August 14 Energy News

August 14, 2020


¶ “Look Over There! Jason Kenney’s Phoney Nuclear Power Distraction” • When Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says small nuclear reactors “could be a game changer in providing safe, zero-emitting, baseload power in many areas of the province,” as he did this week in a tweet, he’s pulling your leg. These nuclear reactors make no economic sense. []

Small modular nuclear reactor (NuScale Power image)

¶ “The End Of Oil & Gas: A Different View” • I have come to believe that the end of Oil & Gas could look very different than what people expect, even appearing to defy the accepted law of supply and demand. If I am right, loss of demand in the face of continued availability of the resources could drive retail prices up instead of down. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Green Practices Can Negate Climate Emissions On NY Farms” • In New York, agriculture can mitigate its own greenhouse gas emissions, two Cornell researchers say in a report commissioned by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The 65-page report addresses carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. [Cornell Chronicle]

Manure cover and flare (Tim Fessenden, provided)


¶ “Over Seven Million BMW Plug-In Vehicles By 2030” • The BMW Group already offers the world’s widest selection of premium automobiles with electrified drive systems. With a ten-year plan for sustainability, the BMW Group is underscoring its commitment to the goals of the Paris climate agreement with a focus on expanding electric mobility. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 150 Solaris Electric Buses Now In Poland” • Despite the difficulties and challenges for Europe brought by the pandemic, Solaris managed to use the past few months very productively. This was an extremely busy time, in particular with regard to the performance of contracts for the delivery of electric buses in Poland. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino electric bus (Solaris image)

¶ “AES Subsidiary Plans 863-MW Chile Hybrid Scheme” • South American developer AES Gener has filed plans for an 863-MW wind, solar, and battery storage hybrid project in Chile. The $750 million Parque Terra Energia Renovable project will consist of a 350-MW wind farm, 513 MW of solar power and two energy storage banks of lithium batteries. [reNEWS]

¶ “Why Chile’s Mining Firms Are Switching To Renewable Power Supply” • As international markets are starting to demand clean certification for mining products, Chile’s mining companies are looking to switch to clean energy sources. Mining giant BHP is to terminate coal-fired supply contracts early with Chilean power at a cost of $840 million. [BNamericas English]

Solar array in Chile


¶ “In A Move That Could Be Catastrophic For The Climate, Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Methane Regulations” • The US EPA announced a long-anticipated rollback of methane emission regulations for the oil and gas industry, marking the latest in a long series of attacks on federal climate policy by the Trump administration. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “JB Hunt’s First Delivery With Fully Electric Freightliner eCascadia” • JB Hunt, one of the largest US shipping companies, made its first Intermodal delivery using an all-electric Class 8 truck. The 120-mile haul for Walmart kicked off a three-month testing phase. JB Hunt plans to integrate the eCascadia with its fleet operations in Los Angeles. [CleanTechnica]

Intermodal eCascadia (JB Hunt image)

¶ “EDPR Provides Benefits For Communities In Indiana” • EDP Renewables North America committed $300,000 to support the Chalmers, Brookston, Reynolds and Wolcott communities near its six-phase 801-MW Meadow Lake wind farm in Indiana. The four towns, all in White County, will receive $75,000 each to put toward projects of their choice. [reNEWS]

¶ “Masdar And EDF Renewables Agree To Partner In Eight Renewable Energy Projects In The US” • EDF Renewables North America and Masdar announced Masdar’s second strategic investment in the US. Masdar will acquire a 50% stake in a 1.6-GW clean-energy portfolio that EDF Renewables has under construction in Texas and California. [REVE]

EDF Renewables wind farm

¶ “New Solar Farm To Power New Facebook Data Center In Tennessee” • Silicon Ranch is building the Tennessee’s biggest solar array. The new complex in Jackson, Tennessee, is to supply the energy needs for a new $800 million Facebook data center. It will be nearly ten times as big a huge array Silicon Ranch built in the state in 2012. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Tesla Begins Construction Of World’s Largest Energy Storage Facility” • Tesla and PG&E recently broke ground on a record-setting energy storage system in Moss Landing, California that will be the largest such installation in the world, when it is complete. The battery park will be able to dispatch up to 182.5 MW for four hours. [Forbes]

Drawing of Tesla’s 1-GWh battery (Tesla image)

¶ “Renewable Properties starts work on largest community solar project in Marin County, California” • Renewable Properties, a developer and investor of small-scale utility and community solar energy projects in the US, has started construction on the Silveira Ranch Solar Project, the largest community solar array in Marin County, California. [Solar Power World]

¶ “US utility goes to market for 1.3 GW of new renewables” • CenterPoint Energy has opened a request for proposals for wind, solar and solar-storage projects in Indiana. Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company, a CenterPoint Energy subsidiary, put the RFP out, for up to 1000 MW of solar and solar-storage as well as 300 MW of wind. [reNEWS]

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