To Tank Another US Industry” • Whether it’s due to pure business ignorance, immense ignorance in general, or poisonous malice, our current president, a consistent business failure over the past several decades, is working feverishly to destroy another major US industry – the auto industry. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “What Are The Top Priorities For Utilities In Asia?” • Earlier this month, Malaysia’s Energy Minister gave a glimpse of what is happening in her country. She spoke of the need to digitize the electricity grid, why Malaysia is pushing for the use of solar energy and engaging with ‘prosumers,’ and the need for transparency to boost investment. [GovInsider]

¶ “Climate Change: Did We Just Witness The Beginning Of The End Of Big Oil?” • The energy sector is notorious for booms and busts, but oil and gas stocks’ weighting in the S&P 500 has not been this low since as far back as 1979. Investors have lost faith in oil companies, though it is not yet entirely clear whether that is a permanent change. [CNBC]

Gas station (Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images)

¶ “Can Nuclear Power Help Save Us From Climate Change?” • Nuclear power’s contribution to electricity generation is in a free fall, dropping from about 18% of worldwide electricity capacity in the mid 1990s to 10% today, the International Energy Agency says. The agency expects the downward spiral to continue, hitting 5% by 2040. [Chemical & Engineering News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change: Impacts ‘Accelerating’ As Leaders Gather For UN Talks” • The signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up, the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key UN talks in New York, says. The data, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization says the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record. [BBC]

Boat and ice (Getty Images)

¶ “Countries Must Triple Climate Emission Cut Targets To Limit Global Heating To 2°C” • An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. [The Guardian]

¶ “Five-Year Period Ending In 2019 Set To Be Hottest On Record, Sobering UN Report Says” • A stunning UN report, produced by the world’s leading climate science organizations, says the five years from 2015 to 2019 “is now estimated to be 1.1°C (1.98°F) above pre-industrial (1850-1900) times and 0.2°C (0.36°F) warmer than 2011-2015.” [The Weather Channel]

Protest in Sydney (Rick Rycroft | AP)

World:

¶ “More Than 90 Heads Of State Are Descending On New York City. Here’s What To Watch For” • Before the UN General Assembly this year, the UN is to hold a special Climate Action summit. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told country leaders not to come to the podium without “concrete and transformative plans” for the climate. [CNN]

¶ “Pizol Glacier: Swiss Hold Funeral For Ice Lost To Global Warming” • A Swiss glacier lost to global warming has been commemorated at a memorial service in the Alps. Dozens of people took part in Sunday’s “funeral march” to mark the loss of the Pizol glacier. It has shrunk so much that “from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier.” [BBC]

“Funeral march” for the Pizol glacier (Getty Images)

¶ “Tailem Bend Solar Farm Gets Operator Approval For Self-Forecasting Technology” • South Australia’s 95-MW Tailem Bend solar farm is the first of its kind to get approval for self-forecast generation by the Australian Energy Market Operator. Tailem Bend is required to switch off at times of negative prices, and it is looking at battery storage. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Dozen Renewable Energy Projects Approved” • The UK approved electricity supply deals for a dozen major renewable energy projects, including the world’s largest wind farm, the £9 billion Dogger Bank project off the Yorkshire coast. The projects will provide 6 GW of electricity, enough to power over seven million homes. [Construction Enquirer]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Google Clicks With Neoen For Finnish Power Pact” • French developer Neoen signed a power purchase agreement with internet giant Google for 130 MW of electricity from Finland’s 250-MW Mutkalampi wind farm. The off-take deal will kick in once the project, located in Central and Northern Ostrobothnia, begins operations in 2022. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Where Solar Energy Is Booming in the US” • Right now, amid the ebbs and flows of the solar industry, utility-scale solar may be the hottest business in town. According to the Q3 2019 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the utility-scale pipeline has hit an all-time high of 37.9 GW. [Motley Fool]

Solar array (Getty Images)

¶ “Tredyffrin Targets 100% Renewable Energy” • The Board of Supervisors of Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania, adopted a resolution to commit to 100% clean energy. The vote of 6 to 1 was met with thunderous applause. Tredyffrin joins ten other municipalities in Chester County currently developing plans to transition away from fossil fuels. [Patch.com]

¶ “Tri-State Retires Nucla Station” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission officially retired its Nucla Station after it used up the last of its coal supply last week. Tri-State had announced in July that it would shutter the 100-MW coal-fired plant next year, roughly two years ahead of its previous plan to close the station in 2022. [The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel]

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September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla Vs Porsche EV Rivalry Accelerates The Death Of Fossil Vehicles” • If Porsche wants its Taycan to keep pace with the Tesla Model S Plaid, Porsche will have to allow it to outperform the company’s current flagship Panamera combustion sedan. And that will only highlight the inferiority of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Taycan (Porsche image)

¶ “The World Is Installing A Ton Of Renewables, But Coal Could Screw Things Up” • The International Energy Agency expects the capacity for renewable energy to grow by almost 12% this year. The problem is, the world is still having a dirty love affair with coal. Worldwide, new coal projects under development come to 579 GW. [Gizmodo Australia]

¶ “Hawaii Wants To Lead The Renewable Revolution” • In 2015 Hawaii became the first US state to mandate a full transition to renewable energy. With high energy prices and an ingrained environmental ethos, Hawaii positioned itself as a pioneer in the move to a future free of fossil fuels. But it is easier to make a promise than to fulfill it. [Scientific American]

Solar array in Hawaii (Julie Thurston Getty Images)

¶ “How Russia Seized Control of the Uranium Market” • Mines in Canada and elsewhere, which have supplied uranium for nuclear fuel, have been closing, as Russia and Kazakhstan put pressure on the market. The US imports 93% of its nuclear reactor fuel, and much of this is from Russia, but President Trump says this is not a problem. [The Market Oracle]

World:

¶ “The Amazon Burns. But Another Part Of Brazil Is Being Destroyed Faster” • The Amazon blazes have captured the attention of the world and its leaders, and for good reason. But just miles away, another part of Brazil, home to 5% of the planet’s plants and animals, and a carbon store of its own, is being destroyed at a faster rate. [CNN]

Land clearing (Nelson Almedia | AFP | Getty Image)

¶ “Deep Geothermal: Is This NZ’s Clean Energy Future?” • The key to driving New Zealand’s emissions to net zero by 2050 may lie deep beneath our feet. A new project will explore how tapping deep and hot geothermal resources could yield an unlimited source of clean energy for the country, at a time it’s searching for bold ways to decarbonize. [New Zealand Herald]

¶ “Germany To Join Alliance To Phase Out Coal” • In the wake of the global student climate strike, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said Germany would move further in its efforts to phase out coal. Berlin is hoping to shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2038. The country will be joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance. [Deutsche Welle]

Mine and turbines (S Zeise | ©Picture Alliance | DPA)

US:

¶ “California Is Investing $95 Million Into Clean Transportation” • California wants to make sure that its citizens eventually use only zero-emissions vehicles. It recently announced that it is investing $95 million into clean transportation. One goal is helping those living in the state’s disadvantaged communities get access to clean transportation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minnesota Wind-Solar Hybrid Project Could Be New Frontier For Renewable Energy” • As an experiment, a wind turbine and small solar array sit in a cornfield near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. By capturing both sun and wind power, they can provide a more stable supply of electricity than either energy source can provide alone. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Wind turbine (Clean Energy Economy Minnesota)

¶ “Trump Administration Suppressed Over 1500 Climate Change Studies” • The Trump administration systematically suppressed and minimized the results of more than 1,400 studies related to climate change at the Department of Agriculture, information released by Sen Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) shows. Farmers are not getting facts they need. [The National Memo]

¶ “Climate Activists Blast NorthWestern Energy For Reliance On Fossil Fuels” • More than 100 activists brought the Climate Strike to NorthWestern Energy’s office in Missoula, Montana, urging the company to stop using coal and natural gas to produce energy and convert to wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. [KPAX-TV]

Demonstration in Missoula (Dave Stalling | Missoula Current)

¶ “Salt Lake Students Skip Class, Take Part In Global Climate Strike” • Young people across the world Friday rallied for a bigger response to what they say are dire threats to people everywhere from climate change. Conservatively, Salt Lake City’s event drew several hundred demonstrators. Many of them were high school students. [KUTV 2News]

¶ “The Heat Is On The Rise And Climate Change Is Affecting Tampa Bay” • Climate change is real, and it’s happening now: That’s the message protesters wanted the nation to hear. Heat and coastal flooding are the main issues people in Florida are seeing. The water level in Tampa Bay is 7.8 inches above what it was in 1940, and it is rising. [WTSP.com]

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September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “11% Of The Military Budget Could Fund Enough Renewable Energy For Every Home In The US” • Just 11% of the Pentagon’s current $716 billion budget would pay to produce enough wind and solar energy to power every one of the 127.59 million US households. A Green New Deal could make energy bills a thing of the past. [National Priorities Project]

Climate strike in Perth. (Gnangarra, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Germany Unveils $60 Billion Plan To Fight The Climate Crisis” • As tens of thousands took to the streets of Berlin to demand urgent action to tackle the climate crisis, Germany’s coalition government unveiled a €54 billion ($60 billion) package of policies to speed up the country’s transition to renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. [CNN]

¶ “Climate Protests: Marches Worldwide Against Global Warming” • Millions of people around the world held a global climate strike on Friday, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg. Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by humans. [BBC]

Over four million people demonstrating (Reuters image)

¶ “Saudi Oil Facility Attacks: Race On To Restore Supplies” • While it is not clear who launched the attack on Saudi oil facilities, it is clear significant damage was done. Oil prices saw their biggest jump in 30 years on Monday, rising by nearly 15%. Despite this, Saudi Arabia says oil production will resume as normal by the end of September. [BBC]

¶ “After Stalling Last Year, Renewable Power Capacity Additions To Hit Double-Digit Growth In 2019” • After stalling last year, global capacity additions of renewable power are set to bounce back with double-digit growth in 2019, driven by solar PV’s strong performance, according to the International Energy Agency. [Modern Diplomacy]

Solar energy

¶ “Daimler And VW Saying ‘Auf Wiedersehn’ To Internal Combustion Engines, But Not BMW” • In an interview, the head of R&D for the Mercedes-Benz division of Daimler, said his company has no plans to develop next-generation internal combustion engines. Instead, it is focusing on development of electric powertrains and batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘We’re Losing The Race:’ UN Secretary General Calls Climate Change An Emergency” • UN Secretary General António Guterres said in an interview with Covering Climate Now that he is counting on public pressure to compel governments to take much stronger action against what he calls the climate change “emergency.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

António Guterres (Mary Altaffer | AP)

US:

¶ “‘Worse Than Harvey’: Catastrophic Imelda Flooding Turns Deadly In East Texas” • Tropical Depression Imelda dumped catastrophic amounts of rain on parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Houston’s Police Chief said the rainfall is worse than during Harvey two years ago, which was the most extreme rain event in US history. [Daily Beast]

¶ “Tropical Storm Imelda Will Likely Be Southeast Texas’ Fifth 500-Year Flood In Five Years” • Tropical Storm Imelda was incredible. Though it might be too soon to tell how climate change shaped the intensity and speed with which Imelda struck Texas, Imelda will likely be Southeast Texas’ fifth 500-year flood event in as many years. [The Texas Observer]

Flooding (Kim Brent | The Beaumont Enterprise Via AP)

¶ “AT&T Renewable Energy Purchases To Surpass 1.5 GW Of Clean Energy” • AT&T has announced that its renewable energy purchases will surpass 1.5 GW of clean energy capacity, the amount used by about 560,000 homes, with the addition of new Virtual Power Purchase Agreements. The agreements are with Invenergy and Duke Energy Renewables. [KFVS]

¶ “California, New York Sue To Block Trump Administration From Revoking Higher Auto Emissions Standards Waiver” • California and New York filed a lawsuit to try to block the Trump administration from revoking the states’ authority to set their own vehicle emission standards, a legal waiver established under the Clean Air Act. [CNN]

CA (Justin Sullivan | Getty Images North America| Getty Images)

¶ “Trump Will Hold Session On Religious Persecution Instead Of Attending UN Climate Summit” • When President Trump visits the UN on Monday, many world leaders will be participating in a summit meant to address climate change. Trump won’t be there. Instead, he is chairing his own session focused on worldwide religious persecution. [CNN]

¶ “Repeat Flooding Has Residents Asking: Is Houston Worth It?” • Harvey was the third “500-year” rain event to hit Southeast Texas in three years. This week, Tropical Storm Imelda also earned that distinction, dumping more than forty inches of rain on the area. And many residents are now asking themselves: Is Houston worth it? [Houston Chronicle]

Woman and child (Godofredo A Vásquez | Houston Chronicle)

¶ “Former Analyst Quit Over White House Efforts To Edit Climate Report” • Dr Rod Schoonover, a former State Department intelligence analyst who resigned in protest when the White House attempted to block his report to Congress, told CBS News why he believes the threat climate change poses to America’s national security is being silenced. [WCBI]

