July 30 Energy News

July 30, 2020


¶ “MHI, CIP Forge Japan Offshore Wind Joint Venture” • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners entered into a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido. The 50:50 joint venture will have a team of staff from both owners. MHI already has a joint venture with turbine maker Vestas. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine installation (Image: MHI Vestas)

¶ “Record EV Sales In Europe” • While the European automotive market is still in recovery mode in June, down 24% year over year, the European passenger plugin vehicle market has returned to the fast track, with almost 93,000 registrations in June, a 95% increase. In fact, it was a record performance – and it came during an industry slump. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Covered 50% Of Germany’s Power Demand In H1” • Germany’s Federal Environment Agency said this week that renewables generated around 138 billion kWh of electricity in the first six months of 2020, or roughly 10 billion kWh more than in the first half of 2019. Solar PVs accounted for about 28 billion kWh of the total. [pv magazine International]

Renewable energy (Winsol image)

¶ “Saudi SABIC To Build World’s First Renewable Power Chemical Plant” • SABIC plans to build a chemical plant in Spain fully powered by renewable energy in what is the first project of its kind anywhere in the world. The polycarbonate facility in Cartegena is expected to be fully operational by 2024, powered by a 100-MW PV solar plant. [ZAWYA]

¶ “Power Giant Highlights Potential Of Argyll Renewable Energy Plant” • Energy giant Drax sees great potential in the Cruachan pumped hydro storage power station in Argyll. It is considering a plan for dramatic expansion of the facility, which could provide a big boost to the local economy. It could invest hundreds of millions of pounds in it. [HeraldScotland]

Turbine hall at Cruachan facility (Drax image)

¶ “Shell And Eneco Win Dutch Offshore Wind Tender” • A consortium of Shell and Eneco triumphed in the latest subsidy free Dutch offshore wind auction, securing the right to build the 759-MW Hollandse Kust North project. The CrossWind joint venture will install 69 wind turbines from Siemens Gamesa, each with a capacity of 11 MW. [reNEWS]

¶ “World’s Fastest Energy Transition: AEMO Maps Path To 94% Renewables” • The Australian Energy Market Operator says Australia is in the midst of what is likely to be the world’s fastest energy transition. And it finalised its 20-year blueprint to make sure that the shift from coal to a grid dominated by wind, solar, and storage can happen smoothly. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines (Infigen Energy)


¶ “Elon Musk Says Tesla Willing To Share Software And Powertrains With Competitors” • Tesla has been pleading with established automakers for years to please, please, please make competitive electric cars. For all those companies struggling to catch up, Elon Musk has a simple solution. Buy what you need from Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Is Crushing The USA In Electric Bus Growth. Proterra Wants To Change That” • China already has 420,000 e-buses in operation. The US has only about 600. Proterra has developed a battery-leasing program for local governments that brings the upfront investment in an e-bus down to the same level as that of a legacy diesel. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus (Courtesy of Proterra)

¶ “Arizona Regulators May Impose Big Boost In Energy Requirements – 100% Clean Energy By 2050” • Arizona utility regulators are proposing a substantial increase in renewable energy requirements, mandating that utilities eventually get all their power from carbon-free sources. This would put Arizona in line with many of its Western neighbors. [AZCentral.com]

¶ “US Department Of Energy Picks Five Projects To Receive Up To $28 Million For Geothermal Energy Research” • The US DOE announced that five projects will receive up to $28 million to promote the advancement of the next generation of geothermal energy technologies. The projects align with the goals of the 2019 GeoVision study. [CleanTechnica]

Geothermal energy (HERO image)

¶ “Renewables set to replace coal-fired San Juan Generating Station” • With a unanimous vote, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ended part of the debate on the future of coal in the Four Corners region. Utility PNM will rely on 100% renewable energy and battery storage to replace coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. [New Mexico Political Report]

¶ “Texas Utility CPS Energy Kicks Off Search For More Than 1 GW Of Clean Resources” • San Antonio municipal utility CPS Energy is asking for ideas on how it can replace aging fossil-fueled generation with more than 1 GW of solar, flexible capacity, and storage. CPS’ “Flexible Path” plan calls for 80% of its energy to be emissions free by 2040. [Greentech Media]

San Antonio

¶ “ORNL-Produced Plutonium-238 To Help Power Perseverance On Mars” • After a long journey to Mars that starts this summer, NASA’s Perseverance rover will be powered across the planet’s surface in part by plutonium produced at the US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Nuclear decay produces heat that is used to charge batteries. [Mirage News]

¶ “More Big Batteries Coming To The West, As EDF Renewables Nabs Deal With NV Energy” • EDF Renewables plans to build a 200-MW solar plant with a 180-MW / 720-MWh battery for NV Energy, the developer announced. It is one of a growing list of large solar-and-storage projects under construction in the state and the broader region. [Greentech Media]

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