Archive for June 7th, 2020

June 7 Energy News

June 7, 2020


¶ “Bruno Latour: ‘This Is A Global Catastrophe That Has Come From Within'” • In the early days of the lockdown, philosopher Bruno Latour wrote, “The first lesson the coronavirus has taught us is also the most astounding: we have actually proven that it is possible, in a few weeks, to put an economic system on hold everywhere in the world…” [The Guardian]

Bruno Latour at his home in Paris (Benoît Tessier | Reuters)

¶ “Net-Metered Renewable Power Costs Less” • The New Hampshire House of Representatives is about to get back to work. One bill is House Bill 1218, which would spur investment in low-cost renewable power by net-metering electric ratepayers. It will save money because the “fuel” is free and “delivery” requires only local distribution wires. [The Keene Sentinel]


¶ “More Jobs In Renewable-Led Covid-19 Economic Recovery, EY Report Finds” • In Australia, a renewables-led economic recovery will create almost three times as many jobs as a fossil-fuel-led recovery, a report by Ernst and Young says. The federal government has been favoring a gas-fired approach to Covid-19 recovery. [ABC News]

Solar power (Supplied: Latrobe Valley Microgrid)

¶ “Huge Subsidy-Free Partnership On 500 MW+ Expansion Of Solar PV In Denmark” • Encavis AG, a producer of electricity from renewable energy sources, announced that it signed a partnership agreement with developer GreenGo Energy Group a/s on a 500 MW+ portfolio of utility scale subsidy-free solar projects in Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Uneven Progress On Clean Energy Technologies Faces Further Pressure From The Covid-19 Crisis” • The International Energy Agency’s latest report on clean energy transitions finds that a majority of technologies and sectors are failing to keep pace with long-term climate goals. The Covid-19 crisis could impede clean energy progress further. [Modern Diplomacy]

Installing a solar system

¶ “Government Committed To Its Renewable Energy Target Of 30 GW By 2022: Gujarat Energy Minister” • Gujarat’s Energy Minister said the state government is committed to its renewable energy target of 30 GW by 2022. He urged industry to identify land pockets and participate in the bidding process over the coming months. [India Education Diary]

¶ “How West Africa Can Expand Power Supply And Meet Renewable Climate Goals” • Across West Africa, many countries grapple with the challenges of rising electricity demand and climate change. Research shows that use of sustainably managed hydropower plants with new solar and wind power projects is a promising option. [Quartz Africa]

Solar panels near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
(Ludovic Marin | POO | Reuters)

¶ “Renewables In Focus To Revive Energy Sector As Economies Ease Lockdowns” • While the oil industry is still struggling to find a comfortable price, the trends in the reviving energy sector indicate the importance of clean and renewable energy, analysis done by the Centre of Excellence on Emerging Development Perspectives says. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “Dubai’s Renewable Energy Share In Its Power Mix Exceeds Target” • The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced that renewable energy supplies nearly 9% of the country’s total demand for electricity. This exceeds Dubai’s target, which aimed to provide 7% renewable energy out of the total power output by 2020 and 75% by 2050. [Mercom India]

Tracking solar array

¶ “Covid-19 Locks Kenya’s Future In Green Energy” • A rare joint statement by the International Energy Agency, World Health Organization, World Bank, and the International Agency for Renewable Energy said with Covid-19, investments in renewable energy are still profitable, while those in fossil fuels tanked. This has implications for Kenya. [Daily Nation]

¶ “Malaysia Opens RM4 Billion Bid For 1 GW Of Solar Plants” • Malaysia opened competitive bidding for 1 GW of solar plants worth about RM4 billion ($940 million), the largest capacity offered under its Large Scale Solar scheme. According to Public Investment Bank Bhd, the last three cycles of LSS had capacities of 370 MW to 500 MW. [New Straits Times Online]

Renewable energy (New Straits Times image)


¶ “Student Movement Leads To 100% Renewable Energy Policy For Salt Lake City Schools” • A movement started by Salt Lake City high school students led to the local school board adopting a 100% renewable energy policy. It set a goal for the school district of 100% clean electricity by 2030 and no fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Windy Enough In Dust Bowl Land” • Windpower developers have tried to build wind farms in southeastern Colorado in the past. They were unable to get the transmission lines they need to tie to the grid. Now they are trying again. Baca County, one of the least populated counties in the state, has a potential for 15 GW ov capacity. [Mountain Town News]

Colorado Green, the state’s first wind farm (Photo: Allen Best)

¶ “US Considers Blacklisting More Oil Tankers Over Venezuela Trade, Official Says” • The US is considering imposing sanctions on dozens of foreign oil tankers for trading with Venezuela, a US official told Reuters. Some sanctions could be announced in the near term while others could be imposed over a longer period if the activities persisted. []

¶ “Auburn Physics Professors Receive Nearly $900,000 In Federal Funding To Develop Fusion As Energy Source” • Two Auburn University physics professors were recently awarded nearly $900,000 in DOE research grant funds. Their project is a collaboration between Auburn plasma physicists and the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. [WTVY, Dothan]

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