Archive for September 28th, 2019

September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2019


¶ “Is Trudeau Doing Enough On Climate Change?” • For the first time in more than a decade, climate change is at the forefront of a federal election campaign in Canada. Greta Thunberg has earned a reputation for speaking truth to power – but Mr Trudeau nonetheless chose to meet her before she led the climate strike march in Montreal. [BBC]

Melting arctic ice

¶ “The 3.5% Rule: How A Small Minority Can Change The World” • Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, has shown it takes around 3.5% of the population to be participating actively in the protests to ensure serious political change. She also showed civil disobedience is the most powerful way to shape world politics. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Proctor & Gamble And PureCycle Collaborate On Recycling Process For Polypropylene” • Polypropylene is hard to recycle. But Proctor & Gamble, working with PureCycle Technologies, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Innventure, says it has perfected a process that results in recycled polypropylene that is odor-free and snowy white or clear in color. [CleanTechnica]

Polypropylene structure (Stan Zurek, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Almost 13,000 Study Clean Power In Scotland” • Almost 13,000 students are studying courses related to renewable energy at Scotland’s universities and colleges, according to a survey by Scottish Renewables. Over one third (36%) of the 12,885 students are female, according to data from 31 institutions, from Dumfriesshire to the Highlands. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla: Russia’s Top Propaganda Target” • RT (formerly called Russia Today), produces an abundance of articles suggesting Tesla is led by an incompetent CEO producing pathetic, highly dangerous, and unpopular cars. Tesla has nearly no presence in Russia. It does, however, represent a threat to a country whose exports are primarily gas and oil. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas in Florida (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Tory Conference 2019: Boris Johnson Pledges £1 Billion To Develop Electric Cars And To Plant A Million Trees” • Plans for heavy investment in electric car production, energy reduction measures in all new homes and the planting of one million trees are being promised by Boris Johnson in a £1.2 billion package to combat climate change. [iNews]

¶ “Hundreds Of Thousands Join Canada Climate Strikes” • Hundreds of thousands of people have joined climate strike marches across Canada, with almost 100 events planned in cities and towns. Greta Thunberg spoke in Montreal at the start of strikes in the city, which were expected to draw more than 300,000 people. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg speaking in Montreal (AFP)

¶ “Pm Tells UN General Assembly: Bahamas Under Threat From Climate Change” • Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said during the UN General Assembly meeting that the beauty and existence of the Bahamas is under grave threat from climate change. He used Hurricane Dorian as an example of the destruction climate change brings. [Bahamas Tribune]

¶ “Germany’s Climate Targets Require Huge Amounts Of Renewable Hydrogen – Reports” • Germany will require massive amounts of hydrogen made with renewable power to reach its climate targets, two reports commissioned by Greenpeace Energy say. The company sees demand for more hydrogen than green electricity. [Clean Energy Wire]

German geothermal plant (Niteshift, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Rupert Murdoch’s Daughter-In-Law Bucks The Family’s Conservative Reputation, Pledging Millions To Fight Climate Change” • Kathryn Murdoch, the daughter-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, publicly contradicted the family’s conservative stance on climate change in an interview with John Schwartz of the The New York Times. [Business Insider]

¶ “Climate Change Is Raising Quite The Stink In Florida” • In addition to other problems, the sunny day flooding that comes with rising sea levels threatens to overwhelm septic systems, leading to health issues. A Dade County report estimates it would take more than $3.3 billion to build water treatment facilities to provide sewer hookups. [CNN]

Sunny day flooding (Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

¶ “Dominion Energy Acquires Two Solar Projects In Virginia” • Dominion Generation, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, has acquired two solar generating projects with a total capacity of 95 MW from Savion LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. They are expected to be operational in 2020. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Oil Company Agrees To Pay Up To $100 Million To Restore Louisiana Coastline” • An agreement between Freeport-McMoRan, a company that specializes in drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and 12 coastal communities in Louisiana may set a precedent. The company agreed to pay up to $100 million to restore the Louisiana coastline. [CleanTechnica]

Barrier island creation (

¶ “DTE Pledges Carbon-Free Power By 2050 Banking On Small Reactors, Carbon Capture Advancements” • DTE Energy said it will work to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It says it needs some regulatory changes, such as a price on carbon, and it is looking at technology, such as small modular nuclear reactors and energy storage. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Scout Flush For Heart Of Texas Build” • Scout Clean Energy has secured construction financing and tax equity commitments for the 180-MW Heart of Texas wind farm. Construction financing of $255 million was provided by KeyBank, Rabobank and CoBank. The project will comprise 64 GE turbines from the company’s 2-MW platform. [reNEWS]

Have a fascinatingly agreeable day.

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