June 20 Energy News

June 20, 2022


¶ “Germany To Fire Up Coal Stations As Russia Squeezes Gas Supply” • Germany must reduce natural gas consumption and increase the burning of coal in order to help fill gas storage facilities for next winter, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck announced as the country moves away from reduced Russian gas supplies. [CNN]

German coal-burning plant in snow (Arnoldius, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Russia Becomes China’s Biggest Oil Supplier” • Russia has become China’s biggest oil supplier, selling it discounted crude amid sanctions over the Ukraine war. Imports of Russian oil rose by 55% from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as China’s biggest provider. China has ramped up Russian oil purchases despite lower demand. [BBC]

¶ “Coalition Calls For EU Hydrogen Quota For Shipping” • Last year the European Commission proposed a shipping fuel law aimed at increasing the uptake of alternative marine fuels. Now, a broad coalition of energy providers, shipping companies, and NGOs is calling for improvements to the proposal by including a quota for e-fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Maersk shipping (Maersk image)

¶ “Big Oil Bets That Green Hydrogen Is The Future Of Energy” • Major oil companies are finally planning the large investments that could make green hydrogen a serious business. They have a very particular vision of a low-carbon future – multibillion dollar developments that convert vast amounts of renewable electricity into clean fuels. [The Economic Times]

¶ “Jinkosolar Powers First Overseas Factory By 100% Renewables” • Solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar has powered its first overseas factory solely from renewable resources. The RE100 factory in Malaysia produces approximately 7 GW of vertically integrated solar module capacity and is powered through power purchase agreements. [PV Tech]

Robot assembly at a JinkoSolar facility (JinkoSolar image)

¶ “SA’s Costly Big Gas Projects Could Cause A 40% Electricity Price Hike, Say Top Researchers” • Gas should only play a small role in South Africa’s energy mix for the foreseeable future – providing some energy during peak demand, a study shows. And it will only be the fuel of choice in certain circumstances, as diesel could be cheaper. [News24]

¶ “TotalEnergies, Gecol To Build 500 MW Of Solar In Libya” • General Electricity Company of Libya, a state-owned utility, plans to build a 500-MW solar park 280 km southeast of Tripoli, in partnership with French energy giant TotalEnergies. The International Renewable Energy Agency says Libya now has only 6 MW of installed PV capacity. [PV Magazine]

Libyan Desert (M.T ElGassier, Unsplash)

¶ “Bataan Nuclear Plant Unsafe Due To ‘Potentially Active’ Volcano: Scientist” • A Filipino-American geologist has criticized the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s claim that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was safe for rehabilitation. He referred to a “potentially active” volcano near the plant, saying it is possible for Mount Natib to explode. [Yahoo News]

Australia and New Zealand:

¶ “Australian Companies In The Mix For $5 Billion Southland Hydrogen Plant” • Australian companies Woodside Energy and Fortescue Future Industries are counterparties in final stage negotiations to become lead developer of the prospective world’s largest green hydrogen plant in New Zealand’s Southland region, at the southern end of South Island. [Stuff.co.nz]

Southland landscape (Gulfside Mike, Unsplash)

¶ “Energy Estate Seeks $500 Million In Capital To Fast-Track Huge Development Pipeline” • Australian renewables outfit Energy Estate has revealed plans to launch a $A500 million-plus capital raising to underwrite its large and diverse development pipeline, which ranges from offshore wind, to green hydrogen and pumped hydro. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Mechanism To Ease Renewable Energy Transition” • To support the changing energy industry in Australia, the Energy Security Board released a draft plan for a capacity mechanism to stabilize the energy grid. The capacity mechanism would have gas and coal energy providers paid to have power available during peak times. [Utility Magazine]

Making things easy with coal (Mriya, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Heavy Industries In Australia’s Regions Could Cut Emissions By 80% And Create A Jobs Bonanza, Report Says” • The regional powerhouses of Australia’s industrial economy could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% and become centers for multibillion-dollar investments in renewable energy, according to a report. [The Guardian]


¶ “Half A Penny For ‘Near Firm’ Solar And Trillions In Renewable Opportunities” • NextEra, the largest renewable company in the US, sees 3.5 TW renewable capacity installations through 2050 worth $2 trillion. And that figure could double under the right conditions. It says the energy storage adder for solar power is now about 0.4¢ to 0.6¢ per kWh. [PV Magazine USA]

NextEra solar project in Oregon (NextEra image)

¶ “Diving Into Tesla’s 60+ Pages Of PUCT Filings” • Tesla has over 60 pages of Public Utility Commission of Texas filings that have recently been shared publicly. They include a lot of data that shows just how the Texas grid will benefit from virtual power plants. Tesla wants to register the first aggregate load resource in ERCOT, the Texan utility grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘It’s Our New Cash Crop’: A Land Rush For Renewable Energy Is Transforming The Eastern Plains” • Colorado’s Eastern Plains – from Yuma County cornfields to Prowers County feedlots and the wheat and sorghum fields in Kiowa County – are set for their biggest transformation in over a century as clean energy is added to the crops they produce. [The Colorado Sun]

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