April 28 Energy News

April 28, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The EPA’s Dirty Water: New Rule Discards Science, Ignores Importance of Wetlands And Tributaries” • In its latest act of abdication, the EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register on April 21. The EPA’s own Science Advisory Board said its formulation did not incorporate the “best available science.” [CleanTechnica]

Wetland (Krista Lundgren | USFWS, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “As Pandemic Rages, Federal Nuclear Regulators Put Keeping Reactors Running Ahead Of Public Health And Safety” • How is the NRC responding to the coronavirus pandemic? By letting nuclear plants cut back workforces for social distancing, creating 84-hour work weeks, and by having the NRC inspectors work from home. [Environmental Working Group]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ice-Free Arctic Coming Soon To A Country Near You!” • The latest research suggests Arctic sea ice could disappear entirely in the summer sometime between now and 2050 even if the world is successful at substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, this development is predicted now by nearly all scientific models. [CleanTechnica]

Polar bear (Hannes Grobe, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “This Industry Is Four Times More Polluting Than Air Travel” • The construction industry’s emissions go from raw materials that need to be mined and smelted to the waste from demolished structures. HuffPost reports that construction produces 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is about four times those of the airline sector. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China’s EV Incentive Changes For 2020–2023” • The Chinese plan was to remove NEV subsidies by the end of 2020, but with the post-Covid-19 recession, a decision was made to extend them. The revision now includes consumers who buy new EVs through 2022 and provides for tax exemptions on purchases for two years. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 in Hong Kong (Tesla via Twitter)

¶ “WPD Inks 600-MW Taiwan Development Deal” • WPD has signed an agreement to jointly develop a 600-MW offshore wind farm with Taiwan Green Power. The project, site No 28, is located off the coast of Changhua in an area with excellent conditions for windpower, said WPD. WPD has an offshore pipeline of 7,400 MW in six countries. [reNEWS]

¶ “Solar Surge Pushes Coal From UK Energy Mix” • Maximised levels of solar generation have delivered a record coal-free period for the UK grid. Clear skies and cool temperatures in recent weeks have provided optimal conditions for solar efficiency, which means coal power has been offline since midnight on Friday 10 April 2020. [reNEWS]

Solar PVs (Zbynek Burival | Unsplash)

¶ “Rural Electrification Is Key To Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia” • The Rocky Mountain Institute released a report showing that rural electrification efforts can unlock billions of dollars in value for six agricultural processing or small business models in Ethiopia, as farmers switch to electricity from such expensive sources as diesel. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Poland Warns Of Drying Funds For Clean Energy Projects” • The economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will make it “more difficult” for Poland to reach Europe’s long-term climate objectives, the country said in a paper circulated to other EU countries ahead of an informal video meeting of EU energy ministers. [Euractiv]

Wind farm in Poland (Fotokon | Shutterstock)

¶ “South Australia still leads the renewable energy race” • Always a rivaled contender for other states, South Australia is continuing to embrace renewable energy as it remains as a leader of wind and solar in 2020. It’s expected that by 2024, SA’s renewables could contribute up to 87% of its overall electricity generation. Its goal is 100% by 2030. [Energy Matters]

US:

¶ “NJ Goes To Court To Fight Federal Order On Renewable Energy Sources” • New Jersey appealed a federal order that would raise the cost of energy from renewables, saying the measure exceeds federal authority and would slow the switch to clean energy. Advocacy groups in Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia joined in the action. [NJ Spotlight]

Solar farm in New Jersey (Credit: Samuel Faber | Pixabay)

¶ “Chicago City Council Votes For Equitable Access To EVs” • The City of Chicago is taking decisive steps to ensure it is a hub for EVs. The City Council passed an ordinance strengthening requirements for EV readiness at commercial and residential buildings, promoting more equitable access to this emerging technology throughout the city. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Royal DSM Backs RE100 Goals With 61-MW Solar VPPA With Origis” • Florida-based Origis Energy has signed an off-take deal with a Dutch company, Koninklijke DSM NV, for the output of a 61-MW solar project in Texas. The VPPA (virtual power purchase agreement) is tied to the Rockhound Solar C PV park, which is to be built by Origis Energy. [Renewables Now]

Another solar plant in Mississippi (Source: Origis Energy)

¶ “TVA Selects First Solar And Origis Energy For 212-MW Solar Development Pipeline” • The Tennessee Valley Authority chose First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MW of solar power to fulfill a Knoxville Utilities Board commitment to renewable energy.  TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar projects. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Indian Point Unit 2 Will Shut Down April 30” • One of the two remaining operating reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, will close for good on April 30. The 1,020-MW Unit 2 will close. This will leave the 1,040-MW Unit 3 as the plant’s lone operating unit. Unit 3 is scheduled to close in April 2021. [POWER magazine]

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