Archive for May 5th, 2021

May 5 Energy News

May 5, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Increasing Extreme Heat And Power Failures Put City Residents At Risk” • The increasingly frequent power failures, combined with heatwaves fueled by climate change, pose severe, compounding threats to major American cities, new research suggests. The study was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. [CleanTechnica]

Temperature anomaly (Image courtesy of Berkeley Earth)

¶ “A Shortage Of These Metals Could Make The Climate Crisis Worse” • The world will not be able to tackle the climate crisis unless there is a sharp increase in the supply of certain metals required to produce electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines and other clean energy technologies, according to the International Energy Agency. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Norway Plugin Electric Vehicles Take Over 80% Share In April” • April 2021 saw plugin EVs taking 80.1% market share in Norway, up from 69.6% in April 2020. Overall auto volume was back to seasonal norms, with 13,166 vehicles registered. The recent best selling full electric vehicle is the Audi e-tron, followed closely by the Volkswagen ID.4. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Uber And Arrival Partner To Build Electric Car For Ride-Hailing In UK” • According to a story published by Reuters, Arrival, a UK-based EV startup founded by Russian billionaire Denis Sverdlov, will partner with Uber in the UK to develop and manufacture a low cost electric car designed specifically as a ride-hailing vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Completes Hai Long Hat-Trick” • Siemens Gamesa has confirmed a deal to supply turbines to two further phases of the 1044-MW Hai Long offshore wind farm off Taiwan. It is the turbine supplier’s largest offshore agreement in Taiwan to date. The deal now covers the 232-MW Long 2B and 512-MW Long 3 projects. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Vestas Wins 404-MW Mutkalampi Order” • Vestas has secured a 404-MW turbine order for the Mutkalampi project in western Finland. The project will use its EnVentus platform. Vestas will supply six V150-4.2MW turbines running in a 4.3-MW operating mode, in addition to 63 V162-6.0MW turbines from its EnVentus stable. [reNEWS]

¶ “Wind Sets New Record On Bank Holiday” • British wind farms set a new record on the May Bank Holiday of this year by hitting a new high generating output of 17,600 MW at 15.30 pm on May 3. The output, recorded by the National Grid, provided 48.4% of Britain’s electricity and beat an earlier record of 17,500 MW set earlier this year. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Z Tasi, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan Was Wary Of The US Military Taking Control Over The Fukushima Crisis” • Key members of Japan’s Defense Ministry and troops were wary in 2011 that the US military would take control of the response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, according to the former head of the Joint Staff and others involved. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “US Department Of Energy Launches Initiatives To Accelerate Solar Deployment In Underserved Communities” • The DOE announced a slate of new efforts, including $15.5 million in new funding, to support solar energy deployment in underserved communities and build a diverse, skilled workforce, furthering a greener future for the US. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar systems (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “US EPA To Cut Hydrofluorocarbon Production And Use” • The EPA proposed a rule to reduce US production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years, beginning in 2022. HFCs are used widely in refrigeration and air conditioning and are thousands of times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Leads The Way On Conservation And Climate” • The PUBLIC Lands Act would protect nearly 600,000 acres of wilderness and more than 583 miles of wild and scenic rivers. It would expand an existing national monument by over 100,000 acres. The special places protected include Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. [CleanTechnica]

San Gabriel Mountains (Borishansen, placed in the public domain)

¶ “Renewables Hold Key For Future Of NWA’s Power Grid” • As Northwest Arkansas looks back on the lessons learned from power outages in February, and forward to the future of one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, this is clear: Power companies think the best way to keep our electric grid reliable is through renewables. [KNWA]

¶ “RAI Signs California Solar PPA For 100-MW Project” • San Diego Community Power signed a power purchase agreement with an affiliate of RAI Energy International, based in Silicon Valley. The project located in Imperial County, California is an integrated 100-MW solar PV energy project with up to 150-MW, 600-MWh of battery energy storage. [reNEWS]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Setting The Stage For An EV Future In Washington State” • Washington State legislators passed two leading bills on EVs! Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign them in the coming days to ensure that people will be able to charge their EV as easily as buying gas and will be able to charge their EVs at home, at work, and on the road. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Avangrid Expects Offshore Vineyard Wind In 2023, Bullish On US Energy Transition” • Avangrid’s 8-GW offshore Vineyard Wind project appears on track to be the first large-scale US offshore wind farm. The developer expects a final investment decision in the second half of 2021 and start generation in 2023, executives said. [S&P Global]

Have a fabulously fruitful day.

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