October 2 Energy News

October 2, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Koch Brothers And Protest In America” • Documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison for reporting on the Indigenous protests against fossil fuel infrastructure, Common Dreams tells us. What about the  First Amendment? [CleanTechnica]

Deia Schlosberg (Image from Edward Snowden, via Twitter)

¶ “Elizabeth Warren’s Climate Plan Is Much Stronger With Addition Of Inslee-Related Commitments” • Elizabeth Warren announced changes to her climate plan inspired by elements of Jay Inslee’s, possibly a gold standard. Warren is nearly tied with Biden in key states and could turn out to be the Democratic candidate in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Illinois Must Take Immediate Action On The Clean Energy Jobs Act” • The Clean Energy Jobs Act is one of Illinois’ biggest opportunities to become a national clean energy leader. But with the fall veto session almost here, its future could be in jeopardy if legislators don’t understand what’s at stake. Its many benefits are just a start. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Renewable energy

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Kite Could Harness More Of The World’s Wind Energy” • California-based Makani is using power from the strongest winds, which are typically found in spots where it’s a challenge to install traditional wind turbines. To do this, it uses turbines mounted on a kite. Makani is owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google. [CNN]

¶ “Tractebel Eyes Green Hydrogen Offshore” • Two Engie businesses, Tractebel Engineering and Tractebel Overdick, are working on an offshore platform that could produce ‘green’ hydrogen from offshore wind power. The companies said the platform would incorporate all the technical components needed for hydrogen production. [reNEWS]

Tractebel offshore hydrogen platform (Tractebel image)

¶ “They’re Making Paper Out Of Stone – And Saving Lots Of Trees” • Karst Stone Paper produces paper without using timber, water, or harsh chemicals. Instead, they use stone waste mined from construction sites and other industrial waste dumps. The stone is pulverized and mixed with a compostible plastic to make paper. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Brazil Okays 401 MW Of Renewable Supply From June 28 Auction” • Brazil’s power sector regulator announced the winner list from its auction of June 28, 2019. The approved projects have a total capacity of 401.6 MW and should generate nearly 17.5 million MWh per year at an average price of R$140.33 per MWh ($42.1/MWh). [Renewables Now]

Solar farm

¶ “Kansai Electric Admits Execs’ Acceptance Of Gifts; President Won’t Resign” • Kansai Electric Power Co said two executives responsible for its nuclear business both received more than ¥100 million ($930,000) as gifts from a former official of a town hosting one of its nuclear plants, as the utility disclosed more information on the money scandal. [Japan Today]

¶ “World’s Largest Wind Turbines To Be Built Off Yorkshire Coast” • The Dogger Bank project, to be built from next year in a joint venture between SSE and Norway’s Equinor, will be the largest windfarm in the world once it begins generating power in 2023. It will have GE wind turbines 220 meters tall, with blades over 100 meters long. [The Guardian]

Artist’s impression of the Dogger Bank windfarm (PR image)

¶ “‘Massive Appetite’ For Caribbean Renewable Energy Investments” • MPC Renewable Energies sees rising local private investments in Carribbean clean power. “There is a massive and growing appetite for renewable energy investments in the Caribbean from local investors,” managing director Martin Vogt told BNamericas. [BNamericas English]

US:

“Feds Seek To Gut Law Boosting Small-Scale Renewables” • Since 1978, the Public Utilities Regulatory Act has boosted renewables by requiring big utilities to buy some power from small solar and wind companies. Now federal regulators are proposing changes that would hurt both the smaller companies and consumers. [Environmental Working Group]

Coal Emissions

¶ “UMass Boston Partners With Enel X For Renewable Energy, Storage, And EV Chargers” • UMass Boston is working with Enel X, the advanced energy services division of Enel Group, to bring renewable energy plus storage to its urban campus. Also, the partnership will see 11 smart chargers from Enel’s eMotorWerks installed on the campus. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US University Taps Engie For Wind” • Engie signed deals with Carnegie Mellon University to power its Pittsburgh campus  with wind-generated electricity through 2024. Engie Resources and Amerex Energy Services jointly designed a structure to procure energy from the Radford’s Run wind farm in Illinois to serve all of the campus electricity needs. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Engie image)

¶ “Americans Really Want The US To Adopt Renewable Energy Like Wind And Solar Power, While Rejecting Fossil Fuels Like Coal” • The latest Insider poll shows that both self-identified Democrats and Republicans support the transitioning towards renewable sources of energy. They favor wind and solar, and they rank coal last. [Business Insider]

¶ “Evangelicals See The Light On Climate Change” • At a time when American business and military leaders are becoming increasingly vocal on the urgent need to reduce US reliance on fossil fuels, an evangelical campaign could alienate Republican lawmakers from another core constituency, conservative Christians. [Houston Chronicle]

Have a pragmatically auspicious day.

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