August 4 Energy News

August 4, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Big Auto’s Existential Problem: Cannibalize Cash Cows Or Evolve Too Slowly” • Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. A few German automakers have calmly voiced their concerns. Others have resorted to all-out whining. So what about Big Auto in America? Here is a look. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Photo Credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electrify America And Stable Partner On Robochargers For Autonomous Vehicles” • Autonomous electric cars will have to be capable of being charged without human operation. Electrify America partnered with Stable Auto, an EV fleet charging company based in San Francisco, to deploy a handful of robotic EV chargers. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Saudi Arabia Invites Bids For Six Solar Energy Projects” • Saudi Arabia has invited sixty companies to submit bids for six solar energy projects with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW. The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources expects the projects to attract about 5.2 billion Saudi riyals ($1.4 billion) of private-sector investment. [The National]

PVs in Saudi Arabia (Photo: Reuters)

¶ “Scientist who called out Bolsonaro on Amazon deforestation is fired” • Ricardo Galvão, the director of Brazil’s National Space and Research Institute, said he was terminated after defending satellite data that showed deforestation was 88% higher in June compared to a year ago. Brazilian President Bolsonaro called the findings “lies.” [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Sources To Be Introduced In Libya” • Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the presidential council of the Libyan Government of National Accord, met in Tripoli with Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi to discuss the general situation of Libya, with a focus on introducing renewable energy in the country and Eni’s activities there. [Technical Review Middle East]

Wind turbines at sunrise

¶ “Five International Developers Bid To Establish First Solar Power Project In Qatar” • Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation has received five bids for the first solar power project in Qatar. The West Doha Solar Power Plant is to have a capacity of at least 700 MW, with 350 MW to be grid connected in the first quarter of 2021. [The Peninsula Qatar]

¶ “Nervous Power Networks Look Beyond The UK” • In the political changes in the UK, it is the companies behind the gas pipes and electricity wires which have emerged as the easiest political targets. After greater regulation pushing down profits, Labour has pledged to bring the energy companies back under public control. [The Guardian]

Pylons and turbines in Kent (Photo: Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “Germany Hopes To Replace Coal With Hydrogen” • Germany is increasingly looking to hydrogen as an alternative to gas to end the dependence on coal. Last month the Economy Ministry announced funding for 20 hydrogen research labs, and natural gas pipeline owners asked for rule changes to allow hydrogen to be added to the mix. [Energy Reporters]

¶ “Nuclear Power In Australia To Be Examined By Multi-Party Parliamentary Inquiry” • The potential for nuclear power in Australia is set to be examined by a parliamentary inquiry, as requested by Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor. He insisted Australia’s moratorium on nuclear energy would remain in place during the inquiry. [ABC News]

EDF nuclear plant in France (Benoit Tessier | Reuters)

US:

¶ “Solar Power On The Rise In Susquehanna Valley” • Nine separate utility-grade solar energy projects are proposed to be built in Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties, a database for the PJM electric grid shows. If constructed, each would tie into PJM, which serves 65 million people across 13 states and Washington, DC. [Sunbury Daily Item]

¶ “Colstrip Owner’s Losses Mount As Hunt For Cheaper Coal Continues” • With two of its four units shutting down this year, Colstrip Power Plant is still struggling to find cheap coal and retain employees, plant operator Talen Energy told Montana lawmakers. The company abruptly announced in June it would close two units three years early. [Billings Gazette]

Colstrip power plant (Adam Fondren, Billings Gazette file photo)

¶ “MECO Makes Next Big Push For Renewables” • Maui Electric Co had a goal of 30% renewable energy by 2020. It is already at 37%, according to its website, and it is on track to reach the state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. A second phase in growth is to take it to 80% renewable energy, or maybe even close to 100%. [Maui News]

¶ “Is Diablo Canyon Safe During Fire Season?” • After high winds caused deadly fires at electric lines, PG&E and SoCal Edison plan to shut off parts of their grid during high wind events. The Diablo Canyon nuclear power station relies on the grid to power its own nuclear reactors. So what does that mean if a sudden blackout happens? (Podcast) [KCRW]

Have an excitingly outstanding day.

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