Archive for June 4th, 2020

June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2020


¶ “Russia’s Putin Declares State Of Emergency After Arctic Circle Oil Spill” • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle. The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed. The spill went unreported for two days. [BBC]

Leaked diesel oil (AFP)

¶ “Renewable Energy Boost Projected To Create 19,000 More Jobs In Australia By 2025” • Australia’s Clean Energy Council released the country’s largest study of current and projected employment in the renewable energy industry. It found that jobs in the sector could increase from over 25,000 people today to 44,000 people by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Halifax Aims To Add 210 Electric Buses In Next 8 Years” • The Halifax Regional Municipality in Canada is getting more serious about climate action and stopping air pollution. Halifax has plans to put $780 million into getting the 210 electric buses onto the road and 3 new ferry routes into service by 2028, according to The ChronicleHerald. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra electric bus (Courtesy of Proterra)

¶ “Unstoppable EV Growth In Norway – 66% Market Share” • The world’s leading electric vehicle market, Norway, has seen another month of record market share growth in May – 66% share. That’s up from 47% a year ago. Popular all-electric models included the e-Golf, the Audi e-tron, with newcomer MG ZS EV breaking into the top 5. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Germany Raises Offshore Wind Power Goal To 40 GW In 20 Years” • The German Cabinet has passed a bill that would set a goal of 40 GW of offshore wind power capacity installation by 2040, marking a surge of almost five-fold. It would increase capacity to 15 GW by 2030. The German offshore wind capacity is currently 7.5 GW. [Saurenergy]

Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbine

¶ “Wirsol And Hive Energy Partner On Largest UK Solar Project” • Hampshire-based renewable energy company Hive Energy has announced its partnership with Wirsol Energy on the Cleve Hill Solar Park, a 350-MW installation that can power about 91,000 average homes in the UK. It is the largest of its kind so far and will require no subsidies. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Brazil Plugs In 446 MW Of Renewables In May” • Bravil added a total of 493.81 MW of new capacity last month, of which wind, solar and biomass accounted for 90%, the power sector regulator Aneel announced. The new wind parks have a combined capacity of 220 MW. Biomass and solar followed with 126 MW and 100 MW, respectively. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Brazil (Otávio Nogueira, CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)

¶ “Despite Coronavirus, China Aims For Renewables Grid Parity” • China is sticking to its timetable for ending renewable energy subsidies. Faced with delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, developers are under pressure to restore production, get supply chains going, and get capacity installed and connected to the grid before subsidies end. [Eco-Business]

¶ “EDF Terminates Nuclear Electricity Supply Contracts” • EDF, the French utility, has notified three energy suppliers that their contracts were terminated, under a mechanism that allows rival suppliers to buy electricity produced by EDF’s nuclear power plants. The suppliers had sought to invoke a force majeure clause in their supply contracts. [World Nuclear News]

Chooz nuclear power plant in France (EDF image)


¶ “Trump’s EPA Takes Away State And Tribal Rights To Protect Their Own Water” • The US EPA has issued a rule that limits states’ and Indigenous tribes’ authority to protect the water within their own borders from federally authorized destructive projects such as oil and gas pipelines, hydropower dams, and wetland fills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “HECO Selects 16 Solar-Energy Storage Projects As Part Of 2020s Renewables Ramp-Up” • Hawaiian Electric, which has committed itself to 100% renewable energy within the next 25 years, announced 16 new solar plus storage or standalone battery projects it has selected for procurement on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Island of Oahu

¶ “Federal Judge Rules Citizen Lawsuit Can Proceed Against Justice Family-Run Coal Companies” • A federal judge denied a request by coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov Jim Justice to dismiss a lawsuit brought by environmental organizations over selenium violations at a West Virginia coal mine. [West Virginia Public Broadcasting]

¶ “Encore Renewable Starts Second Solar Project For Vermont Public Power Supply Authority” • The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy announced that construction has begun on a solar array on land currently used for corn silage in Morrisville. Encore is evaluating pollinator-friendly wildflower groundcover. [Solar Builder]

Vermont solar site

¶ “As Utility Solar Costs Drop 82%, US Renewable Leaders Target Majority Generation Share By 2030” • Renewable energy sources have become cheaper than any new electricity capacity based on fossil fuels, and the decline in costs is expected to go on. Four industry association leaders are planing to expand market share over the next 10 years. [Utility Dive]

¶ “US Ranks 24th On Environmental Performance” • The US now ranks 24th in the world environmental performance, and the country is far behind other industrialized nations, according to a new analysis by Yale and Columbia universities. Denmark came in first place, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland. The UK ranked fourth. [The Guardian]

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