Archive for June 30th, 2020

June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2020


¶ “BP Is Getting Out Of Petrochemicals With $5 Billion Sale” • BP has agreed to sell its petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion. The UK oil company is selling assets worth $15 billion as it reels from the oil price crash and pivots toward renewable energy. It has already sold its business in Alaska and offloaded legacy gas assets elsewhere in the US. [CNN]

Nodding donkey

¶ “The South Pole Has Been Warming At Three Times The Global Average Over The Past 30 Years, Study Says” • The South Pole has been warming at over three times the global average in the past 30 years, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. That could have huge implications for the region and beyond. [CNN]

¶ “XPeng Expands Its EV Lineup With New P7” • The new XPeng P7 may be the closest thing yet to a true competitor to Tesla in the Chinese market. It has a range of 441 miles, more range than any other Chinese car, a low starting price, luxurious interior, and Level 3 autonomous driving all rolled into an attractive EV that is pleasing to the eye. [CleanTechnica]

XPeng P7 (Courtesy of XPeng)

¶ “Europe Is Drowning In SUV Emissions” • We regularly see news about rapidly increasing EV sales in Europe. But there is another side to the matter, which is that vehicle emissions in Europe are not falling; instead, they are rising. The mania for SUVs that has infected the brains of car buyers around the globe is largely to blame. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Factory In China Runs On 100% Renewable Energy” • Volvo Cars continues its march towards being carbon-neutral by 2025. It announced that its vehicle assembly plant in Chengdu, China would make the switch to 100% renewable energy. Their new energy supply contract will rely heavily on hydroelectric and solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo factory in Chengdu (Image courtesy Volvo Cars)

¶ “BMW To Source Battery Cells Produced Using Renewable Energy” • German carmaker BMW said its electric cars will use battery cells produced using renewable energy, a step which will compel the biggest suppliers to source more non-coal generated electricity. Last year, BMW ordered more than €10 billion ($11.07 billion) worth of battery cells. [KDAL News]

¶ “Big Melbourne Corporates Sign Up To Renewable Future” • Some of Melbourne’s biggest universities and businesses will source their power from regional wind farms, as part of a multi-million dollar city council renewable energy deal. Starting from next month, Tango Energy will provide 110 GWh of renewable electricity per year. [Pro Bono Australia]

Wind turbine

¶ “Clean Power Companies ‘Failing On Human Rights'” • The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s inaugural review of the renewable energy sector claims that none of the world’s 16 largest public wind and solar companies currently fully meets their responsibility to respect human rights as defined by UN Guiding Principles. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vestas Blows Strong In Japan With 76-MW Order” • Vestas secured a 76-MW turbine order for two wind farms in Japan’s Aomori prefecture. The wind farms are being developed jointly by Tokyu Land Corporation and Japan Wind Development. Turbines deliveries will begin in Q1 of 2021, with commissioning is scheduled for Q4 of 2021. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “France Completes Shutdown Of Oldest Nuclear Plant At Fessenheim” • The closure of France’s oldest nuclear plant was mourned by electricity workers and celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The second of two reactors at Fessenheim was powered down and taken offline overnight. The first reactor was shut down in February. [Euronews]


¶ “Illinois Community Solar Lands Northwestern University As New Customer” • The Illinois Community Solar program from Clearway Community Solar now has Northwestern University as its first major commercial subscriber. The university’s 11.9-MW subscription supports development of 16 Clearway Community Solar projects. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Image courtesy Clearway Community Solar)

¶ “Virginia School District Going Solar In A Big Way” • In Virginia, the school district for Orange County Public Schools contracted Secure Futures Solar to put solar panels on eight of the school district’s facilities. They combine for a capacity of 2.5 MW. The PV projects will produce about 50% of the eight facilities’ electricity needs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kentucky Whiskey Distillery To Be Powered By 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • Global beverage maker Diageo announced that its new Kentucky whiskey distillery is expected to be carbon neutral. The Bulleit distilling site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Bulleit whiskey distillery

¶ “Bank Of America And Duke Energy Enter PPA For 25 MW Of Solar Power” • BOA announced that it is partnering with Duke Energy to expand its renewable energy commitment by using solar energy to power operations in Charlotte, North Carolina. The purchase of 25-MW of solar energy will cover 45% of BOA’s electricity load in the state. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Chesapeake Sues FERC Over Pipeline Contracts” • Chesapeake Energy sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to keep two pipeline companies from interfering with its Chapter 11 reorganization. Chesapeake Energy is seeking to reject certain negotiated contracts, and it wants the federal bankruptcy court, not FERC, to decide the issue. [Kallanish Energy]

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