February 21 Energy News

February 21, 2020


¶ “Renewable Energy Could Power The World By 2050” • By mid-century, virtually all the world’s demand for electricity could be met by renewable energy. This is the consensus of 47 peer-reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups with a total of 91 authors that have been brought together by Stanford University in California. [Eco-Business]

Wind plant in Pakistan (Asian Development Bank, CC BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “FERC Excludes Clean Energy From NY’s Capacity Market” • A decision applying buyer-side mitigation to state-supported resources that participate in New York’s wholesale capacity market is the latest attempt by a hyper-politicized Trump FERC to try and pose barriers to deployment of clean energy resources by the states. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

¶ “The Government’s Sudden Passion For Climate Technology Is Newfound And Insincere” • Sensing it must be seen to do something, the Australian government remains committed to doing nothing substantive. Now, it is arguing for investing in technology. The argument is insincere. It is just a way to defer action and continue doing nothing. [The Guardian]

Coal-burning power plant (Lukas Schulze | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seasonal Pumped Hydropower Storage Could Solve The Renewable Energy Storage Challenge” • Seasonal pumped hydropower storage, an established technology, could be an affordable and sustainable solution to store energy and water on an annual scale, according to IIASA research published in the journal Nature Communications. [SciTechDaily]


¶ “Audi And Umicore Collaborate On EV Battery Recycling” • EV battery recycling has been a topic of discussion for years, but it took some time for the supply of old EV batteries to grow to the point that recycling them is commercially viable. That point has come. Audi and Umicore are working together to recycle nickel and cobalt from EV batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron display (Jesper Berggreen, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Rio Tinto Says Solar Farm Plan To Power New Mine First Step Towards Decarbonisation” • Mining giant Rio Tinto unveiled plans for a solar farm to feed its new $2.6 billion Koodaideri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Rio Tinto says the plan to power a mine with solar energy is just the first step in a push to decarbonize. [ABC News]

¶ “Canadian Solar Turns Sod On Japan Duo” • Canadian Solar has started construction of two PV projects in Japan totalling nearly 27 MW of generating capacity. Both are expected to begin commercial operation by mid-2021. One is a 13.6-MW project in the Ibaraki prefecture. The other is a 13-MW solar project in the Fukuoka prefecture. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Canadian Solar image)

¶ “Westinghouse Set To Sign Pact With NPCIL For Nuclear Reactors During Trump Visit” • US energy firm Westinghouse is expected to sign a new agreement with state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India for the supply of six nuclear reactors during President Donald Trump’s visit next week. Officials are aiming to kickstart a long-running project. [Reuters]

¶ “SA’s Newest Solar Power Station Is Now Online And Powering 40 000 Homes – See How It Came To Life” • Scatec Solar has just brought enough renewable energy to power about 40,000 homes online in South Africa, as the new 86-MW Sirius solar park is in commercial operation. It will be followed by two more solar plants. [Business Insider South Africa]

Sirius solar park (Scatec Solar image)


¶ “EDF Renewables Upgrades US HQ With Clean Microgrid” • EDF Renewables North America has installed a clean energy microgrid at its US headquarters in San Diego. The system has a 209-kW solar carport, 182-kW solar rooftop, 280-kW battery storage system and 43  EV charging stations. The microgrid reduces energy costs. [Energy Live News]

¶ “American Farmers Are Turning To Wind Energy” • Farmers have seen prices for commodities like corn, soybeans, milk, and meat down since 2013 due to technology and globalization. Extreme weather from climate change made things worse. The trade war with China has hit them hard. But a new crop may save them. It is windpower. [CleanTechnica]

Base of a wind tower (Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Deal Emerges To Bring First Offshore Wind Farms To California” • The Department of Defense has been blocking wind farms off the coast of California, saying they would interfere with operations. Now, a tentative compromise is being floated by Rep Salud Carbajal (D-Calif) with backing from the military and federal and state agencies. [E&E News]

¶ “New Prefab Homes Never Need To Be Connected To The Grid” • Dvele, a prefabricated home manufacturer based in Southern California, announced that from now on, every home it makes will produce its own electricity using solar PVs and have a built-in battery storage system, eliminating the need to connect to the electrical grid. [CleanTechnica]

Dvele prefabricated home (Dvele image)

¶ “Indiana Michigan Power Facility With 60,000 Solar Panels Coming To St Joseph County” • Indiana Michigan Power got approval for a solar farm in St Joseph County from the Indiana Utility Regulatory committee. The site’s 60,000 solar panels will provide annual electricity needs for 2,700 houses. The facility should be finished this year. [WSBT-TV]

¶ “Geronimo inks US Power Play For 128-MW Wild Springs” • Geronimo Energy signed a power purchase agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for the 128-MW Wild Springs solar project. Wild Springs is in Pennington County, South Dakota, about 20 miles east of Rapid City. It is due to begin operating in 2022. [reNEWS]

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