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May 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “NOAA Predicts Record Hurricane Season For 2024” • NOAA’s forecast of the upcoming hurricane season says all categories of storms are expected to exceed the typical number seen every year. Warming of the surface ocean temperatures from human-induced climate change is likely fueling more powerful tropical cyclones and extreme precipitation. [ABC News]

Hurricane (Mike Trenchard, NASA, public domain)

  • “Seabird Study Shows How They Might One Day Share The Air With Offshore Wind Turbines” • Researchers from the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and from H T Harvey & Associates published results from a study to find out how high seabirds fly and whether they might interact with wind turbines in Frontiers in Marine Energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Atlantic Shores 1 And 2 Seal FEIS” • Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind has announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the 2,800-MW Atlantic Shores Project 1 and 2, off the coast of New Jersey. The schemes are a 50:50 partnership between Shell and EDF Renewables. [reNews]
  • “Democrats Urge DOJ Investigation Of Fossil Fuel Companies” • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Jamie Raskin have sent a joint letter to the US Attorney General urging the Department of Justice to initiate an investigation into the fossil fuel industry, which they claim has been committing illegal acts for decades. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Phil Scott Vetoes Vermont Lawmakers’ Priority Energy Bill” • Gov Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would require Vermont utilities to buy more renewable energy at a faster pace, with most utilities purchasing all of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Scott supports an alternate plan, which includes increasing the state’s dependence on nuclear power. [VTDigger]

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May 23 Green Energy News

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  • “Berlin’s Oldest Passenger Vessel Enters A New Green Era Powered By Torqeedo” • The historic vessel Kaiser Friedrich was built in 1886. The 30-meter steamship has returned to service in central Berlin. In a bid to preserve its legacy, its owners refitted the historic vessel with a modern, emission-free electric drive system by Torqeedo. [CleanTechnica]

Kaiser Friedrich (Image from Torqeedo)

  • “Entergy Louisiana Approved For ‘historic’ 3-GW Of Solar Development” • Entergy Louisiana’s proposal to add up to 3 GW of economic solar power to its generation portfolio has been approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, marking what the utility calls the largest renewable power expansion in the state’s history. [Power Engineering]
  • “Draft National Targets Put EU Just Short Of REPowerEU” • National Energy and Climate Plans are the principal documents produced by EU Member States to detail their climate targets. National ambition is nearing what’s needed for the EU’s energy targets, but a further push is needed to close the remaining gap and accelerate deployment. [Ember]
  • “US Investing $3.8 Billion To Meet India’s Renewable Energy, Infrastructure Goals” • US Ambassador Eric Garcetti said the US International Development Finance Corporation is investing $3.8 billion to meet India’s renewable energy and infrastructure goals. He said the US is also supporting agricultural, healthcare, and financial services. [The News Mill]
  • “Judge Rules Exxon Can Sue Activist Shareholder Over Climate Proposal” • A federal judge in Texas said Exxon Mobil can sue to bar a climate change proposal from an activist investor, in a case that raised concerns about future shareholder resolutions. The proposal for the annual shareholder meeting calls for quicker carbon dioxide emissions reductions. [CNBC]

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May 22 Green Energy News

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  • “Saudi Arabia Sets World Record For Lowest Cost Of Electricity From Wind Power” • Saudi Power Procurement Company signed two power purchase agreements with a consortium led by Japan’s Marubeni Corporation for a total of 1.1 GW of wind projects. One PPA set a record low cost of wind energy with a levelized cost of energy at 1.565¢/kWh. [ZAWYA]

Wind turbines (ArticCynda, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “California Exceeds 100% Of Energy Demand With Renewables Over A Record 30 Days [Update]” • May 21 update: Stanford professor Mark Z Jacobson is tracking California’s renewables performance. Jacobson reports that California has exceeded 100% of energy demand with renewables at times over a record 45 days straight, and 69 out of 75. [Electrek]
  • “UN Maritime Tribunal Says Countries Are Legally Required To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution” • A UN maritime law tribunal, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, found that countries are legally required to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, a victory for small island nations that are on the front lines of climate change. [ABC News]
  • “WoodMac: $1 Trillion At Risk For Clean Energy Investments Under Trump” • A second Trump presidency could place a huge part of renewable energy investments at risk, increase carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes more by 2050 and delay peak fossil fuel demand by 10 years, energy analytics firm Wood Mackenzie has predicted. [OilPrice.com]
  • “Climate Funding Helps US Farmers Reduce Their Energy Bills” • After reeling from soaring energy costs in 2022, when diesel prices in the US hit a record high, American farmers are taking advantage of provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act from the same year that help small farms install solar power at virtually no cost. [OilPrice.com]

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May 21 Green Energy News

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  • “Wind Power And Photovoltaic Generation Will Soon Surpass Nuclear And Hydroelectric Generation” • The International Solar Energy Society explained how solar and wind energy dominate new global capacity additions. In the last decade, PV capacity increased nine-fold, wind generation tripled, natural gas grew 3%, and nuclear and coal were each up 1%. [evwind.es]

