January 30 Energy News

January 30, 2020

World:

¶ “Australia fires: NSW Inquiry To Probe Climate Change Impact” • The Australian state of New South Wales announced an independent inquiry into the ongoing bushfires, promising to “leave no stone unturned.” The six-month inquiry will examine the causes of the fires, as well as how the state prepared and responded to them. [BBC]

New South Wales fire (Getty Images)

¶ “Rolls-Royce Claims Its Latest Electric Airplane Battery Has The World’s Highest Energy Density” • Rolls-Royce is designing the fastest single seat electric airplane in the world, according to IEEE Spectrum. Its new airplane is expect to crack the 300 mph barrier this spring with a range of up to 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bangladesh Set To Develop A 55-MW Solar Project in Chattogram” • The Government of Bangladesh awarded a 55-MW solar power project to a consortium led by Metito Group together with Jinko Power and AlJomaih Group. The project will be developed on a build-own-operate basis under a 20 years’ concession agreement. [Mercom India]

Solar farm (Image credit: Greenskies)

¶ “Ørsted Throws Down ‘Net Zero By 2025’ Gauntlet” • Ørsted has set a target to be carbon neutral by 2025, making it the first global energy company to reach net zero emissions in energy generation. According to the company, it has installed one third of all offshore wind turbines globally and has reduced its carbon emissions by 86% compared with 2006. [reNEWS]

¶ “Nordic Steel Giant To Use Renewable Hydrogen To Produce Fossil-Free Steel By 2026” • Momentum is growing towards the decarbonization of one of the world’s most energy intensive industries. Svenskt Stål AB is turning to renewable hydrogen to replace coal in the production of steel – nearly 10 years earlier than it thought possible. [RenewEconomy]

Making steel

¶ “Wind Capacity To ‘Grow By 627 GW By 2028′” • Almost 627 GW of new wind capacity is expected to be installed by 2028, according to analysis by Navigant Research. Its “Global Wind Energy Overview” report said the new capacity represents a market worth of more than $92 billion in 2019 and over $1 trillion during the period. [reNEWS]

¶ “EDF To Deliver For Royal Mail Car Fleet” • EDF is to deliver EV infrastructure to the Royal Mail Group in the UK. The three-year framework agreement will support Royal Mail Group’s commitment under the “Optimise Prime Project” – the world’s largest commercial EV project. EDF will provide charging points and related equipment. [reNEWS]

Royal Mail Group EV (EDF image)

¶ “UAE Nuclear Reactor Ready; Qatar Views It As A Threat” • Underscoring the risks inherent in Barakah’s design, Qatar says UAE`s power plant activities are a threat to Gulf stability and the environment. Last year Qatar urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to create a framework for regional nuclear security, Al Jazeera reported. [Middle East Monitor]

US:

¶ “UPS Orders 10,000 Electric Delivery Vans From Arrival” • Arrival’s electric delivery vans are priced about the same as conventional delivery vans but have 50% lower operating costs. Arrival’s unique skateboard platforms allow the company to create vehicles in any weight, type, size, or shape to match customer requirements. [CleanTechnica]

UPS electric delivery vehicle (Courtesy of UPS)

¶ “108 Million Americans Live In Areas That Had 100+ Days Of Polluted Air In 2018” • One-third of all Americans live in areas that suffered through at least 100 days of poor air quality due to air pollution in 2018, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group, and US PIRG Education Fund. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Hampshire To Get 6 New EV Fast-Charging Corridors” • New Hampshire has a $4.6 million plan to boost electric vehicle road trips across the state, with installations of EV fast chargers along 6 major routes in the geographically small state. The $4.6 million is courtesy of the Volkswagen Group, as settlement for the diesel emissions scandal. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Renewables Set To Overtake Natural Gas In US Power Mix, EIA Says” • The DOE’s Energy Information Administration has finally come around to the view that renewables will overtake natural gas in the country’s electricity mix. The EIA has long been known for its implausibly conservative predictions about renewable energy. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Amazon To Buy Power From 120-MWp Virginia Solar Park” • Amazon.com Inc will purchase almost 70% of the output of a 120-MWp solar PV park that Dominion Energy Inc will build in Virginia. The power generated from 31.7% of the capacity will be sold to the Commonwealth’s Arlington County under a separate power PPA, the utility said. [Renewables Now]

Whitehouse Solar (Image: Dominion Virginia Power)

¶ “Clarkson now powered by 100% renewable energy” • Clarkson University announced that it’s now getting all of its power from renewable electricity. Potsdam, New York, is buying almost half of its electricity from Brookfield Renewable. The rest of its electricity comes from a hydro power dam in the village, and a solar PV system. [North Country Public Radio]

¶ “Coal Plants Increasingly Operate As Cyclical, Load-Following Power, Leading To Inefficiencies, Costs” • Increasingly, Coal plants operate as cyclical or load-following generation units, as the power market becomes more saturated with intermittent resources, a whitepaper from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners says. [Utility Dive]

Have a wonderfully worthwhile day.

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