September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2019


¶ “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]


¶ “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)


¶ “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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