¶ “Three Mile Island Unit 1 Closes For Good, Unable To Run Profitably” • Three Mile Island Unit 1, the nuclear power station whose name has become synonymous with the nation’s worst nuclear accident, was closed for good on Friday. The 45-year-old nuclear reactor, located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, was losing money. [CBS News]

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September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Storing Energy In Compressed Air Could Finally Become Cheap Enough For The Big Time” • Hydrostor uses excess energy to compress air and store it in a container. Then, to recover the energy, run the trapped air through a turbine that generates power. It has developed the technology to the point that it is looking for big projects. [Quartz]

Hydrostor energy storage (Hydrostor image)

World:

¶ “More Than 100,000 Have Gathered In Melbourne As The World Begins Climate Demonstrations” • All around the world, climate activists are taking part in a global general strike in what is expected to be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in the planet’s history. The day started with more than 100,000 marchers gathering in Melbourne. [CNN]

¶ “Enel Turns Sod On 201-MW Kolskaya Wind Farm” • Enel Green Power has started construction of a 201-MW wind farm in Russia. The Kolskaya wind farm, which is the largest renewables project beyond the Arctic Circle, is expected to be completed in 2021. The wind farm, located in Murmansk, will consist of 57 turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “How The ACT’s 100% Renewable Electricity Target Is Saving Households Cash” • In less than two weeks, the Australian Capital Territory will reach its target of sourcing the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. It has showed that the target is doable. And it proved to be a lot less expensive than anyone thought. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Ikea Has Invested In Enough Clean Energy To Power All Of Its Operations (Plus Extra)” • Ikea’s parent company has invested around $2.7 billion in renewable energy. Today, it announced that its latest investments will tip it over a milestone that it originally aimed to achieve a year from now. It will produce more energy than it uses. [Fast Company]

Ikea solar array (Ikea image)

UK:

¶ “Scottish Islands Set To Be ‘Green Powerhouse’” • Scotland’s remote islands will become a “green energy powerhouse” after four wind projects with a combined capacity of 275 MW secured Contracts for Difference, according to trade association Scottish Renewables. The CfDs ranging between £39.65 ($49.70) and £41.61 per MWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “Britain’s New Renewable Subsidies Hit Record Low On The Path To Net Zero” • Britain has awarded record low subsidies to twelve renewable energy projects capable of generating enough power for some 7 million homes, the government said, as a drop in the cost of offshore wind projects curbs the need for state support. [Euronews]

Turbines (Andy DingleCleanTechnicay, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “CfD3 Puts UK In ‘New Era Of Cheap Power’” • The UK is in a new era of cheap renewables after the Contract for Difference auction results saw a record-low support price of under £40 ($50.20) per MWh, according to trade association RenewableUK. Offshore and onshore wind are now lower than the expected market price for power. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “US To Stage Its Largest Ever Climate Strike: ‘Somebody Must Sound The Alarm'” • Climate strikes will take place in more than 1,000 locations in the US on Friday, with major rallies in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. Globally, more than 4,500 strikes are planned across 150 countries. [The Guardian]

Greta Thunberg at the UN (Bryan R Smith | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Amazon To Buy 100,000 Electric Vans As Part Of Broader Climate Pledge” • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a climate plan that will meet the Paris climate agreement goals ten years early and makes the company carbon neutral by 2040. As part of this pledge, Bezos announced Amazon will purchase 100,000 electric vans. [CNN]

¶ “The Famous Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Is Closing” • The famous Three Mile Island nuclear plant is officially shutting down September 20, a plant spokesperson confirmed to CNN. Exelon Generation announced in May that it would officially close the plant by September 30, citing a lack of state action in subsidizing clean energy. [CNN]

Cooling towers (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Why GM Auto Workers Are Striking And Some Want To Make More EVs” • The Tesla Model 3 won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, which means that the car achieved the highest possible score in all 8 test categories. You cannot get a better overall score. But then, this should not be surprising. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Google Search Finds 1.6 GW Of Green PPAs” • Google made what the internet giant claims to be the biggest ever corporate purchase of renewable energy. The US company has secured a 1.6 GW package consisting of 18 power purchase agreements in wind and solar across Europe and the Americas. And its global PV porfolio has more than doubled. [reNEWS]

Data center (Google image)

¶ “Hot Springs, Arkansas Is Switching Over To 100% Solar Energy, Joining Only Six Other Cities In The US” • The city of Hot Springs, Arkansas has announced plans to switch to 100% solar energy. The City Manager says the switch to a renewable energy source will save the city an estimated $30 million over the next three decades. [Newsweek]

¶ “Ørsted To Pioneer Deployment Of GE’s Next Generation Offshore Wind Turbine” • Subject to required approvals and final contract signing, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbines on the two offshore wind farms in Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic cluster. They would put 120 MW off the coast of Maryland and 1,100 off New Jersey. [EnerCom Inc]

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September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “I Saw What Climate Change Hell Looks Like. Now I’m Joining The Global Climate Strike. You Should Too” • I thought it was snow. Soft white flakes dissolved into my coffee. With the other students on the cafe patio, I looked to the sky for an explanation. It was not snow. It was the Thomas fire, the largest fire on record in California history. [Los Angeles Times]

Students demonstrate (Filip Singer | EPA-EFE | REX)

¶ “Leading US Businesses Sow Distributed Wind Energy, Reap Control” • Three US DOE reports contain an interesting detail. Uilities still account for the largest share of distributed wind energy, but commercial and industrial users are catching up. Large wind power users could become a major force in the renewable energy transition. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Climate Crisis Is Accelerating The Global Spread Of Deadly Dengue Fever” • Explosive outbreaks of dengue fever have rapidly spread in countries across Asia, killing more than 1,000 people, infecting hundreds of thousands and straining hospitals packed with sick families. Bangladesh is having the worst outbreak it has ever seen. [CNN]

Treating dengue fever (Nicolas Asfour | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Study Of Ancient Climate Suggests Warming Could Accelerate As CO₂ Levels Rise” • Researchers at two universities in the US used a state-of-the-art climate model to successfully simulate the extreme warming of the Early Eocene Period. They found that the rate of warming increased dramatically as carbon dioxide levels rose. [UANews]

¶ “Vegetarian Diets Not Always The Most Climate-Friendly, Researchers Say” • Scientists found that diets in which meat, fish, or dairy products were consumed only once a day would leave less of a footprint on climate change and water supplies than a vegetarian diet including milk and eggs, in 95% of countries they analysed. [Good Food]

Good food (Supplied photo)

World:

¶ “China Still Planning New Coal Power Projects: Environmental Groups” • China’s total planned coal-fired power projects now stand at 226.2 GW, the highest in the world and more than twice the amount of new capacity on the books in India, according to data published by German environmental organization Urgewald and thirty other groups. [CNA]

¶ “Investors Turn Up The Heat On Companies Over Climate Change” • A group of 515 investors managing assets worth $35 trillion are sending a message to governments and companies: Do more to fight climate change. They urged policymakers to act with the “utmost urgency” to comply with the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (George Frey | Getty Images)

¶ “Decentralised Renewable Energy Can Ensure Round-The-Clock Power Supply: Report” • Decentralized renewable energy can ensure round-the-clock, reliable and quality energy supply through clean energy sources to most customers, according to a report by Clean Energy Access Network, a non-government organisation based in Delhi. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “NT Backs Massive Solar Push To Reach Zero Emissions Target” • The Labor government of Australia’s Northern Territory unveiled a comprehensive and firmly science-informed plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050. It has a focus on the territory’s massive advantage in solar – “the cheapest form of new electricity generation.” [RenewEconomy]

Solar roof in Darwin, NT

¶ “Renewable Energy Could Cut Electricity Rates By 30%” • Heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels, high financing costs, and uncompetitive market structures have helped make electricity prices in the Philippines among the highest in Southeast Asia, a report of a global research institute says. Switching to renewables could save 30%. [BusinessWorld Online]

¶ “GE To Supply World’s Biggest Battery For South Australia Solar River Project” •  GE Renewable Energy will build what has been touted as “one of the largest” grid-connected batteries in the world. If the 200-MW Solar River Project in South Australia were built today, it would be the world’s biggest, according to our calculations. [RenewEconomy]

GE battery

¶ “Fukushima Disaster: Nuclear Executives Found Not Guilty” • More than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese court has cleared three former executives of the firm operating the plant of professional negligence. It was the only criminal case to arise out of the disaster, which was the worst since Chernobyl in 1986. [BBC]

US:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Has A Suggestion For Congress On How To Take Real Action On The Climate Crisis” • Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg appeared in front of Congress before a hearing on climate change, just days after she met with former President Barack Obama. She said, “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.” [CNN]

Greta Thunberg (Alex Wong | Getty Images)

¶ “California Vows To Fight Trump Administration To Keep Higher Car Emission Standards” • Sacramento has vowed to fight Washington’s attempt to remove the state’s higher car emission standards. “It’s about the oil industry, period, full stop. It’s not about the car manufacturers, … it’s not about our economy,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. [KGO-TV]

¶ “US Utility-Scale Solar Pipeline Tops 37.9 GW” • The US solar industry now boasts the largest pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in history with a record 37.9 GW of contracted solar, according to the latest figures, in the US Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association.  [CleanTechnica]

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September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “September, 2019: A Tipping Point Moment For The Earth?” • Thanks to the unceasing efforts of people like Bill McKibben, Michael Mann, Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement, and many others, there is a sense that attitudes toward climate change may be shifting. Mainstream media is starting to cover the story. [CleanTechnica]

Bill McKibben marching (chesapeakeclimate, Wikimedia)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Particles May Reach Fetuses In The Womb, Study Finds” • New evidence has been found that air pollution can breach a mother’s placenta and potentially reach fetuses in the womb, raising the possibility of future health problems. Harmful particles can make their way from the lungs to the placenta and may reach fetuses directly. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Egypt’s Massive 1.8-GW Benban Solar Park Nears Completion” • Amid the sand dunes of the Sahara, workers are putting the finishing touches on one of the world’s largest solar installations. There, as many as 7.2 million PV panels will make up Benban Solar Park – a renewable energy project so big, it will be visible from space. [IEEE Spectrum]

Officials at Benban Solar Park (Dominic Chavez | IFC)

¶ “AC Energy Building Up Renewable Energy Portfolio With $2 Billion Investments” • AC Energy Philippines Inc, formerly Phinma Energy Corp, is eyeing close to $2 billion or P100 billion of investment in domestic renewable energy projects, with a goal of racking up a total of 2,000 MW of renewable capacity within six years. [Inquirer.net]

¶ “Scatec Solar Lifts Capacity Target On Upbeat Demand For Renewable Energy” • Norway’s Scatec Solar, which builds and operates solar power plants, raised its capacity outlook due to strong demand for renewable energy. Oslo-listed Scatec now aims to increase its capacity to 4.5 GW of electricity by the end of 2021. [The Edge Markets MY]

Solar systems (Reuters image)

¶ “Trial Of TEPCO Executives Over Fukushima Disaster Heads To Conclusion” • A Tokyo court will hand down a verdict later this week on whether three TEPCO executives are liable for the 2011 Fukushima disaster. It is the only criminal case to arise out of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. [Japan Today]

Australia:

¶ “Atlassian Is Just One Of Several Aussie Companies Which Have Pledged To Use 100% Renewable Energy – And One Has Already Met The Goal” • While the government drags its feet, the Global Climate Strike is taking place around the world. And some Australian businesses are taking their own stands against climate change. [Business Insider Australia]

Renewable energy (Peter Macdiarmid | Getty Images)

¶ “ACT Joins Exclusive Club As Renewable Energy Goal Reached Ahead Of Schedule” • When the third stage of South Australia’s Hornsdale Wind Farm comes online on 1 October, the Australian Capital Territory will become the first major jurisdiction outside Europe to transition from a fossil fuel-based energy supply to 100% renewable electricity. [TheRiotACT]

¶ “Why 200% renewables would be better for Australia than 100%” • Australia could be a global leader in climate mitigation and zero-carbon energy exports, and meet its domestic power demands “on the side,” according to a new energy transition scenario that would take us well beyond 100% renewables, to a target of 200%. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array in Australia

US:

¶ “EPA Set To Revoke California’s Authority To Set Vehicle Standards” • The EPA is preparing to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emission standards, a source familiar with the plans told CNN. The Trump administration is in an ongoing fight with the state as it works to reduce former President Obama’s environmental legacy. [CNN]

¶ “Greta Thunberg To US Politicians: ‘Sorry, You’re Not Trying Hard Enough'” • Greta Thunberg has told US politicians that they’re not doing enough to combat climate change. She also told the Senate climate task force to save their praise. “Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it,” she said. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg (Getty Images)

