September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Scientist: This Is A Dystopian Moment” • I’m a climate scientist. My colleagues and I have been warning for years that human-induced global warming will bring us a future of faster and more furious extreme weather events. But now the events are coming with such speed and ferocity that the moment can be called dystopian. [CNN]

Dystopian climate change (Pixabay, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic Warming Linked To Colder Winters” • A study shows that increases in extreme winter weather in parts of the US are linked to accelerated warming of the Arctic. The scientists found that heating in the region ultimately disturbed the circular pattern of winds known as the polar vortex. The Texas cold wave in February is an example. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Launches ID.3 And ID.4 Subscriptions” • Car subscriptions are getting more and more popular. Volkswagen is now offering them for the ID.3 and ID.4 in Germany. Customers can get these fully electric vehicles, maintenance, insurance, the registration, and taxes all handled, and more via the Volkswagen AutoAbo program. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 (Dennis Elzinga, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “India, UK Agree On $1.2 Billion Investment In Green Projects, Renewable Energy” • India and the UK agreed on a $1.2 billion investment in green projects and renewable energy to boost India’s green growth ambitions at the 11th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue. This further drives an Enhanced Trade Partnership. [Free Press Journal]

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Launches IPO” • Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power made an announcement that it intends to proceed with its plan to float on the Riyadh bourse. The company, 50% owned by the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, plans to issue shares representing 11.1% of the company’s enlarged share capital. [Arab News]

Noor solar complex (Wikieliuser, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Lenovo Is Committed To Procurement Of Clean Energy” • Lenovo’s latest environmental, social, and governance report outlines the companies prolonged commitment to sustainable development of its business practices. Determined to create a responsible operating model, Lenovo announced a target of 90% renewable energy use by 2026. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Renewable Power Generation Share In Denmark To Reach Nearly 100% In 2030, Says GlobalData” • Renewable power generation (excluding hydropower) in Denmark is expected to increase from 24.33 TWh in 2020 to 43.2 TWh by 2030, bringing its share from 86.4% as of 2020, to 99.9% in 2030 according to a report form GlobalData. [pv magazine India]

Solar Panels On Hjelm Island, 2005 (RSteen, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

¶ “Africa Needs To Invest $130 Billion Per Year To Go Net-Zero By 2050” • Africa needs investments to the tune of $130 billion annually to become a net-zero continent by 2050, a report by Friends of the Earth has suggested. The report, “A Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa,” said Africa needs 300 GW of renewable energy by 2030. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “At Least 46 People Have Died After Floodwaters From Ida’s Remnants Swamp Cities From Virginia To New England” • At least 46 people have died in six Eastern states – Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – after the storm brought unprecedented rainfall to some areas. There are 23 known deaths in New Jersey. [CNN]

Flood in Pennsylvania (Michael M Stokes, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Biden Says He’ll Press Congress On Infrastructure After Wildfires And Ida Wreak Havoc On Us: ‘The Climate Crisis Is Here'” • President Joe Biden said he plans to press Congress to take further action on his infrastructure proposals that he says will better prepare the nation for future natural disasters and the effects of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Solar Activity Was At Record-High Level In USA In 2020” • In the US, solar PV module shipments rose to 21.8 million peak kW of solar power capacity in 2020, by far their best ever. In fact, that was 5.4 million peak kW above 2019’s total, their previous best. Rooftop solar installations grew, but larger installations grew even more. [CleanTechnica]

Solar module costs (US EIA graph)

¶ “Otter Tail Power To Sell Its Share Of Coyote Station By 2028” • Otter Tail Power Company plans to sell its share of the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah by 2028, reported Prairie Public. Otter Tail has a 35% ownership stake in the plant. The 420-MW facility, which opened in 1981, is supplied by North American Coal’s Coyote Creek Mine. [Star Tribune]

¶ “EDF Signs 300-MW Solar-Plus-Storage PPA In California” • EDF Renewables North America is to supply electricity from the 300-MW Desert Quartzite solar+storage project in California to Clean Power Alliance under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The facility will include a 600 MWh battery system. It is to be operating by February 2024. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Frederic Neema, EDF)

¶ “RWE Inks 200-MW US Battery Deal With LG” • RWE Renewables signed contracts with LG Energy Solution to provide an integrated battery energy storage system for two projects with co-located solar PV facilities in Texas. The contract secures more than 800 MWh of battery storage capacity deployed on over 200 MW of storage systems. [reNEWS]

¶ “Energy Bill Negotiations Head To House After Talks Once Again Derailed” • The Illinois Senate approved an energy bill that would subsidize nuclear plants and close coal plants, but it’s likely to change as negotiations continue in the House. Timelines for closing municipal coal-fired power plants continued to hold up the bill’s passage. [Pontiac Daily Leader]

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