Archive for May 24th, 2020

May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2020


¶ “With The Navajo Generating Station Gone, We Need Help Luring Renewable Energy Investment To Our Land” • Navajo Generating Station closed last December, over twenty years early, because it was no longer economically viable for its corporate owners. Navajo Power can provide renewable energy and jobs, but it needs funding. []

Navajo Generating Station (David Wallace | The Republic)

Science and Technology:

¶ “MIT Study Says Using Retired EV Batteries For Grid-Scale Energy Storage Could Be Profitable” • Using a hypothetical 2.5-MW solar farm in California as a model, the researchers found adding a new lithium-ion storage battery would cost more than using re-purposed EV batteries, if the used batteries cost 60% or less of their original value. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Roadster Will Really Use SpaceX Rocket Thrusters” • The idea of a car with rocket thrusters may seem silly, but when you have a CEO who is well versed in rocket science, silly becomes possible. The next-gen Tesla Roadster will have SpaceX thrusters, of the cold variety, meaning compressed inert gases instead of a mix of volatiles. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Roadster and Starman (Image: Kyle Field)

Strange Weather:

¶ “NOAA Predicts More Active Atlantic Hurricane Season In 2020” • NOAA predicts a 2020 hurricane season that follows a pattern that began in 1995. with climatic factors that produce larger, stronger, more life-threatening storms. Increasingly active storms are due to warmer surface waters stirring wild dervishes of storms in the Atlantic. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siberia Is Experiencing Record Highs: 40°F Above Average” • Siberia is seeing record high temperatures that are nearly 40°F (22°C) above average. To put that in perspective, The Washington Post writes that some areas of Siberia are hotter than Washington, DC. Snow cover is disappearing, sea ice is melting, and really intense fires are raging. [CleanTechnica]

World temperatures, Q1 2020 (Berkeley Earth image)

¶ “Western Australia Prepares For ‘Once-In-A-Decade’ Storm” • Australia’s western coastal areas are bracing for a massive storm. Torrential rains, strong winds, and waves of up to eight meters (26 feet) are forecast in some areas. A senior official in Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services said it would be a “once-in-a-decade” storm. [BBC]


¶ “Italians Can Now Install Rooftop Solar PV Systems For Free” • Italian homeowners now have new opportunities to put clean energy on their roofs. Sustainably focused building-renovation projects can now get a 110% tax rebate instead of a 65% rebate, and PV installations and storage systems associated with such projects also get 110%. [CleanTechnica]

Tuscany (Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Nearly 85% Of Power Capacity Added In India In Q1 2020 Was From Solar And Wind” • All new generating capacity added in India in the first three monts of 2020 was from non-thermal technologies. Solar power dominated the new capacity, followed by wind power. Capacity additions overall suffered great declines, and thermal capacity shrank. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Seven Governors Form Common Front Against Federal Energy Policy Changes” • Governors of seven Mexican states formed a common front to oppose federal energy policy changes that seek to consolidate control of the electricity market under the federal government and limit the participation of private, renewable energy projects. [Mexico News Daily]

Group photo of seven governors during Covid-19 pandemic

¶ “O’Connor: West Coast Offshore Wind Could Generate €21 billion Per Year Revenues” • Realising the potential of offshore wind power off the west coast alone could generate annual revenues of €21 billion per year from 75,000 MW of installed capacity, according to Airtricity and Mainstream Renewable Power founder Eddie O’Connor. []

¶ “UAE Adding Nuclear To Portfolio Of Energy Sources” • The UAE has turned to nuclear power to free up oil and gas fossil fuels for use in other areas, according to Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. ENEC recently completed the Cold Hydrostatic Testing at Unit 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. []

Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant


¶ “How Some Mississippi Teens Are Saving Their Town From Climate Change” • Since 2018, teens and community leaders of Duck Hill, Mississippi, have been tackling the climate-related problems that their state and local government have not been able to fix. In the process, they have worked to change how their tiny town views climate change. [The Hechinger Report]

¶ “Electric Bus Fleet In Washington Has Completed 50 MWh Of Wireless Charging” • In 2018, electric buses started running on urban routes in Wenatchee, Washington. That may not sound groundbreaking, but Link Transit also chose wireless charging for those buses. The buses have now used 50 MWh of energy, charging wirelessly. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless charging (Momentum Dynamics courtesy image)

¶ “Judge In Montana Ends Moratorium On Coal Leasing On Federal Land” • A federal judge in Montana tossed out a lawsuit seeking to continue a ban on coal leases on federal land, opening thousands of acres of public land for coal development. The ruling may be an industry win, but it doesn’t change the collapse of coal worldwide. [KTVQ Billings News]

¶ “DTE, EPA, Sierra Club Settlement Results In Cash And Closed Coal-Burning Power Plants” • DTE Energy, the EPA, and the Sierra Club have an agreement that ends a ten year old dispute about some changes the power company made to its Monroe power plant. Under the deal, DTE will give some Wayne County communities $7.5 million dollars. [Michigan Radio]

Have a highly amusing day.

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