Solar farm (Harisankar, Unsplash)

  • “China National Nuclear Power Starts Work On The Nation’s Largest Offshore Solar Farm” • China National Nuclear Power has kicked off construction of the nation’s largest offshore solar farm, as part of efforts to boost low-carbon energy supply and decarbonise the economy. The 2-GW solar farm is referred to as a “pilot project.” [South China Morning Post]
  • “First New Turbine Powers Up At The Tummel Bridge Power Station” • The first new turbine at the Tummel Bridge Power Station in Perthshire has commenced generating renewable electricity following its successful installation and energization. The project aims to increase the station’s potential output from 34 MW to 40 MW. [Energy Live News]
  • “US Electricity Consumption from Light-Duty Vehicles Likely Surpassed Rail in 2023” • According to estimates in the Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly, light-duty vehicles used more US electricity than rail systems for the first time in 2023. Rail has long been the largest electricity end-use category in transportation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Solar Reaches 87% New US Capacity In Q1” • A review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by FERC reveals solar provided nearly 87% of all new capacity in the first quarter of 2024. In March, 99.7% of capacity added was solar, marking the seventh month in a row with solar adding more capacity than any other source. [reNews]

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May 20 Green Energy News

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  • “Loch Ness To Get £3 Billion Hydro Power Boost” • Glen Earrach Energy Limited has revealed plans for a £3 billion hydroelectric project at Balmacaan Estate near Loch Ness. The project is designed to provide extended energy storage capacity, integrating renewable energy into the grid and reducing local carbon emissions by 10%. [Energy Live News]

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness (Ramon Vloon, Unsplash)

  • “Dirt Cheap Batteries Enable MW-Scale Charging Without Big Grid Upgrades Right Away” • Battery prices keep plummeting. In 2022, 1 kWh of battery capacity cost $159. In 2023, $136. At the beginning of 2024, batteries were available for $95 per kWh. And CATL recently announced that it would be shipping batteries for $56/kWh at the end of 2024. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Company Receives Pentagon Contract To Investigate Potential Site For ‘Dry Rock’ Geothermal Power Plant” • Houston’s Sage Geosystems won a contract to analyze the potential for a mostly subterranean power storage system at Fort Bliss. The setup would make it possible for renewably generated energy to be stored and discharged for 12 hours or more. [The Cool Down]
  • “US Competition Selects Finalists In Floating Offshore Wind Technologies” • The US DOE selected finalists in its competition to promote technologies for floating offshore windpower. Studies suggest that floating turbines could produce 2,800 GW in the US alone, which would be more than double current US electricity consumption. [The Maritime Executive]
  • “Warmer, Wetter Climate In Maine Impacts Human Health, Infrastructure” • Scientists said Maine’s climate is warmer and wetter, with implications for human health and infrastructure. Data show the ten warmest years have all been since 1998, with 2023 ranking as the second warmest. And increased warmth has led to more extreme weather. [Public News Service]

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May 19 Green Energy News

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  • “Can Hydrogen Help Combat The Climate Crisis?” • Hydrogen is the most plentiful element in the universe, and it’s a building block for a burgeoning clean energy industry, because using it for energy doesn’t emit any greenhouse gases. These facts make it pretty attractive for energy. But the promise of so-called green hydrogen has been largely out of reach. [NRDC]

Hydrogen (Dan Matutina for NRDC)

  • “BYD Launches Its First Pickup Truck, The BYD SHARK, In Mexico” • BYD launched its first pickup truck, the BYD SHARK, in Mexico. Positioned as a intelligent luxury electric pickup, BYD SHARK features the DMO Super Hybrid Off-road Platform, the latest addition to BYD’s product portfolio. BYD developed it for the global market. [CleanTechnica]
  • “State Legislators Pass New Measures Making Affordable Solar Program More Accessible To Virginian Region” • Virginia is gearing up to harness the power of solar energy like never before with the launch of shared solar programs across the state. The General Assembly approved measures to make solar energy more accessible to residents. [Yahoo]
  • “CATL Shenxing Battery Strikes Fear Into The Hearts Of Governments And Automakers” • CATL said it has improved on the Shenxing LFP battery it introduced just last year. CATL said its latest battery, the Shenxing PLUS, can charge at 4C, add 600 km of range in ten minutes using a DC fast charger, and power a car for up to 1000 km. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Appalachian Power Seeking Proposals For Renewable Energy And Battery Energy Storage” • Under Virginia’s Clean Economy Act, Appalachian Power must meet annual escalating Renewable Energy Portfolio requirements. Now the company is also looking for bids for solar and battery energy storage resources in West Virginia due to Senate Bill 583. [WV MetroNews]

