April 22 Energy News

April 22, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “A Decade After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, We’re Going In The Wrong Direction” • The Deepwater Horizon disaster was ten years ago. It killed 11 people and injured 17. It went uncapped for 87 days, coating more than 1.300 miles of beaches and wetlands with oil, walloping the coastal economy. We could hope it might have changed things. It didn’t. [CleanTechnica]

Controlled burn to clean up oil (Justin Stumberg | US Navy)

¶ “Speculation, Hopes, Tweets, And Wishful Thinking: Negative Oil Prices Explained” • On April 20, the price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate fell below $40 a barrel briefly, sending shock waves through the industry and leading to a 600 point drop on Wall Street. How can a barrel of oil be worth less than zero? Here is an explanation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dear Oil Executive, Is There A Lack Of Imagination?” • The price of oil dropped below the $0 line yesterday. For the first time in history, the price was negative. Bloomberg reports that the price reached minus $37.63 per barrel. Oil market volatility and low oil prices make me wonder if oil executives are missing a big opportunity. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Electricity Demand In 2020 To Decline By Most Since Great Recession” • Investors take note: The US Energy Information Administration issued its first projection of domestic energy market performance since the coronavirus pandemic started. It says 2020 will see the worst year-over-year decline in electricity demand since the Great Recession. [Motley Fool]

World:

¶ “Himalayas Visible For The First Time In 30 Years In India” • The view from Pathankot, India, usually doesn’t include the Himalayas due to the high pollution levels there, but with the coronavirus lockdown, that has changed. Many residents in northern India can see the majestic Himalayas for the first time in 30 years. [CleanTechnica]

View of the mountains (Diksha Walia via Twitter)

¶ “Solar Window Technology Takes A Leap Forward In Australia” • A dream of clean energy advocates is turning every window into a solar panel. Australian researchers are hot on the trail of a new technology that could make solar windows a reality. They are working with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that are about as efficient as ordinary PVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Covid-19: 150 GW Of Asia-Pacific Renewables ‘At Risk’” • Up to 150 GW of wind and solar projects in Asia and the Pacific could be delayed or cancelled over the next five years if a coronavirus-led recession extends beyond 2020, Wood Mackenzie analysis said. It predicted power demand disruptions this year depending on how the pandemic goes. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in India (Vestas image)

¶ “Covid-19: TRIG Cuts Power Price Forecasts” • The Renewables Infrastructure Group is reducing its power price forecasts as a response to the near-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 is “having a materially adverse impact on wholesale power prices as a result of reduced economic activity,” the renewables asset owner said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Total Wins 136.6 MW Of Solar PV In France’s Latest Tenders” • Renewables developer Total Quadran won 136.6 MW of solar projects in the latest call for tenders in France, it announced. One award is for what will be Total’s largest ground-mounted solar plant in France, a 50-MW project to be built at a former refinery in Valenciennes. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels and wind turbines (Source: Total Quadran)

¶ “Wärtsilä Says Share Of Renewable Energy Up Rapidly Amid Covid-19” • Finnish ship technology and power-plant maker Wärtsilä said the coronavirus outbreak has caused the share of renewable energy in Europe’s power production to increase rapidly. As demand for electricity has fallen, a number of coal-fired power have shut down. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “South Australia Could Meet State Liberals’ 100% Renewables Target Five Years Early” • Pretty soon, South Australia might be providing the equivalent of close to 100% of the electricity it uses from variable renewables, even allowing for the times when the wind don’t blow and the sun don’t shine. Its goal is to do that ten years from now. [RenewEconomy]

South Australia’s Snowtown wind farm

¶ “TEPCO Weighs Options Over Tsunami Threat To Fukushima Plant” • TEPCO is assessing a government report that highlights the threat of another tsunami overwhelming the seawall at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear station, the company said. The report suggests an 11-meter seawall planned by TEPCO might not be sufficiently tall. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “Ørsted, Dominion Primed For Coastal Virginia Build” • Dominion Energy and Ørsted are to begin construction shortly at the two-turbine Coastal Virginia offshore wind demo project, as key components are now on their journey from Europe. Two EEW-fabricated monopile foundations will be the first ever installed in US waters. [reNEWS]

Monopile foundations onboard a ship (EEW image)

¶ “Knoll Reaches 100% Renewable And Green Energy In North American Manufacturing Facilities” • Knoll, Inc, announced it has converted its North American operations to electricity generated by renewable sources. Now, its manufacturing and distribution facilities are 100% powered by green sources such as wind or low-impact hydro power. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Additions Completely Overwhelm Those By Natural Gas In First Months Of 2020” • A SUN DAY Campaign review of FERC data has found that solar, wind and hydropower provided 85.7% of new US electrical generating capacity during the first two months of 2020,  overwhelming additions of natural gas. [Solar Power World]

Have a delightfully peachy  day.

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