October 1 Energy News

October 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “A Formula For Catastrophe In The Arctic” • The White House views the Arctic as a key arena for great-power competition, with the ultimate prize being a great trove of resources, including oil, natural gas, uranium, zinc, iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals. It is possible because of climate change. It will worsen climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic ice (NOAA image)

¶ “Bad Ancestors: Does The Climate Crisis Violate The Rights Of Those Yet To Be Born?” • What if climate change is a violation of the rights of people who are yet to be born? Finally, this urgent question seems to be getting the attention it deserves. Part of this is happening with student strikes. Part is because of young people suing for a right to life. [The Guardian]

¶ “Conservatives’ ‘Nuclear Fusion By 2040’ Pledge Is Wishful Thinking” • The UK’s governing Conservative Party announced new climate policies that include £220 million for research into nuclear fusion reactors to provide clean energy “by 2040.” As a fusion researcher, I welcome the funding. But it isn’t an effective response to climate change. [Big News Network]

Fusion reactor

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jet Fuel From Thin Air: Aviation’s Hope Or Hype?” • Several companies are working on making jet fuel from CO₂ captured from the air and H₂ split from water, powering the operations with solar PVs. They say it could be a future fuel for aviation. Environmental organizations are skeptical, and make plain that we should fly less than we do. [BBC]

World:

¶ “ACT Has ‘100% Renewable’ Electricity From Today. But What Does That Mean?” • The last stage of South Australia’s Hornsdale wind farm is coming online, and the Australian Capital Territory is “officially” powered by 100% renewable electricity. That means that for every watt of power the ACT consumes, it provides one through its renewable investments. [ABC News]

Hornsdale Wind Farm (Nick Harmsen | ABC News)

¶ “Saudi Crown Prince Warns Of Threat To Global Oil Supply” • Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the BBC that if Iran and Saudi Arabia go to war, oil prices could rise up to “unimaginably high numbers.” He says this is possible if the world doesn’t try to deter Iran, and that escalation will threaten the world’s interests. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NSW Reveals Grants Shortlist For Nearly 3 GW Of Renewables And Storage Capacity” • The government of New South Wales shortlisted 21 renewable energy and energy storage projects for grant funding under the state’s Emerging Energy program. The aim is to support up to 700 MW of dispatchable generation in the state. [RenewEconomy]

Blaney wind farm in NSW (Bren Barnes, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Ocean Holds Key To Ireland’s Renewable Energy Targets, Says Bruton” • Ireland’s ocean resources are crucial to delivering on the target of generating 70% its electricity renewable energy by 2030, Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton said. He confirmed 3.5 GW of Irish power would come from offshore wind in the coming decade. [Irish Times]

¶ “Vestas V150 Secures Greek Debut” • Vestas has won a turbine order totalling 16 MW from Iberdrola for the Pyrgari wind farm, which is to be built in Viotia, Greece. The contract includes the supply and installation of four V150-4.2MW machines delivered in 4.0 MW operating mode. Delivery is planned for the first quarter of 2020. [reNEWS]

Mt Dirfys, Viotia (Chavakismanolis, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “EDF Submits Application To Shut Down Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant” • EDF submitted an application seeking approval for the termination of operations and permanent shutdown of both reactors at Fessenheim nuclear plant. One reactor is planned to be closed on 22 February 2020, and the other on 30 June in the same year. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ “Arnold Schwarzenegger Lends Greta Thunberg A Tesla” • When you can count Arnold Schwarzenegger among your fans, you’ve definitely achieved high levels of public recognition! After meeting her in May (and saying he was a bit star-struck) Arnold has now made sure Gretta has a Tesla Model 3 for the rest of her trip through North America. [CleanTechnica]

Greta Thunberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger (From Twitter)

¶ “New Campaign Launched On 30 Campuses Urges Colleges And Universities To Shift To 100% Clean Renewable Power” • Environment America Research & Policy Center is launching 30 campaigns in 11 states, pressing colleges and universities to get 100% of their energy from renewables. Their goal is to get 150 to sign on by 2021. [Environment America]

¶ “Chapel Hill Sets 100% Renewable Energy Goal” • The town council of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. The resolution also set an interim goal of 80% clean, renewable energy by 2030. The issue was brought before the council by two petitions. [North American Windpower]

Downtown Chapel Hill (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “For Murray Power, Here Comes The Sun” • The City Council of Murray, Utah, unanimously authorized Murray Power to engage in a 25-year contract with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for 5 MW of solar energy, starting at $23.15/MWh (2.35¢/kWh) and escalating by 2% yearly. The source is a 66-MW array in San Juan County, Utah. [Murray Journal]

¶ “Renewable Energy Will Provide Discount To Thousands” • Imperial Irrigation District and Citizens Energy Corporation just completed the largest low-income solar project in the country. There are more than 100,000 solar panels in the solar array in Calipatria, California. It will generate 30 MW of power and serve over 12,000 customers. [NBC Palm Springs]

Have a congenially entertaining day.

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