March 4 Energy News

March 4, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “This Is Positive News For UK Renewables – The Key Will Be Translation Into Policy” • After five years stripped of government support, the idea of onshore wind and solar competing in the next Contracts for Difference round is “a delightful surprise,” according to writer Mike Blanch, but the devil will be in the details. [Recharge]

Wind turbine (dave bloom, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “GM To Add 3,500 New EV Charging Plugs At Company Facilities Across US And Canada” • General Motors announced plans to expand availability of workplace EV charging for its employees. GM will add 3,500 new EV charging plugs at its US and Canadian facilities. It will begin installing the charging locations starting in late 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Scores 201-MW Double In China” • Vestas has secured a turbine order totalling 201 MW from an unnamed client for two wind farms in China. The order is the first for the V155-3.3MW variant and covers turbines and towers. Delivery is expected to be in the third quarter of 2020, with commissioning in the same quarter. [reNEWS]

Vestas nacelle (Vestas image)

¶ “Telstra Takes Action On Climate Change And Sets Bold Renewable Targets” • Australian telco giant Telstra Corporation Ltd is the latest blue chip company to act on climate change. Telstra pledged to be carbon neutral from this year, enabling 100% renewable energy by 2025, and reducing absolute emissions 50% by 2030. [Motley Fool Australia]

¶ “Tasmania Sets World-Leading Target Of 200% Renewables By 2040” • While Australia’s federal Coalition refuses to accept the notion that Australia can reach 50% renewables without sorcery or total economic destruction, Tasmania’s Liberal government has just announced a possible world-first: A renewable energy target of 200% by 2040. [RenewEconomy]

Musselroe wind farm, Tasmania

¶ “Batteries ‘allow a quarter more renewables to be used during peak periods’” • Batteries could enable use of at least 25% more renewable energy at times of peak grid demand according to UK network operator Northern Powergrid. The company published findings from a two-year study into how smart home batteries affect the electricity grid. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Adygea Reaches Full Potential In Russia” • NovaWind JSC has completed the 150MW Adygea wind farm in Russia, which has started supplying power to the country’s wholesale electricity and capacity market. The project comprises 60 Lagerwey L100 2.5-MW turbines, 65% of the components of which were made locally. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Rosatom image)

¶ “Fossil Fuels For Power At Turning Point As Renewables Surged In 2019” • The use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil for generating electricity fell in 2019 in the US, the EU, and India. At the same time overall power output rose, a turning point for the global energy mix. The declines suggest the end of the fossil fuel era could be on the horizon. [msnNOW]

¶ “National Grid ESO Rolls Out Smart Grid Tech” • National Grid Electricity System Operator is implementing measures to unlock the potential of smaller, regionally connected renewable energy resources on the south coast of England. They aim to manage the region’s growing volume of small and medium-sized distributed energy resources. [reNEWS]

Grid operations (National Grid image)

¶ “UAE First Nuclear Operating Nation In Arab World” • The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced that with the successful completion of fuel assembly loading into Unit 1, the UAE has officially become a peaceful nuclear energy operating nation. The UAE is the first country in the Arab World to achieve this status. [Gulf Today]

US:

¶ “Warren Buffett’s Secret To Cheap Electricity” • In his latest letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett touted its low electricity bills for customers. “The extraordinary differential between our rates and theirs is largely the result of our huge accomplishments in converting wind into electricity,” Buffett explained. [Forbes]

Warren Buffett (Nati Harnik | AP file photo)

¶ “House Passes Solar Power Development Program Bill” • A bill to open West Virginia to solar energy development passed the House of Delegates with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 583, creating a program for the further development of renewable energy resources, passed the House 76-23 with one member absent. [Parkersburg News]

¶ “Florida Regulators OK $1.8 Billion SolarTogether Program” • The Florida Public Service Commission approved Florida Power & Light’s $1.8 billion SolarTogether program, the largest community solar program in the US. FPL says its SolarTogether program will nearly double its current output of 1,523 MW of community solar by 2021. [The Center Square]

Installing solar panels (Humphery | Shutterstock)

¶ “Navajo Nation Requests LA Support Renewable Energy Partnerships” • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell requested that the LA city council support a feasibility study to pursue renewable energy projects on the Navajo Nation so the city could buy cost-effective clean energy. [Navajo-Hopi Observer]

¶ “Poised To Burn Its Last Load Of Coal, UW Oshkosh Moves Closer To Renewable Energy” • UW Oshkosh and four other University of Wisconsin schools are phasing out their reliance on coal as a heating source. At UWO’s Oshkosh campus, a ceremony on March 12 will mark the day on which the last truckload of coal is delivered. [UW Oshkosh Today]

Have a thoroughly delightful day.

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