February 4 Energy News

February 4, 2020


¶ “Bad news for coal: India lands world’s largest, super cheap solar and storage tender” • India clocked a major renewable energy milestone – and drove another nail into coal’s coffin – when it wrapped up what is described as the world’s largest “firmed renewables” auction. Time-of-use pricing was an important specification. [RenewEconomy]

Solar park in India

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Find Another Threat To Greenland’s Glaciers Lurking Beneath The Ice” • Warmer air is not the only threat to Greenland’s ice sheet. A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience found that the ice is being attacked from below: Warm ocean water moving underneath the vast glaciers is causing them to melt even more quickly. [CNN]


¶ “Coronavirus And Oil: Why Crude Has Been Hit Hard” • The world’s biggest oil producers could be about to reduce output as they grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus. As China has responded to the medical emergency, travel restrictions are in place factories, offices and shops remain shut. The result is a 20% reduction in demand for oil. [BBC]

Oil terminal (Getty Images)

¶ “A Climate Activist Swam Under The Antarctic Ice Sheet To Prove How Quickly Glaciers Are Melting” • Fifty-year-old Lewis Pugh says he was terrified when he plunged into the water of East Antarctica in nothing but swim briefs, a swim cap and goggles. He was even more terrified when he swam below the Antarctic ice sheet, through melting tunnels. [CNN]

¶ “Teck Inks New 118-MW Renewable PPA With AES In Chile” • Teck Resources Limited, based in Canada, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with AES Corp to supply 118 MW of renewable energy to a copper project in Chile. The contract will cover more than 50% of the project’s total operating power needs for twenty years. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Chile (Photo: Diego Correa)

¶ “Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize” • Two members of the Swedish Parliament nominated 17-year-old Greta Thunberg for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg started just three years ago with lone climate protests on Fridays at the Swedish Parliament. Since then, she has emerged as a world leader. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Costa Rica Is At Nearly 100% Renewable Energy For Electricity” • In 2019, 99.62% of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewables, according to REVE. In addition to hydro, 10.29% was derived from wind turbines, 10.23% from geothermal energy, and 0.84% from solar. The country is committed to being 100% carbon neutral this year. [CleanTechnica]

Geothermal power plant in Costa Rica (Credit: Grupo ICE)

¶ “Sweden Takes Another Step Toward Freedom From Fossil Fuels” • Sweden now has a commission in place to decide on the year by which a full phaseout of fuel burning cars seems best. The commission must submit plans for the policy proposal by February 1, 2021. Transportation accounts for about a third of Sweden’s greenhouse gases. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chennai Metro Tenders For Renewable Power Purchase From Group Captive Projects” • The Chennai Metro Rail Limited seeks to procure 90 GWh/year of solar or solar-wind hybrid power, or 72 GWh/year of wind power through tariff based competitive bidding. The tariff ceiling is fixed at ₹3.50/kWh (4.9¢/kWh) for 25 years. [pv magazine India]

Delhi Metro station (varunshiv, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Petrol And Diesel Car Sales Ban Brought Forward To 2035” • A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under new government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050. [BBC News]

¶ “Australians Back Climate Change Action While Science Divides Along Party Lines” • A clear majority of Australians have backed the case for action on climate change in a survey that shows 68% believe the trend poses a “serious threat” to their way of life. But the findings also reveal a deepening partisan divide on climate science. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Dust storm (Nick Moir)

¶ “High-Level Radiation At Fukushima No 2 Reactor” • Japan’s nuclear regulators say high-level radiation was detected in the No 2 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A robot on the floor directly above the reactor detected 683 millisieverts per hour, so the site is inaccessible to humans nine years after the accident. [NHK World]


¶ “In Massachusetts, Activists Say Net-Zero Not Enough Without 100% Renewables” • Gov Charlie Baker and the state Senate are receiving widespread praise for their commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but some activists say the state needs to be more ambitious for a meaningful impact on climate change. [Energy News Network]

Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston

¶ “BYD Adding 2 MW Solar System From Apparent At Lancaster Factory” • Construction of a 2-MW solar power system with 2 MWh of battery storage has begun at the BYD electric truck and bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California. Once it is operational, the system is expected to save the company over $100,000 a year in utility bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How ConEd And National Grid Are Experimenting With Energy Storage In New York” • New York has adopted an aggressive energy storage target to have at 3 GW by 2030. By the end of 2022, the state’s six investor-owned utilities are each to procure 10 MW of storage, except for Consolidated Edison, which must adopt at least 300 MW. [Utility Dive]

Have an unmistakably ducky day.

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