April 1 Energy News

April 1, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Former BlackRock Exec Explains Why ‘Green’ Investment Strategies Won’t Work” • In the so-called Free Market, companies are built primarily to extract profit. If we really want to save the planet, we should demand polluters pay for the damage they do. That’s what a carbon tax would do and the only way that is going to happen. [CleanTechnica]

Pollution (Daniel Moqvist, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Energy Plan Boosts Renewables Outlook, Puts Oil And Gas On Notice” • President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and energy plan would dramatically reshape the nation’s energy landscape by offering new tax incentives for clean energy, electric transmission projects, and carbon capture and storage technology. [S&P Global]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Kyoto’s Cherry Blossoms Have Bloomed Unusually Early” • Warmer weather has meant that blossoms in the city of Kyoto peaked on 26 March, which is the earliest date recorded since records began in 812 AD in imperial court documents and diaries. Part of the reason for the early date is climate change. Part is the urban heat island effect. [Lonely Planet]

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (ajari, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Why The Sun Isn’t Causing Today’s Climate Change” • Yes, the sun is a profoundly important factor in Earth’s climate. It always will be. But scientists, like those at NASA, know the sun isn’t causing the current, rapid rise in global temperatures. Here’s how they know human-created greenhouse gases, not the sun, are driving these changes. [Mashable India]

World:

¶ “Drive An EV Without A Long-Term Commitment With A Subscription” • If you want to drive an EV, a subscription may be your answer. You’d have a late model without a substantial down payment. You’d be free of a long-term commitment. Steer, Elmo, Canoo, Porsche, and Volvo are just some of the companies that are working on subscriptions. [CleanTechnica]

Charging EVs (Image courtesy of EVAEngland)

¶ “$5.4 Billion Project Aims To Be World’s Largest Green H₂ Producer In 2025” • Enegix Energy is pursuing plans to build Base One, a $5.4 billion facility off the coast of Brazil. Energix Energy claims that Base One will be the world’s biggest single CO₂ reducer by generating more than 600 million kg of green hydrogen per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enercon Scores 305 M W In Canada Wind Treble” • Enercon has won a 305-MW turbine order from Potentia Renewables for three wind projects in Canada. Enercon will supply 55 E-160 EP5 E3 turbines with 114 meter hybrid steel towers, each capable of producing up to 5.56 MW, for three projects in Canada over a period of two years. [reNEWS]

Installing a turbine blade (Enercon image)

¶ “More Than 100 Of Apple’s Global Suppliers Are Moving To 100% Renewable Energy” • Apple announced that over 110 of its manufacturing partners globally are moving to 100% renewable energy for their Apple production, with nearly 8 GW of clean energy planned. They will avoid over 15 million metric tons of CO₂e annually. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “Oil And Gas Majors Focus On Renewable Energy, Hydrogen, And Carbon Capture” • You’d be hard-pressed to find an expert who believes oil and gas companies will abandon exploration and production operations anytime soon, but several oil and gas majors are expanding their businesses into the renewable energy sector, and some in a big way. [Power Magazine]

WindFloat Atlantic floating wind farm (Repsol courtesy image)

¶ “Saudi Arabia Aims For 50% Renewable Energy By 2030, Backs Huge Tree Planting Initiative” • Saudi Arabia will generate 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030 and plant 10 billion trees, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced. The climate crisis increased desertification, dust storms, and air pollution, to damage both health and economy. [Climate Home News]

US:

¶ “Here’s What’s In Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal” • Now that his massive coronavirus relief package is law, President Joe Biden is laying out his next big proposal: A roughly $2 trillion plan for improving the nation’s infrastructure and shifting to greener energy over the next 8 years. He is set to unveil the effort today at an event in Pittsburgh. [CNN]

Joe Biden signing things (White House photo, public domain)

¶ “DOE Geothermal Competitions Heat Up: New Lithium Extraction Prize And Teams Advance In Manufacturing Prize” • The DOE announced the American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize. The prize is to advance technologies improving the economics and lessening environmental impacts of lithium mining from geothermal brines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flight Backed By A-List Green Hydrogen Backer” • When Bill Gates launched Breakthrough Energy Ventures back in 2016, the clean tech investor group leaned toward nuclear energy. Now, it seems H₂ is becoming its primary interest. BEV has chipped in a share of funding for the US fuel cell aircraft startup ZeroAvia. [CleanTechnica]

ZeroAvian fuel cell plane (photo courtesy of ZeroAvia)

¶ “Volvo Electric Semi Trucks Now Eligible For $120,000 In Rebates” • Volvo VNR electric semis offer plenty of good reasons for fleet owners to buy them. Now, there’s another reason. The Volvo VNR is now officially eligible for California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, with up to $120,000 of rebates per truck. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Proposes Energy Tax Credit Extension” • President Biden has proposed a ten-year extension and phase down of an expanded direct-pay investment tax credit and production tax credit for clean energy generation and storage. These credits will be paired with strong labor standards to ensure the jobs created are of good-quality. [reNEWS]

Have an unambiguously great day.

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