Archive for May 1st, 2021

May 1 Energy News

May 1, 2021


¶ “Cities Should Be At Heart Of America’s Infrastructure And Economic Recovery” • A report from Bloomberg Philanthropies and RMI found that placing local governments at the center of our recovery gives the US its best chance for our climate and economy. President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan can accomplish that. [CleanTechnica]

Boston (todd kent, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “RMI Shows The ‘How To’ Of Limiting U.S. Warming To 1.5°C” • RMI is unveiling a series of resources that provide analysis and guidance for how the US can align its economy to limit warming to less than 1.5°C. The first two reports will help policymakers, corporations, and other stakeholders balance near-term actions and longer-term planning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Challenges Trout Industry In North Carolina” • North Carolina ranks second in trout production nationally, producing 5 million pounds of trout annually. The trout industry supports thousands of jobs in the state. But the trout need cold, clean, oxygen-rich water to survive, and the supply of that water is threatened by climate change. [The Mountaineer]

Trout (Sticker Mule, Unsplash)


¶ “EV Sales Growing, But Need Support To Grow Even Faster, IEA Says” • Global EV sales grew 41% last year, but must accelerate even faster to meet climate and energy goals, the International Energy Agency said. Current trends would have 145 million EVs on the road by 2030, but the IEA points out that is only about 7% of the total fleet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Volkswagen ID.4 GTX Is Here, ID.5 Coming Soon!” • Volkswagen is moving fast as it races into the electric car future. The ID.4 electric SUV is starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, and the GTX all-wheel drive version is about to follow. Also coming later this year is the ID.5, an ID.4 with a more stylish and aerodynamic roof line. [CleanTechnica]

VW ID.4 GTX (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “European Demand For Renewable Energy Grows 8% Despite COVID” • Despite alarming predictions, the market demand for renewables has continued to grow at a steady pace during 2020. The impact of lower industrial activity as a result of Covid-19 has been limited, and the European thirst for renewable energy capacity seems unstoppable. [T&D World]

¶ “Study To Investigate Powering Platforms With Wave Energy” • Lundin Energy Norway is collaborating with Ocean Harvesting Technologies through an R&D study on how installation of wave energy converters could provide stable and cost-effective electricity to an offshore oil and gas platform. The project will run until February, 2022. [Offshore Mag]

Offshore oil platform (Zachary Theodore, Unsplash)

¶ “GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Now Typhoon-Proof” • GE Renewable Energy secured Typhoon certification from DNV for Haliade-X offshore wind turbines, certifying that they can operate safely and efficiently under extreme wind conditions. The Haliade-X is the most powerful offshore wind turbine to have this certification, GE said. [Offshore Wind]

¶ “Enel Commissions Sicilian Wind” • Enel Green Power Italia has commissioned the Partanna wind farm on Sicily. The 14.4-MW project, which is in the province of Trapani, comprises six 2.4-MW turbines. It will produce around 40 GWh of electricity per year, while avoiding the annual emissions of about 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Enel image)


¶ “NREL Joins Industry In Leading The Cybersecurity Threat Evaluation For The US Wind Fleet” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and six leading industry organizations joined forces to develop a national Wind Cybersecurity Consortium. The goal of the consortium is to improve the cybersecurity of the US wind fleet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “After 59 Years Of Operation, New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Closes” • The Indian Point nuclear power plant permanently stopped generating electricity on April 30, 2021, when it retired its last operating nuclear reactor, Unit 3. Indian Point is located in Buchanan, New York, about 25 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. [CleanTechnica]

New York’s nuclear power plants (EIA image)

¶ “Multnomah County, Oregon Bans ‘Natural’ Gas In New County Buildings” • Multnomah County, which encompasses much of the city of Portland, Oregon, unanimously approved a resolution last week that will make all new county buildings – libraries, courthouses and community centers – free of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AOC, Markey Introduce Civilian Climate Corps Bill To Revive New Deal Era Program” • A plan for a Civilian Climate Corps, to employ 1.5 million Americans through conservation projects, was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Senator Ed Markey (MA). The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps served as a model. [CleanTechnica]

CCC members plant a tree, 1939 (Forest Service, USDA, cropped)

¶ “We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service Aim To Purchase Wisconsin’s Largest Renewable Energy Project” • We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service propose to buy a planned solar and battery storage project in Dane County. The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage. [TMJ4]

¶ “Walmart Underscores Climate Goals Amid Corporate ‘Sustainability’ Push” • The retailer has teamed with energy services company ENGIE North America on wind projects to channel renewable energy to “hundreds of stores, clubs and distribution centers” in Texas, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, according to the companies. [WWD]

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