April 5 Energy News

April 5, 2020

World:

¶ “Germany Hits Record 9.2% EV Market Share In March, Tesla Model 3 #1” • Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, hit another all-time record plug-in electric vehicle market share in March, reaching 9.2%. The Tesla Model 3 was the best selling full electric model, with an estimated 1490 sales. Overall auto market volume fell 38% year on year. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Tesla image)

¶ “Exploring Blockchain For Renewable Energy Management in Canada” • With global warming, the need for renewable energy has never been higher. In Canada, a local conservation authority is turning to blockchain to facilitate management of renewable energy. It is partnering with blockchain technology firm Insolar on the initiative. [CoinGeek]

¶ “Western Australia Puts Community Batteries At Top Of New Energy Roadmap” • WA’s Labor government unveiled an energy roadmap that puts community battery storage at the top of its proposals. It aims for a wholesale switch to such energy sources as rooftop solar panels, EVs, household and community batteries, and microgrids. [RenewEconomy]

Rooftops in Perth

¶ “Andhra Pradesh Holds Renewable Energy Payments Citing Coronavirus Force Majeure” • Andhra Pradesh has informed renewable power producers that its electricity distribution companies (discoms) will not be able to pay renewable energy producers as they face a reduction of collections due to the coronavirus lockdown. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “NT Just Approved Procurement Of Grid-Scale Batteries And $6000 Battery Grants For Home Owners” • The government of Australia’s Northern Territory announced two programs to help achieve 50% renewables by 2030. The first relates to grid-scale battery storage, while the second is a great incentive for home owners to invest in batteries. [techAU]

Tesla PowerPack batteries

¶ “Record £745 Million Of Wind Power Exported By Scotland” • Scotland exported a record £745 million worth electricity last year as wind power increasing becomes the country’s second North Sea Oil. New official statistics show more than 17,000 GWh was transmitted to England and Wales in 2019, more than ever before. [HeraldScotland]

¶ “Spain Finally Sends 2030 Climate Plan To Brussels” • The Spanish government has submitted its energy and climate plan for 2030 to the European Commission, three months after the deadline. Spain will cut use of coal in half by 2025 and stop it completely by 2030. The country will continue its use of nuclear power for the time being. [Eurasia Review]

Wind farm

US:

¶ “Trump Tries To Reassure Oil Company Executives” • Oil CEOs got President assurances of better times and coronavirus tests from President Trump at a White House summit. But there were no firm proposals for help, as the coronavirus pandemic and plunging petroleum prices threaten years-long fracking boom in America. [Mohave Valley News]

¶ “King Plains Turbine Project Coming Together In Oklahoma” • The King Plains wind turbine project is well underway in Garfield and Noble counties, Oklahoma. GE Renewable Energy is to put up 88 of its 2-MW turbines for ENGIE North America. King Plains is one piece of a two-part project  that will also have 92 turbines in South Dakota. [Enid News & Eagle]

Construction at King Plains (Billy Hefton | Enid News & Eagle)

¶ “In West Virginia, Experts Say Coal Mines Could Be Massive Spreading Ground For COVID-19” • In West Virginia, coal mines are operating as usual through a pandemic. Now, there is alarm they could become home to super-spreading clusters in the state. Some experts say mining conditions produce a “problem waiting to happen.” [Times-West Virginian]

¶ “Appalachian Coal Communities Brace For Coronavirus: It’s Going ‘To Wipe Us Out’” • At least one in 10 underground miners has black lung, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but experts say the actual number could be much higher. The thought of adding coronavirus to their problems is terrifying to these workers. [HuffPost]

Mining infrastructure (Andrew Lichtenstein | Getty Images)

¶ “Oil Prices Set To Crater As Russia, Saudi Arabia Meeting Delayed Amid Tension” • The virtual meeting between OPEC and its allies scheduled for Monday was postponed as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia mount, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. One analyst said oil prices are “probably going to crater.” [NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth]

¶ “Heartland Institute Warns Renewables Will Damage The Environment And Harm People” • The Heartland Institute ran a story about how mining for minerals used in EV batteries is environmentally dirty and can cause health issues for workers. The Heartland Institute is supported by Koch Industries and other fossil fuels companies. [CleanTechnica]

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