Archive for May 2nd, 2020

May 2 Energy News

May 2, 2020


¶ “International Report Makes Business Case For Renewables Investment” • A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency makes the business case for investment in renewables. It says future decarbonization is still possible despite the economic fallout from the pandemic, and it highlights climate-safe options for investment. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Wind turbines (Credit: Jason Blackeye | Unsplash)

¶ “Is The Coronavirus Crisis Accelerating The Shift To Renewables?” • Climate action has not been moving as fast as needed to make a sustainable change. But one sector that’s doing its share to help lower greenhouse gas emissions is renewable energy. Recently, renewables may be getting some unexpected help from a particular virus. [ZME Science]

¶ “Trump Admin Sits On $43 Billion Intended For Clean Energy Loans While Unemployment Soars” • While the nation struggles to find ways to ramp up the economy so people can get back to work, over $43 billion in low-interest loans earmarked for clean energy projects sits undistributed by the Trump administration, The New York Times reported. [EcoWatch]

Alamosa solar project (US DOE image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rising CO₂ Levels Could Be Contributing To Grasshopper Apocalypse” • Grasshoppers may be experiencing their own type of famine due to rising levels of CO₂. AAAS reports that over the past five years, many studies have been documenting dwindling insect populations, to the point that the phrase “insect apocalypse” has been coined. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “SSE Tables Bid For New Onshore Highland Wind Farm Project” • SSE Renewables tabled an application bid for a 36-turbine development at Fort Augustus, near Loch Ness, in the Monadhliath mountains. The company said it hopes the 150-MW Cloiche wind farm would bring “socio-economic benefits to the local area.” [Energy Voice]

SSE Renewables onshore wind farm

¶ “WRI And Cargill Partner On Tools And Best Practices To Advance Sustainable Agriculture” • To advance the sustainability efforts needed to feed a rapidly growing population, Cargill put $2 million into the next phase of its partnership with World Resources Institute. They are developing the Global Forest Watch and the Water Management Toolkit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coal India Sales Sink Over 25% On Demand Slump Amid COVID-19” • Coal India Ltd said its sales to customers fell by more than a quarter in April, the steepest rate of decline in at least six years, as a nationwide lockdown cut demand.  Offtake by customers, such as power generators, fell by 25.5%, and there was a 10.9% drop in production. [NDTV Profit]

Coal worker (Reuters image)

¶ “PM Stresses Attracting Private Investments For Power Sector” • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the need for effective enforcement of contracts in order to attract private investments for the ailing power sector. He also discussed long-term reforms aimed at enhancing power sector sustainability, resilience, and efficiency. [Saurenergy]


¶ “City of Houston Surprises: 100% Renewable Electricity – $65 Million in Savings in 7 Years” • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the City of Houston committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy through a renewed partnership with NRG Energy. The City realize $65 million in savings over the seven-year contract. [CleanTechnica]

Have a sunny day!

¶ “EDF Renewables North America And Alliant Energy Announce Commercial Operation At Golden Plains Wind Project In Iowa” • EDF Renewables and Alliant Energys Iowa energy company,announced that the 200-MW Golden Plains Wind Project is in commercial operation, delivering electricity to Iowa customers. [Global Banking And Finance Review]

¶ “SEPTA And Lightsource BP Enter Into Power Purchase Agreement” • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which serves the greater Philadelphia area, including parts of New Jersey and Maryland, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Lightsource BP for electricity from two solar farms in Franklin County. [CleanTechnica]

Lightsource BP solar farm (Lightsource BP image)

¶ “In Response To New State Policy, Dominion Energy Virginia Quadruples Renewable Commitment” • After Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order on climate change and the Virginia Clean Economy Act was passed, Dominion Energy Virginia quadrupled the amount of solar and wind generation in its 15-year integrated resource plan. [Solar Power World]

¶ “US Trio Plot 350-MW PV Build In Texas” • Three companies are to work together on the development and construction of a 350-MW solar farm in Texas. Solar Plus Development, Avondale Solar, and J-Power USA Development are to build the Red-Tailed Hawk project in Wharton county. Work will start in the second half of this year. [reNEWS]

Building a solar array (Science in HD | Unsplash)

¶ “Vineyard Wind Permitting ‘On Track'” • The permit process remains on track for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm off the US east coast, according to Avangrid CEO Jim Torgerson. He told an earnings call on 29 April that the process is on schedule, with no changes to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management permitting timeline. [reNEWS]

¶ “Open Vessel Testing Complete For Vogtle Unit 3” • Open Vessel Testing, a major systems testing milestone, has been completed for Unit 3 at Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia, marking one of the most significant steps in the project to date. Testing was done from unit the control room. [Yahoo Finance]

Have a downright uplifting  day.

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