May 3 Energy News

May 3, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “In Midst Of Natural Gas Glut, Plastic Industry Bent, Not Broken (Yet)” • With energy demand dropping, there was the oil glut, and then a natural gas glut. Gas stakeholders have expanded petrochemical operations, anticipating an increase in the demand for plastic. But it seems that the plastic hedge is also starting to come apart at the seams. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas flow (screenshot via US DOE)

¶ “Once Again Michael Moore Stirs The Environmental Pot – But Conservationists Turn Up The Heat On Him” • Planet of the Humans is an environmental documentary that has enraged renewable energy experts and environmentalists. And some of them are calling for its high-profile executive producer, Michael Moore, to apologize. [The Guardian]

¶ “Cheap Oil? A Pandemic? No Big Deal For Renewable Energy, Experts Say” • In the face of an oil glut and pandemic, renewable energy has moved ahead. Experts say the renewable energy market is stable enough to weather short-term fluctuations. It may even be poised to get a boost from as the pandemic subsides and economies restart. [EnerCom Inc]

Construction at East Anglia One (ScottishPower image)

¶ “Dominion Energy’s Costly New Energy Blueprint Fails To Meet Challenge Of Virginia’s Clean Energy Transition” • Despite clean energy commitments, Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resources Plan has more near-term reliance on fracked gas. It also has significant rate increases, and ratepayers would pay for a failed nuclear project. [Blue Virginia]

World:

¶ “Port Of Nigg Takes Delivery Of Massive Offshore Wind Farm Jackets For Moray East Development” • The heavy lift vessel MV Osprey, delivered the first eight out of 103 jacket structures for the 100-turbine Moray East Offshore Windfarm. The jacket structures will be taken to the wind farm site in the Moray Firth for installation. [Northern Times]

MV Osprey delivering jackets for Moray Firth East Wind Farm

¶ “Tesla Applies For License To Sell Electricity In UK” • A report in The Telegraph says Tesla applied to the UK’s energy regulator for a license to sell electricity. The newspaper says it reviewed the application and found it does not provide any information about why the company filed. And Tesla did not respond to requests for clarification. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Modvion Completes First Wind Turbine Tower In Sweden” • Cross laminated timber is lighter and stronger than steel, which permits a narrower base for tall wind towers. The towers are modular and can be shipped in sections to be assembled onsite, eliminating many transportation issues of wider steel masts. Now Monvion has its test mast built. [CleanTechnica]

Modvion CLT tower on ferry (Modvion image)

¶ “Dubai Achieves Record Lowest Tariff For Solar Project” • The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority awarded the 900-MW PV fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park to a consortium led by ACWA Power. The winning tariff, which is 1.6953¢/kWh, establishes a new global benchmark for the cost of solar PV energy. [Arab News]

US:

¶ “Facing A Health Crisis, Cities Implore The Courts To Limit Pollution” • Against the backdrop of mismanagement during the Covid-19 pandemic, 23 cities and counties, the US Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities added their voice to a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to weaken limits on carbon pollution. [CleanTechnica]

By Central Park (Aaron Barlow, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Solar And Wind Energy Struggle As Coronavirus Takes Toll” • The US renewable energy industry is reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic. Construction on renewable projects has been delayed, and thousands of skilled laborers are out of work. As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, according to trade groups. [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

¶ “The Southern Oak Solar Energy Center Achieves Commerical Operations” • Invenergy, a privately-held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, announced that the 160-MW Southern Oak Solar Energy Center, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, began commercial operations during the first quarter of this year. [Solar Industry]

Southern Oak Solar Energy Center (Invenergy image)

¶ “Port Of Vancouver USA Receives Shipment Of Longest Wind Blades To Date” • The Port of Vancouver USA will receive nine wind turbines in a shipment that includes the longest wind turbine blades it has handled to date. The delivery is a joint effort of the manufacturer Goldwind and wind project owner Potentia Renewables. [Vancouver Business Journal]

¶ “Denver Receives $1,000,000 For Community Solar Gardens” • The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded Denver $1,000,000 to support the its Renewable Denver Initiative. The funds will help Denver host low-cost community solar gardens on municipal properties, moving it toward its goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030. [Patch.com]

Have a stunningly relaxing day.

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