June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “What Will Power The Post-Pandemic Global Economic Recovery?” • As governments restart their economies, the UN is calling for recovery plans to be built around technologies with low carbon emissions. As economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to avoid a return to fossil-fuel based business as usual. [UN News]

Coal power plant in Bosnia (Photo by UNEP)

¶ “California “Requires” Trucks Clean Up Their Act – But The Rule Is Late And Weak” • The California Air Resources Board proudly proclaimed that it was the first in the world to adopt a requirement that truck makers switch production from diesel trucks to zero-emissions trucks. However, the new policy is a little late and a little lame. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make The Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region” • Washington Post analysis also found that the New York City area, including counties in Long Island, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, was among about half a dozen hot spots nationally where warming has already exceeded 2°C. [InsideClimate News]

Connecticut shore (Credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Vattenfall Pilot Scheme Tackles Fluctuating EV Charging” • Vattenfall has developed software for EV charging stations that controls the charging speed according to the supply of renewable electricity. The software, which has seen limited deployment in the Netherlands, is designed to react to how much energy from wind or solar power is being supplied. [reNEWS]

¶ “After 116 Years, Volkswagen’s Zwickau Factory Produced Its Last Fossil Fuel Vehicle Today” • Volkswagen’s Zwickau factory is switching 100% to electric vehicles. It will produce a total of six models from three Volkswagen Group brands (Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat). Today was the last day it produced a vehicle powered by fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen Zwickau factory (Volkswagen courtesy image)

¶ “EU Energy Policy Needs Teeth To Limit Temperature Increase To 1.5° Says IEA Review” • The International Energy Agency said in its report “European Union 2020 – Energy Policy Review,” that the EU needs to have stronger policies in place than it now has to deliver on the goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Labour Aims To Turn Island Into Exporter Of Renewable Energy, Not Oil” • Labour’s Southampton City Council formed a local energy company that reduces bills for local residents while also providing all its energy from renewable sources. Labour on the Isle of Wight would establish a similar company, but it would go further to stop oil drilling. [Isle of Wight Observer]

Offshore windpower

¶ “Russia Prepares To Build New Nuclear Reactors At Leningrad And Smolensk” • Preparations are underway in Russia to build new nuclear power units in the regions of Leningrad (within which the city of Saint Petersburg lies) and Smolensk after a decision was signed by Alexey Likhachev, director general of state-owned Rosatom. [Nuclear Engineering]

US:

¶ “How Quickly The Tide Turns On Coal” • Colorado Springs will close down both of its coal-fired power plants within the next decade. The Martin Drake plant was to close by 2035. Instead, it will close in 2023. And surprisingly, the role of natural gas in replacing coal will be very limited, with no new combined cycle plant in the works. [Mountain Town News]

Drake coal plant in Colorado Springs

¶ “DC Attorney General Is Suing Oil And Gas Companies For Their Misinformation Campaigns” • The Attorney General of DC is suing ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Chevron, saying all have all violated the District’s consumer protection law. They are accused of presenting a “false picture” to residents about the environment damage of their products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arizona Utility Plots 2.5-GW Renewables Revolution” • Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power filed its 2020 integrated resource plan with the Arizona Corporation Commission. It includes 2457 MW of new wind and solar capacity by 2035. About 457MW of wind and solar is planned to come online in the next 12 months. [reNEWS]

Building a wind turbine (Tucson Electric Power image)

¶ “AEP is putting out the call for solar” • Appalachian Power, an American Electric Power subsidiary, is asking for bidders on up to 50 MW of solar energy resources in West Virginia. The request for proprosal has a minimum bid size of 10 MW, to be operating by December 2022. Developers may include energy storage in their proposals. [West Virginia MetroNews]

¶ “Poll Finds Climate Change Still An Important Issue For Floridians Amid Covid-19” • The third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative finds that 89% of respondents accept the science of climate change, up from 86% in January. [WLRN]

Climate strikers in Florida, 2019 (Brendan Rivers | WJCT News)

¶ “Colleges Reassessing Energy Needs, Sustainability Goals In The Face Of Covid-Related Shutdowns” • US universities and colleges have been using Covid-related campus closures as a time to analyze their energy needs and sustainability goals. Some are aiming to hit their carbon reduction goals sooner, and some are looking at new options. [pv magazine usa]

¶ “PRPA Brings Roundhouse Wind Project Onto The Power Network” • Wind power from the 225-MW Roundhouse Wind Energy Center north of the Colorado-Wyoming border is now part of the Platte River Power Authority’s electrical power mix. With that new source, PRPA gets about 50% of its energy from noncarbon sources. [Loveland Reporter-Herald]

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