March 18 Energy News

March 18, 2020


¶ “A Faltering Fracking Industry, On The Verge Of A Bailout, Mixes Patriotism And Oil In The Permian” • Abundant signs across the Permian Basin, one of the most prolific oil and natural gas plays in the US, suggest that supporting the industry that’s one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis is a matter of American pride. [DeSmog]

Diversity: Hard hats, pipelines, waste isolation, pumping oil

Science and Technology:

¶ “There’s An Unlikely Beneficiary Of Coronavirus: The Planet” • Satellite images released by NASA and the European Space Agency show a dramatic reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions in major Chinese cities between January and February. The visible cloud of toxic gas hanging over industrial powerhouses almost disappeared. [CNN]


¶ “China’s Coronavirus Lockdown Curbs Deadly Pollution, Likely Saving The Lives Of Tens Of Thousands, Says Researcher” • The drastic measures enforced by China during the coronavirus outbreak have greatly reduced deadly air pollution, potentially saving the lives of 50,000 to 75,000 people, a researcher at Stanford University said. [CNN]

Pollution in China

¶ “Uzbekistan Sees High Foreign Interest In Its Renewable Energy Push” • The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan has shared an update on progress towards the country’s aim of generating a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources, by 2030. It has a long list of foreign financial organizations, investors, and developers who are interested. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Solar Power Was Growing For Decades. Then Coronavirus Hit” • As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, renewable energy is taking a hit. Factory shutdowns in China have disrupted global supply chains for wind turbines and solar panels, with consequences for clean energy progress this year around the world. [National Observer]

Solar panels on Gass Peak (Ballonboy101, CC BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Ørsted And TEPCO Launch Japan JV” • Tokyo Electric Power Company and Ørsted have set up a joint venture company to work on a bid to develop an offshore wind project in Japan’s Choshi area. The Choshi Offshore Wind Farm company builds upon the existing MOA signed in 2019 by the companies, to work together on offshore wind projects. [reNEWS]

¶ “Brighton Palace Pier goes green with renewable energy deal” • One of the most popular UK seaside attractions, Brighton Palace Pier, has sealed a deal with Octopus Energy to run on 100% renewable energy until the end of 2021. The firm says the deal will prevent more than 1,000 tonnes of CO₂ from being released into the atmosphere. [Energy Live News]

Brighton Palace Pier (Philip Reeve | Shutterstock)

¶ “Tokyo High Court Slashes Damages To Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Evacuees” • The Tokyo High Court ordered ¥1 million ($9,316) in additional damages be paid each to some 300 evacuees from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Doing so, they reduced the amount two-thirds from what was awarded by a lower court ruling. [The Japan Times]


¶ “Indian Railways To Electrify All Broad Gauge Routes By December 2023, Bets On Renewable Energy” • The Indian Railways network will be 100% electrified soon. The Railway Ministry plans to electrify all remaining broad-gauge routes by December 2023. The system will have 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind capacity. [Financial Express]

Indian passenger rail car

¶ “India’s Installed Renewable Energy Capacity Reaches 132.15 GW” • As of the end of February 2020, India’s cumulative renewable energy capacity stood at 132.15 GW. India has set itself an ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable capacity by the year 2022, and is aiming at 450 GW by 2030. India’s total installed capacity is about 369 GW. [domain-B]

¶ “Solar Energy Corporation Of India Floats Tender For 5,000 MW” • State-run Solar Energy Corporation of India invited bids from wind and solar plants to supply 5,000 MW of power under a round-the-clock scheme. The plan includes possible coal-based backup power to assure an uninterrupted supply, though energy storage may also be used. [Financial Express]

Solar energy


¶ “New Jersey Turnpike Authority Teams Up With Tesla: 56 New Superchargers For NJ” • The New Jersey Turnpike Authority Commissioners sealed a deal that will increase the total number of EV chargers on the Turnpike from 20 to 76. These will be V3 Tesla Superchargers. That is the kind of improvement EV drivers want to find everywhere. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GAF DecoTech Solar Roof Now Available In Southeastern Pennsylvania” • Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling, one of the largest roofing contractors in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, is now partnering with GAF Energy to offer its DecoTech solar roof products to customers. The roof is designed to be visually attractive. [CleanTechnica]

GAF Energy solar roof

¶ “A Red State Template For 100% Renewables? Utah Bill Unites Rocky Mountain Power, Cities, And Activists” • Utah got approval from an 80% Republican legislature to move more than one-third of the state’s population to 100% renewables by 2030. By doing that, it has accomplished something that many people thought was impossible. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Maine Will Soon Be Home To 15-MW Wind Power Project” • In Roxbury, Maine, construction of a 15.3-MW wind project is about to start. The renewable energy source is under contract to sell electricity through long-term offtake agreements with four local municipal utilities. It is expected to reach completion in the third quarter of 2021. [Environment + Energy Leader]

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