February 25 Energy News

February 25, 2020


¶ “The Power Of The PPA: Should Airports Switch To Direct Power Purchases?” • Allowing a company to buy energy directly from the producer, power purchase agreements (PPAs) are becoming more and more popular. A few airports, including Sydney, JFK, and Bristol, have taken the plunge already; is there scope for more to follow? [Airport Technology]

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (ASA image)

¶ “Trump’s $1.5 Billion Uranium Stockpile: A Solution In Search Of A Problem” • The Trump administration has asked Congress for $1.5 billion over the next 10 years to establish a uranium stockpile. But it seems that the only beneficiaries would be miners in a pro-Trump state and a few foreign owned mining companies. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]


¶ “Africa Grapples With Clean Energy Conundrum” • Africa is both the least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change. There is a large amount of investment going into renewable sources, much of it from overseas. But the continent also has untapped reserves of oil and natural gas, which African countries aim to exploit. [BBC]

Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (Getty Images)

¶ “This Oil Sands Project In Canada Has Been In The Works For A Decade. Now The Company Behind It Is Backing Out” • Teck Resources, a Canadian mining company,  announced it will drop plans for its controversial Frontier oil sands project in Alberta. The project sparked a lengthy, heated debate about the economy and the environment. [CNN]

¶ “Senegal Opens West Africa’s First Big Wind Farm In Push For Renewables” • Senegal inaugurated the first large-scale wind farm in West Africa, a facility that will supply nearly a sixth of the country’s power when it reaches full capacity later this year. The 158-MW wind farm was built by Lekela, a British renewable power company. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind farm

¶ “Woodmac: Energy Storage To Accelerate Global Energy Transition In 2020s” • Global storage deployments are set to grow from about 4 GW in 2019 to more than 15 GW in 2024, according to Wood Mackenzie. Costs have fallen, incentives and clean energy targets are growing, and providers are starting to see the potential of energy storage. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Pivot Power To Rollout 100 MW Of UK Battery Storage” • Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has placed an order with Wartsila to deliver 100 MW of energy storage in the UK. The first two projects, which are 50 MW apiece, are being developed in Cowley in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent. Both are expected to be fully operational this year. [reNEWS]

Battery storage (Image: Pivot Power)


¶ “Western Power To Add Another 100 Stand-Alone Solar And Battery Systems” • Western Australia’s state-owned network unveiled plans to roll out another 100 solar and battery-based stand-alone power systems in sparsely populated regional areas of the state, in part two of a new approach to fringe-of-grid power supply. [One Step Off The Grid]

¶ “Those Horrific Wildfires In Australia Destroyed A Fifth Of The Continent’s Forests” • The bushfires in Australia were “globally unprecedented,” as they destroyed over a fifth of the country’s forests. The fires follow a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said. Australia’s annual average forest loss to wild fires is well below 2%. [ScienceAlert]

Bushfire smoke (Sardaka, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Queensland Not On Track On Renewable Target, Advocacy Group Says” • Enormous potential, easily distracted, must try harder. A “report card” for the Queensland Labor government’s progress on its renewable energy target of 50% by 2030 has given the state a dismal mark of C-, and says it is “not on track” to meet the goal set in 2016. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Oil And Gas Companies ‘ Invest’ Money On Members Of Congress With Anti-Environment Voting Records, Study Says” • Oil and gas companies give more in campaign contributions to members of Congress with voting records that are against the environment, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [CNN]

Gas Flare after Deepwater Horizon fire (PO3 Patrick Kelle, USCG)

¶ “Report: Community Choice Energy” • Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their roofs, cities, counties, and states want the option to take charge and more widely share the financial and economic benefits of the clean energy transition. It’s why an increasing number of states have allowed community choice energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Autonomous Electric Trucks Could Upend Freight Yards” • Outrider, a Colorado startup, wants to change the way freight distribution yards work. CEO Andrew Smith told TechCrunch that distribution yards are ideal environments for autonomous technology because they are well defined areas, even though they are complex and seem chaotic. [CleanTechnica]

Outrider yard truck (Outrider image)

¶ “Solar And Wind Power Are Pushing Down Electricity Prices In New England” • Renewable energy is beginning to have an impact where it counts, in the cost of electricity, as companies that generate it pledge to sell power to the New England grid at prices that keep falling and will be down more than 70% over four years to 2023. [Press Herald]

¶ “Michigan Utility DTE Has Been Ordered To Seek Out More Renewables” • Michigan’s two big investor-owned utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, have both committed to meeting state-mandated clean energy targets and retiring coal plants by 2040. But according to state regulators, DTE’s plan doesn’t pass muster. [Greentech Media]

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