October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Upcoming Canadian Federal Election Is About Climate Change” • While US politics dominate the news, Canada is going to the polls. It’s likely that Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister, will be returning as leader of Canada. But there is a lot to say about the story of climate change in Canada and how it’s shaping this election cycle. [CleanTechnica]

Justin Trudeau and family (SrA Joshua RM Dewberry, USAF)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Buildings Account For 11% Of Global Emissions. Here Are Two Ways To Slash That Number” • The steel and concrete used in new buildings come with a high price, in terms of CO₂ emissions. There are ways to reduce those emissions, however. One is to use wood instead of steel, and the other is to use new methods for making cement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hundreds Of Temperature Records Broken Over Summer” • Almost 400 all-time high temperatures were set in the northern hemisphere over the summer, analysis indicates. According to Dr Robert Rohde, Lead Scientist at Berkeley Earth, the increasing number of record high temperatures is a part of the long-term trend of global warming. [BBC]

Wildfire in France (Bonsai-ka, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “23,415 Solar Panels Installed In Luxembourg’s Largest Solar Park” • Luxembourg’s largest PV power station is made up of the RTL Group’s transmitter sites in Junglinster and Beidweiler, where 23,415 solar panels were installed at the beginning of September. The solar panels are scheduled to begin working as of mid-2020. [RTL Today]

¶ “NAIF May Fund Renewables-Powered Manganese Metals Project In WA” • The federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility agreed to conduct due diligence on a ground-breaking mining project in Western Australia. It could use a renewables-dominated power source for production of manganese metals. [RenewEconomy]

Wind and solar at Coober Pedy (Christian Sprogoe)

¶ “Power Retailers Facing Business Model Risk Amid Rise Of Renewables” • Kerry Schott, chair the national body overseeing energy security in Australia, castigated power retailers for treating consumers poorly and warned their business models are at risk as the energy market changes with the rise of renewable power. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “GE secures Cypress Brazilian debut” • GE Renewable Energy is to supply turbines of its Cypress platform to EDF Renewables for the over 132MW extension to the Ventos da Bahia wind farm in Brazil. It is GE’s first contract with the company in the South American country. The deal covers the supply of 25 GE 5.3-MW machines. [reNEWS]

Cypress wind turbine (GE image)

¶ “Financing Cost Accounts For The Largest Component Of Renewable Energy Tariffs In India” • Mobilizing finance for low-carbon energy solutions is a critical challenge for global energy transition, according to a policy brief by Council on Energy, Environment and Water, a non-governmental organisation based in Delhi. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “ABB Supplies Prefabricated Substation To Harness Geothermal Power” • ABB commissioned a geothermal power plant in a volcanic complex in a remote highland part of South Sumatra, far from the island’s main transmission system. The plant provides 220 MW of electricity – enough to power almost 500,000 local homes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Sumatra (ABB image)

¶ “EDF Warns Flamanville Weld Repairs To Cost €1.5 Billion” • French utility EDF warned that its Flamanville nuclear project in France will cost €1.5 billion ($1.65 billion) more than previously expected as it counts the costs of weld repairs demanded by French nuclear watchdog ASN. Flamanville is running a decade behind schedule. [Reuters]

¶ “Partners Hail Turbine Triumph At Formosa 1” • Installation of turbines was completed at the 120-MW Formosa 1 phase two offshore wind farm off Taiwan. Taiwanese developer Swancor, which is one of the project partners, said commissioning of the Siemens Gamesa 6-MW hardware is ongoing but should be done by the end of the year. [reNEWS]

Formosa 1 Phase 2 (Swancor image)

US:

¶ “Tribes, Environmental Groups Sue To Stop Mine In Alaskan Salmon Spawning Areas” • Five environmental, business, and native organizations sued the EPA over a proposed controversial Alaska gold and copper mine the Trump administration backed. The mine had been stopped due to environmental concerns during the Obama era. [CNN]

¶ “Northern California Braced For Mega Power Cut” • Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting electricity to around 800,000 customers in Northern California, in an attempt to prevent wildfires. Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area outside the city are expected to be affected. PG&E warned the shut down could last several days. [BBC]

Paradise, California, after last year’s wildfire (Getty Images)

¶ “Consumers Energy Gets Nod For 166-MW Wind Buy In Michigan” • Michigan regulators greenlighted an application by utility Consumers Energy to acquire a 166-MW wind park in Hillsdale County. Project development will be undertaken by Crescent Wind LLC. The power plant will be brought online by the end of this year. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Renewable Energy Firm Doubles Down On Western Wind Projects” • A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico over the next several years. It aims to serve customer demands in the state and export electricity to other markets. [RFD-TV]

Have an absolutely magical day.

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