May 5 Energy News

May 5, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Key Takeaways From Joe Biden’s Podcast On Climate Change With Governor Jay Inslee” • In his “Here’s the Deal” podcast, Joe Biden had a conversation about climate change with Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, who ran for president on the single issue of climate change. The podcast says a lot about Biden’s understanding of the issue. [CleanTechnica]

Jay Inslee at COP21 (COP Paris, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Airborne Coronavirus: Scientists In Italy Find Coronavirus On Air Pollution Particles” • How far can the airborne coronavirus travel? Farther, perhaps, if it latches onto some particulates. Dr Leonardo Setti of the University of Bologna in Italy is making the significant finding that is possible a priority and delving deeply into the matter scientifically. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Meyer Burger Plans 10 GW Of Floating Solar For North Rhine-Westphalia” • The CEO of Swiss technology company Meyer Burger said it is developing plans to build a factory in Germany to make PVs that are up to 24% efficient. He said 10 GW of the panels could cover the lake left behind when the Hambach coal mine closes. [CleanTechnica]

Hambach coal mine (King Otto, Wikimedia Commons)
Please click on the image for a good look.

¶ “How Korea Is Winning The Fight Against Covid-19 And Increasing Climate Action” • The Republic of Korea’s response to Covid-19 has been among the most effective in the world. Aggressive action lowered its infection without locking down entire cities. The action on the pandemic also did not stop its work on climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climeon Bags First Taiwan Geothermal Project” • Swedish energy company Climeon has clinched its first geothermal heat power order in Taiwan. The project, valued at $4.2 million, was commissioned by Baseload Power Taiwan. It includes Climeon heat power systems, as well as design and consultancy services for the surrounding power plant. [reNEWS]

Rural Taiwan (Climeon image)

¶ “Lithuania Approves Plan To Promote More Renewable Energy Communities” • The government of Lithuania recently approved legislation based on proposals by the Ministry of Energy that will encourage the establishment of renewable energy communities where people and businesses generate their own electricity and share it with each other. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canberra Records 18% Fall In Emissions As Renewables Kick In” • The Australian Capital Territory recorded an 18% fall in greenhouse gas emissions in the 2018-19 year, as the territory’s wind and solar supplies come online. Now the ACT has to tackle emissions from transportion, waste, and gas, as it moves towards its zero net emissions target. [RenewEconomy]

Countryside in the ACT

¶ “Bangladesh Backs Renewables, Energy Efficiency Through $218.7 Million Fund” • Bangladesh has launched a $218.7 million (€200.8 million) Green Transformation Fund. It will support the renewable energy and energy efficiency, water conservation and management, waste management, resource efficiency, and recycling sectors. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Vestas Books 50-MW Chinese Order” • Vestas has booked a turbine order totaling 50 MW for an unnamed customer and wind farm in China. The contract is for the supply of V120-2.2 MW machines delivered in 2.4-MW power optimized mode, Vestas said. Commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the third quarter of 2020. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Getting Hammered By Green Energy And The Pandemic” • Record output from wind and solar is creating frequent electricity oversupplies that push prices down to the point that nuclear reactors are no longer profitable, and even to where utilities give it away. The rout is all the worse with global pandemic gutting demand. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Renewables Topped Coal in US Generation Every day in April” • Data from the Energy Information Administration shows that renewables generated more electricity than coal every day in the month of April. This impressive stretch actually began on March 25 and is still going on as of May 3, 40 days later. This point was not expected until 2021. [Saurenergy]

Solar array and a coal plant

¶ “San Bernardino Water Department To Use Renewable Energy Generated By Fuel Cell Plant” • In California, FuelCell Energy said that it started site construction for a 1.4-MW SureSource 1500 biofuels fuel cell project with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department. The project is to be operational in December, 2020. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “EDF Nets 7.5-Year Renewable Energy Deal With Dallas Area Data Centers” • Retail supplier EDF Energy Services will deliver 260,000 MWh of renewable energy to Digital Realty’s 13 data centers in the Dallas region. This will meet approximately 30% of the company’s electricity needs within that market over the next 7.5 years. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Wind farm

¶ “Large-Scale Solar Project In Oakland Set For Construction This Year” • A $7 million, 5-MW solar project in Oakland, Maine has all its permits, according to Encore Renewable Energy of Burlington, Vermont. Construction is set for later this year. The array should provide annual electricity needs for 10,000 Maine homes. [Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel]

¶ “California Utility Inks 770 MW Of Storage Deals” • Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts totaling 770 MW for battery energy storage to help enhance the state’s electric system reliability needs and integrate new renewable power. Most of the contracted battery projects are to be co-located with solar power plants. [reNEWS]

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