Archive for June 19th, 2021

June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2021


¶ “UN Greenwashes Shipping With Hopelessly Weak Carbon Efficiency Target” • The global shipping fleet will be required to reduce its carbon intensity by just 1.5% per year under a climate plan adopted by the UN regulator, the IMO. The target falls far short of the 7% annual reduction required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]

Ships at sea (Tim Mossholder, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Are Hybrid Systems Truly The Future Of The Grid? NREL’s Magic 8-Ball Says: ‘Concentrate And Ask Again.'” • Hybrid renewable energy systems combine technologies of renewable energy and energy storage in a single plant. National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis indicates there are still challenges in evaluating the benefits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Everything But The (Forest) Sink” • The EU has led the way in including “sustainable” wood burning in renewable energy goals. But as global emissions fail to drop, natural habitats and species decline, and the window for climate action narrows, experts call increasingly to end biomass subsidies and to stop calling forest wood a renewable energy source. [Energy Monitor]

Biomass power plant in Portugal. (Courtesy of NGO ZERO)


¶ “Gaps In Cellular Coverage Hobble Climate Resilience And Preparedness Of African Farmers” • Climate change information is difficult to access for many African farmers and this impacts the critical problem of food security. Better food security would follow from better information, and better cell phone coverage could bring that with it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ChargePoint Launches Electric Fleet Charging Ecosystem” • As the world adopts EV technology, ChargePoint has rolled out a “global fleet solution portfolio.” No matter the size of your fleet, ChargePoint wants your business. Much of this is pre-existing products and services, but it is more comprehensively packaged and tailored to fleets now. [CleanTechnica]

ChargePoint system (Image courtesy of ChargePoint)

¶ “DBP Grants P750-Million Credit Line To Boost Renewable Energy Storage” • The Development Bank of the Philippines has granted a P750 million ($15.5 million) revolving credit line to an energy firm for the manufacture and export of cost-effective and sustainable energy storage systems for companies generating renewable energy. [The Manila Times]

¶ “Bogoslovec, First Private Wind Farm In North Macedonia, Secures Loan For Construction” • The 36-MW Bogoslovec wind farm project, owned by local company BNB Kompani and Green for Growth Fund, has reached a financial close which includes €51 million in financing by Erste Group and local lenders, and €10 million by OeEB. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind farm (James Glen, Pixabay)

¶ “Swiss Government Proposes Making New Renewable Energy Targets Binding” • The Swiss government proposed binding rules to boost energy production from renewable sources such as hydropower and to limit energy use through 2035 and 2050. The Swiss voters had earlier rejected a law with measures to help the country meet its emissions goals. [Reuters]

¶ “Australian Town Powered With 100% Renewable Energy Using Microgrid” • Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions have successfully powered the Australian town of Onslow solely using renewable energy, showing the potential of microgrids. The technology has “broad applications for the world at large,” PXiSE Energy Solutions CEO Patrick Lee said. [PV Tech]

Microgird solar system (Horizon Power image)


¶ “Switching From Coal To Batteries At Maryland Power Plant” • According to Canary Media, unexpectedly low prices from PJM’s latest capacity auction spurred a fresh wave of coal generation retirement announcements this month. Talen Energy is installing a 20-MW battery storage facility at the site of a shuttered unit of the HA Wagner plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Concentrating Solar Startup Heliogen Raises $108 Million In Two Funding Rounds” • Renewable energy technology company Heliogen has raised $108 million in funding across two rounds, the second of which was oversubscribed. Industries that require high temperatures, such as cement and steel making, are taking interest in Heliogen’s technology. [CleanTechnica]

Heliogen concentrating solar system (Courtesy of Heliogen)

¶ “Traders Beef Up US Renewable Fuel Teams As Demand Soars” • Production of renewable fuels is rising as refiners look for ways to offset emissions and benefit from incentives. As demand soars, commodity merchants and investment firms are bolstering US teams that specialize in trading renewable fuels, according to people familiar with the matter. [Reuters]

¶ “Kansas City Engages Community To Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure” • Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Energy Center and other organizations to increase the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri, by installing charging units on existing streetlights. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a car (Metropolitan Energy Center image)

¶ “Report Finds 100% Renewable Energy Feasible In Georgia” • The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy studied what needs to happen in the Southeast to meet President Biden’s goal to move to renewable energy by 2035. They found that it’s doable. The utilities would have to expand solar and wind, as well as energy efficiency programs, starting now. [The Current GA]

¶ “Georgia Power Seeks $235 Million Boost To Pay For Nuclear Plant” • Georgia Power is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as it seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer by about $4 a month. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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