September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2019


¶ “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]


¶ “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. []

¶ “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]


¶ “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


¶ “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. []

¶ “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. []

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