May 14 Energy News

May 14, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Heat Tolerant Microalgae Could Save Coral Reefs From Bleaching” • Scientists have developed a way to help coral reefs fight the devastating effects of bleaching. The process, described in the journal Science Advances, involves giving microalgae that live in the tissues of corals the ability to withstand higher temperatures. [sciencefocus.com]

Great Barrier Reef (Credit: CSIRO)

World:

¶ “Iberdrola Scores 165-MW Scottish Wind Double” • Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower acquired two wind projects in central Scotland that will total 165 MW when developed. The projects, which could see a combined investment of over £150 million, have been developed by local individual shareholders of 3R Energy and Mitchell Energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Resalta Enters Romanian Market” • Slovenian energy services provider Resalta established a joint venture with Next Energy Partners, a leader in the development of renewable energy and energy trading in Romania. The joint venture will focus its service offering on solar PV, combined heat and power projects and industrial lighting. [Energy Industry Review]

Bucharest (Shutterstock image)

¶ Energy Majors Slash Capex By Nearly $30 Billion”” • The energy-producing world is dominated by five major companies: BP, Total SA, Shell, ExxonMobil , and Chevron. Prior to the start of this year, these majors had more than $112 billion in capital expenditures planned. Then 2020 happened, and that figure was cut by roughly 25%. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Offshore Wind Boosts Northland Income” • Northland Power, based in Toronto, saw its operating income and adjusted earnings from offshore wind jump 55% and 63%, respectively, in the first three months of 2020, compared with last year. The company’s income figures were boosted by output from the Deutsche Bucht project and higher sales. [reNEWS]

Deutsche Bucht substation and turbine (Northland Power image)

¶ “Vestas To Deliver 46-MW Dutch Delight” • Vestas has booked an order for 11 turbines totaling 46 MW with Dutch developer E-Connection for the first phase of the Oosterscheldekering Wind Optimization development in the Netherlands. The project is directly on a storm surge barrier in the Zeeland province, in the southwest of the country. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Wind Power And Hydropower Race To Crush Coal For Covid-19 Recovery” • Overall electricity demand has fallen during the Covid-19 crisis, but technologies have been hit unevenly. The cost of renewable energy has dropped, and coal just can’t keep up. The bottom line is that grid managers are now avoiding coal power when they can. [CleanTechnica]

Wind power (Photo courtesy of Avangrid)

¶ “America Is Trailing In The Clean Energy Race” • The US is falling behind other countries in the race to transition to a clean energy future, a report released by the World Economic Forum says. For the second-straight year, the US lost ground in rankings that measure countries on such key issues energy security and environmental sustainability. [CNN]

¶ “Revealed: Long-Troubled US Oil Firms Are Capitalizing On Coronavirus Assistance” • Many American oil and gas companies were in financial trouble well before the coronavirus economic crisis and now are asking for taxpayer assistance to cushion their fall. Many independent drillers had got mired in debt chasing the fracking boom. [The Guardian]

Pump jacks (Paul Ratje | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “Strata Solar Replaces Peaker Plants With Massive New Tesla-Powered Energy Storage Facility” • Strata Solar said it completed pre-construction development work on one of the largest US stationary energy storage facilities. The 100-MW / 400-MWh facility is to be installed in Ventura County, California, replacing gas-powered peaker plants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hawaiian Utility Selects Huge Solar And Storage Proposals On Way To 100% Renewables” • The Hawaiian Electric Company has selected sixteen solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii for contracts to provide a combined 459 MW of solar generation and nearly 3 GWh of power storage. [RenewEconomy]

Rooftop solar system in Hawaii

¶ “Utah Inland Port Authority And Rocky Mountain Power Announce Cooperation Agreement” • The Utah Inland Port Authority and Rocky Mountain Power have signed a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement on sustainable energy. The goals include net 100% renewable energy with electrification of freight, cargo, and logistics equipment. [Utah Policy]

¶ “FERC Order Could Bar Offshore Wind From US Power Market” • A controvercial order the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued late last year could block offshore wind developers from the nation’s largest capacity market, analysts say. Now, states with ambitious clean energy goals say they are grappling with how to respond. [E&E News]

Planned project (Maryland Energy Administration)

¶ “Labor Data: Clean Energy Jobs Taking Major Beating In Early Coronavirus Era” • An analysis of Department of Labor figures on unemployment indicates that almost 600,000 clean energy industry workers have lost their jobs since coronavirus forced an economic shutdown. This is nearly one-fifth of the clean energy workforce. [Power Engineering Magazine]

¶ “Fermi-2 Reactor In Michigan Sees Over 200 Workers Test Positive For Novel Coronavirus During Outage” • Nearly 250 workers at DTE Energy’s 1,250-MW Fermi-2 nuclear reactor in Newport, Michigan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the ongoing refueling and maintenance outage, according to a union official. [S&P Global]

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