Archive for June 9th, 2020

June 9 Energy News

June 9, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “On Top Of Everything Else, Trump Loses Offshore Wind War (Shocker!)” • File this under W for What else can Trump lose at? The top US inspector of underground bunkers sailed into the Oval Office promising to bring back coal jobs, only to tank the entire US coal industry. But the worst is yet to come as offshore wind revs under his very nose. [CleanTechnica]

Floating wind turbine (photo courtesy of Aqua Ventus)

¶ “Could The Coronavirus Crisis Finally Finish Off Coal?” • The UK’s electricity grid has burnt no coal for 60 days, and National Grid said it isn’t expecting a coal generator to be turned back on anytime soon. The proximate cause is the pandemic, but an underlying cause is that renewables have almost no marginal costs, and they keep getting cheaper to build. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Power Systems Can Be Operated Using Only Renewable Power Generation” • Several studies have demonstrated how wind and solar power combined with electricity storage or other energy sectors can supply the energy demand for a power system at all times. There are still technological unknowns, but there are potential solutions. [Advanced Science News]

Wind turbines

World:

¶ “BP To Cut 10,000 Jobs Because Of Oil Price Crash” • BP is cutting 10,000 jobs as it reels from this year’s crash in oil prices and it tries to pivot toward renewable energy. BP’s CEO Bernard Looney told employees that the oil giant would reduce its global workforce by nearly 15% this year. Most of the cuts will affect office jobs. [CNN]

¶ “Britain Goes Coal Free As Renewables Edge Out Fossil Fuels” • Britain is about to pass a significant landmark: At midnight on June 10 it will have gone two full months without burning any coal to generate power. A decade ago about 40% of the country’s electricity came from coal. The coronavirus is part of the story, but far from all of it. [BBC]

Stranded assets (Getty Images)

¶ “Melting Permafrost Claims Its First Major Victim, Russia’s Oil & Gas Network” • This past week, there was an oil spill in Siberia because of melting permafrost. Almost all of Russia’s oil and gas fields are under permafrost and much of the pipeline system goes over permafrost. Russia’s planned pipelines to China are especially at risk. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “700 MW Solar Power Auction Kicked Off Today In Portugal” • After a delay in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, June 8, was the deadline for solar developers to submit applications for Portugal’s 700-MW solar auction. After the applications process, the government expects there will be hard bidding around the last week of August. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (ECO Economia Online via Twitter)

¶ “Norway Adopts Chinese Maxus Electric Vans For Rescue Service In Tunnels” • Norway has lots of long tunnels on roads though its many mountains. Norway also has a lot of experience with accidents in tunnels. One city is doing trials of emergency vehicles that are able to respond to an emergency without emitting pollutants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India’s Adani Green wins 10 G W of solar development, manufacturing projects” • India’s Adani Green Energy Ltd has won a tender for an 8-GW solar project with a manufacturing component, touted as the biggest award of its kind globally. AGE said in a bourse filing that the project will require an overall investment of $6 billion. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels (Adani Solar image)

¶ “Huge 3.6-GW Solar Plus Battery Hydrogen Project Proposed For Queensland” • A newly formed Australian company, Austrom Hydrogen, unveiled plans for what it says could be a 3.6-GW solar hydrogen project in central Queensland, adding to the rapidly growing list of multi-gigawatt scale renewable hydrogen proposals in Australia. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Offshore Wind Offers 1.4 TW Potential By 2050” • Up to 1,400 GW of offshore wind capacity could be built around the world by the year 2050, according to the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition. It said 1,400 GW is achievable considering the resource potential, technology innovation, and government appetite to focus on offshore windpower. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Ørsted image)

¶ “TEPCO Renewable To Spend $9-18 Billion By 2035 On Green Power” • TEPCO Renewable Power plans to spend about ¥1-2 trillion ($9-18 billion) to develop up to 7 GW of offshore wind and hydroelectric power projects by 2035, its president said. TEPCO itself has been struggling to restart nuclear stations after the Fukushima Disaster. [Reuters Africa]

US:

¶ “$130 Million In US Grants For Zero-Emission And Low-Emission Bus Technologies” • The Transportation Department’s Federal Transit Administration announced some good news last week, support for more efficient bus fleets. More efficient means they should be more economical, create energy savings, and cut pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Courtesy of New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions)

¶ “World’s Largest Renewable Hydrogen Plant (Part 2)” • The city of Lancaster, California has a hydrogen project that IS rocket science. One thing is easy to understand about it: The science makes it possible to produce hydrogen from waste paper, on cost parity with the fossil-fuel-based grey hydrogen, with a negative carbon impact. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford PHEV Escape Coming This Summer” • We can expect to have a choice this summer of two new plug-in hybrid midsize SUVs. Toyota last week announced its all new RAV4 Prime. Now Ford has joined the SUV party with its Escape plug-in hybrid. The Ford will probably beat the Toyota to market by a few months. [CleanTechnica]

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