September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2019

World:

¶ “Landmark UN Report Warns Sea Levels Will Rise Faster Than Projected By 2100” • Cities from New York to Shanghai could see regular flooding, as sea levels rise faster than previously thought. Glaciers and ice sheets from the Himalayas to Antarctica are rapidly melting. And the fisheries that feed millions of people are shrinking. [CNN]

Ocean food (Jay Directo | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Fish Are In Trouble With The Climate Crisis, IPCC Report Finds” • Since the 1970s, the climate crisis has made our oceans warmer and more acidic, reducing the number of the fish we rely on for our food, according to a major UN report. Ultimately, the report said, this will lead to the extinction of some species we fish for food. [CNN]

¶ “Vestas Wins 168-MW In Mexico” • Vestas has secured a 168-MW turbine order for a wind farm in Mexico. The order derives from a corporate power purchase agreement and includes the supply and installation of 42 turbines from the 4-MW platform with V150 rotors. Details of the project location, customer, and completion date are undisclosed. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “The Tiny Island That Aims To Become A Carbon-Netural Paradise” • Gapado  is a speck of land off the southern coast of South Korea. It has fewer than 200 residents, many with solar powered homes, and two wind turbines. The island produces more energy than it uses. It could show Jeju province how to be carbon neutral by 2030. [BBC]

¶ “Australia Is A Forerunner In Generating Renewable Energy” • Growth of renewable energy in Australia is happening at a rate that is ten times faster per capita than the world average. In 2018 through 2020, the country is installing more than 16 GW of solar and wind capacity, which is an average rate of 220 watts per person per year. [Industry Reporter]

Installing solar panels

¶ “Nuclear Power Risks Pricing Itself Out Of Europe’s Energy Market” • Aside from the British project at Hinkley Point in southwestern England, additional nuclear plants in Finland and France are also behind schedule and over budget. The industry’s woes contrast with swiftly falling costs for installing wind and solar farms. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Australian Energy Market Commission Wants Power Prices Cut And A Grid Suited For Renewables” • The energy adviser for the Federal Government warned that solar panels are so popular that the grid is at capacity. Time is running out for the energy grid to be revolutionized to pass on better returns to customers generating their own power. [ABC News]

Solar project (Supplied photo: Quality Solar NT)

UK:

¶ “The World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Is Nearly Complete. It Can Power 1 Million Homes” • The world’s largest offshore wind farm is taking shape 120 km (75 miles) off England’s Yorkshire coast. Hornsea One will produce enough energy to supply 1 million UK homes with clean electricity when it is completed in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Resurgence In Wales” • Four years ago Welsh Government passed the Well-Being of Future Generations Act. It contained an ambitious target for the country to get 70% from renewables by 2030. The latest figures show this is within reach, since 48% of Wales’ energy consumption is currently coming from renewable power. [Energy Saving Trust]

Dam in the Elen Valley (Getty Images)

¶ “The Road To Clean Energy” • Wind power has made it possible for the UK to contemplate a zero carbon future. What was once a seemingly impossible dream is now a government commitment for the year 2050. Thanks in part to the growth in use and the reduction in cost of renewables, the UK has lowered its carbon emissions by 40% since 1990. [BBC]

¶ “Scotland Will Probably Reach 100% Renewable Energy Goal ‘Soon’” • With nearly three-quarters of its energy coming from wind, solar, and hydro, Scotland is well on its way to a carbon-free energy grid. Scottish Renewables predicts in a recent report that the country will soon be meeting its 100% target for energy from clean sources. [ZME Science]

Edinburgh

US:

¶ “GE Scores California Storage Hat-Trick” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Convergent Energy and Power to supply battery energy storage systems for three projects in California with total capacity of 100 MWh. GE said the project will bring its total battery storage capacity in operation or under construction to 495 MWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “eBay San Jose Headquarters Moves To 100% Renewable Energy” • eBay announced that two San Jose campuses, including eBay’s global headquarters, will be powered entirely by carbon-free solar, wind, and geothermal energy by the end of September thanks to a new partnership with San Jose Clean Energy and its TotalGreen service. [eSellerCafe]

eBay campus (eBay image)

¶ “Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Were Caused By Weak Management, Poor Oversight, NTSB Says” • In September, 2018, a series of gas explosions and fires destroyed 131 buildings in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. One person was killed. An NTSB investigation said the fault lay in inadequate management and poor oversight. [CNN]

¶ “Dominion Energy Plans America’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm” • Dominion Energy is planning the construction of the single largest offshore wind project in US waters, consisting of three 880-MW phases. According to the American Wind Energy Association, this presents a huge economic opportunity for the State of Virginia. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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