Archive for May 8th, 2021

May 8 Energy News

May 8, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Batteries Spark Biden’s Infrastructure And Jobs Promise” • President Biden’s infrastructure plan (The American Jobs Plan) aligns recovery stimulus and climate action. The green stimulus can create jobs. To date, stimulus hasn’t been that green overall globally but the US plan will make a positive difference for our nation and the planet. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra battery factory (Image courtesy of Proterra)

¶ “How FERC Transmission Reform Can End The Delay Of A Cleaner Future” • The electric utility industry was organized and dominated by monopolies for their own purposes. The logic of a monopoly does not support improving access to new, competing supplies that a neighboring region might develop and export. All that is starting to change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Equinor Blazes A Renewable Path, But Can Other Oil Companies Follow?” • Up until 2018, the Norwegian company Statoil was one of the integrated supermajor oil companies. The company changed its name to Equinor in 2018, and shifted its direction in company strategy. Now it aims for net-zero by 2050. Can other oil companies do that? [Forbes]

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Equinor)

¶ “Gasoline Shortages Could Ruin Summer Travel Plans And Sell EVs” • After being driven slowly insane by a year of isolation, Americans are ready to hit the open road this summer. There’s one problem: gas stations are already having trouble getting gas in, and people are going to need a lot more when travel season is in full swing. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise” • Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45% over the course of this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report, the Global Methane Assessment. [Saudi Gazette]

Emissions (Daniel Moqvist, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “China’s Annual Emissions Surpass Those Of All Developed Nations Combined, Report Finds” • China’s annual emissions exceeded those of all developed nations combined in 2019, the first time this has happened since national greenhouse gas emissions have been measured, according to a report from the Rhodium Group. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Director Of Energy On Transition To Renewables: ‘It’s Happening Quickly'” • Mark Twidell, Director of Energy at Tesla, was recently in Adelaide, South Australia, where he spoke at a Southstart entrepreneur’s conference, Financial Review reported. In his talk, he emphasized just how fast the renewables transition is happening. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in South Australia (HikerJules, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “South Korea Unveils 6-GW Floating Ambitions” • South Korea has unveiled plans to build a 6-GW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Ulsan by 2030. President Moon Jae-in said the project would require an investment totaling KRW36 trillion (€27 billion, $32.35 billion ), create 210,000 jobs and deliver enough electricity for 5.76 million homes. [reNEWS]

¶ “Atlas Renewable Energy Secures Loan For 359-MW Solar Plant In Brazil” • Latin America-focused solar developer Atlas Renewable Energy has obtained a $150 million loan to finance the construction of its 359-MW Lar do Sol – Casablanca PV project in Brazil. The project will supply power to mining company Anglo American. [PV Tech]

Atlas solar project in Brazil (Atlas Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Nearly 100% Renewables: Wind Leads Turkey’s Energy Installations” • Wind power plants accounted for 51.5% of the additional power capacity installations in Turkey from January through April. Looking at all types of installations, renewable resources accounted for 97.5% of new capacity during the first four months of the year. [Daily Sabah]

¶ “How An Oil Company Becomes A Renewables Company” • Norway’s state-owned oil producer, Equinor ASA, posted more than $2.6 billion of earnings in the first quarter of 2021, 49% of which was from renewable energy. Last quarter, Equinor earned more from renewables than it did from oil and gas exploration and production. [gCaptain]

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Equinor)

US:

¶ “Minnesota To Become First Midwest Clean Cars State” • The proposal to adopt a Clean Cars Minnesota program has been given a green light. An Administrative Law Judge ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency could move forward, after extensive process with thousands of public comments and filings by stakeholders. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NASA Reboots Its Role In Fighting Climate Change” • NASA is best known for exploring other worlds, whether that’s sending astronauts to the Moon or flying helicopters on Mars. But under US President Joe Biden, the space agency intends to boost its reputation as a major player in studying Earth, especially to fight climate change. [Nature]

Earth (Carl Hostetter, NASA EPIC Team)

¶ “California Develops Proposal To Achieve Clean Vehicle Future” • Transportation now the largest US source of carbon pollution, but California, a global leader in EV deployment and policy innovation, is working on that. It presented plans for the next round of its Advanced Clean Cars program, which requires all new vehicles to be electric by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Ammonia Trickling Into Louisiana Like A Boss” • Louisiana has had a lot of jobs in natural gas. But now, some interesting news about green ammonia that just popped up on the old CleanTechnica radar could become important for the Pelican State, as it seeks firmer footing in the emerging green economy. [CleanTechnica]

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