September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Seeking Solar Power For All Puerto Rican Homes” • Residents of Puerto Rico are ready for energy democracy. Specifically, a resilient, renewable electricity system with equitably shared benefits. Is this vision possible for the island, whose democratic power is limited to begin with? Environmental engineer Ingrid Vila comments in a podcast. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Decathlon (US DOE via flickr, CC-BY-ND 2.0)

¶ “Electric Cars Are Coming, No Matter What Some Media And Critics Say” • As it becomes clearer that electric transportation is the future, the haters, Luddites, and boo-birds are out in full force. Every single day I see a slew of anti-EV material online. Some of these are articles in reputable media. But say what they will, the EVs are coming. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “20 Years After 9/11, Yankee’s Nuclear Fuel Still Poses Security Risk” • The Vermont Department of Health still plans for the worst. But the Vermont Yankee site is not as bad as it could have been six years ago, when the reactor shut down. The nuclear fuel has been moved out of the reactor core and put into giant steel and concrete casks. [Brattleboro Reformer]

Vermont Yankee in 2012 (NRC image, CC-BY-ND 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scaling Up Microgrids With Efficient, User-Friendly Software” • Microgrids are all the rage, and they have been for a few years. The problem lies in implementation. Here is a software system with integrated design stages and a user-friendly experience that allows anyone from bankers to engineers to plan, visualize, and optimize a project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Future Of Agriculture Combined With Renewable Energy Finds Success At Jack’s Solar Garden” • A 24-acre family farm purchased by Jack Stingerie in 1972 has evolved into a model for how to produce energy and food in tandem. Jack’s Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics system in the US, combining agriculture with PVs. [CleanTechnica]

Byron Kominek, owner (Werner Slocum, NREL)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Sector Poised To Receive $200 Million Of Inflows Over Next 6-8 Months” • Sri Lanka’s renewable energy sector is likely to see $200 million worth of foreign inflows from the banking sector over the next six to eight-month horizon, as the government moves to commit to 70% renewable energy for electricity by 2030. [Daily Mirror]

¶ “Will Lebanon’s Solar Rise?” • Lebanon has been going through a rough time of late. An explosion in the port killed 200 people. The country defaulted on bonds and fell economically. Now, there was a glimpse of hope stemming from the involvement of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the design of solar tenders. [PV Magazine]

Rooftop solar (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation)

¶ “JV With TEDA, SECI To Help Run Metro Rail On Renewable Energy” • The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency has floated a subsidiary company, Tamil Nadu Renewable Energy Park Ltd, to carry out the business of generation and aggregation of renewable energy, and supply to captive consumers through the joint venture model. [DTNext]

¶ “RWE Plans Norwegian Floating Wind Bid” • RWE and two local companies are partnering to participate in the Norwegian government’s tender process for floating offshore windpower. The trio will bid to build projects in the Utsira Nord zone, 30 km off the coast of Norway. The zone offers an opportunity to build up to 1.5 GW of capacity. [reNEWS]

Tetraspar demo (Stiesdal Offshore Technology)

¶ “UK Ministers ‘Met Fossil Fuel Firms Nine Times As Often As Clean Energy Ones’” • UK government ministers held private meetings with fossil fuel and biomass energy producers roughly nine times as often as they met companies involved in clean energy production, despite the increasing urgency of meeting the government’s climate targets. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “New York City Plans Major Expansion Of EV Charging Stations” • There may be an answer to EV charging for residents of New York City. According to Staten Island Live, the city will create one of the country’s largest electric vehicle charging networks over the next 10 years in an effort to reduce the its greenhouse gas emissions. [CleanTechnica]

New York City (Daryan Shamkhali, Unsplash)

¶ “Peoria Welcomes Electric Transit Buses ElBae And Friends” • In Illinois, the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is celebrating the launch of an electric bus it purchased with a $1.23 million grant from the Edwards Settlement Fund. The bus will join two identical models CityLink purchased with funding from the Federal Transit Administration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Campbell Celebrates Growth Of Renewable Power Use In Louisiana” • The transition to clean energy for Louisiana took another step forward with the start-up of the second of three planned SWEPCO wind farms in Oklahoma. The 287-MW Maverick wind farm is now providing more clean energy for Louisiana customers. [Bossier Press-Tribune]

Wind farm in Oklahoma (USGS image, public domain)

¶ “Morrisville Salvage Yard’s New Solar Array Helps Power The Community” • Encore Renewable Energy and VPPSA put a 2.1-MW community solar array into commission at a former auto salvage yard in Morrisville, Vermont, they announced. The PV project is part of ar partnership to develop, finance, and build 10 MW of PVs. [Vermont Business Magazine]

¶ “Illinois Legislature Edges Closer To Saving Two Nuclear Power Plants” • The Illinois House late on Thursday passed an energy bill with nearly $700 million in incentives for two Exelon Corp nuclear power plants, taking the legislature closer to saving the plants the company said it will close starting on Monday. The Senate is expected to vote quickly. [StreetInsider]

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