May 4 Energy News

May 4, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “In A Post-Pandemic World, Renewable Energy Is The Only Way Forward” • Pollution affects us all. Not only does it kill seven million of us each year, it makes us more vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory diseases, including, of course, those caused by such viruses as the one that brought us Covid-19. Our failure to fix this problem is killing us. [Forbes]

Solar, wind, and batteries (Getty Images)

¶ “It’s Time Coalition Listened To Experts On Climate And Energy, And Plotted A Green New Deal” • Australian prime minister Scott Morrison often says he is yet to see the evidence that lowering emissions fast enough to avert a climate crisis can be achieved in a way that doesn’t create an economic crisis too. Clearly, he is not looking. [Renewables Now]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oceans May Be Best Place To Get EV Battery Metals” • A study, which was commissioned by deep-sea mining company DeepGreen, shows it would be better to get the metals needed for batteries from ocean nodules than to mine them on land. There is less net cost for society and less environmental damage mining metals from the ocean. [CleanTechnica]

DeepGreen’s Exploration Vessel

World:

¶ “Heineken, Enel Form Historic 10-Year 100% Renewables Alliance” • Heineken Mexico and Enel Green Power have signed a 10-year renewable energy deal, under which the utility will provide the Dutch brewery firm’s Mexican operations with 100% renewable energy. Heineken Mexico will get 28.8 GWh of solar and wind energy each year. [Smart Energy]

¶ “34 European Cities Reach CDP’s A-List For Their Climate Action And Ambition” • This year, the CDP named 105 cities around the world on its Cities A-List for their transparency and action on climate change. Almost one third (34) of the crowned cities are from Europe. Last year, only 43 cities appeared on the CDP A-List. [Innovation Origins]

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Image: © Pixabay)

¶ “Coronavirus Risks Future Of India’s Coal-Fired Power Plants: IEEFA” • The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown highlighted a growing financial risks to India’s coal-fired power plant sector, which is being replaced by cheaper and cleaner renewable energy, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said. [Outlook India]

¶ “Is A 7% Annual Emissions Cut Possible? Yes, Say NGOs” • In Ireland, the Green Party wants a commitment of a 7% reduction in annual carbon emissions as a precondition for entering talks on forming a government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Some of the country’s best climate and energy experts say that will be a challenge, but it is doable. [The Irish Times]

County Donegal (Jakub Michankow, Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Westpac To Shed Thermal Coal Investments By 2030, Switch To Renewables And EVs” • In an update to its climate change position statement, Australian bank Westpac said it would look to wind down its investments in the thermal coal sector and set a target of up to $3.5 billion for climate-friendly lending over the next three years. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “WA Watchdog Green-Lights World’s Biggest Hybrid Wind And Solar Hub” • A 15-GW wind and solar renewable energy project in Western Australia got a green light for environmental approval. The proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub would supply the Pilbara power grid and develop a hub for generating green hydrogen. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Pilbara snakewood trees (Jim Bendon, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Government Offers $300 Million To Boost Hydrogen Investment Under Clean Energy Financing” • The Morrison government will change the investment mandate of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, directing it to make up to $300 million available for a new Advancing Hydrogen Fund as part of the national hydrogen strategy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Eastern Australia: Investments In Renewables Continue To Plunge Through 2021” • Investments in renewable energy projects will continue to decline in Eastern Australia through 2021, according to Wood Mackenzie. One of the key factors in the decline is grid congestion in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. [Smart Energy]

Victoria (Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Ford Cancels EV Plans With Rivian” • Ford has canceled plans it had for a fully electric Lincoln SUV using Rivian’s battery pack and electric motor setup. Lincoln still plans to work closely with Rivian to create an “alternative vehicle” based on Rivian’s skateboard platform. How this is very different from the initial plans is a bit unclear. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dominion Energy Issues 1-GW Renewables Call” • The utility Dominion Energy Virginia has issued a request for proposals for up to 1,000 MW of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the state. The company said this was its largest ever annual solicitation for renewable energy project bids. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (MorgueFile image)

¶ “NorthWestern Awaits Bids In Community Renewables RFP In Montana” • NorthWestern Energy issued a request for proposals for electricity to be supplied by community-owned renewable projects in Montana. The utility said it currently needs 25 MW to 30 MW of community projects under the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Uranium Miners In Limbo” • Almost a year after the uranium miners asked the Administration to do something to promote domestic uranium mining, the Nuclear Fuel Working Group has a report and recommendations. One of its proposals is to build up a uranium reserve by spending $150 million per year for ten years for a total of $1.5 billion. [Seeking Alpha]

Have a entirely fortunate day.

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