April 16 Energy News

April 16, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Confirm Dramatic Melting Of Greenland Ice Sheet” • Greenland’s ice sheet melted dramatically in the summer of 2019, researchers confirmed. A study reveals the loss was largely down to a persistent zone of high pressure. If such high pressure zones become regular weather features, future melting could be twice as high as currently predicted. [The Guardian]

Meltwater canyon (Ian Joughin | University of Washington | PA)


¶ “Shell Makes Renewables Key To Net-Zero Vision” • Shell plans to make further investment in renewables generation as part of plans to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. The company already has investments in renewables, but it said governments need to introduce long term policy to support the development of renewables. [reNEWS]

¶ “London’s ‘Pedal Me’ Starts Home Delivery Service As Stay-At-Home Orders Give E-Bike Delivery Firms A Boost” • It appears the social distancing practices will also give a much needed boost to firms using e-bikes in the last-mile/home delivery industry. London-based e-bike passenger and cargo service provider Pedal Me added home delivery services. [CleanTechnica]

Home delivery (Image: Pursuit Books via Twitter)

¶ “Federal Agency Encourages Commercialisation Of Renewable Hydrogen With $70 Million Funding Round” • A Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round worth A$70 million ($44 million) has opened, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, to help fast track the development of renewable hydrogen in Australia. [Prime Mover]

¶ “Renewable Energy Prices Rebounded 10% After Collapse In March” • Prices took a substantial hit at the beginning of March, falling between 15-30% across key markets compared to average prices in February. But they have largely recovered from March lows, according to Pexapark, a provider of advisory services for clean energy PPAs. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Sun flowers and wind turbines

¶ “Lockdown Until May 3rd, But Construction Of Renewable Projects To Resume From April 20th” • Under new guidelines that will be coming into effect from April 20, India’s Covid-19 lockdown will extend to May 3. In a respite to the renewable industry, construction of renewable energy projects will now be allowed from April 20th. [Mercom India]

¶ “Cables’ Greek Plants With Renewables” • Hellenic Cables, the cable production segment of Belgium’s Cenergy Holdings SA, will be meeting 100% of its power supply needs in Greece with renewables, it announced. The company has signed a deal with Enel Green Power, which will supply renewable power to all its Greek sites. [Renewables Now]

Monastiri wind farm (Enel Green Power, all rights reserved)

¶ “GE Inks Phuong Mai Supply Deal In Vietnam” • GE has signed a contract to supply turbines for a wind project in Vietnam. The US company will provide 11 2.4MW-116 units for the Phuong Mai 1 wind farm in Binh Dinh province. The wind farm is slated to begin producing power by the first half of 2021. Agribank Trang An is financing the project. [reNEWS]

¶ “EDF Cuts 2020 Nuclear Output Target By 20% To 300 TWh” • EDF announced that it cut its 2020 nuclear output target by up to 20% on previous forecasts to 300 TWh due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its reactor maintenance schedule. The firm warned it may have to shut down “a number of reactors” this summer and autumn. [Montel]

Cooling towers (Shutterstock image)


¶ “This Is Gonna Hurt: New Community Solar Power Plan Meets Biggest US Coal Power Plant” • The latest sign of big trouble for the fossil fuel industry comes from Florida, where the state’s biggest utility is still moving forward with a big plan to ramp up its solar power activity while disengaging itself from the biggest coal power plant in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Colorado Springs Utility Announces The Start Of Its Largest Solar Project” • Duke Energy Renewables and Colorado Springs Utilities announced the start of operation for the Palmer Solar generating project. The 60-MW project has more than 220,000 solar panels on about 700 acres of land southeast of Colorado Springs. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Solar panels (Pixabay image)

¶ “800 Utilities + 50 Million People = Renewable Energy Is Crushing It” • The National Rural Telecommunications Co-op and AutoGrid are teaming up to make energy management software available to as many as 50 million people across 48 states. The deal will help push renewables, EVs, and other clean tech goodies into the fast lane. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Penn Signs Power Purchase Agreement To Supply Campus With Solar Energy By 2023” • The University of Pennsylvania signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the construction of two new solar energy facilities, with the combined capacity of 220 MW, in central part of the state to supply campus with renewable energy. [The Daily Pennsylvanian]

University of Pennsylvania campus (Credit: Chase Sutton)

¶ “Joplin, Missouri Offers $1 Billion Incentive For Tesla Cybertruck Factory” • A month ago, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla was looking for a location to build its Cybertruck factory, noting it would be located in the central US. Joplin, Missouri responded by putting together a package of incentives it says is worth $1 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “106,000 American Clean Energy Jobs Were Lost In March” • The Covid-19 pandemic has hit every sector of the US economy hard, and the renewable energy sector is no exception. BW Research released an analysis of unemployment data that shows more than 106,000 clean energy workers lost their jobs in the month of March. [pv magazine USA]

Have a way cool day.

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