May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “What The Clean Energy For America Act Gets Right, And How It Can Improve” • The Clean Energy for America Act is a step in the right direction, but more can be done to improve on the proposal and existing clean energy tax credits. Doing so would ensure that tax credits reach their full potential as an essential part of US emissions reductions. [CleanTechnica]

Desert Research Institute (Manny Becerra, Unsplash)

¶ “Don’t Let Them Fool You: Disinformation Is Not An Accident” • The Oxford Reference defines disinformation as “A form of propaganda involving the dissemination of false information with the deliberate intent to deceive or mislead.” We see interest groups (such as oil companies) and elected officials engaged in it, often in organized campaigns. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Aldi And Other Big Grocers Threaten To Boycott Brazil Over Deforestation In The Amazon” • Some of Europe’s biggest supermarkets and food companies threaten to stop buying agricultural products from Brazil if a bill that would legalize the private occupation of public land that has taken place since 2012 becomes law. [CNN]

Destruction of the Amazon rain forest
(Alzenir Ferreira de Souza, placed into the public domain)

¶ “India’s Tata Power Wins 250-MW Solar Auction At 3.4¢/kWh” • Media reports say a subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy secured the rights to develop 250 MW of solar power projects in Maharashtra. Other developers bid on parts of the tender, but the entire capacity was awarded to Tata Power Renewable Energy on its bid of ₹2.51/kWh (3.8¢/kWh) [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Bags 212-MW Brazil Turbine Order” • Vestas has secured a 212-MW turbine order for a wind project in Brazil. Vestas will supply Omega Energia with turbines for the Assurua 4 project, located in Bahia. The order includes 47 V150-4.2MW wind turbines delivered in 4.5-MW power optimized mode and service for the turbines for 10 years. [reNEWS]

Vestas turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “UK April Plugin Electric Vehicle Share Over 13% Even After Grant Cuts” • The UK saw plugin electric vehicle market share at 13.25% in April, with full electrics at a healthy 6.5% despite recent cuts in the government plugin car grant. The overall auto market is recovering on showroom reopening, but is still down 13% from typical seasonal volume. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New $240 Million VC Fund 2150 Takes Aim At The Carbon Footprint Of Cities” • The energy consumption and carbon emissions of the world’s cities is astronomical. It is estimated that cities are responsible for 70% of all carbon emissions as they consume more than two-thirds of the world’s energy. The VC fund 2150 starts to addresses that. [CleanTechnica]

New cement technology (CarbonCure image)

¶ “Edify Seeks Approval For 10-MW Green Hydrogen Facility That Could Grow To 1 GW” • Edify Energy, one of Australia’s most successful renewable energy developers, has lodged planning applications for a 10-MW hydrogen facility at a “sustainable” industrial district being established just outside of Townsville, Queensland. [Renew Economy]

¶ “UBC To Build $23-Million Solar Farm And Hydrogen Fuel Station” • Construction has begun on a green energy hub at a University of British Columbia’s campus. A 1-MW solar array shading car parking will supply the electricity for high-voltage EV charging, a hydrogen production and refueling station, and battery-based energy storage. [Daily Hive]

Rendering of the hydrogen refueling station (DIALOG/UBC)

¶ “Equinor Lets Sun In On Polish Renewables Plans With 1.6-GW Swoop” • Norwegian energy giant Equinor completed a €91 million ($109.2 million) deal to take over the Polish solar energy developer Wento on the same day it was awarded contracts for difference for a combined 1.44 GW of Baltic Sea wind capacity off the Polish coast. [Upstream Online]

US:

¶ “Uncovering The Deadly Toll Of Air Pollution From Buildings” • Burning gas, wood, and biomass in buildings now has more negative health effects than burning coal in many states, a study says. It is the first to examine the effects of burning different fuels, quantifying impacts in terms of both early deaths and monetary cost in the US. [CleanTechnica]

New York City (Ale Alvarez, Unsplash)

¶ “UGI, Global Common Energy Partner To Develop Renewable Natural Gas” • Cayuga RNG Holdings LLC, owned jointly by UGI Corp and Global Common Energy LLC, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to develop several dairy farm digester projects to produce renewable natural gas in upstate New York. [North American Oil & Gas Pipelines]

¶ “IHS Markit: Rankings Show The US Is Already World’s Most Attractive Renewables Investment Market” • As the Biden Administration aims to increase federal investment in renewable energy under the American Jobs Plan, the US already ranks as the most attractive market for renewables investment, according to a new ranking by IHS Markit. [World Oil]

Wind turbines (Chelsea, Unsplash)

¶ “California’s Grid Reliability Enhanced with Two Battery Energy Storage Projects” • Two new battery energy storage projects are coming to enhance California’s grid reliability. Southern Power awarded Mitsubishi Power Americas and Powin an order for two battery energy storage system projects totaling 640 MWh. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “Whether To Sell Santee Cooper Splits Utility Reform In State” • The South Carolina House is insisting the state continue to accept offers to sell Santee Cooper, meaning the fate of a bill to overhaul the state-owned utility will go down to the wire at this year’s session. The utility had lost money on failed construction of two nuclear reactors. [The Sumter Item]

Have a gloriously magical day.

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