May 21 Energy News

May 21, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Our Environment Has Always Affected Our Mortality, Should We Add Climate Change To Death Certificates?” • Australians have breathed hazardous air, watched rivers dry up, lived in towns without water, and suffered record-breaking temperatures. But the death certificates record heart and lung problems instead of their environmental causes. [The Guardian]

Caution: Air Unsafe to Inhale (Photo: Xinhua | Rex | Shutterstock)

¶ “In The Coming Renewable Energy Boom, Australia Is Once Again The ‘Lucky Country'” • One of the themes emerging for a post-coronavirus world is that investment should flow into renewable energies, both as economic stimulus and as a way of limiting the impact of climate change. Australia has the mines to provide the minerals. [Reuters UK]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Is Everybody Talking About Solid State Lithium-Metal Electric Vehicle Batteries All Of A Sudden?” • Researchers in the solid state lithium-metal field are working on ways to improve in energy density and reduce costs. With that in mind, this article takes a look at a newly released energy storage study from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Pathway through thin film solid-state electrolyte
(Xi Chen | Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US DOE)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Transitions To Online Sales For All ID. Cars” • Volkswagen says 100% of its dealers worldwide have agreed to an online sales model for all its ID. branded electric cars. The agreement means dealers will act as agents of the company with Volkswagen responsible for sales, marketing, and financing, a press release says. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Swoops On 103-MW India Double” • GE Renewable Energy got a 103-MW turbine contract for two wind projects in Gujarat. The company will supply 38 of its 2.7-132 wind turbines, for low wind speed conditions, for the Rajkot and Khambaliya projects being developed by Powerica. The projects are to be complete in the first half of 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Should Be At The Heart Of Virus Recovery Plans: IEA” • The International Energy Agency on has called on governments across the world to put clean energy at the heart of their coronavirus economic recovery plans, as it forecast the first slowdown in new renewable power installations worldwide in two decades. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “Wind To Supply Half Of UK Power By 2030” • The UK’s installed wind capacity could reach 66 GW by the end of this decade, providing more than half the country’s power, a report from RenewableUK says. The UK offshore wind industry could attract £54 billion (€59 billion, $66 billion) in private investment to grow to 40 GW by 2030. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty | Unsplash)

¶ “Only Solar Wins In Germany’s Latest Renewable Power Tender” • Germany’s latest tender for wind and solar capacity was for 200 MW. Solar bids came to 553 MW, but there were none for wind, the country’s federal networks agency said. The average price for winning solar bids fell slightly from the auction in November, to €53.30/MWh. [Recharge]

¶ “Unilever, H&M Among 150 Companies Worth $2 Trillion Urging Net-Zero Pandemic Recovery” • In a CEO-led climate advocacy effort backed by the UN, 155 multinational companies with a combined market capitalisation of over $2.4 trillion signed a joint statement urging world governments to align recovery efforts with climate science. [Green Queen Media]

Sustainable London (EG Focus | Flickr)

¶ “IEA: The Renewable Energy Boom Will Restart In 2021” • The renewable energy industry will see a decline in growth this year but will recover and start growing again next year, according to an International Energy Agency report. Many projects will be delayed, but total new renewable energy additions will recover to 2019 levels, the report says. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Coalition Energy Roadmap For Gas Over Coal” • Australia’s government has highlighted gas as a crucial energy source to back up renewable power generation over the next decade. A long-awaited roadmap to meeting the country’s emission reduction commitments uses gas and pumped hydrogen to back up solar and wind capacity. [Forbes Advocate]

Australian wind turbines

¶ “UK Renewables Output Overtakes Fossil Fuels” • In the UK, renewables generated more than fossil fuels for the first quarter of 2020. In February, UK wind farms averaged a 50% capacity factor for onshore and 60% for offshore, Drax Electric Insights said. By contrast, gas had a capacity factor of 34%, coal had 17%, and nuclear had 59%. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “The University Of California Has Fully Divested From Fossil Fuels” • The University of California announced it had divested completely from fossil fuels. It is the largest in the country do so. Going green is a trend gaining steam nationwide, as educational institutions refuse to profit from fossil fuels and turn to invest in renewable energy. [CNN]

UCLA campus (Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “US Southeast’s Solar Industry Doing Better Than Most, But Still Losing Many Jobs” • Compared to most states, the large installations of North Carolina’s solar industry have been less influenced by the economic slide from the pandemic. Other states in the US Southeast are also lucky enough to see less than 30% solar job loss. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coal Plants Disappear In Virginia, But CO₂ Emissions Are Rising” • Over the last decade, the switch from coal to gas has driven down CO₂ emissions associated with generating electricity in much of the US. But the opposite has happened in Virginia, where retiring coal plants were replaced by a massive build-out of natural gas. [E&E News]

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