Archive for September 16th, 2020

September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2020


¶ “US West Coast Fires: Is Trump Right To Blame Forest Management?” • President Trump has sought to highlight forest management rather than climate change as the key factor explaining the wildfires burning across California, Oregon, and Washington. But most of the forests in those states are owned by the federal government. [BBC]

First the fire, then grieving (Getty Images)

¶ “Renewable Energy Continues To Eat Away At Fossil Fuel Dominance” • Recent data and analyses suggest that renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power and increased penetration of EVs are becoming increasingly competitive with the dominant energy sources of the 20th century, oil, coal, and natural gas. []

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¶ “The Himalayan Invention Powered By Pine Needles” • In the western Himalayas, a local inventor discovered an unusual use for pine needles that is reviving the local economy, and the forest floor. Instead of being a fire hazzard and making the forest floor inhospitable to many species, the pine needles are providing jobs and generating electricity. [BBC]

Himalayan landscape (© Alamy)

¶ “The Climate Crisis Could Be Making Hurricane Sally Worse. Here’s How” • Scientists believe global warming is influencing hurricanes and making their impacts worse. And Hurricane Sally looks to be checking all their boxes. Hurricanes are intensifying faster, moving more slowly, and producing more rain than they had before climate change. [CNN]


¶ “First Floating Solar Power Plant In Belgium Goes Up With 17,250 Floating Solar Panels” • The floating solar technology choice has been growing and growing, with both larger and larger plants and broader application, including geographically. The latest country to add a floating solar power plant is Belgium, home of the European Commission. [CleanTechnica]

New floating PV plant in Belgium (Photo courtesy of Sibelco)

¶ “The World Set A 2020 Deadline To Save Nature But Not A Single Target Was Met, UN Report Says” • In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered together in Japan and agreed on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, goals to save the Earth. We’ve reached the deadline, and the world has collectively failed to fully achieve a single goal, a report from the UN says. [CNN]

¶ “Sudan: Unlocking Renewable Energy To Expand Energy Access” • The UN Development Programme released a roadmap to unlock the potential of Sudan’s renewable energy and expand energy access. The roadmap was developed through a series of consultations organised by the UNDP, which were requested by the Republic of Sudan. [ESI Africa]

Solar power in Sudan (Image: UNDP)

¶ “Federal Government Fast Tracks Three Energy Projects” • The Australian Federal Government has fast-tracked three energy projects: Marinus Link, Project Energy Connect interconnector, and Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they would creating over 5,000 jobs, reduce prices, and keep the grid reliable. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “Scottish Green Hydrogen Scheme Gears Up To Fuel Ferries, Buses And Trains” • Scottish Power’s wind and solar farms will soon help produce green hydrogen to run buses, ferries, and even trains as part of a pioneering strategic partnership to develop the UK’s nascent hydrogen economy. Hydrogen can be used in place of natural gas. [The Guardian]

Whitelee windfarm (Photo: Murdo MacLeod | The Guardian)

¶ “Mike Cannon-Brookes Ready To Take On PM’s Energy Challenge – Without A Gas-Fired Plant” • After Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government would pursue a gas-fired power station unless the energy industry came up with a way to generate 1,000 MW of power, Mike Cannon-Brookes said he could do that, without natural gas. [ABC News]

¶ “Hitachi Scraps Plans For £20 Billion Nuclear Power Plant At Wylfa Newydd On Anglesey” • Plans for a £20 billion nuclear power plant on Anglesey in north Wales have been scrapped, the developers behind the project have confirmed. Horizon Nuclear Power said it will cease its activities to develop a project at Wylfa Newydd. [ITV News]

Nuclear plant (Credit: ITV Wales)


¶ “What’s The Secret Sauce Behind New “Forever” Solar Panels?” • Violet Power, a startup based in Oregon, looks to build the first modern, integrated PV factory in the US, producing both solar components and finished solar panels instead of relying on imported components. The company said it will back its PVs with by a 50-year warranty. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke University Buys 101 MW Of Solar From Duke Energy” • Under the terms of a deal with Duke Energy, Duke University will purchase roughly 101 MW of solar capacity from three solar facilities in North Carolina. That power, combined with other efforts, is projected to result in a 69% reduction in the university’s carbon emissions by 2022. [pv magazine USA]

Duke University (Duke University image)

¶ “Minnesota Clean Cars Will Save Money & Cut Pollution, New Study Shows” • An independent consultant report confirmed that Minnesota’s efforts to adopt a clean cars program will cut air pollution significantly, benefit public health, and save consumers money. The study is a step for Minnesota to join 14 other states that have clean cars programs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Developer Turns Sod On 200 MW Of Texas Storage” • Broad Reach Power has started constructing 200 MW of battery storage capacity in Texas. The two 100-MW projects will supply power in the ERCOT wholesale power market. BRP expects to have a total of 100 MW online in the state by year-end and 350 MW online in 2021. [reNEWS]

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