Archive for May 31st, 2021

May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2021


¶ “Rental Efficiency Standards: A Win For Equity And Climate” • Rental buildings use, on average, 20% more energy per square foot than owner-occupied homes. Landlords have little incentive to improve home efficiency when they do not pay energy bills, and tenants have little incentive to invest in their homes. But the problem can be addressed. [CleanTechnica]

Homes in San Francisco (Mark Boss, Unsplash)

¶ “We Don’t Need New Miracle Technologies To Reduce Emissions – We Need Action Now” • We need to cut carbon emissions and clean up the air we breathe. To do that, we need to replace vehicles and power plants that burn fossil fuels with EVs and renewable energy sources. The need is too urgent to wait for new technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using The International Space Station To Study Earth’s Climate And Keep Our Planet Safe” • On Earth, we often look toward the sky longing to know what resides in the rest of the universe; meanwhile, 250 miles above us, the International Space Station is looking back, helping to provide unique insights to keep our planet safe. [SciTechDaily]

International Space Station (NASA image)

¶ “Ford And Sunrun Team Up To Make V2H Technology A Reality. Is V2G Next?” • Ford has teamed up with Sunrun to make vehicle-to-home technology available to people who buy F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks. Sunrun says it will “facilitate easy installation of the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home integration system.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “BMW Begins Drive Unit Production For IX And I4 Vehicles” • BMW started production of its fifth-generation drive units at a plant in Dingolfing, Bavaria. This is the beginning of a much larger push to produce drive units and battery packs at more and more BMW production facilities, with a goal of 50% electric drive production by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Drive unit production (Image courtesy of BMW Group)

¶ “Paris Climate Accord And Net Zero By 2050 Goals In Jeopardy – Nations To Issue New Urgent Call To Action” • Recognizing that efforts to reach Paris Climate Accord goals are in jeopardy in part because of the recent boom in e-commerce and resulting transport sector growth, multiple nations will issue a collective urgent call to action. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bee’ah And Chinook Sciences Announce Region’s First Waste-To-Hydrogen Project” • Bee’ah, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, announced that it will partner with UK-based Chinook Sciences to develop the region’s first waste-to-hydrogen project. The project includes a green hydrogen generating plant and a vehicle fueling station in the UAE. [PR Newswire]

Sharjah, UAE (Ainur Kamaev, Unsplash)

¶ “EDF Renewables Ireland Announces Plans For 100-MW Mayo Wind Farm” • EDF Renewables Ireland has announced plans to develop a 100-MW wind farm in Mayo. It could consist of up to 25 turbines and power more than 60,000 homes. EDF will hold a number of public consultation events as the Kilsallagh Wind Farm progresses. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “ADB Secures Financing For 144 MW In Vietnam” • The Asian Development Bank secured a $116 million (€95.1 million) green loan to build and operate three 48-MW wind farms, totaling 144 MW, in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. The project is expected to increase Vietnam’s wind power capacity by 30%, helping to meet a growing demand for energy. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine, ready for blade installation (ADB image)

¶ “Australia’s Energy Storage Installed Base To Grow More Than Five Times By 2030” • In its latest report, IHS Markit predicts that energy storage installations in Australia will grow from 500 MW to more than 2,800 MW by 2030. Australia is forecast to have 7% of global installations and to become the third largest storage market by 2030. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Ørsted Lines Up Danish Offshore Wind Power Play” • Ørsted and Copenhagen utility HOFOR have entered into an agreement to secure green power for the 1300-MW green hydrogen project Green Fuels for Denmark. The developer will take power from the 250-MW Aflandshage offshore wind farm, which is in the Øresund Strait. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Andrey Sharpilo, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany Plans To Invest Over €8 Billion In 62 Large-Scale Hydrogen Projects” • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Ministry of Transport selected 62 large-scale hydrogen projects, which are to be state-funded as part of a joint European hydrogen project. The funding, €8 billion, is made up of federal and state funds. [Green Car Congress]


¶ “Three New Community Solar Projects In Colorado” • Pivot Energy, “Colorado’s largest community solar developer,” and Standard Solar are jointly developing three community solar projects in Colorado. Together, the power capacity of the three community solar farms will be 4 MW. They will produce enough electricity for 700 homes. [CleanTechnica]

Solar project (Courtesy of Clean Energy Economy for the Region)

¶ “Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Opposed By Four Conservation Groups” • Four conservation and public accountability groups have filed for a preliminary injunction in the Federal District Court in Reno alleging that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal laws when it approved the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine’s Plans of Operation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Kansas, Missouri Keep Building Wind, Some Communities Look To Regulate” • Though wind farms are popular in some counties in Kansas and Missouri, others have moved to restrict or ban wind development. People are worried that the wind farms will dominate their view of the horizon and diminish the quality of their lives. [Missouri Independent]

Have a favorably advancing day.

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