July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2020


¶ “Italy’s BEV Sales Doubled In First Half Of 2020 – The Only Way Is Up” • Italy’s EV market is finally getting hot. Following months of unprecedented growth and despite an incredibly adverse time in history, electric mobility has now reached the halfway point of this infamous year with outstanding figures, doubling sales from 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Zoe

¶ “Council’s Green Tariff Scheme Help Households Save £258 On Power Bills” • The Essex County Council organised an energy switching scheme to help residents reduce costs; registration was free and the eligible tariffs provided 100% renewable electricity. Participating households are expected to see gas and electricity bills reduced by £258. [Energy Live News]

¶ “NKT To Supply SSE’s Shetland Link” • SSEN Transmission has awarded NKT the contract to deliver and install a high voltage DC interconnector to the Shetland Isles. It is worth about €235 million. The turnkey order is for two 320-kV HVDC cables, installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria, and protection of the cables. [reNEWS]

Cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria (NKT image)

¶ “The London Underground Could Soon Run On 100% Renewable Energy” • The London Underground could soon be entirely powered by renewable energy. The move is part of a plan to make the city’s famous rail network zero-emissions by 2030, and have the entire city become carbon neutral by 2050. The Tube consumes 1.2 TWh per year. [Euronews]

¶ “Vodafone Claims Its Entire European Network Will Be Powered By Renewable Electricity By July 2021” • Mobile phone giant Vodafone said it will create a green network for customers in 11 European markets using only wind, solar, or hydro power sources by no later than July 2021. This is more than four years earlier than its previous renewable target. [Daily Mail]

Wind turbines in Germany (Husky22, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Risen Energy Seals 250-MW PV Deal In Vietnam” • Chinese company Risen Energy is to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for a 250-MW solar farm in Vietnam. It is being developed by Xinghai Group in Loc Ninh and will have the first shipments of modules in December. The project is to reduce local energy costs. [reNEWS]

¶ “Wind Energy Will Play An Important Role In Making Renewable Energy The Base For Japan” • Japan will build more offshore wind farms as part of its shift away from fossil fuels, industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said. Japan will aim to add capacity to generate 1 GW each year, eventually reaching a combined 30 GW by 2040. [REVE]

Jack-up ship building offshore wind turbines


¶ “India’s ReNew Power Aims At 20 GW Of Renewable Capacity” • ReNew Power aims to double its power generation capacity to 20 GW in five years. The expansion would require an investment of about ₹40,000-50,000 crore ($5.3-6.6 billion). This amount may vary depending on the location of the projects and cost of the land involved. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Government Move To Encourage Solar, Wind Energy Projects” • The AP state government announced the Andhra Pradesh Renewable Energy Export Policy-2020. The policy targets to generate 120 GW of energy. The policy was aimed at encouraging, promoting, and developing renewable energy projects to export energy outside AP. [The Hindu]

Wind turbines (Photo Credit: RVS Prasad)

¶ “20% Duty On Solar Power Equipment To Cut Imports: Anand Thakur” • The Indian government is considering a proposal to impose 20% basic customs duty on solar modules to provide an edge to domestic manufacturers and discourage solar imports, particularly from China, according to Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance. [Saurenergy]

¶ “MNRE to examine bid for powering city transport from renewable sources” • The minister of new and renewable energy, RK Singh, said he asked the ministry to examine an innovative bid which would involve generating renewable energy to make hydrogen fuel and for charging batteries to power the transport of an entire city. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar array


¶ “EV Charging Juiced By Millions Of Federal Dollars, Silicon Edition” • The basic challenge of speeding up electric vehicle charging times is to balance performance with cost. Under the Trump administration, the DOE has continued an aggressive program of support EV R&D, with a sharp focus on battery cost and performance. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Will Kick Most Of Texas’s Remaining Coal Fleet Offline” • The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis published a report showing the growth in PV production and it’s rapid changes to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. Solar now provides 3% of electricy, compared to 8% for nuclear and 16% for coal, and it is growing. [CleanTechnica]

ERCOT energy sources, May 4, 2020

¶ “Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company Reports On Progress For Solar Project On Landfill In Brattleboro, Vermont” • The 5.73-MW solar array at Windham Solid Waste Management District’s closed landfill in Brattleboro provides electricity to 17 subscribers, mostly towns and schools. In 2019, it saved them an estimated $470,000. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “City Moves Forward On Local Power Work Plan In Parallel To Xcel Energy Negotiations” • The City of Boulder’s parallel actions to determine its energy future moved forward with the release of a request for proposal that seeks power supply and innovative financing for the city’s potential local electric utility. Responses are due by August 14. [City of Boulder]

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