May 27 Energy News

May 27, 2020

World:

¶ “Copenhagen Airport Spearheads Green Hydrogen Project For Transport Fuel” • Renewable energy company Ørsted and Copenhagen Airport are amongst the consortium of businesses aiming to develop a hydrogen and sustainable transport fuel facility in the heart of the Danish capital. The facility could become operational by 2023. [edie.net]

Copenhagen Airport

¶ “Nissan Zero-Emission Ambulance Now Part Of ‘Zero Emission Tokyo’ Initiative” • Nissan Motor Co and the Tokyo Fire Department announced an addition to the ambulance fleet of the Ikebukuro branch. A Nissan NV400 Zero Emission Ambulance is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Zero Emission Tokyo” initiative. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “KIA Says Micro-EV Could Replace Public Transportation” • Cities rely on buses, trams, and subways, but the coronavirus pandemic has many people rethinking public transportation. KIA is looking at inexpensive, ultra-compact, short range electric cars, as an alternative to public transportation, with the Citroen Ami as a model. [CleanTechnica]

Citroen Ami (Credit: Citroen)

¶ “Enel Green Power Connects Two Wind Farms Near Pincher Creek” • With an investment of over $210 million, Enel Green Power has grid-connected its 105-MW Riverview and 29.4-MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Pincher Creek, Alberta. The company also operates the 76.2-MW Castle Rock Ridge I wind farm in Pincher Creek. [Lethbridge Herald]

¶ “Singrobo Hydropower Project To Deliver Electricity Under A 35-Year PPA” • Africa-focused power company Themis Group issued a Full Notice to Proceed with construction of the 44-MW Singrobo Hydropower Project, in Ivory Coast. When completed, Singrobo will be the first hydro independent power project of its kind in West Africa. [ESI Africa]

Hydropower plant (Featured image: Stock)

¶ “Michael Moore Film Planet Of The Humans Removed From YouTube” • YouTube has taken down the documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, produced by Michael Moore, allegedly includes a clip that was used without the permission of its owner. [The Guardian]

¶ “Renewables Share Overtakes Gas Generation For First Time, As Coal Falls To Record Low In 2019” • More electricity was produced from renewable energy sources Australia-wide than gas generation for the first time in 2019, as a surge in wind and solar generation also pushed the share of electricity generated from coal to an all-time low. [RenewEconomy]

Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria

¶ “Investment In Global Energy To Drop By $400 Billion” • The International Energy Agency expects global Investment in global energy to fall by $400 billion this year, the biggest slump in the industry’s history, as demand collapses in face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The IEA had forecast an investment increase of 2% in 2020. Now it expects a 20% fall. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “SunPower Offers $1,000 Rooftop Solar Discount For Veterans And Active Duty Military” • In honor of Memorial Day, rooftop solar power firm SunPower has been offering a $1,000 rebate for current and former members of any arm of the US military who go solar. SunPower offers a 25 year warranty on rooftop solar power systems. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (SunPower image)

¶ “Big Oil Loses Appeal To Stop Climate Lawsuits From Going To Court In California” • Big Oil has lost two big court battles. A federal court ruling could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. In a similar case brought by Baltimore, a federal court issued a similar decision. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ “San Diego May Have To Pay SDG&E Millions For Natural Gas It Doesn’t Want” • San Diego’s new government-run utility wants to provide, at minimum, 50% renewable energy starting in March 2021. But a state law essentially requires that it invest in a pricey piece of natural gas-based energy from the get-go under a knotty set of regulations. [Voice of San Diego]

Gas pipeline near San Jose (Image via Shutterstock)

¶ “Alliant Energy Plans Acquisition Of 675-MW Solar Bundle In Wisconsin” • US utility Alliant Energy Corp intends to buy and advance a portfolio of solar PV projects in Wisconsin totaling 675 MW, it said. The portfolio will be able to produce enough power to provide the annual electricity needs of about 175,000 homes, once operational. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Plus Power’s 185-MW Kapolei Energy Storage Project Selected By Hawaiian Electric” • Plus Power, an independent developer of utility-scale battery storage projects, announced that its 185-MW, 565-MWh Kapolei Energy Storage project was selected by the Hawaiian Electric Companies as part of the utility’s transition to renewables. [EnerCom Inc]

Kapolei Energy Storage project (Rendering: Plus Power)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Lands 2.6-GW Dominion Deal With 14-MW Unit” • Siemens Gamesa has secured a second major order for its 14-MW turbine, from the 2640-MW Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. The exact number of units needed for the project is yet to be confirmed, as it will be based on site-specific conditions. [reNEWS]

¶ “Federal Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Claims” • The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected an appeal brought by US service members seeking damages for alleged radiation exposure from the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. [Jurist]

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