July 25 Energy News

July 26, 2020


¶ “To Solve The Climate Crisis, We Need An Investment Revolution” • We depend on our leaders in moments of crisis. We also depend on the tenacity and insights of scientists, the ingenuity and vision of entrepreneurs, and the resourcefulness and boldness of companies to solve big problems. But we also need investors. [World Economic Forum]

Dawn (Karsten Würth | Unsplash.com)

¶ “Recent Gutting Of Regulations Is Inhibiting Adequate Review Of Renewable Energy Projects” • With offshore wind energy activities underway in states along the Atlantic coast, we stand at the start of an exciting offshore wind energy boom. But these states are acting in the absence of federal leadership, and that poses an unnecessary hindrance. [MSN Money]

¶ “Suicide By A Thousand Cuts: Trump’s War On America” • There is a saying, “United we stand, divided we fall.” It comes in many forms, in many languages, including Abraham Lincoln’s “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” I have no doubt that it is a reason for Vladimir Putin to support the the intentionally divisive Donald Trump. [CleanTechnica]

USS Bryant (DD-665) on its way to the Pacific, one
of my Dad’s ships (US Navy photo, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seaweed To The Rescue, From Renewable Energy To Covid-19 Treatment” • Renewable energy researchers have been turning to seaweed as a source of biofuel, and while that’s bubbling up in the background, the COVID-19 crisis brings renewed attention to the all-around sustainability aspect of harvesting renewable resources from the sea. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “New Study Suggests That The EU Carbon Market Won’t Cut Pollution – Including Road Transport” • A study by Cambridge Econometrics found that the EU’s requirement for oil companies to buy EU pollution permits for diesel oil and petrol sold to motorists really won’t make a difference in regards to significant emissions reductions. [CleanTechnica]

Street in Groningen, Netherlands

¶ “VW’s Accra Factory Starts Production, And Toyota And Nissan Also Set To Open Plants This Year. We Hope They Add EVs Soon!” • Ghana’s Automotive Development Policy encouraged VW, Toyota, and Nissan to look into opening assembly plants in the country. VW Ghana’s new vehicle assembly plant has already started production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Largest Hybrid Timber Tower Will Be Built In Sydney” • The world’s largest timber hybrid tower is going to be built in Sydney, Australia. This hybrid timber tower is made with a technique known as Mass Timber Construction. MTC has a steel exoskeleton supports the entire structure, largely built of wood and glass. [CleanTechnica]

Inside the MTC structure (Mike Cannon-Brookes | Atlassian)

¶ “WA Premier Mark McGowan unveils $2.7 billion stimulus to boost state’s economy” • The West Australian Government has unveiled $2.7 billion in new stimulus spending designed to boost the state’s economy, with a focus on renewable energy and building maintenance among other areas. A total of 21 sectors have been pegged for stimulus. [ABC News]


¶ “CERC Plans To Ease Norms For Renewable Energy Projects To Get ISTS Connectivity” • India’s Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has eased the requirements for renewable energy projects to get connectivity to the Inter-State Transmission System , according to new draft procedures released on the matter. [The Indian Express]

Transmission lines

¶ “Indian States Announce Plans For 1.2 GW Of New Solar Power Parks” • India witnessed a surge in announcements of renewable energy projects in the past few weeks. Several have been made by states to develop solar parks and floating solar plants. India has an ambitious target of installing 175 GW of renewable generating capacity by 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Azure Power Receives LOA For 2 GW Of Solar Projects With 500 MW Of Manufacturing Capacity” • Azure Power announced receipt of a letter of award for 2 GW of interstate transmission system solar projects under the greenshoe option in the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s manufacturing-linked solar tender. [EnergyInfraPost]

Installing solar panels

¶ “India Proposes Solar Park In Sri Lanka” • According to media reports, NTPC Limited, the largest power generation company in India, has proposed setting up a solar park in Sri Lanka. NTPC had earlier proposed to set up a coal-based power plant in the country, but that proposal was squashed because of concerns for the environment. [CleanTechnica]


Repairs after a microburst (Kelly Presnell | Arizona Daily Star)

¶ “System Upgrades Are Helping Tucson Electric Power Improve Reliability, Reduce Outages” • Tucson Electric Power says it has spent over a billion dollars in recent years to improve its system and make it more resilient. Those investments helped reduce average TEP outage times by more than 15 minutes over the past two years. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “Geomega Will Recycle Rare Earths From USA Rare Earth” • Geomega Resources Inc, a cleantech developer for rare earth mining and recycling, is partnering with USA Rare Earth, a funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas. They are to recycle waste from rare earth production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Wants To Build Nuclear Power Plants For The Moon And Mars” • The US wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars. The DOE has put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that. It is looking for a fission surface power system that could allow humans to live for long periods in harsh space environments. [KJZZ]

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