Archive for September 3rd, 2020

September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2020


¶ “Can Community Microgrids Fill The Gap In California’s Plans For 100% Renewable Energy?” • Southern California’s Goleta load pocket is a 70 mile stretch of coastline with 220,000 residents. It is served by one 220-kV transmission line snaking its way over 40 miles of mountainous terrain. One activist says microgrids could make it resilient. [pv magazine USA]

Rooftop solar systems (Image: The Solar Revolution, S-5!)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Vehicles ‘Have Significantly Lower Impacts On The Climate,’ New In-Depth Report Finds” • There are often repeated concerns that EVs may not be as clean as we would like. A study by environmental consulting firm Ricardo was undertaken for the European Commission. It showed EVs have significantly reduced climate impacts. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Citroën Launches Low-Cost Ami With Healthy Dose Of Art” • Citroën has launched a tiny little electric car, the Ami. It started the model off by sprinkling twenty of the cars around Paris, all covered in art. More than 100 Ami electric cars will soon be in the Free2Move fleet, but only these initial 20 will have the special designs. [CleanTechnica]

Citroën Ami in Paris

¶ “France Hits 10.5% EV Market Share In August – Up Four Times Year On Year” • Europe’s second largest auto market, France, saw a plugin passenger electric vehicle market share of 10.5% in August 2020, a growth of four times in share from August 2019. Bestsellers this year include the Renault Zoe, Peugeot e-208, and Tesla Model 3. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Commissions 85 MW In Turkey” • GE Renewable Energy has commissioned wind farms with a total of 85 MW of capacity in Turkey. The 53-MW Kirazli and 32-MW Meryem wind farms are part of a bigger order placed one year ago by a local joint venture between Turkerler and RT Enerji, for 158 MW for five wind farms in total. [reNEWS]

GE wind farm in Turkey (Image: GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Norway In August – Over 70% EV Market Share And Heading Higher” • Clean transport transition leader Norway hit a huge 70.2% plugin passenger vehicle market share in August, up from 49% a year ago. Pure battery electrics alone took 53% of the market. September is already showing signs of being a record breaking month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Through The Roof, As Small-Scale Solar Heads To Stunning New Highs” • Australia is on track to add a stunning 6.3 GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, thanks largely to a rooftop solar market that has defied the odds of the Covid-19 pandemic and is headed to a record total of just under 3 GW for the year. [RenewEconomy]

Rooftop solar systems (Image: Dan Himbrechts | AAP)

¶ “BigMoon Clinches Canadian Tidal Slot” • BigMoon Power has been awarded its second contract with the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which will see it provide 4 MW of tidal energy, after an open competition. The power purchase agreement and license will also give BigMoon a berth at FORCE in Nova Scotia and will pay it C$475/MWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australia Is Leading The World In Deploying Renewable Energy” • Australia continues to lead the world in the per capita roll out of energy generated by solar and wind, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions and falling electricity prices, according to an analysis from The Australian National University based on Clean Energy Regulator data. [Science at ANU]

Wind farm (Harry Cunningham | Unsplash)


¶ “The $999 Lectric XP Is An Affordable Folding Fat Tire eBike” • One year old Lectric eBikes was founded to develop and deliver an affordable yet functional electric bike to customers around the world. The result the effort of co-founders Levi Conlow and Robby Deziel is a folding fat tire electric bike that is first and foremost affordable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Forms Coastal Virginia O&M Team” • Siemens Gamesa is working with marine and subsea solutions provider Acteon to provide a fully integrated operations and maintenance package for Dominion Energy’s 12-MW Coastal Virginia offshore wind pilot project. The pilot features two Siemens Gamesa 6.0-154 turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine installation (Dominion Energy image)

¶ “EPA Report Shows Onsite Renewable Energy Growth Among Worship Facilities” • The US EPA has released a 15-page report summarizing data on the self-reported use of onsite renewable energy among a subset of US commercial buildings. The report’s information comes from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program. It is the first report of its kind. [Church Executive Magazine]

¶ “Ørsted, The World’s Offshore Wind Giant, Gets Serious About Solar” • Ørsted is currently building two huge solar arrays, one in Texas and one in Alabama, totaling nearly 700 MW. Particularly striking is the 460-MW Permian Energy Center in West Texas, which will sell its solar power to ExxonMobil and includes a 40-MW battery system. [Greentech Media]

Permian Energy Center (Photo: Ørsted)

¶ “‘Threatening Hoboken’s very existence’” • A 146-page suit, filed in Hudson County Superior Court on September 2, seeks, among other things, compensatory, punitive, consequential, and treble damages from the defendants for a decades-long campaign of misinformation related to climate change and its impact on Hoboken. [The Hudson Reporter]

¶ “Two Cities Back Out As Critics Line Up Against Utah-Supported Municipal Nuclear Power Project” • Warning of the potential for cost overruns and other risks, opponents continue to line up against a nuclear power project that has the backing of a number of Utah municipalities. There is a Sept 30 deadline to back out of the project. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Have a fabulously superb day.

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