Archive for May 29th, 2021

May 29 Energy News

May 29, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Siting Renewable Energy Responsibly On Public Lands” • Following the creation of a renewable energy permitting office within the Department of the Interior at the end of 2020 and the enactment of a renewable energy siting goal, the need for careful guidance of permitting decisions on federal public lands has never been greater. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Suganth, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Net Zero’ Is A Dangerous Illusion, Say Top Climate Scientists” • Net zero is a charade, a convenient smoke screen we hide behind so we can tell ourselves all is well. It’s not. To address global heating effectively, we must stop burning fossil fuels. Full stop. Anything else is just eye wash designed to protect the profits of the mega-corporations. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Mud Reveals Secrets Of When Humans Began To Change Planet” • A history of climate change scientists found in mud cores leads to new thinking. Many conservationists support the protection of forests, leaving them to stay as they are, we may have changed our planet so radically that forests will need some hands-on help simply to survive. [BBC]

Forest (Lukasz Szmigiel, Unsplash)

¶ “Earth’s Fiery Past Revealed In Ice Core Record” • Smoke particles preserved in the ice core record show that more fires were burning in the Southern Hemisphere during pre-industrial times than previously thought. The discovery modifies our understanding of the heat-trapping effects of greenhouse gas emissions and of future global warming. [Earth.com]

¶ “Climate Change-Resistant Corals Could Provide Lifeline To Battered Reefs” • Corals that withstood a severe bleaching event and were transplanted to a different reef maintained their resilient qualities, according to a study that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding offers hope for recovery of reefs. [ScienceDaily]

Coral (Francesco Ungaro, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “EDP Renewables Enters Chile With 628-MW Wind Energy And Solar Portfolio” • EDP Renewables, the fourth largest renewable energy producer globally, has reached agreements to acquire a 628 MW wind and solar portfolio in Chile, with commercial operations expected to commence between 2023 and 2025. [Evwind]

¶ “Morocco’s Expertise In Renewable Energy Supports Sub-Saharan Development” • In Africa, the fast growth of social and economic developments calls for building a greener and more environmentally sustainable future across the region. Morocco’s expertise in renewable energy and existing efforts can support Sub-Saharan development. [Morocco World News]

Zimbabwe (Benjamin Van Der Merwe, Unsplash)

¶ “Turkey To Auction 4 GW Of Solar, Wind Power This Year” • Turkey will put 2 GW of wind power and 2 GW of solar power up for auction by the end of 2021 through the Renewable Energy Resources Area scheme. The average price of electricity from PVs landed at €21.46/MWh (2.617¢/kWh) before the end of this year’s first solar competition. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Ignitis Delivers First Power From 94-MW Polish Wind” • A Lithuanian company, Ignitis Group, has started generating electricity at the 94-MW Pomerania wind farm in Poland. It comprises 29 turbines with individual capacity ranging from 3 MW to 3.3 MW and will generate about 300 GWh of electricity when operational. [reNEWS]

Assembling wind turbines in Poland (Ignitis image)

US:

¶ “Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E Recreates Historic Ocean-To-Ocean Drive” • In 1909, a Model T Ford won the first coast-to-coast, transcontinental American road race. It took twenty-three days to cover 4,106 miles of road from New York to the Seattle World’s Fair. Last week, an all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E recreated that historic drive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rivian Deliveries Are To Begin In July, Test Drives In August, Equipment Upgrades And Changes” • Rivian announced that it is all set for deliveries to begin in July, and that all Launch Edition preorders will be in customers’ driveways by next summer. It also had news about standard equipment and upgrades that changed to benefit customers. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian truck (Rivian image)

¶ “The Texas Winter Storm And Power Outages Killed Hundreds More People Than The State Says” • The true number of people killed by the disastrous winter storm and power outages that devastated Texas in February is likely four or five times what the state has acknowledged so far, according to BuzzFeed News data analysis. [BuzzFeed News]

¶ “NYC Lawmakers Aim To Block Natural Gas Use In New Buildings, Major Renovations” • Lawmakers in New York City introduced legislation that would essentially prohibit use of fossil fuels in new buildings and major renovations, marking a new step in the most populous US city’s effort to decarbonize its building stock. [S&P Global]

New York City (Serge Pelletier, Unsplash)

¶ “US Energy Secretary Calls For More Cyber Standards On Oil, Gas Infrastructure” • In the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline earlier this month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the US needs more comprehensive cybersecurity standards for oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure. The attack highlighted US vulnerability. [S&P Global]

¶ “Indian Point Turned Over To Holtec – Clears The Way For Decommissioning” • Entergy Corp completed the sale of the subsidiaries that own the Indian Point Energy Center to a Holtec International subsidiary. That clears the way for Holtec to take over the former nuclear power plant and proceed with its decommissioning. [Westfair Communications]

Have a simply grand day.

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