April 24 Energy News

April 24, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Number Of People Affected By Floods Will Double By 2030” • Flooding has already caused more than $1 trillion in losses globally since 1980, and the situation is poised to worsen: New analysis from World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Floods finds that the number of people affected by floods will double worldwide by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Flood (Photo: WRI via Twitter)

¶ “Google Unveils New Tool To Optimize Data Centers For Renewable Energy Use” • Google revealed a “carbon-intelligent computing platform” which optimizes compute tasks in its data centers for times when renewable energy is more plentiful. The tech giant says the new software will help it achieve its goal of “24×7 carbon free energy.” [Which-50]


¶ “Shell Registers 130-MW Solar Power Plan In Brazil” • Royal Dutch Shell Plc has submitted a plan for the development of 130 MW of solar PV projects to Brazil’s power sector regulator Aneel. Shell intends to build two PV parks of 50 MW each and one of 30 MW in Minas Gerais, at an investment of BRL 500 million ($91 million, €84.5 million). [Renewables Now]

Atlas Renewable Energy solar plant in Brazil

¶ “Enel Russia Signs Agreement For Development Of Renewable Energy Projects” • Enel Russia signed in absentia an agreement on cooperation aimed at the development of renewable energy projects in the Republic of Tatarstan. Enel Russia already has three wind farms under construction in Tatarstan, with a total capacity of 362 MW. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Newcastle Struts Its Solar Energy Stuff” • Newcastle, New South Wales, the world’s busiest coal port, has been actively working for a renewable future. A founding member of the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, the city’s Council resolved to pursue sourcing 100% renewables for its operations. Now it is getting a solar array. [Solar Quotes]

Solar array for Newcastle

¶ “Ofgem Backs Shetland Subsea Power Cable Plans” • Energy regulator Ofgem approved plans for a subsea power cable which would take energy from Shetland to the Scottish mainland. The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks plan for a 600-MW transmission link to export renewable electricity from Shetland to the rest of Britain. [BBC News]

¶ “JBIC Becomes Third Japanese Bank In A Month To Signal Move Away From Coal” • The governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation said the bank will no longer accept loan applications for new coal power projects. The statement comes as more Asian firms ditch coal, with the capital flight from the fossil fuel accelerating. [Eco-Business]

Polluting power plant (Image: Shutterstock)


¶ “GM And Ford Could Lose Billions As Used Car Prices Plummet” • The coronavirus is kicking the stuffing out of used car values. One of the largest US auction houses reports prices were down 11.8% in the first half of April. A JPMorgan analyst said GM Financial could lose $3 billion and Ford Credit $2.8 billion, if this continues through the quarter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cruise Becomes First Self Driving Car Company To Power Vehicles With 100% Renewable Energy” • GM subsidiary Cruise Automation is the first self-driving car company to run its cars on 100% renewable energy, the company said in a post. Cruise has been using solar PVs to power autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs in Southern California. [GM Authority]

Cruise Origin Driverless Car

¶ “General Mills Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity Globally By 2030” • General Mills set a goal to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030 as part of the RE100 global corporate initiative. To achieve this, the company is investing in renewable energy efforts to support its environmental objectives internationally. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Battered By Matthew And Florence, North Carolina Must Brace For More Intense Hurricanes” • Across the low-lying areas of coastal North Carolina, it’s not uncommon to see abandoned homes ruined by the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence, two years ago. Now, a report warns that climate change is to bring worse hurricanes and floods. [InsideClimate News]

Flood in North Carolina (Alex Edelman | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “8minute Swells US PV Pipeline By 3 GW” • US developer 8minute Solar Energy has added 3 GW of new PV capacity to its development pipeline in the last month, increasing the total to over 18 GW. The company has attracted corporate-level funding to develop the growing pipeline, the majority of which is solar PVs with battery energy storage. [reNEWS]

¶ “84-GW US Renewables+Storage Pipeline Has Developers Anxious For Market Integration Rules” • Counting projects of 1 MW or more, 4.6 GW of operating US renewables projects are co-located with batteries. The immediate development pipeline has 14.7 GW more. Behind those are 69 GW more. Developers want to know what the rules are. [Utility Dive]

Wind turbine and solar panels (GE Renewables image)

¶ “First Solar Sees Double For California Power Play” • First Solar signed two 15-year power purchase agreements with community choice aggregators Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. The CCAs will buy electricity from First Solar’s 100-MW Rabbitbrush solar farm, which is expected to be completed, with storage, in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “NRC Delivers Briefing On Indian Point Decommissioning” • Earlier this week, the NRC held a briefing with reporters  about the upcoming decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant is scheduled to permanently shut down Unit 2 next week, and Unit 3, one year later. [WAMC]

Have a thoroughly nifty day.

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