September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Can A Carbon Fee Save The World’s Oceans? Senator Whitehouse Says ‘Yes'” • Climate change is altering the oceans, and CO₂ is changing their chemistry. In an exclusive comment for CleanTechnica, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says a carbon fee is the best method to limit emissions and mitigate ocean quality loss. [CleanTechnica]

Lobster fishing (AK-Bino, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work” • People often ask about solutions for climate change. What works? What should we be doing? A question on Quora was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly is the current scientific consensus on steps to combat climate change?” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar, Wind And Batteries Threaten Future Of Nuclear Power” • The natural gas boom is killing America’s nuclear industry, and wind and solar may finish the job. Battery prices have plunged 85% from 2010 to 2018, and huge storage plants are planned in California and Arizona. The US is also not the only place nuclear power is threatened. [The Business Times]

Three Mile Island (Smallbones, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “GE Delivers Wind PPA To Google” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Google for energy from the Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm in Sweden, about 470 km north of Stockholm. GE will supply 33 of its 5.3 MW Cypress turbines. The wind farm is to be operational by the end of 2020. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “First Utility-Scale Floating Solar Power Plant For Germany” • Ciel & Terre  announced a 750 kW floating solar array in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The project has more than 2,300 solar panels and is predicted the solar power plant will generate 736 MWh per year. The mining company Ossola GmbH will use the electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Image courtesy of Ciel & Terre)

¶ “Piiparinmaki Deal Gives Glennmont Nordic Foothold” • Investor Glennmont Partners entered the Nordic market with the acquisition of the ready-to-build 211-MW Piiparinmaki wind farm in Finland from Ilmatar Energy. The unsubsidized project will feature 28 5.6-MW and 4.2-MW Vestas EnVentus turbines. Construction will start in October. [reNEWS]

¶ “RWE Touts 18 GW Renewable Project Pipeline In Green Shift” • German utility RWE said it has a renewable project pipeline of more than 18 GW, mostly in the US. The company confirmed that it is setting aside €1.5 billion ($1.37 billion) per year into renewable energy and storage, but indicated it could expand that to €3 billion. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar PVs and wind turbines

¶ “Queensland Green Ammonia Plant Could Use Renewable Hydrogen” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura in Central Queensland. [Mirage News]

¶ “Turkish Delight For GE With 51-MW Cypress Deal” • GE Renewable Energy has inked a deal to supply 4.8-MW turbines from its Cypress platform for the 51-MW Gazi 9 wind farm in Turkey. Blades will be produced by GE company LM Wind Power at a site in the Turkish city of Izmir and towers will also be made locally in Turkey. [reNEWS]

Prototype Cypress wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Centrica To Use Customers’ Hot Water Tanks To Stop Blackouts” • Centrica, the owner of British Gas, plans to use its customers’ hot water tanks to create a virtual power plant which could help National Grid prevent future blackouts. It hopes to harness household gadgets with energy capacity equivalent to a large power plant by 2025. [The Guardian]

¶ “PMO Steps In To Ease Supply Of Credit For Green Energy Firms” • In India, the Prime Minister’s Office has intervened to help ease the credit supply for renewable energy firms. The government is moving to ensure that India’s efforts to emerge as a clean energy champion are not undermined by a lack of access to funds. [Livemint]

Solar array in India (Bloomberg image)

¶ “France Says Nuclear Plant Overruns ‘Unacceptable'” • The French government slammed as “unacceptable” delays and cost overruns at nuclear power plant projects undertaken by state utility firm EDF, including Britain’s controversial Hinkley Point. Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said there would be an independent audit. [Daily Pioneer]

US:

¶ “Hanwha Q Cells Dedicates Largest Solar Panel Factory In Western Hemisphere” • Hanwha Q Cells opened a 300,000 square foot solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia. The $200 million factory employs more than 650 workers and is capable of producing 12,000 solar panels a year, enough to generate 1.7 GW of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

New Hanwha Q Cells facility (Hanwha image)

¶ “California Governor Newsom And Michael Bloomberg Announce Plan To Use Satellite To Track Climate Change” • Gov Gavin Newsom of California and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new initiative that will use satellite data from Earth-imaging company Planet to monitor climate change in California. [Newsweek]

¶ “Duke Energy Renewables Announces Second Power Purchase Agreement For Frontier Windpower II” • Oklahoma’s Frontier Windpower project, owned by Duke Energy Renewables, has a second major purchaser for energy. The company announced signing a 15-year, 160-MW virtual power purchase agreement with AT&T. [Oklahoman.com]

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