Archive for June 20th, 2020

June 20 Energy News

June 20, 2020


¶ “Big Auto’s Decision To ‘Wait And See’ Gives Tesla A Growing Lead” • By most accounts, Tesla’s EV technology is about five years ahead of anything any other automaker can muster. The majors’ EV strategies are best described as “wait and see.” But as they do so, Tesla is actually building experience and expanding the lead it already has. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model X (CleanTechnica)

¶ “Modular Or Not, Nuclear Power Would Be Too Expensive For South Africa” • A request for information on modular nuclear plants by the SA Department of Mineral Resources and Energy attempts to manipulate the South African public into believing that a build-own-operate and transfer model and modular nuclear construction are affordable. [Business Day]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change: Sport Heading For A Fall As Temperatures Rise” • Global sport faces major disruption from climate change in coming decades, an analysis shows. By 2050, it’s estimated that almost one in four English football league grounds can expect flooding every year. Tennis, rugby, and other sports will also face serious challenges. [BBC]

A little water flooding a sporting event (Getty Images)


¶ “Greta Thunberg: Climate Change ‘As Urgent’ As Coronavirus” • Greta Thunberg says the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency. That means the world be acting “with necessary force,” the Swedish climate activist said in an interview with BBC News. She said the world is reaching a “social tipping point.” [BBC]

¶ “Vatican Asks Catholics To Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments” • The Vatican urged Catholics to consider closely where they invest their money and to take a close look at the environmental impact of the companies they may hold shares in, Reuters reported. Pope Francis has frequently criticized wanton greed that led to the climate crisis. [EcoWatch]

St Peter’s Basilica (Andreas Solaro | AFP via Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Given Green Light To Generate Electricity In The UK” • It seems Tesla plans to develop virtual power plants in the UK using its real-time trading and control platform, Autobidder. With Autobidder, Tesla provides independent power producers, utilities, and its capital partners with the ability to autonomously monetize battery assets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CPF Promotes Biogas Production Across Its Farms And Processing Plants In Thailand” • Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC is working towards renewable energy consumption through biogas production at all pig farms in Thailand for long-term energy security as well as maximum energy efficiency under the Circular Economy concept. [The Pig Site]

Biogas facility in Thailand

¶ “Norway Proposes New Rules For Onshore Wind” • Norway’s government unveiled proposed new rules for assessing onshore wind farm developments, including an 800-meter minimum distance rule for projects from buildings. The proposed changes aim to provide greater predictability for municipalities, local residents and builders. [reNEWS]

¶ “Sri Lanka Gets $100 Million Loan From India For Installing Rooftop Solar Systems” • Sri Lanka announced that it received a $100 million loan from the Government of India for installing solar rooftop systems. These funds will be used to provide solar power to select low-income households in several districts and on government buildings. [Mercom India]

Rooftop solar array

¶ “UK offshore wind supplied 32 TWh in 2019” • UK offshore wind farms delivered 32 TWh of electricity in 2019, according to The Crown Estate 2019 Offshore Wind Operational Report. It says the total was enough to power 30% of UK homes. And it says 1.8 GW of new capacity became fully operational in the year 2019, bringing the total to 9.7 GW. [reNEWS]


¶ “Little NASA Electric Airplane Soon Coming To Life” • NASA’s first piloted experimental plane in two decades is the all-electric X-57. It has twelve “high-lift motors and propellers” along its wings and a larger motor with a five-foot propeller at each wing tip to capture energy that would otherwise be lost to wingtip vortices. [CleanTechnica]

X-57 (Image: NASA Langley | Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc)

¶ “Zero-Emission Locomotive 999 Restored For Use In CA” • Years ago, Norfolk Southern had a project to develop a zero-emission battery-powered locomotive prototype. Locomotive 999 didn’t work out at that time, but now, with batteries that cost less and better electric motors, the 999 is being put to use by Rail Propulsions Systems in California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rig Count Falls For 15th-Straight Week To Another Record Low” • The US rig count fell for the 15th straight week to yet another record low as energy companies continue to shut down oil production. Energy companies are operating 266 drilling rigs nationally, down more than 60% since mid-March and more than 72% from a year ago. [Houston Chronicle]

Pumping oil, flaring gas (Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Enel Green Power Starts Expansion Of Cimarron Bend Wind Farm” • Enel Green Power started construction on the 199-MW expansion of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas. The $281 million expansion, consisting of 74 turbines, will increase the wind farm’s capacity to 599 MW from the current 400 MW. [North American Windpower]

¶ “JEA Loses Plant Vogtle Nucelar Power Plant Lawsuit” • A decision handed down by a US District Judge presiding in the northern district of Georgia, means Florida utility JEA is stuck with purchasing power at a steep cost for 20 years after Plant Vogtle’s two new reactors are finished, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union. [WJCT]

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