¶ “Duke Energy Plans To Invest More In Renewable Power” • Duke Energy says it plans to invest heavily in renewable energy and natural gas powered plants to further reduce its carbon emissions by 2030. One of the nation’s largest utilities said it plans to double its portfolio of solar, wind and other renewable power sources by 2025. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “SF Approves Legislation Requiring Renewable Electricity Sources For Commercial Buildings” • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that requires commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to begin relying on electricity generated from renewable sources. The legislation, was passed by unanimous vote. [San Francisco Chronicle]

San Francisco (Paul Chinn | The Chronicle)

¶ “Longmont’s Transition To 100% Renewable Energy Appears Ahead Of Schedule” • With Colorado’s Platte River Power Authority set to expand it renewable energy portfolio, which already generates approximately 30% of its power, Longmont’s goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030 appears to be attainable. [Longmont Times-Call]

¶ “Northam Wants Virginia Running On 100% Renewable Energy By 2050” • Virginia Gov Ralph Northam announced that he signed an executive order setting a goal for the state to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. Climate change “poses potentially devastating risk to Virginia,” the order said. [WFXRtv.com]

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September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “China Is Doing A Lot Better On Climate Action Than Most People Realize” • China may be the biggest CO₂ emitter, but China is turning on more low-carbon electrical generation annually in the form of hydro, wind, solar, and nuclear than any other country. China invested $3 in renewable energy for every $1 the US invested in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Beijing (Image courtesy of the Government of China)

¶ “Here’s Another Argument For Renewable Energy: No More Wars For Oil” • Imagine a world in which each country is able to meet its energy needs internally, using nothing but the natural abundance of sunshine, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, or tidal power. What if the US did not have to destroy national treasures just to dominate oil markets? [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change And Health: Interactive New England Journal Of Medicine Report” • The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, has created an interactive online presentation, The Climate Crisis – Health and Care Delivery. It illustrates the relationship between climate change and health. [CleanTechnica]

Lyme disease in Wisconsin (Lamiot, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Oil Prices Soar After Attacks On Saudi Facilities” • Oil prices ended nearly 15% higher on Monday, with the Brent benchmark seeing its biggest jump in about 30 years. The rise came after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out about 5% of global supply. Brent crude ended the day at $69 a barrel, up 14.6%. [BBC]

¶ “Total JV Targets Chinese Solar” • French energy giant Total has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Envision Group to develop solar energy projects in China. The TEESS JV will offer B2B customers a combination of distributed PV energy systems and digital solar energy solutions running on Envision’s operating system EnOS. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Pexels image)

¶ “SA Coal Is Burning Out Quicker Than Expected” • A report on the export outlook for South African coal, which was published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a respected international energy think-tank, warns that new energy technologies will replace coal-fired power faster than most have predicted. [Daily Maverick]

¶ “Solar Power To Drive Renewable Energy Investments To $2.6 Trillion By 2019 End” • Solar power, which has seen a significant increase in capacity investments in the last decade, is set to drive the global investment in new renewable energy capacity to $2.6 trillion by the end of 2019, a report by the UN Environment Programme said. [Down To Earth Magazine]

Solar powered apartments (Getty Images)

¶ “Unilever: 100% Of Grid Purchased Electricity Now Comes From Renewables” • Unilever said its factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centers, warehouses and distribution centers worldwide are now powered by 100% renewable electricity. The CPG giant further says there have been no “net on-costs” to get to this point. [Environmental Leader]

¶ “Vestas Nails 34-MW Norwegian Prize” • Vestas won a turbine order totaling 34 MW for the Haramsfjellet wind farm on the island of Haramsoya in Norway from Taaleri Energia’s SolarWind II fund. The deal covers supply, installation, and commissioning of eight V136 4.2-MW turbines, as well as a 27-year management agreement. [reNEWS]

Installing a wind turbine blade (Vestas image)

¶ “TransAlta Unveils $2 Billion Clean Power Vision” • Canadian energy company TransAlta Corporation unveiled a $2 billion clean energy investment plan. This includes renewables projects already under construction, which comprise four wind farms located in the US and the Canadian province of Alberta, worth $800 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “Is This Australia’s First Utility To Acknowledge Death By Solar?” • The electricity utility owned by the Northern Territory said it is facing an “existential risk” from the rise of solar power, as its portfolio of largely gas-fired generation assets was losing out to lower cost solar alternatives that are increasingly attractive in the market. [RenewEconomy]

Gas turbine at Alice Springs

US:

¶ “Why Does The US Hide Oil Underground?” • As oil prices spiked after the drone strikes in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump tweeted they could use the oil “to keep the markets well-supplied.” The oil he was referring to amounts to more than 640 million barrels which are stored in salt caverns beneath the states of Texas and Louisiana. [BBC]

¶ “Brookridge Developer Hopes To Make Project Largest In Nation Powered By 100% Renewable Energy” • The Brookridge development in Overland Park, Kansas, will become the largest in the nation to be certified as 100% renewably powered, according to its developer. It will be powered by solar and wind resources in Kansas. [Shawnee Mission Post]

Rendering from the final development plan for Brookridge

¶ “US Utilities File Legal Challenge To Trump Power Plant Rule” • Con Edison and eight other utilities filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, replacing a much tougher Obama-era rule. The utilities, mostly from Democratic-led states, serve more than 23 million customers in 49 states. [Reuters]

¶ “Michigan’s Largest Producer Of Renewable Energy Requests Proposals For New Solar And Wind” • DTE Energy is issuing Requests for Proposals for more solar and wind projects in Michigan. DTE will use the resources for its voluntary renewable energy programs and to deliver on its commitment to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2040.  [pvbuzz media]

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September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Shift To Solar, Wind, And Electric Vehicles Is Too Monumental To Overstate” • The transition is happening. Wind energy, solar energy, and electric transport are the better, more cost-competitive products, and they are winning today in the marketplace. But the transition could be happening faster, and it should be happening faster. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Fossil Fuel Companies Roll Out A New Era Of Spin” • Over the years, fossil fuel companies have poured millions into sowing doubt about climate science and burnishing their public image. Now, they are reckoning with a different communications challenge: convincing their investors that the future of oil and gas companies is bright. [Grist]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Faster Pace Of Climate Change Is ‘scary,’ Former Chief Scientist Says” • Speaking to the BBC, Professor Sir David King, a former chief scientific adviser to the government of the UK, said, “It’s appropriate to be scared. We predicted temperatures would rise, but we didn’t foresee these sorts of extreme events we’re getting so soon.” [BBC]

Wildfire (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “One Of India’s Largest Coal-Mining States Says It Will Not Build New Coal Power Plants” • The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, home to the country’s third-largest coal reserves, will not build any new coal power plants, the chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company, a state-owned utility, told Quartz India. [Quartz]

¶ “Frankfurt Motor Show Hit By Huge Climate Protests” • Thousands of climate protesters marched in Frankfurt against the role of Germany’s car industry in climate change and the destruction of the environment. As they paraded past Frankfurt’s annual motor show, they called for an end of vehicles with combustion engines. [CNN]

Frankfurt protest (Boris Roessler | DPA | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Renewable Energy Festival Research Shows Scots Are Clued Up” • Research released to mark the beginning of the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival found that 47% of 1002 Scottish adults surveyed said they now think more about the sustainability of the type of energy powering their home than they did in 2014. Only 3% said they are less aware. [The National]

¶ “Ofgem Green-Lights Orkney Transmission Link” • UK energy regulator Ofgem approved SSE Networks’ proposals to build a 220-MW link between Orkney with the Scottish mainland, on the condition that at least 135 MW of new Orkney wind projects are awarded a Contract for Difference or are judged likely to be developed by December 2021. [reNEWS]

Orkney (Image: reNEWS)

¶ “Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited Commissions 150 MW Solar Capacity In Rajasthan” • Tata Power, the largest integrated power company in India, announced the commissioning of 150 MW of solar capacity in Rajasthan by a wholly owned subsidiary. With this, the overall operating renewable capacity of TPREL in India now stands at 2,628 MW. [Equity Bulls]

¶ “Nationals MPs Snub Launch Of Farming Group’s Climate Change Report” • A report, launched by Farmers for Climate Action group at Parliament House in Canberra, warned that agricultural production will fall, farm profits will decline, and food insecurity will increase absent a cohesive national strategy on climate change and agriculture. [The Guardian]

Raspberries in Tasmania (Rafael Ben Ari | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “UTM To Participate In Global Climate Strike” • University of Toronto Mississauga will hold a series of events in support of the Global Climate Strikes taking place on September 20 and 27. The dates coincide with the upcoming a UN Climate Action Summit, which aims to present viable plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [Varsity]

¶ “Fukushima Fishermen Concerned For Future Over Release Of Radioactive Water” • Having spent the past eight years rebuilding from the Fukushima Disaster, the local fishing fleet is worried. It appears increasingly likely that the nuclear plant’s operator, TEPCO, will dump huge quantities of radioactive water into the ocean. [The Guardian]

Poor catch at Fukushima (Koji Ueda | AP)

¶ “Broad Coalition Representing Millions Of Australians Opposes Nuclear Power” • More than 40 groups representing millions of Australians have come together to issue a clear message to the federal government that the nation’s energy future is renewable, “not radioactive.” The mining industry is calling for the ban on nuclear energy to be lifted. [SBS]

US:

¶ “Maine Ocean Institute Launching New Climate Center” • The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says its new climate center will be “a new interdisciplinary center focused on solutions to local, regional, and global challenges related to ocean warming.” The Gulf of Maine has numerous fisheries and is warming faster than most ocean waters. [Boston.com]

Gulf of Maine (Yoon S Byun | The Boston Globe)

¶ “Minnesota Grows Business, Jobs As It Greens The Local Economy” • In Minnesota, 25% of electric power is renewable. Now policymakers and utilities talk about doubling that by 2030. Several announcements in the last few days alone will advance the renewable-energy, less-carbon and faster-growing Minnesota economy. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “How American Communities Are Preparing For The Impacts Of Climate Change” • A study from the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that many communities across the US are addressing their own unique challenges associated with climate change. Some communities are also working to reduce emissions. [Earth.com]

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September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “We Can Still Save The Earth From Climate Change. Here’s How” • A years-long research project simulating a global pathway towards 100% renewables across all energy sectors, bears a clear message: A global energy transition, with real climate action, is not only technically feasible but also cheaper than our current energy system. [CleanTechnica]

Saving Earth (Image © Viktoria Kurpas)

¶ “Climate Emergency: Have We Reached The End Game?” • A new paper on climate change grabbed the headlines this week as it predicts the world will end in thirty years. The absence of drastic measures to deal with climate change, its adverse effects, and the seeming non-action of human societies have made the situation worse. [Science Times]

¶ “Katharine Hayhoe Reconciles Christianity And Climate Science” • Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe asked an audience in Juneau how a Christian, like herself, could truly say they were pro-life if they ignored the damage being done by climate change? “I’m a climate scientist because I’m a Christian,” she said. [Juneau Empire]

Katharine Hayhoe speaking (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

¶ “How To Live With The Climate Crisis Without Becoming A Nihilist” • Today, despite all the grim climate news, I actually feel more optimistic than ever. People are waking up! Maybe there’s a bit of panic, but that’s a sensible response and a good place to start. I’m hopeful we’ll see broad climate mobilization and systems transformation. [Los Angeles Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Researchers Using Photos To Study Impact Of Climate Change On Fall Foliage” • With autumn approaching and cooling temperatures, the first blush of the season’s fall foliage is likely drawing smiles from the pumpkin spice-loving crowds. But scientists believe warmer temperatures are pushing the fall color season later into autumn. [CBC.ca]

Fall colors (Karen James)

World:

¶ “Coordinated Strikes Knock Out Half Of Saudi Oil Capacity, Five Million Barrels A Day” • The strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities, among the world’s largest production centers, have disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply. Yemen’s Houthi rebels have taken responsibility. [CNN]

¶ “Battling For Survival On The Frontier Of Climate Change” • Evolving weather patterns are making their impacts felt in the Caribbean with long droughts, incessant bush fires and worsening storms. And Jamaica’s reliance on rain-fed farming, with many smallholdings set on mountain slopes, leaves the farming sector particularly vulnerable. [BBC]

Dry Pagee River

¶ “Indian Hydro Power Generator Floats 2-GW Solar Tender” • India’s largest hydro power generation company has issued one of the largest-ever solar power tenders in the country’s history. NHPC Limited (formerly National Hydro Power Corporation) has called upon developers to set up 2 GW of solar projects across the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Arrives At Port In Russia” • Russia’s world first floating nuclear power station has completed a 5,000-km Arctic transfer to the country’s far east, according to the Rosatom nuclear agency. The power plant Akademik Lomonosov is to start operating when it is connected to the grid, by year’s end. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Akademik Lomonosov (Maxim Shemetov | Reuters)

