September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Growing Danger From Gas Pipelines” • The Merrimack Valley disaster in 2018 is remarkable, not just for its scale, but its timing. It came near the end of a decade in which officials set out to make natural gas pipelines safer. But incidents like the one in Merrimack Valley have actually grown more numerous since 2010, regulator data show. [CleanTechnica]

After a 2018 gas fire (Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Fracking Insanity Fueled By Greedy Wall Street Banks. Wells Fargo Tops The List” • According to a joint report by Oil Change International and the Rainforest Action Network, Wells Fargo loaned the most money to fracking companies of any financial institution since the Paris Climate Accords. The report also finds fault with other banks. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Global Warming Driving California Wildfire Trends – Study” • Climate change is driving the scale and impact of recent wildfires that have raged in California, a study says. The analysis finds an “unequivocal and pervasive” role for global heating in conditions for fires, and California has greater fire risks than it had before humans started altering the climate. [CNN]

Wildfire (Getty Images)

¶ “More Green Hydrogen For The ‘Iron Bird’ Of The Future” • If fossil gas stakeholders hope to fuel a future hydrogen economy, they might want to take a reality check. The US firm Plug Power, which bills itself as the biggest purveyor of mobility-oriented hydrogen fuel cells in the world, has committed itself to a green hydrogen transition. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Total Seals 3.3-GW Spanish Solar Deal” • French energy giant Total has signed an agreement with Spanish company Ignis to develop about 3300 MW of solar projects in Spain. The projects, located near Madrid and in the Andalusia region, are expected to start operations in 2022 with the ambition of putting them all into production in 2025. [reNEWS]

Total solar farm (Total image)

¶ “Solar MD’s South Africa Ramp-Up Shows Demand For Battery Storage Is Growing” • In South Africa, load shedding has been an everyday event for years. But if enough home batteries can be installed, it could help reduce the problem. One company that has been quite active in this market is Solar MD, which is based in Cape Town. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Japan Logs Sharp Rise In Renewable Energy Output Amid Pandemic” • In Japan, overall energy production declined due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but renewable energy production rose so much that its contribution to the country’s overall energy generation is currently in line with the government’s 2030 target, new preliminary figures show. [Asahi Shimbun]

Solar facility in Fukuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun image)

¶ “Port Stephens One Of Three New Hunter Councils To Join Cities Power Partnership And Pledge To Tackle Climate Change” • In New South Wales, Port Stephens Council has strengthened its commitment to tackling climate change by signing up to the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest local government climate network. [Port Stephens Examiner]

¶ “German renewables hits ‘almost 50%’ of consumption” • 48% of Germany’s electricity demand was supplied by renewable energy in the first three quarters of 2020, according to preliminary data. This is up five percentage points from the same period last year. Onshore wind output was up 7%, and offshore wind up 10%, from last year in the first quarter. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (reNEWS image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Is The Most Expensive Form Of Generation, Except For Gas Peaking Plants” • The levelized cost of energy from nuclear power rose from about $117/MWh in 2015 to $155 at last year’s end, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report says. The LCOE for solar PVs fell from $65/MWh to about $49, and for wind it fell from $55 to $41. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Canoo Shows Off Its Modular Electric Skateboard” • Canoo, a southern California electric car startup, has a different approach to business than its competitors. It has a modular skateboard that can be configured to accept a number of what the company calls “top hats,” or body styles that can range from delivery vans to sports cars. [CleanTechnica]

Minimal adaptation of the Canoo scateboard (Canoo image)

¶ “Tesla “Pilot” Battery Factory Is The 13th Largest Battery Factory in World” • Tesla revealed that it intends to produce 3 TWh of batteries a year by 2030. The forecast from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence had been less than that for all lithium-ion battery producers combined. One Tesla “pilot plant” would be the world’s 13th largest battery factory. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dynegy Will Power Chicago’s Willis Tower With Wind Energy” • Dynegy entered into a multi-year partnership with Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to provide 100% renewable electricity to the Tower. The contract with Dynegy ensures that 100% of Willis Tower’s electricity comes from wind power and assures that costs remain constant. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Loop skyline (J Crocker, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Possibility Of Illinois Reaching 100% Renewable Energy By 2050” • Gov JB Pritzker released his plan for transitioning the state of Illinois to 100% clean energy by 2050. His plan includes eight points, ranging from utility company transparency to a phase out of conventional power. All of this hopes to change Illinois’s energy footprint. [FOX Illinois]

¶ “Ohio AG Files Lawsuit To Stop Money Flowing From HB 6” • Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a civil lawsuit over the recently passed HB 6, which created the Ohio Clean Air Program supporting nuclear energy plants. He asked a court to prevent ratepayer money from going to the companies involved in a federal corruption probe. [MDJOnline.com]

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