April 25 Energy News

April 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “We Must Fix Our Food System To Withstand Disasters” • Just as this pandemic has shone a light on the fragility of our medical system, it has also shown that the US food system is broken. Our food supply comes largely from megacorporations across the globe; disruptions are widely felt and impossible to plan for in advance. [CleanTechnica]

Growing tomatoes (Gab997, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “$110 Trillion Renewables Stimulus Package Could Create 50 Million Jobs” • Economists are warning that we are witnessing the unraveling of something far grimmer than the 2008 financial crisis. We could spend $95 trillion to try to get things back to normal. Or we could invest in renewable energy and for massive economic gains. [Yahoo Finance Australia]

¶ “After The Pandemic, Kentucky Can Rebuild The Economy And Create Jobs By Investing In Clean Energy” • The pandemic will leave an urgent need to rebuild state economies. Kentucky has a huge potential for benefits from wind and solar power. But to get that, its state and federal leaders have to support solar and wind tax credits. [Environmental Working Group]

Solar energy

Science and Technology:

¶ “Researchers Say Thinning Forests Or Prescribed Fire Before Drought Reduced Tree Loss” • Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, a study from the University of California, Davis suggests. It appeared in the journal Ecological Applications. [Wildfire Today]

World:

¶ “Coronavirus Recovery Plan ‘Must Tackle Climate Change'” • Tackling climate change must be woven into the solution to the Covid-19 economic crisis, the UK will tell governments next week. Environment ministers from 30 countries are meeting in a two-day online conference in a bid to make progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. [BBC]

Wind farm and sheep (Getty Images)

¶ “Virus Outbreak Raises Spectre Of Cash Injection For Indebted EDF” • Falling electricity demand and prices due to the Covid-19 pandemic could leave EDF in need of a capital injection by the end of 2020, a source close to the French firm said. EDF operates the world’s largest nuclear fleet and has €41.1 billion of debt already. [One America News Network]

¶ “Climeon’s First Installation In Japan Operational” • Climeon, based in Sweden, has successfully commissioned its first heat power module in a geothermal power plant in Japan and it is now producing electricity. Climeon’s Japanese subsidiary began with installation of two power plants and has a heat power module in operation. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Geothermal energy letting off steam (NREL image)

¶ “Climate Science Deniers At Forefront Of Downplaying Coronavirus Pandemic” • Fringe climate science deniers who spread online disinformation are now actively downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic, an analysis says. The executive director of DeSmog said that science and global cooperation see as threats to their ideology. [The Guardian]

¶ “Enel Green Power Inks 5-Year Hydro PPA In Guatemala” • Italian renewables business Enel Green Power SpA announced this week it had secured a five-year power purchase agreement with Empresa Electrica de Guatemala SA. The PPA will supply 42 GWh of renewable electricity annually to EEGSA’s 1.3 million customers. [Renewables Now]

Hydropower plant (Image: US Army Corps of Engineers)

¶ “Enercon Seals 310-MW Vietnamese Six Pack” • Enercon has secured new turbine orders totaling 310 MW for six wind farms in Vietnam. The contracts cover the supply of 74 E-138 EP3 E2/4.2MW machines scheduled to be installed by the end of next year. Enercon had announced completion of a 64-MW project in the country earlier this month. [reNEWS]

¶ “100% Renewable Europe: SolarPower Europe Report” • In the first study of its kind, SolarPower Europe and LUT University have modeled a cost-optimal energy transition strategy. Their finding is that a 100% transition to renewable energy is 6% lower in per-unit costs compared to inadequate policies that rely on fossil fuels. [Power Technology]

Offshore wind turbine (Credit: Grahame Jenkins)

US:

¶ “US Supreme Court Decides Clean Water Act Applies To Groundwater” • This week, the Supreme Court made a ruling on a case involved the activities of a wastewater treatment plant on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Waste water was being pumped underground. But it was subsequently getting into the ocean, and the ruling says that is not permissible. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Air Taxi Service Set To Launch In California By 2021” • Quantum Air announced plans to launch what it’s calling a world’s first: an air taxi service using a fleet of 26 all-electric flying taxis to shuttle passengers between major points in the greater Los Angeles area. Quantum says its air taxi flights will be surprisingly affordable. [CleanTechnica]

Bye Aerospace Electric eFlyer (Courtesy Bye Aerospace)

¶ “Empire State Blows Past Offshore Wind Limit With 1,000 MW (Or More)” • In yet another indicator that COVID-19 will not stop the inevitable march of renewable energy into the sparkling green future, New York State just approved another 1,000 MW in offshore wind. And it could be much more, if all goes according to plan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is Finally Hitting The US Army” • The US Army could start purchasing electric versions of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Pentagon’s new replacement for the Humvee. The service cites both logistical and economic reasons why a JLTV-EV armored 4×4 utility vehicle might be in its future. [msnNOW]

Have an unreservedly glorious day.

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