Foundation Scotland ‘in conversation’ with wind farm funds over Covid-19 relief

Foundation Scotland ‘in conversation’ with wind farm funds over Covid-19 relief

Community Energy Scotland, who co-owns a 7.5MW wind farm near Cockburnspath with Berwickshire Housing Association and provides around £40,000 a year in community funding, is now working with a volunteer action group to provide emergency grants to local families in hardship.

Bill Gates-led fund invests in new hydropower turbine startup

Bill Gates-led fund invests in new hydropower turbine startup

Natel Energy, a California-based hydro power startup, has developed a new turbine that updates that technology, and now the company is raising $11 million in a funding round led by Schneider Electric Ventures and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund helmed by Bill Gates.

Green LNG seen as way to meet marine fuel targets, study shows

Green LNG seen as way to meet marine fuel targets, study shows

Green forms of liquefied methane could be a viable fuel for ships to help the industry meet greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets, a study showed.

Most US Solar Manufacturing Continues Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

Most US Solar Manufacturing Continues Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

All U.S. counties with solar manufacturing have reported coronavirus cases, but employees at factories operated by JinkoSolar, Heliene, Hanwha Q Cells, SunPower and Silfab are still reporting for work.

Virginia Regulators Reject Key Parts of Dominion’s Grid Upgrade Plan

Virginia Regulators Reject Key Parts of Dominion’s Grid Upgrade Plan

The SCC also rejected Dominion’s plan for "self-healing grid" automation technologies, expected to cost $241.5 million in the first phase and $2.1 billion over 10 years, stating that the utility failed to provide evidence of the reliability improvements that could come from such an “expensive and sweeping” deployment.

Coronavirus Won’t Knock Europe’s Solar Rebound Off Course, Experts Say

Coronavirus Won’t Knock Europe’s Solar Rebound Off Course, Experts Say

That said, Knight, whose company has closed 100 deals in the renewable sector totaling 20 gigawatts of assets, acknowledged that downward pressure on power prices makes conditions tougher for marginal unsubsidized markets like the U.K. In contrast, places like Spain, where solar prices are well below spot prices, will continue to look appealing.

First Solar’s Factories Still Running Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

First Solar’s Factories Still Running Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

First Solar, the largest PV module maker in the Western hemisphere since opening a second factory in Ohio last year, said on Thursday that all of its global factories remain in production despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Environment department begins purging website of historical emissions data, projections

Environment department begins purging website of historical emissions data, projections

Responsibility for maintaining and publishing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions data was transferred to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources following a portfolio reshuffle late last year.

Anticipating the Economic Crisis: Why Everything Will Be Different

Anticipating the Economic Crisis: Why Everything Will Be Different

This week on the podcast, Shayle Kann and Stephen Lacey get real on how the pandemic has changed their daily lives and their thinking about covering the energy disruption in the months ahead.

Teck withdrawal of Frontier creates space for climate cooperation

Teck withdrawal of Frontier creates space for climate cooperation

VICTORIA — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement regarding Teck Resources’ decision to withdraw the Frontier oilsands mine application from the federal environmental assessment process: “It’s clear that Canada can’t keep kicking the can down the road—our political and business leaders must address whether or how the development of fossil fuel resources can continue in the face of the imperative to cut carbon pollution.

Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms

Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms

They found that in 53 out of 59 regions, comprising 95% of the world, electric vehicles and domestic heat pumps generate less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel powered cars or boilers.

U.S. needs to reduce fossil-fuel dependence, but parties disagree about how to do it

U.S. needs to reduce fossil-fuel dependence, but parties disagree about how to do it

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Both sides of the political spectrum recognize a need to reduce American dependence on carbon-based energy sources, but how the nation does so remains a divisive issue, a new study from Indiana University researchers has found.

Simec Atlantis Energy wins £1.5m Scot Gov grant for Meygen project

Simec Atlantis Energy wins £1.5m Scot Gov grant for Meygen project

“The first of its kind globally, the new subsea hub represents a significant milestone in the cost reduction path that tidal power is currently on and also has exciting application in the floating offshore wind market.

Sector in survival mode could put energy transition ‘on back burner’, Woodmac warns

Sector in survival mode could put energy transition ‘on back burner’, Woodmac warns

Valentina Kretzschmar, vice president, corporate analysis, at Wood Mackenzie, said: “A growing number of oil and gas companies, led by the European majors, have set targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Coronavirus ‘a crisis unlike anything the market has even seen’ for wind sector, Woodmac says

Coronavirus ‘a crisis unlike anything the market has even seen’ for wind sector, Woodmac says

Dan Shreve, Woodmac head of global wind energy research, said: “The impact of the coronavirus is top of mind for the global wind industry and embodies a crisis unlike anything the market has even seen.

