May 29 Energy News

May 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Just How Good An Investment Is Renewable Energy? New Study Reveals All” • Renewable energy investments deliver massively better returns than fossil fuels in the US, the UK and Europe, according to analysis. Despite this, the total volume of investment is still nowhere near what will be required to mitigate climate change. [Forbes]

Wind farm (DPA | Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “Rapid Shift To Renewable Energy Could Lead Australia To Cheap Power And 100,000 Jobs” • Rapid expansion of renewable energy over the next five years could establish Australia as a home for new zero-emissions industries, cut electricity costs, and create more than 100,000 jobs in the electricity industry alone, an analysis suggests. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctic Ice Sheets Capable Of Much Faster Melting Than We Thought” • Antarctic ice sheets retreated at speeds of up to 50 meters (164 feet) a day at the end of the last Ice Age, researchers have found. They warn that we could soon see similar levels of ice retreat, should climate change carry on weakening ice shelves in coming decades. [CNN]

View from research ship Agulhas II (Julian Dowdeswell)

World:

¶ “GM Chinese Brand Wuling Launches New Electric Minivan” • Wuling, a brand of General Motors, recently launched its first electric minivan. The Rong Guang EV, an upgrade to the 2008 Rong Guang, will have two variants. One, with a starting price of $11,722, is designed for businesses. The other, starting at $12,561, is for personal users. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Consortium Created To Promote Zero-Emission Electric Vessels” • Seven Japanese companies have joined forces to launch a zero-emission electric vessel consortium, the e5 Consortium. Three of them, Asahi Tanker, Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, recently built the world’s first electric ocean vessel, the e5 tanker. [CleanTechnica]

e5 tanker (Courtesy of Asahi Tanker | e5 Consortium)

¶ “Enel Accelerates Last Chile Coal Plant Shutdown” • Enel will exit Chile’s coal power sector early by bringing forward closure of its Bocamina coal-fired power plant. Enel Generacion Chile will ask Chile’s National Energy Commission to authorise it to move the cessation date on one unit from 2023 to 2020, and on a second from 2040 to 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “City of Cracow Orders 50 Electric Buses” • In Poland, the city of Cracow has decided to order 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses to help clean up its air and help stop global warming. The new 50 buses will be added to an existing fleet of 28 Solaris electric buses. The order, including 50 bus charging stations, is to be delivered this year. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 18 electric bus in Cracow (Solaris courtesy image)

¶ “Environmentalists Challenge Limits On Renewable Energy Firms” • The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and Greenpeace filed complaints against National Energy Control Center measures that suspended national grid trials for wind and solar projects. The trials must be completed before the projects are alowed to sell power. [Mexico News Daily]

¶ “Wind, Solar, And Drought Drive Down Emissions, But Australia Still Lags On Targets” • The latest quarterly update to the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory has been published. It shows that Australia’s emissions fell by 0.5% in the last quarter of 2019, driven by 40.7% jump in solar generation, and a 1.7% decline in coal power. [RenewEconomy]

Canva Power station in Australia

¶ “Surplus Wind Energy Could Heat Scottish Homes” • National Grid Electricity System Operator and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks are exploring the potential to use surplus wind energy for heating Scottish homes, instead of reducing the wind farms’ output when wind farms are generating too much power for the level of demand. [reNEWS]

¶ “Uzbekistan Formulates Low-Carbon Strategy” • Uzbekistan has devised a low-carbon energy strategy to aid its transition to renewables and cleaner power sources while meeting increasing energy demand. Uzbekistan plans to develop alternative energy sources, including solar, hydro and wind, to produce electricity with low carbon emissions. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Image: Unsplash | Science in HD)

¶ “Lithuania Must Step Up Efforts To Pursue Maximum Security Of Belarusian Nuclear Plant – Official” • The delivery of nuclear fuel to the Astravyets nuclear plant in Belarus forces Lithuania to step up efforts to pursue the maximum security of the facility, a Lithuanian official said. The plant is under construction near the Lithuanian border. [Baltic Times]

US:

¶ “Court Blocks Trump Solar Tariff Plan” • A US trade court has blocked a Trump administration plan to enact tariffs on a type of two-sided solar panel, dealing a blow to US manufacturers that had sought levies against cheap imports. The bifacial solar panels, which can generate power from both sides, are used in a minority of projects. [E&E News]

Solar panels (Prism Solar image)

¶ “PG&E Keeps Adding Electrons To Energy Storage Plans” • California utilities are moving past battery pilot projects. Pacific Gas and Electric Company requested that the California Public Utilities Commission approve five new energy storage projects totaling 423 MW in power capacity. All are lithium-ion battery storage proposals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Pumps $9.5 Million Into Lithium Extraction And Geothermal Energy” • Despite the pandemic, the California Energy Commission awarded $9.5 million for three geothermal and lithium projects. They will help provide continuous supply of renewable energy and stimulate California’s budding lithium recovery industry. [CleanTechnica]

Have a exceptionally glorious day.

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