Archive for September 18th, 2020

September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Climate Alarms Are Blaring – Are People Not Hearing Them?” • One has to wonder – are we unable to perceive the climate’s warning signs? As human beings, we have the ability to learn that for every action, there is a reaction. However, it seems that we as a species are choosing to be ignorant, pretending that we aren’t destroying the planet. [CleanTechnica]

Air quality (James from D7 via Twitter)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Ford F-150 Will Offer Fleets Game-Changing 40% Lower Cost Of Operation” • The electric F-150, which is to go into production in mid-2022, will have more power and torque than its gasoline-powered counterparts. Ford also promises lower costs for the new F-150, with a total cost of ownership far lower than its combustion competition. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “You Need To Know About Nitrogen Pollution” • Farmers apply nitrogen to the soil in the form of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer. Roughly half of the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer goes unused by the crop and is lost to waterways, where it feeds harmful algae instead of crops and results in red tides and hypoxic dead zones. And that is just for starters. [CleanTechnica]

Farming (Screenshot from Pivot Bio media)

World:

¶ “EU Recharges Climate Plan But Risks Letting Countries Off The Hook On Transport” • Clean transport group Transport & Environment welcomed the European Commission’s new CO₂ targets that include phase-out of engine cars and action on cleaning up ships and planes. But  is not happy with inclusion of road transport in the EU carbon market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Parliament Tells VdL To Make Shipping Polluters Pay” • The European Parliament voted for ships to be required by EU law to cut their carbon emissions. MEPs said that for the first time shipping industry polluters must pay for their emissions in the EU carbon market. The requirements will come into effect gradually to 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Estraden Norsepower hybrid shipping vessel
(Image used with permission of Norsepower)

¶ “Rising Gas Prices Sway Asia’s Power Generators Toward Renewables” • Renewable energy generation in Asian countries may accelerate if, as expected, gas becomes a more expensive fuel for power generation in the years ahead. Liquefied natural gas prices have doubled to $4 per million BTU from a record market low in June. [Stockhead]

¶ “Teck Copper Mine In Chile Switches To Renewable Energy” • Teck Resources has signed a long-term agreement that will provide its Carmen de Andacollo copper operation in central Chile with 100% renewable power, eliminating 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of taking 40,000 cars off the road. [The Northern Miner]

Carmen de Andacollo copper operation (Credit: Teck Resources)

¶ “Rajasthan Could Add 22.6 GW Of New Renewable Energy Capacity To The Grid Within A Decade” • The Indian state of Rajasthan could add 22.6 GW of renewable energy to the grid by the end of FY2029-30, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. This would include 18 GW of new solar capacity. [pv magazine India]

¶ “‘No Higher Cost Energy’: Nuclear Has Drained Germany Of More Than €1 Trillion To Date” • Development of the nuclear energy industry has led to more than €1 trillion ($1.18 trillion) in costs to the German society, and is wrongly portrayed as an inexpensive power source, according to a study by the Forum for an Ecological-Social Market Economy. [Recharge]

Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant (Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

US:

¶ “Solar Power Costs Dropped Dramatically In 2018” • According the US Energy Information Administration, data from 2018 show annual capacity-weighted average construction costs for new US utility-scale solar PV and onshore wind systems continued to fall. They contrasted with natural gas generator costs, which declined only slightly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rain May Help Fight Wildfires In Oregon, But May Bring Other Problems” • Twelve fires have destroyed over 938,000 acres in Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. But there are flash flood watches posted for some areas where the vegetation has been stripped by the fire, and the rains could bring mudslides. [CNN]

Oregon (Amanda Ray | Yakima Herald-Republic | AP)

¶ “NRDC And Partners Go To Court On EPA’s Methane Surrender” • NRDC is going to court, with environmental and state partners, to stop the EPA’s dangerous rollback of methane emissions standards in its tracks. We’re asking the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, for an order blocking the EPA rollback from going forward. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Boeing, SRP Enter Into Renewable Energy Agreement For Mesa Campus” • Boeing and the Salt River Project utility have signed a multi-year agreement to power Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona, site with renewable solar energy. Boeing’s Mesa site will receive about 25% of its electricity needs from this plant over the next 15 years. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar farm (SRP image)

¶ “‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets To Distributed Energy Resources” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a long-awaited order to open up the country’s wholesale energy markets to distributed energy resources like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicles. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Cuomo Proposes Regulations To Speed Up Renewable Siting, Construction” • New York Gov Cuomo announced proposed regulations to implement the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act. The draft regulatory framework will greatly speed up siting and construction of major renewable energy projects. [Solar Industry]

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