June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “These Are the Toughest Emissions to Cut, and a Big Chunk of the Climate Problem” • Efforts to tackle climate change typically focus on renewable energy or cleaner cars. Without improving shipping, cement, and steel, however, major greenhouse gas pollution sources will be locked in for generations, new research shows. [InsideClimate News]

Ocean shipping (Photo: Sean Gallup | Getty Images)

¶ “How to convince a country to end their reliance on coal” • In a victory for all of us campaigning for a renewable future, Israel’s Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, recently announced that Israel will be free of coal and oil by 2030. We focused on three issues: Coal is bad for public health, bad for public finances, and bad for our climate. [Greenpeace International]

Science and Technology:

¶ A paper by University of Southern Mississippi researchers, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says oil residue from the Deepwater Horizon fire and spill of 2010 caused fundamental changes in microbes playing an important role in marine carbon dioxide absorption. They are also essential building blocks in the food chain for marine life. [CleanTechnica]

Deepwater Horizon (US Coastguard photo)

World:

¶ BYD opened a 24 GWh battery factory in Western China’s Qinghai province, with plans to ramp up to a total production capacity of 60 GWh by 2020. The new factory joins BYD’s two other existing battery factories in Shenzhen and Huizhou. At full capacity, the factory’s 60 GWh of batteries can supply 1.2 million of BYD’s popular Tang EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ BYD announced that it was releasing the technology for 341 sensors and 66 controllers for its DiLink system “on an open platform” to encourage other companies to adopt a standard platform for the developing EVs. BYD’s DiLink Intelligent Network System is a critical part of its e-Platform, the foundation for its EV technology. [CleanTechnica]

BYD production line in Shenzhen

¶ Canadian Solar has started commercial operations at the 56.3-MW Yamaguchi Shin Mine solar farm in Japan. The project comprises 173,000 Canadian Solar CS6U modules and is expected to generate approximately 66,000 MWh of electricity a year. Chugoku Electric Power will buy the electricity under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract. [reNews]

¶ The Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project would have to double or triple in size for Australia to meet its Paris climate change agreements, says Snowy Hydro chief executive Paul Broad. GE’s regional head of hydropower for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Bill Armstrong, agreed, saying the  single project was not enough. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project (Photo supplied)

¶ Blackrock, the world’s largest investment company, bought a 197.4-MW wind farm in Norway through one of its funds, and it will cover its construction cost. The seller, Zephyr, will continue to manage the farm’s construction, which will cost about €200 million ($231.76 million) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Seaway Heavy Lifting crane vessel Stanislav Yudin installed the first monopile foundation for Trianel’s 200-MW Borkum West 2.2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The project is 45 km off the coast of Borkum island. The wind farm will feature 32 Senvion 6.3MW turbines and is scheduled to be operational before the end of 2019. [reNews]

First monopile installation (Image: Trianel | TWB II)

¶ Jan De Nul Group has completed export cable installation at Trianel’s 203-MW Borkum West 2.2 and Orsted 450-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. Cable laying vessel Willem de Vlamingh and trenching support vessel Adhemar de Saint-Venant were mobilised for both jobs, according to Jan De Nul. [reNews]

US:

¶ For the month of April, coal generated a total of 73,489 MWh, or 24.3% of the country’s total net generation. Natural gas is still dominant with 100,004 MWh, or 33% of production. Meanwhile, nuclear and renewables continued to battle it out, with nuclear having 19.5% and renewables (all sources, including hydroelectric) at 22% of total electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable Energy

¶ Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants is as important to national security as keeping the military strong. “You cannot put a dollar figure on the cost to keep America free,” he said. When asked about the cost of a potential bailout, he said he did not yet know. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ Hydro-Québec and Central Maine Power Company jointly announced the successful conclusion of contract negotiations with Massachusetts electric distribution companies for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% hydropower project. The deal will provide enough renewable electricity to power over 3 million electrical vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Hydro-Québec reservoir

¶ At the World Gas Conference in Washington this week, the world’s biggest energy companies championed natural gas as the fuel of the future, rather than one that simply bridges the gap toward renewables. Their message was that to reduce emissions and provide affordable electricity, the world needs to burn more fossils, not less. [Bloomberg]

¶ South Carolina state lawmakers have overridden Governor Henry McMaster’s veto of a bill that gives SCE&G customers a rate cut of 15%. The governor had felt the cut did not go far enough in giving customers a break for footing the cost of a disastrous project. He had been hoping for a reduction of 18% for electricity customers. [WLTX.com]

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