June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Extinction Crisis ‘Poses Existential Threat To Civilisation'” • Human impacts on the places on Earth with the most richness of life have brought hundreds of wild animals to the brink of extinction, a study shows. We are in the sixth mass extinction, with only ourselves to blame. And what we do in the next few decades will shape the future of humanity. [BBC]

Endangered bontebok (Gerardo Ceballos)

¶ “Game Over For Coal: Renewable Energy Best Bet For Covid-19 Recovery” • The economic argument for keeping older coal power plants in operation seems clear enough: they’re already here. That’s it. That’s the case. If that seems like weak tea, it is. Coal is resting on bottom line respectability, when reneable energy is cheaper. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Oil & Gas Industry Doesn’t Have A Bright Future” • The oil and gas industry has been in a recession, effectively since the global financial crisis 11 years ago. Each year, production volumes have increased by more than global demand, meaning that the market has been in decline, with lower prices for crude oil and natural gas the natural result. [CleanTechnica]

Fully loaded oil tankers sitting idle (PO3 Aidan Cooney | USCG)

World:

¶ “Northvolt And Hydro Team Up For EV Battery Recycling” • Swedish lithium-ion battery manufacturer Northvolt and Norwegian aluminum producer Hydro have formed a new partnership to recycle EV batteries. It’s all part of a push to make the EU a more circular economy instead of discarding its waste products in landfills and junk yards. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nordex Swoops On 90-MW Brazil Order” • Nordex has received a turbine order for a 90-MW wind project in Brazil. The agreement, with new customer Companhia Paranaense de Energia, is for the supply and construction of 26 AW132/3465 turbines plus a 20-year servicing contract. The Jandaira Copel wind farm will be completed in 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Nordex image)

¶ “Lanzajet Launches To Make Renewable Jet Fuel A Reality” • Over a fifteen year stretch, LanzaTech has been developing technologies that can turn carbon emissions into ethanol. The company announced the spinout of LanzaJet with partners Mitsui, Suncor, and All Nippon Airways, to bring sustainable aviation fuel to market. [TechCrunch]

¶ “UK Electricity Coal Free For First Month Ever” • The UK’s electricity system had its “greenest” month ever and ran without coal-fired electricity for the full month of May. National Grid, the energy system operator, said the UK’s sunniest spring on record helped reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded. [The Guardian]

Solar and wind power in Lincolnshire (Paul Glendell | Alamy)

¶ “Adani Chief Talks Solar And Hydrogen Storage Opportunity” • Covid-19 presents an opportunity to pause, rethink, and design a faster transition to a clean energy future, according to Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani. He pointed to a 99% drop in the cost of solar modules over a 40 year period, and said he expects the trend to continue. [pv magazine Australia]

Australia:

¶ “Renewables Power On Despite Recession: CER Report” • In Australia, the Clean Energy Regulator’s Quarterly Carbon Market Report for the first three months of 2020 shows the renewable sector has exhibited remarkable resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Renewables are being installed even as a recession is going on. [EcoGeneration]

PVs and grazing animals

¶ “Insurers, Scientists Team Up In ‘Ground-Breaking’ Australian Initiative” • Leading Australian experts in climate change science and disaster modeling are working with Australian financial institutions to provide a common, scientifically robust standard for industry disclosure and reporting of climate-related financial risks in Australia.” [Insurance Business Australia]

¶ “Australia’s Biggest Wind Farm Starts Sending Power To The Grid” • Goldwind Australia’s 530-MW Stockyard Hill wind farm is sending power to the grid, after its first turbine was connected to the Victorian transmission network. So far, a total of 90 of the wind farm’s 149 Goldwind 3S turbines have been installed at the site in Western Victoria. [RenewEconomy]

Stockyard Hill wind farm (Image: Goldwind Australia)

US:

¶ “State Now Has Plan For Climate Resilience” • In 2012, North Carolina passed a bill restricting the use of sea level rise data for regulatory purposes, which brought it criticism for “outlawing science.” Since that time, it has changed more than a little. This week it introduced what it calls its most comprehensive effort to address climate change. [Coastal Review Online]

¶ “Oil Pipeline Projects Continue To Burden Landowners During Pandemic – Misuse Of Eminent Domain” • Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is cutting a 400-mile line across the middle of Texas, digging up vast swaths of private land for its planned Permian Highway Pipeline. The project continues, through the pandemic, without health precautions. [CleanTechnica]

Clearing land for the pipeline (Source: Big Ingen Media)

¶ “Louisiana’s SWEPCO Test Virtual Power Plant Using Solar And Storage” • Battery storage provider SimpliPhi Pwer announced a new partnership with Helia Technologies to deploy intelligent energy solar-plus-storage systems at a demonstration project in Shreveport, Louisiana with the support of Southwest Electric Power Co. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Bill Gates And Big Oil Chasing The Nuclear Fusion Dream” • The debate over nuclear fusion vs fission may be on the edge of a breakthrough. Startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems has won over Bill Gates and other backers. The company’ system is to be powered by high-temperature superconducting magnets. It has hopes to run it in the early 2030s. [OilPrice.com]

Have a notably salubrious day.

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