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May 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “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

Headline News:

  • “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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May 15 Green Energy News

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  • “Maryland Signs New Offshore Wind Law” • The state of Maryland has signed new legislation aimed at keeping the state’s offshore wind goals on track. The law allows qualified offshore wind developers to apply for outstanding Offshore Renewable Energy Credits created as a result of changes in the market and to add additional capacity to existing projects. [reNews]

Base of an offshore tower (Maryland Energy Administration)

  • “Choosing Nuclear Over Renewables And Efficiency Will Make Climate Crisis Worse” • “Carbon-free power is necessary but not sufficient; we also need cheap and fast,” says Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, now known as RMI, and who has spent half a century advising governments and companies on energy efficiency. [RenewEconomy]
  • “‘Impossible’ Heatwave Struck Philippines In April, Scientists Find” • A record-breaking heatwave that scorched the Philippines in April would have been impossible without the climate crisis, scientists found. Temperatures above 40°C (104°F) struck across Asia in April, causing deaths, water shortages, crop losses, and widespread school closures. [The Guardian]
  • “‘Magical Thinking’: Hopes For Sustainable Jet Fuel Are Not Realistic” • There is currently “no realistic or scalable alternative” to standard kerosene-based jet fuels, and the touted “sustainable aviation fuels” are well off track to replace them in a timeframe needed to avert dangerous climate change, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies. [The Guardian]
  • “Surge In India’s Renewables Tendering Set To Keep Coal’s Share Below 50% In Total Installed Capacity” • India is emerging as a renewable energy powerhouse with a surge in both capacity addition and tendering to add more plants. This is seen in a suite of new research reports showing a trend to a more sustainable future for India’s electricity sector. [IEEFA]
  • “Trump Pledges To Scrap Offshore Wind Projects On ‘Day One’ Of Presidency” • Donald Trump vowed to immediately halt offshore wind energy projects “on day one” of a new term as US president, in his most explicit threat yet to the industry and the latest in a series of promises to undo key aspects of the transition to cleaner energy. [The Guardian]

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May 14 Green Energy News

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  • “Landmark Transmission Reform Could Dramatically Speed US Energy Transition” • FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, issued a sweeping reform to transmission grid planning, one that proponents say is a major, much-needed win for the effort to transition the country’s power sector away from fossil fuels. [Canary Media]

Transmission lines (Ernest Brillo, Unsplash)

  • “European Made Batteries Could Be 60% Less Carbon Intensive Than Chinese: Analysis” • Onshoring the EV supply chain to Europe would cut the emissions of producing a battery by 37% compared to a China-controlled supply chain, analysis by T&E shows. This carbon saving rises to over 60% when renewable electricity is used. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Is Experiencing More Tornado Outbreaks, Despite Fewer Tornado Days Overall, Researchers Say” • The number of days there is a tornado in the US is decreasing, but the average annual number of tornadoes has remained roughly the same. So there are more of them on the days they happen. Climate change may be affecting tornado behavior. [ABC News]
  • “Cape Cod Canal Site Gets Federal OK To Test Water-Powered Turbines” • Cape Codders and Islanders know about harnessing offshore windpower to create renewable energy. Now Cape Cod may be on the cusp of being a national trail blazer for another green technology, one that uses the power of the ocean tides to make electricity. [Cape Cod Times]
  • “Scientists Engage Moms To Help Fight Climate Change On Behalf Of Kids” • Moms in a nonpartisan climate science group are gearing up for summer, getting the word out to Pennsylvania families on how more frequent and extreme weather events can affect children. Last year, the US experienced 28 weather and climate disasters. [Public News Service]

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May 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewable Energy Averages 95% Share In Portugal In April” • The first four months of 2024 saw “historic” levels of renewable energy generation in Portugal, culminating in an “historic” 94.9% of consumption being met by renewables in April. It is the fourth consecutive month that has seen renewable energy values cover over 80% of demand. [RenewEconomy]

Solar farm in Portugal (muffinn, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

  • “Progress On World’s First Artificial Energy Island Revealed” • Construction of the world’s first artificial energy island, that will serve as an energy hub for collecting and disturbing energy from offshore windfarms, is underway in the Belgium North Sea. Each concrete caisson weighs about 22,000 tonnes and takes close to three months to build. [Riviera Maritime Media]
  • “First-Ever American-Built Offshore Wind Service Operations Vessel” • America’s offshore wind energy supply chain is marking a milestone, with the launch of the first wind service operations vessel built, owned, and crewed by Americans. It will play a key role in enabling domestic energy production and strengthening America’s energy independence. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Solar And Wind Could Replace Diesel At South Pole Station” • Argonne National Laboratory researchers have concluded that renewable energy could partially replace diesel fuel to provide heat and power at the South Pole. They proposed a solar, wind, and energy storage hybrid system that could reduce the use of diesel by 95%. [pv magazine International]
  • “Ethiopia Shows Us Just How Fast The Transition To Electric Mobility Can Happen In Africa” • Ethiopia had a ten-year target to see 148,000 electric cars and close to 50,000 electric buses on Ethiopia’s roads by 2030. It has made amazing progress. The Ministry of Transport and Logistics said it has 100,000 EVs in just the first two years! [CleanTechnica]

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