February 17 Energy News

February 17, 2020


¶ “Tesla Semis Are Cheaper Than Rail Enough Of The Time To Reshape Ground Freight” • Later this year, the first Tesla Semis will be rolling out of a gigafactory. This article deals with the question: “What dynamics will shift in the rail vs. road shipping equation?” The Tesla Semi isn’t a “rail killer.” But it will change the dynamics of ground freight. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk unveiling Tesla Semi (Tesla image)

¶ “One Of My Favorite Political Commenters Bombs On 21st Century Energy” • In a video segment and column, “Bernie Sanders’ magical thinking on climate,” Fareed Zakaria of CNN communicates several falsehoods and misleading claims. His talking points definitely stem from energy industry propaganda sources, not good science. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Bushfires Show Drastic Effects Of Climate Change” • Scientists say climate change is transforming Australia’s environment, making it hotter and drier, and exposing it to longer, more intense fire seasons. Bushfires are a part of life in Australia and they’re often deadly. But the scale of these fires is unprecedented. [CBS News]

Bushfires approaching a home (David Gray | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Are Deeply Concerned These Five Cascading Crises Threaten Future Generations” • A report from Future Earth includes a survey of 222 leading scientists who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises; and water crises. [ScienceAlert]


¶ “French Ski Resort Uses Helicopters To Deliver Snow For Bare Slopes” • A French ski resort used helicopters to deliver snow after mild weather dried out its slopes, threatening to close it. The Luchon-Superbagnères resort in the Pyrenees had around 50 tonnes of snow dropped on slopes for beginners and children. The snow was taken from higher mountains. [BBC]

Ski resort in France (Getty Images)

¶ “GivePower Solar Desalinization Plant Brings Clean Water To Desperate People” • Non-profit GivePower was spun off from SolarCity in 2016. Its mission is to bring solar power to areas of the world without access to electricity, but seeing a great need for water, it developed a desalinization plant that could fit in a shipping container. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas debuts EnVentus in Sweden” • Vestas has secured a 39-MW order for its new turbine EnVentus from Stena Renewables for the Riskebo wind project in Sweden. Riskebo, located in the Hedemora municipality, will be the first wind farm in the country to use the EnVentus V162-5.6MW. Commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter of next year. [reNEWS]

EnVentus turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Coronavirus ‘To Hit Chinese Wind Rush'” • Production delays, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), could cause a 10% to 50% decrease in wind turbine installations in China in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. The COVID-19 outbreak has put much of China’s wind turbine component production at a “standstill” in recent weeks. [reNEWS]

¶ “More Wind Energy Needed To Meet EU Green Deal” • Europe is not building enough wind energy to deliver the European Commission’s Green Deal, according to trade body WindEurope. Last year, installations were up 27% compared with 2018, but the rate of installations needs to double to reach the goals set out in the Green Deal, it said. [reNEWS]

Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope (WindEurope image)

¶ “UK’s Renewable Adoption Rate Has Driven World’s Fastest Decarbonization” • The UK’s move towards renewable energy has helped drive the world’s fastest rate of decarbonization, an independent analysis by academics from Imperial College London shows. Power sector’s emissions, 161 million tonnes in 2010, fell to 54 million in 2019. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Small Is Beautiful As Solar Farms Look For Ways Around Grid Chaos” • At a crisis meeting last week, the Australian Energy Market Operator warned developers of large-scale wind and solar projects Victoria and New South Wales about delays of up to seven years because of transmission congestion. Developers are looking into smaller projects. [RenewEconomy]

Solar array (Supplied: Kinelli Pty Ltd)

¶ “Cape Town Moves To Set Up Own Electricity Supply” • South Africian President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his Sona address that municipalities in good financial standing will be allowed to procure their own power from independent power producers. Now, Cape Town wants to set up its own IPP office to secure renewable energy.  [Daily Maverick]


¶ “NextEra’s Bid For Santee Cooper Includes ‘Land Mine’ In Charging For Incomplete Projects” • Florida-based NextEra Energy, the main suitor for state-owned power provider Santee Cooper, wants to bypass South Carolina’s utility regulators to charge customers $2.3 billion on new power plants even if those projects are canceled. [Charleston Post Courier]

Site of the VC Summer nuclear expansion (Photo: High Flyer)

¶ “Wind, Solar Generating Capacity Rising” • The share of US grid electricity generated by natural gas will be relatively steady from 2019 through 2021, at 37% in 2019, 38% in 2020, and then falling back to 37% in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the share generated by renewables will rise from 17% to 21%. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “NY Green Bank Hits Record $117.5 Million Of Clean Energy Deals In Q4” • In the fourth quarter of 2019, the NY Green Bank registered $117.5 million (€108.4 million) of investments in clean energy. In terms of financing commitments the quarter was its strongest yet. NY Green Bank supports investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. [Renewables Now]

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