August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Power To The People: Why Clean Energy Must Give More Australians A Slice Of The Pie” • Renewable energy is cheap partly because it requires little human intervention, which means lower electricity prices. It means more money can be given back to the community in other ways. But its jobs rely mostly on new growth, rather than existing projects. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (David Gray | Reuters)

¶ “Australia Looks To Take The Lead In The Hydrogen Boom” • The EU has big plans for hydrogen, but Australia could soon make the EU’s hydrogen plans seem pedestrian. Australia is single-handedly developing a 15-GW project that will generate hydrogen for export. It could make the world’s driest continent the “Saudi Arabia of renewables.” [OilPrice.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Didn’t Cause Hurricane Laura But It Did Make The Storm Worse” • Laura broke multiple records. At the Mermentau River gauge at Grand Chenier, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the gauge topped out at 17.14 feet; the previous high was 13 feet in June 1957. As the planet has warmed significantly, the storms have been worse. [CNN]

Hurricane Laura on August 26 (Chris Cassidy | NASA)

World:

¶ “Panama Cancels Order For Diesel Buses, Will Purchase 195 Electric Buses Instead” • For the past year, MiBus, operator of Panama’s Metrobús system, has tested two electric buses that BYD supplied to it for free. Having done that, MiBus has decided to cancel an order for 160 new diesel buses and purchase electric buses from BYD instead. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Brazil’s Effort To Protect Amazon Rainforest Yeilding Opposite Effect: Report” • After the president of Brazil put the military in charge of protecting the rainforest, Associated Press has reported a decline in the investigation and prosecution of rainforest destruction by ranchers, farmers, and miners, even as this year’s burning season picks up. [Republic World]

Amazon River (AP image)

¶ “ReNew And UN Environment Program To Work Together For Renewables And Energy Efficiency” • ReNew Power and the UN Environment Program entered a partnership agreement to promote increased access to renewable energy and improved energy efficiency. UNEP addresses environmental issues at the global and regional level for the UN. [Mercom India]

¶ “First Solar Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Grid Balancing Services With A 141-MW Solar Project” • First Solar, a US-based solar panel manufacturer, announced that its 141-MW Luz del Norte solar PV project in Chile secured a license to supply ancillary grid services on a commercial basis. The company said it is the first solar project to provide such services. [Mercom India]

Solar project

India:

¶ “Possible To Shift To Renewable Energy: Experts Welcome UN Secretary General’s Advice To India On Combatting Climate Change” • Experts welcomed UN secretary general’s advice to India to phase out fossil fuel to combat climate change. But they said the government needs to ensure a just energy transition and livelihood of workers. [News18]

¶ “India Becoming A Global Force In Renewable Energy” • India is inching towards becoming a major force in the world for tapping and harnessing renewable energy with an increase of 226% in installed renewable energy capacity over the last five years. India stands fifth globally in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. [The Sunday Guardian]

Solar panels

¶ “Is Maharashtra Ready For ‘Renewable Only’ Capacity Creation?” • The Coronavirus pandemic might have achieved what no amount of push from well meaning people did. It is forcing Maharashtra, the most industrialized of India’s states, to consider putting a full stop on fresh thermal energy capacity creation in the state. [Saurenergy]

US:

¶ “Rocky Mountain Power Forges Ahead With $2 Billion Transmission Line In Wyoming” • Rocky Mountain Power, with 146,000 customers in Wyoming, submitted an application to the Wyoming Public Service Commission for regulatory approval, as it seeks to construct $2 billion in energy transmission lines in the state. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Moving a transformer (Image: Hitachi | Rocky Mountain Power)

¶ “Ohio House Seeking To End Energy Bill” • State Reps Michael J O’Brien and Michael Skindell will try to push the Ohio House to vote Tuesday to repeal the controversial House Bill 6 that bailed out two failed nuclear power plants and is at the heart of a federal political corruption case. They will try a “rarely used tool” to bypass committee hearings. [Youngstown Vindicator]

¶ “Bill Gates’ Nuclear Venture Plans Reactor To Complement Solar, Wind Power Boom” • A nuclear energy venture founded by Bill Gates said it hopes to build small advanced nuclear power stations that can store electricity to supplement grids powered increasingly by intermittent renewable sources. A 345-MW plant would cost $1 billion. [Daily Times]

Have a fantastically tranquil day.

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