Archive for September 2nd, 2020

September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2020


¶ “What It’s Like To Live In A City That’s Had Three ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Climate Disasters In Twelve Years” • In 2008, Cedar Rapids was completely underwater in a flood considered to be one of the country’s worst natural disasters. But a similar flood came in September, 2016. Last month brought 140 mph winds of a Category 4 derecho. [HuffPost]

Author by a tree in her neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

¶ “The Sitting President Has No Climate Plan. Why Isn’t That Headline News?” • As hurricanes and wildfires sweep through the US, the president offers no ideas, and journalists have been giving him a pass. Too often, the press meets the president on his terms, failing to interrogate something that is unacceptable from the nation’s leader. [The Nation]

¶ “The Bright Hope Of Cleantech” • The coalescence of climate change, Covid-19, and economic catastrophe has brought about a malaise that seems unbreachable. And yet, in fact, there is hope. Cleantech has offered glimpses of the future that are downright cheerful. And the change to the better future that hope offers is already under way. [CleanTechnica]

Have a sunny day (CleanTechnica image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Global Survey Using NASA Data Shows Dramatic Growth Of Glacial Lakes” • Researchers using 30 years of NASA satellite data found that the volume of these lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990 as glaciers melt and retreat due to climate change. Their study, published in Nature Climate Change, was the largest ever done on glacial lakes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plastics Will Be Toast, Thanks To Moonlighting Microbes” • Oil & Gas stakeholders may see plastics as a path to the future, but researchers have discovered that certain microbes can moonlight as refineries. They can make ethylene, a building block for all sorts of plastics and chemicals that currently rely on oil and gas. [CleanTechnica]

Help, beneath our very feet (image via ORNL)


¶ “Russia’s ‘Slow-Motion Chernobyl’ At Sea” • Nuclear reactors lost at sea could rust away and lose their radioactive materials. President Vladimir Putin started an initiative to lift two Soviet nuclear submarines and four reactor compartments from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, reducing the amount of radioactive material in its waters by 90%. [BBC]

¶ “Volkwagen Trademarks “e-Thing” In Europe” • Germans have a reputation for being among the best engineers, but they are not known for their humor. Nevertheless, there is a group of folks within the Volkswagen Group who do seem to appreciate a bit of whimsy. Volkswagen has filed for a trademark in Europe for the name “e-Thing.” [CleanTechnica]

1973 Volkswagen Thing (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “TenneT Inaugurates Dutch Wind And Solar Substation” • TenneT is inaugurating a high-voltage substation on Middenweg in Eemshaven was built entirely for wind and solar energy. The company laid a 9-km underground cable connection from the new 110-kV substation to the existing Eemshaven Robbenplaat HV substation. [reNEWS]

¶ “Saft Tech Helps Gold Fields Make The Renewable Energy Switch At Agnew” • In Saft’s first project for EDL, a lithium-ion battery energy storage system has been installed in a hybrid solar-wind-battery microgrid with an installed capacity of 56 MW. This is the first microgrid to incorporate wind power on a large scale at an Australia mine. [International Mining]

Gold Fields microgrid

¶ “BHP Signs Wind And Solar Deal To Help Power Queensland Coal Mines” • Global mining giant BHP has signed a five year contract to use wind and solar to deliver up to half of the power needs for its coal mining operations in Queensland. It’s the first big renewable energy off-take agreement signed by BHP in Australia. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Trump Admin Pushes Oil Drilling In National Forests” • The Trump administration took the wraps off a new rule that will make it easier to drill for oil and gas in national forests. This is happening just as communities are suffering from dirty air and the dangers of a warming planet, from wildfires and heat waves to hurricanes and derechos. [CleanTechnica]

National Forest in Montana (US Forest Service)

¶ “Trash From Baltimore County To Be Used To Produce Renewable Energy” • Trash from Baltimore County will now be used to produce renewable energy. Instead of burning methane gas off with a landfill flare, Energy Power Partners will collect gas produced by the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh to create power with on-site generators. [CBS Baltimore]

¶ “DTE Energy Plans Major Two-Year Solar Energy Buildout To Meet Corporate Demand” • DTE Energy plans to significantly expand its solar energy portfolio in the next two years to support growing corporate demand for renewable energy contracts. The Michigan utility announced that it expects to bring 420 MW of new solar capacity online by 2022. [MiBiz]

Solar array

¶ “Austin Community College Becomes First Community College In Texas To Use 100% Renewable Energy” •  Two Austin Community College campuses now use 100% renewable energy, the college announced. The switch to clean energy makes ACC the first community college in Texas to have campuses that are entirely powered by the sun and wind. []

¶ “Enel Green Power Begins Operating Largest Solar Plant In Texas” • Enel Green Power has started operations at the 245-MW second phase of its Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas. With a total capacity of 497 MW, the Roadrunner project is the largest operational solar farm in Texas and the company’s largest in the US. [REVE]

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