Archive for October 6th, 2020

October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “2 Out Of 5 Of World’s Plants At Risk Of Extinction – But There’s Hope” • According to a new report from the UK’s Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, we have never before seen such threats to the biosphere. Although there is no single or easy way out of the ecological crisis, there are many reasons to save what we can find in nature. [CleanTechnica]

Wildflowers on public lands (Image retrieved from doi.gov)

¶ “DOE Says Combining Floating Solar With Hydroelectric Could Provide 40% Of The World’s Energy Needs” • A study by the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that if floating solar panels are deployed on the over 379,000 hydro reservoirs globally, the hybrid systems could supply 16% to 40% of the world’s electricity needs. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “So Long, Farewell – Honda To Leave Formula 1 To Focus On EVs” • Honda has announced that it will cease to participate as an engine provider for the Formula 1 racing series at the end of the 2021 season. The automaker has decided to turn its focus to zero emission vehicles. Honda made it a goal to electrify two-thirds of its global automobile sales in 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Honda McLaren (Image retrieved from ata.gov.al)

¶ “European Taxpayers Fork Out €32 Billion A Year To Subsidize Polluting Company Cars” • Subsidies for company cars cost European taxpayers €32 billion every year, a study shows, and almost all of it is spent on cars burning fossil fuels. The 10 largest leasing companies alone cause 8% of EU car CO₂ emissions, due to the amount they are driven. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pope Francis Has A Message For Us – We Are All Brothers And Sisters” • Pope Francis has issued his third encyclical since he became the Pontiff to mark the anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Assisi. As he focuses on our being brothers and sisters, many may see his message a commentary on current US politics, but it is based on religion. [CleanTechnica]

Pope Francis signing the encyclical (Credit: Vatican Times)

¶ “New Plans To Make UK World-Leader In Green Energy” • The Prime Minister has set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy – creating jobs, cutting CO₂ emissions and boosting exports. £160 million will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure to increase our offshore wind capacity. [GOV.UK]

¶ “Boris Johnson To Unveil Plan To Power All UK Homes With Wind By 2030” • At a virtual Conservative party conference, Boris Johnson will promise that offshore wind energy will power every UK home within a decade, and Covid-19 will be a catalyst for green growth. “Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs” will be created in the next decade. [The Guardian]

Seaton Carew beach (Photo: AJ D Foto Ltd | Alamy)

¶ “Renewables Deliver Over Half Of German Electricity In First Nine Months, Coal Plunges” • Renewable energy generated over half of German electricity across the nine months of 2020, with windpower the clear winner. Wind energy provided for nearly 27% of German electricity, followed by brown coal at 15%, and solar PV at 13%. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “GIG Invested $7 Billion In Renewables” • Macquarie’s Green Investment Group has committed or arranged just under $7 billion into various renewable energy projects over the past three years, according to its latest annual progress report. Between September 2019 to August 2020 GIG committed or arranged over £2.9 billion across a global portfolio. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Swancor image)

¶ “Two Is A Crowd: Why Renewables And Nuclear Don’t Mix, Even To Cut Emissions” • Research published in Nature Energy warns that nuclear and renewables should not be combined in any recipes for effective energy system decarbonisation, with the two generation types likely to crowd each other out and limit their effectiveness when mixed. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Newsom Signs Law to Clean California Air Inside And Out of School” • Governor Newsom signed into law a bill that will make the air safer to breathe and the water safer to drink in public schools, while reducing energy bills. It also accelerates the installation of charging infrastructure for EVs to combat the largest source of air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Electric School Bus (Image courtesy of Proterra)

¶ “Leading Steel Maker In The US Pivots To Renewable Energy, Ditches Coal” • A gigantic steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado is getting a renewable energy makeover with a new 300-MW solar power plant. The EVRAZ North America facility is getting the new $285 million solar array. It is a move toward retiring Colorado’s largest remaining coal power plant.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE Toasts 220-MW Texas Wind” • RWE has started commercial operations at the 220-MW Cranell wind farm in Texas. The $250 million project features 100 Vestas 2.2-MW turbines and will generate enough electricity to power 66,000 homes. It brings RWE’s operational wind farms in the US to 25, with installed capacity of more than 4.2 GW. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Exxon Briefly Dethroned As America’s Most Valuable Energy Company” • The clean energy revolution just hit another major milestone. Solar and wind company NextEra Energy dethroned ExxonMobil as America’s most valuable energy company. Exxon was the most valuable publicly-traded company on the planet as recently as 2013. [CNN]

¶ “US Developer Breaks Ground On Louisiana PV Duo” • DE Shaw Renewable Investments and Entergy New Orleans broke ground on two solar farms totalling 70 MW in Louisiana. The Iris project is in Washington Parish and the St James project in the parish of the same name. Both developments are expected to reach commercial operation in mid-2021. [reNEWS]

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