Archive for June 29th, 2020

June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Maine Woods Would Benefit From Power Line Project” • Ensuring a healthy future for the Maine Woods – its plants and trees, animals and fish, jobs and industries – requires us to recognize its biggest threat: climate change. To reduce the devastating effects of climate change, we must take some big steps. And we must move quickly. [Press Herald]

Power lines at sunrise (Ron Shawley, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “Russia Denies Its Nuclear Plants Are Source Of Radiation Leak” • Russia said nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway, and Sweden had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere, but Russia said its plants were working normally. [BBC]

¶ “BMW Considering (Gasp!) A Dedicated Electric Vehicle Chassis” • Yes, folks, it’s official. People in the BMW headquarters in Munich are thinking way, way outside the box and saying the company should consider building a dedicated electric car platform! Has the whole world gone mad with this electric car fever? The answer, apparently, is yes. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 cars (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Canopy Power Develops Renewable Microgrids In Asia With EDF” • Reportedly, Singapore-based energy company Canopy Power is partnering with EDF on the development of renewable energy microgrids in Asia. The microgrids can produce what Canopy describes as “cleaner and cheaper electricity where the grid won’t reach.” [Energy Digital]

¶ “EIB Funds Largest Solar Project In Spain’s Andalusia” • Solar energy firm Solarcentury secured €43.5 million ($48.9 million) in funding from the European Investment Bank to complete the construction and ensure the operation of four 50-MW solar arrays that make up what is claimed to be the largest solar energy project in Andalusia. [Power Engineering International]

Solar array

¶ “Hydrogen Fuel Bubbles Up The Agenda As Investments Rocket” • More than 50 years ago hydrogen fuel cells helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon, but mainstream usage of the technology has remained elusive since. Now there are signs that may be changing, with a spate of new investments even amid the coronavirus pandemic. [The Guardian]

¶ “Spain To Close Half Its Coal-Fired Power Stations” • Seven out of the fifteen coal-fired power stations still working in Spain will cease operations on June 30, after their owners – the electricity companies – decided that it does not make financial sense to adapt them to European regulations. And four more are getting ready to shut down soon. [EL PAÍS in English]

Puente Nuevo power plant in Córdoba (Paco Puentes)

Australia:

¶ “Over 300,000 Jobs Could Be Created If Australia Moves To Zero Emissions, New Report Shows” • Australia has lost 830,000 jobs to the Covid-19 pandemic. A plan released by Beyond Zero Emissions would create 360,000 jobs for a five year period with energy storage projects, housing retrofits, zero-energy social housing, and electric transport. [SBS]

¶ “Jemena Wants Emphasis On Renewable Gas” • Last month, the Australian federal government released the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper with a view to future investments in low emissions technologies. Pipeline owner and operator Jemena said renewable gases could keep the economy strong and energy costs affordable. [The Australian Pipeliner]

Electrolyzer

¶ “Organic Renewable Network In Australia” • Victoria’s Minister for Water announced two Renewable Organics Networks projects to reduce waste going to landfill while generating electricity. The networks will transform organic municipal and trade waste into renewable energy and soil enhancers that can be used for agricultural purposes. [Energy Harvesting Journal]

US:

¶ “Chesapeake Energy, Fracking Pioneer, Files For Bankruptcy Owing $9 Billion” • Chesapeake Energy, a leader in the fracking boom, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company said its debts of $9 billion were unmanageable, and it entered a plan with lenders to cut $7 billion of them. It will continue operating as usual during the bankruptcy process. [The Guardian]

Petroleum industry workers (Ralph Wilson | AP)

¶ “Florida Has Thousands More Properties With High Flood Risk Than FEMA Says, According To New Study” • According to a model by the nonprofit First Street Foundation, about 114,000 more Florida properties are at risk of flooding in a 100-year storm than the Federal Emergency Management Agency currently estimates. [Tampa Bay Times]

¶ “Washington Transit Agency Getting Ten Electric Buses And Wireless Charging” • Ten of BYD’s fully electric K9S buses have arrived this year in Wenatchee, Washington. Richard DeRock, General Manager of Link Transit, said, “We’ve been operating the first eight since mid-March and they have been a huge help to our system.” [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus run by Link Transit (BYD image)

¶ “NM Wind Energy Development Surges Forward” • Pattern Energy will break ground this fall on a 1,000-MW complex of wind farms in central eastern New Mexico, as well as a new 150-mile transmission line to carry the energy to Western markets. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Pattern’s plans for New Mexico. [Albuquerque Journal]

¶ “These Power Companies Fought For A $300 Million Nuclear Subsidy. Now They Want A New Deal” • Two large New Jersey energy companies are offering to give up a $300 million annual subsidy for their South Jersey nuclear power plants. In exchange, they want the state to agree to a plan restructuring how New Jersey gets electricity. [NJ Spotlight]

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