Archive for April 27th, 2020

April 27 Energy News

April 27, 2020


¶ “SoftBank-Backed SB Energy And EDEN Bag 900 MW Of Solar In India” • A 2-GW solar power tender received very a encouraging response amidst uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak. The government-owned power company NHPC set a maximum tariff bid of 2.78/kWh (3.64¢/kWh). It received bids for over 3.1 GW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Sweden Shutters Last Coal-Fired Generating Plant 2 Years Early” • Swedish utility Stockholm Exergi announced some time ago it would shut down its KVV6 coal generating station in 2022. It actually took one of the facilities two boilers offline last fall. After a winter that was milder than expected, it decided to close the entire facility now. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Power Tender In India Oversubscribed” • A tender issued by Solar Energy Corporation of India for the supply of uninterrupted renewable energy was very much oversubscribed. The tender was for 400 MW of solar, wind, or hydro, with energy storage. Three companies have submitted bids, two for 400 MW each and one for 50 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Vattenfall green lights 240-MW South Kyle giant” • Vattenfall has given the green light to construction of the 240-MW South Kyle onshore wind farm in Scotland, after an agreement to sell the project to Greencoat UK Wind on completion. Construction of the project is set to go ahead once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. [reNEWS]

¶ “Simec Atlantis Tidal Kit Deployed In China” • Simec Atlantis Energy, in partnership with ITPEnergised, has worked with China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and China Three Gorges to develop the latter’s first SG500kW tidal stream turbine. The turbine, with a rotor diameter of 18 meters, was installed in China’s Zhoushan archipelago. [reNEWS]

China Three Gorges tidal (Simec Atlantis Energy)

¶ “Huge Dundonnell Wind Farm Powers Past 100-MW Mark In Victoria” • Tilt Renewables’ massive Dundonnell wind farm in Victoria remains on track to deliver its full 336-MW capacity well before the end of 2020, after powering up to a generation output of 113 MW last week. The wind farm began sending power to the grid in March. [RenewEconomy]

¶ France Aiming For One-Third Renewable Energy Mix By 2030″” • France submitted its final 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan to the European Commission. The country will aim to have 33% renewable energy in its energy mix in 2030. This translates into 40% renewables in the power sector. Wind energy could deliver half of this. [Saurenergy]

WindEurope wind farm

¶ “Fukushima Daiichi Buildings Pose Safety Risks” • TEPCO reported results of a survey of about 580 buildings at Fukushima Daiichi to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. TEPCO plans to draw up safety measures for workers after finding that some of the buildings at the nuclear plant are in bad condition due to the 2011 accident. [NHK World]


¶ “Oil Tankers Lurk Off The Coast Of California” • The US Coast Guard is monitoring the “increased presence” of oil tankers that are hanging out in the seas near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. With the collapse in demand for crude oil, these tankers are being used pretty much as floating storage units for barrels of oil. [CleanTechnica]

Tankers (From a video by USCG PO3 Aidan Cooney)

¶ “Failed Federal Government Has States Considering Articles Of Confederacy” • Since the US government has failed its citizens utterly on its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have formed an alliance to coordinate reopening. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Starlink Private Beta Testing To Begin In 3 Months, Public Beta Testing To Follow” • SpaceX has launched 422 low Earth orbit Starlink satellites, with more coming in May and June. Private beta testing of the Starlink network will start within the next three months, Elon Musk says. SpaceX has permission to launch 12,000 satellites. [CleanTechnica]

Starlink launch (Credit: SpaceX via Flickr)

¶ “US Renewables Provide More Electricity Than Coal In January-February” • Renewable energy sources produced 10.6% more electricity than coal during the first two months of 2020 and topped nuclear power in February, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of recently-released data from the US Energy Information Administration. [Renewables Now] (This will bring internet in areas that now have no grid power. GHH)

¶ “Michigan Switches On Its Largest Wind Park” • DTE Energy has turned on the Polaris wind park, the largest in Michigan. Polaris is expected to provide enough electricity to power over 64,000 homes. Its 68 turbines have a combined capacity of 168 MW and will help avoid more than 355,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions each year. [Energy Live News]

Have an uninterruptedly exuberant day.

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