July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Warming Temperatures Threaten Hundreds Of Fish Species The World Relies On, Study Finds” • As the planet’s oceans and rivers warm, increased heat could pose a grave threat to the fish populations the world depends on by the end of this century. That’s the alarming conclusion of a study published in the journal Science. [CNN]

Vulnerable fish (Nobuo Matsumura | Alamy)

¶ “Covid-19 Has Shown The Huge Cost Of Slow Political Action, Warn Climate Scientists” • Writing in the journal Current Biology, a team of scientists and policy experts from the UK and US say that the lessons learned the hard way in containing COVID-19 should also be applied at the heart of averting environmental catastrophe. [Science Business]

World:

¶ “Volvo Penta Begins Field Trials Of Battery-Electric Fire Truck” • Volvo Penta has been working with Rosenbauer, a European maker of fire trucks, to develop an electric drivetrain for those vehicles. Rosenbauer will soon begin real-world customer testing with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai, a Volvo Penta press release says. [CleanTechnica]

Rosenbauer fire truck (Volvo Penta)

¶ “IKEA Unveils Even More Solar Energy Projects” • Australia has already seen Swedish brand IKEA roll out of its retail solar solutions, known as Solstråle. Now, IKEA is investing more into renewables with storage. This will see the company transform one of its superstores into the first of its kind to be 100% powered by renewable energy. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Enel Wins 420-M W Solar Prize In India” • Enel Green Power, through its Indian renewable subsidiary EGP India, has secured an energy supply contract for a 420-MW solar farm in the state of Rajasthan. Commercial operations are expected at the end of 2021. The investment will come to about $180 million (€160 million), Enel said. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Enel image)

¶ “Germany’s Renewable Power Share Surges To 56% Amid Covid-19 Impact” • The share of renewable energy in Germany’s power generation surged to 55.8% during the first half of 2020 amid a lower demand due to the decline in industrial activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and favourable weather, data from the Fraunhofer Institute shows. [Recharge]

¶ “First SeaMade Turbine Starts Spinning” • The first turbine installed at the 487-MW SeaMade offshore wind project off the coast of Belgium has generated first power. DEME Offshore recently installed the first 8.4-MW Siemens Gamesa turbine at the project in the Belgian North Sea, using its DP2 offshore installation vessel Apollo. [reNEWS]

Blade installation (DEME image)

¶ “50Hertz Aims To Deliver 100% Renewable Electricity By 2032” • German grid operator 50Hertz unveiled plans to deliver 100% renewable electricity in its service territory by 2032. The “60 to 100 by 2032” initiative covers areas in eastern Germany and the city states of Berlin and Hamburg, where 50Hertz now delivers around 60% renewable power. [reNEWS]

¶ “Greens Launch Plan To Lead Victoria Out Of Recession Through Renewable Energy” • The Victorian Greens launched a renewable energy-led recovery plan for Victoria that, if adopted, would create thousands of jobs, lead us out of recession and help solve the climate crisis all at once, mainly through energy and efficiency upgrades. [pv magazine Australia]

Wind farm in Victoria (Rolandg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Nuclear Energy Not For Countries Looking At Economic Development” • If India is looking at development by increasing power consumption, it is essential that it opts for cheaper forms of energy, stated nuclear expert M V Ramana, at a webinar ‘The future of nuclear energy’. He stressed that in such a case nuclear is not the right choice. [Free Press Journal]

US:

¶ “Vigor Chooses ABB Battery Electric Power For New Ferries In Washington” • Washington State operates the one of the largest ferry fleets in world. It burns about 20 million gallons of diesel fuel a year, making it a major polluter. Three of its biggest ferry boats, each burning about 5 million gallons, are being converted by Vigor Shipyards to run on electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Ferry on Puget Sound (Vigor image)

¶ “New York City Is Getting 20 Miles Of Bus Lanes & Car-Free Busways” • New York City has a plan that centers around buses. The city will provide 20 miles of bus lanes and car-free busways. Mayor de Blasio said that implementation of the plan across the city is already starting. This is the start for a larger plan for 60 miles of bus lanes and busways. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plot Brewing To Blanket US In Solar Panels And Pollinator-Friendly Plants” • A change is under way. Solar arrays that once sat on barren ground are now festooned with plants that attract bees, birds, and butterflies. Even the DOE is getting into the act. Here is a look at four new solar power plants built to benefit our pollinators. [CleanTechnica]

Agrivoltaics in Vermont (Green Lantern via Global Newswire)

¶ “Thirteen Towns Join Electricity Aggregation Program” • In Massachusetts, a dozen Franklin County communities and the town of Huntington have joined together to develop municipal electricity programs with the goal of combating climate change and increasing renewable energy use. Customers will see a small drop in rates. [The Recorder]

¶ “AEP To Proceed With Wind Projects Investments, Despite Texas Commission Decision” • The Public Utility Commission of Texas denied an approval, but American Electric Power received the other states’ regulatory approvals needed to acquire 1,485 MW of North Central wind generation. The projects are to be completed over the next two years. [Saurenergy]

Have an abundantly fruitful day.

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