March 25 Energy News

March 25, 2020


¶ “Oil Price War Bolsters Case For US Renewables” • Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman are giving a big boost to the US renewable energy industry. The oil price war being waged by Russia’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has killed the conceit that an America reliant on fossil fuel can be energy independent. [ZAWYA]

Pump jack (Getty Images)

¶ “With The Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead On Oil And Gas Leases” • As we all do our part to limit the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak, the US Department of the Interior instead appears to be more focused on advancing oil and gas interests and abusing the situation to avoid public scrutiny and input on its actions. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Panasonic Is Building A Comprehensive Energy Management System For Homeowners” • Panasonic has developed a smart home energy system that appears to be unique. In one version, for example, energy from PVs is not converted from the panels’ DC to household AC and then back again to be stored as DC in the batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Evervolt equipped house (Panasonic image)


¶ “COVID-19: Ørsted Managing Crisis But Warns Of Key Risks” • Ørsted responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing a series of measures such as home-working and travel restrictions for staff. It said its asset base is fully operational and construction projects are progressing as normal, but warned of a negative impact to its business. [reNEWS]

¶ “Siemens Mobility Will Supply 20 Battery Electric Trains To Baden-Württemberg” • A new type of train can run on electricity from batteries when necessary and on overhead wires where available, recapturing kinetic energy regenerative braking when possible. Siemens said a Baden-Württemberg transit agency ordered twenty of them. [CleanTechnica]

New type of electric train (Siemens image)

¶ “Coronavirus Impact On Power-Collections And More” • After the government enforced a lock-down in Delhi, Indian power distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd suspended some of its services, including meter reading and bill delivery, pending further directions from the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Siemens Brings Street Light EV Charging To London Neighborhood” • Siemens partnered with EV charging company ubitricity to convert 24 lamp posts along Sutherland Avenue in the Westminster section of London to serve as EV charging stations. Soon the partners will begin converting lamp posts on adjoining streets as well. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging at a lamp post (Siemens image)

¶ “Birol: COVID-19 Shock Shows Renewables’ Importance For Power Balance” • Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the lockdowns due to coronavirus are a stress test for power grids. In his view, the disruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic point to the future role of renewables in power grid balancing. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Small-Scale Renewables Auction In Estonia Lures 17 Bids” • Estonia’s first tender, seeking small-scale renewables to generate 5 GWh per year, has attracted 17 proposals for 16.28 GWh in total, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has said. Wind, solar, and biogas projects with 50 kW to 1 MW of capacity were allowed to bid. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Estonia (Kain Kalju, 2.0 Generic – CC BY 2.0)

¶ “EDF, Orano Prepare For COVID-19 Impact” • EDF changed its nuclear plant maintenance schedule because of the pandemic, affecting its bottom line. Orano, which suspended operations at a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague, said it is suspending its financial outlook for the year. The French nuclear regulator has its own efforts underway. [World Nuclear News]

¶ “SIMEC Atlantis Receives £1.5 Million Grant That Effectively Validates Its Tidal Power Advance” • SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd has been awarded a £1.545 million ($1.85 million) Scottish government grant that will help fund the subsea hub for the next phase of its tidal power array in the waters off the north coast of the country. [Proactive Investors UK]

Atlantis turbine being lowered into Pentland Firth


¶ “Court Questions Limits The EPA Put On Science Advisory Committees” • The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lawsuit brought by the Union of Concerned Scientists against the EPA may move forward. UCS sued the agency over a directive that prohibits EPA grant-funded scientists from serving on science advisory committees. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Musk Delivers On Promise Of Providing Ventilators To Los Angeles” • Elon Musk has made good on his promise to help get more medical ventilators to hospitals in California to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The ventilators help people breathe when they cannot do it for themselves, and the machines are in short supply. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk at Model Y unveiling (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Utility Adds Solar Power, Energy Efficiency To Plan” • After its original plan came under fire for reliance on fossil fuels, DTE Energy revised it to add more solar power and improved energy efficiency programs. The Michigan-based company’s revised Integrated Resource Plan now largely complies with what was ordered by state regulators. [Kallanish Energy]

¶ “US Clears Exxon And Chevron To Dismiss Shareholder Climate Reporting Requests ” • The Securities and Exchange Commission approved requests from Exxon and Chevron to reject shareholder proposals that called on the oil and gas giants to report on how they are addressing climate change by aligning to the Paris Agreement. []

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