June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2019


¶ “Are We Heading For A New Tanker War?” • Tankers were blazing in the Gulf. We’ve been here before. America and Iran came to blows in the same waters 28 years ago. Ships were attacked, crew members killed and injured. Before it was over, an Iranian airliner had been shot out of the sky, by mistake. Could it happen again? [BBC]

Tanker burning in December, 1987 (Getty Images)

¶ “ExxonMobil’s CO₂ Sequestration Is Just A Tiny Fraction Of Its CO₂ Emissions” • ExxonMobil is spinning great PR hay out of its carbon straw. The company claims to be the global leader in getting rid of CO₂. Like almost everything else in the carbon capture and sequestration space, the claims do not hold up to the slightest scrutiny. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fooled Again: New “ACE” Power Plan Brings Back Nuclear Energy Jobs, Not Coal Jobs” • The Affordable Clean Energy plan was announced with great fanfare and coal miners in attendance. ACE replaces President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with one that stresses both affordable and clean. But that leaves coal still in its death spiral. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of NuScale nuclear power plant
(US DOE via NuScale, Carbon Free Energy Project)

¶ “Yellow Light In US Auto Industry: Consumer Demand Problem Growing For Gas Cars” • A recent article in Forbes highlighted that JD Power and LMC Automotive have found “a growing backlog of unsold new cars and trucks” across the country. The reason? Sales are down. People are buying fewer and fewer gasoline-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Fossil Fuels Produce Less Than Half Of UK Electricity For First Time” • This year will be the first that fossil fuels make up less than half of the electricity generated, according to National Grid. Instead, UK homes and businesses will rely more on clean electricity generated by wind farms, solar panels, hydro power and nuclear power reactors. [The Guardian]

Wind farm and pylons in Kent (Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “EU Fails To Set A Firm Deadline For Zero Carbon Emissions Goal” • After a group of eastern European countries blocked a proposal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the EU failed to set a firm deadline to end its contribution to climate change. Leadership agreed instead to start working on “a transition to a climate-neutral EU.” [CNN]

¶ “US-UK Tie-Up To Offer Zinc Hybrid Storage” • US energy storage company Eos is working with UK start-up Bryt Energy to develop a zinc hybrid battery. It will be tested under conditions in the UK before being targeted at universities for research purposes. It is expected that the first EU-certified system will be provided in the UK next year. [reNEWS]

Storage battery (Ads-Tec image)


¶ “Atlassian Billionaire Cannon-Brookes Eyes Clean Energy Boom In The NT” • Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes’ private investment company is pursuing opportunities to develop renewable energy in Australia’s Northern Territory as it looks to tap the region’s abundant sunshine and proximity to key Asian markets. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Berrybank Wind Farm Begins Construction With Turbines Made Locally In Old Car Factory” • Construction has begun at the 180-MW Berrybank Wind Farm in Victoria. The wind farm will use Vestas wind turbines that were built in Victoria, at the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub in Geelong, repurposed from an old Ford factory. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbine

¶ “Miners See 50% Renewables As Standard, But Are Aiming For 100%” • The Australian mining industry has suddenly discovered that there is a cheaper, cleaner and smarter way to power their operations than operating diesel-powered generating plants. The sector is now emerging as the unlikely source of the next boom in renewables investment. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Self-Proclaimed ‘Queen Of [WORD] Robots’ Builds The First Tesla Truck” • Tesla’s pickup truck is set to be unveiled in just a few months, but one eager maker just had to go off and make one for herself. Simone Giertz, who has shown some seriously odd robot creations on her YouTube channel, built herself the world’s first Tesla pickup. [CleanTechnica]

Simone Giertz and Tesla Model 3 truck

¶ “Oregon Sends Police To Bring Back Republicans Who Left State Over Climate Bill” • Oregon Democratic Gov Kate Brown authorized state police to locate Senate Republicans and bring them back to the state Capitol after some left the state to block the chamber’s proceedings. To block a climate bill, they had left the Senate without a quorum. [CNN]

¶ “Duke Fires Up 150-MW California Solar Plant” • Duke Energy Renewables has brought online its 150-MW North Rosamond PV installation in California. The plant, in Kern County, is the largest solar project in Duke Energy Renewables’ fleet. Its electricity is being sold to Southern California Edison under a 15-year power purchase agreement. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Retreat And Abandonment – The $400 Billion Problem Confronting US Coastal Communities” • The Center For Climate Integrity forecasts that protecting US coastal communities from rising sea levels could cost $400 billion over the next 20 years. This is not a worst-case scenario. CCI says, “In reality, the situation could be much worse.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Powerwalls Tapped For East Coast Utility’s New Virtual Power Plant” • East Coast utility National Grid has a new program that allows Tesla Powerwall owners to leverage their batteries to sell their stored power during peak demand periods. Centrally managed Tesla Powerwalls can offset the need to install more inefficient peaker plants. [CleanTechnica]

Have a mystifyingly fine day.

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