Archive for February 19th, 2020

February 19 Energy News

February 19, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “EIA Releases 2050 Projections For Energy And Makes It Clear That It Hasn’t Been Paying Attention” • The US DOE’s Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2020 report. Unlike Lazard’s annual present to objective observers, the EIA’s reports typically are head-scratchers, and this one is no different. [CleanTechnica]

EIA projections (EIA image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Renewable Device To Generate Electricity From Moisture In The Air” • A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air. The findings, published in the journal Nature, could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy. [The Weather Channel]

¶ “Good News And Bad News As Carbon Dioxide Emissions Grow More Slowly Than Models Predict” • Zeke Hausfather of The Breakthrough Institute and Glen Peters of the CICERO Center for International Climate Research argued in a Nature commentary, that a heavily emphasized, extreme scenario in climate research has diverged from the real-world. [Forbes]

Coal-burning power plant (In Pictures via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “105 Cities Have Made The Global CDP 2019 ‘A’ List For Climate Action” • Cities around the world are standing up to lead in the fight on climate change, according to CDP. While reporting cities that scored an “A” in the 2019 rankings are clustered in Europe and North America, every populated continent has cities that are taking action. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Developers Ready To Quit Australia Over Idiotic Government Policies” • A lack of clear renewable energy policies from the Australian government and difficulty getting approval to connect new projects to the nation’s grid have many renewable energy developers ready to pull the plug on further investments in Australia. [CleanTechnica]

Solar farm (Credit: Downer Group)

¶ “Portugal’s Oil Company Galp Targets Growth In Rewewables” • Portuguese oil company Galp Energia said it would kick off its green business by installing renewable energy capacity of 10 GW in the decade ahead, enough to power millions of homes. Galp sees itself as well-placed to “build a competitive renewable business” from its Iberian location. [Reuters]

¶ “Tesla Shanghai Model 3 May Go Cobalt-Free Using CATL’s LFP Cells – Diving Deeper” • Tesla is in talks with battery producer CATL to supply lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells for the Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3, Reuters reported. LFP cells are relatively cheap, simple to package, and require no scarce minerals (cobalt and nickel). [CleanTechnica]

Tesla battery cell production (Tesla image)

¶ “India’s 1.2-GW Solar Tender Oversubscribed By 2.3 GW” • Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received a total of 3.5 GW in bids from major firms for the country’s 1.2-GW solar power tender launched under the Interstate Transmission Connectivity Tranche VIII. The solar PV power projects will be on a build-own-operate basis. [Smart Energy]

¶ “AWS Commits To Major Renewable Energy Investment In Gunnedah Solar Farm” • Amazon Web Services announced it has committed to purchasing 60 MW of power from the Gunnedah Solar Farm in New South Wales, the first such investment for the company outside of the US and Europe. The project is due to be operational next year. [Which-50]

Solar array (iStock image)

¶ “Fessenheim Shutdown Won’t Impact French Power Supply For Now – Grid Operator” • The shutdown of two reactors at France’s 1,800-MW Fessenheim nuclear plant this year will not impact French electricity supply in the near term but strains could emerge after 2022, grid operator RTE said. France is decreasing its reliance on nuclear power. [Reuters]

US:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Holds Value Better Than Every Other Car In USA – By Far” • The Tesla Model 3, which had the highest number of preorders of any car ever produced, has proven to be the vehicle that has the least value depreciation. iSeeCars found that the Tesla Model 3 depreciates at just 5.5% after a year, as opposed to the 20.1% US average. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Senators Consider Requiring Utilities To Buy More Local Renewables” • A proposal discussed by the Vermont Senate Finance Committee, S 267, would require utilities to buy 100% renewable electricity by 2030. And 20% of that would have to come from smaller, in-state sources – double the amount currently required by law.  [vtdigger.org]

¶ “Vassar College to buy renewable energy” • In Poughkeepsie, New York, Vassar College has announced an agreement with its energy provider to purchase electricity generated solely by renewable sources. The new contract with the energy supplier, EDF Energy, is effective in July 2021. Vassar’s goal us to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. [Mid-Hudson News]

Vassar Collage (Photo: Vassar Collage)

¶ “Solar Access Act Spurs New Renewable Energy Projects Statewide” • Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson put his signature on what is now known as the Solar Access Act in July, 2019. The new law has already spurred further adoption of renewable and advanced energy in the state. Over a dozen new solar projects have come online already. [talkbusiness.net]

¶ “Brookfield Flips On Renewable Energy At Six Northern Virginia Offices” • Brookfield Properties has added 100% clean, renewable power to six of its office buildings in Northern Virginia, with the new energy source going into effect this month. All six properties will now run on 100% hydropower produced by dams in Virginia. [Commercial Observer]

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