August 23 Energy News

August 23, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Observer View On The Climate Catastrophe Facing Earth” • Thirty years ago this week, first assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned us that we faced a threat of unprecedented magnitude. Greenhouse gas emissions would be triggers of dangerous climate change. We have recklessly ignored that warning. [The Guardian]

Greenland (Andrew Bossi | Goddard Space Flight Center | NASA)

¶ “How Can Humankind Find A Sustainable Future In The Midst Of Climate Change? This Scientist Has Some Ideas” • In a new book, F Stuart Chapin, an emeritus professor of ecology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has an optimistic argument for a grassroots movement leading away from the Earth’s destruction to sustainability. [Anchorage Daily News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “2020 Is Proving Another Disastrous Year For Our Earth’s Climate” • The year still has more than four months to go, but 2020 already has proven itself to be another eventful one in terms of natural disasters, rising global temperatures and threatening environmental outlooks. Here’s a look at just some of the anomalies we’ve faced so far in 2020. [HuffPost]

Grain bins damaged by wind (Daniel Acker | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Porsche Announces It’s Investigating Suspected Gas Engine Manipulation” • Porsche announced that it had launched an internal investigation into suspected engine manipulation, Bild am Sonntag reported. It informed KBA, Germany’s automotive watchdog, the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office, and authorities here in the US of the matter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s Renewables Sector Could Generate Up To 750,000 Jobs By 2030, Report Says” • The development of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy sector could result in the creation of up to 750,000 jobs over the next decade as the kingdom pushes to generate 7% of its total electricity output from renewables by 2030, according to a study. [The National]

Solar field

¶ “Nuclear Giants Team Up To Develop Reactors In Ontario And Saskatchewan” • Canada’s leading nuclear industry players have announced an inter-provincial corporate partnership to support the launch of a research center for developing small modular reactors for use in Saskatchewan. SMR capacities range from 50 MW to 300 MW. [The Battlefords News-Optimist]

US:

¶ “Adirondacks Seeing A Push For Green Energy” • The trees, solar arrays, dams, and wind turbines of the Adirondacks all have roles in meeting the demands of a climate protection law that the state of New York touts as the nation’s most aggressive. But the environmental ideals of wildland preservation and carbon-free energy sometimes compete. [Albany Times Union]

Adirondack Mountains (R khot, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Trump Administration Invests In Renewable Energy” • The Trump Administration announced that the US Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $400,000 to support rural small business, farm, and ranch energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations in Montana through the Rural Energy for America Program. [kxlo-klcm] (not enough – ghh)

¶ “‘Driest I’ve Seen’: Without Summer Rains, Arizona Cattle Ranchers Confront Tough Choices” • At this time of year, dark clouds are usually rolling in over Arizona’s pastures, arriving with thunder and lightning. The storms douse the land and nourish the grasses. But this year, the monsoon hasn’t come, and the rangelands have been left parched. [AZCentral.com]

Cow in a drought (Thomas Hawthorne | The Republic)

¶ “Gov Pritzker Announces Eight Principles For A Clean And Renewable Illinois Economy” • Governor JB Pritzker announced eight principles that will begin transitioning Illinois to a clean energy economy. The Governor’s principles focus on utility accountability, clean energy jobs in Illinois, reducing harmful emissions, and low costs. [RiverBender.com]

¶ “Xcel Looks At New Nuclear Options As It Moves To Carbon-Free Power Goals” • Xcel had announced plans to extend the life of its Monticello nuclear plant by at least 10 years, and now Xcel CEO Ben Fowke said the utility would like to do the same at Prairie Island. The company also is looking at smaller, advanced nuclear reactors. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Prairie Island (Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune file photo)

¶ “Energy Offset And Renewable Power Developer Arcadia Pitches Clean Power As An Employee Benefit” • Arcadia is known as a company that gives homeowners and renters a way to offset their carbon footprints through renewable energy credits and clean power developments. Now, it is pitching its services to businesses as an employee benefit. [Inventiva]

¶ “Entergy Arkansas making headway in solar power generation” • Entergy Arkansas’s commitment to solar energy has been relatively overlooked. Entergy Arkansas is the largest solar power provider in the state based on generation capacity. And by 2023, solar PVs will comprise 6.4% of the capacity available to the company. [NWAOnline]

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