May 16 Energy News

May 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Bringing Back Clean Air” • Indoor air pollution from burning gas is a important problem. RMI has made the clear economic case for all-electric homes in new construction, finding that they are cheaper than dual-fuel homes in every major region of the US. Throw in the safety advantages, and there is simply no reason to build for gas. [CleanTechnica]

Polluted air (Image retrieved from nps.gov)

¶ “Bitcoin Mining Imperils New York State’s Renewable Energy Goals” • The cryptocurrency business has crept into Western New York state almost unnoticed. Digihost’s bid to buy North Tonawanda’s nearly defunct Fortistar power plant, which is fueled by methane and oil, presents an imminent threat to our carbon footprint. [Buffalo News]

¶ “A Case For Wind Energy, And In Support Of Wildlife And Habitat” • New Mexico is in an important position to generate electricity, reaping the benefits that come from its abundant wind energy. Not only can renewable energy development and wildlife conservation coexist, they depend on each other for their futures. [Albuquerque Journal]

Wind turbines (Turn the page fault, placed into the public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated And Are Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports” • Recent research shows that the global death toll from extreme heat is rising. But “large parts of society don’t think of heat as a threat,” Oxford University climate scientist Fredi Otto said, commenting on a number of studies. [Inside Climate News]

¶ “May 15 Is The New ‘Unofficial’ Start To Hurricane Season” • Officially, the hurricane season starts on June 1. But named tropical systems have formed earlier than that in the Atlantic every year for the past six years. The National Hurricane Center is now issuing their routine ‘tropical weather outlook’ forecasts starting on May 15, rather than June 1. [CNN]

Heavy waves (Barth Bailey, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Ancient Swedish Hamlet Holds Lessons For Future Of Clean Power” • Simris, a thousand year old village with a population of about 200, has shown that operating independently from the national grid is technologically possible. Villagers use locally produced renewable energy stored in freezer-sized batteries in their homes. [HT Auto – Hindustan Times]

¶ “Flying Giant Returning To Ireland After 300 Years” • Giant birds that have been part of Irish folklore could be returning to the island after an absence of more than 300 years. There is a pair of cranes nesting on a rewetted peat bog owned by former peat producer Bord na Móna. The peat harvests had stopped at the site in January. [BBC]

Crane in Spain (Santiago Lacarta, Unsplash)

¶ “TEPCO Studying Where To Release Treated Water” • The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is studying details of a plan to release treated water that has been accumulating at the plant into the ocean. The company is said to be looking mainly at two options, release from outlets near the shore or through a submarine pipeline. [NKH]

US:

¶ “Rivian Shows Up To Support EV Owners Fighting For EV Freedom In Connecticut” • Connecticut EV owners are fighting for their right to buy EVs in their state, as local dealerships try to block the bill. Now Rivian is lending EVs owners support. The EV Club of Connecticut and the Tesla Owners Club of Connecticut shared their experiences. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup truck (Rivian image)

¶ “California Governor Newsom Taps Budget Surplus For Clean Energy” • Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his administration’s revised budget, known casually as the May Revise, culminating a weeklong tour to promote a “$100 billion California Comeback Plan.” The comeback includes a return to addressing the climate emergency. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Aims To Plug Vehicles Into Renewable Energy” • In Nevada, the legislature is considering a bill that would help the state drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity. SB 448 would speed approvals of transmission lines for low-cost, renewable electricity in the region and would accelerate the deployment of EVs fueled by that clean electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian electric SUV (Rivian image)

¶ “GOP Representative Meijer: Republican Resistance To Climate Science Could Doom The Party” • Representative Peter Meijer, a young Republican congressman from Michigan, said he believes his party has to dramatically change their position on climate science. If they don’t, he says, they could doom themselves with younger voters. [Hill Reporter]

¶ “Exxon Mobil’s Messaging Shifted Blame For Warming To Consumers” • Exxon Mobil Corp has used language to systematically shift blame for climate change from fossil fuel companies and onto consumers, according to a paper by researchers at Harvard University. The paper was published in the journal One Earth. [Scientific American]

Have a happily arranged day.

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