March 20 Energy News

March 20, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “We Can No Longer Rely On Historical Data To Predict Extreme Weather” • We’ve always been able to use historic weather patterns to help predict extreme weather events. But a new study published in Science Advances shows that in just a decade, the climate has shifted so drastically historic weather is no longer a reliable predictor. [Popular Science]

Hurricane Harvey (NASA | NOAA)

¶ “Earth Just Passed Second Hottest February On Record” • The average global land and ocean surface temperature for February 2020 was 2.11°F (1.17°C) above the 20th-century average and the second-highest on record behind 2016, according to NOAA. February also had the highest monthly temperature departure without an El Niño. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Queensland’s CleanCo Cleared To Sell Electricity Directly To Large Users” • The Queensland government-owned CleanCo has received approval from the Australian Energy Regulator to provide retail electricity services to large commercial and industrial customers from its growing portfolio of renewables projects. [RenewEconomy]

Wivenhoe power station (Queensland Mining & Energy Bulletin)

¶ “Government Studies Plant To Convert Old Power Plants Into Renewables” • The government of Indonesia aims to complete this year a study into replacing aging fossil fuel-fired plants with renewable energy plants as it races against time to catch up with its green goals. Indonesia has 2,246 diesel-fired power plants that are over 15 years old. [Jakarta Post]

¶ “Wind Output Overtakes Hydro Power For First Time In Tasmania” • Tasmania reached a new milestone when wind output briefly overtook hydro output, likely for the first time. According to OpenNem wind output totaled around 350 MW (37%) in the early hours of Friday morning, while hydro was scaled back to just 216 MW (23%). [RenewEconomy]

Woolnorth wind farm, Tasmania

¶ “₹1.34 Trillion Invested In The Renewable Sector In Past Three Years: RK Singh” • The Government of India said 8,004.64 MW of renewable capacity was installed in India between April 2019 and January 2020, up 34% from the previous year. It is estimated that ₹1.34 trillion ($18 billion) has been invested in the sector in the last three years. [Mercom India]

¶ “KSEB Revs Up 1000-MW Solar Foray Fearing Covid-Sparked Setback” • Despite its preoccupations with coronavirus vigil, the Indian state of Kerala has maintained its focus on the 1,000-MW Soura solar project. The Kerala State Electricity Board floated bids this week for setting up 150 MW of grid-tied residential rooftop solar project. [Financial Express]

Rooftop solar system

¶ “Ahead Of Schedule: 61 Wind Turbine Installations At Kangnas” • A South African wind farm announced the completion of all 61 wind turbine installations, two weeks ahead of schedule, on 17 March 2020. The 140-MW Kangnas Wind Farm will have the capacity to generate the equivalent to the annual energy needs of 120,000 homes. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Global Offshore Capacity Nears 30 GW With 6-GW 2019 Surge” • The offshore wind industry installed just over 6 GW of new capacity in 2019, taking total world capacity to 29 GW, according to figures released by the Global Wind Energy Council. Last year’s installations marked a 35.5% increase on 2018, which saw 4.5 GW installed. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Green Light For 150-MW UK Battery Giant” • Energy storage developer Penso Power has won necessary approvals to install a 150-MW battery near Swindon, south-west England, the largest project of its kind in Europe. An initial 100 MW of the battery is expected to enter operation this autumn, while the additional 50 MW in operation in 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vestas Toasts 63-MW Danish Double” • Vestas has won a 63-MW order to supply, install and commission 16 turbines for two wind projects in Denmark. Eurowind Energy placed the order for St Soels and Veddum Kaer, both situated in central Jutland. St Soels will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2021 and Veddum Kaer in the third quarter. [reNEWS]

Vestas turbine (Vestas image)

US:

¶ “Lightsource BP Bankrolls 260-MW Solar Project In Texas” • Lightsource BP got a $250 million (€232.3 million) financing package for a 260-MW PV project in Texas that enabled it to kick off construction works. The Impact solar park is being installed in Lamar County and is scheduled to become operational by the end of this year. [Renewables Now]

¶ “The Arcimoto Deliverator Could Be The Ultimate Last Mile Delivery Vehicle” • Arcimoto, which unveiled the prototype of a last mile delivery version of its electric Fun Utility Vehicle last year and is back with a sleeker, more refined version of the Deliverator. CleanTechnica spoke with Arcimoto CEO Mark Frohnmayer to get the inside scoop. [CleanTechnica]

Arcimoto Deliverator (Arcimoto courtesy image)

¶ “Governor Cuomo Blows $1 Billion Into Wind, Solar Energy Development” • Awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, which total 1,278 MW of new renewable capacity, are expected to spur over $2.5 billion in investments and create over 2,000 short-term and long-term jobs in the state. [Real Estate Weekly]

¶ “Wyoming House Bill 74: Replacing Retiring Energy Sources with Small Nuclear Reactors” • On March 10, 2020, the Wyoming legislature passed House Bill 74. If signed into law, HB 74 will allow utilities and other power plant owners to replace retiring coal and natural gas electric generation plants with small modular nuclear reactors. [JD Supra]

Have an extraordinarily propitious day.

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