April 3 Energy News

April 3, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “COVID-19 Is The Catalyst We Need To Push Renewable Energy Forward” • Business is far from usual in America or around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic decimates industry after industry. We are at a crossroads. We can choose to pedal backward furiously or we can choose to boldly go where human civilization has never gone before. [CleanTechnica]

Rebuilding a beach (Carolyn Fortuna | CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Conifer Is Top Tree In Urban Sound Absorption Test” • Scientists say trees have a role to play in combating noise pollution in urban environments and have identified the best species for the job. The larch was found to be the most effective tree when it comes to absorbing noise with its bark. The findings may help urban planners use trees for noise control. [BBC]

¶ “Marine Life In The World’s Oceans Can Recover To Healthy Levels By 2050, Researchers Say” • Researchers found that in spite of marine biodiversity losses during the 20th century, the population losses have slowed and in some cases have even seen a resurgence during the 21st century. Scientists nodded to a series of successful interventions. [CNN]

Coral reef fish (Manu San Felix | National Geographic)

World:

¶ “Equinor Parts Company With IPAA Over Policy Differences, Continues To Work With API And APPEA” • Norwegian energy company Equinor pledged to review membership in oil industry trade groups and to leave those not following through with the climate commitments made at the Paris climate conference in 2015. Now it is fulfilling its pledge. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway EV Market Share Breaks All Records – 75% Of All Vehicles Sold Have Plugs!” • Norway’s electric vehicle revolution broke new ground in March 2020, with plug-in vehicles now representing over 75% of vehicle sales in the country. Of the remaining quarter share, plug-less hybrids took 7.1%, diesel had 10%, and petrol was at 7.7%. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona EV (Hyundai image)

¶ “NSW Pumped Hydro Plant Could Unlock New England Renewable Energy Zone” • Pumped hydro is a step closer to helping resolve constraints in the New England Renewable Energy Zone of New South Wales, as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency provides $951,000 to Oven Mountain Pumped Storage for analysis. [EcoGeneration]

¶ “Torqeedo’s Milestone 100,000th Electric Drive Goes To Spirit Yachts” • The new, 34-meter Spirit 111 is one of the largest sailing yachts with electric propulsion. The yacht has a Torqeedo Deep Blue 100i system with four 40-kWh Deep Blue batteries. The system can drive the boat at eight knots up to 40 nautical miles, emission-free. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Launch of Spirit 111 (Ian Roman | Waterline Media)

¶ “France Moves To Support Renewables During Pandemic” • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the French ecology minister green-lighted about 300 solar and wind projects in that country, while also approving extensions to the commissioning deadlines for several projects where construction is under threat by the coronavirus pandemic. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Spain’s Renewables Share Hits 50% In March” • Renewables generated 50% of Spain’s electricity in March and 44.7% in the first three months of the year, according to the latest estimates by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana. Spain has been under a stay-at-home lockdown since March 15 to slow spreading coronavirus infections. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Spain (petter palander, CC 2.0 Generic)

US:

¶ “Tesla Has Best Ever 1st Quarter – 102,672 Vehicles Produced, 88,400 Delivered” • Tesla has yet again broken some records. It produced 102,672 vehicles and delivered 88,400. This is despite COVID-19. Tesla’s Fremont factory and its Shanghai Gigafactory were both shut down for periods of time last quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NY Budget Bill Advances Clean Energy” • Clean energy advocates in New York say the budget passed this week includes reforms needed to ensure the state can reach its clean energy goals. Reportedly, over 60 renewable energy projects already have contracts and could start construction, but are in permitting and review stages. [Public News Service]

Solar array (kessudap | Adobe Stock)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Retool US Factories For COVID-19 Mask Shields” • GE Renewable Energy is retooling assembly lines in several US factories to start manufacturing 3D-printed mask shields. The shields were designed in-house to extend the lifes of the N95 masks worn by front-line healthcare workers in the battle against coronavirus. [Recharge]

¶ “US Is Allowing Longer Shifts At Nuclear Plants During The Pandemic” • US nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic, raising worries among watchdogs and some families living near reactors that employee exhaustion will increase the risks of accidents. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Nuclear plant workers (AP file photo)

¶ “Capstone Turbine Is To Help A California Facility Produce Renewable Energy” • Capstone Turbine Corp, a microturbine system maker, announced receipt pf an order for an 800-kW Signature Series microturbine to upgrade the City of Roseville, California, wastewater treatment plant. The turbine will run on gas from a bio-digester. [Biomass Magazine]

¶ “CESA Organizes Collaborative To Help States Attain 100% Clean Energy Goals” • The nonprofit Clean Energy States Alliance launched the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative to provide critical information sharing and knowledge transfer among states that have established 100% clean energy goals for their electricity sectors. [Solar Power World]

Have a comfortably composed day.

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