Archive for May 10th, 2021

May 10 Energy News

May 10, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Six Innovative Funding Methods To Achieve Climate Action And Equity In US Cities” • US city budgets are tighter than ever due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, as cities increasingly recognize that climate action can deliver multiple benefits, they are finding innovative funding methods to simultaneously address inequity and climate. [CleanTechnica]

Grand Rapids (Ben Zelenka, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Plants A Big Security Risk” • As Taiwan’s August referendum on completing its Fourth Nuclear Power Plant approaches, there is one question that has not yet been fully considered. It is to what extent this and Taiwan’s other three plants are military liabilities. Could they be radioactive targets that China aims to attack? [Taipei Times]

¶ “Indonesia’s Coal Industry Is On Its Last Legs” • The pot of money for coal power is drying up. South Korea announced last month it will no longer provide financial support for overseas coal projects. Now China seems to be the only country willing to provide the immense financial aid that Indonesia’s bloated coal industry needs to keep going. [CNA]

Indonesia (Arto Marttinen, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Government Urged To Update 2030 Renewable Energy Targets” • A report by RenewableUK calls on the government to update its 2030 targets for renewable energy capacity. It suggests the recently announced target of 78% cut in CO₂ emissions will need new commitments for onshore wind, floating wind, green hydrogen, and marine energy. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Porsche Planning New Platforms For Electric Macan And Boxster/Cayman Twins” • Porsche is busy putting the finishing touches on its new Premium Performance Electric battery electric platform, which will form the basis of a battery electric version of the Macan. The electric Macan is expected to go on sale in 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Macan EV prototypes in Germany (Porsche image)

¶ “Asian Development Bank To End Financing Of Coal, Oil, And Gas” • The Asian Development Bank may stop financing new coal-fired power capacity, as well as oil and gas exploration and production, according to a draft policy statement. The draft will be deliberated by ADBs board of directors in October. Critics say the policy is already ten years late. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Inside Kenya’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Revolution” • Demand for solar energy in Kenya has risen over the past few years as ratepayers turn to it to beat the high cost of electricity. Kenya Power said industrial customers accounting for nearly 55% of its sales revenues have begun generating their own electricity using solar power. [Construction Kenya]

Solar array (Nows92, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Leaked EU Report Reveals Ambitious Renewables Agenda” • The European Commission intends to ask EU Member States to make an additional effort to increase their share of renewable energy in the power mix, according to a leaked draft of an official document. Brussels wants to upgrade its current 32% renewable energy target for 2030 to at least 38%. [Oil Price]

¶ “More Than 350,000 Solar Panels To Lower Costs And Reduce Emissions” • In a major milestone for the $300 million project, 367,769 solar panels have been installed at 33 South Australian Water treatment plants and pump stations. This includes 30,000 solar panels at Happy Valley Reservoir, the world’s largest fully movable solar array. [Premier of South Australia]

US:

¶ “US Passes Emergency Waiver Over Fuel Pipeline Cyber-Attack” • The US government issued emergency legislation after the largest fuel pipeline in the US was completely shut down by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day – 45% of the East Coast’s supply of diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel. [BBC]

¶ “Legacy Auto Paid To Advertise EVs On SNL Last Night, While Tesla’s Elon Musk Hosted” • In a move that proves that Tesla is the leader of the auto industry in at least one sense, legacy automakers – Ford, Audi, and VW scrambled to get some EV advertising on Saturday Night Live last night. And Lucid joined them in this endeavor. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot of SNL show (Nyasha-mercy via Twitter)

¶ “Biden Administration Outlines The ‘America The Beautiful’ Initiative” • In a clean break from the anti-nature politics and policies of the previous administration, the new Biden-Harris administration has begun to outline a different vision for how the US can work collaboratively to conserve and restore public lands, waters and wildlife. [New American Journal]

¶ “UNFI’s Plan To Reduce Emissions: Adopting Zero-Emissions Emerging Transportation Technology” • United Natural Foods, Inc has a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emission footprint in California. It is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trail units to its fleet at the Riverside distribution center, complete with solar panels on the trailers. [CleanTechnica]

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