¶ “Softbank Wins 330 MW Capacity In India’s Undersubscribed Solar Tender” • The fifth national-level solar power auctions by the Solar Energy Corporation of India had two winners that secured 480 MW of capacity. The originally tendered capacity was 1.2 GW, and the technical round of the auction was sharply undersubscribed. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Tesla Announces Simple Pricing On Commercial Solar, $1.01/Watt (Will Blow Some Minds)” • Elon Musk announced California customers can now order commercial sizes of solar power in five minutes at Tesla.com/bigsolar. Tesla is getting within a penny of the psychologically magical $1 for a watt of solar generation capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system (www.tesla.com/energy/design/commercial)

¶ “Many States Are Punishing Drivers For Owning An Electric Car” • A study by Consumer Reports show that many states are seemingly punishing EV drivers for owning EVs. The report shows that several states are applying taxes to electric vehicle drivers at rates that are much higher than what an average driver pays in gasoline taxes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tucson Electric Bills To Rise With Renewable-Energy Buildout” • Customers of Tucson Electric Power Co will pay a little more on their bills starting next month under a new renewable-energy plan and surcharges state regulators approved. TEP is authorized to collect $60.9 million from surcharges to support the programs. [Arizona Daily Star]

Navajo Generating Station (Eduardo Manchon, Wikimedia)

¶ “More Renewable Energy Options Available Under Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage” • The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage program in North Carolina. The program offers large energy users the flexibility of choosing renewable energy suppliers as they choose. [New Kerala]

¶ “Greater Wildfire Risks Prompt Growth Of Electrical ‘Microgrids’ To Rely Less On PG&E” • In Sonoma County, California, microgrids would allow hospitals, municipal utilities, and certain government agencies to continue operations when natural disasters interrupt PG&E’s electrical transmission and distribution. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

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September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How Trump May Bulldoze ‘America’s Amazon'” • Nature lovers and earth scientists have been fighting Alaskan politicians over ANWR and King Cove Road for decades. Now, Trump’s mention of “logging” reopens a different front in an old war because everyone knows he’s talking about Tongass, the crown jewel of the National Forest system. [CNN]

Tongass Forest (Julian Quinones | CNN)

¶ “Republicans Must Accept Climate Change Or Lose The Presidency” • Donald Trump’s record of climate change denial is unlikely to stop him from doing whatever will win him another four years, and that includes reversing his previous statements. But what about the rest of his campaign team? Opinions are shifting away toward reality. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China’s Gambling On A Nuclear Future, But Is It Destined To Lose?” • With around a dozen nuclear power plants in the works, China is set to overtake France as the number two producer of atomic energy worldwide within two years. It could surpass the US to become number one by 2030. But nuclear power is not as attractive as it once was. [CNN]

End of a cooling tower (RWE Germany)

¶ “Fantasy From ExxonMobil As Reality Confronts The Share Price” • ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods spelled out underpinning assumptions for dramatic expansion of oil and gas production. He said renewable energy is largely irrelevant, and Exxon must expand exploration to meet demand. He is engaging in fantasy. [Seeking Alpha]

Science and Technology:

¶ “15 To 20 Foot Sea Level Rise Possible Sooner Rather Than Later” • A draft of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising sea levels and warming waters are about to unleash “misery on a global scale.” The final report warns that ocean levels could rise by several feet before the end of this century. [CleanTechnica]

Harbor in Greenland (Ray Swi-hymn, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Geothermal Energy Ltd Completes 3.2 Mile Deep Well In UK” • The deepest and hottest geothermal wells in the world have been completed after 10 months of drilling at United Downs in Cornwall. The $22 million wells are 3.1 miles deep and 195°C (383°F) at the bottom. Tests indicate the well could be used for geothermal heat. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Drone Attack Strike At Two Saudi Aramco Oil Facilities” • A fire broke out before dawn at a Saudi Aramco facility in Abqaiq after drones hit two oil facilities, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported, citing its own correspondent. The fire was brought under control. Houthi fighters in Yemen have launched similar attacks in the past. [Deccan Herald]

Fire at a Saudi Aramco facility

¶ “IRENA And UN Ink Agreement To Combat Desertification With Renewables” • Renewable energy plants can do more than provide cheap, emission-free energy. The shade cast by PV modules can help mitigate the adverse effects of desertification. The advantages of shade under solar PVs for agriculture are becoming known. [pv magazine International]

¶ “East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Begins Producing Electricity” • Spain’s Iberdrola hooked up the first wind turbines of the East Anglia One offshore wind farm to the British electric grid. The wind farm has 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines. It is about 50 km from the coast of Suffolk, and it is to be fully operational next year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

East Anglia One (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Offshore Wind To ‘Grow 15% A Year'” • The offshore wind sector is expected to grow by an average of 15% per year over the next 10 years, according to new research by Commerzbank, the second largest bank in Germany. Commerzbank said the current installation level is 4.3 GW and it expects that to grow to 19.1 GW per year by 2028. [reNEWS]

¶ “Global Renewable Energy Initiative Aims To Bring A Billion People In From The Dark” • A new global commission on energy poverty says that advances in micro energy grids and renewable energy technologies could “dramatically accelerate change” and transform lives in rural areas of sub-Saharan African and south Asia. [The Guardian]

Running a restaurant by candle light (Nic Bothma | EPA)

US:

¶ “Record Growth In Residential Energy Storage In Q2” • From April 1 to June 30, 2019, behind the meter residential energy storage in the US experienced its greatest increase in history, 35 MWh, according to a US Energy Storage Monitor report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the US Energy Storage Association. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “More Americans Concerned About Climate Change, New Poll Finds” • In a new poll by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, 80% of respondents agreed that human activity is a leading cause of climate change. That’s huge. But only half believe urgent action is needed and only 40% say it amounts to a crisis. [CleanTechnica]

Threatened by sea level rise (NOAA image)

¶ “Advocates Highlight Familiar Renewable Energy Issues In Fight To Override Sununu’s Veto” • New Hampshire legislators hope to override vetoes of five bills they say are key to fighting climate change and developing new sources of energy. One bipartisan measure advocates are pushing for would expand net metering. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

¶ “ESF Joins 19 New York Colleges and Universities to Purchase Large-Scale Aggregated Renewable Energy” • The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has become a member of a consortium of 20 New York public and private higher education institutions for the purchase of large-scale aggregated renewable energy. [SUNY-ESF Headlines]

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September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Powered Hyperloop System Could Be Coming To A City Near You” • An eco-friendly version of the Hyperloop network is in the works, powered by a skin of solar-powered modules and wind turbine forests, and complete with parks and urban farming spaces. It is the superfast transport technology first envisaged by Elon Musk. [CNN]

Solar powered Hyperloop

¶ “Satellite Data Reveals Link Between Hotter Temperatures & Forest Fires” • NASA satellites have been gathering data for many years. Now, in a report by the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA scientists say analysis of all that data shows a strong link between higher global temperatures and the frequency and severity of forest fires. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Device Generates Light From The Cold Night Sky” • An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report in the journal Joule. The device was developed by at team of scientists at UCLA and Stanford University. [Eurasia Review]

Thermoelectric generator (Credit: Aaswath Raman)

World:

¶ “Nestlé Plans To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Across Its Supply Chain” • Nestlé pledged to reach zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal that requires many changes from both it and the farmers it works with. Global warming poses a huge threat to any business that relies heavily on agricultural products and water. [CNN]

¶ “Brazil Amazon: Old Enemies Unite To Save Their Land” • While the world’s attention has been focused on the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, indigenous people warned that policies of President Jair Bolsonaro pose a bigger threat to their existence. Rival groups are uniting to fight government plans for their home region. [BBC]

Kayapó and Panará, once rivals (Lucas Landau | Rede Xingu+)

¶ “AfDB’s Solar Project Aims At Making Africa A Renewable Power House” • The African Development Bank is leading a revolution with a highly ambitious solar project to make Africa a renewable power-house. This project is expected to stretch across the Sub-Saharan region by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource. [Inter Press Service]

¶ “How The Battery Of The Nation Will Power Up Our Future” • The project director at Hydro Tasmania believes Tasmania is on the cusp of the most significant economic and social opportunity since the hydro system was developed. The rest of Australia wants renewable energy and Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project can provide it. [The Advocate]

Cethana Power Station site (Photo: Paul Scambler)

¶ “North, South Korea Oppose Japan’s Plan To Release Radioactive Fukushima Water” • South Korea reacted angrily to the proposal that water contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant be dumped, summoning the Japanese ambassador to the Foreign Ministry in August to express its concerns. [Taiwan News]

¶ “Network Giant Says Renewables Transition Will Deliver Lower Prices And Cut Emissions” • The biggest owner of Australian grid assets, Spark Infrastructure, says renewables will cut prices for consumers significantly. But it warns that the lack of federal policy is making the transition more expensive than it needs to be. [RenewEconomy]

Gannawarra solar farm and battery storage (Wirsol image)

US:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Responds to Cost of Climate Action Critics: ‘If We Can Save the Banks, We Can Save the World'” • During an event with Naomi Klein, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg had a message for those people who claim it is “too expensive” to boldly confront the climate crisis with sweeping policies like a Green New Deal. [EcoWatch]

¶ “Climate Activists Climb Houston Bridge Ahead Of Democratic Debate To Demand Renewable Energy” • Greenpeace climate activists climbed Houston’s Fred Hartman Bridge ahead of the Democratic debate to shut down shipping traffic and call for a shift to renewable energy. Pictures showed the activists dangling with banners unfurled. [msnNOW]

Activists and banners (© Greenpeace)

¶ “Marriott Aims For 33% Reduction In Plastic Waste” • Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, is on a mission to reduce plastic waste at an epic scale. Its big shift will come from eliminating travel-sized toiletries, which should reduce plastic waste by nearly a third. While it’s not a goal of reaching 0% plastic, it is laudable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Acquires 200-MW Texas Solar Giant” • Duke Energy Renewables has purchased the 200-MW Rambler photovoltaic project in Texas from Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy. The solar plant is being constructed in Tom Green County, Texas and is expected to achieve commercial operation in mid-2020. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Clean Power Greens Mexican Cement In Texas” • Mexican cement company Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua signed a long-term power purchase agreement with an unnamed company for renewable electricity for a cement plant in Texas. The 10-year fixed-price deal will mean wind and solar power will cover 100% of the plant’s electricity needs, GCC said. [reNEWS]

¶ “New York Installs 20-MW Battery” • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has completed the state’s largest battery storage installation. The 20-MW system, supplied by Key Capture Energy, will serve the state’s electrical system by enhancing power grid performance and reliability. [reNEWS]

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September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Too Costly And Too Risky” • Nuclear power is often proposed as a climate solution because it does not emit climate changing gases. But, unlike other zero emissions energy technologies such as solar and wind, nuclear poses enormous risks to the environment and communities, and it’s too costly to boot. [USA TODAY]

Protest in Tokyo in 2012 (Photo: Itsuo Inouye | AP)

World:

¶ “Indonesian Forests Are Burning, And Malaysia And Singapore Are Choking On The Fumes” • Intense forest fires have raged across the Indonesian regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks. More than 930,000 hectares (about 2.3 million acres) of land have been burned and hundreds of residents evacuated. [CNN]

¶ “ACT Includes Big Battery In New Renewable Power Push” • The Australian Capital Territory will conduct a ‘reverse auction’ to secure 250 MW of supply and will build a large-scale battery in the Territory that will support the grid and provide back-up power during blackouts. The total battery storage capacity would be 20-MW / 40MWh. [The RiotACT]

Wind farm in Victoria that supplies ACT (Windlab image)

¶ “Solar ‘Renewable Microgrid’ To Power Up Billion Dollar Peel Industry Park” • The Peel Business Park, a 120-hectare industrial park that the Labor Government of Western Australia hopes will inject a billion dollars a year into the state’s economy, bringing jobs and investment, will be powered by solar energy and battery storage. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Deliver Cypress Wind Turbines For 175-MW Onshore Wind Farm In Sweden” • GE Renewable Energy secured another win for its Cypress platform, providing 33 of its 5.3-158 Cypress wind turbines at Björkvattnet wind farm. The 175-MW wind farm will power the equivalent of 175,000 homes in Sweden. [REVE]

GE wind turbine

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Power CIP’s Monegros Onshore Wind Energy In Aragon” • GE Renewable Energy is to power CIP’s Monegros onshore wind energy in Aragon, the first time the two companies have worked together. The first 30 of 60 GE onshore wind turbines are already being installed for the first phase, totaling 113 MW. [REVE]

¶ “California’s Capstone Lands French Biogas-to-Energy Project” • Capstone Turbine, based in California, has secured a 400-kW microturbine sale to power a biogas-to-energy project in France. The order for the C400 Signature Series package was secured by Biogaz Services, Capstone’s distributor for renewable energy in France. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Biogas facility (Capstone Turbine image)

