Archive for April 7th, 2020

April 7 Energy News

April 7, 2020


¶ “How The Renewable Energy Sector Will Grow Despite Waning Tax Credits” • The renewable energy industry has had to stop relying on federal tax benefits. But the industry’s companies are finding secure funding for the lifespan of their assets without the federal government’s assistance or with assistance that is heavily reduced. [Windpower Engineering]

Great Western Wind Project (Google)

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¶ “‘Special Vessel’ Tackles Carbon Emissions From Cement-Making” • The cement industry emits a lot of carbon. In fact, its numbers are right up there with China and the US. There are two pathways for reducing carbon emissions. One is cleaning up the energy used in cement making, and the other is cleaning up the chemistry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Emissions Are Falling Sharply Due To Coronavirus. But Not For Long” • One stark indicator of the pandemic’s far-reaching impact is its effect on fossil fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions. If preliminary data from some of the world’s biggest economies is any indicator, emissions are in for a sharp decline. But it is only temporarily. [National Geographic UK]

Not much traffic (David McNew | Getty Images)


¶ “UK First: Renewables Overtook [Fossil Fuels] In Q1 2020, Partly Thanks To COVID-19” • Renewables generated more electricity for the UK than any other main power source in the first three months of the year, and the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 looks to have helped, according to a report from industry analysts EnAppSys. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Green Building Would Add 30,000 Plants And Trees To Cityscape” • The Rainbow Tree Residential Tower is stunning green architecture designed to be built in the Philippine city of Cebu. Its architect claims that, once (if?) built, the 377-foot timber tower would bring more than 30,000 new plants, shrubs, and trees to the city skyline. [CleanTechnica]

Rainbow Tree Residential Tower (Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

¶ “Alfen Bags 20-MW Swedish Atorage” • The Swedish power company Vattenfall selected Alfen to deliver a 20-MW battery energy storage system. The system will be set up in Uppsala, a university town in Sweden and the fourth largest city in the country. This is the third large-scale energy storage system Alfen will deliver to Vattenfall. [reNEWS]

¶ “Nordex Inks 30-MW Konttisuo Supply Deal” • The Nordex Group received an order from German wind power developer Energiequelle to supply and install seven N149/4.0-4.5 turbines in Finland. The 29.96-MW Konttisuo wind farm will feature the turbines with a maximum operation mode of 4.28 MW. It will be built near the municipality of Soini. [reNEWS]

Nordex wind turbine (Nordex image)

¶ “Australian Renewable Energy Jobs Surged To New Record Levels In 2018-19” • Renewable energy jobs figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlight the massive growth in Australian clean energy jobs in the last financial year. The sector set new records for the total number of full-time workers engaged in the industry. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “New Zealand Looks To Add 6.5 GW Of Solar As It Heads To 100% Renewables” • Power system operator Transpower believes about 95% of New Zealand’s power capacity will be renewable by 2035. For 2050, it sees capacity levels being 24.8% hydropower, 19.6% wind power, 12.5% geothermal, 9.3% solar, and 3.8% other renewable sources. [RenewEconomy]

New Zealand wind farm

¶ “Neoen, Mondo Plan Massive 600-MW Victoria Big Battery Near Geelong” • With its experience with the Hornsdale Power Reserve, French developer Neoen plans a bigger battery near Geelong, Victoria. Called the “Victoria big battery” will be up to four times the size of the original “Tesla big battery” in South Australia. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Surging Renewables Give ‘Glimpse Of The Future’ As Prices Tumble Over Sunny Weekend” • On Sunday, April 5, electricity prices in the UK dropped below negative £66 as strong wind and solar generation came on the grid. This allowed platforms such as Octopus Agile to offer negative prices for five hours and a half hours. [Current News]

Transmission lines on a sunny day (Pxfuel)


¶ “New Power Generation Quarterly: Annual Update For 2019” • Federal agencies track new power plant construction, but they have overlooked rooftop solar capacity. So, the ILSR publishes annual and quarterly reports that compile data from the Energy Information Administration and the Solar Energy Industries Association. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coal Production Falls Again” • Coal production across Wyoming continued to tumble over the start of the new year, with first quarter output setting a two-decade low, data released by the US Energy Information Administration shows. Wyoming coal mines produced 54.6 million tons, a drop of 10.8 million tons from last year. [Laramie Boomerang]

Eagle Butte mine (Mead Gruver | AP | File)

¶ “NY Legislation Creates New Siting Process For Renewables” • The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create the first Office of Renewable Energy Siting in the US. It is to streamline the process for environmentally responsible and cost-effective siting of large-scale renewable energy projects. [North American Windpower]

¶ “One Vogtle Worker Has Coronavirus” • Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols confirmed that one worker at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power facility in Burke County has tested positive for coronavirus. Echols, a Republican from Jefferson, says the Georgia Power Company is continuing work on two new nuclear reactors. [WGAU]

Have an awesomely encouraging day.

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