March 22 Energy News

March 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Have Rosy Forecasts About The Legacy Energy Industry Created A Financial Bubble?” • We’ve heard a lot lately about a “bubble” in Tesla and other EV-related stocks. But a report from the independent think tank RethinkX argues that a far more dangerous bubble exists around conventional coal, gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric energy assets. [CleanTechnica]

Fracking in the Permian Basin (Rhod08, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “I Agree With Bernie’s Core Message, And With Elon Musk’s Push For Universal Basic Income” • Elon Musk responded to an article about economic inequality that appeared in CleanTechnica, which led to Bernie (and a bunch of other people in politics) responding to both Elon and the article. Here are some serious points that should be made. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Big Oil’s Lies About Pollution Health Risks Contributed To Millions Of Deaths” • Thanks to a report by The Guardian, we now know the major oil companies knew all about health risks from fine particulate matter for decades, but instead of doing anything about the problem, they poured their money into disinformation campaigns. [CleanTechnica]

Pollution from particulates (Center For Disease Control)

¶ “Tribal Regulatory Authority To Combat Climate Change” • There are many examples showing that US laws and policies disproportionally make climate change a burden on American Indians, just as it unfairly endangers other people of color. If the Congress can’t act on climate change, it should at least enable Indian tribes to do so. [The Regulatory Review]

World:

¶ “Lithium And Other Battery Mineral Experts: 30–50% EV Market Share In 2030 Is An Upper Limit” • Naturally, my top hope would be getting someone to tell me, “Oh, yeah, we could reach 100% EV market share in 2030.” Or even 70% or so. But that’s just not the reality of the battery supply chain according to everyone I’ve talked to. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla at a supercharger (Placed into the public domain)

¶ “How The World’s Biggest Emitters Are Adopting Solar Power At Record Levels” • As president, Donald Trump claimed that solar and wind power were not up to the job. Now, the truth can be revealed. The world’s top three emitters, including the US, are all defying his claims, with record levels of new solar and other renewable energy sources. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Solar, Wind Power To Drive Renewable Energy Growth This Year” • Renewable energy installations of solar, wind, and storage facilities are set to rise by 40% year on year to another record 190 GW globally this year. This is an acceleration from a 30% on-year expansion in 2020 that happened despite project delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. [The Sun Daily]

Solar array in Colorado (Science in HD, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “Infinite Blue Energy, Port Anthony Renewables Unite To Build World-Class Green Hydrogen Hub In Victoria” • Infinite Blue Energy and Port Anthony Renewables agreed to a partnership to develop a world-leading green hydrogen facility in Victoria. The joint venture is to build Australia’s first independently owned commercial large-scale hydrogen facility. [Stockhead]

¶ “Australia Floods: Thousands Evacuated As Downpours Worsen” • About 18,000 Australians have been evacuated from flooding across New South Wales as heavy rain batters the east coast and is expected to continue to do so. Scientists say that climate change is intensifying the impact of La Niña, and making weather patterns more erratic. [BBC]

Rescuing a family in Sydney (Western Sydney SES)

¶ “Former Emergency Chiefs: Climate Change Pushing Flood Events To Unprecedented Extremes” • Former emergency chiefs have warned that climate change is worsening extreme rainfall and flood events such as the current situation in New South Wales and Queensland, putting immense pressure on emergency response services and communities. [Mirage News]

¶ “Massive Mineral Sands Project Made More Viable By Solar-Hybrid Energy Supply” • Strandline Resources, a developer of heavy mineral sands, has inked a 15-year offtake agreement with Contract Power Australia, for energy from a hybrid gas and solar energy power station to be developed close to a proposed facility in Western Australia. [pv magazine International]

Solar+battery system (Contract Power Australia image)

¶ “Investor Sentiment In Australian Renewables Turns To The Overwhelmingly Positive!” • A report by law firm MinterEllison, and based on the opinions of 100 renewable energy investors, finds that investors are overwhelmingly positive about Australian renewables, and that solar PV is viewed as a leading technology as thermal generation retires. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Rivian Planning 10,000 New EV Chargers By 2023” • Rivian is planning to install 10,000 new EV chargers, “Rivian Waypoint chargers,” in the US and Canada by 2023. These will be Level 2 AC chargers, not the DC fast chargers, and they will charge more slowly, but they will be operational for all vehicles that have J1772 connections. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup (Photo by Jeff Johnson, courtesy of Rivian)

¶ “$98 Million Solar Farm Pitched In Louisiana” • A subsidiary of Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, Bayou Galion Solar Projfect LLC, has proposed a 98.1-MW solar farm for 1,000 acres leased outside of Bastrop. It could power almost 21,000 homes. Interest in solar farms has increased since Entergy announced it was looking for renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RNG Produced by Anaergia from Diverted Landfill Waste Now Flowing through SoCalGas System” • Southern California Gas Co and Anaergia, Inc announced that the renewable natural gas produced from diverted landfill waste is now flowing into the SoCalGas’ pipeline system from the Rialto Bioenergy Facility in San Bernardino County. [waste360]

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