September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Intelligence Is Business Intelligence” • Politicization of climate change is clouding public perspective on the subject. Nevertheless, some leaders in the “real economy” are aligning with policymakers and civil society on the urgency of quickly slowing humanity’s contribution to accelerating climate change. We have a tool to support that. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system at Disney World (Cynthia Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Trump Vs TikTok Teenagers Doesn’t Help The Americans Displaced By Climate Change” • Trump’s war on TikTok has been odd to watch, and it just shows that he is more concerned about Gen Z-ers hating him than he is about Americans who lost their homes in the California wildfires or the hurricane-slammed people of Lake Charles. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is The World Approaching Green Architecture All Wrong?” • Instead of focusing on mitigating and reducing emissions, two architects based in Miami, Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, propose a shift to a new type of green architecture where adaptation and resilience readies communities for the changes wrought by the climate crisis. [CleanTechnica]

Green architecture (Image retrieved from nasa.gov)

¶ “New Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Climate Change Impact Reduction By Making EV Batteries From Deep-Sea Rocks” • Research published in the Journal of Cleaner Production shows a carbon footprint reduction for minerals that are critical for EV batteries of up to 90%, if they come from deep-sea polymetallic nodules. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

World:

¶ “While Decisionmakers Quarrel, Danes Just Buy Electric Vehicles” • The latest numbers on the Danes’ hunger for electric vehicles suggests that the revolution is well underway, without any change in the country’s policies. According to the Danish Motorist Association FDM, sales of vehicles with a plug are surging more than expected. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron display (Photo: Jesper Berggreen)

¶ “World Split On Urgency Of Tackling Rising Temperatures, Poll Suggests” • There’s growing concern among citizens all over the world about climate change, a new global poll shows. But while big majorities in poorer countries want to address climate change with the same vigour as Covid-19, support for swift action is more muted in rich countries. [BBC]

¶ “Alberta Could Lead Canada In Wind And Solar Power By 2025” • Growth in Alberta’s renewable energy sector should continue its upward trend, experts say, with one forecast anticipating a surge of projects that could have the province poised to be the Canadian leader in utility-scale wind and solar capacity as soon as 2025. [CBC.ca]

Solar farm with pump jack (Kyle Bakx | CBC)

¶ “Direct Current Microgrids To Be Tested In Europe’s Power System” • The potential of DC microgrids to advance Europe’s green energy ambitions will be shown in the project TIGON. The project is focussed on deploying DC-based grid architectures that can improve the reliability and resilience of a decentralized, renewables-based system. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Museum Memorializing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Opens In Futaba” • A museum that archives and exhibits items related to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster opened Sunday in the northeastern Japan town that hosts the stricken power plant, helping to preserve memories and pass on lessons to future generations. [Kyodo News Plus]

Fukushima museum in Futaba (KYODO image)

¶ “Greece Breaks National And European Renewable Energy Records” • On September 14th, according to WindEurope, the wind provided 40% of Greece’s energy, the highest percentage covered by wind power in Europe. National data showed that wind, solar, and hydroelectric sources provided for 57% of the country’s needs on that day. [Greek Reporter]

US:

¶ “Wildfires, Coronavirus And An Earthquake Collided For California’s Terrible Week” • The Golden State has been trying to contain the summer’s surge of coronavirus cases while dozens of wildfires burn and smoke is making it hard to breathe. Then, as if there were not enough crises colliding, Southern California had an earthquake. [CNN]

Covid-19 testing (Kevin Winter | Getty Images)

¶ “Nuvve And Blue Bird Combine To Create Electric School Buses That Are V2G Enabled” • Nuvve Corporation, based in San Diego, and Blue Bird, the largest US school bus supplier, joined to produce electric school buses equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology. America has 480,000 school buses, and they could make up a huge virtual power plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Michigan’s New House Bill 6233 Wants To Ban EV Automakers From Doing Business” • Michigan politicians are trying to block any new EV makers from doing business in the state. The “Motor Vehicle Franchise Act” was created specifically to block Tesla from doing business there, an obvious favor to the state’s car dealerships. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian R1T (Ben Moon | Rivian)

¶ “72% Of Impossible Burger Sales Displace Animal-Derived Foods” • The increase of plant-based burgers in grocery stores across the US has produced a surprisingly new trend: most sales of the plant-based Impossible Burger come at the expense of animal-derived meat. That data comes from the analytics company Numerator. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Companies Ask Insurers To Say No To Fossil-Fuel And Support Renewable Businesses” • Sixty US companies, including Unilever, Patagonia, and Ben & Jerry’s, told insurers in a letter, “As insurance customers, we are expressing our desire for insurance coverage … that isn’t tied to supporting fossil fuels and actively supports renewable energy.” [Mercom India]

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