Archive for June 2nd, 2020

June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2020


¶ “How Should California Wind Down Its Fossil Fuel Industry?” • California is a leader in renewable energy, particularly rooftop solar. But it remains the seventh-largest oil-producing state, with 162 million barrels of crude coming up in 2018, translating to tax revenue and jobs. So how can the state reconcile its divergent energy path? [GreenTech Media]

Oil field in Kern County, California (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Energy Efficiency Is Cheaper Than Gas” • Energy efficiency programs save money and ease the effects of climate change. They also generate high-quality jobs. Efficiency accounted for nearly half of the energy industry’s overall net of new jobs in 2019, and it employs twice as many US workers as the entire fossil fuel industry. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “SpaceX Crew Dragon Gets To The ISS, But What About Doing It With Renewable Energy?” • SpaceX and NASA  launched two astronauts to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Calculations show that we could turn water into rocket fuel sufficient for a Shuttle launch using a month’s wind power from a small wind farm at a cost of about $285,000. [CleanTechnica]

May 30 SpaceX launch (Daniel Oberhaus, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “EDF Fires Starting Gun At Fecamp” • Construction is set to start at the 500-MW Fecamp offshore wind farm off northwest France, with financing agreements between the consortium developing the project and its financial partners finalized. Fecamp will have 71 Siemens Gamesa 7.0-154 turbines located and is to be commissioned in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australia’s Largest Renewables Employment Study Released” • A Clean Energy Council report found that the renewables sector could employ 44,000 Australians by 2025, with a majority in regional areas. Clean Energy At Work is Australia’s largest study of current and projected employment in the renewable energy sector to date. [Energy Magazine]

Wind turbine technician enjoying the view (Shutterstock image)

¶ “AFC Energy And Acciona Partner To Test Fuel Cell Systems At Construction Site” • UK alkaline fuel cells developer AFC Energy Plc said it partnered with Acciona SA to conduct field tests of the H-Power fuel cell platform at one of Acciona’s construction sites in Spain. The partners will evaluate safety and cost effectiveness of both hydrogen and ammonia. [Renewables Now]

¶ “What Offshore Wind Can Bring To The Corporate PPA Party” • As corporate onshore wind and solar deals pick up in Europe, the first handful of offshore wind deals are now being made. The market for corporate onshore renewables deals is now “mature,” Rasmus Errboe, senior vice president at Ørsted Offshore told GTM. [GreenTech Media]

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Turbine

¶ “Study Shows Decrease In Renewable Energy Costs May Serve As An Accelerator For Clean Energy Expansion” • A study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stony Brook University projects further declines in the cost of renewable energy in China. The study, published in Nature Communications, could be a model for the US. [Tech Xplore]

¶ “Plunging Cost Of Wind And Solar Marks Turning Point In Energy Transition: IRENA” • Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, as it is increasingly cheaper to build solar or wind farms than to run existing coal plants, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows. [Reuters]

Wind farm in France (Pascal Rossignol | Reuters)

¶ “MingYang Installs Storage Technology At Huian Quanhui” • MingYang Smart Energy deployed energy storage technology at the 43-MW Huian Quanhui offshore wind farm in China’s Fujian province. The turbine manufacturer’s subsidiary, Quant-Cloud, developed the technology to enhance the typhoon resiliance of MingYang’s offshore wind turbines. [reNEWS]

¶ “Climate Change: Older Trees Loss Continue Around The World” • Older, carbon-rich tropical forests continue to be lost at a frightening rate, according to satellite data. In 2019, an area of primary forest the size of a football pitch was lost every six seconds, according to the University of Maryland study of trees more than 5 meters. [BBC News]

Tree loss in Bolivia due to fires (Getty Images)


¶ “EPA Mounts A New Strike On States’ Rights, This Time To Boost Pipeline Companies” • As chaos grips the nation, the EPA is changing water permitting rules to make it harder for states to block construction of fossil fuel pipelines. The EPA’s new rule prohibits regulators from factoring in a project’s impacts on climate change. [Huffpost]

¶ “Under Construction: Two Solar Farms with 230 Million kWh of Energy Output in Western Kentucky” • Western Kentucky will be home to two new solar farms with a combined capacity of 100 MW. This results from a deal between Community Energy and Big Rivers Electric Corporation, which will buy 100% of the solar farms’ output. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Somewhat unusual olar panels (Pixabay image)

¶ “Cities Need More Expertise And Utility Support In 100% Renewables Push: Report” • A report says greenhouse gas emissions are “rising at an unprecedented rate,” and with the federal government largely taking a back-seat in the fight against climate change, it is up to state and city governments to do much of the heavy lifting. [Smart Cities Dive]

¶ “Operators Shut Down Seabrook Reactor After ‘Unplanned Event'” • A manual trip at the Seabrook Station nuclear plant on Friday, followed an unplanned insertion of control rods. David Lochbaum of watchdog group C-10 Research & Education Foundation, said the event was more interesting economically than for safety. [The Daily News of Newburyport]

Have an exceedingly splendid day.

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