September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “What Is Tesla’s Contribution Toward Sustainability? Let’s Calculate” • Tesla has played an enormous role in pushing our acceleration towards sustainability – not just with vehicles, but also in the energy field. Tesla’s advanced batteries will push us even faster toward the goal of sustainability. Here, we can take a look at the numbers. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla car, Tesla roof, Tesla battery (Tesla image)

¶ “America Is Running Out Of Water?” • National Geographic recently published an article titled, “Why Is America Running Out Of Water?” Could that be? Within the next 50 years, many parts of the US may see their freshwater supply drop by a third. By 2071, half of the rivers and freshwater basins could be unable to meet local demands. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Angelo Campus Electrifies The Renewable Energy Business With BoxPower” • Princeton alumnus Angelo Campus built a business, BoxPower, to ensure those who need quick access to power can find it in a simple configuration: a shipping container equipped with solar panels, a battery for energy storage and a backup generator. [Princeton University]

BoxPower installation (BoxPower image)

¶ “New Study Shows A Vicious Circle Of Climate Change Building On Thickening Layers Of Warm Ocean Water” • Near the surface of the ocean, global warming is creating increasingly distinct layers of warm water that block flows of heat, carbon, oxygen, and nutrients within the water column, and between the oceans and atmosphere. [InsideClimate News]

World:

¶ “ICE-Breaking MG5 Gives Over 200 Miles Real Range And 35 Minute Charging To 80%, For £24,495 – Reserve Yours Quick!” • Initial UK road tests of the MG5 EV show over 200 miles of real world range, and 35 minutes to recharge from 10 to 80%, for the stunning entry price of £24,495, which is on par with rivals, but with much lower running costs. [CleanTechnica]

MG5 EV

¶ “$50 Million UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund To Extend Energy Access To Rural Communities In Belize” • The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund committed to develop Belize’s largest renewable energy rural electrification project. It will bring modern electricity services for the first time to three remote communities in the country. [ReliefWeb]

¶ “Bids Invited For Renewable Energy-Based Power Solutions For The Himalayan Region” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India invited bids to develop renewable energy solutions to meet energy needs in remote high-altitude Himalayan areas. The project will be based on energy sources that can be deployed under hostile climatic conditions. [Mercom India]

Solar array in the Himalayas

¶ “Caribbean Islands Receive $50 Million Clean Energy Boost” • A storm-resistant clean energy plant is to be built in Antigua and Barbuda to help the two-island nation recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma in 2017 and provide sustainable power. To fund the project, the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Partnership Fund is putting up $50 million. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Renewable Energy Among The Most Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure Sub-Sectors” • The renewables sector is among the most pandemic-resilient infrastructure sub-sectors, thanks in part to its ability to secure finance as well as government efforts to grow the green economy, according to a white paper from investment firm Foresight Group. [PV-Tech]

Solar farm in Spain (Image: Foresight Group)

¶ “TEPCO: 11-Meter Seawall Completed At Fukushima Plant” • TEPCO, the owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, says it has completed an 11-meter-high seawall to protect the defunct facility from tsunami waves. The next move will be for TEPCO to build another seawall measuring up to 16 meters high. [NHK World]

US:

¶ “Cities Announce Massive Fossil Fuels Divestments” • Last week, 12 cities around the world announced a commitment to divest from fossil fuels, looking towards a green and just recovery from COVID-19. Los Angeles and New York City signed the declaration. Importantly, and perhaps surprisingly, so did New Orleans and Pittsburgh. [Triple Pundit]

Pittsburgh (Vidar Nordli-Mathisen | Unsplash)

¶ “Despite Major Health Risks, Trump’s EPA Plans To Leave Millions Of Lead Water Pipes In The Ground” • A draft of the Trump administration’s final Lead and Copper Rule has been leaked. It showed that the EPA will weaken safeguards for keeping lead out of drinking water. It allows lead service lines to remain in use, in some cases permanently. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Optimistic Pueblo Is Outspent In First Attempt At Utility Takeover” • Pueblo, Colorado, in its push for 100% renewable energy, went up against a power monopoly and learned the heavy costs of facing a utility giant. A podcast offers up Pueblo’s story to other municipalization efforts nationwide and speaks of the hope the movement still has. [CleanTechnica]

Pueblo City Hall (David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Ameren Announces Plans To Reach ‘Net-Zero’ Carbon Emissions By 2050, And Spend Billions On Renewable Energy” • Ameren announced that it intends to invest $8 billion in renewable energy projects over the next two decades, and will accelerate its plans to reduce carbon emissions, reaching “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050. [STLtoday.com]

¶ “Construction Begins On 100-MW Solar Plant In Arizona” • Salt River Project and sPower have started constucting a new solar plant which will generate $10 million in 25 years of tax revenue and up to 350 construction jobs to Pinal County, in Arizona. The 100-MW project, East Line Solar, is expected to be operating in December. [Energy Digital]

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