June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Truth About The Future Of Gas: We Don’t Need To Build Anymore” • A study from UC Berkeley shows it is technically and economically feasible to reach 90% clean electricity by 2035 without building any new gas plants and reducing generation from existing plants by 70%, all without any increase in wholesale power costs compared to today. [Utility Dive]

Solar and wind energy

Science and Technology:

¶ “Planting New Forests ‘Can Do More Harm Than Good'” • Two studies found that rather than benefiting the environment, large-scale tree planting may do the opposite. One says that financial incentives to plant trees can reduce biodiversity with little impact on CO₂ emissions. The other found that the amount of CO₂ new forests can absorb may be overestimated. [BBC]

World:

¶ “India Completes World’s Largest Solar Tender, Aims To Reduce Chinese Solar Imports” • Solar power is growing in India, despite Covid-19. Adani Green Energy Limited and Azure Power have been declared to be the winners of the largest solar tender, for installation of 12 GW of solar power generation and 3 GW per year solar manufacturing. [CleanTechnica]

Making PVs (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy)

¶ “India To Impose Tariff Barrier On Solar Cells, Modules, Inverters From 30 July” • In what will make solar cells, modules and inverters imported from China expensive, India is set to impose a basic customs duty as soon as the safeguard duty, currently in place, expires on 29 July, according to two people aware of the development. [Livemint]

¶ “Lithuania Chooses 700-MW Offshore Wind Site” • Lithuania has agreed on the site of an offshore wind farm of up to 700-MW in the Baltic Sea. The site is about 29 km from shore and covers an area of 137.5 square kilometres in average water depths of 35 metres. The government said the area has an average wind speed of approximately nine metres a second. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Rachel Cooper | Unsplash)

¶ “Off-The-Charts Warm: Siberian Town Hits 100 Degrees” • A Siberian town, nestled about 6 miles within the Arctic Circle, recorded a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C), likely setting a new record for the hottest temperature recorded that far north. The milestone comes as Siberia has experienced unusually warm conditions since the start of 2020. [NBCNews.com]

Australia:

¶ “SA-NSW Interconnector Key To Renewables Transition” • The Government of South Australia has identified the SA-NSW interconnector as critical to its plan to reach 100% renewable energy. Together with the Australian Energy Market Operator, the SA Government released a report detailing how it plans to transition to renwables. [Infrastructure Magazine]

Sticks & Strings (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Small Modular Reactor Rhetoric Hits A Hurdle” • The latest GenCost report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Energy Market Operator estimates a hopelessly uneconomic construction cost of A$16,304/kW ($11,287/kW) for Small Modular Reactors. The only hope for nuclear is cost reduction. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “NSW First Renewable Zone Attracts Stunning 27 GW Of Solar, Wind, Storage Proposals” • The New South Wales government’s plan to establish its first renewable energy zone in the state’s Central West has received a “phenomenal” response, attracting 113 registrations of interest for projects totalling a massive 27 GW. [RenewEconomy]

Solar farm

US:

¶ “Central USA Set Several Wind Power Records In Spring” • Earlier this year, the Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the electric grid for much of the central US, set records for the highest share of electricity demand supplied by wind power in both a single-hour period (72%) and a full day (62%). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Plans To Adopt California’s Fuel Economy Standards” • Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has decided to side with California and Tesla, not Donald Trump and certain lagging automakers, on the need for cleaner cars. Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada would adopt California’s fuel economy regulations. [CleanTechnica]

ABB solar power plant in Nevada

¶ “Southern Power Brings Live 200-MW Wind Farm In Kansas” • Wholesale energy provider Southern Power said it has put on stream its 200-MW Reading Wind Facility in Kansas. The wind farm uses 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Their annual output, which is estimated at some 760,000 MWh, will be sold to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For 100-Year Old Oil Wells” • Plugging old oil and gas wells may cost as much as ten times what the industry routinely estimates, according to a Carbon Tracker report. As oil and gas companies walk away from their “stranded liabilities,” state and local governments may be left to pick up the tab. [OilPrice.com] Thanks to Tad Montgomery

Nodding donkey (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Missoula City, County Ink Blueprint With NW Energy For 100% Clean Energy Future” • Saying they’d move forward with or without NorthWestern Energy, the city and county of Missoula has unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Montana’s monopoly utility in a drive to achieve 100% clean electricity. [Missoula Current]

¶ “TVA Gives Distributors More Flexibility To Generate Their Own Power” • For the first time, the Tennessee Valley Authority is allowing the municipal power utilities and electric co-ops that distribute TVA electricity to generate up to 5% of their own power to sell directly to their customers. This will spur more renewable developemnt. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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