April 9 Energy News

April 9, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Why Australia Needs To Aim For At Least 75% Renewables By 2030” • A report from independent think tank ClimateWorks maps out how Australia can reach net zero emissions across its entire economy well before 2050. “Decarbonisation of electricity generation is a precondition for decarbonisation throughout other sectors,” it says. [RenewEconomy]

Haughton solar farm (Image via Facebook)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Middle Eastern Corals That Could Survive Climate Change” • With climate change, massive coral bleaching events are getting more common. In 2014 through 2017, about 75% of the planet’s tropical coral reefs suffered heat-induced bleaching. But coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba appear to be “content” with the increasing temperatures. [BBC]

¶ “Wildlife Destruction ‘Not A Slippery Slope But A Series Of Cliff Edges'” • Wildlife species will die out and natural ecosystems collapse in the near future if the climate crisis goes unchecked, scientists have warned. New research shows that the natural world is at far greater risk from climate breakdown than previously thought. [The Guardian]

Black squirrel monkey (Pedro Nassar | AFP | Getty)

World:

¶ “Belgium Hits 9% Electric Vehicle Market Share In March” • Auto sales may be down globally, but EVs are bucking the trend. In March, overall auto sales in Belgium were down a whopping 48%. Nonetheless, plug-in vehicle sales were up 39%! In the first quarter of the year, plug-in vehicle sales were up 91%. No rounding error. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Millions Of Barrels Of Oil Nobody Wants Are Floating In The Ocean” • Oil demand is in freefall, thanks to green technology and a pandemic. Oil is at its lowest price in decades, but that hasn’t stopped production. There are now millions and millions of barrels of crude stuck on massive oil tankers, waiting for things to go back to normal. [CleanTechnica]

Oil tanker (Cloudapple, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “MHI Vestas To Supply Akita Yurihonjo” • MHI Vestas has been chosen to provide turbines for the 700-MW Akita Yurihonjo offshore wind farm off the coast of Japan. The project is being developed by a consortium that includes Renova and Tohoku Electric Power. It will be one of the Japan’s largest offshore wind farms when operational. [reNEWS]

¶ “No Covid-19 Delay To Offshore Wind Power Auction Delivery, UK Gov Says” • The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced that the consultation deadline for its Contracts for Difference auction will not be affected beyond its current deadline. A UK trade body said it provided “certainty” for the UK renewable energy sector. [Energy Voice]

Beatrice turbine being fitted next to Skandi support vessel

¶ “Elecnor’s 50-MW Wind Farm Gets Valencian Government Nod To Start Operations” • The 50-MW Cofrentes wind farm in Spain’s Valencian Community got its permit to start operations, the region’s ministry for sustainable economy announced. The project developer, Elecnor SA, has estimated the cost at €53 million ($57.6 million). [Renewables Now]

Australia:

¶ “Tesla Virtual Power Plant In South Australia Outperforms Expectations” • Last year, Tesla, with cooperation of the South Australian government, created a virtual power plant based on 1,000 rooftop solar systems and Powerwall batteries. The system worked better than expected, making the entire grid more stable. Now, Tesla wants to expand it. [CleanTechnica]

Two energy events (Image: Australia Energy Market Operator)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs In Australia Surge To Record Levels” • Employment in Australia’s renewable energy sector surged nearly 30% to its highest-ever level, in a boom in wind and solar power construction activity in 2018 to 2019. Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed jobs in renewable energy rose in every state and territory. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Australia’s Clean Energy Transition Delayed Due To Outdated Electricity Market Design” • Australian wind and solar farms have faced obstacles such as curtailed output, reduced revenue from energy delivered, and delayed grid connections. A discussion paper found the cause is the design of the electricity market, created in the 1990’s. [RenewEconomy]

Transmission lines (Gareth Fuller | PA Wire)

US:

¶ “KIA And Electrify America Team Up For Fast Charging” • KIA and Electrify America are teaming up to provide owners of the KIA Niro EV with a simple, easy to use charging experience when away from home. Called KIA Select, it gives immediate access to Electrify America’s DC fast charging network for one flat rate charge of 35¢ per minute. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Despite Trump’s Big Talk, US Coal Production Falls To Lowest Levels Since 1981” • Based on weekly production estimates, S&P Global Market Intelligence has said that US coal production through the first quarter of 2020 fell to its lowest level since 1981, with production estimates suggesting only 151 million tonnes of coal were produced. [RenewEconomy]

Wyoming coal-fired plant (Greg Goebel, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Cornell Joins Global Research University Climate Alliance” • Cornell University has a long-standing commitment to help lead the fight against climate change, and it has become a founding member of the International Universities Climate Alliance. The alliance includes 41 universities on six continents that share research insights. [Cornell Chronicle]

¶ “Seabrook Nuclear Plant Undergoes Refueling During The Pandemic” • NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant is undergoing its regular refueling, though the COVID-19 crisis is offering unforeseen limitations, according to the NRC. Social distancing guidelines must be followed during both refueling work and inspections. [Seacoastonline.com]

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