SunPower Slashes Executive Salaries and Withdraws 2020 Guidance in Response to Coronavirus

SunPower Slashes Executive Salaries and Withdraws 2020 Guidance in Response to Coronavirus

In California, which instituted a statewide shelter in place order on March 19, SunPower is working through its pipeline but anticipates a potential cliff in demand.“So far we’ve had enough backlog and enough constructive things for our field teams to do in California, but that won’t go on indefinitely,” said Werner.

How Europe’s Energy Sector Is Responding to the Coronavirus

How Europe’s Energy Sector Is Responding to the Coronavirus

As Europe's utilities, project developers and network operators take stock, early speculation and guesswork on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak are giving way to more informed forecasts and detailed assessments.Energy utilities have a special responsibility during the crisis as operators of critical infrastructure, Teyssen said.

Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solution

Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solution

But as large amounts of renewable energy generation are introduced to electrical grids and fossil-fuelled plants close down, the system loses this short-term storage provided by the huge spinning rotors of the power stations.The buffer energy stored in fossil fuel power stations provides inertia, buying time for the system to adjust to match supply and demand.

World's wind power capacity up by fifth after record year

World's wind power capacity up by fifth after record year

The world’s wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore projects in the US and China.

Eraring power station fined over dust

Eraring power station fined over dust

The licensee ceased ash dam operations at the time and is undertaking several actions in response to the incident.The EPA has issued an Official Caution and two previous penalty notices in the past three years and will continue to monitor the management of the ash dam.

Major power stations consider isolation to protect workers from Covid-19

Major power stations consider isolation to protect workers from Covid-19

Australia’s energy companies have ramped up protections for key operational workers at Australia’s largest power stations, and may include the total isolation of staff in a bid to prevent any impact to power supplies from the spread of Covid-19.Representatives from the operators of Australia’s largest power generators told RenewEconomy that they are drawing upon emergency response plans that have long been established for situations where the ongoing operation of power stations, and therefore electricity supplies, may come under threat.

Net-zero energy: How oil and gas fits in

Net-zero energy: How oil and gas fits in

The UK’s 2050 commitment to net-zero carbon emissions will spur wider change, creating new sources of energy and new opportunities.The future may even see the industry move into hydrogen production and storage or be part of integrated energy hubs with offshore wind farms.

How to win the fossil fuel word game

How to win the fossil fuel word game

If Australia builds more coal production capacity, but demand for our exports falls below unrealistically high scenarios, new low-cost, highly mechanised mines would cannibalise coal industry jobs.

Plunge in cost of pollution is hindering a key green ambition

Plunge in cost of pollution is hindering a key green ambition

Thousands of industrial plants and power generators are required to hand permits from the market to cover their emissions, and the current price is about half of the 30 euros-a-ton level that executives and economists have identified as the place where the carbon market starts to bite.

Report criticises South Africa’s Inga folly

Report criticises South Africa’s Inga folly

South Africa should reconsider its role in the ambitious Inga III hydropower project in Congo Kinshasa, a report has argued.The report from the Congo Research Group and Phuzomoya Consulting described South Africa’s policy towards the Inga project as “contradictory”, given the desire to follow a pan-African ideology contrasting with the country’s actual needs.

All-Energy conference postponed amid spread of coronavirus

All-Energy conference postponed amid spread of coronavirus

Scotland’s largest renewable energy and decarbonisation conference has been postponed due to the growing concern over the spread of Covid-19, organisers said today.

Tesla Closing New York, California Factories in Response to Coronavirus

Tesla Closing New York, California Factories in Response to Coronavirus

Tesla will close both its Fremont, California factory, where it produces electric vehicles, and its Buffalo, New York factory, where it produces solar and energy storage products, the company said Thursday.

How Electricity Use Changes During a Pandemic

How Electricity Use Changes During a Pandemic

Shayle Kann and Stephen Lacey talk with someone who knows how to read a load curve: Nick Chaset.Nick is CEO at East Bay Community Energy and on the board of the California Community Choice Association.Nick will share some data about his community-choice aggregator’s changing load curve.

Fife firm set to make a splash with pioneering new wave energy project

Fife firm set to make a splash with pioneering new wave energy project

Commenting on the groundbreaking new green energy project, Mocean Energy managing director Cameron McNatt said: “The UK oil and gas sector is exploring ways to decarbonise their operations and this technology has a range of uses in powering subsea technology.

Genex said to be “days away” from off-take deal for Kidston pumped hydro

Genex said to be “days away” from off-take deal for Kidston pumped hydro

Genex Power looks to be closing in on a power purchase agreement for its Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro), with News Ltd papers reporting that a deal was imminent, “within days.”.