August 17 Energy News

August 17, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The European Green Deal Offers Massive Opportunities For Green Business” • The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives that are all targeted at transforming the 27-country bloc to a climate neutral economy by 2050. One of the pillars of the European Green Deal is to stimulate innovation-based competitiveness. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using Liquid Air For Energy Storage And For Maritime Propulsion” • In the area of renewable energy vessel propulsion, the scale of maritime vessel technology allows for application of grid-scale energy storage technologies that would be impractical for land vehicles. Initiatives are underway to provide maritime vessels with liquid air. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ “10,000 Die Each Day From Fossil Fuel Air Pollutants” • A changing climate is not the only significant consequence of fossil fuel burning. Polluted, toxic air is also. A recent study has found that 10,000 people die each day from fossil fuel air pollutants. The research was published in the journal, Cardiovascular Research. [Nature World News]

Power plant (Pixabay image)

World:

¶ “Hydrogen Buses, Microgrids, Share In $22 Million Of Western Australia’s Funding For Renewable Hydrogen” • Nine projects will share $22 million in grants by the Western Australian state government. Support will go to the state’s first hydrogen vehicle refuelling station, expanding use of hydrogen for transport in the resources sector, and elsewhere. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Danske Commodities Signs Dogger Bank Offtake Deal” • The energy trading house Danske Commodities has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 480 MW of the 3600-MW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm now under development. Dogger Bank, which is owned by Equinor and SSE Renewables, is 130 km off the coast of Yorkshire. [reNEWS]

Energy Traders (Image: Thomas Priskorn | Danske Commodities)

¶ “Make In India Renewable Energy To Help Govt Not Just Meet, But Exceed Power Target, Says Minister” • After India’s lockdown, economic activities and demand for energy will boom, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said. As to renewables, he said, “We will not only meet our commitment, we will exceed it.” [Financial Express]

¶ “Indonesian Renewable Energy Reforms To Drive Geothermal Development” • Indonesia is preparing regulations on renewable energy pricing to gain the investors’ trust in the sector. While the move will benefit the whole renewable energy landscape, it will be particularly helpful for the geothermal sector, according to GlobalData. [Power Engineering International]

Geothermal energy

¶ “Southeast Asia Faces More Severe Effects Of Climate Change Than The Rest Of The World, McKinsey Says” • Southeast Asia could potentially face more severe consequences of climate change than other parts of the world, according to the business and economic research arm of consulting firm McKinsey. Up to $4.7 trillion of annual GDP is at risk. [CNBC]

US:

¶ “US Wind Industry Enjoys Record Q2 With Over 2.5 GW Of New Installs” • The US saw a record 2,546 MW of new wind farms commissioned in the second quarter of 2020, keeping the wind industry’s activity resilient in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. In last year’s second quarter, just 899 MW of new wind turbine capacity was brought online. [Renewables Now]

Pattern Energy facility (Source: Pattern Energy Group, Inc)

¶ “Covid-19 May Speed Up Low-Carbon Shift, Google Says” • In a Q&A with BloombergNEF, Google’s Jeff Hamel shared his thoughts on how the pandemic may speed up the low-carbon shift. He thinks that while the clean energy industry is hurting in the short term, it isn’t being hit as hard as others, and we may see a boom coming out of this. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Procter & Gamble Plans To Go 100% Recyclable By 2030” • P&G is the parent company of many, many brands that we all use. Downy, Bounce, Pampers, Tide, Gain, Gillette, Dawn dish detergent, Vicks vapor rub, and Mr. Clean are just some of them. The company announced that it is aiming for 100% recyclable packaging by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot of P&G website

¶ “Xcel Energy Has A Bold Plan To Put 1.5 Million Electric Cars On The Road By 2030” • Xcel Energy has 3.3 million electricity customers in 8 states – Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. It has announced plans to help put 1.5 million electric cars on the road in those states by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vermont Clean Energy Jobs Have Plateaued, Report Says; Dropping In Pandemic” • Vermont has lost 408 solar jobs since 2017, including 20 in 2019, the Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report found, despite growth nationally in the solar sector over the last two years. But the report does not account for jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic. [vtdigger.org]

PSEG Essex Solar Center (Courtesy photo)

¶ “Plant Vogtle Opponents Seeking Faster Review Of Cost To Customers” • Georgia energy regulators are expected approve $674 million that Georgia Power has spent on the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion during the last half of 2019. Opponents of the $25 billion project say the PSC should examine how much the reactors will cost customers. [The August Chronicle]

¶ “Chevron Invests In Nuclear Fusion Start-Up Zap Energy” • Chevron Corporation made a Series A investment in Zap Energy Inc, a Seattle-based start-up company developing what it claims is a next-generation modular nuclear reactor with an innovative approach to advancing cost-effective, flexible, and commercially scalable fusion. [Green Car Congress]

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