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May 18 Green Energy News

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  • “Resilience at the Edge: City of Eastport Considers Harnessing Tidal Power for Island Microgrid” • Eastport, Maine, on an island at the easternmost point in the continental US, is connected to the mainland by a single causeway. It faces powerful Atlantic Ocean winds and is susceptible to power outages. It could get a microgrid powered by tides. [CleanTechnica]

Eastport (Jack Sullivan, Island Institute, NREL)

  • “Nuclear Option Costs ‘Six Times More’ Than Renewables, Study Finds” • Building nuclear reactors would cost six times more than wind and solar power firmed up with batteries, an independent report released by the Clean Energy Council shows. The industry body’s chief executive said taxpayers need to know the costs of nuclear power. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Volkswagen ID.7 Receives Historic Top Score In ADAC Vehicle Test” • The flagship model from the all-electric Volkswagen ID. family is now also top scorer in the prestigious ADAC vehicle test. The Volkswagen ID.7 has become the first ever vehicle to achieve an average score of 1.5 and thus an overall rating of ‘very good’ in the independent test. [CleanTechnica]
  • “GEE Unveils Scottish Hydro Plans” • Glen Earrach Energy has announced plans to develop what it says will be the UK’s most efficient pumped storage hydro project. The 2-GW project at Balmacaan Estate, Scotland will represent an investment of more than £2 billion and create at least 600 on site construction jobs in Scotland over a six-year period. [reNews]
  • “US Lawmakers Sound Alarm Over Threat To Rooftop Solar In Puerto Rico” • Over twenty members of the US Congressional Democratic Caucus urged safeguarding affordable access to rooftop solar power in Puerto Rico by protecting net metering, which the lawmakers called essential to the island’s clean energy goals and economic growth. [Common Dreams]

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May 17 Green Energy News

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  • “Zum Provides First US School District with 100% Electric V2G School Bus Fleet in Oakland” • Zum announced that Oakland Unified School District will be the first major US school district to have a 100% electrified school bus system with vehicle-to-grid technology. Zum is providing a fleet of 74 electric school buses and bidirectional chargers. [CleanTechnica]

Buses and chargers by Zum (Zum image)

  • “South Australian Teams With California On Clean Energy Ambitions” • The state governments of South Australian and California have signed an agreement that will see them work together on transitioning to clean energy and integrating renewable energies, including green hydrogen, into their respective grids. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “Offshore Wind Could Create 770,000 South Korean Jobs” • The construction of offshore wind farms could introduce over 770,000 job opportunities in South Korea, a Global Wind Energy Council report shows. South Korea’s goal is 14.3 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, which would require investments of 87 trillion won ($64 billion). [reNews]
  • “Sublime Systems Is Leading The Transition To Low Carbon Cement In Boston” • Sublime Systems, a spin-off from MIT, is focused on reducing the carbon emissions from making cement. On May 16, 2024, it announced the first commercial application of its low carbon Sublime Cement™ is being used for the indoor public space of One Boston Wharf. [CleanTechnica]
  • “India To Add 14.5 GW Of PV Per Year In Fiscal 2025 And Fiscal 2026” • India Ratings and Research said it expects India’s annual renewable capacity additions to remain at 15 GW to 18 GW in fiscal 2025 and fiscal 2026. It said 75% to 80% of India’s annual installations, or up to 14.5 GW, will come from solar and around 20% from wind. [pv magazine International]

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May 16 Green Energy News

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  • “Scientists Generate 1832°F Heat With Solar Power To Cook Cement And Steel” • Researchers at ETH Zurich demonstrated the use of solar energy to reach temperatures of 1,832°F (1000°C), a feat formerly achieved using fossil fuels. The approach paves the way for using solar energy for applications that have been carbon-intensive. [Interesting Engineering]

Old-style blast furnace (yasin hemmati, Unsplash)

  • “First Steel In The Water For Ørsted At Revolution” • Ørsted has reached the “steel in the water” milestone on its 704-MW Revolution Wind project off the coasts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The company announced that it has installed the first turbine foundation, a few weeks after a judge rejected a last minute effort to delay the project. [reNews]
  • “Wildfire Smoke Could Impact US Again As Canada Braces For Another Summer Of Fires” • With numerous wildfires burning across Canada, including about forty that remain out of control, meteorologists said conditions are getting set for a replay of last year’s fire season, when thick smoke wafted to the US, making air hazardous as far as New York City. [ABC News]
  • “Views Sought On 740-MW UK PV Giant” • Ørsted and PS Renewables have presented updated proposals for a 740-MW solar project in central England. The developer partnership is bringing forward proposals for One Earth Solar Farm, which also includes associated battery storage and infrastructure, located primarily in Nottinghamshire. [reNews]
  • “DeSantis Signs Florida Bill Making Climate Change A Lesser State Priority” • Climate change will be given a lesser priority in Florida, and it will largely disappear from state statutes, under legislation signed into law by Florida Gov Ron DeSantis. The law also bans power-generating wind turbines offshore or near the state’s lengthy coastline. [ABC News]

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