Archive for August 6th, 2020

August 6 Energy News

August 6, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Toxic Chemicals From Burning Fossil Fuels Poison Dolphins And Whales On East Coast” • High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in stranded dolphins and whales along coast of the the southeastern US, according to a study. Arsenic, mercury, and other chemicals from burning fossil fuels and mining were found in their bodies. [CNN]

Bottlenose dolphin (NASA, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “UK’s July EV Market Share At 9% – Up Almost 4× Year On Year” • The UK saw plugin electric vehicle market share hit 9.0% in July 2020, which is up significantly from 2.5% in July 2019. Overall, the auto market has seen a very strong recovery from this year’s Covid-19 downturn, growing 11.3% compared to the same month last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Germany’s EV Market Share Hits All-Time Record, 11.4% in July – Up 4× Year on Year” • Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, saw record 11.4% plugin electric vehicle market share in July, up over 4× from the same month last year. For the overall auto market, sales in July 2020 sales were down 5% from July 2019, as the market recovers. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen e-Golf (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Vestas Hits 100 GW Service Milestone” • Vestas has claimed it is the first wind turbine supplier to have a portfolio of more than 100 GW under service. As installed capacity has grown, Vestas has expanded its service business, from a new business unit with a “high potential” in 2014 into a “strong and highly profitable” division today, the company said. [reNEWS]

¶ “China Promotes Grid Price Parity For Renewable Energy” • China will strengthen the construction of projects that facilitate wind and photovoltaic power to connect to the grid with price parity, China’s National Energy Administration said. The country will implement subsidy-free projects for wind and PV power to increase installed capacity. [ecns]

Installing PVs (Yao Feng | For China Daily)

¶ “Tender Announced For A Battery Energy Storage System In South Africa’s Western Cape” • Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, a South African power utility, has floated a tender for a battery energy storage system with a minimum of 80 MW / 320 MWh usable capacity at South Africa’s Skaapvlei substation, in Western Cape, Vredendal. [Mercom India]

¶ “Opportunities For Coastal Communities To Become “Project Shareholders” In Renewable Energy, Report Says” • A study by Eirwind showed that Ireland has more offshore wind resources than energy demand and could be exporting hydrogen. The report emphasized the importance of such stakeholders as rural communities and the fishing industry. [Afloat]

Offshore wind turbines (Andy Dingley, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Vestas Becomes First Renewable Energy Manufacturer With Verified Climate Targets In Line With 1.5°C Scenario” • Vestas is the first renewable energy manufacturer to have its targets validated by the SBTi as consistent with a 1.5°C scenario. The target validation follows Vestas’ announcement in January 2020 to be carbon neutral by 2030. [REVE]

¶ “Statkraft Secures 330 MW In Irish Auction” • Statkraft has secured capacity totalling 330 MW in Ireland’s first clean power auction, which awarded almost 1300 MW in total. The projects that were successful for Statkraft are the 34-MW Cloghan and 24-MW Taghart wind farms and the 78-MW Blundeltown and 198-MW Gallanstown solar parks. [reNEWS]

Mathias Kjellsson, Statkraft


¶ “Covid-19 Bankrupts 19 Energy (Oil & Gas) Companies” • A total of 19 energy companies have filed for bankruptcy this year. These are not the only recent ones in the US industry, though. There are around 225 bankruptcy cases across the country in the energy sector that are still pending in federal bankruptcy courts as of May 31, 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Underground HVDC Line To Connect Renewables, Other Generators In MISO, PJM Markets” • The developer of the SOO Green project announced a solicitation to allocate transmission capacity rights on a first-of-its-kind project co-locating electric transmission underground with a railroad corridor running from Iowa to Illinois. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Co-location of rail and power line (Image: Direct Connect)

¶ “Berkeley Lab Scientists To Help Advance Geothermal Energy Thanks To California Energy Commission Grants” • Deep under California’s Imperial County sits an immense reserve of critical metals, dissolved in brine. Among them is a huge amount of lithium. They are becoming available because of geothermal energy production. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “RWE, Mitsubishi Corp JV Joins Maine Floater Team” • A joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Diamond Offshore Wind and RWE Renewables is joining with the University of Maine to develop the Aqua Ventus 1 floating offshore wind demonstration project. The project will have one commercial turbine with a capacity of up to 12 MW. [reNEWS]

Floating wind turbine (Image: University of Maine)

¶ “Denver Looks To Install 15 MW Of Community Solar Gardens” • The City and County of Denver will host up to 15 MW of community solar gardens on municipal rooftops, over parking lots, and on vacant land as part of a Master Services Agreement signed with McKinstry, GRID Alternatives, and Unico Solar Investors. [Solar Power World]

¶ “City Council Weighing Investment In Nuclear Power Project” • Members of the Logan City Council are weighing whether to cut their losses or bet the bank on an increasingly expensive nuclear power project. As a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Logan City owns a partial interest in a proposed first-of-its-kind nuclear plant. [Cache Valley Daily]

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