March 7 Energy News

March 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Biden Faces Steep Challenges To Reach Renewable Energy Goals” • President Joe Biden wants to change the way the US uses energy by expanding our renewable capacity, but he will need to navigate a host of challenges – including dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs – to get it done. [WIZM News]

Wind turbines (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

¶ “Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery And Metal Prices – An Interview with Logan Goldie-Scot” • In this episode of CleanTech Talk, our podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, interviews Logan Goldie-Scot, Head of Clean Power Research at BloombergNEF. They talk about the battery supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Do Countries’ New Emissions-Reduction Plans Stack Up?” • A new UN report finds that countries’ emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement are falling far short of what’s needed to prevent the most dangerous impacts of climate change. It is imperative that the countries do better than they have on their commitments. [CleanTechnica]

Emissions (Zoya Loonohod, Unsplash)

¶ “Ten Years After Fukushima, Safety Is Still Nuclear Power’s Greatest Challenge ” • On March 11, 2011, Japan’s northeast coast was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami that swept entire towns away in seconds. An investigation concluded that nuclear disaster that followed at Fukushima Daiichi was an accident waiting to happen. Safety is still an issue. [Kiowa County Press]

World:

¶ “Hirdaramani Breaks New Ground In Renewable Energy Use” • The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates for its energy usage. The group hopes this will add new layers of accountability and credibility to its operations. [The Island.lk]

Railroad in Sri Lanka (Hendrik Cornelissen, Unsplash)

¶ “TNB Enters Vietnam Renewable Energy Market Towards 8,300-MW Portfolio By 2025” • To capture the rapid growth in the Vietnam renewable energy market, a Tenaga Nasional Bhd subsidiary, TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd, will collaborate with Singapore’s Sunseap Group in a 21.6-MW project comprising five rooftop solar plants in Vietnam. [The Star Online]

India:

¶ “Over 50% Of Maharashtra’s Renewable Energy Potential Still Untapped: State Economic Survey” • Though Maharashtra ranks fourth in the country, with 9,817 MW of installed capacity of renewable energy, the State Economic Survey 2020-21 showed it had not tapped even 50% of its potential capacity, which was said to be 21,250 MW. [EnergyInfraPost]

Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India (Vikrant Bhonsle, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Chillermill’ World’s First Hybrid Renewable Energy Powered Freezer for Covid-19 Vaccine” • Hyderabad-based commercial cold chain appliances manufacturer Rockwell Industries Lmt. launched the world’s first-ever storage chiller and freezer that runs completely on the hybrid renewable energy source (wind and solar energy). [Saurenergy]

¶ “Renewable Energy Integration Is India’s Next Big Challenge: IEEFA” • According to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India had 93 GW of on-grid variable renewable energy capacity as of January 2021. Now, one big challenge for India’s electricity sector is  renewable energy integration. [EnergyInfraPost]

Power lines (Nishanth K, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Science Wins At The Interior Department” • The Department of the Interior announced that it is rescinding secretarial order 3369, which sidelined scientific research and its use in the agency’s decisions. The order restricted the DOI from using scientific studies that did not make all data publicly available, including private data. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Portfolio Standard Policy Has Driven 45% Of US Capacity Additions” • The non-hydro power renewable energy generation has advanced by 402 TWh since 2000 in the US. Of this, 189 TWh is because of Renewables Portfolio Standard policy requirements, according to a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. [Mercom India]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Wyoming Lawmakers Kill Renewable Energy Tax Increase Bills” • Lawmakers in Wyoming voted down two bills intended to increase taxes on companies generating electricity from solar or wind energy, which now pay property, sales, and use taxes. One bill would have charge $1/MWh for solar power. The other was a tax increase for windpower. [News Channel Nebraska]

¶ “Enel’s First Large-Scale Wind + Storage Hybrid Project Will Support Kellogg Company With Renewable Energy” • Enel Green Power North America has started construction of Azure Sky wind + storage, its first large-scale hybrid wind-plus-battery project globally. Enel will sell 360 GWh to Kellogg Company each year. The project is in Texas. [Saurenergy]

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