- “Climate Change Didn’t Cause Hurricane Laura But It Did Make The Storm Worse” • Laura broke multiple records. At the Mermentau River gauge at Grand Chenier, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the gauge topped out at 17.14 feet; the previous high was 13 feet in June 1957. As the planet has warmed significantly, the storms have been worse. [CNN]
- “Panama Cancels Order For Diesel Buses, Will Purchase 195 Electric Buses Instead” • For the past year, MiBus, operator of Panama’s Metrobús system, has tested two electric buses that BYD supplied to it for free. Having done that, MiBus has decided to cancel an order for 160 new diesel buses and purchase electric buses from BYD instead. [CleanTechnica]
- “First Solar Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Grid Balancing Services With A 141-MW Solar Project” • First Solar, a US-based solar panel manufacturer, announced that its 141-MW Luz del Norte solar PV project in Chile secured a license to supply ancillary grid services on a commercial basis. The company said it is the first solar project to provide such services. [Mercom India]
- “Australia Looks To Take The Lead In The Hydrogen Boom” • The EU has big plans for hydrogen, but Australia could soon make the EU’s hydrogen plans seem pedestrian. Australia is single-handedly developing a 15-GW project that will generate hydrogen for export. It could make the world’s driest continent the “Saudi Arabia of renewables.” [OilPrice.com]
- “Is Maharashtra Ready For ‘Renewable Only’ Capacity Creation?” • The Coronavirus pandemic might have achieved what no amount of push from well meaning people did. It is forcing Maharashtra, the most industrialized of India’s states, to consider putting a full stop on fresh thermal energy capacity creation in the state. [Saurenergy]
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