August 20 Energy News

August 20, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “How Corporate America Is Becoming A Powerful Ally For Clean Energy” • The fossil fuel industry has historically steered American energy and environmental policy. Now, retail and technology companies are grabbing at the wheel. Hundreds of companies, including Apple, Ikea, Facebook, and Google have committed to going 100% renewable. [HuffPost]

Wind farm (wmaster890 via Getty Images)

¶ “Citi CEO: Banks Must Have The Courage To Walk Away From Deals That Are Bad For The Climate” • By transforming energy systems, industrial processes, land use, buildings, transport and other infrastructure so they are more sustainable, we could simultaneously create thousands of new jobs and help propel a post-pandemic recovery. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Animals At Risk From Alaska Oil Drilling” • Oil industry bosses insist they have a well-established record of environmentally responsible development of Alaska’s energy resources. But environmentalists say the US government has not adequately considered the risks to wildlife and local communities. [BBC]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Japan Invests In Wind And Solar Power Plants” • Over $100 billion of investment in wind and solar power plants are expected to push the renewables share to 27% of Japan’s generation mix by 2030, exceeding the country’s target of up to 24%, says Wood Mackenzie. Last year, renewables made up 19% of the country’s power generation. [Energy Global]

¶ “DeepRoute And Cao Cao Rolling Out Robotaxis In Hangzhou, China” • Plans for robotaxi trials seem to be heating up. The latest news is that DeepRoute, an autonomous driving startup based in Shenzhen, is partnering with Cao Cao Mobility, a ride-hailing platform, to put hundreds of robotaxis on the streets of Hangzhou by 2022 at the latest. [CleanTechnica]

CaoCao and DeepRoute robotaxi in Hangzhou, China.

¶ “Vestas toasts 443-MW Viking victory on Shetland” • SSE Renewables has placed a 443-MW turbine order with Vestas for the Viking wind project on the Shetland Islands North of Scotland. The deal comprises 103 V117 turbines. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q1 of 2023, with commissioning taking place that same year. [reNEWS]

Australia:

¶ “Neoen Files Plans For $3 Billion Wind And Solar Farm With Battery Ten Times Bigger Than Hornsdale” • French developer Neoen filed a development application for a $3 billion wind, solar, and storage project in South Australia. It includes a proposed big battery, nearly 10 times as big as the expanded “Tesla big battery” at Hornsdale. [RenewEconomy]

Hornsdale Power Reserve

¶ “Palaszczuk Announces Investment In Three Queensland Renewable Energy ‘Corridors’” • Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland will establish three new renewable energy ‘corridors’ as part of a $145 million investment in new transmission infrastructure to unlock new wind and solar investment in the state. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “NFF Calls For Net Carbon Zero By 2050” • Australia’s peak farm body has thrown its weight behind an economy-wide target of net carbon zero by 2050. At an online meeting, Members of the National Farmers’ Federation voted in favor of the landmark policy, which includes strict caveats regarding economic viability and fair implementation. [Beef Central]

Cattle in NSW (Gregory Heath, CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Forge 2-GW Battery Partnership” • Asset manager Capital Dynamics has signed an agreement with US power company Tenaska to develop approximately 2 GW of battery storage projects in California. They will develop nine battery projects to be located throughout California’s highest electrical load centers. [reNEWS]

¶ “Biden Campaign Reaffirms End To Fossil Fuels Subsidies” • Joe Biden was against subsidies for fossil fuels a month ago, but with passing time, the language in his platform opposing them suddenly disappeared. Now it’s back, after the Huffington Post noticed the change and environmental groups fought to get the language restored. [CleanTechnica]

Calling to end fossil fuel subsidies (Oil Change International)

¶ “MCAS Miramar Uses Renewable Energy To Prevent Blackouts” • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar unleashed the potential of their renewable energy powered grid to support San Diego during a heat wave. For over a decade, the base has been working on a microgrid powered by solar, landfill gas, and a power plant using natural gas and diesel. [10News]

¶ “Three Signs That US Defense Dept Is Gung Ho For Renewable Energy And Microgrids” • The current Commander-in-Chief may not be a big fan of renewable energy, but the DOD has been soldiering on into the sparkling green future. Three recent developments point in the direction of an accelerating transition to solar power and energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

Army installation with a microgrid (Xendee Corporation image)

¶ “Pocono Manor Investors Seeks To Build 630-Acre Solar Project” • A proposal is in the works to provide solar energy to residents of Pocono Township, Pennsylvania. Pocono Manor Investors has partnered with Apex Clean Energy in hopes of building a 80-MW solar project on 630 acres of private land in Pocono Manor. [Pocono Record]

¶ “TVA’s Biggest Customer Eyes Split With Federal Utility” • The Tennessee Valley Authority will have to compete with other wholesale power suppliers to keep its biggest customer beyond 2025. The TVA still uses nuclear reactors and older coal and gas plants, and Memphis Light Gas & Water is looking for cheaper options. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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