August 8 Energy News

August 8, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Five Lessons From The Pandemic To Tackle The Climate Crisis” • In the wars against coronavirus and the climate crisis, we have met the enemy and the enemy is us. Such is the sentiment of virologists and climatologists alike as they point out how much the pandemic can teach us about the fight for the survival of life on Earth. [CNN]

Power plant

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Costs Of Owning A Conventional Car Are Far Higher Than People Think” • A study published in the journal Nature found that the majority of people greatly underestimate the total cost of conventional car. When they learn the truth, a significant proportion of them say that knowledge makes them more likely not to use cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Swarm Of Tiny Robots Could Help Eliminate Pesticides” • Imagine a future of foods free of harmful chemicals, where crops still grow strong and dense in the absence of choking weeds, but bees and other pollinators buzz and frolic among the crops. At Clint Brauer’s farm in Kansas, that future is very nearly a reality, thanks to autonomous robots. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous robots (Image courtesy of Greenfield Robotics)

World:

¶ “Ship Aground Off Mauritius Begins Leaking Oil” • The island nation of Mauritius has declared a state of emergency after a vessel offshore began leaking oil into the ocean. MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July and its crew was evacuated. But the ship has since begun leaking the 4,000 tons of fuel it has aboard. [BBC]

¶ “Hyundai And Urban-Air Port Working On Urban Air Mobility Infrastructure In UK” • Hyundai Air Mobility and Urban-Air Port teamed up to “explore new, purpose built, multifunctional, and scalable infrastructure for urban air mobility.” Hyundai plans to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to develop an air vehicle and the broader urban air mobility ecosystem. [CleanTechnica]

Urban-Air Port (Image courtesy of Hyundai Air Mobility)

¶ “Nissan And E.ON Partner On Large UK Vehicle-To-Grid Project” • Nissan formed a new partnership with E.ON and a number of other organizations. They have deployed 20 V2G chargers to get a sense for how fleets of EVs could support the UK electricity grid in a financially sensible way for both business fleets and the grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “German Utility RWE Inks Solar PPA With Direct Energy” • German utility RWE has signed a power purchase agreement with Direct Energy Marketing Limited to supply electricity from a solar plant in Canada. The 25-MW Canadian Hull solar plant in Southern Alberta is expected to supply up to 50,000 MWh of electricity annually. [Energy Live News]

Solar array (RWE image)

¶ “European Renewables Are Growing Despite Pandemic” • In Europe, renewables grew during the pandemic despite an overall reduction in energy consumption, according to Fitch Ratings. This supported the earnings of renewables-focused utilities. Renewables generation grew by 8.4% over 2019 in Q2, while total energy generation fell 9.7%. [Fitch Ratings]

¶ “Facebook, Brookfield Renewable Announce New Wind Farm” • Facebook and Brookfield Renewable announced a new onshore wind farm for County Tipperary. The Lisheen III collaboration includes a long-term corporate power purchase agreement to produce and supply 100% renewable energy to the national electricity grid. [TechCentral.ie]

Irish wind farm

¶ “Fukushima’s Contaminated Wastewater May Be A Bigger Problem Than Realized” • TEPCO is considering dumping the wastewater from the Fukushima Disaster into the ocean slowly, after treating it chemically to remove most of the radioactive elements. A study published in the journal Science shows this is riskier than had been assumed. [IFLScience]

US:

¶ “AAA Adds 55 Electric Vehicles As Part Of Sacramento’s Green City Initiative” • AAA is adding 55 VW eGolf EVs to its vehicle subscription service in Sacramento, in support of Electrify America’s Green City Initiative. Electrify America is subsidizing the additional EVs for the AAA program to promote the benefits of driving electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

VW eGolf (mage courtesy of Electrify America)

¶ “The Value Of Rooftop Solar Power In Michigan: 24 Cents Per kWh” • The Solar Energy Industries Association discovered that the value of rooftop solar in Michigan is 24¢/kWh, well above what is paid to net-metered customers with solar power. It is less costly to serve residential customers with solar than those without it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Verdant Power Progressing Tidal Energy Project In New York” • Verdant Power is moving ahead on installation of three, fifth-generation tidal power turbines on its TriFrame mount at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project site in the East River in New York City. The turbines have been mounted in preparation of a move to the site. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

Tidal turbines (Courtesy Verdant Power)

¶ “In Renewable Energy Boom, Great Lakes States Struggle To Kick Fossil Fuels” • Coal still dominates power generation in many Great Lakes states like Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. But they are beginning to embrace renewable energy. And some believe that the region has the potential to become the next hot spot for renewable energy development. [S&P Global]

¶ “Gideon Offers Climate Change Agenda, Decries Washington Inaction” • After touring a ReVision Energy facility, Maine’s Democratic US Senate challenger Sara Gideon proposed a climate change agenda focused on reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming and investing more in such renewable energy sources as solar and wind. [WMTW Portland]

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