September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The US And China Can’t Get Along – Even If The Planet’s Future Is At Stake” • Despite facing a common threat, China and the United States, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, are still at odds on climate action. US climate officials tried to separate climate issues from differences on other topics. Chinese officials would not allow that. [CNN]

John Kerry in talks with China (US State Department via AP)

¶ “Riding Out Ida: Loss Of Communications, Extreme Heat With No Power, Help From SpaceX – Is This The New Normal?” • It’s been a hell of a week, to say the least. I think this is the first article I’ve written since the storm hit. I lost power and turned to the emergency weather radio station. It went offline, and along with it, all communications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ida Is Proof That Louisiana Needs To Embrace Building Microgrids” • After Hurricane Ida, power and communications are out here in Louisiana. We need microgrids, but our leaders don’t seem to want them. Advocates have been trying for years to make our local grid resilient, but our leaders refuse to do things that benefit everyone. Why? [CleanTechnica]

Model of microgrid (NREL image)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Fight Will Be Six Times More Costly” • A study by an international team of scientists published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that the economic damage from climate change could be six times higher by the end of this century than previously estimated. Earlier analysis ignored important risks. [Technology Times]

¶ “Vattenfall Inaugurates 604-MW Danish Kriegers Flak” • Vattenfall has officially inaugurated the 604-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark. Kriegers Flak is Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm and will increase Danish wind power production by 16%, Vattenfall said. It is in the Baltic Sea, 15 km to 40 km off the Danish coast. [reNEWS]

Kriegers Flak wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ “Indonesia Still Clinging To Coal Despite Phaseout Pledge, New Plan Shows” • The Indonesian government has walked back an earlier pledge to phase out all coal-fired power plants, saying now that it will keep them running but fit them with carbon capture technology. Experts have questioned the technical and financial feasibility of the plan. [Mongabay]

Australia:

¶ “Australia Stands By Coal ‘Beyond 2030’ After UN Warns Of Economic Havoc” • The Australian government said that the country would keep producing and exporting coal “well beyond 2030,” despite a stark warning from a top UN climate official that failing to scrap the fossil fuel will “wreak havoc” on the Australian economy. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (Loïc Manegarium, Pexels)

¶ “BP Sizes Up Former Oil Refinery As Industrial Renewable Hydrogen Hub” • The site of what was once Australia’s largest oil refinery is being sized up as a renewable hydrogen hub, complete with large-scale electrolyser. It is part of a feasibility study being conducted by BP Australia and Macquarie Capital, and backed by the state government. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Caterpillar And BHP Plan To Create Battery-Powered Mining Trucks” • Caterpillar and BHP are partnering up to develop battery-powered mining trucks to support customers’ climate-related goals. BHP is one of Caterpillar’s largest customers. It announced the agreement with Caterpillar to develop large mining trucks with zero emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Caterpillar mining truck (Caterpillar image)

¶ “Australian Potash Plans Hybrid Renewable Energy Microgrid For Lake Wells Project” • Australian Potash announced plans for PWR Hybrid to build, own, and operate a hybrid microgrid at its Lake Wells sulphate of potash project in Western Australia. The 35-MW microgrid will integrate a gas-fueled power station with solar PV, wind, and storage. [Stockhead]

US:

¶ “Plans For $400-Billion New City In The American Desert Unveiled” • The cleanliness of Tokyo, the diversity of New York and the social services of Stockholm: Billionaire Marc Lore has outlined his vision for a 5-million-person “new city in America” and appointed a world-famous architect to design it. All he needs is $400 billion and a place to build it. [CNN]

Proposed city (Bjarke Ingels Group and Bucharest studio)

¶ “Hurricane Ida Left A Louisiana Refinery Spewing Chemicals And An Oil Spill In The Gulf” • There were no communications for hours. Then I found that a Shell refinery is spewing toxic chemicals into the air. The New York Times reported that satellite images found an oil spill in the Gulf after Ida. People living in polluted air have no safe water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What A Hurricane Means When You Live In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley'” • The stretch between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is home to a concentration of chemical, petroleum and other industrial facilities, dozens of which have reported releases of toxic carcinogens in the past. Hurricane Ida passed directly through this corridor. [CNN]

Refinery in Baton Rouge (formulanone, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Texas Eyeballs 91,000 MW Of Solar Power” • Dallas Morning News points out that the need for additional transmission lines is one of the roadblocks between Texas and all 91,000 MW of that new solar power. But the growing number of green hydrogen fans in the state may have a solution to that: Use solar energy to make green hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE May Sell Another Piece Of Its Power Business” • Over the past several years, General Electric has divested assets at a steady pace in an effort to simplify the company, exit less desirable lines of business, and shore up its balance sheet. It has already stopped building steam turbines for coal-fired plants. Now it may sell its nuclear turbine business. [The Motley Fool]

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