August 24 Energy News

August 24, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Japan Is Closing Its Old, Dirty Power Plants – And That’s Bad News For Australia’s Coal Exports” • Last month, the Japanese government announced a plan to retire its fleet of old, inefficient coal-fired generation by 2030. That matters a lot to Australia. Last year, Australia shipped about 12% of its total thermal coal exports to Japan. [The Conversation AU]

Unloading coal from a ship in a Japanese port

¶ “Solving California’s Heat-Induced Rolling Blackouts With Clean Energy Innovation” • California had rolling blackouts over the weekend as our fossil-fuel reliant grid failed to respond to soaring temperatures. Many residents had no air-conditioning or access to life-saving medical equipment. A failure of policy was a major cause of the blackout. [Napa Valley Register]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Wildfire Pollution May Be Harming Your Health” • Smoke from burning forests and peat can linger for weeks in the atmosphere, drifting thousands of miles and harming the health of populations living far away. And since the start of 2020, Russia has seen an estimated 19 million hectares consumed by wildfires [an area a little larger than New England]. [BBC]

Smoke from a wildfire (AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Earth Lost A ‘Staggering’ 28 Trillion Tonnes Of Ice In Just 23 Years” • Scientists from Leeds and Edinburgh universities and University College London analysed satellite surveys of glaciers, mountains, and ice sheets between 1994 and 2017 to identify the impact of global warming. They called the loss of ice that they found “staggering.” [ScienceAlert]

¶ “EAG Reveals Hybrid Electric Airplane Concept” • EAG plans to have the HERA (for Hybrid Electric Regional Aircraft) in service by 2028. The HERA will offer carriers short take-off-and-landing performance, a flexible cabin design for quick change between passenger and cargo configurations, and an operating range of 800 nautical miles. [CleanTechnica]

EAG HERA (Image courtesy of EAG)

World:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Building Largest Wind Turbine Rotor Test Rig At Netherlands Technology Center” • GE Renewable Energy shared an update on progress to construct the largest wind turbine rotor test rig of its kind. The rotor test rig will allow for verification of the strength and the dynamic behavior of wind turbine rotors. [marketscreener.com]

¶ “Australian Solar Provides Cheapest Energy, Incurs Highest Frequency Ancillary Services Payments” • New calculations by energy analysts Cornwall Insight now find that solar farms are disproportionately shouldering the growing cost of providing frequency control ancillary services in the National Electricity Market. [pv magazine international]

Solar panels (Image: iamme ubeyou | flickr)

¶ “Amazon To Build Wind Farm In Galway To Help Power Its Data Centres” • Amazon is set to double its renewable energy capability in Ireland with a new wind farm project. The 115-MW project in Ardderroo, Co Galway, will support Amazon Web Services data centers in Ireland. It is to begin operations in 2022, with up to 27 turbines on the site. [The Irish Times]

¶ “Israel Moots Plan To Buy Solar Power From Former Enemy Jordan” • Israel is considering buying solar power from its neighbour and former enemy, Jordan, in a potentially historic deal that could help the country meet ambitious new renewable energy targets. Israel has never had an electric tie to any of its neightboring countries before. [The Guardian]

The Ashalim solar tower (Thomas Coex | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Danish Developer Turns Sod On 200 MW Of Subsidy-Free PVs” • Danish renewables developer Better Energy has begun constructing a 200-MW PV project, which will be northern Europe’s largest subsidy-free solar plant when completed next year. The solar plant, in Holstebro municipality, in Denmark, will be operational in mid-2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Receding Glaciers In Nanda Devi Region Affecting Lifestyle, Agriculture” • The changes in glaciers in the Nanda Devi region of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand in the last three decades have majorly affected the lifestyle, culture and agricultural practices of people living in nearby villages, a study carried out by experts from major institutes says. [Hindustan Times]

Nanda Devi with clouds (Soumyoo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Iran Nuclear: Fire At Natanz Plant ‘Caused By Sabotage'” • Iran’s nuclear body has said last month’s fire at a major nuclear facility at Natanz was caused by sabotage. But they did not say who they believed was behind the incident. This comes after a number of fires and explosions at power facilities and other sites over the last few weeks. [BBC]

US:

¶ “So Much For Saving Coal Jobs: More Offshore Wind Jobs Waiting In The Wings” • The offshore wind industry is soldiering on despite conflicting signals from US policy makers, and it looks to be weathering the storm. Recent news indicates that the US offshore wind sector is gearing up for more clarity and more confidence in the years to come. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine off Virginia (Dominion Energy image)

¶ “Study Shows States Can Embrace ‘Green’ Energy And Still Grow” • Every New England state has cut their energy-related carbon emissions while growing their economies in the past two decades, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute. This offers proof that climate action can actually be a good return on investment. [ecoRI news]

¶ “After Forty-Eight Years, Democrats Endorse Nuclear Energy In Platform” • In the party platform they released, the Democrats say they favor a “technology-neutral” approach that includes “all zero-carbon technologies, including hydroelectric power, geothermal, existing and advanced nuclear, and carbon capture and storage.” [Forbes] (Disappointing stand – pro-nuclear article)

Have a remarkably inspiring day.

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