May 19 Energy News

May 19, 2021


¶ “Is The IEA Still Underestimating The Growth Of Renewable Energy?” • The new report from the International Energy Agency outlined a massive, rapid rise in renewable energy around the world to meet a target of net zero global emissions by 2050. But the EIA still seems to underestimate the potential for growth of renewable energy. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (Anna Jiménez Calaf, Unsplash)

¶ “Four Things To Know – And A Word Of Caution – About EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Website Reboot” • Last week, the EPA released the first updates it has made to its Climate Change Indicators website since 2016. Here are four things to know, and one word of caution, about EPA’s updated Climate Change Indicators resource. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Supplement Can Reduce Methane In Cows And Make Farmers Money” • Cattle farming accounts for nearly 10% of all greenhouse gases generated by human activity. Most of that is from methane they produce, but a new feed supplement based on garlic and citrus extracts could reduce those emissions by an average of 30%, its makers say. [CNN]

Yummy! (Colton Jones, Unsplash)


¶ “Analysis: To Tackle Climate Change, China Must Overhaul Its Vast Power Grid” • China pledged to cap carbon emissions this decade and pivot toward renewables. One of its most pressing challenges to meet that pledge is overhauling its electricity grid, officials and analysts say. Building new solar and wind plants is just the easy part of reducing emissions. [Reuters]

¶ “International Energy Agency Says Oil And Gas Exploration And Coal Plant Construction Must Stop Now” • The International Energy Agency said in a wide-ranging report that countries must immediately stop exploiting new oil and gas fields and building coal-fired power plants, if global temperatures are to be kept within safe limits. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil rig (Zukiman Mohamad, Pexels, public domain)

¶ “Google, Microsoft Back 24/7 Clean Energy Initiative” • Google, Microsoft, PwC, Vattenfall, Statkraft, and Engie are among more than 100 global companies participating in a new global initiative to enable 24/7 clean energy. The program is spearheaded by EnergyTag, the independent industry-led initiative to accelerate the shift to 24/7 clean power. [reNEWS]

¶ “The Future Of Lamborghini Is Electric – Hybrid And 100% EV Models Announced” • Rather than dismissing the advantages of electrification, Automobili Lamborghini is embracing it. The company has unveiled a vision for the future that includes gas/electric hybrid models in the near term as well as a 100% electric super sports car. [CleanTechnica]

CEO and Chairman Stephan Winkelmann
(Courtesy photo by Automobili Lamborghini)

¶ “World’s First Industrial-Scale Renewable Power-To-Fertiliser Plant” • Maire Tecnimont announced that its subsidiaries MET Development, Stamicarbon, and NextChem have started work on a renewable power–to-fertiliser plant in Kenya. This will be the world’s first industrial-scale plant powered by renewable energy to produce low-carbon-intensity nitrates. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Highview Power Developing 2 GWh Spanish Storage Project” • Highview Power is developing up to 2 GWh of long duration, liquid air energy storage projects across Spain. With an estimated investment of around $1 billion (€0.81 billion), these projects should enable several Spanish regions to move towards their net zero emissions target. [reNEWS]

Highview Power model (Highview Power image)


¶ “‘What More Can You Do To Us?’: Flooding Swamps South Central USA” • The National Weather Service said more than 30 million people are threatened by flooding this week across parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Accuweather called the event “historic.” Lake Charles, Louisiana, saw 12 to 15 inches of rain in a 12-hour period. [MSN]

¶ “‘Horrific’ Gas Explosion Rocks Neighborhood in Baltimore County” • A gas explosion injured several people, including one critically in Pikesville, Maryland. Baltimore Gas & Electric crews were working on the gas line when it exploded. The blast, which launched flames 60 feet into the air, ignited a fire that burned for three hours. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas plant (Loïc Manegarium from Pexels)

¶ “Big Oil Scores Win In Supreme Court” • The Supreme Court has ruled for a case brought against 20 oil companies by the city of Baltimore to be moved to a federal court, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a potentially big win for the defendants. The oil companies were hoping to move the case to federal court, arguing it would be fairer. [Oil Price]

¶ “New Legislation Looks To Take Advantage Of Renewable Energy In Northern Maine” • Maine’s Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced LD 1710, An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine. The bill supports renewable energy and grid connections in Aroostook County. [News Center Maine]

Transmission lines (Jaël Vallée, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Are Booming In Texas” • Demand for entry-level workers to build out renewable energy projects is reaching a fever pitch in Texas, where wind and solar capacity is expected to be added at the country fastest rate, according to Ken Medlock III, director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “Georgia Power Says Vogtle Unit 3 Start Likely Delayed To 2022” • Georgia Power Co said that delays in completing testing means the first new unit at its Vogtle plant is now unlikely to start generating electricity before January at the earliest. The delay is to add $48 million to the cost, and the two reactors are projected to cost over $26 billion. [Power Engineering]

Have a reliably gorgeous day.

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