Archive for September 13th, 2020

September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Five Key Reasons To Stop The Mountain Valley Pipeline” • It’s time to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline and its dangerous attempts to transport dirty fracked gas across Appalachia. This massive dirty energy project would  jeopardize sensitive rivers and streams, drinking water sources, the climate, and people in local communities. [CleanTechnica]

Blue Ridge Mountains (Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Is BP Finally Committing To Ambitious Climate Action? Or Is It About To Fool Us Twice?” • BP plans to unveil more details its climate strategy at a virtual investor meeting on September 14th. The company’s history of false-starts on climate action and misleading clean energy advertising provides plenty of fodder for justified skepticism. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Think 2020’s Disasters Are Wild? Experts See Worse In The Future” • Freak natural disasters seem to be everywhere in the crazy year 2020. And most of them have what scientists say is a likely climate change connection. But experts say we’ll probably look back and say those were the good old days, when disasters weren’t so wild. [Patch.com]

Firefighter battling the Creek Fire (Noah Berger | AP, File)

¶ “We Can’t Wait Any Longer To Eliminate Fossil Fuels And Convert To Renewables” • South Korea’s recent record-breaking monsoon season, a slew of powerful typhoons, and Covid-19 all point to the same thing: Climate change has reached a critical stage where it can no longer be ignored. We need to address this crisis. [The Hankyoreh]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Kites Of Renewable Energy Generate Wind Power By Flying Through The Air” • A German startup is bringing kites to green energy production by building small flying wind turbines that use a tenth of the material at half the cost of traditional options. The kite has small onboard wind turbines and finds where to fly by using smart algorithms. [Good News Network]

Kite with wind turbines (KiteKraft image)

¶ “Why Wildfire Smoke May Be Harming Your Health” • Rising up to 14 miles (23 km) into the air, well into the stratosphere, plumes of smoke from large wildfires can spread all over the globe thanks to air currents. Its tiny particles can penetrate lung membranes when inhaled, damaging the respiratory system and passing into the blood stream. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Indian Solar Module Manufacturer Lands $105 Million US Order” • Waaree Energies reported that it has landed an order to supply 300 MW of solar modules from an undisclosed American solar company. These modules will be used at a project that is being developed in California. The project is expected to be fully commissioned by late next year. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels in India (Prashanthns, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Adani Green Says It Is On Track To Have 25 GW Of Capacity By 2025” • Adani Green Energy currently has 14 GW of projects that are operational, awarded, or under development. Adani Green reported consolidated net profit of ₹21.75 crore ($3.269 million) in the June quarter, as against a loss of ₹97.44 crore in the same quarter a year ago. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “UAE’s Abu Dhabi To Produce A Third Of Its Power From Clean Energy In Four Years” • Abu Dhabi, an oil-rich emirate in the UAE, plans to get a third of its power from “clean energy,” including nuclear reactors, in four years, a government official said. The country will diversify its energy mix and frees up oil and gas for export. [S&P Global]

Abu Dhabi (Davide Mauro, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Australian Youngsters Take Legal Action To Stop Coal Mine Expansion” • A group of young Australians filed a lawsuit in the name of all children to block a coal mine’s expansion. The case argues that Australia’s Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, has a legal duty to protect young people, and so she should reject the expansion proposal. [VOA Learning English]

US:

¶ “28 People Have Been Killed And Dozens More Are Missing As Fires Ravage The West Coast” • Deadly wildfires have blanketed swaths of the states on the West Coast with unhealthy smoke, complicating the efforts to fight the blazes and find dozens of missing people, and compounding the misery of thousands who have been displaced. [CNN]

Fighting wildfires in the West (Nic Coury | AP)

¶ “Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Solar Power Is So Cheap” • While researching the falling costs of solar power, I was struck to see that the average cost of a rooftop solar power system in the US is $2.19/watt, but Tesla is now offering rooftop solar power for $1.49/watt across the country. So, I asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk about it. And he told me. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lease A 2020 Chevy Bolt From Costco For Just $154 A Month” • Savvy US shoppers can now lease a new 2020 Chevy Bolt for as little as $154 a month through COSTCO. There are terms and conditions, of course, but if you qualify you could be driving an electric car for less than what some people pay to fill their cars with gas each month. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Solar Energy Helps Power Oil Field Service Provider At Local Halliburton Facility” • A solar array being built at oil field services giant Halliburton’s local headquarters in Kern Co, California, is the latest sign of conventional and renewable energy coming together. The 1.6-MW solar array is to provide power for the facility. [The Bakersfield Californian]

¶ “Despite Efforts, Trump Fails To Turn Coal Fortunes” • Pres Trump spent more than $1 billion in taxpayer funds, rolled back environmental rules, and tried to stop power plant closings to fulfill a vow he made to West Virginia coal miners in the 2016 campaign. But US coal production is expected to be down 31% this year from 2016 levels. [Beckley Register-Herald]

Have an unfashionably perfect day.

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