¶ “New Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Disaster” • Japan’s nuclear regulator says it will have a new investigation into the Fukushima Disaster, to look into how radiation leaked from damaged reactor containment vessels and other factors. When three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down, 160,000 people to were forced to evacuate. [Western Advocate]

¶ “Japan’s New Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi Wants To Scrap Nuclear Reactors” • Japan’s new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, wants to close down nuclear reactors in the country to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima Disaster of 2011. His comments are likely to prove controversial in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. [South China Morning Post]

Shinjiro Koizumi (Photo: Bloomberg)

India:

¶ “India Wind Energy Tariffs Rise In Undersubscribed Tender” • Wind energy developers quoted higher tariff bids in the latest auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. The marginal jump in tariff bids comes at a time when developers are shying away from participating in large solar as well as wind energy auctions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NLC India Exceeds 1 GW Installed Renewable Energy Capacity” • Public sector company NLC India Ltd, formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, said it has surpassed 1 GW of installed renewable energy capacity. It passed the mark when it commissioned 95 MW of capacity at a new 109-MW solar PV power plant. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar PV power plant

¶ “NTPC, NLC India And Other State-Run Companies To Make Green Energy Parks Across The Country” • As part of India’s energy security efforts, NTPC Ltd, NLC India Ltd, Power Grid Corp of India Ltd, and other state-run companies present in the conventional power space are being roped in to build massive green energy parks. [Livemint]

US:

¶ “Tesla & Green Mountain Power Launch New Flat Rate Solar + Storage Bundles” • Tesla and Vermont’s Green Mountain Power kicked off an initiative that lets customers lock in a flat monthly price for a solar-plus-storage system. Tesla’s tiered approach to solar rentals and loans can include two Tesla Powerwalls for $30 per month extra. [CleanTechnica]

House with Tesla solar + storage system (Tesla image)

¶ “Mall At Short Hills Gets Renewable Energy Initiative, 9,000 Solar Panels” • In New Jersey, The Mall at Short Hills had nearly 9,000 solar panels installed, solar developer Safari Energy said. The solar panels span 225,500 square feet of the mall’s roof and parking deck. The 3.49-MW system will produce up to 4,200 MWh annually. [NorthJersey.com]

¶ “Renewables, Storage Poised To Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI” • If all proposed gas plants are built, 70% of those investments will be rendered uneconomic by 2035, according to two new reports from the Rocky Mountain Institute. Carbon-free resources are now cost competitive with new natural gas plants. [Utility Dive]

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September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The long history of solar power” • Socrates believed that the ideal house should be warm in winter and cool in summer. At the time, such a desire was easier to state than to achieve. Even so, many pre-modern civilizations did design buildings to capture sunlight from the low-hanging winter sun, while maximizing shade in the summer. [BBC]

White buildings in Santorini, Greece (Getty Images)

¶ “Autopilot Isn’t The Issue. Drowsy Driving Is” • The CDC said, “Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.” And a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 in crashes that involved drowsy driving. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EV Boom In Norway Is A ‘Smug National Fraud’ According To RT” • How’s this headline? “Norway’s electric car miracle is a smug national fraud built on subsidizing rich people with Teslas.” Does that sound like something inspired by groups inspired by Koch Industries? It’s not. It’s actually from RT, a propaganda arm of the Russian government. [CleanTechnica]

Road in Norway (Credit: Norwegian Electric Car Association)

¶ “Energy Storage And Extreme Weather” • Hurricanes are not the only natural disasters out there. In California, engineers have created buildings that can withstand earthquakes. For all those communities that can fall victim to natural disasters, we need to consider energy storage, and that is one thing behind a boom in energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Sweden’s Highest Peak Is Not The Highest Anymore – And You Can Blame Climate Change For That” • Sweden’s tallest mountain has lost its title, scientists confirmed, and climate change is to blame. Rising temperatures have been melting the glacier covering Kebnekaise’s southern peak, and it has decreased by an alarming 24 meters over 50 years. [CNN]

Kebnekaise Mountain (Stock)

¶ “Japan May Have To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean Because It’s Out Of Storage Space” • Eight years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, the government is not sure what to do with the contaminated water that remains. The Japanese environment minister says dumping it into the ocean might be the only choice. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investment Heads To Abbott-Era Lows, As Policy Void Takes Hold” • A major briefing paper from the Clean Energy Council shows quarterly financial commitments in new renewable energy projects fell to less than 800 MW in each of the first two quarters of 2019, from a high of more than 4500 MW in late 2018. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines

¶ “Neoen Unveils 2.7 GW Hybrid Giant In Oz” • Renewables developer Neoen is planning to build a hybrid wind, solar and energy storage facility in South Australia with a combined capacity of 2700 MW. The Goyden South project aims to deliver 1.2 GW of wind power, 600 MW of solar and 900 MW of energy storage capacity. [reNEWS]

¶ “Engie Chile To Supply 100% Renewable Power To BCI Bank” • Engie Energia Chile SA signed an agreement to supply 100% renewable power to Chilean bank Banco de Credito e Inversiones SA. BCI has said it is committed to buying electricity from 100% renewable resources as part of a move to be carbon neutral by 2025. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Chile (Diego Correa)

UK:

¶ “Bristol Airport Claims 100% Renewable Electricity Supply” • Bristol Airport has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply of its on-ground operations, it said. It signed a three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier Ørsted. The airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh will be entirely from renewable sources. [Travel Weekly UK]

¶ “44% renewable energy record welcomed by SONI” • System Operator Northern Ireland welcomed news that 44% of Northern Ireland electricity consumption was generated by renewable sources in the 12 months to June 2019. The figure easily beats Northern Ireland’s renewable target of 40%, a year ahead of its 2020 deadline. [Farming Life]

Wind turbine (Kevin McAuley | McAuley Multimedia)

¶ “Natural Power Hits Scots Wind Treble” • Natural Power, a renewables consultancy,  has helped to secure planning consents relating to three wind farms located in south-west Scotland. The approvals from Dumfries and Galloway Council include one for a wind farm near Lockerbie and another near Sanquhar, each with nine turbines. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Sonoma County Airport Going 100% Renewable Energy In 2020 With Parking Lot Solar Canopy” • Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport is going solar, joining a growing number of commercial airfields across the country that are putting up PVs and plugging into green energy to reduce both power costs and emissions. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

Proposed solar system over parking (ForeFront Power)

¶ “Los Angeles Says “Yes” To The Cheapest Solar Plus Storage In The USA” • Los Angeles’ municipal utility voted 5-0 to approve a 25-year contract with 8minute Solar Energy for a 400-MW solar plus 300-MW / 1.2-GWh energy storage facility. The aggregate price of the electricity from the project, with adders, came to 3.962¢/kWh. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Fayetteville Turns To Renewable Energy With Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Arrays” • The city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is investing in renewable energy to power two of the its wastewater treatment plants. The city will buy energy from three local solar farms. The move is expected to save it approximately $180,000 per year. [5newsonline.com]

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September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Alaska Just Had The Most Ridiculous Summer. That’s A Red Flag For The Planet” • Alaska’s summer of fire and no ice is smashing records. With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, America’s “Last Frontier” feels like the first in line to see, smell, and feel the unsettling signs of a climate in crisis. [CNN]

Smoke from the Swan Lake fire (Bill Weir | CNN)

¶ “Rich Countries Aren’t Stopping Climate Change. Can Poor Nations Save Themselves?” • Climate change is not affecting the world equally. And failure of a meeting of Pacific leaders to agree on stronger action was a pointed reminder that the countries most immediately endangered may not be able to count on others for a quick solution. [CNN]

¶ “Every Automaker Should Develop Conversion Kits For Their Gas Vehicles” • We recently learned Volkswagen is going to sell an EV retrofit kit for its classic Beetle. It’s the true revenge of the electric car. If a 70 year old vehicle that was not developed for electrification can be retrofitted successfully, then many other vehicles can as well. [CleanTechnica]

Electric VW Beetles (VW image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Combining Solar And Farming Benefits Both” • Researchers at the University of Arizona confirmed the benefits of growing crops beneath the shade provided by solar panels – more electricity, higher yields, and less water used. That last part is of vital interest to farmers in Arizona where access to water for irrigation is crucial. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Bizarre New Fabrics That Fashion Is Betting On” • A growing movement is turning its back on disposable products. In its sights is the growing waste and sustainability crisis prompted by the fashion industry, which is responsible for 20% of the world’s waste water, and 10% of carbon emissions. Bio-materials offer part of a solution. [BBC]

Leather look-alike made from mushrooms (Bolt Threads)

¶ “Jeff Dahn Claims New Pouch Cells Could Be Good For 1 Million Miles” • Battery guru Jeff Dahn, along with colleagues, published a report on the development of a lithium ion pouch cell that “should be able to power an electric vehicle for over 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) and last at least two decades in grid energy storage.” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Climate Change: ‘Invest $1.8 Trillion To Adapt'” • Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade, in measures to adapt to climate change, could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion, according to a global cost-benefit analysis by the Global Commission on Adaptation. GCA is a group of 34 leaders in politics, business and science. [BBC]

Plant expert in Uganda (Georgia Smith | CIAT)

¶ “Fraunhofer ISE Pushes For Integrated Solar Solutions at EU PVSEC” • Fraunhofer ISE is promoting a number of ways solar power can be integrated to good advantage. It says building-integrated solar technologies and agrophotovoltaics could offer Germany a combined technical potential of several hundred GW, and that is just a start. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plans Floated For $1.2 Billion, 550-MW Gippsland Solar And Battery “Energy Park”” • Victoria’s Gippsland region has been earmarked for a $1.2 billion “renewable energy park,” starting with a 50-MW solar farm with a 50-MWh battery storage system. Solis RE is said to have acquired three parcels of land for the project already. [RenewEconomy]

Australian solar array

¶ “Lithuania Proposes Green Energy Auctions To Cut Power Imports” • Lithuania has proposed three green energy auctions for 2020-2022 to help attract investment, its energy ministry said. The country has an energy independence strategy, under which it needs to get some 38% of its power from renewables by 2025. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “DB Signs Five-Year Renewable Energy Contract” • German Rail (DB) has signed a five-year contract starting from 2024 for the supply of electricity from the Nordsee-Ost wind farm located off the northwest coast of Germany. The 25-MW contract is the first offshore corporate Power Purchase Agreement in Germany. [International Railway Journal]

German Rail train

¶ “French Nuclear Giant EDF Warns Of Substandard Reactor Parts” • Electricite de France SA, which dominates power production in France, said some of its nuclear reactors are equipped with key components that may be substandard. EDF didn’t say whether any of the country’s 58 nuclear reactors will have to be halted. [Bloomberg]

US:

¶ “PG&E Pledges To Honor Renewable Contracts In Bankruptcy Plan” • Pacific Gas & Electric submitted a reorganization plan that would pledge up to $18 billion to wildfire victims, while it would also allow the California utility to exit bankruptcy by mid-2020. The date is a key deadline for it to take part in a multi-billion dollar state wildfire fund. [Greentech Media]

Sign on PG&E fire safety work (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Sen Elizabeth Warren Pledges Not To Invest In Nuclear Energy And Focus On Renewables Instead” • Not only did Sen Elizabeth Warren pledge at climate town hall meeting to block the construction of new nuclear power plants, she also said she would phase out all nuclear power by 2035 and replace it with renewables. [MassLive.com]

¶ “Nearly 1,000 Amazon Employees Plan A Walkout To Protest Climate Change” • Nearly 1,000 Amazon employees pledged to walk out in protest of what they say is inaction on climate change on the part of their company. The walkout is scheduled for September 20, prior to the week-long international Global Climate Strike. [CNN]

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September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Energy Transition Startups Shake Up The Business World” • The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Christoph Frei, secretary general and CEO of the World Energy Council, said start-ups “deliver this kind of ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and the necessary attitude. They have no fear of reinventing everything.” [CleanTechnica]

Making green synthetic diesel (© Sunfire)

¶ “City Where Chernobyl TV Series Was Filmed Fears Real-Life Nuclear Disaster” • The capital of Lithuania is on edge over the imminent opening of a nuclear-power facility just 40 km away in Belarus. Following a string of incidents during construction, and attempts to conceal them, many believe that the Russian-built Astravets plant is unsafe. [Stuff.co.nz]

¶ “From Scientist To Activist” • In grad school and during my postdoc (1998–2008) I saw the need to raise awareness, but I didn’t yet view my role as an activist or in encouraging others to act. Contributions of women climate scientists, activists, and children have inspired me to join them and raised my awareness of climate justice. [Common Dreams]

Climate strikers in Seattle (Photo: Heather Price)

¶ “What If We Stopped Pretending?” • The struggle to rein in global carbon emissions and keep the planet from melting has had a clear goal for thirty years, and despite earnest efforts we’ve made essentially no progress toward reaching it. Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. It may be time to rethink what it means to hope. [The New Yorker]

World:

