April 1 Energy News

April 1, 2020


¶ “Silver Linings Playbook: Coronavirus Edition” • With the pandemic, we’re in the middle of a global wakeup call. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to look forward and see what we’ll gain by waking up. Some things will be minor compared to the damage inflected by COVID-19, but some will be major. What are the silver linings? [CleanTechnica]

Empty beach (NASA image)

¶ “Trump’s Fuel Efficiency Reduction Would Be Largest Anti-Climate Rollback Ever” • Deep in the 2,000-page final rule rescinding greenhouse gas standards for passenger vehicles, the Trump administration makes a striking admission: Less efficient cars will mean a future of about 10,000 fewer auto industry jobs per year. [InsideClimate News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Warming Clips The Nightingale’s Wings” • One of the world’s favorite songbirds may be undergoing some profound physical impacts as temperatures rise. Researchers in Spain found that over a 20-year period, nightingales had been growing to have smaller wingspans. The scientists say this is linked to a changing climate in the region. [BBC]

Nightingale (Photo: Javier de la Puente)

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen Sneak Attack On ‘Toughest Third’ Of Global CO₂ Emissions” • A report from BloombergNEF outlines the prospects for renewable hydrogen in various sectors. It argues that renewables alone can’t carry the full weight of global decarbonization as direct sources of electricity, but they can with renewable hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Australia Could Be 3rd Largest Market For Tesla Cybertruck” • You may think the US is crazy for SUVs and pickup trucks, but one nation outdoes America in its passion for big, bold, brawny vehicles, and that is Australia. According to The Driven, Australia has the third largest number of reservation holders for the Tesla Cybertruck. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla pickup truck (Tesla image)

¶ “Brazil’s Oi Kicks Off Renewable Energy Project To Cut Costs By $77 Million Per Year ” • Brazil’s largest fixed-line carrier, Oi SA, kicked off a renewable energy project that could cut its operating costs by $77.09 million per year, the company said. The initiative is part an effort to gain efficiency after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2016. [Economic Times]

¶ “Minesto Clears Permits For Faroe Island Tidal” • Marine energy developer Minesto has secured all necessary permits and consents for a tidal kite power generation project off the coast of the Faroe Islands. Minesto, in collaboration with Faroese electric utility SEV, will install two grid-connected DG100 tidal kite systems in Vestmannasund. [reNEWS]

DG100 tidal kite (Warren Cardwell | Minesto)

¶ “Northland Power Completes Deutsche Bucht” • Northland Power has achieved full completion of the 252-MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The Canadian company said all 31 MHI Vestas 8.4-MW turbines on monopile foundations have been generating power since the end of September 2019. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vestas Nets China Deals Totalling 301 MW” • Vestas has secured multiple turbine orders in China totaling 301 MW. One order was for an undisclosed project that includes supply of 56 V136-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6-MW power optimized mode. Vestas also got orders for two projects totaling 99 MW in Jiangsu Province. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “World Bank Approves $700 Million To Help Pakistan Generate Renewable Energy” • The World Bank approved $700 million more financing to help Pakistan generate low cost, renewable energy. The financing will be used to complete the first phase of the Dasu Hydropower project. It will install 2,160 MW of capacity on the Indus River. [The Express Tribune]

¶ “New Problem At Fukushima Site; Sandbags Found To Be Radioactive” • TEPCO is struggling to find ways to safely remove 26 tons of sandbags in the basements of two buildings near the No 1 to No 3 reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. They were packed with a mineral called zeolite to absorb radioactive cesium. Now they are highly radioactive. [Asahi Shimbun]

Sandbags at Fukushima (TEPCO image)


¶ “Trump Cuts Fuel Efficiency Standards, Chastises ‘Foolish’ Auto Executives On Twitter” • The Trump administration cut fuel standards and ushered in a plan calling for significantly lower annual increases in fuel efficiency. But not all auto makers were happy. He had some words for the car industry’s leadership and called them “Foolish executives!” [Benzinga]

¶ “US Students Take On KidWind Renewables Challenge” • Last weekend, students from Wisconsin and Kansas competed in the KidWind Challenge by handcrafting small-scale wind turbines or solar structures to harness energy. KidWind is an organisation that focuses on helping educators and students learn about renewable energy. [reNEWS]

KidWind Challenge (KidWind image)

¶ “Energy Department Announces Up To $22 Million For Marine Energy Foundational R&D And Testing Infrastructure Upgrades” • The DOE Water Power Technologies Office announced a $22 million funding opportunity for non-federal research institutions to support foundational R&D and testing capacity to advance marine energy. [Energy.gov]

¶ “Montgomery County Officials Question Social Distancing At Limerick Nuclear Plant” • A major dispute is brewing between Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and the Exelon Corporation. It all has to do with keeping the coronavirus from spreading at the Limerick nuclear power plant, as Exelon brings 1,800 workers into the area for refueling. [6abc.com]

Have a relaxingly unstressful day.

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