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]

Have a gloriously happy day.

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