March 23 Energy News

March 23, 2020


¶ “Seven Reasons Why Tesla Will Benefit From The Current Crisis – #1 Safety” • This is the first article in a series of seven articles, each with a video, that explain why Tesla is perfectly positioned and will emerge stronger and faster out of the crisis than other auto manufacturers. Tesla offers superior safety for the COVID 19 outbreak. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Mobile Service (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Climate Change Is Just As Real As COVID-19. Now’s The Last, Best Chance For Our Government To Treat It That Way” • There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is the crisis of the moment, and a terribly serious one at that, threatening not only human lives but also the global economy. But it’s not the only crisis the world is facing. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ “Climate Science Deniers Are Also Downplaying COVID-19 Risks” • Just one day after the WHO declared an international health emergency, the climate-denying American Council on Science and Health, published an article that began with the question, “Is coronavirus worse than the flu?” And it answered its itself, “No, not even close.” [Truthout]

COVID-19 drive thru testing site (John Moore | Getty Images)


¶ “Ford Takes Go Electric Campaign On The Road In UK” • Some legacy automakers have been quick to promise electrification of their product lineups but slow to do so. Others are actually starting to put their money where their mouth is. Ford is one of these. Mustang Mach-E development took into account needs and desires of European drivers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Europe Puts Focus On Floating Solar And Agrivoltaics” • Oil giant Equinor, a Norwegian company, is forming a partnership with Saipem, an Italian oil and gas contractor 30% owned by Eni. They plan to develop “floating solar panel park technological solution for near-coastal applications,” according to reports in PV Magazine. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Moss Marine image)

¶ “sonnen Saves Energy With A Virtual Power Plant” • German energy company sonnen is working with energy distribution operators on a virtual power plant. The network is managed by blockchain. The sonnenBatteries turn excess wind energy, which was previously a waste product, into something that could save money for consumers. [Energy Digital]

¶ “BP, RWE, Others Plan Germany’s First Green Hydrogen Network” • A group of companies, including BP and RWE, agreed to develop Germany’s first green hydrogen network to link producers with industrial customers. They propose a 130-km grid in northwestern Germany to transport green hydrogen from a 100-MW electrolyzer. [Renewables Now]

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¶ “EDF To Cut 2020 French Nuclear Target On Coronavirus Impact” • French nuclear operator EDF announced that it has scrapped its 2020 nuclear output target due to coronavirus-related disruption to maintenance schedules, which need to be reorganized. EDF does not have precise figures on how much the target will be reduced. [S&P Global]


¶ “Fortum Commissions 250-MW Solar Project In India” • Finnish energy company Fortum commissioned its largest solar power project in India. Fortum won this project in a competitive auction in June 2018. The company bid a tariff of ₹2.85/kWh (3.7¢/kWh). The project was scheduled to be complete in Q3 of 2019, and was behind schedule. [CleanTechnica]

Perovo solar farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Indian Solar Imports From China Down 40% In Three Years” • India had a sharp fall in the value of solar cells and modules imported from China between April 2017 and March 2019, the government said. The decline is the result of duties imposed by the Indian government in 2018. Imports from Vietnam and Thailand have increased. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Announces 4 GW Of Solar, Wind Tenders With No Tariff Cap” • India’s Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued two tenders with a total solar and wind energy capacity of 4 GW. The last tender had great interest, but SECI has been forced to offer incentives like removal of tariff caps as several developers are struggling financially. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines

¶ “India Plans 26 GW Of Solar Capacity In Agricultural Sector By 2022” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy reiterated its commitment to set up nearly 26 GW of solar PVs for the agricultural sector by 2022. Barren or fallow farm land will host 10 GW of capacity in projects of 2-MW each. Other capacity will go to solar irrigation pumps. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Citizen Science Project In Rural Pennsylvania Aims To Change The Climate Conversation” • A biology professor at Moravian College started the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project in 2010. Local residents submit data about natural indicators of seasonal change. The people involved are starting to see climate change for themselves. [Yale Climate Connections]

Rural Pennsylvania (Nicholas A Tonelli | Flickr)

¶ “Work Under Way On Ohio’s First Major Solar Project” • Construction is under way on Innergex Renewable Energy’s Hillcrest Solar project in southern Ohio, Kallanish Energy reports. The 200-MW facility will be the first utility-scale solar project in Ohio. The state currently has about 248 MW of solar power, with other projects being developed. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “Thousands Of Oil Workers Are Getting Laid Off In The Permian Basin” • One of the most painful busts in the history of oil happened six years ago when a sharp price drop cost 200,000 roughnecks, almost half the workforce, their jobs. Now, COVID 19 and an oil-price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia threaten to do that again. [The Dallas Morning News]

Have a fabulously grand day.

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