April 15 Energy News

April 15, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stronger Action On Climate Change Would Benefit The Economy, Study Finds” • One main argument against taking action on climate change has always been that it’s too expensive. But research published in the journal Nature finds the opposite is true. The net global economic benefit would range between $127 trillion and $616 trillion by 2100. [CBS News]

Solar test facility in Widderstall, Germany
(Dr Eugen Lehle, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Ugandan Floating Island Causes National Power Cut” • A huge floating island in Lake Victoria triggered a nationwide blackout in Uganda after clogging a turbine in a hydroelectric power station. An official told the BBC that it was at least two acres in size. Lake Victoria has for decades had problems with growths of invasive water hyacinth. [BBC]

¶ “Renault Halts Gas And Diesel Car Sales In China, Will Focus On EVs” • Renault has sold internal combustion vehicles in China for years through a joint-venture with Dongfeng Motor Group. That partnership is to end, however, as Renault said it has no plans to continue selling such vehicles in the country. Instead, it will focus on EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Renault in China (Courtesy of Renault)

¶ “Sweden, Spain Have Europe’s Lowest Prices For Corporate PPAs” • Bloomberg New Energy Finance released the results of a survey to of EU corporate power purchase agreements. Sweden has the cheapest onshore wind energy prices for corporates at €30.50/MWh (3.35¢/kWh). Spain has the cheapest for solar PV at €35.50/MWh (3.9¢/kWh). [Smart Energy]

¶ “Indonesia Won’t ‘Sacrifice Economy’ For Deeper Emissions Cuts” • Indonesia will not target reduced emissions to counter increasingly dire climate change projections, saying it wants to focus instead on its economic growth. It is committed to a 29% reduction in carbon emissions. That commitment worldwide would lead to warming of 3.2°C. [Eco-Business]

Fighting a peatland fire (CIFOR | Flickr)

¶ “Europe Can Become Climate-Neutral Before 2050 With 100% Renewables” • Europe could become climate neutral even before 2050, a report by the industry federation SolarPower Europe together with Finland’s LUT University has found. The study presents three different transition pathways with varying degrees of ambition. [Recharge]

¶ “Triton Knoll Installs First Offshore Substation” • Installation of the first of two substation platforms connecting the 857-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, owned by Innogy, to the UK grid has been completed. Subsea 7’s heavy lift vessel Seaway Strashnov installed the structure, fabricated by Smulders in partnership with Fabricom. [reNEWS]

Triton Knoll OSP West substation (Innogy image)

¶ “No Open Fire In Chernobyl Nuclear Zone After Rain, Says Ukraine” •  Ukraine said only small fires remained in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, after rain come to the rescue. The fire broke out 10 days ago at the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986. It reached just 1.5 km from the ruined reactor, Greenpeace Russia said. [NDTV]

US:

¶ “NASA Fights Campaign To Remove 97% Climate-Change Claim As ‘Consensus’ Challenged” • Nothing sends climate skeptics into orbit faster than seeing NASA repeat the 97% climate-consensus claim, but the effort to have the Obama-era declaration removed from the government website is suffering from a failure to launch. [Washington Times]

Earth (Nasa via AP)

¶ “The Impact Of The Coronavirus On The Renewable Energy Industry” • A Center for American Progress Action Fund analysis finds that the Trump administration’s policies led to the loss or suppression of over 600,000 renewable energy sector jobs. But the analysis does not account for the significant disruptions of Covid-19 pandemic. [Center For American Progress]

¶ “GE’s LM Wind To Shut Doors Of Arkansas Blade Factory” • LM Wind Power will shut down its blade production plant at Little Rock, Arkansas, later this year, the Arkansas Business reports. The reason for the move is not connected to the global coronavirus pandemic but to a drop in demand. GE is cutting costs and streamlining operations. [Renewables Now]

LM Wind Power blades manufacturing (General Electric image)

¶ “Wood Clinches $100 Million In US Wind Contracts” • The engineering consultancy Wood has secured onshore wind engineering, procurement, and construction agreements in the US worth a combined $100 million (€90 million). Flat Ridge 3, with 62 turbines, is an extension of the Flat Ridge 1 and 2 facilities in Kansas. [reNEWS]

¶ “New Cascadilla Solar Farm Sustainability Powers 10% Of Cornell University’s Annual Electricity Usage” • Cornell celebrated the opening of its sixth, and largest, major solar project on March 1. The newly minted 18-MW Cascadilla Community Solar Farm will be responsible for generating 10% of Cornell’s energy. [The Cornell Daily Sun]

Cascadilla solar farm (Courtesy of Sarah Zemanick)

¶ “Mississippi Commission Gives Approval For 100-MW/1000 Acre Solar Farm” • The Mississippi Delta will have the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, with approval of the Public Service Commission. Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, will build the project for the utility Entergy Mississippi, LLC. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Coalition Calls For ‘All Hands On Deck’ To Reduce Climate Pollution In Ohio” • A new coalition is inviting communities to join an effort to create a healthier and more prosperous Ohio for generations to come. Power a Clean Future Ohio is comprised of environmental, clean energy, and other organizations working to reduce climate pollution. [MahoningMatters.com]

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