March 23 Energy News

March 23, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Europe’s Biggest Flying Lab Is Tackling Our Toughest Environmental Challenges” • The Airborne Laboratory can be found in skies around the world. Its research it is helping us better understand challenges like air pollution, climate change and extreme weather. It is operated by the UK’s Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements. [CNN]

Airborne Laboratory (Image courtesy of FAAM)

¶ “Waves To Water Prize: NREL Team To De-Risk Desal Device Deployment” • With support from the US DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office, a five-stage, $3.3 million contest aims to accelerate innovation in small, modular, wave-powered systems for desalination and production of clean water for water-scarce areas and disaster recovery. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “India Has Ambitious Plan For Developing More Renewable Energy, But Needs To Aim Higher” • India, with its growing economy and a population of more than 1.3 billion, epitomizes a trend toward higher electricity demand. The country finds itself at a crossroads regarding its energy future: Small decisions today will resound in the coming years. [Eurasia Review]

Solar plant in India (Ggn77, released to the public domain)

¶ “Scatec Unveils $11.8 Billion Renewable Energy Investment Plan” • Norwegian renewable energy producer Scatec plans to invest 100 billion Norwegian crowns ($11.8 billion) by the end of 2025 in a drive to increase output capacity fivefold, the company said. Scatec has maintained its goal of having a capacity of 4.5 GW by the end of 2021. [Nasdaq]

¶ “The Home Of Canada’s Energy Sector Is Set To Outpace The Country In Renewables Growth: Forecast” • Alberta, the home of Canada’s oil and gas industry, is expected to lead the country in renewable energy growth, according to the Canada Energy Regulator. Its short-term outlook offers a glimpse of Canada’s electricity future. [CBC.ca]

Wind turbines in Alberta (dave_7, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Australia:

¶ “Will Australia’s States Save The Day On Climate And The Clean Energy Transition?” • A report by WWF Australia provides a valuable update on the weighting of effort and ambition across different levels of government in Australia. It highlights that all is not lost, even as Australia’s resistant federal government seems to dig in deeper. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Lifespan Of Australia’s Longest Gas Pipeline Sharply Reduced As Renewable Energy Turns Heat Up On Fossil Fuels” • The company that owns Australia’s longest natural gas pipeline wants to bring its effective end-of-life forward from 2090 to 2063, saying renewable energy could make the business unviable decades ahead of schedule. [ABC News]

Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline (Supplied by DBP)

¶ “Feasibility Study On Export Of South Australian Green Hydrogen To Rotterdam” • The South Australian Government and the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake a feasibility study for exporting green hydrogen made in South Australia to Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. [Premier of South Australia]

US:

¶ “Offshore Wind ‘Could Deliver 166% Of Texas Power'” • Texas could have 166% of its electricity needs covered by offshore wind, a report from the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center says. The report also said that 19 of the 29 states with offshore wind potential could produce more electricity from it than they used in 2019. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Insung Yoon, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar, Wind, Coal, Nuclear, And Natural Gas US Electricity Generation Changes 2010–2020” • How has the US electricity generation from solar, wind, coal, natural gas, and nuclear shifted in the past 11 years? With official US electricity generation in for 2020, we can graph US electricity generation to show its changes from 2010 through 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wolf Administration To Buy Half Of State Government’s Electricity From Solar” • Pennsylvania’s Wolf Administration says it is making the largest government commitment to solar energy in the country, by agreeing to buy power from seven new solar projects in the state. A 15-year PPA will cover about half the state government’s electricity. [StateImpact Pennsylvania]

Solar field (Rachel McDevitt, StateImpact Pennsylvania)

¶ “DOE Awards $27.5 Million To Sixteen Teams Working To Decarbonize US Water Infrastructure” • The US DOE announced awards totaling $27.5 million for 16 water infrastructure projects in 13 states that have potential to reduce carbon emissions and water-treatment costs while improving water quality and equity of distribution nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vermont ‘Digester’ Harvests Renewable Gas, Like Cow Manure And Food Waste, For Cooking” • Without any odor or fanfare, the methane wrung from the manure of 900 cows and organic waste from regional cheese, beer, coffee, and ice cream plants will enter the Vermont Gas Systems pipelines by mid-spring, the utility says. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

Goodrich Farm (Courtesy of Vanguard Renewables)

¶ “Berea Police Force Goes Electric With Tesla Model 3s” • This month, the Berea police department became the first in the state of Kentucky and one of the few in the nation to add EVs to its fleet. The department unveiled the vehicles at a special event, ushering in a new era of high-tech less polluting patrols for the Appalachian city. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BMW Group And PG&E Plug In To Leverage Renewable Energy And Sustainably Power Electric Vehicles” • BMW Group and Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced an expanded partnership, ChargeForward, to increase use of renewable energy to power EVs. It will offer customers incentives while optimizing EV charging. [automobilsport.com]

Have a copacetically upbeat day.

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