Archive for October 9th, 2020

October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Breathing Life Back Into Cities: Improving Air Quality And Equity Through Recovery Efforts” • Rocky Mountain Institute  released an analysis outlining four strategies for advancing both air quality and equity that cities can use to build back better from the pandemic, the economic downturn, and a growing reckoning with racial injustice. [CleanTechnica]

Path to a better city (RMI image, via Twitter)

¶ “Donald Trump And His Supposed Economic Success” • President Trump claims economic success based on the Dow Jones Industrial Index. But if we look at some of the other Dow Jones indices, picking some that might have profited or suffered from Trump policies, what we find is very different from what Trump might like us to believe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Wind and Solar Installations Are Smashing Records, But the Trend May Not Last” • The US is on pace to set records for wind and solar installations this year, highlighting America’s capacity to build renewables at levels once thought impossible. But whether the pace can be kept up depends in large part on what policymakers do next. [Scientific American]

Smoky Hills wind farm (Drenaline, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Michael Mann Sets The Record Straight: It’s Now Or Never” • Michael Mann is the director the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State. He may be best known for introducing the “hockey stick” graph showing a warming climate. There has been some good news and some bad for the climate. Mann said the time to act is right now. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Mercedes Says Six New Battery Electric Models Are Coming Soon” • Mercedes Benz has yet to embrace the EV revolution fully. Although it has some battery powered models, they are not built on a dedicated EV platform. That will change in 2021 when the company begins offering cars based on a new dedicated EV platform that is scalable in every aspect. [CleanTechnica]

Electric concept coupe (Courtesy of Mercedes Benz)

¶ “Mammoth Investments In Renewables Taking Shape In Port Augusta” • South Australia’s Marshall Government welcomed the starts of construction of two renewable energy projects near Port Augusta. DP Energy and Iberdrola are investing $500 million in a hybrid wind+solar plant, and Nexif has begun the $170 million stage 2 of its Lincoln Gap Wind Farm. [Mirage News]

¶ “Enel breaks ground on 204-MW Chilean PV plant” • Enel Green Power Chile has started construction on the 204-MW Domeyko solar farm in Chile’s Antofagasta region. The project is due to be completed by July next year, and will involve a total investment of $164 million. The plant will produce around 589 GWh of electricity each year. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Enel image)

¶ “Global Green Hydrogen Pipeline ‘Tops 60 GW'” • There are over 60 GW in the pipeline of planned green hydrogen projects, Rystad Energy research shows. The analysts said 87% of the projects are GW-scale. Europe and Australia dominate the global pipeline, which includes 11 proposed electrolyser projects with a capacity of 1 GW or more. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Waymo Goes Truly Public In Phoenix” • The Waymo One fully autonomous driving network is now open for everyone to use – in Phoenix. All you need is the Waymo app (available from App Store or Google Play). Additionally, Waymo has indicated that all 100% of its fleet in the Phoenix area is now being operated as fully electric robotaxis. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo app running

¶ “Icebreaker No Longer Subject To Night-Time Shutdown” • The Ohio Power Siting Board has adopted a motion removing a night-time shutdown requirement for the proposed 21-MW Icebreaker offshore wind farm on Lake Erie. It removed a clause that would have required turbines to be stopped during the night from March 1 to November 1. [reNEWS]

¶ “30% Of California Land Must Be Conserved Under Governor Newsom’s New Order” • Citing a need to tackle the problem of climate change, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered state agencies to conserve 30% of state land and coastal water by no later than 2030. The move is a bid to sequester carbon in the state’s natural and working lands. [Phys.Org]

Wild land in California (Credit: CC0, Public domain)

¶ “Public-Private Partnership Working Toward Renewable Hydrogen Facility In Eugene” • In Eugene, Oregon, a team of Pacific Northwest public and private organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of what would be one of the largest renewable hydrogen facilities in North America. [KVAL]

¶ “US DOE Provides Funding For $26 Million In Nuclear Plant Hydrogen Projects” • The US DOE has provided funding to two projects for $26 million seeking to advance hydrogen generation by nuclear reactors, starting with a facility at an Xcel Energy plant, DOE said in a statement. The recipients have to match DOE funding with an equal amount. [S&P Global]

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