August 5 Energy News

August 5, 2020

World:

¶ “Yamaha Creating High Performance Electric Motors For Mainstream Manufacturers” • The EV revolution keeps pushing forward, and Yamaha has turned its attention to designing and building high output electric motors that are as small and light as possible. It will soon offer a range of motors ranging from 35 kW (47 HP) to 200 kW (268 HP). [CleanTechnica]

Yamaha electric motor for cars (Image credit: Yamaha)

¶ “BP To Cut Oil Production 40% By 2030, And Invest Billions Into Green Energy” • BP announced that it is planning to cut oil and gas production by 40%, and it will invest billions of dollars into clean energy. This is part of a major strategic plan that was unveiled along with a gigantic second-quarter loss and a cut in dividends. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE, Vattenfall To Feed Bosch Solar Power In Germany” • RWE Supply & Trading is to supply 50 MW of electricity to German technology and service company Bosch from solar power projects. And Vattenfall will also supply 10 MW. The solar farms can be built based on power purchase agreements, so they do not rely on subsidies. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (RWE image)

¶ “Japan’s Industry Ministry Reviewing Power Line Rules To Bolster Renewable Energy” • Japan is reviewing grid priorities that prioritize energy from coal. With most nuclear power plants still offline after the Fukushima Disaster, Japan gets 32% of its electricity from coal, compared with just 17% from renewable resources. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Green Power Auction Wins For 19 Wind Farms And 63 Solar Projects” • Nineteen new wind farms, totalling 479 MW, and 63 solar power projects, totalling 796 MW, won contracts under Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme. Average contracts in the “general pot” of the auction were priced at €74.08/MWh. [The Irish Times]

Renewable energy (iStock image)

¶ “Ireland May Allocate 796 MW Of Solar In First Renewables Auction” • The Irish government announced provisional results of its first auction for large scale renewables. If the results are confirmed, they will have more than doubled the ambition of generating 1 TWh of clean energy, with 2,237 GWh of generation facilities allocated. [pv magazine International]

Australia:

¶ “Global Gold Miner Sets Sights On “Realistic” 99% Renewables Share On Mining Projects” • A gold mine in Western Australia recently shifted to a more than 50% mix of wind, solar, and battery storage. Now the global resources company behind that says it could aim much higher and has set its sights on a target of 99% renewables. [RenewEconomy]

Goldfields solar array

¶ “Goldwind To Deliver Turbines To Oz Hybrid Scheme” • Two turbines totalling 9 MW will be supplied by Goldwind Australia to a hybrid energy project in Western Australia that combines wind, solar, and battery storage. The project comprises the wind energy portion plus a 4-MW solar farm, a lithium-ion battery, and gas generators. [reNEWS]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Wins 209-MW Australian Turbine Contract” • GE Renewable Energy announced contracts for the construction and operation of the 209-MW Murra Warra II wind farm in Victoria, Australia. The wind farm will use 38 GE Cypress 5.5-158 wind turbines. Victoria’s renewable energy target is 40% by 2025. [Power Engineering International]

GE Cypress prototype

¶ “GE Co-Develops Pumped Hydro Storage To Underpin 4-GW Wind And Solar Complex In Australia” • GE Renewable Energy signed an agreement with Australia’s Walcha Energy for joint development of the 500-MW Dungowan pumped hydro storage project in New South Wales. The project is to enable construction of a 4-GW wind and solar complex. [Recharge]

US:

¶ “Siemens Seeks To Optimize Microgrid Solutions With New Building Management System Integration” • Siemens is pushing into microgrid development with the launch of a microgrid test bed at its New Jersey R&D facility. It is a ‘living lab’ to explore the integration of a wide range of traditional microgrid components with the building itself. [CleanTechnica]

New Jersey R&D facility solar array (Courtesy of Siemens)

¶ “Connecticut’s Largest Ever Renewable Energy Investment Nears Final Approval” • Connecticut ratepayers are one step closer to funding the state’s largest ever purchase of renewable electricity, an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. It is expected to provide 14% of Connecticut’s electricity once it’s completed in 2025. [Hartford Business]

¶ “Wind Powers Minneapolis Data Center” • US data center services company DataBank is powering a facility in Minneapolis with 100% renewable electricity from wind. The company signed an agreement with Dakota Electric Association to purchase 100% renewable energy to meet all 6 MW of critical IT load for the MSP2 data center for the next five years. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Abby Anaday | Unsplash)

¶ “Irish Solar Developer’s Projects In Maine Attract $100 Million Investment” • A global solar-electric development company from Ireland, BNRG Renewables, is partnering with a Maine firm, Dirigo Solar LLC, to develop eight large-scale projects over the next year. The enterprise has attracted roughly $100 million in private capital investment. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

¶ “Utah Taxpayers Association Calls On Cities To Back Out Of Nuclear Power Project” • Citing the potential for cost overruns, the Utah Taxpayers Association is calling on the 27 of the state’s municipalities that are involved in a small nuclear reactor project to back out ahead of a September deadline that will commit them to further costs. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Have an appropriately ecstatic day.

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