March 13 Energy News

March 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Europeans Are Coming: How Data Is Poised To Upend US Energy Markets” • Europe’s energy traders have conquered the continent’s renewable energy markets. Now they are headed to the US. Denmark’s InCommodities,  Switzerland’s Axpo, and French utility Engie are all expanding in this country. And they are all data-reliant. [Forbes]

Power plants (DPA | Picture Alliance Via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “RWE Plans €5 Billion Renewables Expansion” • RWE plans to invest €5 billion in renewables by 2022, adding 4 GW of wind and solar capacity to its portfolio. The German company said it has 2.7 GW currently under construction and has an overall project pipeline of over 20 GW. About 20% of the investments to 2022 will be in Germany. [reNEWS]

¶ “Amazon Places 300-MW Clean Power Order” • Amazon announced that it is backing a 60-MW solar project in New South Wales, 122 MW of onshore wind in Vasternorrland, Sweden, and a new 50-MW solar farm in Zaragoza, Spain. It also said that its newest solar project in the US will be a 65-MW PV plant in Halifax County, Virginia. [reNEWS]

Jeff Bezos (Paul Morigi | Getty Images for Amazon)

¶ “2043 MW new Wind Capacity Added in India This Fiscal” • Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh informed the Indian Parliament that 2043 MW of new wind energy capacity has been installed in the country in the current fiscal year up to February 29, 2020. This is up from 1480 MW the previous year. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Oil Price Plunge Likely To Spur China’s Quest For Energy Diversification, Despite Short Term Gain, Analysts Say” • The fall in oil prices with a Saudi-Russia price war is a boon to China, which imports 70% of its oil. But the price fall is unlikely to affect Beijing’s long term policy because it also will hurt Chinese oil companies. [South China Morning Post]

Oil refinery in China (Stringer | Reuters)

¶ “ARENA To Back Hydrogen Feasibility Study In Queensland” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will provide A$1.25 million ($815,232, €720,584) in funding for a feasibility study for a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in Queensland. It will examine installing at least 10 MW of hydrogen electrolysis at a coal-fired power station. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Floatgen Output Soars On February High Winds” • The 2-MW Floatgen floating wind pilot off the French Atlantic coast had its best month for production to date in February. Ideol, which developed the floating foundation, said it achieved a capacity factor of 66.3% and produced 923.2 MWh of clean electricity. Time availability stood at 95.7%. [reNEWS]

Floatgen (Ideol image)

¶ “K2 Management Oversees Vietnam Wind Trio” • K2 Management has secured three owner’s engineer mandates for wind projects in Vietnam. Two of these are onshore wind farms with capacities of 150 MW and 66 MW, and the third is a 30-MW nearshore development. The three projects are all expected to be online in 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “France’s Total Building 25-MW Energy Storage Facility At Dunkirk Port” • French energy firm Total will build what it calls France’s largest battery storage project. It will be sited on the country’s northern coast, in Mardyck, at the Flandres Center in Dunkirk’s port district. The facility will have a storage capacity of 25-MW / 25-MWh. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Dunkirk

¶ “Engie To Supply Renewable Power To Chilean Fishing Company” • Chilean fishing company Corpesca SA has signed a power purchase agreement with Engie Energia Chile SA for 100% renewable energy for its operations, 30 GWh per year, local media reported. Corpesca is the 32th company to run on 100% renewables supplied by Engie. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Enefit Green February Production Could Power 54,000 Households For A Year” • Eesti Energia’s renewable energy subsidiary Enefit Green produced 160 GWh of electricity in February, up 15% from last year. That amount of electricity could power 54,000 households for a year. Most of the electricity came wind farms in Estonia and Lithuania. [ERR News]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “39% Of Toxic Air Emissions In USA Come From 100 Facilities” • The Environmental Integrity Project is made up of former EPA enforcement attorneys, public interest lawyers, investigators, analysts, and community organizers. It issued a report showing that 39% of all of the toxic air emissions in the US came from 100 facilities in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The US Is Ramping Up Its Wind Power Production” • While solar power projects have become supersized, the size of wind turbines has also grown rapidly. In particular, the growth in the size of wind turbine blades over the last decades has greatly transformed the wind power industry for the better, producing more power from larger “swept areas.” [OilPrice.com]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Senate Confirms Third Republican To FERC, Breaking With Precedent” • The US Senate confirmed James Danly to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, stacking a third Republican against the lone Democrat on the board of a federal agency that has been seen as using its authority to privilege fossil fuels over renewables. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Santee Cooper Board Ready To Finalize Settlement Of $520 Million In Ratepayer Lawsuit” • Santee Cooper is prepared to finalize a $520 million settlement, ending a standoff with its South Carolina ratepayers and eliminating a major financial threat to the state-run utility. The lawsuit stems from failed VC Summer nuclear project. [Charleston Post Courier]

Have a pleasantly encouraging day.

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