¶ “Mick Jagger Slams Trump Over Environmental Policy” • At the Venice Film Festival, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took on President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and slammed him for leaving the Paris climate agreement. Others at the festival, including Donald Sutherland, agreed with Jagger and made their own criticisms. [CNN]

Mick Jagger (Kevin Winter | Getty Images)

¶ “China Data Centers Set To Consume More Power Than Australia: Report” • China’s data centers – the backbone of the country’s fast-growing digital economy – are on track to guzzle more electricity by 2023 than all of Australia did last year, according to a Greenpeace report. China’s data centers remain dependent on coal. [Macau Business]

¶ “Fires Destroy More Than 4.2 Million Wild Acres In Bolivia” • It’s not just the Brazilian Amazon burning. Fires burned more than 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) in Bolivia, officials said. That’s more than double the damage from just two weeks ago. Fires are leaving blackened trees and ash-covered forest floors in their wake. [CNN]

Bolivian fire (Natalie Gallon | CNN)

¶ “Three Trends Shaking Up The Philippines Energy Market” • Much of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon is powered by natural gas from an offshore field that may be running out. The Philippines is pushing for more renewable energy generation using microgrids, for more EVs, and for a reduction in the red tape holding up change. [GovInsider]

¶ “Southeast Asia’s Largest Solar Farm Begins Operations In Southern Vietnam” • A 420-MW solar power project, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, has officially started production in Tay Ninh Province. The $391 million complex, covering 540 hectares, lies on semi-submerged land at Vietnam’s largest artificial lake. [VnExpress International]

Solar farm, Tay Ninh Province (Quynh Tran | VnExpress)

¶ “ARENA Backs Wave Power Generation Pilot Project Off King Island” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it will tip $4 million into a $12.3 million trial of Australian wave energy technology. The pilot project will be a 200-kW device from Wave Swell Energy, integrated with an existing microgrid off King Island, Tasmania. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Simec Atlantis Mulls Tidal-Powered Data Center” • Simec Atlantis Energy has announced ambitions for a tidal-powered data center in the Caithness region of Scotland. The supply for such a data center would include electricity delivered through a private wire network from tidal turbines at the existing MeyGen project site. [reNEWS]

Tidal turbine installation (Simec Atlantis image)

¶ “Energy Firms Plan UK’s First Carbon-Neutral ‘Industrial Cluster'” • Energy companies have ignited multi-billion-pound plans for the UK’s first carbon-neutral “industrial cluster” near the Humber estuary. An alliance of companies is leading a campaign to shrink the carbon footprint of Britain’s most polluting industrial zone. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “ASU And Phoenix Are Working Together To Meet Solar Sustainability Goals” • Arizona State University and the city of Phoenix have been working together to build their sustainable practices, and both credit their strong relationship as a reason they were able to meet many of their goals. ASU set ambitious sustainability goals in 2011. [The State Press]

ASU working with Phoenix (Sally Rodriguez | The State Press)

¶ “Indiana Sees Surge In Wind Power Despite Lack Of Standards” • Indiana has had a surge in wind farm construction over the past decade that has given the state the nation’s 12th-highest number of wind turbines. But some renewable energy advocates say Indiana needs to encourage wind power more if it is to retain that position. [NBC Chicago]

¶ “Researchers Looking At Renewable Energy And Food Security In Rural Alaska” • Researchers at the University of Alaska are looking at how renewable energy could power the fish processing industry in Alaska’s remote communities. The goal is to make these communities more food secure, and less dependent on diesel fuel for electricity. [KTUU.com]

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September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “How Switching To Renewables Impacts Policy In The West” • The rapidly declining cost and increased accessibility of energy storage create a huge opportunity. Whether solar, wind, hydro, geothermal or any other abundant method are the means for energy generation, the concern of maintaining baseload power becomes less important. [The Rising]

Renewable energy

¶ “How Green Is The Next Frontier Of Wind Power?” • Scotland has had an advantage in the bid to build a thriving offshore wind sector. It is 50 years of expertise in undersea engineering for oil and gas. Now Scotland has experience in onshore wind, which has been growing steadily and has matured over the past couple of decades. [The Scotsman]

¶ “South Africa Still Lagging Far Behind On Climate Change Battle” • South Africans are increasingly inundated with the “very real bad news” about the impacts of climate change and water and biodiversity losses yet the country’s political responses are nowhere near comprehensive enough. We need to be more proactive. [Independent Online]

South African wind farm (Nic Bothma | EPA)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Urban Air Mobility Already Has 200 eVTOL Designs” • In the short space of 3 years we’ve seen urban air mobility develop from a concept to eHang promising the first electric vertical takeoff & landing air taxi service at the end of 2019. The Vertical Flight Society just reported that it now has 200 eVTOL aircraft in its database. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Gujarat Says ‘No’ To New Thermal Plants” • In a major development, the government of Gujarat has decided not to allow any new thermal power plants to be built in the state from now on. The decision comes following the state government’s commitment to encourage clean environment and green energy in the state. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

Wind turbines in Gujarat (Raman Patel, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Bacolod Solar Power Firm Inks MOA With Korean Partner” • Philippine firm Amatera Renewable Energy Corp entered into a memorandum of agreement with TPC Construction Corp, a Korean company, for the development of a 50-MW solar power plant in Barangay Vista Alegre. The project has an estimated cost of ₱2 billion ($38.5 million). [pna.gov.ph]

¶ “Marine Heatwave Hits Pacific, Raising Fears Of A New Hot ‘ Blob'” • The ocean off the western coast of North America is 5°F hotter than usual after warming at an unusually rapid rate. If the abnormal patch does not dissipate soon, it could become as destructive as the so-called “blob” of warm water in the same area in 2014-2016. [The Guardian]

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¶ “Dark Days Ahead As Huge Arctic Wildfires Spew Soot” • Fire is a natural part of the ecology of the vast boreal forests that girdle Earth in northern latitudes. But the amount of vegetation that has been on fire across Alaska, Canada, and Russia since June is highly unusual. Even Greenland, mostly covered in ice, has seen fires. [South China Morning Post]

US:

¶ “Why US Renewable Energy Production Declined 1.1% In The First Half Of 2019” • Renewable electricity generation declined 1.1% from the year-ago period, according to data compiled by the US Energy Information Administration. The observation is far from ideal, but it should be only a short-term hiccup. There are promising numbers as well. [Motley Fool]

Wind turbines (Getty Images)

¶ “Independent Power Producers Object To Utilities Building Renewable Energy Plants” • An Albany-based group representing independent power companies says it opposes a proposed state bill that would give utilities the right to produce renewable energy complexes. Under current law, utilities cannot build renewable energy facilities. [The Daily Freeman]

¶ “Wisconsin Religious Order Doubles Down On Commitment To Renewable Energy” • True to their religious community’s founder, the Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Cross continue to care for God’s creation. Their deep commitment expanded when the sisters held a dedication and blessing of 280 solar panels behind their motherhouse near Green Bay. [Crux]

Solar array (Sam Lucero | The Compass | CNS)

¶ “Xcel Energy Names Company To Build Huge Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project On Eastern Plains” • Xcel Energy-Colorado selected the development company Mortenson to build the 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The $743 million project will include construction of a power substation and transmission lines. [The Denver Post]

¶ “Santee Cooper Plans To Add Solar, Pay Down Debt In Hopes Of Halting Sale” • South Carolina utility Santee Cooper is planning to pay down chunks of its roughly $4 billion debt from the failed VC Summer nuclear project. To stave off a possible sale, Santee Cooper plans to add a large amount of solar energy and to consider other options. [Charleston Post Courier]

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September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Trump Administration Has Taken Its War On Climate Crisis Action To A New Level” • The Trump administration is actively seeking ways to show its disdain for the issue of climate change. It is openly hostile to the idea that any government anywhere should do anything at all to combat something that is undeniably a crisis. [CNN]

Coal-fired power plant (Greg Goebel, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How Localization Can Solve Climate Change” • Politicians, revolutionaries, activists, and theorists have yet to curb the disastrous and increasingly globalized trajectory of economic polarization and ecological degradation. Perhaps this comes of our being utterly trapped in flawed ways of thinking about technology and economy. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Farming Under Solar Panels Saves Water And Creates Energy” • Farming crops under solar panels, a process called agrivoltaics, can boost food production, water savings, and the efficiency of electricity production, researchers report. It can build resilience in the challenging areas of renewable energy and sustainable food production. [Futurity]

Crops under PVs (Patrick Murphy | University of Arizona)

¶ “Hydrogen Could Replace Coke In Steelmaking And Lower Carbon Emissions Dramatically” • Industry depends on steel to make everything from consumer goods to buildings, but steelmaking accounts for about 9% of all carbon emissions. A report claims hydrogen could replace coke for making 10 to 50% of all steel by the year 2050. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Going The Distance For A Plastic-Free Ocean” • Sarah Ferguson, a record-setting endurance swimmer, is not preparing for a race or aiming for a world title. She is putting in countless strokes and sacrifices for something much larger than herself, or anything else. She is doing it for the ocean, a cleaner, plastic-free ocean. [CNN]

Ferguson swimming around Easter Island, attended by boat

¶ “Hundreds Of Climate Sceptics To Mount International Campaign To Stop Net-Zero Targets Being Made Law” • A letter titled “There is no climate emergency,” which has been signed by 400 people who deem climate change to be a myth, is being sent to EU leaders and UN institutions ahead of key environment talks. [The Independent]

¶ “Jerusalem Transit Operator Egged Returns To BYD To Add Ten More Electric Buses” • The largest transit operator in Israel, Egged, added ten fully electric BYD buses to its fleet this week. Seven of the new buses will operate in Jerusalem. Egged has prior experience with BYD buses, having used 17 in its transit network in Haifa since 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Electric buses (BYD image)

¶ “Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran To Develop Speedier Centrifuges” • Iran says it has begun using new advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium, the latest step in reducing its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The centrifuges make enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but can also be used for nuclear weapons. [BBC]

¶ “Canada Promotes Indigenous Participation In Quebec Renewable Energy” • The government of Canada announced funding to promote Indigenous participation in Quebec’s renewable energy sector. The project is to benefit the 43 First Nations in Quebec and Labrador, with a special focus on offgrid communities. [North American Windpower]

Wind turbine in Quebec (Furetgris, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Four Automakers Bucked Trump Policy On Emissions. Now They Are Under Antitrust Investigation” • Four automakers agreed in July to meet the tougher standards set by the California Air Resources Board rather than the Trump administration’s rules. Now, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into them. [CNN]

¶ “Indianapolis Launches The New, Fully-Electric Red Line, Powered By BYD” • IndyGo in Indianapolis launched the new Red Line this week, with a fleet of fully electric buses from BYD. The Red Line will start service Monday with 13 American-made BYD K11 articulated buses. These 60-footers can carry up to 120 passengers at a time. [CleanTechnica]

BYD K11 articulated bus (BYD image)

¶ “Pompeo Gets An Unexpected Grilling In Home State Of Kansas” • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gave a lecture in his home state of Kansas. He had to field tough questions on climate science, immigration and human rights in a Q&A session, starting with, “Do you support the suppression of scientific reports from within the US Department of State?” [CNN]

¶ “Ford Survey Finds Most People Have No Idea What An Electric Car Is Or What It Can Do” • Ford intends to introduce its Mustang-inspired electric SUV next year, so it commissioned a survey on consumer attitudes. What it got back was a load of negative feedback that showed how poorly people understood anything about EVs. [CleanTechnica]

All-Electric F 150 being shown to customers (Ford image)

¶ “Council Votes To Join San Diego On Regional Renewable Energy Strategy” • After a two-hour hearing, during which they were presented with four options on how to move forward with a Community Choice Energy program, the Encinitas City Council voted unanimously to join San Diego’s program, which aligns with the city’s Climate Action Plan. [Coast News]

¶ “FirstEnergy Solutions Asks Ohio Supreme Court To Block Proposed Referendum On Nuke Bailout Law” • FirstEnergy Solutions, owner of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants, filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court to stop a proposed referendum on the state’s recently passed nuclear bailout law from getting on next year’s ballot. [Utility Dive]

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September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Donnie Dim Bulb Channels David Koch To Save The Incandescent Light Bulb” • The latest lunacy from the former coal lobbyist now running the EPA is a proposal to eliminate a regulation scheduled to go into effect next year to halt the sale of virtually all incandescent light bulbs in the US and replace them with more energy efficient lights. [CleanTechnica]

Light bulb (Pixelmaniac pictures, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Solar, Energy Storage, Renewables: Where Do The Top Democratic Candidates Stand?” • The top ten Democratic presidential hopefuls have discussed their environment and energy priorities during a televised town hall meeting in New York City. PV Tech analysed their platforms to compare their energy and climate positions. [PV-Tech]

¶ “‘Red’ Nebraska Is Ready For Its Wind Power Closeup” • The political divide over renewable energy is finally starting to blur. That’s a big deal, because many of the prime onshore wind power states in the US fall onto the “red” side. A case in point is Nebraska, where Lincoln Clean Energy is developing the Plum Creek wind farm. [CleanTechnica]

