Archive for July 15th, 2020

July 15 Energy News

July 15, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Hydrogen: The Great Energy Hope, Or A Whole Lot Of Hype?” • It’s likely that every Asian country will want to be as energy independent as possible. Locally produced wind and solar is one solution, but many Asian countries are not as suited to mass deployment of solar or wind as Australia. And this brings up the question of hydrogen. [RenewEconomy]

Ørsted offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Is Tomorrow’s Oil” • Germany’s Strategy considers that only hydrogen produced using renewable energy with no CO₂ emissions will be sustainable in the long term. And putting hydrogen firmly at the center of their national strategy will open up new economic opportunities for German businesses at home and abroad. [Energy Voice]

¶ “The Move To Renewable Energy Must Be Swift But Inclusive” • The time for thinking about a low-carbon economy is over. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association welcomes the statement by the mineral resources and energy minister that SA’s shift from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy needs to be both just and systematic. [Business Day]

Solar array (Fabian Andres Cambero | Reuters)

World:

¶ “Revealed: Fisker Ocean Will Be Built On Volkswagen MEB Chassis” • Now it appears that the first production car to use the MEB chassis from Volkswagen will not be a Ford, but rather the Fisker Ocean electric SUV. Fisker, which is planning to go public soon, says it is in talks with Volkswagen about using the MEB chassis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Johnnie Walker Whisky Will Be Sold In Paper Bottles Next Year” • Starting next year, Johnnie Walker fans will be able to pour their whisky from a planet-friendly bottle. Diageo, the British spirits company that owns the brand, announced the development of a paper-based spirits bottle made from sustainably sourced wood. [CNN]

Making a whisky barrel (Diageo Reserve)

¶ “Plan To ‘Repower’ North West Minerals Province Could Create Thousands Of Jobs, Company Claims” • The CopperString 2.0 project, a 1,000 kilometer transmission line in Queensland between Townsville and Mt Isa, could create thousands of jobs and pave the way for renewable energy in the state’s North West Minerals Province, the developer says. [ABC News]

¶ “Indian Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates “Landmark” 750-MW Solar Park” • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formally inaugurated the country’s ultra mega Rewa solar park, a 750 MW capacity plant situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, on the 10th of July 2020. The Prime Minster inaugurated the solar park via video conferencing. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Solar Farm Planned For North Of Whitehorse” • Yukon Energy and Solvest Inc signed a 25-year PPA for energy from a solar farm the developer is planning. With a capacity of 1 MW, it is the first large solar project in Whitehorse and the second such agreement under the Yukon’s Independent Power Production policy. [Whitehorse Star]

¶ “Floating Wind JIP Report Addresses Technology Challenges” • The Carbon Trust has released its latest summary findings on floating windpower. “The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project – Phase II summary report” outlines the technology challenges prioritized by developers to accelerate the commercialization of floating windpower. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

Floating wind turbines (Courtesy Carbon Trust)

¶ “Senior MP Calls For Safeguards Over Proposed Chinese-Built Nuclear Power Station” • Following the decision to ban Huawei from involvement in the UK’s 5G telecoms network, a senior Conservative MP has called for changes to the law to safeguard a proposed nuclear power station from “malign foreign influence” from China. [The Independent]

¶ “Renewable Energy Giant Unveils Plans For Two New Wind Farms” • Vattenfall has unveiled plans to build two more wind farms in Scotland. Their combined output would be enough electricity to supply annual needs for around 300,000 homes. If the developments go ahead, each will be built with an energy storage battery plant. [STV Edinburgh]

Wind farm (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “Sonoma And Mendocino Counties To Get $6.75 Million For EV Chargers” • The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project will provide $6.75 million in incentives for the installation of electric vehicle chargers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties over the next three years. California has set a goal of getting 250,000 EV charging stations by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Rolls Out Massive New Renewable Energy Subsidies” • Joe Biden is proposing today to commit another $2 trillion to subsidies for renewable energy during his first four years in office, as reported by Bloomberg Green. This would represent an acceleration of the $1.7 trillion in new subsidies over 10 years that had proposed during the primary season. [Forbes]

Work on a wind turbine (Getty Images)

¶ “Pinnacle Renewable Energy Plans $95 Million Wood Pellet Plant In Alabama” • Gov Kay Ivey announced that a subsidiary of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, based in Canada, plans to invest $95 million to build a production facility in Demopolis. The Alabama Pellets facility is expected to have an annual production volume of 360,000 metric tons. [Alabama NewsCenter]

¶ “Trump Administration Has Been Underestimating Costs Of Carbon Pollution, Government Watchdog Finds” • The Trump administration has been systematically undervaluing the cost of CO₂ pollution, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. It reduced the value from $50 per metric ton cost to a $7 per metric ton figure. [The Hill]

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