September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australia Claims 1.2% Of Global CO₂ Emissions – Should Be 10%” • The hypocrites in Canberra blame the big emitters India and China for climate change, but the coal they are burning is ours. We dig the stuff out of the ground, sell it overseas, and wash our hands of the outcome. We claim to be low-carbon emitters, but the carbon they emit is ours. [CleanTechnica]

Australia (David Clode, Unsplash)

¶ “Dealers Are Preventing Ford From Competing With Tesla” • If Ford, or any legacy automaker for that matter, really wants to compete with Tesla, the dealers need to get out of the way. For decades, dealerships have been the only way you could purchase a new car. Tesla is forcing them to change, but instead, they are fighting to stay what they are. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate TRACE Lifts The Veil On Oil & Gas Emissions” • The production and refining processes for oil and gas account for about one-tenth of human-made greenhouse gases, making the sector one of the world’s largest emitters. With the launch of Climate TRACE, we are closer to clear answers about where those GHGs are coming from. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas pipeline (Selim Arda Eryilmaz, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Pledges Tough To Secure Before COP26 Summit, PM Warns” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the US for a UN meeting where he will urge leaders to take “concrete action” on the issue. But he said it would be “tough” to persuade allies to meet their promise to give $100 billion a year to developing nations to cut carbon emissions. [BBC]

¶ “Burundi Floods: Lake Tanganyika’s Water Levels Rise” • Natural disasters have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in Burundi in recent years, according to Save the Children. Most of them lived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika where water levels had risen because of heavy storms, causing floods and landslides. [BBC]

Lake Tanganyika (Worldtraveller, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “NHS Hospital Set To Become First In England Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy” • Planners have given the green light to build a solar farm to power Wolverhampton’s New Cross hospital, the city’s main hospital. Plans show the solar farm will be size of 21 football pitches, and it will be on an unused landfill at the Bowman’s Harbour site. [iNews]

¶ “Ørsted Signs 100-MW Riffgrund 3 Power Play” • German food retailer REWE Group signed a power purchase deal with Ørsted for 100 MW of power from the 900-MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The 100 MW of green power from Borkum Riffgrund 3 can cover the power demand of 1500 REWE stores. [reNEWS]

Borkum Riffgrund 2 (Ørsted image)

¶ “BP’s Joint Solar Venture Lightsource BP To More Than Double Expansion By 2025” • BP’s joint solar venture, Lightsource BP, can more than double its global expansion by 2025. The solar developer has clinched a financing deal worth $1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) to develop enough solar farms to power the equivalent of 8.4 million homes. [The Guardian]

¶ “TEPCO Bungles Placement Of 100 Fire Detectors At Nuclear Plant” • TEPCO has continued its bumbling ways concerning safety measures, misplacing about a hundred fire detectors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, sources said. The fire detectors were not placed in locations set under safety regulations. [Asahi Shimbun]

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Australia:

¶ “The Hub Could Impact Tasmania’s Goal Of Reaching 200% Renewable Power” • Clean Hydrogen Industry Hub program proponents say a Bell Bay facility would provide jobs and economic growth for the state, but experts warn it could harm the state’s long-term green energy goals by increasing the demand for electricity. [The Examiner]

¶ “Neoen Locks In Finance For Kaban Wind Hub, Despite Pitt Snub” • French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has locked in $370 million of finance for the 157-MW Kaban wind farm in north Queensland. This is despite the fact that the Kaban project was denied a government loan by the federal resources minister, Keith Pitt. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (RawFilm, Unsplash)

¶ “Rio Tinto To Triple Weipa Solar Capacity And Add Battery Storage To Help Power Operations” • Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, in a move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations. [Business Wire]

US:

¶ “KNP Complex Fire Reaches Part Of Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, Threatening Some Of The World’s Largest Trees” • The KNP Complex Fire in California reached a “small area” of the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, home to some of the world’s largest trees, fire officials said. They have spent recent days preparing the trees for the threat of fire. [CNN]

General Sherman tree (Gene Daniels, NARA, public domain)

¶ “Nickel-Hydrogen Battery For Large Scale Renewables” • US start-up EnerVenue secured funding for a gigafactory to make nickel-hydrogen batteries for large-scale applications. The battery efficiency is 80% to 90%, depending on the cycle rate, and its energy density per square foot is at least equal to lithium-ion batteries, the company said. [PV Magazine]

¶ “State Parks Adding Energy Project To Niagara Falls State Park” • As part of a series of new sustainability initiatives that are being announced by state agencies for Climate Week 2021, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid announced a new solar array to provide power to maintenance operations at Niagara Falls State Park. [niagara-gazette.com]

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