May 28 Energy News

May 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Bill From US Senate Finance Committee Looks Great” • Let’s look at how the bill that has moved through the US Senate Finance Committee. It extends the tax credit until 50% of vehicles are electric. It opens the tax credit up so people who owe little or nothing can benefit. And it provides other benefits. [CleanTechnica]

Jenny Ueberberg in her Tesla (Jenny Ueberberg, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Budget – Chance To Stop Paying Fossil Fuel Industry” • President Biden is set to release his first detailed budget proposal. This blueprint for government spending is a great opportunity to eliminate handouts to the fossil fuel industry through the new American Jobs Plan and Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Flow Batteries Keep The Energy Flowing” • Incubated in New York by a Stony Brook University program, StorEn Technologies aims to build upon the strengths of vanadium flow batteries to meet the needs for residential and industrial energy storage. StorEn Tech batteries fill market demand for more efficient and cost-effective energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

StorEn flow battery (Image by StorEn Technologies)

¶ “Researchers Take A Practical Look Beyond Short-Term Energy Storage” • With variable renewable energy expected to become a much larger share of the global energy mix, storage solutions are needed beyond short-duration timescales, such as standard commercial batteries, which are suitable for covering hourly differences in net load. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Burning Ship Coats Beaches In Oil And Debris” • Oil and debris from a burning container ship have coated beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Images of the beach in Negombo, which has been a popular tourist destination, have generated outrage. The X-Press Pearl, carrying chemicals and cosmetics, has been on fire for eight days. [BBC]

Beach in Negombo in better times (rick judah, Unsplash)

¶ “Private Jet Use Rising, Sending CO₂ Emissions Soaring” • The CO₂ emissions from private jets in Europe increased by nearly a third (31%) between 2005 and 2019, a report from campaign group Transport & Environment says. Private jets average at 10 times more carbon intensive than airliners, and 50 times more polluting than trains, it says. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DEME Forms Flemish Region Green Hydrogen Team” • DEME Group is part of a group of companies and research centers that are joining forces to invest in the production of green hydrogen in the Flemish region. They aim to deliver cost-efficient and sustainable production of green hydrogen at the gigawatt level. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (DEME Group image)

¶ “CSIRO On A Mission To Help Australia Become A Hydrogen Power Leader” • Australia’s national science agency says a new Hydrogen Industry Mission launched by CSIRO will help the world transition to clean energy, create new jobs, and boost the Australian economy. One goal of the mission is to reduce the price of hydrogen. [International Mining]

¶ “GE Bags 88-MW Vietnam Turbine Deal” • GE Renewable Energy has secured an 88-MW contract to supply its Cypress turbines for a wind project in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational by the end of third quarter of 2021. The turbines will be supplied with a two-piece blade design. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Mary Ray, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany, Norway Flip Switch On $2.4 Billion Undersea Energy Link” • Germany and Norway inaugurated the €2 billion ($2.4 billion) Nordlink project, connecting the power grids of the two countries. The cable, which is 623 km (387 miles) long, runs under the North Sea. It can carry enough electricity to supply 3.6 million households. [Yahoo Finance]

US:

¶ “First-Ever Colorado River Water Shortage Is Now Almost Certain, New Projections Show” • Lake Mead is at 37% capacity, a level it has hit very few times. In the past, it recovered quickly, but the US Bureau of Reclamation forecasts the lake’s levels to continue to decline, without any sign of recovery through at least the end of 2022. [CNN]

Lake Mead (Ana Filipa Neves, Unsplash)

¶ “52 Solar-Powered EV Chargers Ordered By California” • The state of California recently ordered 52 solar-powered EV chargers from San Diego-based Beam Global. The off-grid clean energy chargers will provide electricity in emergency situations and charge zero-emissions state fleets. They will be paired with energy storage systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arizona Regulators Revive Renewable Energy Plan But With Slower Timeline” • A 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission moves the state toward boosting the renewable energy requirement for state-regulated utilities but under a slower timetable than a previous proposal that was rejected by the panel. [KTAR.com]

Solar farm (Arizona Public Service Photo)

¶ “Indoor Vertical Farming Startup Bowery Raises $300 Million In Series C Round” • The indoor vertical farming startup Bowery Farming has raised $300 million in a Series C funding round. Bowery Farming has been enjoying a period of rapid expansion in recent times. The increase in availability since January 2020 is a whopping 750%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US JV Targets Wind, Solar And Storage” • Circle Power and Amber Infrastructure Group have set up a clean power joint venture called Circle Power Renewables focused on solar, wind and battery projects in Michigan and other US power markets. Scotia Wind, the joint venture’s first project, is a 60-MW wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [reNEWS]

Have a downright pretty day.

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