Archive for June 19th, 2020

June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2020


¶ “The Tide Is Turning (And Is It Ever!)” • Something really important was buried in FERC’s latest Energy Infrastructure Update, and though SUN DAY Campaign mentioned it, the rest of the media let it slip. In the US, renewables are expected to see fifty times as much net capacity added in the next three years as nuclear and fossil fuels combined. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in the desert (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)

¶ “If Covid-19 Was A Quiz, Global Warming Will Be The Final Exam” • An old expression says, “If you fail to plan, you have a plan to fail.” The human community is facing a strong possibility that average temperatures will climb so high soon that life on Earth will cease to exist. And yet, we have developed no plan to stop the rising temperatures. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Siberia’s Prolonged Unusually Warm Weather Is An Alarming Sign: Scientist” • Surface temperatures in Siberia were up to 10°C (18°F) higher than average last month, according to research by the Copernicus Climate Change Service. But it wasn’t just May that was warmer than usual. The region was unusually warm all through winter and spring. [CNN]

Polar bear (Oleg Krashevsky | @Putoranatour | Instagram)


¶ “Tata Power Renewable Gets another LOA; to Develop 100-MW Solar Plant in Maharashtra” • Continuing its winning streak, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, the renewable arm of Indian utility giant Tata Power, has secured yet another Letter of Award within only a few days for the development of a solar plant in Maharashtra. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Volkswagen Ships Cars To Americas Aboard Low Emissions Ship, Boosts Stake In QuantumScape” • Volkswagen Group ships over its vehicles on more than 7,700 ocean voyages each year. Many cargo ships run on heavy bunker oil, emitting vast plumes pollutants. Volkswagen says it is putting two ultramodern vehicle carriers into service. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen car shipping (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Hungary To Launch Renewables Auction In July” • The Hungarian government aims to contract around 390 GWh of generating capacity per year, with 40 GW to be reserved for the Small PVPP category. It will set aside 350 GWh for the Large PVPP group, which includes projects ranging in size from 1 MW to 50 MW. [pv magazine International]

¶ “South Australia Fast-Tracks Energy Plan To Dodge Blackouts And Meet 100% Renewables Goal” • The South Australia Liberal government announced a new energy package to ensure the state can reach its target of net 100% renewables by 2030. One part of the package allows the market operator to switch off rooftop solar, rarely, to manage the grid. [RenewEconomy]

Infigen’s Lake Bonney wind farm

¶ “Global Renewable Energy Growth Equals Coal for First Time Ever, BP Report Says” • Renewable energy sources experienced record growth in 2019, matching that of coal for the first time ever, according to an annual report from oil company BP. The “Statistical Review of World Energy” tracks energy growth, usage and trends. [The Weather Channel]

¶ “RES Seals Green PPA With French Rail Operator” • RES has signed a long-term power purchase agreement to supply almost 40 MW of green electricity to the energy arm of French rail operator SNCF Voyageurs. The deal with SNCF Energie is for between 15 and 20 years. It will enable the construction and operation of solar power plants from 2021. [reNEWS]

SNCF Voyageurs train (SNCF image)

¶ “Uttar Pradesh To Set Up 600 MW Of Solar In New Renewable Energy Park” • The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency signed a memorandum of understanding with Tehri Hydro Development Corporation of India Limited to set up an ultra-mega renewable energy park in the state. The initial target is 600 MW. [Mercom India]


¶ “How A Historic Drought Led To Higher Power Costs And Emissions” • A team led by a researcher from North Carolina State University analyzed the downstream effects of a drought in California that took place in 2012-2016 and was considered one of the worst in the state’s history. They found that drought led to significant increases in power costs. [NC State News]

Shasta Lake (Kelly M Grow | California Dept of Water Resources)

¶ “Top Five US Cities For Bicycling” • PeopleForBikes published a list of the top five cities for bikes in the US, out of 567 cities it considered. This is the third year of the annual rating. The 2020 rankings varied noticeably from the 2019. They are San Luis Obispo, CA; Madison, WI; Santa Barbara, CA; Washington, DC; and Missoula, MT. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Surge While Coal Power Fizzles” • This year, for the first time, renewable sources will provide more electricity than coal, the Energy Information Administration says. The EIA predicts that electricity from coal generation will drop by 25%, while electricity produced from renewables is expected to grow by 11%. [Santa Barbara Independent]

Wind turbines (Anna Jiménez Calaf | Unsplash)

¶ “NTEC Submits Proposal For Solar Array At Navajo Mine” • The Navajo Transitional Energy Company and Photosol US have submitted a proposal to site 200 MW of a 400-MW solar array on reclaimed Navajo Mine land. If accepted, the project could generate up to $20 million in tax revenues for the Navajo Nation over 40 years. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Vermont Renewables Set New Records In New England And US, Helping Economy And Climate” • The 180,000 small-scale solar systems in New England pack a mighty punch against CO₂ emissions. Last month, home and community-based PV systems set a new record with a capacity of 3,200 MW, three times that of the Seabrook nuclear plant. []

Have an enchantingly copacetic day.

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