May 11 Energy News

May 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Insular Areas Climate Change Act: Strengthen Territories’ Response To Climate Disasters And Protect Those Who Are Most Vulnerable” • The Insular Areas Climate Change Act is a bill now in a public comment process intended to reduce climate impacts in unincorporated US island territories. It is a good starting point to address their climate impacts. [CleanTechnica]

US Virgin Islands (Josh Duncan, Unsplash)

¶ “USA Falling Way, Way, Way Behind In Floating Offshore Wind Race” • South Korea only has 8,640 miles of coastline and it is already moving forward with plans to build the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. Meanwhile the US weighs in at 95,471 miles of coast and it barely has any steel in the water. So what gives? [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short” • Can a utility company be carbon neutral by 2050 if it builds a gas plant now? Maybe if it shuts off the gas plant well before its 40 years of useful life are complete, leaving electric customers to pay off millions in debt. Here is an edition of the Local Energy Rules podcast that addresses this issue. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines (Matthew Henry, Unsplash)

¶ “Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull Fact-Checked” • In an opinion piece in The Guardian, former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull warned, “With more than 70% of Australia’s trade now with countries committed to net zero, the prospect of carbon-border taxes being introduced.” ABC’s fact-checking showed they were right. [ABC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “ASKA Flying Car Showroom Opens And Offers Pre-Orders” • The term ‘flying car’ is sometimes used to describe an eVTOL, but it’s usually inaccurate. Most eVTOLs are designed purely for flight and not for road transport. But NFT Inc has a mission to develop a vehicle that is capable of traversing both the roads and the sky – the ASKA flying car. [CleanTechnica]

ASKA flying car (ASKA image)

¶ “Mind-Boggling Magnets Could Unlock Plentiful Power” • A fusion reaction is what makes the sun hot. But to make fusion happen here on Earth, you have to heat hydrogen isotopes to hundreds of millions of degrees and hold them in a container that can deal with something that hot. A set of mind-bogglingly powerful magnets can do that. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Forests The Size Of France Regrown Since 2000, Study Suggests” • An area of forest the size of France has regrown naturally across the world in the last 20 years, a study suggests. The restored forests have the potential to soak up the equivalent of 5.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide – more than the annual emissions of the US. [BBC]

Forest (Milk-Tea, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Sources Grew At Fastest Rate In Two Decades Last Year” • Renewable sources of electricity, including wind and solar, grew at their fastest rate in two decades in 2020 and are set to expand even more rapidly over the next two years, with high-capacity renewables likely to account for about 90% of new global power capacity. [The Globe and Mail]

¶ “BNEF Predicts Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper In Europe Than Conventional Cars By 2027” • Recently, Transport & Environment asked Bloomberg New Energy Finance to determine when EVs will become less expensive to manufacture than conventional cars with gasoline engines. The answer from BNEF is that will happen in 2027. [CleanTechnica]

Charging Porsches (Porsche image)

¶ “Construction Starts At South Africa’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project” • Construction of the Redstone Concentrated Solar Plant in the Northern Cape province has commenced. The Redstone plant will be equipped with a 12-hour thermal storage system that will deliver clean and reliable electricity to nearly 200,000 households round the clock. [ITWeb]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy And Toshiba Announce Strategic Partnership Agreement On Offshore Wind In Japan” • Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corp and GE Renewable Energy announced that they signed a strategic partnership agreement. It will help GE’s offshore wind technology to be more competitive in Japan. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

GE wind turbine (Courtesy of GE Renewable Energy)

US:

¶ “California PV+Storage Project Inks Offtake” • Vesper Energy and Desert Community Energy have entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for all of the energy produced from the Deer Creek 50-MW Solar plus 200-MWh storage project in California. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “California Targets ‘Diesel Death Zones’ With New Rule” • Southern California air quality regulators approved a rule to reduce the air pollution related to the approximately 3,000 logistics warehouses that have proliferated in the region. New safeguards aim to decrease pollution that has concentrated in “diesel death zones.” [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric trucks (Image courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

¶ “Looking At Wisconsin’s Renewable Energy Future” • More solar projects are coming to Wisconsin as it moves away from fossil fuels. On Earth Day, the state’s Public Service Commission approved Madison-based Alliant Energy’s plans to spend nearly $1 billion on new solar plants as part of its plans to phase out coal-fired generators. [WGLR]

¶ “Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In Two Years” • Three large solar projects in the works on Hawaii island are bolstering the island’s renewal energy supply. They are big enough that the island should hit 100% of its renewable energy standards by 2023, Hawaiian Electric Co says. By 2024, that rate could jump to 110%. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

Have an exquisitely fabulous day.

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