Nebraska wind farm (Lincoln Clean Energy image)

¶ “Becca Balint: Greta Thunberg And Climate Misogyny” • Why are so many right wing climate deniers afraid of Greta Thunberg? She was met with great excitement from supporters and vehement fury from climate deniers. And the overwhelming majority of these rageful (and clearly frightened) commentators were men. [Brattleboro Reformer]

¶ “Renewable Energy’s Booming, But Still Falling Far Short of Climate Goals” • Renewable energy capacity quadrupled worldwide over the past 10 years, with an estimated $2.6 trillion invested in its growth, a UN report shows. But the speed of that growth still falls far short of what researchers say is needed to deal with global warming. [InsideClimate News]

Solar array on a pond in China (Stringer | AFP | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “EcoFlow Delta Battery Is The Antidote To Emergency Generators” • The new DELTA backup battery will weigh about 30 pounds, far lighter than any gas powered generator you might find. EcoFlow is offering an 1,800-W battery with a capacity of 1300 Wh for $799 at Kickstarter. The company expects to start shipping them in December. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Solar Tops Coal As World’s Biggest Source Of New Capacity Over Past Decade” • The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, shows that solar power accounted for the largest single share of the net 2,366 GW of new power capacity installed over the past decade, at 638 GW. That includes coal and other fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array in Australia

¶ “Global Investment In Renewable Energy To Triple This Decade, Says UN” • Energy from increasingly competitive renewable sources such as wind and solar has quadrupled globally in just a decade, a UN report said, but insatiable demand saw power sector emissions rise 10%. This is more than triple the amount of the previous decade. [Economic Times]

¶ “Oil And Gas Companies Undermining Climate Goals, Says Report” • Major oil and gas companies have invested $50 billion (£40.6 billion) in projects that undermine global efforts to avert a runaway climate crisis, according to a report. The report from financial thinktank Carbon Tracker analyzed individual projects for climate effects. [The Guardian]

Deep water platform (Dazman | Getty Images | iStockphoto)

¶ “Infrastructure Package Powers Up North Queensland Renewables” • An electrical infrastructure package is set to fire up North Queensland as more renewable energy projects are in the works. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state government would support Genex’s project at Kidston with up to $132 million. [Utility Magazine]

¶ “Scots Marine Hooks MOU With Enel Green Power” • Italian renewables developer Enel Green Power and Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre signed a memorandum of understanding to drive forward demonstration projects. It is to encourage knowledge sharing in marine energy technology development. [reNEWS]

Operations in Orkneys (Colin Keldie | EMEC)

US:

¶ “Miners Union President: ‘Coal’s Not Back. Nobody Saved The Coal Industry.'” • Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America, spoke of a “harsh new reality,” saying the coal industry is not “back,” despite what Donald Trump says. Trump had claimed at a 2018 rally in West Virginia, “We are back. The coal industry is back.” [CNN]

¶ “DC And Washington Gas Both Agree We Need To Stop Burning Gas. What’s Next?” • The clean energy law going into effect this year in DC requires the District’s electricity mix to be 100% clean by 2032. But as strong as it is, the law is silent on the source of nearly one-fifth of DC’s greenhouse gas emissions: methane gas. [Greater Greater Washington]

Gas flaring (WCN 24/7 licensed under Creative Commons)

¶ “Bernie Sanders In Climate Change ‘Population Control’ Uproar” • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticized after arguing population control should be part of tackling climate change. The Vermont senator told a TV debate that women “in poor countries” should have access to birth control. [BBC]

¶ “Duke shuts Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Dorian” • Duke Energy shut down its two-unit Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, in advance of the arrival of a hurricane. Plant operators told the NRC that the 1,978-MW station would be shut soon as required by regulations. [S&P Global]

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September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Local Motors Will Introduce Its Olli 2 Autonomous Shuttle This Fall” • Olli is designed to provide shuttle service at colleges, hospitals, military installations, and other campus environments. As long as it stays within the confines of the space it is configured for, it is capable of Level 4 autonomy and requires no human driver/attendant. [CleanTechnica]

Olli 2 (Local Motors image)

¶ “The Science Behind The Climate Crisis” • Not sure how we found ourselves in this climate crisis? Still on the fence about how much the planet is warming and how much of it is caused by humans? Here are the facts as CNN presented them before its Climate Town Hall with ten of the leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. [CNN]

World:

¶ “This Is The Bahamas. This Is What Hurricane Dorian Did To It” • The pictures coming out of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian are truly frightening. Whole neighborhoods were under water. Apocalyptic destruction seemingly was everywhere. But it is not true that the entire country was flattened by the storm. [CNN]

Destruction (Adam Stanton | US Coast Guard)

¶ “Tesla Providing Clean Energy To Places Around The World That Desperately Need It” • While there is so much news about Tesla’s vehicles, and sometimes its US rooftop solar business, it is easy to forget that Tesla continues to bring stable electricity to many parts of the world that rely on diesel or have unstable access to electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ACT Funds New ANU Renewables Lab As Australia Powers Past Target” • A new Australian National University laboratory funded by the Australian Capital Territory government will focus on the technologies and software that will monitor, control and coordinate renewable energy generation, including solar panels, batteries, and wind generators. [TheRiotACT]

Solar farm (RiotACT file photo)

¶ “New Zealand Utilities Announce Country’s First Floating Solar Array” • Two Auckland utilities announced plans to build New Zealand’s first and largest floating solar array in the heart of the city’s North Shore. They are Vector Limited, an electricity and gas distribution company, and Watercare, which provides water and wastewater services. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “German Renewables Groups Target Onshore Boost” • Ahead of a wind energy summit in Germany, several renewable energy business associations and green groups in Germany unveiled a 10-point plan aimed at revitalising the onshore wind sector in the country. They propose to remove the main barriers to wind energy development. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (reNEWS image)

¶ “Asia Gears Up For Energy Storage Boom” • Asia, thanks to China, is at the forefront of renewable energy. Now, according to a Navigant Research report, there will be substantial investments in storage as well. There is emphasis on energy storage software products, and Navigant expects $11 billion spent on them over the next ten years. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Engie Expects Half Its New Renewable Energy Projects From PPA Deals” • French gas and power group Engie said it expects that in the three years from 2019 to 2021, it will contract for 4.5 GW of renewable capacity through power purchase agreements with companies or municipalities. That will be about half of its new renewable energy. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines in France (Fr.Latreille, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “What Happened During CNN’s Climate Town Hall And What It Means For 2020” • Ten Democratic presidential candidates took to the stage for CNN’s climate town meeting as Hurricane Dorian menaced the East Coast and at a time when the impact of a warming Earth is no longer just a vision of a catastrophic future but is increasingly visible. [CNN]

¶ “Facebook Signs 200-MW Wind Power Purchase Agreement In Texas” • American online social media giant Facebook has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 200 MW of the 525 MW Aviator Wind project. The project will be built in Coke County, Texas, and it is expected to be operational in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Wind project (Facebook image)

¶ “Report Shows Massachusetts Will Fall Short Of Its Renewable Energy Goals Unless It Makes Some Changes” • A report from Vote Solar shows that inconsistent policy environment slowed Massachusetts’ once booming solar market dramatically. It says the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target is undermining its renewable energy targets. [Solar Builder]

¶ “Ameren Missouri To Invest $68 Million In Solar+Storage” • Ameren Missouri filed plans with the Missouri Public Service Commission to build three Solar+Storage facilities. Each will connect a large solar energy generation facility to battery storage. The installations will be the first-of-their-kind facilities in the state. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array (NREL image)

¶ “Kansas Becomes A Leader In Renewable Energy” • A report from the Environment America and the Frontier Group shows that the US now produces 40 times more solar power and 270% more wind power than it did in 2009. Kansas stands out as it gets 47% of its electricity from renewables, second only to North Dakota. [Kansas City Business Journal]

¶ “Democrats Split Over Nuclear Energy Amid Climate Fight” • The use of nuclear power is splitting Democratic presidential candidates, with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and businessman Andrew Yang among those calling for new nuclear plants and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) arguing vehemently against any expansions. [The Hill]

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September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Those Who Come After Us Will Either Curse Us – Or Thank Us” • I first saw that climate was changing in 2000, when I went to Antarctica to study penguins. Closer to home, my best friend, a lobster fisherman for 25 years, lost his living over an eight-week span when all the lobsters in Long Island Sound died because the water was now too warm. [CNN]

Forest fire (CNN)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Agrivoltaics Proves Mutually Beneficial Across Food, Water, Energy Nexus” • Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today’s changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. Agrivoltaics, the co-locating of agriculture and solar photovoltaic panels, offers a possible solution. [Science Daily]

¶ “Greenland’s Ice Faces Melting ‘Death Sentence'” • Greenland’s massive ice sheet may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists say. In this year alone, it lost enough ice to raise the average global sea level by more than a millimeter. Researchers say they’re “astounded” by the acceleration in melting and fear for coastal cities. [BBC News]

Boat in an icy sea

World:

¶ “Australia’s Renewables Power Past Renewable Energy Target” • Australia continues to install renewables at record rates and will surpass the scrapped target of 41,000 GWh of renewable energy capacity around the end of 2020, analysis from The Australian National University shows. The newer target of 33,000 GWh has already been achieved. [Mirage News]

¶ “Electric Car Charge Posts To Be Installed In Every New Home In England” • England is making the transition to EVs easier by introducing a mandatory electric car charging point for each newly built home. Every brand new home, by law, will have to have a charging port for an electric vehicle, even if the new owners don’t have one. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Photo by Andy Miles)

¶ “China Sets Sight On Leapfrogging US And Japan In Fuel-Cell Vehicles” • China’s government set its sight on fuel-cell vehicles as the next growth engine in its automobile market, as it aims to catch up with the US and Japan in cutting emissions and to take a giant leap in technology. It will heavily subsidize both cars and charging stations. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “‘Record’ Turbine Orders Placed In Q2 2019” • Wind farm developers placed a record 31 GW of turbine orders in the second quarter of 2019, according to new research by Wood Mackenzie. The previous record set in the fourth quarter of last year was beaten by 13.2 GW, the ‘Global Wind Turbine Order Analysis: Q3 2019’ report said. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “Restart Of Scotland Nuclear Reactor Where Cracks Found Delayed Again” • EDF Energy extended an outage at the Hunterston B-7 reactor in Scotland to Jan 15, 2020 from Oct 1, 2019, the British arm of French utility EDF said on its website. It has been offline since March 2018 after routine inspections found cracks in its graphite core. [Nasdaq]

¶ “China’s Envision Sets 100% Renewables Target For 2025” • Chinese wind turbine maker and digital energy technology firm Envision has set a 100% renewable power target by 2025 for its operations. The Climate Group announced that Envision joined RE100 and set the most ambitious goal among its Chinese members. [Renewables Now]

Envision wind farm in China

US:

¶ “Exxon Dumped From S&P 500 Top 10 For First Time In 90 Years” • When S&P published its latest numbers at the beginning of September, Exxon was no longer in the top 10 companies, for the first time in history. It has slipped to number 12 and now represents just 1% of the total index. Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon are the first three. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Elizabeth Warren Embraces Jay Inslee’s Climate Change Platform” • Sen Elizabeth Warren announced she would adopt Washington Gov Jay Inslee’s 10-year climate plan. She would also put $1 trillion into additional protections to workers and to help fund a radical transition of American infrastructure and industry away from fossil fuels. [CNN]

Elizabeth Warren at a Town Hall event (CNN)

¶ “Ørsted To Build 230-MW Wind Farm In Nebraska” • Lincoln Clean Energy, an Ørsted company, issued the Final Notice to Proceed on its Plum Creek wind facility in Nebraska’s Wayne County. This follows the final investment decision from Ørsted’s Board of Directors. The 230-MW wind farm is expected to be operational in 2020. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Julián Castro Rolls Out $10 Trillion Plan To Fight Climate Change” • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro released his plan to combat climate change. The Democratic presidential candidate outlined his approach to what he calls the “greatest existential threat to our future” ahead of his appearance at CNN’s climate crisis town hall. [CNN]

Julián Castro (Stephen Maturen | Getty Images)

¶ “Homeowners Upgrade To Geothermal To Save Money And Reduce Emissions” • Homeowners who were not happy with the costs of oil-fired HVAC systems have found financial relief with a Dandelion residential geothermal system. Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been expensive, but Dandelion makes geothermal a low-cost option. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Exelon’s Three Mile Island-1 Nuclear Unit Reducing Output Before Permanent Shutdown” • Exelon Generation’s 890-MW Three Mile Island-1 nuclear unit in Middletown, Pennsylvania, is reducing its output prior to being permanently shut later this month, the company said. Exelon is closing TMI-1 because it is uneconomical to operate. [S&P Global]

