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]

Have a fantastically nice day.

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