October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Students, Teachers: Drift Along With An Epic Arctic Climate Expedition” • K-12 students around the world can now be a part of one of the largest Arctic climate research expeditions ever conducted. In September, the RV Polarstern icebreaker set out to freeze itself in Arctic sea ice. For the next year it will drift across the Arctic ocean. [CU Boulder Today]

RV Polarstern frozen in the ice (Stefan Hendricks | AWI)

World:

¶ “Greta Thunberg Just Sassed Putin With Her Classic Clapback Style” • Greta Thunberg is a teenager who knows what it’s like to be criticized by leaders of the world’s most powerful countries, but she doesn’t seem to be short on comebacks. Her Twitter bio used to mock criticism of her by Donald Trump. Now it mocks one from Vladimir Putin. [HuffPost UK]

¶ “Shipping Is One Of The Dirtiest Industries. Now It’s Trying To Clean Up Its Act” • The shipping industry was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement because its emissions are hard to allocate to individual countries. But the international community has started to act, and some shipping businesses are taking up the challenge. [CNN]

Hybrid cruse ship King Harald (CNN image)

¶ “The Netherlands Surpasses Wildest Predictions For Tesla Model 3 Sales” • Sales of the Tesla Model 3 have jumped in the Netherlands. For the January to September period, the Tesla Model 3 accounted for 4.1% of Dutch auto sales. In the month of September, the Model 3 suddenly accounted for 15.1% of new registrations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Meghan Spotlights Ethical Fashion Brands During Southern Africa Tour” • Fashion choices made by the Duchess of Sussex frequently sell out after being identified online. She appears to be using this attention to powerful ends by highlighting ethical brands and consumption habits during the tour she took with Prince Harry of southern Africa. [CNN]

Dancing in Cape Town (Courtney Africa | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Pubs clinch state-wide renewable energy deal to cut electricity bills” • A deal between a brewing giant and one of the world’s biggest energy generators is to slash energy costs for up to 300 pubs across New South Wales. It is the world’s first industry-scale aggregated power purchase agreement, and its electricity is from solar PVs. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Climate Activists Spray UK Finance Ministry With Fake Blood” • Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion used a fire engine to spray 1,800 liters of fake blood (water colored with red food dye) at Britain’s finance ministry in London. It is protesting what it calls the UK’s contradictory stance on tackling climate change. [CNN]

Fire engine and fake blood (Simon Dawson | Reuters)

¶ “Statkraft Awoops On 200-MW Shetland Giant” • Statkraft has acquired the Energy Isles consortium’s proposed wind farm in Yell on the North Isles of Shetland in Scotland. The scheme of up to 200-MW consists of 29 turbines and is under development. The Energy Isles consortium planning application has the project earmarked for operations by 2026. [reNEWS]

¶ “Hurtigruten Introduces Battery-Powered Snowmobiles” • Hurtigruten is a Norwegian cruise, ferry, and cargo operator. Its land-based adventure travel company, Hurtigruten Svalbard, and a Finnish startup company, Aurora Powertrains, made a deal on what may be the beginning of a silent and emissions-free era of snowmobiling. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Electric snowmobile (Courtesy of Aurora Powertrains)

¶ “Kyushu Electric To Halt Reactors Over Delay In Anti-Terror Plans” • In a blow to its financial situation, Kyushu Electric Power Co said it will suspend operations of its Sendai nuclear power plant after falling behind schedule on establishing mandatory anti-terrorism measures. The reactors will be offline for eight to nine months next year. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “Tesla 3rd Quarter Sales Grew 1664% In 6 Years, 271% In 2 Years” • Many of us who believed that Elon Musk’s aggressive forecasts could come to pass weren’t super confident they actually would be. We were perhaps more hopeful than convinced. Nevertheless, Tesla is currently on track to nail Elon Musk’s 2014 forecast for 2020 sales. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s Tampa delivery center (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “National Task Force On Rule Of Law And Democracy Report Slams Trump For War On Science” • The new report warns that the Trump administration is creating a crisis of confidence in America’s institutions because of its policy of installing industry shills in positions of authority and relentlessly attacking scientists who do not toe the party line. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PacifiCorp To Add 7 GW Clean Power By 2025” • PacifiCorp, a utility serving the Northwest, has published a 20-year blueprint setting out a plan to add around 7 GW of new renewables and storage capacity by 2025. The plan includes more than 3.5 GW of new wind capacity, 3 GW of solar, and 600 MW of storage by the middle of the next decade. [reNEWS]

Windpower on the farm (pixabay image)

¶ “Portland-Based PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables” • PacifiCorp’s 20-year power plan cuts back on coal as it adds renewable wind and solar energy. Right now, more than half of PacifiCorp’s power comes from coal, but it plans to shutter more than 75% of its coal fleet, about 4,500 MW, by 2038. [KLCC FM Public Radio]

¶ “Experts Urge “Full Speed Ahead” On Climate Action” • In the first of six symposia planned at MIT this academic year on the subject of climate change, panels of specialists on the science of global climate described the state of knowledge on the subject today. They also discussed what kinds of actions are urgently needed. [MIT News]

Have a beautifully composed day.

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