December 14 Energy News

December 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can Kitchen Gardens Combat Climate Change?” • Growing fruit and veg in the garden is already seen as environmentally friendly, but it could also be a weapon in the fight against climate change. That has been the experience of a community in Bangladesh, whose rice crop was ruined when seasonal rains came early. [BBC]

Woman in her garden (Faarm Project image)

¶ “How The Energy Industry Contributes To Water Pollution” • There is a unique connection between the use of water and the production of energy. The multidimensional dynamic of energy and water resources is increasingly a cause of concern, as their accessibility becomes limited over time. Here is a look at that relationship. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

World:

¶ “Richer Nations Accused Of Stalling Progress On Climate Crisis” • Poor countries have accused a handful of richer nations, especially Brazil, China, and India, of holding up progress on tackling the climate crisis at UN talks in Madrid, as demonstrators and activists vented their frustration in the final hours of two weeks of negotiations. [The Guardian]

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaking (ZIPI | EPA)

¶ “West Africa’s First Large-Scale Wind Farm Starts Generating Power” • A project described as West Africa’s first wind farm has started transmitting power to Senegal’s national electricity grid. While the 158.7-MW facility has started to export power, work on construction is still ongoing and due to finish next year. The wind farm is to have 46 Vestas wind turbines. [CNBC]

¶ “New Era: Fully Electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Goes Into Production” • Mercedes-Benz’s Dusseldorf plant has been manufacturing the popular Sprinter light vans (non-electric versions) since 1962. Now, the plant has celebrated the start of production of the fully electric eSprinter and ushered in a new era in Dusseldorf. [CleanTechnica]

eSprinter assembly line (Daimler image)

¶ “EU Leaders Include Nuclear Energy In Green Transition” • EU leaders agreed that nuclear energy will be part of its solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Poland, which also depends on coal, did not support the plan. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Renewables Top 90% Of Kenyan Power With New 50-MW Solar Plant” • Kenya brought a new 50-MW solar plant online. It said this means renewable energy, led by hydroelectricity, now makes up more than 90% of the country’s power mix. Kenya’s government is investing in the electricity grid to keep up with demand and reduce blackouts. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array over water

¶ “More Renewable Energy In Supply Chain Can Drastically Reduce Emissions” • A billion metric tons of emissions savings can be unlocked if key suppliers to 125 of the world’s biggest corporate purchasers increase their proportion of renewable electricity by 20 percentage points, according to research by the nonprofit CPD. [Material Handling & Logistics]

 ¶ “Atlas Places Order For 122 MW Of Chilean Sun” • Atlas Renewable Energy has ordered 122 MW of photovoltaic modules for a project it has under development in Chile. The order is with Chint Solar in China, which will supply the bifacial panels by 2020. Chint Solar’s bifacial PV modules generate over 400 watts per panel. [reNEWS]

Solar array in Chile (Atlas Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Azure Power Secures 2,000-MW Solar Power Project” • Solar power producer Azure Power announced that it has received a letter of award for a 2-GW solar power project with Solar Energy Corporation of India to supply power for 25 years at a tariff of ₹2.92/ kWh (4.1¢/kWh). The project can be developed anywhere in India. [ETEnergyworld.com]

US:

¶ “Six Flags Discovery Kingdom To Be 80% Powered By Solar Carport” • Borrego Solar Systems and sPower worked with the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this year to manifest the first theme park on the West Coast powered by solar energy. In this case, a 7.5-MW solar carport will account for 80% of the park’s energy usage. [CleanTechnica]

Solar carport at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

¶ “Pittsburgh Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Renewable Energy Sources” • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed an agreement maintaining membership in Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium, which purchases electricity in bulk and positions the city to meet a goal of transitioning away from fossil fuel energy within 10 years. [TribLIVE]

¶ “US Has Only One Offshore Wind Energy Farm, But A $70 Billion Market Is On The Way” • Today, from Maine to Virginia, states are poised to join a renewable-energy revolution that will provide abundant clean electricity, create tens of thousands of jobs, revitalize port cities, and spur economic growth in dozens of coastal communities. [CNBC]

Block Island wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Massachusetts AG Healey Stokes Grassroots Effort For Clean Energy Market Rules In ISO-NE” • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched an online effort to educate ratepayers about the region’s grid operator, ISO-New England. Included in the effort is a petition for market rules that promote clean energy. [Utility Dive]

¶ “NRC Moves Review Of NuScale’s Smaller Nuclear Reactor To Final Phases” • NuScale Power announced that the NRC has completed the fourth review phase for design certification of its small modular nuclear reactor. The review now goes in phases 5 and 6, which could be complete by late 2020, and then entered into rulemaking. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Have an extraordinarily refreshing day.

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