May 11 Energy News

May 11, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Covid-19 Will Not Slow Southeast Asia’s Shift From Coal To Renewables” • From oil price shocks to billion-dollar bailouts, Covid-19 has caused mayhem. Early signs are that fossil fuel sector volatility is further driving the case for Asia to embrace the security of domestic renewable energy and, if anything, hasten the clean transition. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Floating solar farm in Vietnam (© Sipa | AP)

¶ “Trump’s Environmental ‘Blitzkrieg’ Advances Under Cover Of Coronavirus” • Even amid a pandemic, the Trump administration is weakening US environment protections, continuing its rollback as the November election approaches. During the coronavirus lockdown, US federal agencies are pursuing an appalling series of environmental rollbacks. [The Guardian]

¶ “Renewables To Drive A Clean Recovery From Covid-19” • In the past few months, the outlook for the renewable energy industry has drastically changed. Nevertheless, many of the pressing issues that the Australian energy industry needed to address at the start of the year haven’t changed, and renewables may only become more important. [EcoGeneration]

Wind turbine

World:

¶ “Japan’s Renova Takes Part In 144 MW Wind Portfolio In Vietnam” • Japanese renewable power producer Renova Inc announced it has entered into a 40/60 partnership with Vietnamese power producer Power Construction Joint Stock Company No 1 to implement three onshore wind projects in Vietnam, each of 48 MW. [Renewables Now]

¶ “African Clean Energy’s Off-Grid Solar Power Technology” • A Dutch-South African social enterprise, African Clean Energy, is providing an off-grid energy solution that enables decentralized access to clean energy for rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ACE1 comes with a 10-V / 10-W solar panel and an LED lamp. [AZoCleantech]

Small solar panel

¶ “Bank Of Bangladesh Adds €200 Million To Its Green Transmission Fund” • The Bank of Bangladesh has decided to introduce €200 million along with the existing $200 million for the Green Transmission Fund. Authorized dealers will be able to draw loans from GTF at Euro Interbank Offered Rate (or 0%, if that is negative) plus 1%. [Mercom India]

¶ “‘Another Milestone For Britain’: UK Grid Completes First Coal-Free Month” • The UK’s record-breaking run without coal power passed another milestone. National Grid ESO confirmed that the grid had completed a full month without any input from the country’s coal-fired power stations. The coal-free run is still continuing. [www.businessgreen.com]

Drax power plant (James Brownbridge | Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Queensland To Play Home To The Biggest Solar Farm In Australia” • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in an online meeting of the Smart Energy Council Summit that after Neoen’s 400-MW Darling Downs development, Queensland will have more renewable energy projects to help restore the economy from coronavirus. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Fossil Fuel Incumbents Push To Delay Another Crucial Energy Market Reform” • Two crucial reforms to Australia’s electricity market rules, designed to modernize the National Electricity Market, are being put on the back burner under pressure from large incumbent fossil fuel generators, using Covid-19 as a cover to stymie progress. [RenewEconomy]

Transmission lines

¶ “Record Growth In Rooftop Solar Pushing Coal Out Of Australia Market” • Strong growth in rooftop solar installations has been pushing coal fired generation out of the Australian electricity market, an audit of the National Electricity Market shows. Rooftop solar in total generation in South Australia has jumped to 16% in the first quarter. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Green Steel Industry Could Secure Jobs Future For Australia’s Coal Mining Heartland” • An Australian green steel industry could create tens of thousands of jobs in regionals reliant on coal mining, giving them a future as demand for carbon-intensive goods falls, a report by the University of Melbourne’s Grattan Institute says. [The Guardian]

Making steel (Dean Lewins | AAP)

US:

¶ “‘Get The Hell Off’: The Indigenous Fight To Stop A Uranium Mine In The Black Hills” • Lakota elders are staring down yet another encroachment on their historic lands: a 10,600-acre uranium mine proposed to be built in the Black Hills. This puts the Lakota on a collision course with the Trump administration, which is doubling down on nuclear power. [Grist]

¶ “The Tesla Fremont Factory Roller Coaster – Reopening Or Not Reopening?” • California is starting to allow manufacturing companies to operate, if they can show they have taken prudent steps to protect workers from contracting the virus at work. Elon Musk told some workers to be ready to work on Friday. Alameda County still has other ideas, however. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla seat factory (CleanTechnica)

¶ “Villanova University Enters Renewable Energy Agreement And Enhances Commitment To Environmental Sustainability” • In Pennsylvania, Villanova University announced that it will be furthering its commitment to environmental sustainability by entering into a multi-year renewable electric energy agreement with ENGIE Resources, LLC. [Villanovan]

¶ “NV Energy Introduces Long-Awaited, Renewable-Based Pricing Plan For Large Businesses, Customers” • NV Energy’s longstanding plan to woo back large businesses and other major electric customers from leaving utility service now has a name, structural outline, and a promise by the utility that the program won’t cost ratepayers. [The Nevada Independent]

Have a mighty worthwhile day.

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