May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Renewable Energy Transition Is Coming To Asia” • Even in the era of the coronavirus, technology disruption is reshaping the global energy landscape fundamentally. A key impetus is the dramatic, ongoing deflation in the cost of solar energy and battery storage. Both have seen costs drop 80% to 90% over the last decade. [East Asia Forum]

Cleaning a solar array (Amit Dave | Reuters)

¶ “Covid-19 Could Spark A Renewable Energy Boom” • The world finds itself at a crossroads. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the global economy, leading to massive unemployment. The recovery looks like it will take a long time. At the same time, the climate problem is not going away. We have the opportunity to “build back better.” [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Tasmania’s Renewable Energy Plan Could Force Tough Choice On The Coalition” • Tasmania’s multi-billion dollar renewable energy plan to drive its economic recovery from coronavirus could force the federal government to choose which to support, renewables or coal. Tasmania’s plan is only viable if use of coal is reduced sharply, a study shows. [Brisbane Times]

Wind and coal power (Martin Meissner | AP)

World:

¶ “Lexus UX300e Comes With 10 Year, 1 Million Kilometer Battery Warranty” • Lexus has been late to the EV party, but it is about to introduce the UX300e, a battery electric version of its compact SUV, in Europe. The battery in the Lexus UX300e will be warranted by the company for 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) or 10 years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Energy Firms On Track To Deliver Multi-Billion Pound Wind Farms” • Britain’s biggest green energy companies are on track to deliver multi-billion pound wind farm investments in the north-east of England and Scotland to help power a cleaner economic recovery. This puts recovery from the coronavirus in line with climate goals. [The Guardian]

Artist’s impression of the Dogger Bank wind farm (PR image)

¶ “Port Of Tyne To Become Base For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm” • Equinor and SSE Renewables, the two companies behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, announced plans to build a new Operations and Maintenance Base at the Port of Tyne, in northeastern England. The wind farm will have three 1.2-GW phases. [North East Times]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Delivers Philippines Hybrid” • Siemens Gamesa is working on a hybrid energy project in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy. It will combine an existing 16-MW wind farm, battery storage, and a central control system. The project will provide a stable electricity supply in an area with a weak grid link, reducing its dependence on diesel. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine in the Philippines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Renewables Ease Innogy Pain In Q1” • Innogy income from discontinued operations, which includes renewables, increased to €303 million in the first quarter of 2020, up from €192 million last year, driven by a strong showing from wind assets. Innogy’s renewables are included with discontinued operations because of a complex deal with RWE. [reNEWS]

Australia:

¶ “Lion Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity-Powered Brewing By 2025” • Lion, an Australian brewery, announced an increase in efforts to be carbon neutral, with a goal of 100% renewable energy powering its breweries by 2025. It is initiating a “whole brewery” carbon reduction approach throughout the company and its supply chain. [AuManufacturing]

Brewing vessels (iStock image)

¶ “BP Looks To Add 1.5 GW Wind And Solar In WA For Huge Renewable Hydrogen Project” • Oil and gas giant BP is looking to build 1.5 GW of new wind and solar capacity in Western Australia if it goes ahead with a full commercial project to build a facility producing renewable hydrogen in that state. It has an eye on the potential export market. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Tasmania Unveils Action Plan To Reach 200% Renewables” • The Tasmania state government unveiled a draft action plan to reach its target of 200% renewables by 2040, saying the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the economy meant there had never been a more important time to manage the transition to renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]

Musselroe wind farm, Tasmania

US:

¶ “Transformative Solar Power Agreement Will Help Emory Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Emory University awarded Cherry Street Energy a 20-year agreement to install 5.5 MW of solar capacity on its Druid Hills campus. Over 15,000 solar panels on 16 buildings will generate about 10% of Emory’s peak energy demand. [Emory News Center]

¶ “Avangrid Begins Construction On La Joya Wind Farm” • Construction has begun on 35,000 acres of state trust land for the La Joya Wind Farm in New Mexico. When completed, the project will consist of 111 turbines and have a total generating capacity of 306 MW. It is expected to be in operation by the end of the year. [North American Windpower]

Wind farm (Image: Public Service Company of New Mexico)

¶ “Replace NYC Peakers With Renewables+Storage? The Plant Owners Say They’re Working On It” • New York City ratepayers put up $4.5 billion in capacity payments in the last decade to keep 16 fossil gas-fired peaking plants available, analysis by PEAK Coalition shows. The plant owners say work to replace them is under way. [Utility Dive]

¶ “DOE Argonne Scientists Use 3D Printing To Recycle 97% Of Used Nuclear Fuel” • Argonne National Laboratory scientists are turning to 3D printing to improve nuclear waste recycling. The process reduces waste after recycling to 3%, which needs to be stored at a maximum of about one thousand years, according to one scientist. [3D Printing Industry]

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