Archive for June 11th, 2020

June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2020


¶ “Unpacking The Scenario For 90% Renewable Energy In US By 2035” • A study from the UC Berkeley and GridLab shows the US could transition to 90% renewable energy by the year 2035. The cost would be no more than business as usual, but it would create a half million high value jobs. And it would reduce the wholesale cost of electricity by 13%. [CleanTechnica]

Berkeley clean energy report (Image credit: UC Berkeley)

¶ “Congress Is Mulling Renewable Energy Stimulus: They Should Think Bigger” • With discussions in the US Congress underway on the makeup of ‘Phase 4’ of the coronavirus stimulus package, multiple reports are identifying clean and renewable energy as a key sector that Democrats hope to support. Given the climate crisis, they should think bigger. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Stunning Chart Shows Why Battery Electric Vehicles Win” • Many of us are not good at digesting words but will do fine with an idea if it is presented in an image. This chart from Transport & Environment is a gem. It explains that battery electric vehicles are, by far, our most efficient automobile option, and clearly the future of transport. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it.


¶ “Tesla Tops Toyota In Market Cap, Becomes World’s Largest Auto And Clean Energy Company” • Last January, Tesla passed Volkswagen in market capitalization to become the world’s second largest auto company. Now, only five months later, Tesla has passed Toyota. It is the world’s largest auto and clean energy company by market capitalization. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Wind And Solar Additions Set New Record In 2019, But More Is Needed” • The global deployment of wind and solar projects reached a new record level in 2019, as falling costs and a push to zero emissions energy sources presented opportunities that could be expanded across the world in a post-Covid-19 economic recovery. [RenewEconomy]

Installing windbreak for solar power

¶ “Israeli Government’s 16-GW Solar Plan A New Policy Priority” • Here is some positive clean energy news. Israel’s government shared plans for a decade-long renewable energy shift. The Energy Ministry released its Roadmap for some serious solar action. It envisions a $23 billion investment for 16 GW of solar power in the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Hails Its First Onshore Wind Energy Contract With PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Company In China” • GE’s contract with PowerChina includes 12 units of 2.5-132 onshore wind turbines with a two-year service agreement. The Xuanli Qingfeng wind farm will have a capacity of 30 MW, enough to power 40,000 local homes. [REVE]

Wind turbine

¶ “Malaysia: 1-GW Solar Tender Coming” • Malaysia is not messing around. As many countries focus on renewable energy as part of their economic revival after the coronavirus crisis (too bad the US doesn’t have that foresight), Malaysia’s 1-GW play seems big enough for its own story. The government expects 12,000 jobs to be created. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cheap Renewable Energy An Asset For COVID-19 Recovery Packages: Report” • As COVID-19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a report shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritise clean energy in economic recovery packages and bringing the world closer to meeting the Paris Agreement goals. [Saurenergy]

Wind turbines in a desert

¶ “Poland Plans $1 Billion Investment In New Renewables Division” • Polish state-run oil and gas major Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA plans to spend up to zł4 billion ($1 billion, €894 millio) to create a dedicated renewable energy division. PGNiG hopes the investment will produce a renewable capacity of up to 900 MW. [Renewables Now]


¶ “Duke Sows ‘Pollinator Garden’ At Tippecanoe Solar Farm” • A Duke Energy solar power plant in Indiana is helping renew and increase populations of pollinator species, important for all flowers and food plants. Parts of the 1.6-MW Tippecanoe solar plant site at the Discovery Park District, near Purdue University, have been planted in native wildflowers. [reNEWS]

Pollinator (Duke Energy image)

¶ “These Rarely Used, Dirty Power Plants Could Be Cheaply Replaced By Batteries” • Analysis by researchers at the nonprofit Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Health Energy studied nine states to identify which peaker plants have the greatest potential to be replaced by clean energy alternatives. With new battery technology, the list was long. [Grist]

¶ “Despite Pandemic, Instalations Of US Solar Capacity Will Grow 33% In 2020” • New US solar installations will increase by a third this year, a report showed, as soaring demand by utilities for carbon-free power more than outweighs a dramatic decline in rooftop system orders for homes and businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. [The Edge Markets MY]

Solar array (Photo: Reuters)

¶ “Rockland Community Power Announces COVID-19 Relief Campaign For Clarkstown” • Rockland Community Power, a program created several towns and villages of Rockland County, New York, in partnership with Joule Community Power, will raise money for local COVID-19 relief efforts through a new offering of community solar power. [Rockland County Times]

¶ “US Agency Plans To Lift Nuclear Power Plant Financing Ban: Spokeswoman” • The International Development Finance Corp, an agency of the US federal government, will end its ban on financing nuclear power plant projects, a spokeswoman said. It is a move that follows the Trump administration’s support for US reactor exports. [S&P Global]

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