Archive for June 8th, 2020

June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2020


¶ “1.35¢/kWh: Record Abu Dhabi Solar Bid Is A Sober Reminder To Upbeat Fossil Fuel Pundits” • The winning bid for a 2-GW solar power plant, the Al Dhafra Solar PV project, set the world’s most cost-competitive tariff for solar PV energy, at 1.35¢/kWh. Why would this news matter? Because it shows a worldwide potential for solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Noor solar array (Image courtesy Abu Dhabi Power Corporation)

¶ “Trump Tramples On National Environmental Policy Act In New Executive Order” • Last week, the man in charge of the US government signed an executive order that directs all federal agencies to waive long-standing environmental laws to speed up federal approval for new infrastructure projects, particularly those that impact federal lands. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Protection Of Seagrasses Key To Building Resilience To Climate Change, Disasters” • Seagrass meadows are among the most important coastal habitats on Earth. They nurture fish populations, weaken storm surges, and provide numerous other services to coastal communities. The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in a UN report. [UN Environment]

The sea (Pixabay image)

¶ “Bifacial Solar Panels That Follow The Sun Now Most Cost Effective” • A report published in the journal Joule confirms that tilting toward the light, for optimal sunlight collection from both sides of a solar panel, can be the most cost-effective solar option. The combination of technologies reduces the cost of electricity by an average of 16%. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Wärtsilä, Engie, And ING Bank Develop Emissions-Free Barge Business With Interchangeable Energy Containers” • Wärtsilä was joined by a number of partners  to form Zero Emission Services BV, to make inland waterway shipping more sustainable by providing interchangeable energy storage containers for barges powered by batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Barge powered by ZES system (Wärtsilä via Twitter)

¶ “Drivelectric Kenya’s Partnership With Food Delivery Firm Greenspoon Shows Why Electric Vans Are Perfect for Kenya” • Greenspoon, Kenya’s first artisan online food store, partnered with Drivelectric, a Kenyan e-mobility provider, to electrify its fleet of delivery vehicles. Early data from the partnership shows large savings from use of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Equinor ramps up zero emission fuel focus” • Equinor has committed to halving its maritime emissions in Norway by 2030 and halving emissions from global operations by 2050 including through developing green ammonia and hydrogen. Equinor plans to strongly increase production and use of zero-emission fuels by 2050. [reNEWS]

Offshore substation illustration (Equinor image)

¶ “Japan’s Tohoku Eletric Buys Stake In 51.6-M  PV Plant” • The Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power has acquired a 45% stake in a 51.6-MW solar park in Miyagi prefecture, renewable energy firm SB Energy Corp announced. Its output will meet the annual demand of 15,600 households. The solar park is expected to be operational in 2021. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Fluence Proposes 500-MW BESS Case Scenario To VNI West RIT-T” • Submissions are in on the Victoria-New South Wales Interconnector West. One proposal by Fluence is to replace the traditional infrastructure with mega-scale battery energy storage systems as virtual transmission. Fluence says the system can be deployed very quickly. [pv magazine Australia]

Battery energy storage system (Fluence image)

¶ “Surging Renewables, Covid-19 Pile More Pressure On Coal” • Independent modelling from global energy giant Schneider Electric, Australia’s largest corporate energy adviser, forecasts that wind, solar, and hydro power’s share of the main grid will surge from 21% to 27% this year, and could exceed 30% by the end of 2021. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “Naval Energies Joins Offshore Wind California Group” • The French company Naval Energies and trade association Offshore Wind California joined to pursue deployment of floating wind technology. California has excellent wind resources, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimating the state’s technical capacity at 112 GW. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Naval Energies image)

¶ “New York Approves Largest Wind Farm, But Not Everyone Is Happy About It” • What is happening in New York state, with the addition of more renewable energy assets, is a microcosm for what is going on elsewhere in the US and the world. Everybody supports the idea of renewable energy, but not everyone wants it in their community. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Study Says Phoenix Reservoirs Are Resilient To Warming, Scientists Warn Risks Remain” • Scientists have found that climate change is playing a big role in shrinking the flow of the Colorado River, but recent research suggests Arizona’s reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers could fare better as temperatures continue to rise. []

Roosevelt Lake on March 31, 2020 (Mark Henle | The Republic)

¶ “Renewable Energy Provides All New US Generating Capacity In April” • According to the SUN DAY Campaign, data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission show wind, solar, and hydropower provided 100% of the 1,328 MW in new US generating capacity added in April 2020 and 56.3% of all capacity added in the first third of 2020. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Pilgrim Question To Appear On Wellfleet, Eastham Ballots” • A ballot question on spent fuel storage at the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will appear on the ballots at the Wellfleet and Eastham town elections. The question relates to supporting sending a letter to Gov Charlie Baker asking for high quality dry casks with “heightened security.” [Cape Cod Times]

Have a magnificently propitious day.

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