October 10 Energy News

October 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Breakdown Of Interdependency Between Big Auto And Big Oil” • Many automobile manufacturers now moving to supply power to their EV customers. The biggest competitors targeting those customers may be the oil companies. Here’s the question: Are we witnessing the end of the century-old relationship between Big Oil and Big Auto? [CleanTechnica]

EV charging

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Climate Change Primed California’s Power Shutdown” • Since the 1980s, the size and ferocity of the fires in California have trended upward: Fifteen of the 20 largest fires in California history have occurred since 2000. And since the 1970s, the amount of area burned in the state has increased by a factor of five. [National Geographic]

¶ “Bosch Claims Better Chips Can Increase EV Range” • Bosch, one of the largest suppliers of components for car makers in the world, is devoting more resources to designing specifically for EVs. It is building a factory in Germany to manufacture chips that it says are less expensive and sufficiently more efficient to extend ranges of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Semiconductor (Bosch image)

¶ “Manatees And Key Deer Are Being Pushed To Extinction By Climate-Fueled Superstorms” • Manatees and Key deer are among 10 species that are particularly at risk of disappearing as intensifying hurricanes bring more rainfall, storm surge and winds that destroy coastal habitats, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a report. [Miami Herald]

World:

¶ “MNRE Issues A Rebuttal On A Report Casting Doubt On Achievement Of The Renewable Energy Target” • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued a rebuttal on a recent report by rating agency CRISIL that had said India may not be able to achieve its renewable energy capacity addition target of 175 GW by 2022. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar farm

¶ “Delhi Penalizes Three DISCOMs For Defaulting On Renewable Purchase Obligations” • The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission imposed penalties of ₹17.2 million ($240,000) to ₹28.8 million ($410,000) on three power distribution companies for defaulting on renewable energy purchase obligations. [Mercom India]

¶ “BHP Turns To Renewables To Power Huge Copper Mine In Chile” • Australian mining giant BHP says it expects to make significant cost savings when it replaces gas with renewables to provide most, if not all the power at the Escondida copper mine in Chile. The Escondida copper mine is the largest of its type in the world. [RenewEconomy]

Escondida mine

¶ “Lord Howe Island Finds Renewable Energy Solution With Solar And Battery Storage” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced that Lord Howe Island will soon be powered by a solar and battery system and reduce reliance on diesel. The remote island will have at least 1.2 MW of solar PVs and 3.2 MWh of battery capacity. [Mirage News]

¶ “Malampaya’s Finite Bounty Spurs Hectic Race For More Renewables, Other Oil-Gas Fields” • The Philippines continues to be confronted with energy supply challenges. But one that has to be dealt with immediately is the urgency to find and develop new energy sources to fill the void that will be left by depletion of the Malampaya gas field. [Business Mirror]

Malampaya gas platforms (Shell image)

¶ “SUEZ Signs New Organic Waste Treatment Contract” • French company SUEZ has contracted to design, build, operate, and maintain an organic waste treatment center in Montreal. The plant will process organic waste produced by nearly 1.5 million Montreal inhabitants into biomethane. Commissioning is expected in 2022. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Yukon Energy Axes Thermal Plant Plans” • Yukon Energy Corp is cancelling its plans to develop a thermal power plant in the Whitehorse area, bending to Yukoners’ concerns, including climate change, proximity to homes, and cost. The decision was also based on “technical, environmental, and socio-economic research.” [Yukon News]

Sign for green power (Alistair Maitland | Yukon News file)

US:

¶ “Elizabeth Warren Unveils Environmental Justice Plan” • Sen Elizabeth Warren detailed a new environmental justice plan aimed at bolstering and protecting vulnerable communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. As president, she would use the powers of the office for a “just transition” toward a green energy economy. [CNN]

¶ “Wind Will Speed Holy Cross Energy To 70% Renewable Goal” • A year ago, Holy Cross Energy, which serves areas in western Colorado, announced a goal to have 70% of its electricity be carbon-free by 2030. Holy Cross recently announced that its 2030 goal would be met for sure by 2021. Now, it is considering a more ambitious goal. [Mountain Town News]

Colorado Green wind farm (Allen Best)

¶ “PacifiCorp Plan To Move Away From Coal Exposes Deep Divide Among Western States” • PacifiCorp’s 20-year plan to cut way back on coal-fired power and ramp up wind and solar, exposes a harsh reality: With more than half of its power still coming from coal, the utility is stuck in the middle of a regional tug of war over the future of coal. [OPB News]

¶ “US Nuclear Power And Uranium Mining Industries Hope For Trump Bailout” • A plea from uranium mining companies and nuclear power plant operators for tax breaks and other federal financial boosts is going before President Donald Trump, as his administration studies reviving the US uranium industry in the name of national security. [The Japan Times]

Have a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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