Archive for October 5th, 2019

October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Two Trends in Wind Power That Investors Need to Know About” • The production tax credit, which subsidizes electricity generated by wind farms in their first 10 years of production, will be phased out at the end of this year. This is reasonable because windpower has matured. But maturity brings both challenges and opportunities. [Motley Fool]

Wind farm (Getty Images)

¶ “Police Tracking Of Climate Protesters? It’s Worse Than You Could Possibly Imagine” • American taxpayer dollars are being used to subject law abiding citizens to surveillance and possible arrest if they dare raise their voices against any project that will transport liquid death through their communities. The land of the free? Hardly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Russia Signs Climate Accords And Putin Responds To Climate Change, But There’s A Catch” • Putin’s plan to address climate change is as enlightening about the Russia leader’s intentions as it is disturbing. It reveals the country’s strategy for the next 25 years, and it does not look like it will do much good. We can hope it is a start, however. [CleanTechnica]

St Basil’s Cathedral

World:

¶ “Lilly Is On A Mission To End Thailand’s Plastic Addiction” • Lilly is a young student in Thailand who often skips school for an hour to clean up canals and streams. In a video, Lilly explains that she has learned more by cleaning up canals than she has by going to school. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, she is working to make a difference. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “$3.3 Million Grant For Fuel Cell/Electric Aviation Startup ZeroAvia” • The aviation startup ZeroAvia has received a £2.7 million ($3.3 million) grant from the government of the UK. The funds will be used to support the continued development of fuel cell/electric propulsion technology to reduce aviation carbon dioxide emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Hydrogen-powered airplane (Credit: ZeroAvia)

¶ “Argentina Invites Russia To Participate In Renewable Energy Projects – Diplomat” • Argentina is inviting Russia to participate in its renewable energy projects, the country’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs told Sputnik. He specifically mentioned a wind farm to be developed in the region of Patagonia where there are strong winds. [UrduPoint News]

¶ “Draining Lake Pedder Fifty Years On Gains Environmental Momentum” • When an ancient glacial lake in a remote and wild part of Tasmania was flooded in 1972, a movement was born. The flooding turned Lake Pedder from a 1,000 hectare (2470 acre) lake to a 24,200 hectare reservoir. The Restore Pedder campaign is working to restore the lake. [ABC News]

Lake Pedder, before it was inundated (Photo: Lindsay Hope)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa 4.X To Make 200-MW Chinese Debut” • Siemens Gamesa has secured a deal to supply 4.X turbines for a 200-MW wind farm in China, its first contract for the platform in the market. The German-Spanish manufacturer will deliver 42 units rated at 4.8 MW to independent power producer Xinjiang TBEA Group for the project. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “PA To Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative” • Pennsylvania is taking a major step forward in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov Tom Wolf has set the wheels in motion for the Keystone State to join nine other northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Announcing the plan, he spoke of climate change. [Public News Service]

Flooding has become an issue (Rico Löb | Adobe Stock)

¶ “Virginia To Develop Four New Solar Energy Projects” • In Virginia, permits were issued for construction and operation of four new solar projects that are expected to offset carbon dioxide emissions in the state by 459 million pounds, the equivalent of driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. They have a combined capacity of 192 MW. [Associated Press]

¶ “Generac Pivots From Generators Into Residential Energy Storage And Solar At SPI 2019” • Generac is known for installing more than 2 million backup generator into homes. Earlier this year, however, Generac acquired the residential energy storage company Pika Energy. And with that, it is moving heavily into energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

Generac PWRcell (Generac image)

¶ “Dulles Airport Pilot Is One Of The Region’s Largest Solar Project” • Dominion Energy has partnered with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a solar energy pilot project at Washington Dulles Airport. The 100-MW solar PV project is the Airports Authority’s first large scale renewable energy initiative of this kind. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Digital Realty Signs Renewable Solar PPA To Power Data Centers” • Digital Realty, based in San Francisco, signed a power purchase agreement for solar power from a 50-MW project for its data centers in Oregon and Northern Virginia. Digital Realty said that the new project is expected to come online later next year. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Digital Reality Data center (Digital Realty
Data Centers and Colocation on Facebook)

¶ “Hecate And Google Sign Solar Energy Agreement” • Hecate Energy, which is based in Chicago, Illinois, signed an agreement for Google to purchase 250 MW of renewable electricity from a 500-MW solar facility in Texas. Hecate will develop and operate the Texas solar project, which will require an estimated $275 million investment. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Final Major Module For Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 Nuclear Project Arrives Onsite” • The final major module needed for the construction of the Vogtle 3 & 4 units arrived onsite. This means all 1,485 major modules required to complete construction have now been safely delivered. Modules have come from 25 suppliers around the globe. [POWER Magazine]

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