August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura:

¶ “Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall In Southwestern Louisiana Near Texas” • Laura, the most powerful hurricane to strike the US so far this year, made landfall at 1:00 AM (local time) in southwestern Louisiana, just east of the Texas border, as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said. [Sky News]

Unsurvivable storm surge (CNN image)

¶ “Hurricane Laura Batters Louisiana’s Coast As A Category 3 Storm” • Laura is moving inland as a Category 3 hurricane after making landfall earlier near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph. Water levels along the coast rose rapidly and forecasters warned of devastating winds and an “unsurvivable” storm surge of up to 20 feet. [CNN]

World:

¶ “HelloFresh Begins Delivering Food In Mercedes-Benz Electric Vans” • To an American, a Mercedes delivery vans and heavy-duty vehicles is an odd concept. But if you go to Belgium, you may even see electric Mercedes delivery vans delivering food boxes (prepared meals). They include a special design for keeping the food cool. [CleanTechnica]

HelloFresh refrigerated delivery van

¶ “Iran To Grant IAEA Inspectors Access To Suspected Ex-Nuclear Sites” • During a visit to Tehran by the IAEA’s director general, Iran agreed to give International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to two suspected former nuclear sites. A joint statement said Iran was doing so in good faith to resolve issues related to nuclear safeguards. [BBC]

¶ “Indian Railways’ Carbon Emission Will Be Zero By 2030, Says Union Minister Piyush Goyal” • Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Railways has set a target of reducing carbon emission to zero by the end of 2030. The plan is for Indian Railways to use surplus land along its tracks to install 20 GW of renewable capacity. [Zee News]

Metro rail (iMahesh, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Green Hydrogen Wave And Implications For Renewable Energy” • A report from Wood Mackenzie says green hydrogen costs will fall by up to 64% by 2040. It says that the announced project pipeline for green hydrogen has grown from 3.5 GW to just over 15 GW in the last ten months. That is enough volume for the nascent market to scale. [Saurenergy]

¶ “China Dominates Global Wind And Solar Output” • China is the world’s largest producer of renewable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency’s Key World Energy Statistics report. With an installed capacity of 184 GW, China has 28.7% of global wind production, and its 175 GW of solar capacity produce 31.9% of global solar production. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Credit: GE)

Australia:

¶ “Queensland-Owned Generator Seals Wind Power Deal” • A government-owned coal-fired station operator signed a power purchase deal with what will be one of the state’s largest wind farms in Central Queensland. Lacour Energy and Goldwind will build the 450-MW wind farm, which will sell nearly 75% of the energy to Stanwell Corporation. [Government News]

¶ “The Renewable Energy Revolution Comes To The Shops In Toowoomba” • Toowoomba’s Grand Central Shopping Center is joining Queensland’s renewable energy revolution, with work underway installing more than 2400 solar panels on the center’s rooftop. The panels of the rooftop syste will generate almost 1 MW of electricity. [Manufacturers’ Monthly]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Renewable Energy Heat System To Reduce Industrial Gas Use By Up To 80%” • While acknowledging fossil fuels will likely always retain some role in industry, research, and development undertaken by the University of South Australia’s Future Industry Institute suggests the role of gas may shrink over the next few years. [Mirage News]

US:

¶ “Puerto Rico Regulators Set Island On A 5-Year Course To Procure Renewables” • The Puerto Rico Energy Bureau partially rejected the gas-heavy Integrated Resource Plan proposed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.  It directed PREPA to procure at least 3.5 GW of solar and 1.36 GW of battery storage by 2025. [Utility Dive]

Puerto Rico (Flickr image)

¶ “Tesla Reveals Details Of Its Fremont Casting Machine – In China!” • A posting on the Tesla China website contains lots of new information on the giant multi-directional high pressure casting machine the company has installed at the north end of its factory in Fremont, California. A single casting replaces 70 individual aluminum stampings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo Self-Driving Trucks Hit Texas” • Waymo has been working on self-driving trucks for a couple of years. Waymo Chrysler Pacifica minivans have been driving the streets of Texas obsessively in recent months to map everything out in as much detail as possible, and now Waymo is confident enough with what it has to let the trucks loose. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo self driving semi truck

¶ “Latest Survey Shows Increase In Concern About Climate Change Among Voters” • In the arcane world of polling, there is a cohort of people known as the issue public – those who feel an issue is extremely important to them personally. On climate change, the issue public has grown from 13% in 2015 to nearly double that, 25%, today. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Verizon Enters Renewable PPAs For 450 MW Of RE Capacity” • Verizon Communications announced that it has entered into four more long-term renewable energy purchase agreements totaling more than 450 MW of renewable energy capacity as part of its commitment to be carbon neutral in its operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2035. [Saurenergy]

Have a wildly triumphant day.

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