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September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How ‘Terrified’ Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement” • As champions of Greta Thunberg hit back against malicious right-wing bullies, she said, “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” [Common Dreams]

Greta Thunberg (Photo: Anders Hellberg | Effekt)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Scientists Say Climate Change Will Lead To More Powerful Storms, And Hurricane Dorian Proves They’re Right” • Climate scientists have warned for over a decade that climate change will lead to more powerful storms, more often, and farther north. Hurricane Dorian is the most power ever, for the Atlantic outside the Caribbean. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?” • Research shows that more North Atlantic hurricanes have been stalling as Dorian did, leading to more extreme rainfall. Their average forward speed has also decreased by 17% from 1944 to 2017, according to a study published by scientists at NASA and NOAA. [InsideClimate News]

Hurricane Dorian (NOAA GOES satellite imagery)

¶ “Decarbonizing The Power Sector With Renewable Gas” • One way to help decarbonize the electric grid is through the use of hydrogen produced from renewable power resources. Excess wind and solar power are used to create hydrogen, then the renewable hydrogen is burned in gas turbines when power is needed on the grid. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Fraunhofer ISE Introduces Invisible Solar Roofs For Vehicles” • As the EV revolution progresses, it makes sense to integrate solar cells on horizontal surfaces like roofs. Now Fraunhofer ISE says it has invented a way to manufacture a solar roof for vehicles that can be any color the manufacturer wants, matching the color of the car. [CleanTechnica]

Car with a solar roof (Credit: Fraunhofer ISE)

World:

¶ “472 Vehicle-To-Grid Smart Chargers Coming To The Netherlands” • After some smaller pilot V2G projects showed potential for a more stable grid and better use of renewable energy, there is now a larger experiment. A subsidy of €5 million is to be available to support 472 smart chargers at charging plazas in 21 Dutch cities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Netherlands – Fossil Cars Down 20%, Electrics Up 75%” • In August, overall Dutch automobile sales were down by 16% year over year. Sales for cars powered by fossil fuels vehicles fell 20% from 39,430 to 31,430. At the same time, sales of fully electric vehicles jumped to 2,800 from 1,579 a year earlier, an increase of over 75%. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S in the Netherlands (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Yeo: Malaysia Aiming For 20% Renewable Energy Use By 2025” • The government of Malaysia is seeking to increase the country’s target of renewable energy generation to 20% in the next six years, according to Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin. The plan is to be launched this month. [Malay Mail]

¶ “Scotland Launches Offshore Hub” • The offshore renewables industry and public sector on Scotland’s east coast are working closely together to expand and increase growth of the regional supply chain. The Forth and Tay cluster, consisting of a group of councils and businesses, will host an number of offshore wind projects and initiatives. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (ORE Catapult image)

¶ “Report Warns Japan That Era Of Nuclear Decommissioning Looms” • Japanese policy-makers adopted a report saying the country is entering an era of massive decommissioning of nuclear plants. Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission urged plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs for the massive work ahead. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Vestas On Double Time For OX2 In Finland” • Vestas is to supply turbines to two wind farms totaling 60 MW in Finland for OX2 projects backed by Infracapital. Kropuln and Storbacken will be built on a merchant basis and feature V150-4.2MW turbines delivered in power optimised mode. Commissioning expected in 2021. [reNEWS]

Erecting a wind turbine (Vestas image)

US:

¶ “The Hellish Future Of Las Vegas In The Climate Crisis: ‘A Place Where We Never Go Outside'” • Temperatures in Las Vegas have risen 5.76°F since 1970. A Union of Concerned Scientists report warns that without global action to reduce CO₂ emissions, the city will likely see 96 days of heat above 100°F annually by the end of the century. [The Guardian]

¶ “PV Peaker Plant A Model For Solar-Plus-Storage Projects” • Pairing solar energy with batteries lets utilities store excess power when the sun is shining but demand is low, and use it after the sun sets. One innovative project on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i is doing that and more, tapping into several other benefits in the process. [POWER magazine]

Solar battery at the end of a rainbow in Hawaii

¶ “A Renewable Benefit: Texas Extends Tax Abatement Program” • Texas Gov Greg Abbott (R) signed into law a bill that extends the state’s Chapter 312 property tax abatement program until September 1, 2029. Tax incentives available in Texas make it one of the friendliest states in the country for renewable energy development. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Geothermal Key Element In 50% Renewable Energy Target In The State Of Nevada” • At a recent monthly meeting at the Northern Nevada Development Authority, Doug Cannon, CEO of NV Energy said that the utility is on track to reach 50% renewables ahead of schedule. The utility will use geothermal energy to supply baseload power. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

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September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Investors Are Leading The Climate Change Charge Towards Zero Emissions And Cleaner Fuels While Governments Lag Behind” • Financial giants from Europe, China, Japan, the US, Australia, and elsewhere can see the looming risks and rewards, and they are not waiting for policymakers to signal what needs to be done. [South China Morning Post]

Icelandic girl, where the Okjokull glacier once was (Photo: AFP)

¶ “Unsanctioned Democratic Climate Change Debate Could Occur On TYT” • The DNC created a draconian rule to prevent Democratic candidates from taking part in unsanctioned debates. Candidates who take part in such debates will be barred entry to DNC-sanctioned debates. The Young Turks is trying to organize a climate change debate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Old Powerlines Are Holding Back The Renewable Energy Boom” • Australian wind and solar farms are putting downward pressure on energy prices, and there are hundreds of new renewable facilities set to come online. But that green energy is stretching the country’s outdated network of transmission lines. [ABC Local]

Wind farm (Gavin Coote | ABC Central West)

World:

¶ “Queensland Government Gives Nod To 64-MW Wind Farm Near Kingaroy” • Queensland could have a new wind farm on its grid by as early as next year, as plans for a 64-MW project were approved by the state Labor government. The $128 million project is set to be built by China-owned company Australian Energy Wind Farm. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “The Country Disappearing Under Rising Tides” • Bangladesh has been a vulnerable state for much of its short existence. In this flood-prone country, people have coped with rising water levels with a combination of innovation, flexibility, and resilience, but the extremes the environment is now throwing at them might be beyond anyone’s endurance. [BCC]

Bangladesh (Credit: Ignacio | Marin Institute)

¶ “Export Hydrogen An Opportunity From 100% Renewable Generation” • Hydrogen will be important for de-carbonizing the New Zealand economy, but the bigger gain could be from the development of a new export fuel industry, according to Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. Hydrogen has numerous potentially important uses. [sharechat]

¶ “Irish Floods Becoming More Severe Due To Climate Impact” • Ireland and other parts of North-Western Europe are most likely to suffer from extreme flooding episodes prompted by climate change, a new study revealed. The study published in the journal Nature examined “river flow data” from thousands of locations over 50 years. [The Green News]

Flooding in Athlone in 2016 (Photo: Niall Sargent)

¶ “Mini-Grid Plants Will Address 40,000-MW Power Demand – Energy Council” • Building mini-grid, off-grid, and embedded power plants will help address Nigeria’s 40,000-MW electricity demand, the Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria stated. Nigeria’s national grid only has capacity to take a little above 7,000 MW of electricity. [The Punch]

¶ “Big Game-Changer! How Floating Solar Power May Help Modi Government Realise Its Renewable Energy Dream” • As land availability presents a challenge, water surfaces may play a role in the Indian government getting to its target of 175,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. It plans to add 10 GW of floating solar capacity. [Financial Express]

Floating solar array

¶ “Muirhall Ready For Crossdykes Kick-Off” • Muirhall Energy will kick off construction of Scotland’s first subsidy-free wind farm this week after reaching financial close on the 46-MW Crossdykes in Dumfries and Galloway. The project will have ten Nordex turbines with 176.5-meter tip heights. First power is expected in September 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “WaveSub Wraps Up Cornwall Tests” • Marine Power Systems completed sea testing for its WaveSub prototype wave power device off the coast of Cornwall. Testing took place over the last 12 months proving the functionality of the 1:4 scale device across a range of sea states. According to the company, the results were promising. [reNEWS]

WaveSub (Image: Owen Howells Photography)

¶ “Section Of Exhaust Stack At Nuclear Plant Removed” • Workers have finished removing the top section of an exhaust stack for two damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO is trying to dismantle the upper half of the 120-meter-tall stack. The work is about a month behind schedule. [NHK World]

US:

¶ “Amy Klobuchar Outlines Plan To Combat Climate Crisis” • Sen Amy Klobuchar promised to “take aggressive executive action to confront” the climate crisis. She would bring the US back into the Paris Climate Agreement and introduce legislation to put the US on a path to 100% net zero emissions by 2050, among other things. [CNN]

Amy Klobuchar interview (screenshot, CNN)

¶ “Trump Doesn’t Think He’s ‘Ever Even Heard Of A Category 5’ Hurricane. Four Such Storms Have Threatened The US Since He Took Office” • Dorian is the most recent of four Category 5 hurricanes to endanger parts of the US since Trump assumed the Oval Office. With Dorian, he said he had never heard of such a thing. He said that of the earlier ones also. [CNN]

¶ “Bullrock Solar To Partner On Renewable Energy Effort With Porter Medical Center” • Bullrock Solar of Shelburne, along with the University of Vermont Medical Center and the UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center, announced that the UVMHN Porter Medical Center will be the beneficiary of an 800-kW solar field. [Shelburne News]

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September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Uncertainty Of Climate Change Underscores The Need To Act” • Feedback loops, such as the release of CO₂ and methane from melting Arctic permafrost, mean that even if we achieve the very stringent greenhouse gas cuts required, there is a significant chance that warming from that amount of emissions could be much higher than 1.5°C. [The National]

Fire in the Amazon (Reuters)

¶ “Time Is Running Out To Act On Climate Change” • I won’t be around to see the worst impacts of climate change, but my children, grandchildren and countless families around the world will be. They’ll suffer the brunt of this crisis. They’ll bear the burden of cleaning up my generation’s mess. We can, and must, do better. – Former Senator Harry Reid [Las Vegas Sun]

¶ “The Importance Of Reducing Light Pollution” • Light pollution is something that doesn’t get enough attention. After reading an op-ed in The New York Times over the weekend by Dr. Kelsey Johnson, an astrophysicist, I thought it would be a good idea to give us all a reminder of the importance of reducing light pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot of DarkSiteFinder’s light pollution map

World:

¶ “State Discoms Owe Nearly ₹10,000 Crore To Producers” • Indian state-run power distribution companies owe ₹9,954.3 crore ($1.496 billion) to renewable energy producers, with the highest dues pending in southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana, according to Central Electricity Authority of India data through August 20. [Hindustan Times]

¶ “How M-KOPA Labs Is Pulling Academic Research Into The Off-Grid Solar Industry” • As of November 2018, M-KOPA, a Kenyan off-grid solar company, has over 700,000 subscribing households. Unlike typical organizations in the low-cost solar industry, M-KOPA is meeting demand for larger appliances such as TVs or refrigerators. [CleanTechnica]

M-KOPA 600 product package

¶ “US Intel Says Mysterious Russian Blast Result Of Nuclear Missile Recovery Mission” • A US intelligence assessment found that the mysterious explosion off of Russia’s northern coast occurred during a recovery mission to salvage a nuclear-powered missile from the ocean floor, according to people with direct knowledge of the report. [UNIAN]

US:

¶ “Florida’s Cities Are Building To Fight Rising Seas. Small Towns May Struggle To Defend Themselves” • Delray Beach is joining other Florida towns that are developing plans to respond to the threat of rising seas. An engineering report estimated the cost of protecting its most vulnerable neighborhoods in the city of 65,000 people at $378 million. [CNN]

Delray Beach, Florida (Matt Gannon | CNN)

¶ “Panel Focused On City Push To Renewable Energy” • Early this year, the City Council of Keene, New Hampshire, adopted a non-binding resolution moving the city to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable transportation and heating by 2050. A committee of residents and leaders has been hard at work to make that happen. [The Keene Sentinel]

¶ “Kansas Makes Good Use Of Wind Power, But Other Renewables … Not So Much” • Kansas is a national leader in wind energy, but a new report shows the state lags in the adoption of other so-called green technologies. Kansas has put in place policy and tax incentives to attract wind developers, but not for other renewable energy sources. [WCUR]

Wind farm (Brian Grimmett | Kansas News Service)

¶ “Indiana Studies Impact Of Climate Change On Storm Water Systems” • Anticipated increases in annual rainfall should signal a need for Indiana to consider whether existing storm water systems can handle flooding, a legislature-appointed panel was told. Indiana’s annual rainfall has increased by about 5 inches during the past century. [Terre Haute Tribune Star]

¶ “An Increasing Number Of Young Republicans Are Concerned About Climate Change” • A new poll has found that a growing number of young Republican voters are concerned about human-induced climate change. Of Republican voters aged 18 to 34, 67% are worried about climate change, an 18% increase since earlier polls. [Earth.com]

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