Archive for April 11th, 2020

April 11 Energy News

April 11, 2020


¶ “Record Oil Production Cut Hangs In The Balance As G20 Meeting Concludes With No Specifics” • After OPEC decided to cut oil production, the issue hangs in the balance for energy ministers of the Group of 20 major economies. They agreed that market stabilization is needed, but stopped short of discussing specific production numbers. [CNBC]

Nodding donkey (Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg | Getty Images)

¶ “India Moves On New Renewable Energy Transmission Projects” • India’s mega plans to expand its transmission grid to support upcoming renewable energy projects continue to take shape. A government-owned transmission company approved setting up seven transmission projects to support renewable energy parks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Netherlands Considers The Hyperloop – Amsterdam To Paris In 90 Minutes” • The Dutch company Hardt Hyperloop is touting a new study that says connecting Amsterdam with Brussels, Paris, and several German cities would boost the GDP of the North Holland area by €275 billion by 2040 and greatly reduce carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Fast transit (Image credit: Hardt Global)

¶ “Giant Wind Park Starting Up Is Another Blow To Nuclear Industry” • When Vasa Vind AB’s Askalen wind farm started commercial output on April 1,  it increased supplies in a market with a massive energy surplus generation. A day later, two units at Vattenfall AB’s Forsmark nuclear plant curbed output by about 50% because of low power prices. [Independent Online]

¶ “Six Missing Following Ash Leak From Indian Power Plant” • A breach was reported in the dyke wall surrounding an artificial pond that contains toxic residues, by-products of burning coal at a power plant. Authorities in the Madhya Pradesh state of India said that six villagers have gone missing following the leak as the ash spread in the area. [MENAFN.COM]

Energy production

¶ “Serbia Doubles Renewable Energy Production In 2019” • Total electric energy production under Serbia’s subsidy scheme for privileged power producers, mainly from renewables, doubled last year from 638 GWh to 1,361 GWh. Windpower produced 982 GWh. The energy mix changed last year, with three wind farms commissioned. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Green Groups Target South Korea’s Bailout Of Coal Power Plant Builder” • Environmental groups are seeking an injunction against a move by South Korea to provide an $825 million bailout to a builder of coal-fired power plants. They say the rescue package goes against the country’s climate and public health commitments. []

Coal-burning power plant (© Ulet Ifansasti | Greenpeace)

¶ “Russia, China Willing To Fund Nuclear Projects As Several African Countries Explore Controversial Power Source” • With power shortfalls, demands for greener energy, and drought threats to hydropower, several African countries are considering nuclear energy. It is very expensive, but Russia and China are showing interest in financing projects. [News24]

¶ “Teck Under Fire For Keeping Kootenay Coal Mines Open” • Teck Resources is facing allegations of putting workers at risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading the virus into the nearby communities by keeping coal operations open in the east Kootenay region of British Columbia, according to a report in The Globe and Mail. []

Teck coal operation in British Columbia (Credit: Teck Resources)


¶ “Trump Administration Is Rushing To Gut Environmental Protections” • While our nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is accelerating a harmful agenda. It is increasing rollbacks that dismantle critical health and environmental protections. And that will surely deepen the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Coal Companies Want YOU To Pay Their Debts” • The coal industry, what’s left of it, wants American taxpayers to cover more of the cost of treating black lung disease and cleaning up abandoned mines, The Washington Post reports. This is precisely the kind of corporate money grab that some apologists of the so-called free market celebrate. [CleanTechnica]

DOE graphic supporting coal (Credit: US DOE)

¶ “Los Angeles County Will Construct 400-MWh Lithium Battery To Aid In Closing Gas-Powered Plants” • Southern California electricity provider Clean Power Alliance signed its first Energy Storage Agreement. The 100-MW Luna Storage battery project is the largest ESA deal for a Community Choice Aggregator in California. [Solar Power World]

¶ “338-MW Wind Farm Comes Online In Texas Amid Pandemic” • The 338-MW Sage Draw wind farm in West Texas has reached commercial operation even as the covid-19 crisis was escalating. Developer Ørsted has entered into an agreement to supply 250 MW of wind power from the facility to ExxonMobil, which will use it to produce oil. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Sage Draw wind farm (Photo Credit: Ørsted)

¶ “California Sets Goal To Double Clean Energy By 2030” • California adopted an emissions target for its electric sector that would double its clean energy capacity over the next decade and stop development of new natural gas plants. The target is a 56% reduction in CO₂ emissions from 1990 levels by 2030. Some environmentalists say that is not enough. [Reuters]

¶ “Baltimore, Rhode Island Argue They’re Suing Fossil Fuel Companies Over Climate Deception” • At a time when fossil fuel companies are using a public health crisis to demand financial and regulatory support, the governments of Baltimore and Rhode Island are calling out a “decades-long campaign of deception” by these companies. [DeSmog]

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