September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2019


¶ “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 But that green energy is stretching the country’s outdated network of transmission lines.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)


¶ “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]


¶ “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]

Have an enchantingly felicitous day.

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