July 24 Energy News

July 24, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “European Renewables Just Crushed Fossil Fuels. Here’s How It Happened” • The EU has seen rosy results for green energy of late. There was a 7% drop in demand due to Covid-19, and plenty of sunny and windy weather. But more lastingly, Austria, Spain, and Sweden closed their last coal-fired power plants, while other countries had large reductions in its use. [Forbes]

Stealing fire from the Gods (DPA | Picture Alliance | Getty Images)

¶ “Nuclear Power: Still A Rip-Off After All These Years” • Nevada politicians, industries, and people fought Yucca Mountain for over three decades. It is interesting to see that the industry trying to ram that waste down our throats is at the heart of this week’s FBI arrest of the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives on a racketeering charge. [Nevada Current]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is Underground Farming The Future Of Food?” • Since last September, those who descend underground at Seoul’s Sangdo Station and push through the ticket gate are met with an unusual sight: behind a glass-panelled facade, leafy shoots, sprouts, and microgreens have sprung up from under bright LED lights as part of a subterranean, organic farm. [BBC]

Underground farm

¶ “Tesla’s Efficiency Advantage: Cheap And Abundant LFP Batteries Will Power Mass-Market EVs” • Tesla’s second quarter earnings call just confirmed what may be the hottest technology topic for the EV revolution. Relatively inexpensive and abundant Lithium Iron Phosphate (aka LiFePO₄) batteries can be well suited to affordable mass market EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Best Case Scenario For Climate Warming Is So Not Happening” • The latest climate report prepared on behalf of the World Climate Research Program looks closely at three climate models and concluded that the best case 1.5°C path is extremely unlikely to happen. It says there is a 66% chance the planet will warm by 2.6°C to 3.9°C. [CleanTechnica]

Clouds (World Climate Research Programme)

World:

¶ “This Simple Rule Change Unleashes Energy Storage Rager Upon UK For Green Covid-19 Recovery” • The prospects for a green recovery look better daily in the EU, and the UK seems not about to be left behind. Its government announced a simple rule change to speed the construction of energy storage facilities for renewables in England and Wales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Plots Wind Expansion In Chile” • EDF Renewables has approval for the financing of a 60-MW extension to the Cabo Leone 1 wind farm in Chile. EDF is working with Spanish partner Grupo Ibereolica Renovables to bring total capacity up to 175.5 MW. It also won a 40-year concession for land that has potential for about 300 MW of wind capacity. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Image: Infigen)

¶ “Kiwi Power Launches Grid Flexibility Solution In North America” • Energy technology company Kiwi Power launched its distributed energy resource optimisation technology in North America. It offers a combination of its advanced virtual power plant software with expertise that serves energy flexibility in ten countries already. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Tunisia Boosting Renewable Energy Drive” • Climate Fund Managers and UPC Renewables will develop a 30-MW Sidi Mansour wind farm in Tunisia. The project will be among the first independent windpower producers in the country. Climate Fund Mangers is participating as co-developer, sponsor, financial advisor, and E&S advisor. [African Review]

Sidi Mansour Wind Project (Image: Free-Photos | Pixabay)

¶ “World’s Largest Economies Are Still Spending Big On Oil & Gas” • Spending on fossil fuels is still higher than on renewables among members of G20, an update from the Energy Policy Tracker shows. Since the pandemic started, governments have pledged at least $160.95 billion to fossil fuels, versus $123.75 billion to renewables. [OilPrice.com]

US:

¶ “Walhburgers Pilots The Fully Electric Arcimoto Deliverator In Key West, Florida” • Building on early adoption of the Impossible Burger, Wahlburgers continues to lean into sustainability with news of a pilot of Arcimoto’s Deliverator at the burger chain’s Key West location. The pilot is expected to kick off in August when the new location opens. [CleanTechnica]

Wahlburgers’ Arcimoto Deliverator

¶ “Standard Solar Gets $105 Million For US Solar Projects” • Standard Solar announced closing a tax equity commitment for up to $105 million to fund distributed generation PV projects in five states. Grid planners say the new Vermont facility could help relieve a transmission bottleneck without the need for expensive new transmission lines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nikola Motor Breaks Ground On Factory In Coolidge, Arizona” • Arizona-based Nikola Motor celebrated breaking ground on its new 1,000,000 square foot factory with an event suitably small for Covid-19. It was attended by Nikola leadership, including CEO Mark Russell, and local supporters, including Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson. [CleanTechnica]

Nikola Motor ground breaking (Image courtesy: Nikola Motor)

¶ “DeWine Reverses Course, Calls To Repeal Energy Law” • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) reversed course and called for repeal of his state’s nuclear bailout energy law in the wake of a $60 million bribery scandal. He said he continues to support the policy in the bill, but the process that created the bill and the law tainted it irrevocably. [Wheeling Intelligencer]

¶ “In Latest Responsibility Report, Home Depot Sets Renewable Energy Goals” • Home Depot detailed its sustainability progress in its 2020 Responsibility Report. It introduced several new goals, including using 335 MW of renewable energy by 2025. It also provided an update on the company’s response to Covid-19 and social equality issues. [LBM Journal]

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