July 31 Energy News

July 31, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Flooding From Sea Level Rise Could Cost Our Planet $14.2 Trillion, Study Says” • If the world does nothing to mitigate rising sea levels, it could cost the global economy $14.2 trillion in lost or damaged assets by the end of the century, as larger areas of land, home to millions of people, are inundated, a study in the journal Science Reports says. [CNN]

Florida (Matt Gannon | CNN)

¶ “SK Innovation Will Collaborate With John Goodenough On Solid-State Batteries” • South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation announced it will collaborate with Dr Goodenough and Dr Hadi Khani to make his solid-state battery dream come true. The goal is a unique gel-polymer electrolyte for a lithium-metal battery. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “PSA Group Accelerates EV Transition With Dedicated Electric Car Chassis” • PSA Group is building sales of battery electric vehicles while continuing to make money – not an easy task with the Covid-19 market disruptions. The company’s e-208, a battery electric vehicle built on the same chassis as several other models in the 208 family, is selling well. [CleanTechnica]

PSA Group eVMP platform (Courtesy of PSA Group)

¶ “TenneT Plots €5 Billion Annual Investment Drive” • TenneT, a Dutch/German transmission system operator, expects to scale up investments to €4 billion to €5 billion in the next few years. The TSO invested over €1.4 billion in the Dutch and German grids in the first half of 2020, a 30% increase on the same period last year when just under €1.1bn was invested. [reNEWS]

¶ “100+ Ultrafast Charging Stations Coming To Aral Stations In Germany” • Germany, at last, has implemented strong new electric vehicle incentives, and EV market share is thus rising fast, with EV market share nearing 9% in June. Plus, automakers have to sell electric cars or pay big fines, so they’re finally trying to sell EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Aral charging stations (Image courtesy of Aral)

¶ “Singapore Set To Get A New Peer-to-Peer Renewable Trading Platform” • Singapore-based Senoko Energy announced that it had launched a pilot project for peer-to-peer renewable energy trading. The company says the project will allow producers and consumers to trade locally-produced solar energy after they had registered on the platform. [Mercom India]

¶ “Australia’s Trilemma Of Providing Good, Fast And Cheap Energy Finally Has A Clear Solution” • Good, fast, cheap. Pick only two” is a maxim that applies to almost any endeavor. The Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan has put paid to that trilemma, at least for energy in Australia with its vast renewable energy resources. [The Guardian]

Installing solar panels (Lucy Hughes Jones | AAP)

¶ “UK Wind Output Hits Record 64 TWh In 2019” • Total wind generation in the UK rose by 13% in 2019 to a record 64 TWh, the Government’s Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics said. Wind speeds in 2019 were down on 2018, by 0.31 knots on average, but this was more than offset by additional capacity coming online, the government said. [reNEWS]


¶ “It’s Time! A Majority Of People In The US Say The Federal Gov’t Should Do More About Climate” • A Pew Research Center study found a majority of US adults want the government to do more about climate change. And not just Democrats. Of those the center calls “Republican leaders,” 83% say climate change is impacting their local community. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it (From Global Change)

¶ “Duke Energy, SustainRNG Partner To Develop RNG On Dairy Farms” • Duke Energy announced partnering with SustainRNG to harness renewable natural gas on dairy farms, starting in the southeastern US. SustainRNG will engineer, finance, construct, and operate Renewable Natural Gas sites in collaboration with dairy farmers. [Biomass Magazine]

¶ “EDPR Reaches 200-MW Harvest Ridge Summit” • EDP Renewables has started commercial operations at the 200-MW Harvest Ridge wind farm in Illinois. The project, located in Douglas County, has long-term power purchase agreements to provide electricity to Wabash Valley Power Alliance, Walmart, and a private offtaker. [reNEWS]

Farm and wind turbines (EDPR image)

¶ “US Lawmakers Urge Change To Icebreaker Shutdown Rules” • A bipartisan group of 32 US legislators, from across north-east Ohio, sent a letter to state authorities requesting reconsideration of operating restrictions placed on the Icebreaker offshore wind project. Last minute conditions imposed by the authorities had made the project unfeasible. [reNEWS]

¶ “Chevron To Build 500 MW Of Renewables To Power Oil And Gas Facilities” • Chevron announced that it will build 500 MW of renewable energy plants to power some of its global facilities. This amounts to a sizable scaling up of clean energy resources for an oil giant that has made comparatively few big investments in renewables to date. [Greentech Media]


¶ “GoMacro To Power Viola With Renewable Wind Energy” • GoMacro, known for its organic, plant-based nutrition bars, says all residences, businesses and schools in Viola, Wisconsin, will be powered by 100% renewable wind energy thanks to a partnership it entered into with the village. The partnership is the first of its kind in the country. [North American Windpower]

¶ “JEA Settles Costly Lawsuit Over Plant Vogtle” • Florida utility JEA announced it had settled its lawsuit with the owners of Plant Vogtle, ending a legal fight that cost Jacksonville ratepayers more than $10 million while failing to free it from a controversial agreement to purchase power from the Georgia nuclear power plant. [The Florida Times-Union]

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