Archive for May 26th, 2021

May 26 Energy News

May 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “To Understand Its Energy Future, The US Should Look Down To Australia.” • One of the issues in the US regarding transition from fossil fuels to renewables has been whether the country accepts the loss of oil and gas and coal production, and the jobs associated with it. Americans might look at a prediction about the electricity changeover in Australia. [Forbes]

Wind turbines (Bastian Pudill, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Push Temperatures At The Tokyo Olympics To The ‘Danger-Zone’ For Athletes, Report Warns” • A report published by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, details the concerns of leading athletes and scientists about the health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan, which could pose a serious risk to athletes. [CNN]

¶ “BYD Receives One Of Largest Electric Bus Orders In Italy – 50 Electric Buses” • BYD secured the largest electric bus order in Turin, and one of the largest orders for electric buses in Italy. The company sold 50 more of its 40-foot low-floor model, a best seller, to public transport operator Gruppo Torinese Trasporti in the city of Turin. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus (BYD image)

¶ “New Solar Technology That Can Withstand 180 MPH Hurricane Winds (Higher Than A Cat 5)” • Solar FlexRack’s Fixed Tilt FlexRack Series G3-X is now operational for a 1.1-MW solar project of Azimuth Energy in the Bahamas. The microgrid has the largest PV array operating in the Bahamas and was designed to withstand winds of 180 mph. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pivot Power Brings Tesla And Fastned Together To Build Superhub In UK” • Pivot Power is a startup created to develop and operate grid-scale batteries and provide the required power infrastructure for EV fast charging throughout the UK. In some ways, it is like a private network operator, and it concentrates its infrastructure in hubs. [CleanTechnica]

Fastned Superhub (Fastned image)

¶ “Equinor, RWE Join Forces For Norway Bid” • Equinor, RWE Renewables, and Hydro REIN have signed an agreement to collaborate on an offshore wind farm in Norway. The partners will jointly prepare and submit an application to the Norwegian authorities to develop a large bottom-fixed project in the Sørlige Nordsjø 2 area in the North Sea. [reNews]

¶ “VW ID.4 Survives 1000 Mile Off-Road Race” • It turns out that the Volkswagen ID.4 is a lot tougher than the average crossover. It didn’t win any Baja races, but it did finish one, and without any repairs. That’s something most vehicles couldn’t do. The vehicle was modified, but not nearly as much as most vehicles at the NORRA Mexican 1000. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 strutting its stuff

¶ “Spain To Launch 1.3-GW Aragon Renewables Tender” • The Spanish government announced plans to tender up to 1.3 GW of grid capacity to renewables projects in Aragon. After the closure of the Andorra-Teuler power plant last June, the 400-kV Mudejar node became vacant. It has been designated as a “node of the fair transition,” requiring special attention. [reNEWS]

¶ “Mining Giant To Build 766 MW Of PV In Brazil” • Mining conglomerate Vale is set to begin construction of a 766-MW PV project in Brazil later this year and has chosen Nextracker to supply smart solar trackers for it. The Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais, will be one of the largest in the country when operational in 2022. [reNEWS]

Solar project (Nextracker image)

US:

¶ “Biden Administration Announces Plan To Bring Offshore Wind To California Coast For The First Time” • The Biden administration announced that it is moving to advance offshore wind power on the coast of California for the first time. The regions selected have the potential to generate enough green energy for up to 1.6 million homes. [CNN]

¶ “US To Lease California Offshore Wind Zone” • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the ​Department of Defense have reached an agreement to lease 399-square miles off California’s central coast for offshore wind development. BOEM is working with other federal agencies on areas that would be impacted by leasing activities. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Carl Raw, Unsplash)

¶ “NOLA To Entergy New Orleans: Go 100% Zero Emissions By 2050 Or Face Penalties” • The New Orleans City Council gave Entergy an ultimatum: Power the city’s homes and businesses with emission-free technologies by 2050 and go 100% carbon-free or face penalties. Entergy may choose its technologies, but they must be free of emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Drought Is Like Covering Land In Gasoline Ahead Of Fire Season – California At Risk” • Soil in the western US is drier than at any time since 1895. At the opening of the 2020 wildfire season, 3% of California was in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 4% burned. This year, more than 73% of the state faces similar drought conditions. [CleanTechnica]

Fire (Image courtesy of National Park Service, public domain)

¶ “Blackstone’s ClearGen Is Providing $500 Million for GreenStruxure Renewable Microgrid Development In US” • GreenStruxure is partnering with ClearGen to develop and operate up to 120 microgrids nationwide, bringing scale to their installation. GreenStruxure is a joint venture with Schneider Electric and Huck Capital. [Power Engineering]

¶ “Third Official To Plead Guilty In South Carolina Nuclear Debacle” • Court documents show a former official for the contractor hired to build two South Carolina nuclear reactors that were never completed will plead guilty to lying to federal authorities. Carl Churchman was the Westinghouse Electric Co project director for the failed plant. [WCBD]

Have a triumphantly temperate day.

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