February 10 Energy News

February 10, 2020


¶ “Correcting Anti-Renewable Energy Propaganda” • In 1989, pro-nuclear lobbyists claimed that wind power couldn’t even provide 1% of Germany’s electricity. With passing years, as the amount of renewable power on the grid increased, the limits given for renewables were raised. Bad data is also used to say renewable energy costs too much. [CleanTechnica]

Walking through a solar array

Science and Technology:

¶ “January 2020 Warmest On Record: EU Climate Service” • Last month was the warmest January on record globally, while in Europe temperatures were a balmy three degrees Celsius above the average January from 1981 to 2010. New temperature highs have become commonplace, mainly due to the impact of climate change, scientists say. [eNCA]

¶ “Scientists Demonstrate Rain As An Effective Source Of Renewable Energy” • Researchers have developed a raindrop electricity generator that uses a field-effect transistor-style structure to instantly produce a surprisingly high voltage from water drops. It can produce 140 V from just one drop of rain, enough to power 140 small LED bulbs. [Designboom]

Rain on a river


¶ “Sydney Rains: Record Rainfall Brings Flooding But Puts Out Mega-Blaze” • Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rain in 30 years, bringing widespread flooding but also putting out two massive bushfires in New South Wales. Australia’s weather agency said 391.6 mm (15.4 inches) of rain had fallen in the past four days in Sydney. [BBC]

¶ “Bosnia’s Elektroprivreda BiH To Start Building 48-MW Podvelezje Wind Farm Soon” • Bosnian state-controlled power producer Elektroprivreda BiH said it will soon start erecting the 15 wind turbines of the future 48-MW Podvelezje wind farm near the town of Mostar. A 110/30 kV transformer station and network facilities are already in place. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA)

¶ “New South African Lithium-Ion Cell Mega-Factory, Plans For 32 GWh/Year By 2028” • The Megamillion Energy Company has outlined plans for a South African battery factory. After setting up a pilot plant this year, the company plans to increase cell production gradually to about 32 GWh per annum by 2028. It will use local production resources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Innogy seeks PPAs through DNV GL platform” • Innogy is making 770 MW of its renewable energy portfolio available for sale to corporate buyers on DNV GL’s Instatrust digital platform. The projects are onshore wind and solar facilities located across seven countries. The projects are in advanced development stages or already under construction. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Innogy image)

¶ “Malaysia Not Ready For Nuclear Energy: Mahathir” • Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia will not build nuclear power plants until there is a safe way to dispose of the radioactive waste that would be generated. He pointed out that Malaysia did not have adequate knowledge in that field. He spoke of solar PVs for clean energy. [The Sun Daily]

¶ “Cheap Solar And Wind Send Power Prices To Three-Year Low, As Coal Output Falls” • Australia’s record renewables growth in 2019 has helped to deliver a dramatic decline in wholesale electricity prices in the year’s final quarter – despite and possibly even because of a marked fall in output from the nation’s coal-fired generator fleet. [RenewEconomy]

Landscape with wind turbines

¶ “Total, Adani Group Sign 2-GW Partnership To Boost India’s Solar Sector” • Total is expanding its partnership with Adani Group, India’s largest privately-owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate, to grow Indian solar power generation. The Indian government is pushing to reach a renewable capacity of 225 GW by 2022. [Power Engineering International]


¶ “Race To Carbon-Free Generation Is On” • New Mexico’s utilities are drawing up the most comprehensive plans in decades to completely overhaul the state’s electric grid to reach 100% carbon-free generation by 2045. That’s the ultimate goal outlined in the state’s new Energy Transition Act, which took effect last June. [Albuquerque Journal]

Solar farm (Courtesy of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative)

¶ “Tri-State Will Replace Coal Plants With A Gigawatt Of New Wind And Solar” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will close its coal plants in Colorado and New Mexico and build renewable projects. Tri-State announced 304 MW of new wind projects and 715 MW of new solar projects in Colorado and New Mexico. [Energy and Policy Institute]

¶ “Democratic Party Quietly Launches National Climate Platform Planning Effort In NH” • Leaders of the Democratic Party voted unanimously to form a climate change council last summer, after criticism for declining to hold a climate-focused presidential debate. The council met in New Hampshire just ahead of the primary. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Have an amazingly adventageous day.

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