Archive for July 6th, 2020

July 6 Energy News

July 6, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Humans Are Altering The Tides Of The Oceans” • Over the course of decades, engineers have dredged parts of the Ems River, on the Dutch-German border, so ships could navigate it from a shipyard upriver. Now, the tidal range has quintupled from what it was in 1900. Changing tidal patterns add complexity to the problems of rising sea levels. [BBC]

Thames Barrier, protecting London from tides (Credit: Alamy)

¶ “Could Paying Farmers To Store Carbon Help The Climate And Save Farms?” • Scientists estimate the earth’s soil holds two to three times more carbon than the atmosphere. If farmers could coax their fields to suck up more CO₂ and deposit it as organic carbon underground, it could go a long way toward mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. [Mother Jones]


¶ “Tesla Begins Taking Cybertruck Orders In China, Will Drive One Across America” • If reports are true, the Tesla Cybertruck may be the most eagerly anticipated new vehicle in history. Back in February, 532,000 people around the world were reportedly on the waiting list. Now people in China are signing on, and there is a plan to drive one across America. [CleanTechnica]

Cybertruck on Tesla’s Chinese website (Credit: Tesla China)

¶ “LG Chem Secures Bigger Tesla Battery Contract” • Global battery giant LG Chem has reportedly secured a bigger order of batteries from Tesla due to higher demand and an inability for Tesla to produce enough batteries for its cars on its own. At least, that’s the news out of Korea, where LG Chem is based, according to Reuters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Wins Wind Turbine Orders Worth 429 MW In North America” • Global wind major Vestas has announced that it has received orders worth 429 MW for the supply of wind energy turbines for projects under development in North America. Of that, 151 MW will be installed in Alberta, and 278 MW will be constructed in the US. [Saurenergy]

Vestas Wind turbines

¶ “Iran’s Renewable Energy Capacity Reaches 825 MW” • Iran’s renewable power capacity has reached 825 MW, according to the data by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization. The data also revealed that the number is expected to double, as other projects with a combined capacity of 821 MW are currently under construction. [Mehr News Agency]

¶ “From Dusted-Off Bikes To Electric Dreams: UK Green Economy Booms On Back Of Covid-19” • Butternut Bikes just one business set to profit from a green economic boom in the wake of the pandemic. The government faces growing pressure to unveil a climate friendly stimulus package, but the economic green shoots can already be seen. [The Guardian]

Electric bike rentals (London Time | Alamy)

¶ “NTPC And Indian Oil To Set Up A Waste-To-Energy Project In Delhi” • The South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Indian Oil, and NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a demonstration waste-to-energy project at a Delhi landfill. The project will use gasification to process about 17,500 tons of fuel derived from refuse per year. [Mercom India]

¶ “Study: Three Quarters Of U K Businesses Feel Threatened By Climate Crisis” • Three quarters of UK businesses feel threatened by the climate crisis, yet only one in ten has undertaken climate risk assessments and regard the issue as a priority. These data were revealed by a news study of over 500 businesses by Earth Science AI company Cervest. []

Up a tree (David Vig | Unsplash)

¶ “China’s Mega-Dams Are Giving Way To Cheaper Renewable Energy” • China Three Gorges Corp turned on the first set of generators at the massive Wudongde hydropower plant. And Baihetan, the last of the massive hydro projects, is scheduled to go into operation next year. But with low-cost renewable energy, no more are coming. []

¶ “Iran Nuclear: Natanz Fire Caused ‘Significant’ Damage” • A fire at a key Iranian nuclear facility’s centrifuge assembly workshop caused “significant damage,” a spokesman said. He added that the machinery destroyed by the fire would eventually be replaced by more advanced equipment. Some Iranian officials have blamed possible cyber-sabotage. [BBC]

Damaged building (Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation)


¶ “Berkshire Hathaway Will Buy Natural Gas Assets From Dominion Energy In $10 Billion Deal” • Berkshire Hathaway is purchasing certain natural gas assets from Dominion Energy in a deal worth nearly $10 billion. Dominion is moving away from the gas transmission business to become a “pure-play” regulated clean energy utility company. [CNN]

¶ “One Year Later: Police Chief Loves The Tesla Model 3” • It makes sense for police departments all across America to make the switch to EVs. And Tesla, with its affordable Model 3, is a prime candidate. A number of departments have already started running Teslas, and those that have them love them. Numbers on cost reductions will come soon. [CleanTechnica]

A wish for Tulsa (Mayor GT Bynum via Twitter)

¶ “US Energy Companies End Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project” • Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced that they have canceled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which had faced opposition from landowners, activists and environmental advocates. The pipeline was meant to run from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina. [Voice of America]

¶ “Coal everywhere: Union Pacific train derailed in Oostburg; no reported injuries” • A Union Pacific coal train was derailed in Oostburg, Wisconsin. Officials said there were no reported injuries when 13 cars derailed near County Road A and Town Line Road, where the tracks cross the Black River. Coal spilled in the area as a result. []

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