March 19 Energy News

March 19, 2020


¶ “Electrifying Everything Will Reduce Contagion Spread In Epidemics” • Oil is pumped, transported, refined, delivered, and sold. All of this requires human activity and human contact, which is largely out of sight, just to enable a car to be driven to a grocery store or a sporting event or work. That contrasts sharply with renewable electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Fully electric house (Photo by Chuck Field)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Fuels Could Soon Be Cost Competitive With Petrol, Gasoline” • Liquid fuels produced with renewable energy could be cost competitive with petrol and gasoline within the next two years, according to a new commentary published on the prospects of ‘direct air capture’ techniques that convert CO₂ into net-zero-emission fuels. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Air Pollution And CO₂ Fall Rapidly As Virus Spreads” • Levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops as coronavirus impacts work and travel. Recently, emissions of the planet-heating gas CO₂ have fallen sharply, but there are warnings that levels could rise again rapidly after the pandemic. [BBC]

New York traffic (Getty Images)

¶ “Tata Motors’ Lucknow Plant Aims To Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Sourcing By 2030” • In India, Tata Motors has announced that it’s Lucknow plant aims to achieve 100% renewable energy sourcing by 2030 for all its energy requirements. The Lucknow plant has been manufacturing commercial vehicles, including buses, since 1992. [Motoroids]

¶ “IRENA Director-General Says Oil Price Won’t Impact Renewable Strategies” • IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera said oil market volatility is unlikely to have a significant impact on renewable energy plans and investments. He pointed out that oil is not used much for power generation, which is where focus on renewables is now. [ESI Africa]

IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera

¶ “Tata Power Expands Rooftop Solar Service To 90 Cities Across India” • Tata Power, India’s largest integrated utility is making a big push for a stronger adoption of clean energy by expanding its rooftop solar offerings to 90 cities.  The push comes as electric power customers of all categories are looking to solar power as a way to save on costs. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Total, Simply Blue Energy Plan 96-MW Floating Wind Demo In Welsh Waters” • French energy major Total SA teamed up with Simply Blue Energy to develop a floating wind project in Welsh waters, based on Principle Power’s WindFloat technology. Their partnership submitted an application for a demonstration project of 96 MW. [Renewables Now]

WindFloat platform (Dock90, courtesy of EDP Renewables)

¶ “Power Industry Weighs Impacts Of Coronavirus” • Utilities and power generators worldwide are developing strategies for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The supply of electricity, including power plants, dams, and nuclear reactors, along with transmission systems is essential to prevent even more economic disruption. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Terna Energy To Add 400 MW Of Fresh Wind Capacity” • Greek renewable power producer Terna Energy SA plans to allocate more than €550 million ($597 million) for clean energy projects, including 400 MW of wind farms. The plan starts with building over 180 MW of wind parks, with capacity gradually expanding to 400 MW. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Greece (Giannis Arvanitakis)


¶ “Dominion Energy Launches GreenTherm Program To Support Renewable Energy” • Dominion Energy’s GreenTherm program gives Utah and Idaho customers an easy and convenient way to support the development of renewable natural gas. Using RNG results in a net reduction of greenhouse gases, which helps customers lower CO₂ emissions. [Daily Herald]

¶ “Coastal Scientists Prepare To Retreat From Field Station Threatened By Rising Seas” • Scientists at a coastal research station that studies how rising sea levels are threatening Shore communities and the environment are preparing to move their work inland to escape worsening flooding and erosion on an isolated New Jersey peninsula. [NJ Spotlight]

Rutgers University Marine Field Station (lifeontheedgedrones)

¶ “Ameresco Building Renewable-Battery Storage Microgrid At California Wastewater Plant” • McKinleyville Community Services District, which provides water and other services for about 17,000 residents, chose Ameresco to develop a microgrid with renewable power and storage at its wastewater treatment plant. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “EDF Expands Virginia Coop Solar Deal” • EDF Renewables North America and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative are expanding a partnership to develop a portfolio of distributed solar projects across Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Fifteen projects, expected in service in 2021, will generate more than 60 MW for ODEC member communities. [reNEWS]

Solar PVs (Unsplash image)

¶ “Solar Dominates Wind In New York’s Latest Renewable Procurement” • Two years ago, upstate wind farms were the star of the show in New York’s annual procurement, including one of the largest wind projects ever put forward east of the Mississippi River. But solar utterly dominated New York’s latest onshore renewables round. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Vectren Customers Can Save Millions If Renewables Replace Coal, Reports Say, But Utility Continues With Coal Investments” • A Morgan Stanley report says all of Vectren’s coal fleet will be uneconomic by 2024 relative to Indiana wind resources. Vectren admitted as much, but it wants to spend $90 million on upgrades for a coal-burning plant. [Energy and Policy Institute]

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