- “Hawaii’s March to 100% Adds 260 MW Solar + 1 GWh Storage” • Hawaiian Electric Industries reports that it is in negotiations on long term power purchase agreements with developers of seven projects on three islands. The developments, on O‘ahu, Maui, and the island of Hawai‘i, are for solar power with battery backup, at a 1:4 capacity ratio. [pv magazine USA]
- “Freakishly Warm Ocean Water is a Major Reason why Hurricane Michael Became the Strongest Storm in Decades” • Based on its low central pressure, Michael is the most powerful hurricane the US has weathered in nearly 50 years. It grew from a tropical depression in just 72 hours over waters that were 4°F to 7°F (2.2°C to 3.8°C) normal. [Business Insider]
- “Denmark is Banning Non-Renewable Energy Power Vehicles to Combat Climate Change” • Denmark becomes the latest country in the entire world to ban the new sale of vehicles powered entirely by fossil fuels in order to fully transition to clean power, non-polluting vehicles on the road such as EVs or hybrids. [College Media Network]
- “Governments Must Change Tack to Contain Global Warming, Says Big Oil” • To contain global warming at 1.5°C, the IPCC said manmade global net CO2 emissions need to fall by about 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels. Governments, not energy firms, need to take the lead to reach that target, several of the big oil and gas companies indicated. [Business Insider]
- “World Bank Dumps Kosovo Plant, Ending Support for Coal Worldwide” • The World Bank has abandoned the last coal project on its books, with its president publicly dumping the Kosova e Re plant in Kosovo. The coal-burning power plant could not compete with renewables on price, according to bank president Jim Yong Kim. [businessgreen.com]
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