July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “June Matched Historic Temperature High” • Globally last month was on a par with 2019 for the hottest June on record, with temperatures 0.53°C above the 1981 to 2010 average, and Europe saw its joint second warmest June on record. Arctic Siberia was exceptionally warm, C3S experts said, at 10°C (18°F) above average for the month. [The Ecologist]

Wildfire in Arctic Siberia (Pierre Markuse | Flickr)

¶ “Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Be Small Step Toward Tackling World’s Pollution Crisis” • Products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill. Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in products made of polyurethane. [CNN]


¶ “Siberia Had Its Warmest June Ever As Wildfires Raged And Carbon Dioxide Emissions Surged” • Siberia had the warmest June on record. And in June, an estimated 59 megatonnes of CO₂ were released across Siberia by wildfires that are raging across the vast Russian region, according to scientists at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. [CNN]

Siberian wildfire (Yevgeny Sofroneyev | Tass | Getty Images)

¶ “Italy Throws Launch Party For Fiat’s 100% Electric “New 500”” • The good news out of Italy this year (forced by EU regulations no doubt) is that the Fiat 500 is becoming fully electric. Italy is no longer continuing the fossil fueled versions of the small car (“city car,” as some people call it), which is just now turning 63 years old. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In A World First, Hyundai Fuel Cell Semis Ship To Customers” • This could be big for Hyundai. Investors are always looking for “the next big thing.” The first examples of its hydrogen fuel cell semis are on their way to Switzerland. This is especially big news because neither Tesla nor Nikola has delivered a single truck so far. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai fuel cell truck (Hyundai courtesy image)

¶ “Denmark’s Ørsted, Taiwan’s TSMC Sign World’s Largest Renewable Corporate Power Deal” • Denmark’s Ørsted said that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co agreed to buy all of the energy from its second offshore wind farm in Taiwan, under a 20 year PPA. The Greater Changhua 2b & 4 wind farm will have a capacity of 920 MW. [Reuters Africa]

¶ “Orange Connects To Boralex Wind In France” • Canadian energy company Boralex is to supply electricity to the French arm of telecommunications company Orange from the 39-MW Ally-Mercoeur wind farm in France. Under the terms of the PPA, Orange France will receive 67 GWh of electricity per year from the project. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Boralex image)

¶ “Cost Of Renewable Power Is Falling, Share Is Growing In Power Sector” • REN21’s “Renewables 2020 Global Status Report” indicates that there has been significant growth over the last five years in renewable energy. Nevertheless, renewable energy needs to expand beyond the power sector to the heating, cooling, and transport sectors. [IISD Reporting Services]

¶ “Global Utilities ‘Failing Climate Test’” • Only four of the fifty most influential utilities in the world have defined a clear target to provide green energy aligned to the Paris Agreement, the World Benchmarking Alliance’s second “Climate and Energy Benchmark” says. The four are Ørsted, Enel, EDP, and the US utility AES Corporation. [reNEWS]

Building a wind farm (EDPR image)

¶ “Massive 340,000-Panel Solar Farm Planned For Edmonton International Airport” • Edmonton International Airport said it has plans to build a 627-acre, 120-MW solar farm on the west side of its lands as part of an agreement with Alpin Sun, a renewable energy company based in Europe. It will provide enough energy for 27,000 or 28,000 homes, [Edmonton Journal]

¶ “Vestas wins 166-MW order in Poland” • Vestas won a 166-MW order for two projects awarded at the Polish wind-solar-energy auction in December 2019. The Debnica Kazubska and the Bialy Bor wind projects will have six and 42 V126-3.45MW turbines respectively. Deliveries and commissioning are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)


¶ “University of Minnesota Morris now carbon neutral on electricity” • The U of M, Morris says it now is net-zero CO₂ for electricity use. The west-central prairie campus is known for its commitment to renewable energy and sustainability, and now, on balance, the electricity used by the university is from clean energy sources. [Minnesota Public Radio News]

¶ “Xcel Plans Renewable Power Project At Ryan’s Ford Site Redevelopment” • Xcel Energy Inc has a plan to power the Ford site redevelopment in St Paul with solar and hydro. Xcel and site developer Ryan Cos aim to have 100% renewable energy for the site’s 3,800 housing units and 415,000 square feet of retail and office space. [Minneapolis / St Paul Business Journal]

Ford Site in St Paul (Image: Ryan A+E Inc)

¶ “Duke Energy Renewables Brings Its Largest Solar Project On Line In Texas” • The largest solar project in Duke Energy Renewables’ fleet has come on line in Texas. The 200-MW (AC) Holstein Solar farm began commercial operation June 1. It spans about 1,300 acres in Wingate, Texas, which is in the west-central area of the state. [Charlotte Business Journal]

¶ “Longroad To Build 105-MW Solar Project In Maine” • US renewables developer Longroad Energy is developing a $190 million (€166 million) 109-MW PV project in Maine. Project construction of the Three Corners solar project in Kennebec County will start in 2021, and commercial operation is expected to begin in 2022. [reNEWS]

Have an excitingly exuberant day.

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