January 31 Energy News

January 31, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “US Government Sees Renewables Passing Natural Gas In 20 Years” • For the first time, the EIA’s default projection places renewables as the largest single source of electricity generation, with renewables surpassing natural gas somewhere around 2040. But renewables’ prices seem to make the report’s projections obsolete already. [Ars Technica]

Block Island (University of Rhode Island)

World:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Supply Cypress Wind Turbines For 132-MW Onshore Wind Farm In Finland” • GE Renewable Energy selected by OX2 to supply 24 Cypress onshore wind turbines units to the 132 MW Metsälamminkangas wind farm. The project is GE Renewable Energy’s first deal in Finland with its Cypress platform. [REVE]

¶ “Volvo Opens Preorders As The Fully Electric XC40 Recharge Nears Production” • Volvo is officially opening up preorders for its highly anticipated XC40 Recharge in the US and Europe on the heels of strong demand after the unveiling event in Los Angeles in October. According to the company, several thousand preorders already locked in. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 Recharge (Image courtesy of Volvo)

¶ “Japanese Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay For Public-Interest Lawsuits” • When a citizens group in Nagoya, calling for the decommissioning of an old nuclear power plant, kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to cover costs for ongoing litigation, it successfully raised about ¥3.7 million ($33,960), 1.5 times its goal, in about two months. [The Japan Times]

¶ “SSE Renewables Plans Subsidy Free First In Scotland” • SSE Renewables will build its first subsidy free onshore wind project in the Scottish Highlands, a 47-MW extension of its existing 70-MW Gordonbush project. The merchant project is one of only a handful to get the green light in the UK since the government halted supports for onshore wind in 2015. [reNEWS]

Hadyard Hill wind farm (SSE image)

Australia:

¶ “NSW Strikes ‘Landmark’ Energy Deal With Federal Government, Greens Mp Calls It ‘Climate Criminality'” • An agreement between Autstralia’s federal government and New South Wales will see more than $2 billion invested into new gas-fueled energy. The deal has been slammed as “little more than climate criminality” by the Greens. [ABC News]

¶ “Canberra Residents Flee Their Homes As State Of Emergency Is Declared” • Out-of-control bushfires are forcing residents near Canberra, the capital of Australia, to flee their homes as a state of emergency was declared. Worsening “erratic” conditions have prompted authorities to release a series of urgent “Leave Now” alerts to people in affected areas. [Daily Mail]

Fire nearing Canberra (© Martin Ollman | MEGA)

¶ “Australian Research Council Members Condemn Lack Of Climate Action” • In the wake of Australia’s disastrous bushfire epidemic, which is still going on, 80 of the most prominent members of the ARC penned an open letter urging the Morrison government to take reasonable and realistic action to lower the country’s CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Building Projects In New Jersey Will Now Have To Account For Climate Change” • An executive order signed by Gov Phil Murphy requires that rising sea levels and other effects of climate change be considered in the permitting process for buildings and infrastructure. It also sets up requirements for monitoring and reduction of greenhouse gases. [CNN]

Flooding in New Jersey (NJ Dept of Environmental Protection)

¶ “US Wind Hits 9.1 GW In 2019” • The wind industry has experienced its third strongest growth year on record in 2019 with 9143 MW added to the grid, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Utilities and businesses also set a new record in 2019, announcing 8726 MW in new power purchase agreements. [reNEWS]

¶ “BYD Builds New Lithium-Powered Forklift Plant In Southern California” • BYD continues to sprint towards electrifying every type of vehicle. It is adding an electric forklift production facility in the Southern California city of Rancho Dominguez. The new 50,000 square foot facility will include warehouse, supporting offices, and demonstration space. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Forklift (Credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Lincoln Electric SUV Will Be Built On Rivian Skateboard” • Last August, Ford CEO Jim Hackett cautioned against assuming his company’s $500 million investment in Rivian meant the two would build an electric pickup truck together. Now, a press release says Ford’s Lincoln division is working with Rivian to develop an all-new SUV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Evergy To Expand Wind Energy Portfolio By 660 MW” • US-based investor-owned utility Evergy has announced plans to add 660 MW of wind energy to its portfolio and reduce carbon emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. The new wind energy projects will extend direct access to renewable energy for Evergy customers. [Power Technology]

Wind turbines (Frederik Schönfeldt | Unsplash)

¶ “The Volvo XC90 And Its Battery Packs Will Be Assembled At Volvo’s South Carolina Plant” • The Volvo XC90 is on track to become the brand’s second fully electric vehicle behind the XC40 Recharge and this week the company announced that it will build the next generation XC90 at its only US plant, in Ridgeville, South Carolina. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Under Cuomo Mandate, White Plains Goes Solar In Massive Renewable Energy Project” • New York State is mandating a dramatic expansion of renewable energy over the next decade, and White Plains is a pioneering community. Its solar power plan will save hundreds of residents 10% off their electric bills, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports. [CBS New York]

Have a thoroughly agreeable day.

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