February 12 Energy News

February 12, 2020


¶ “Is This The Start Of An Aviation Revolution?” • Electric flight has been around since the 1970s, but it’s been limited to light-weight experimental planes. But as the threat posed by the climate crisis deepens, there has been renewed interest in developing electric passenger aircraft as a way of reducing emissions and airline operating costs. [BBC]

Aircraft converted to electric (Photo: Diane Selkirk)

¶ “Environmentalism And The Electric Car” • I know people who are concerned about the anti-environmental actions of the Trump administration (undermining protection of waterways, giving industry carte blanche to pollute more). Several of those same individuals just bought new gas cars in the last year. That’s the problem! [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Could Be Cheaper And More Energy Dense” • Transportation is a major generator of greenhouse gases, so many more EVs are needed. Lithium-sulfur batteries eventually could help speed up EV production and adoption. They could expand EV ranges while costing less because sulfur is so abundant. [CleanTechnica]

Researcher (Credit: Monash University)

¶ “Global Carbon Emissions ‘Flatline’ In 2019” • Global carbon dioxide emissions plateaued in 2019, defying expectations of a rise, according to International Energy Agency data. After two years of growth, global CO₂ emissions were unchanged at 33 GT in 2019, even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%, IEA found. [reNEWS]


¶ “Australia Fires: 113 Animal Species ‘Need Emergency Help'” • Australia has identified 113 animal species which will need “urgent help” after their numbers and habitats were devastated by recent bushfires. There appeared to be no extinctions, the government said, but almost all species on the list had lost at least 30% of their habitats due to fires. [BBC]

Koala with mittens (Reuters)

¶ “Nikola Motors Locks In Ulm, Germany As The Production Site For The Nikola TRE” • Nikola Motors partnered with IVECO on a manufacturing hub for its first production vehicle in the city of Ulm, Germany. The facility will produce battery electric and fuel cell electric versions of the company’s heavy duty truck, the Nikola TRE, for the EU market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Power Surges In Vietnam, Dimming Prospects For New Coal Plants” • As China and the US wrestle over which country will dominate the world, Vietnam is the beneficiary. Low wages in Vietnam have led to a surge in manufacturing there. That means more electricity is needed. And there is great interest in providing solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Solar plant (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica.com)

¶ “In A World-First, India’s Dozen Major Ports Now Run Fully On Renewable Energy” • The dozen state-owned major ports in the country have switched to renewable energy to meet their entire power requirements. This makes India the first nation in the world to have all government-owned ports running on solar and wind energy. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

¶ “2020 Starts With A Bang For Italy’s EV Market – January Sales Up 587%!” • January sales are out for the Italian car market, and electric cars are up by nearly 600%(!) over the same month last year. There were 1943 fully electric vehicles) were sold in the country, an epic surge over last year’s 283 units during the same period. Surprised? [CleanTechnica]

Peugeot e 208

¶ “Gas ‘Critical’ For Renewable Energy Future, Chief Scientist Says” • Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel is backing Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s gas-filled vision for an energy market transition to lower emissions and arguing Australia should not invest in nuclear power, but focus instead on emerging hydrogen technology. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “WPD Inks Finnish Wind PPA” • WPD is to supply electricity to pulp and paper company UPM Kymmene with up to 192 MW from the Karhunnevankangas wind farm in the municipality of Pyhajoki in western Finland, under a long-term power purchase agreement. It will feature 32 turbines, each with an individual capacity of about 6 MW. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (WPD image)


¶ “Electric Vehicles Can Help California Hit 2030 Emissions Reduction Target” • Energy Innovation, a nonpartisan energy and climate policy firm, recently released research showing the state of California may not meet its 2030 climate emissions reduction target. In order to remedy this situation, the organization recommended six policies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tennessee Valley Authority Grows Solar Portfolio By 44%” • In its latest quarterly financial call, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced the addition of 484 MW of new contracted solar capacity since December, an increase of 44%. Five new projects resulted from TVA’s 2019 request for proposals for renewable energy projects. [Transmission & Distribution World]

Solar farm (Getty Images)

¶ “Southern Reaches Wildhorse Mountain Summit” • Southern Power started commercial operations at the 100-MW Wildhorse Mountain wind farm in Oklahoma. Wildhorse Mountain has 29 Vestas turbines. Electricity and associated renewable energy credits will go to Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation under a 20-year PPA. [reNEWS]

¶ “Mayflower Wind To Deliver $58/MWh Power” • Output from the 804-MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm off the US east coast will be sold to Massachusetts utilities for $58/MWh (€53/MWh), according to documents filed on the power purchase agreement. The regular wholesale market prices are projected to be $84/MWh. [reNEWS]

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