October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Renewable Energy Could Save Us Trillions In Health Costs” • If you’re worried about getting “windmill cancer,” we have some good news for you. According to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, installing more renewable energy could save the US trillions of dollars in health costs. [Inverse]

Renewable energy (Tony Webster | Flickr)

¶ “Why Thorium Nuclear Isn’t Featured on CleanTechnica Redux” • CleanTechnica is not covering thorium reactors. The Andrew Yang campaign is promising next generation reactors on the grid in eight years, but there is no empirical evidence to suggest that a 2027 time frame is remotely likely, and our top academics think it’s not helpful. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Company Turns Emissions Into Fuel” • Chicago-based LanzaTech has developed a way to turn emissions into ethanol, a renewable fuel that is commonly used in US gasoline. The key to the process is a gas-eating bacteria developed specifically for fermentation. The company says the bacteria feeds on the emissions to generate ethanol. [CNN]

First LanzaTech commercial plant in China (LanzaTech image)

World:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Breaks Records In Hot Market – Europe EV Sales Report” • The European passenger plug-in vehicle market scored some 59,000 registrations in September (+76% year over year), with fully electric vehicles reaching a record score of 41,001 units for three-digit growth (+109%). All of the top five plug-in cars were fully electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rising Sea Levels Threaten Hundreds Of Millions – And It’s Much Worse Than We Thought” • Hundreds of millions of people worldwide, nearly three times the number previously thought, are at risk of losing their homes as entire cities sink under rising seas over the next three decades, a paper published in the journal Nature Communications says. [CNN]

Greenland ice melt (Eric Rignot)

¶ “Record Renewable Energy Production Promises A Greener Future For UK” • A sustainable green future looks closer as record renewable energy production in UK shows rapid progress is possible. During the third quarter of 2019 renewable energy in UK provided more electricity to homes and business than fossil fuels did. [Power Technology]

¶ “Nuclear Power Corp Of India Says Detected Malware In Its Systems” • State-run Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd, which runs nuclear reactors across the country, said it had identified malware in one of its computers last month but its plant systems were unaffected. The NPCIL had earlier rejected media reports of the cyber attack. [Khabar India]

Nuclear power plant

Australia:

¶ “Consortium Proposes 80-MW Solar Farm And Green Hydrogen Facility In Victoria” • A $160 million proposal for wind or solar powered hydrogen production in Victoria is seeking government support to undertake a formal feasibility study, with the potential to grow to a $1 billion investment opportunity in Australian renewable gas. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Renewable Energy Target Now Overshot By Nearly 1 GW, Says Regulator” • Australia has already overshot its 2020 renewable energy target by nearly 1 GW since accumulating enough completed and committed projects to meet the goal in late August, according to the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbine at Cattle Hill Farm

¶ “New Green-Energy Supplier Could Cut Power Bills By $70 A Year” • A state government-owned company co-ordinating Queensland’s renewable energy sources could reduce future household and business power bills by $70 per year, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said. CleanCo has just begun operating in the National Energy Market. [Brisbane Times]

¶ “Hydro Tasmania Pushes ‘Battery Of The Nation’ Plan, Will Unlock Wind And Solar ” • A major expansion of the undersea interconnector between the Tasmanian and Victorian grids could unlock thousands of megawatts of new clean energy capacity in the National Electricity Market, while keeping prices low and improving reliability, a report argues. [RenewEconomy]

Gordon Dam

US:

¶ “California’s New Normal: How The Climate Crisis Is Fueling Wildfires And Changing Life In The Golden State” • More than a dozen wildfires displace hundreds of thousands of Californians. Millions are without power because of the fire threat. “This is only the beginning,” former California Gov Jerry Brown said. And it is because of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Bill McKibben Fears Parts Of California Are Now Uninhabitable” • Today, forest fire season in California is months longer than it used to be, extending the period of fire risk greatly. When the rains do come, they are so intense that they often lead to life threatening mudslides. Bill McKibben has written about his fears for the state. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Tesla Is Selling Powerwalls Almost At Cost In California” • Tesla has reportedly been supply limited on the Powerwall, and economic thinking says the company shouldn’t be dropping prices on a supply-constrained product like that. But When it comes to people in need, Elon Musk often thinks with his heart and not his business head. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mayflower To Deliver Second Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm” • The state of Massachusetts has chosen Mayflower Wind to develop an 804-MW offshore wind farm, following bid submissions filed in August. The project, located more than 20 miles south of Nantucket, is expected to start operations in 2025, according to the developer. [reNEWS]

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