March 27 Energy News

March 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why We’re Celebrating Renewable Energy Wins In Nunavut” • While the past year has certainly been filled with challenges, it’s also seen some successes for the environment. For Earth Hour 2021, let’s appreciate how far we’ve come and celebrate recent renewable energy wins in Nunavut. Because there’s a lot for us to celebrate. [WWF-Canada Blog]

Installer training in Nunavut (Martha Lenio, © WWF Canada)

Science and Technology:

¶ “UK Can Power Transport Entirely With Renewables If Used Efficiently” • The UK will have enough renewable resources to meet demand for transport in 2050, T&E analysis finds. But this is only possible if it reserves the use of e-fuels for shipping and aviation, as use of e-fuels for road vehicles is impractical in terms of the electricity it needs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Soil Carbon Sink Doesn’t Grow With Atmospheric CO₂, Study Finds” • Soil’s capacity to store carbon may be less than previously thought, a study published in Nature says. The amount of carbon stored in soil is approximately triple that stored in living plants, but as rising CO₂ levels increase plant growth, soil carbon storage decreases. [CleanTechnica]

Carbon sink (Irina Iriser, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Biden Invites Putin And Xi To First Climate Change Summit Of His Presidency” • The autocratic leaders of Russia and China have been invited to President Biden’s first major round of climate talks next month, he announced Friday, signaling that he plans to take a big tent approach to address the spiraling crisis of global warming. [msnNow]

¶ “Audi To Cut Water Consumption In Half By 2035” • Audi recently announced that it wants to cut its water consumption in half by 2035. That’s a much bigger task than it sounds like, but the company seems to have a fairly solid plan on how to achieve it. Audi’s plan will consider the availability of water regionally for prioritizing action. [CleanTechnica]

Water use goal (Image by Audi)
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¶ “Pride Orders 100 Lion Electric Trucks” • We’ve been covering a variety of Lion Electric bus orders, but now the company has news on its electric truck business. Pride Group Enterprises gave Lion Electric its largest electric truck order to date, an order for 100 fully electric trucks. Most of the trucks will be delivered in 2021, and the rest in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Industry Dialogue ‘Crucial’ To Norwegian Offshore Success” • Increased dialogue should map out what is needed on a project basis, as well as what business models and suitable commercial framework conditions, the Norwegian Wind Energy Association said in a position paper on further development for offshore wind in the country. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Jack Hunter, Unsplash)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Wins Vietnamese Wind Farm Contract” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it has won a contract to supply eight wind turbines for a 30-MW wind farm in Vietnam. Located in the South-Central coastal region of Vietnam, the Thuan Nhien Phong project is expected to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures 86-MW Swedish Double” • Siemens Gamesa has won two turbine contracts from European Energy in Sweden totaling 86 MW. One is for six 5.8-170 machines for the Grevekulla project near Eksjo. The other is for eight of the same model for the Skaramala project. The turbines will have a flexible rating with most operating at 6.2 MW. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Scottish Government Misses Renewable Energy Generation Target By 3%” • New figures have revealed that Scotland has missed a target to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electrical demand from renewables in 2020 by just 3%. The country reached 97.4% from renewable sources, an increase by 7.9% from the last reported figure in 2019. [insider.co.uk]

US:

¶ “Spokane Gets twelve New Electric Buses” • The city of Spokane in the state of Washington just added twelve new electric buses to its modest bus service. The city of 220,000, located near the the state’s eastern border, ordered twelve New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses. Ten of them are 60-foot buses, and two are 40-foot buses. [CleanTechnica]

Spokane Transit electric bus (Courtesy of New Flyer)

¶ “New Flyer Announces Improved Electric Bus, More Sales” • New Flyer, an established manufacturer of electric buses, has announced a new and improved electric bus. It is the Xcelsior CHARGE NG, which is lighter, more efficient, and has longer range than its previous buses. The new bus achieves this with three technological improvements. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DHL Putting 89 New Lightning Electric Vans On The Road” • DHL Express has been doing trials on nine Lightning Electric electric vans since late last year. The pilot has been going well, and the company intends to put another 89 on the roads of California and New York. The electric vans are based on the Ford Transit 350HD. [CleanTechnica]

DHL van (Image courtesy of DHL)

¶ “Senate Democrats To Nullify Trump Methane Rollbacks With CRA” • Senate Democrats plan to nullify Trump administration rollbacks of methane regulations via the Congressional Review Act. The relatively obscure process can reinstate important Obama era methane regulations through a simple majority vote in the Senate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Report: Radioactive Cleanup At Idaho Nuclear Site Working” • Ongoing Superfund cleanup work of radioactive and other contamination at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho has been successful at protecting humans and the environment, US and state officials say. Fifty-two test reactors were built there starting in the late 1940s. [Columbia Basin Herald]

Have an unrestrainedly triumphant day.

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