Archive for May 7th, 2020

May 7 Energy News

May 7, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Could Reawaken Indian Ocean El Niño” • Global warming is approaching a tipping point that could reawaken an ancient climate pattern similar to El Niño in the Indian Ocean, according to a study published by scientists at the University of Arizona, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. [UANews]

Ocean weather

¶ “Oceans Are Record Warm, Which Likely Means Stronger Hurricanes & Larger Wildfires” • Highly destructive fires in places like California and Australia may be hard to remember adequately, now that they’re being eclipsed somewhat by the coronavirus pandemic. But the oceans are warm; large storms and wildfires are on the way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cold Air Rises. How Wrong Are Our Global Climate Models?” • Conventional knowledge is that warm air rises while cold air sinks. But a study from the University of California, Davis, found that in the tropics, cold air can rise due to the lightness of water vapor. This had been overlooked and may buffer some impacts of a warming climate. [SciTechDaily]

Graphic showing the vapor buoyancy effect (Da Yang | UC Davis)

¶ “Atlas Of 100% Renewable Energy Interactive Map Open For Use” • Technology company Wärtsilä has made available an extensive interactive map that provides valuable information on the potential of renewable energy in relation to 145 countries and geographical regions. It is a guide for cost-optimized  potential for 100% renewable electricity. [ESI Africa]


¶ “Abu Dhabi To Have Cheapest Solar Power Ever At 1.35¢/kWh” • Abu Dhabi is to have the cheapest electricity ever from a solar farm reports say. As capital of the UAE,  Abu Dhabi is no stranger to solar price records. And the new low-PV bid chosen by Abu Dhabi’s public electric utility will bring down the cost of solar power to just 1.35¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Solar farm in Masdar City (Marika Krakowiak | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Sweden’s EV Market Share At 23% In April, Doubles Year On Year” • With the coronavirus pandemic, the overall auto market volume was down 38% in Sweden. Plug-in vehicles, however, resisted the trend. The Swedish plug-in EV market share was up sharply in April, reaching 22.6%, more than double year on year from 10.1% in April 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Renewable Energy Can Help A Nation Get Back On Its Feet” • Australia’s Clean Energy Council argued in a report that investment in renewable energy and energy storage has the potential to create 50,000 jobs, lower energy prices, stimulate economic activity in regional areas, and position Australia as a “global clean energy superpower.” []

Wind energy (iStock image)

¶ “Coronavirus Impact Lays Bare Inflexibility Of German Power Generation And Demand” • Slumping power demand from the pandemic and April’s strong wind and solar power production have revealed that Germany’s fossil and renewable electricity generation, as well as electricity demand, need to become much more flexible, experts say. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “$5.5 Million Renewable Energy Projects To Be Developed In Mozambique” • GridX Africa Development finalized a binding agreement with Ncondezi Energy Limited to develop $5.5 of million renewable energy projects in Mozambique. The projects include solar and battery storage plants for the Commercial and Industrial sectors. [Construction Review]

Solar and battery plant

¶ “Evidence Abounds Of Renewable Energy Gains At The Expense Of Fossil Fuels, As The Clamor For A Green Recovery Rises” • English consultancy Cornwall Insights produced more evidence that renewable energy sources are carrying the Covid-19 lockdown power mix, with gas and coal generation relegated to peaking services. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Local Developer Turns Sod On 83-MW Spanish PV” • Clean energy investor Sunco Capital has begun construction of two PV plants in Ciudad Real in Spain totalling 83 MW. Construction of the projects will be complete in 2021. The power generated from them will be sold through a power purchase agreement with Shell Energy Europe. [reNEWS]

Solar array (American Public Power Association | Unsplash)


¶ “Giant Economic Benefits Of The Clean Air Act” • The Clean Air Act’s annual benefits could be as high as 370,000 avoided premature deaths and 189,000 fewer hospital admissions for cardiac and respiratory illnesses, a study shows. Net economic benefits of up to $3.8 trillion for the economy may be 32 times the cost of regulations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alchemy Renewable Energy Closes The Financing For A 44-MW Solar Energy Portfolio” • Alchemy Renewable Energy, a company that owns and operates renewable energy facilities, has closed on a 44.51-MW (DC) solar renewable energy portfolio in Indiana, as a joint venture with its partner, Telamon Enterprise Ventures LLC. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar panels (NREL image)

¶ “Local Energy Authority Inks Big Contract With Big Solar Energy Farm In Kern County ” • DP Renewables SA, through its subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC, and Redwood Coast Energy Authority have executed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 100 MW of output from the Sandrini Sol 1 Solar Park in California. [Lost Coast Outpost]

¶ “Plant Vogtle Workforce Scaled Back Due To 185 Positive Covid-19 Tests” • Georgia Power, the company overseeing the expansion of Plant Vogtle nuclear facility, has scaled back one-fifth of its workforce after an outbreak of COVID-19 spread to 185 workers and left significant numbers of employees afraid to show up for work. [Savannah Morning News]

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