May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Why Are We Subsidizing Fossil Fuels? Seriously” • Supporting renewables can cut emissions and boost the economy, all while providing cost-competitive energy. The Trump Administration, however, continues propping up the fossil fuel industry, despite the sector’s real financial problems, which began long before the COVID-19 pandemic. [CleanTechnica]

Disney World solar installation (Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Experts Warn Climate Change Is Already Killing Way More People Than We Record” • In a published correspondence, a physician from the Australian National University and four other public health experts estimated that Australia’s mortality records have substantially underreported heat-related deaths, which may be fifty times what is reported. [ScienceAlert]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Activists Want To Clean The Oceans With Catamaran Vacuum Cleaners” • The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit engaged in cleaning the oceans from plastic pollution, introduced a new device that can autonomously collect garbage. To do this, they use a FRED (Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris) catamaran powered mostly by solar panels. [Free News]

Plastics cleanup

World:

¶ “Iran Oil Tanker Reaches Venezuela Amid US Tension” • Venezuela is suffering a shortage of refined fuel, despite having the world’s largest oil reserves. The first of five Iranian oil tankers has entered Venezuela’s waters carrying more than a million barrels of fuel. The US has imposed sanctions on both countries and is monitoring the convoy. [BBC]

¶ “Coal-Fired Generation ‘Over’ In Germany” • The age of coal power generation in Germany is over, says BEE, the country’s renewable energy federation. BEE president Simone Peter said the Covid-19 crisis has changed the energy industry significantly. Hard coal plants are idle, few lignite facilities are connected, and Peter says it can stay that way. [reNEWS]

Burning coal for electricity (Pixabay image)

¶ “Number 1 Tesla has 29% of Global Electric Vehicle Market in Q1 2020” • EV Volumes has shared the first quarter breakdown by brand for the world as a whole. It is interesting that the top two brands have had dramatically different approaches to their plug-in vehicle sales rise. Tesla is number one; it is followed rather distantly by Volkswagen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Power Emissions Fall To Record Low” • The UK power system’s carbon intensity fell to a record low on 23 May, pushed down bin increased solar and windpower, according to research by Drax Electric Insights. Average carbon intensity reached 61 grams of CO₂ per kWh, beating the previous record, 76 grams of CO₂ per kWh, set on 17 August last year. [reNEWS]

Canola and wind turbines (Innogy image)

¶ “Zambia’s Zesco And Power China Lock 600-MW Solar Deal” • Zambia’s state-owned electricity company Zesco Ltd has teamed up with Power China to install 600 MW of solar PVs in Zambia, one 200-MW grid-connected solar park in each of three districts. According to Zesco, the three projects have a combined cost of $548 million (€502.7 million). [Renewables Now]

¶ “Kazakhstan Approves New Green Projects In A Bid To Cut Fossil Fuels In Half By 2050” • Kazakhstan‘s new leadership, faced with concurrent challenges of volatile oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, has approved 19 new renewable energy projects worth $1.1 billion in the country’s latest effort to go green and diversify its energy supply. [Euractiv]

Solar energy in Kazakhstan (Alexandr Zevakin | Shutterstock)

¶ “NSW Calls For Wind, Solar, Storage Ideas For First Renewable Zone In Central West” • The government of New South Wales issued a call for 3,000 MW or more of wind, solar, and storage project proposals to join the state’s first Renewable Energy Zone. The zone will be in the Central-West region, centered around the town of Dubbo. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Silverton Wind Farm Now Up And Running” • In New South Wales’ Barrier Ranges, the A$450 million ($295 million) Silverton Wind Farm is generating at full capacity. The project was built by AGL Energy and Powering Australian Renewables. AGL Project Director Adam Mackett, said all 58 turbines are now running and generating for the grid. [Energy Magazine]

Kangaroo and wind turbines

¶ “Britain’s Largest Solar Farm Poised To Begin Development In Kent” • Britain’s largest solar farm, capable of generating enough electricity to power 91,000 homes, is set to receive the greenlight from ministers this week. The subsidy-free renewables park is expected to have a capacity of 350 MW. It will be on farmland in the Kent countryside. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “The Coronavirus Should Signal The End Of Fossil Fuels” • Two surveys conducted in April by the Center For Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Yale Climate Change Connection show that more Americans than ever believe the climate is changing. And 75% want funding to go to renewables instead of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Survey (Credit: Yale Climate Change Communication)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “EIG Unveils $1.1 Billion Final Close For Energy-Focused Fund” • An institutional investor based in Washington DC, EIG Global Energy Partners, achieved a $1.1 billion (€1.01 billion) final close for a fund to support energy projects, including renewables. It also raised $1.5 billion for separately managed accounts that will invest alongside the fund. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Puerto Rico’s Transformation Could Begin With Building Small Modular Reactors: Study” • The bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority plans to install renewables and natural gas as it continues recovery from the 2017 hurricanes. A study financed by the US DOE says it should invest in small modular nuclear reactors. [Executive Intelligence Review]

Have a comprehensively awesome day.

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