June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2020

World:

¶ “Peugeot’s New 330-Kilometer e-Traveler Electric Van” • The electric van space has been dominated by a few models. In the past few years, we’ve seen some new entrants try to break in, but one particular announcement looks especially promising. It is that Peugeot is now offering the Peugeot e-Traveler, with a range of up to 330 km (205 miles). [CleanTechnica]

Peugeot e-Traveler (Peugeot image)

¶ “Masdar Inks 500-MW Wind Deal With Uzbekistan” • United Arab Emirates-based renewables developer Masdar has signed an agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan to build a 500-MW wind project. The agreement covers the design, financing, construction and operation of the wind farm in the Zarafshon district of the Navoi region. [reNEWS]

¶ “R.Power lands debt for 121-MWp of Polish solar projects” • Polish solar projects developer R.Power Group will obtain zł350 million ($89.3 million, €78.7 million) in debt financing for a portfolio of 121 MW of auction-winning projects in Poland. The deal is being touted as the largest funding transaction in the domestic solar sector. [Renewables Now]

Solar panels (Image: foxbat | Shutterstock)

¶ “Giant Offshore Wind Turbines Could Help Vietnam Tackle Immense Climate Change Challenges” • Vietnam could become a future global leader in offshore wind energy generation, after recent analysis showed the country has vast potential along its 3,000 km coastline. Preliminary findings are that offshore wind  could generate up to 160 GW. [CNA]

¶ “Telefónica Selects ACCIONA For Annual Supply Of 100 GWh Of Renewable Energy Over Next 10 Years” • Telefónica selected ACCIONA, Spain’s leading 100% renewable energy retailer, to supply 100 GWh of renewable energy each year. ACCIONA will provide energy to the telecom group’s data processing facilities, offices, and work centers in Spain. [The Fast Mode]

Wind turbines

¶ “Vestas Secures 36-MW Auction Win in Poland” • Vestas has won its fourth order from the latest Polish auction round for a total order intake of more than 350 MW. This 36-MW project consists of ten turbines delivered in 3.6 MW power optimized mode combined with site specific towers and a 20-year service contract. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Renewable Energy Market Being Boosted By Blockchain Technology” • Blockchain technology promises to help boost the greater use of renewable energy sources due to its ability to trace the production of green sustainable energy. This will prove to be vital for peer-to-peer electricity trading and to track examine carbon neutrality. [Irish Tech News]

Wind farm

¶ “Irish Onshore Trio Hit Financial Close” • Financial close has been reached on three onshore wind farms in Ireland with a combined capacity of 21 MW. One project is the 14.1-MW Black Lough in County Sligo. The others are the 4.6-MW Three Tree and 2.3-MW Enros wind projects in County Donegal. All three are being developed by SMR. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “The 16 Solar+Storage Projects Hawaii Just Ordered” • Details were posted about the 16 solar+storage and stand-alone battery projects Hawaiian Electric is having installed on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. In total, they ordered 460 MW of solar energy and nearly 3 GWh of energy storage. They are all to be complete by the end of 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Kapolei Energy Storage site (Kapolei Energy Storage image)

¶ “Octillion And Lightning Systems Working Together On Class 6 Electric Truck Drivetrains” • Octillion Power Systems, which makes lithium-ion batteries for EVs, and Lightning Systems, an EV drivetrain company, have teamed up to develop electric powertrains for Class 6 electric trucks. These are medium-duty trucks of up to 12½ tons. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “90% Clean Grid by 2035 Is Not Just Feasible, But Cheaper, Study Says” • It will be feasible to power the US on 90% clean electricity by 2035 thanks to stunning renewables cost declines, a study finds. Researchers from UC Berkeley and GridLab found that by 2035, renewables could power 90% of a reliable grid with just 10% from natural gas. [Greentech Media]

Solar technician at work (Photo: Duke Energy)

¶ “EIA: Growth In Renewable Power Expected To Continue” • Renewable sources are expected to provide 21% of US electricity in 2020 and 23% in 2021, up from 17% in 2019, data in the Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook shows. Natural gas is expected to provide 41% of US electricity this year, but only 36% 2021. [Biomass Magazine]

¶ “NYSERDA Moves To Launch Program Targeting Brownfields And Other Less Desirable Sites For Renewables” • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority requested regulatory approval and $50 million for its incentive program to identify and auction off brownfield and less desirable sites for renewable energy projects. [Utility Dive]

Solar power in New York City (Getty Images)

¶ “Monitor Sees Vogtle Nuke Missing In-Service Dates And Exceeding Cost Projections” • A monitor that is independently evaluating Southern Co.’s already delayed Vogtle Nuclear Plant expansion project found that the utility is “highly unlikely” to meet the most recent November 2021 and November 2022 in-service dates for the two new reactors. [S&P Global]

¶ “SCANA Conspirators Helped Byrne Spin Lies About Nuclear Project, Document Alleges” • Documents made public Tuesday allege that former SCANA second-in-command Stephen Byrne and “others known and unknown” to federal officials mounted a years-long cover up to hide huge losses in construction at the VC Summer nuclear plant. [The State]

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