September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Climate Change: Whisper It Cautiously… There Has Been Progress In Run Up To COP26” • With just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC’s Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress at this week’s UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain before November’s Climate Summit. [BBC]

Logo of the UN Climate Summit in November

¶ “Adapt To Survive – A Carbon Tracker Report” • Oil companies need to adapt to avoid massive losses and stranded assets. Sadly, I expect that they will milk the cow until it is dead. Carbon Tracker warns of multi-billion-dollars worth of stranded assets and says net zero emissions action must start soon. First to suffer will be high-cost oil production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bill McKibben On Climate Crisis, Climate Grief, Climate Action, And US Climate Policy – CleanTechnica Interview” • In this episode of CleanTech Talk, Bill McKibben and Zachary Shahan talk about the climate change crisis, climate grief, US climate policy, rampant conspiracy theories, the great energy transition, and more. [CleanTechnica]

Bill McKibben speaking in 2016 (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Congress And Reconciliation: Why This New Clean Energy Program Matters” • The Clean Electricity Performance Program was passed out of a key House of Representatives committee last week. It is a step closer to reality, as part of the powerful budget reconciliation bill. Passage of this and complementary measures is very important for clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Electric Construction Equipment From Volvo CE Passes One Year Test With Flying Colors” • Volvo Construction Equipment is creating construction equipment. Two battery-powered units, the L25 electric compact wheel loader and the ECR25 electric compact excavator, have been put through a year of trials and had enthusiastic praise. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo CE electric loader (Volvo CE image)

¶ “World Leaders Pledge $400 Billion To Boost Clean Energy And Renewables” • Numerous political and business leaders have committed more than $400 billion (just over €340 billion) to the expansion of renewable and clean energy, the UN announced. They also vowed to dramatically expand access to electricity in developing nations. [DW]

¶ “Tušnica Wind Farm And Zvizdan Solar Power Plant To Be Online By End-2023” • Works are under way on two more renewable energy power plants in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both should be online by the end of 2023. They are the 72.6-MW Tušnica wind farm and the 23-MW Zvizdan solar power plant. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind turbines (Laura Penwell, Pexels)

¶ “As Energy Prices Soar In Spain, Residents Seek Renewable Alternatives” • Across Spain, the price of electricity has steadily risen at historically high rates since early this summer, and it’s expected to climb even higher. Experts say the price hike is due to several factors, primarily the increase of the price of natural gas and CO₂ emission costs. [PRI.org]

¶ “EU Vows To Accelerate Renewable Energy As Electricity Costs Soar” • With gas and electricity prices soaring in Europe and industry having a hard keeping up with the cost, the EU energy and transport ministers met in Slovenia to address problem. The solution is accelerate the increased use and development of renewable energy. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Transmission lines (Pixabay)

¶ “UEA Scientist Says Sizewell C Nuclear Plant Is Outdated” • Nuclear power has been “outdated by technology” and offshore wind can produce power more quickly and cheaply, an energy scientist told the BBC. Professor in energy and climate change Charlie Wilson said there was no longer a good case for a new £20 billion Sizewell C plant. [BBC]

US:

¶ “La Niña Is About To Take The Southwest Drought From Bad To Worse” • Though summer rainfall brought some relief to the Southwest, the unrelenting drought there is about to get worse with La Niña on the horizon, the director at the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said. La Niña conditions are typically drier than normal in the Southwest. [CNN]

¶ “Colorado Law Creates Transparency At Rural Electric Co-Ops” • Colorado has long had a law ensuring cooperative transparency and access to board meetings. However, that transparency and access doesn’t apply to Tri-State, a generation and transmission cooperative. But Tri-State has been losing members over coal, which has become too expensive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This San Francisco Housing Development Comes With Its Own Farm” • Some things like the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars just scream “San Francisco.” But a new housing development in San Francisco may take the “peak California” crown. Designed by Agrihood, it includes something you might not expect in its plans: its own farm. [CleanTechnica]

Urban farm (Image courtesy of Agrihood)

¶ “TotalEnergies Breaks Ground On 80-MW Texas PV” • TotalEnergies and its partner 174 Power Global have started construction of the 80-MW Midlothian Gerdau solar farm in Texas, as a 50:50 joint venture. The steel producer Gerdau Long Steel North America will buy the electricity generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement. [reNEWS]

¶ “Governor Of California Signs Legislation To Kickstart Californian Offshore Wind” • Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation encouraging Californian offshore wind development as part of the state’s goal to have 100% clean energy by 2045. The bill requires the California Energy Commission to establish offshore wind goals. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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