May 15 Energy News

May 15, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Boiling Point: Giant Batteries Are Changing Everything For Clean Energy” • Southern California Edison announced that it’s buying 770 MW of batteries. So one California utility is buying more energy storage than was installed in the entire US last year. But the CEO of SCE’s parent company called it “just another stepping stone.” [Los Angeles Times]

Solar farm in California (Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Warn About Risk Of Massive Tsunami In Prince William Sound” • A landslide in Prince William Sound could trigger a large tsunami in an area sometimes frequented by hundreds of fishermen and recreational boaters, according to scientists and state officials. A slope is unstable because a glacier is retreating due to climate change. [Anchorage Daily News]

World:

¶ “Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Divests Itself Of Climate-Destroying Stocks Worth $3 Billion” • The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund has sold $3 billion worth of stock in companies it finds are seriously harming the environment. Most of the energy stocks it sold are for Canadian companies involved in extracting oil from the Alberta tar sands. [CleanTechnica]

Alberta tar sands (Howl Arts Collective, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Spain’s Renewables Thrived During Covid-19 Lockdown In April” • Renewables generated 47.3% of Spain’s electricity in April, the first full month that Spain confined people to their homes because of Covid-19. Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana said renewables successfully “resisted the pandemic” and increased production. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Q1 2020 Wind Energy Auctions Database” • From January to April 2020, a total of 3.35 GW of wind power capacity has been auctioned, with 2.1 GW in Europe and the remaining 1.2 GW in Asia. This is down from nearly 5 GW in 2019, largely because of the Covid-19 crisis, with delayed and postponed auctions in a number of key markets. [REVE]

Wind turbines in Austria

Australia:

¶ “Renewable Energy Park For Central West NSW Community Part Of ‘Energy Democracy’ Movement” • Aiming to diversify a farming area hit by drought, the Orange Community Renewable Energy Park won state funding for its own solar farm. The energy it produces will provide over 2,000 homes in New South Wales with cheap, clean energy. [ABC News]

¶ “Swinburne University Inks Deal With Infigen To Go 100% Renewables” • Swinburne University of Technology is Australia’s latest tertiary institution to go 100% renewable. It made a deal with Infigen Energy to match electricity demand at its campuses with energy generated by Infigen’s 57.6-MW Cherry Tree Wind Farm in Victoria. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm in Australia

¶ “Australia’s Reserve Bank Fuels Call For Post-Pandemic Renewables Push” • Research by the Reserve Bank showing renewable energy investment fell sharply last year is fuelling calls for federal and state governments to back changes to help the industry rebound and drive a post-pandemic recovery. One thing needed is clear energy policy. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Multi-User US Offshore Grid Could Save $1 Billion” • A multi-user, ‘planned’ transmission system for offshore wind off the coast of New England could generate grid savings of up to $1 billion, according to a report by consultancy The Brattle Group. The report highlighted the limitations of connecting each wind farm to shore individually. [reNEWS]

Block Island offshore wind farm (Shaun Dakin | Unsplash)

¶ “US Expected to Generate More Electricity From Renewables Than Coal This Year” • Despite Trump administration efforts to bail out the fossil fuel industry during the coronavirus pandemic, the US is projected to produce more electricity from renewable sources than from coal this year – for the first time ever, as The New York Times reported. [Green Matters]

¶ “Duke Energy, City Of Charlotte Team Up For Renewable Power Agreement” • The City of Charlotte has become the first municipality to execute a renewable power agreement under Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage program. The city said getting power from a new solar plant will save it nearly $2 million over a twenty year period. [WRAL Tech Wire]

Installing solar panels (Duke Energy photo)

¶ “GM To Run Largest North American Factory On Solar Power” • General Motors has secured up to 100 MW of solar power capacity to supply its largest facility in North America under a new green tariff agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. GM’s goal is to source 100% of renewable power at its own sites in the US by 2030. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Saudi Oil Rush Threatens to Disrupt Stabilizing US Oil Market” • Over 30 tankers laden with Saudi oil are set to arrive at the Gulf Coast and West Coast during May and June, according to ship tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. The oil they bring threatens to disrupt a positive supply development: a decline in US crude stockpiles. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

Tanker (Eddie Seal | Bloomberg)

¶ “Intel Aims To Reach 100% Renewable Energy Use, Zero Waste By 2030” • Intel unveiled its environmental goals for 2030, committing to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions and waste. The company aims to rely on renewable energy for all of its global electricity use and eliminate the trash it is sending to landfills by the end of the decade. [The Verge]

¶ “GE Research Awarded $5.4 Million To Reduce Nuclear Power Plant Costs” • GE Research won a $5.4 million grant from the DOE’s GEMINA project. The program is designed to harness artificial intelligence to reduce costs at next-generation nuclear power plants, making them more cost-effective and competitive with fossil fuel power plants. [mySanAntonio.com]

Have a fabulously delightful day.

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