June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Crisis To Blame For $67 Billion Of Hurricane Harvey Damage – Study” • At least $67 billion of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 can be attributed directly to climate breakdown, a study published in the journal Climatic Change says. The finding could lead to a radical reassessment of the costs of damage from extreme weather. [The Guardian]

Flooding after Hurricane Harvey (Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty)

World:

¶ “LG Chem Has Begun Mass Production Of NCM712 Batteries In Poland” • LG Chem began mass production of its NCM712 batteries in Poland. The technology dramatically reduces the use of cobalt in EV batteries, helping both to cut costs and to reduce child labor. The LG batteries also have greater energy density than previous batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Colombia Clears Red Tape For Renewable Energy Tax Breaks” • The Colombian government issued a decree that will reduce permitting delays and facilitate access to tax breaks for renewable power investors, according to energy minister María Fernanda Suárez. The new law is expected to reduce time to access tax breaks by half. [BNamericas English]

Sun and solar panels (facing away from the sun – Hrmph!)

¶ “Planet Needs Additional 3,000 GW Of Renewables By 2030 To Meet Paris Agreement Goals” • About 3,000 GW of renewable energy must be installed by 2030 for the planet to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a report by BloombergNEF, the UN Environment Program, and the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Wind-Solar Hybrid Is New Renewable Energy Option In India” • Wind-solar hybrid power, harnessing both solar and wind energy, is fast emerging as a viable new renewable energy option in India, a Crisil Research study says. About 15 GW of such power will come up over the next five years, with about 10 GW already in the works. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar-wind hybrid power (Image via Twitter)

¶ “Ambitious energy reforms set to cut household power bills” • Household power bills are expected to fall after the government of Australia approved energy market reforms. A new wholesale demand response system will pay smelters, heavy industry, and other big power users to reduce their usage during peak demand periods. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “BCO Says Architects Should Design For Climate Change” • Architects need to consider different climate scenarios when they design buildings, according to a report by the British Council for Offices. The study argues that developers and designers need to ‘de-risk’ buildings to reduce the effects of worse flash flooding, gales, and heatwaves. [Architects Journal]

Flooding in the UK (Shutterstock image)

¶ “DMT Is Suppling A Biogas Upgrading Plant At Waternet Amsterdam” • In Amsterdam’s metropolitan area, households and cars are to be supplied with green gas. The current Sewage Water Treatment Plant of Amsterdam will be transformed and optimized by DMT Environmental Technology, and green gas will soon be supplied. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Rods Can Be Removed From No 2 Reactor At Fukushima Plant, TEPCO Says” • TEPCO said it found no obstacles to its planned removal of radioactive fuel rods from a spent fuel pool at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It has used a robot to photograph the interior of the pool of the number 2 reactor to determine its condition. [The Japan Times]

Number 2 reactor spent fuel pool (Image: TEPCO via Kyodo)

US:

¶ “Ford Says Electric Pickup And Van Coming ‘In 24 Months'” • Ford COO Jim Farley said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk On The Street show this week that the company’s first electric pickup truck and its first electric cargo van will be on sale by “mid-2022.” That is later than some people expected, but transitions can take time. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Intuit Hits 100% Renewable Electricity Goal 10 Years Early” • The 419-MW Mesquite Star wind farm was just completed in Fisher County, Texas, and is now providing electricity for Ecolab, Lowe’s, Intuit, and Brown University. Intuit has now reached its 100% renewable electricity goal, 10 years earlier than it had promised. [CleanTechnica]

Mesquite Star wind farm (Courtesy of Clearway Energy Group)

¶ “Corporate Purchases Of Wind Capacity Set Record In 2019; Now Totals 16.857 GW – AWEA” • US commercial and industrial companies bought 4.447 GW of US wind capacity in 2019, setting a new annual record and bringing total corporate wind capacity purchases to 16.857 GW, the American Wind Energy Association said in two reports. [S&P Global]

¶ “Minnesota Power Energizes Great Northern Transmission Line To Move Company Closer To 50% Renewable Energy by 2021” • Minnesota Power has energized its 250-MW Great Northern Transmission Line, bringing online an innovative delivery and storage system for renewable energy that spans two states and one Canadian province. [Yahoo Finance]

Great Northern Transmission line (Photo: Minnesota Power)

¶ “Booming Illinois Solar Industry Falls Off ‘Funding Cliff'” • Illinois went from a solar laggard to one of the hottest markets in the US, thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act, signed in 2016. But the boom is just as quickly turning to bust due to the one-two punch of a funding crunch and the COVID-19 pandemic slowing both sales and installations. [E&E News]

¶ “New Mandate Throttles Back Amount Of Energy That Utility Customers Can Use” • Utilities in New Jersey will be required to reduce how much gas and electricity their customers use after the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved a wide-ranging program mandating those reductions as part of efforts to cut energy consumption. [NJ Spotlight]

Have an inspiringly fabulous day.

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