Archive for June 13th, 2020

June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2020


¶ “Britain Saying Goodbye To Coal; Sunlight And Wind Climb From 3% To 37% In One Decade” • In many ways, the 20 century was about coal, but the 21st century is not. The collapse, the demise, of coal is undeniable. Britain recently measured a milestone toward that end. The country has gone two full months without burning coal. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)


¶ “Ford & Volkswagen Ink Deal For Vans, Pickup Trucks, And Some Sort Of EV” • Ford and Volkswagen announced a year ago they were planning to work more closely together, mostly in the area of commercial vehicles. Now they say they have formalized their cooperative agreement. It envisions production of three EVs in the next two years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ellen, Denmark’s First Electric Ferry, Passes All Tests With Flying Colors” • Ellen, Denmark’s first all-electric ferry, entered revenue service in September last year as a trial. After 10 months in service, the electric ferry has met or exceeded all expectations. In addition, it has proven that electric propulsion costs less than diesel power. [CleanTechnica]

Ferry boat Ellen (Image credit: Ærø EnergyLab)

¶ “55% Growth In Italy’s Electric Vehicle Market Year Over Year” • Italy’s car market was down about 50% down year-on-year for May. This is a great improvement from the April lows, which saw the market crater by 97.5% from the same month last year. Sales of plug-in hybrids showed great growth in May, however, up 145% year ago. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gas ‘Completely Dominated’ Discussion About Covid-19 Recovery, Commission Adviser Says” • A member of Australia’s Covid-19 recovery taskforce rejected the overwhelming focus on gas as the path out of recession, saying the country risked ending up with stranded fossil fuel infrastructure and should be doing more to back renewable energy. [The Guardian]

Gas-burning power plant (Photo: Reuters Staff | Reuters)

¶ “Scotland Launches £62 Million Energy Recovery Fund” • The Scottish government has launched a £62 million (€69 million, $77.8 Million) fund to help the energy sector recover from the dual economic impacts of Covid-19 and the oil and gas price crash. The fund will support businesses in the oil, gas, and energy sectors over the next five years. [reNEWS]

¶ “EDF Wants India To Play Important Role In Its Strategy Of Becoming Carbon Neutral By 2050” • Électricité de France, the French electric utility, expects India to play an important role in its global strategy of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. It will be scaling up solar and wind power generation capacity in India to 2 GW by 2022. [EnergyInfraPost]

Odisha NTPC Solar Plant Tender (Image via Twitter)

¶ “UK Considers Ending Financial Support For Fossil Fuels Overseas” • The UK government is considering steps to end its ongoing financial support for fossil fuels overseas after using £3.5 billion of public funds to support polluting projects since signing the Paris climate agreement. Senior civil servants are understood to be planning a new climate strategy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Norway Eyes 4.5 GW From New Offshore Wind Zones” • The Norwegian government is to open two new offshore two zones of the country’s south-west coast that have the potential to support up to 4.5 GW of capacity. The first site will be mainly for floating windpower. It covers 1010 square kilometres that are suitable for demonstration and larger projects. [reNEWS]

Energy Minister Tina Bru (Image: Norwegian government)

¶ “Armenia Rejects Russian Funding For Nuclear Plant Upgrade” • The Armenian government announced it has decided to use only 60% of a $270 million Russian loan designed to finance modernization of its 420-MW nuclear power plant at Metsamor. The plant’s sole functioning reactor went online in 1980 and was due to be decommissioned by 2017. [Radio Free Europe]


¶ “Soot Rule Thrusts EPA Into Spotlight On Race” • The EPA published a proposal that some critics call an assault on minority communities coping with the public health legacy of structural racism. It would mandate changes to the way future rules under the Clean Air Act would weigh costs and benefits of climate and air pollution regulations. [Scientific American]

Smog over Los Angeles (Credit: Getty Images)

¶ “Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant Coming To Shreveport, Louisiana” • Heila Technologies and battery maker SimpliPhi Power teamed on a up on an “intelligent energy storage+solar” demonstration project in Shreveport, Louisiana. Solar and storage at homes and businesses will be managed as if they were one big power plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Irrigation District Goes Green Using 95% Renewable Energy” • As the world seeks to tackle the growing threat of climate change and California pursues a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045, the Nevada Irrigation District announced it is using 95% clean, renewable energy to power all its operations, effective this June. [Gold Country Media]

Small hydro powerhouse

¶ “15 More Grid-Scale Battery Storage Installations Are Coming To Texas” • Independent power producer Broad Reach Power has only been in business about a year, but it is already involved in more than $100 million worth of renewable energy projects.It plans to build 15 battery storage projects in Texas this year, each 9.95-MW / 9.95-MWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Announces Three New Solar Power Plants To Complete 700-MW Commitment” • Duke Energy Florida has filed the locations of three new solar power plants, each of nearly 75 MW. Duke Energy Florida already had more than 500 MW of solar generation under construction or in operation. [Transmission & Distribution World]

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