Archive for July 25th, 2020

July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Biden Plots $2 Trillion Green Revolution But Faces Wind And Solar Backlash” • Joe Biden’s $2 trillion plan to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from the US electricity grid within 15 years has been applauded by climate campaigners, but the enormous overhaul will have to pick its way through a minefield of opposition. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines in Kahuku, Hawaii (Jennifer Sinco Kelleher | AP)

World:

¶ “Britishvolt To Build Battery Gigafactory In UK” • Apparently, the UK is getting a battery gigafactory. A manufacturer called Britishvolt is set to build a 30 GWh battery “gigaplant” in Wales. It will be powered by a 200-MW solar power plant at a former RAF base in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. Production is expected to begin by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indian Module Maker Vikram Solar Announces $700 Million Investment In New Production Line” • Following the Indian government’s appeal to the industry to push for self-reliance and reduce imports, solar energy solutions provider Vikram Solar announced its intent to set up a 3-GW solar manufacturing plant in the state of Tamil Nadu. [CleanTechnica]

Perovo solar farm

¶ “Renewables Giant Iberdrola To Build ‘Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project'” • Iberdrola will build what it calls Europe’s biggest green hydrogen project yet, in a link up with chemicals group Fertiberia. They will spend €150 million to construct a 100-MW solar PV plant, a 20-MWh lithium-ion battery storage system and 20-MW electrolyzer. [Recharge]

¶ “Renewable Energy Push Has Fresh Wind In Its Sails” • Renewable power in looks set to add impetus to Scotland’s economic restart. Onshore wind already has 4 GW of capacity that have achieved planning consent. Another 4 GW of projects are currently in the planning process. Offshore wind too, had 4 GW of projects with planning consent. [HeraldScotland]

Onshore windfarm

¶ “1H20 saw a rise in global renewables investment” • Renewable energy capacity investment showed great resilience in the first half of 2020, in the face of the unprecedented economic shock caused by the coronavirus, according to the latest figures from research company BloombergNEF. Offshore wind financings were up 319% from of last year. [Energy Global]

¶ “Repsol To Purchase 1.6 GW Of Renewable Assets In Chile” • Repsol has agreed to form a joint venturewith Grupo Ibereólica Renovables to manage a portfolio of renewable energy projects in Chile. The projects may generate up to 1.6 GW in 2025, possibly exceeding 2.6 GW in 2030. Repsol will pay $195 million (€168 million) before 2023. [Power Technology]

Wind turbine (Jason Blackeye | Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Nuns Dedicated To Social Justice Create Climate Solutions Fund With Morgan Stanley” • A US-based group of Dominican nuns have partnered with Morgan Stanley to create an impact fund that allows the nuns to invest $110 million (other sources cite $130 million) and change the scope of how sustainable and positive investment is done. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Harvard Profs Plan Geoengineering Experiment, Igniting Ethics Debate” • Two Harvard professors say they are planning to inject about 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of calcium carbonate dust into the air over Arizona to see what effect it has on the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth below. There are people who do not approve of this type of geoengineering. [CleanTechnica]

Eruption of Mt Pinatubo (Image credit: USGS)

¶ “BYD’s Fully Electric Refuse Trucks Make It Easy To Upgrade Fleets To Zero Emissions” • In partnership with Hudson County Motors, BYD is providing the first fully electric rear loader refuse collection trucks to the East Coast. The new trucks will have sufficient range to run typical full day routes in Jersey City, providing zero emission service. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sununu Blocks Bill To Expand NH’s Required Renewable Energy Use, Now Lowest In New England” • Gov Chris Sununu handed down another expected veto of a clean energy plan. He rejected a bill that would expand New Hampshire’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and increase how much solar power utilities must use. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Rooftop solar (Credit Joy Jackson | Unsplash)

¶ “NextEra Energy To Build Its First Green Hydrogen Plant In Florida” • NextEra Energy is closing its last coal-fired power unit and investing in its first green hydrogen facility. In an earnings call, NextEra said it was proposing a $65 million pilot in Florida with a 20-MW electrolyzer to produce 100% green hydrogen from solar power. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Pacific Northwest Utilities Seek Thousands Of Megawatts Of New Renewable And Non-Emitting Energy: A Huge Opportunity For Independent Power Producers” • In the Pacific Northwest, utilities have issued or are issuing requests for proposals that look for a total of roughly 6,000 MW of new renewable generating capacity and storage. [The National Law Review]

Wind turbines in Washington (Umptanum, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “House Bill 6 Repeal Would Address Only Part Of Ohio Lawmakers’ Recent Actions To Slow Renewables” • Lawmakers of both parties are pushing to repeal Ohio’s nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint. But clean energy advocates are saying that repelaing Bill 6 is just a start of what is needed. [Richland Source]

¶ “US Agency Ends Ban, Will Now Finance Advanced Nuclear Projects Abroad” • The US International Development Finance Corporation has ended a ban on financing nuclear power projects and “will prioritize the support of advanced nuclear technology in emerging and frontier markets,” the federal agency said in a statement. [S&P Global]

Have an outstandingly pleasant day.

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