Archive for July 13th, 2020

July 13 Energy News

July 13, 2020


¶ “Whoosh! Wind Power Wins, Pipelines Implode In Fossil Fuel Week From Hell” • Last week, a 4000-MW transmission project to move power from Kansas wind farms to Illinois won the green light for a go-ahead. It was probably the last thing oil and gas stakeholders wanted to hear on top of a huge triple loss on three fossil fuel pipeline projects. [CleanTechnica]

Power lines in Illinois (formulanone, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Global Leaders Must Act Fast To Ensure A Green Recovery” • A broad consensus is that wind and other renewable energy can play an important role in helping economies recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But failure to act promptly risks missing an investment opportunity worth hundreds of billions of dollars. [World Economic Forum]

¶ “How Fighting Climate Change Could Tackle Australia’s Job Crisis” • With Australia’s coal-fired power stations set to close in the next two to three decades, Australia has the potential and opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower. But this depends in no small degree on the financial support and backing of business. [UNSW Newsroom]

Wind turbines on a cattle farm (Image: Shutterstock)

¶ “Nuclear By Stealth: New Generation Reactor Development Plans Snuck Back Onto The Table” • South Africa has an onerous debt burden, and yet a new 2,500-MW nuclear build program has been snuck back onto the table while we were all distracted by the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s behind this, when there are far more attractive alternatives? [Daily Maverick]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Poison Ivy Likely To Become More Abundant And More Potent With Climate Change” • A six-year study by researchers at Duke University found that elevated levels of CO₂ not only increased the growth of poison ivy but those high CO₂ receiving plants produced a more potent form of urushiol, the oil that causes the skin inflammation. [BayToday]

Poison ivy (Submitted photo)


¶ “Indian Railways Accelerates Toward A Solar Future With New Tenders” • Indian Railways has taken some significant measures over the last few weeks that will cement its place as one of the single largest clean energy users in India. According to a 2017 study, Indian Railways has a potential to set up 5 GW of solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France’s Recent Order Liberalizing Retrofits Of Old ICE Vehicles Supercharges Phoenix Mobility” • The transition to EVs is happening much faster than we expected. Affordable mass EV conversions will put this transition into Ludicrous mode. An EV conversion firm in France, Phoenix Mobility, is looking to scale up its B2B fleet conversion business. [CleanTechnica]

Converted Kangoo in Grenoble (Phoenix Mobility image)

¶ “120 GW Renewable Capacity, €340 billion Investments. The Numbers Behind The EC’s Hydrogen Move” • The European Commission has finally shared some more details of its ‘Green Deal’ plan. Using energy from hydrogen is a key plank of the plan, with the energy to electrolyze hydrogen coming from solar and wind energy. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Rail Solar Projects Pave The Way For Renewables” • A British solar power company is working on technology that could enable railways all over the world to be powered by renewable energy. Riding Sunbeams is the company behind a project of the same name that is already delivering power to trains on Network Rail’s Wessex route. [E&T Magazine]

Train at Conwy Station (David Dixon, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Renewables-Dominated South Australia Delivering Cheaper Power Than Victoria, NSW” • South Australian consumers are starting to reap the benefits of the state’s world-leading renewable energy grid, with falling wholesale electricity prices in the state now delivering cheaper power than either Victoria or New South Wales. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Northern Territory Reveals Renewable Hydrogen Strategy” • The Northern Territory unveiled a Renewable Hydrogen Strategy in a bid to be seen as a leader in renewable hydrogen. The paper shows the Territory’s hope to be an “international scale” renewable hydrogen technology research, production, and downstream manufacturing center. [H2 View]

Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa NP (Sharyn.carr, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “GE Signs Agreement To Develop 500-MW Pumped Hydro Project In NSW” • Global energy giant GE signed an agreement to co-develop a 500-MW pumped hydro storage project at Dungowan Dam in the New England region of New South Wales. Dungowan is part of the 4,000-MW renewables and storage hub being set up by Walcha Energy. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “100% Carbon Free by 2035. The Democrat Offer For Renewable energy” • Laid out by the Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s task force, the recommendations for climate-change mitigation  call for carbon-free power production by 2035, net-zero emissions for new buildings by 2030, and accelerated adoption of zero-emission vehicles. [Saurenergy]

Joe Biden, in a time when masks were not needed

¶ “‘All Energy Matters,’ US Energy Secretary Tells Global Conference” • Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette told the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 that the US favors an “all of the above” strategy. Loosely translated, that means the US opposes the push to make renewable energy the central focus of economic recovery strategies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blockbuster Sunrun-Vivint Merger Challenges Tesla Solar Ambitions” • The rooftop solar industry in America was shocked last week to learn that Sunrun was buying Vivint Solar for $1.46 billion in stock. In addition, Sunrun is agreeing to assume about $1.8 billion in debt owed by Vivint. “Sunrun will be freaking big,” analyst Joe Osha said. [CleanTechnica]

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