September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2019

Greta Thunberg:

¶ “Angry Greta Thunberg Tells Global Leaders She ‘Will Never Forgive’ Them For Failing On Climate Change” • Greta Thunberg doesn’t mince words. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” the Swedish climate activist told the UN General Assembly. “How dare you?” [CNN]

Greta Thunberg scolding the UN (UNTV)

¶ “Greta Thunberg And 15 Other Children Filed A Complaint Against Five Countries Over The Climate Crisis” • Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations alleging that five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights by not taking adequate action to stop the unfolding climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Trump Makes Flying Visit To UN Climate Crisis Gathering But US Remains Silent” • The UN gathered world leaders to present concrete plans to tackle the climate crisis. Scientists, activists, and religious leaders warned that urgent steps are needed as natural disasters are increasingly devastating. President Trump paid a flying visit but said nothing. [CNN]

Thunberg watches Trump (Andrew Hofstetter | Reuters)

Opinion:

¶ “Logic Supports Renewables, Not Nuclear” • The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report gives nuclear power little hope in the race against quickly installed, job-friendly, and popular renewables. The report makes it clear that clean power is taking the lead. Nuclear is not only too costly but too slow to deploy to deal with climate change. [pv magazine international]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Energy Watch Group Says Natural Gas Is A Death Sentence For The Earth” • An Energy Watch Group study calculates the climate impact of switching to natural gas. It shows that benefits from reducing CO₂ by switching to natural gas are lost because of the high methane emissions from natural gas production and transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas report (Credit: Energy Watch Group)

World:

¶ “Chinese Suppliers Report Solar Module Supply Milestones In India” • Two Chinese PV manufacturers announced milestones in their business in India. Trina Solar said it has 4 GW in cumulative installed PV modules in India. Jinneng Clean Energy Technology said it shipped over 1 GW of solar modules to Indian customers over the last two years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gabon Becomes The First African Country To Receive Funding For Preserving Its Rainforests” • In an effort to fight climate change, the UN announced that Gabon will become the first African country paid to preserve its rainforest. Norway will pay $150 million to Gabon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle deforestation. [CNN]

Gabon (AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “UK Labour Plans State-Led 52-GW Offshore Wind Drive” • The UK Labour party unveiled a plan to set up a state-owned development company to build 37 new offshore wind farms in domestic waters by 2030. The ‘People Power Plan’ would see 52 GW of offshore wind online by the end of the next decade, up from the existing 30-GW target. [reNEWS]

¶ “UK Offshore Wind Prices Reach New Record Low In Latest CfD Auction” • The latest UK renewable energy auction awarded 12 projects, including 5.5 GW of offshore wind projects, at prices as low as £39.65 ($50.05). According to the UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, prices for offshore wind have fallen 30% since 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Credit: Jan Arne Wold, via Equinor)

¶ “Enlight Team Toasts 105-MW Serbian Success” • Israeli company Enlight Renewable Energy and its Serbian partner New Energy Solutions officially opened the 104.5-MW Kovacica wind farm in Serbia. The project is in the municipality of Kovacica and features 38 GE 2.75-120 turbines. Investment for the wind farm was €189 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “South Australia Unveils Plans For 100% Renewable Hydrogen Economy” • South Australia has outlined plans for a 100% renewable hydrogen economy, saying that with its enormous wind and solar resources, there is nowhere else in the world as well positioned to produce, consume, and export 100% green hydrogen. [RenewEconomy]

South Australian wind farm

US:

¶ “New York State Partners With Ireland, Denmark To Improve Power Grids, Allow More Renewable Energy Resources” • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he signed memorandums of understanding with Ireland and Denmark to partner to improve electric grids and enable more renewable energy resources. [USA Herald]

¶ “Beekeeper Groups Sue EPA Over Pesticide Decision” • In the latest confrontation between the bee industry and the Trump administration, a group of concerned beekeepers have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its July decision to expand the use of a pesticide that is known to harm bees and other pollinators. [CNN]

Bee hive (Georges Gobet | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “23 States Sue Trump To Keep California’s Auto Emission Rules” • California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation’s climate policy. [Associated Press]

¶ “Honda Pushes US Renewables Accelerator” • Honda signed a 320-MW virtual power purchase agreement for electricity from a wind farm in Oklahoma and a solar farm in Texas. In the third quarter of 2020, 120 MW of electricity will come from E.ON’s 150-MW Boiling Springs wind farm. And 200 MW will come a year later from PVs in Texas. [reNEWS]

Have an undeniably marvelous day.

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