Archive for June, 2021

June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Japan’s Nuclear Wastewater Plan Clouded By Politics” • The Japanese government’s approval of a plan to discharge treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean stands out as a reversal of a decade of nuclear safety reform in Japan. Indeed, the issue suffers from an unfortunate lack of transparency. [Eurasia Review]

Onagawa nuclear plant (Nekosuki600, Wikipedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Saharan Air Layer: What Is It? Why Does NOAA Track It?” • The Saharan Air Layer can act to suppress hurricane formation and intensification. Thanks to recent advancements in satellite technology, we can better monitor and understand it, from its formation over Africa, to its effects on weather along the US Gulf coast and Florida. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China Is Facing Its Worst Power Shortage In A Decade. That’s A Problem For The Whole World” • China is in the middle of a huge power crunch. Extreme weather, surging energy demands, and strict limits on the use of coal are delivering a triple blow to the nation’s electric power grid. It is a problem that could last for months and affect the world economy. [CNN]

Shanghai (Freeman Zhou, Unsplash)

¶ “Dozens Dead As Heatwave Shatters Records” • Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records. On Tuesday, Canada recorded its highest ever temperature for a third straight day – 49.5°C (121°F) in Lytton, British Columbia. Before this week, the country had never passed 45°C (113°F). [BBC]

¶ “How Eucalyptus Cuts Brazilian Beef’s Emissions” • Searching for a way to counteract the emissions from Brazil’s massive cattle herd, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation researchers have created with a certified brand of Carbon Neutral Beef. They planted eucalyptus trees on grazing land to draw down carbon and found the land could produce more beef. [BBC]

Beeves on the land (Joe Leahy, Unsplash

¶ “Renewables Set To Save Irish Consumers €180 Million, Energy Report Finds” • The Irish electricity sector’s carbon emissions could be cut from almost 10 million tonnes annually to less than 2 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalent by 2030 and bring a €180 million price reduction for consumers, according to a report by energy specialists Baringa. [The Irish Times]

¶ “Octopus Acquires 45-MW Polish Wind Project” • OX2 sold a 45-MW wind project in Eastern Poland to Octopus Renewables. The wind farm, comprising 15 wind turbines, will be constructed in Huszlew, in the Mazowieckie province. OX2 will begin the construction phase of the wind farm immediately, with delivery expected in 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Gabriel Xu, Unsplash)

¶ “Sonnedix Acquires 300-MW Development Portfolio In Spain” • Sonnedix, an independent power producer, completed its acquisition of a 300-MW solar PV portfolio under development from international developer RIC Energy. The portfolio is made up of two 150-MW clusters with all solar plants in east-central Spain. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Five Asian Countries Account For 80% Of New Coal Power Investment” • Carbon Tracker, a financial thinktank, has found that China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, with a total capacity that is up to 300 GW, even though renewable energy is cheaper than most new coal plants. [The Guardian]

Coal-fired power plant (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “The California Blackout That Wasn’t” • People pay a lot of attention when the power goes out, but we tend to not notice when the grid stays stable, even under trying conditions. Recent record heat led the California grid operator to call on residents to reduce power use. But the grid did not go down, as batteries and demand response did their work. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL Follows Up Groundbreaking LA100 Study With New Equity Strategies Initiative” • Released in March 2021, the Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study found that Los Angeles can achieve reliable, 100% renewable power as early as 2035. Now, LA100 Equity Strategies picks up where LA100 left off, to improve energy justice. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Wind And Solar Electricity Free Up Needed Utah Water” • Governor Spencer Cox is pleading for water conservation as the state faces what some call a worst-in-a-lifetime drought. Sadly, climate scientists say it is a preview of things to come. Coal and natural gas use a lot of water to generate electricity. Solar PVs and windpower do not. [Utah Policy]

¶ “MGM Unveils 100-MW Solar Array To Power 13 Las Vegas Resorts” • MGM Resorts International has launched its 100-MW solar array, the hospitality industry’s largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The array now produces up to 90% of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas daytime power needs for thirteen properties. [Solar Power World]

MGM solar array (MGM image)

¶ “Does The Southeast Need Wholesale Power Markets In Order To Hit Its Renewable Goals?” • Real-time, wholesale energy markets, especially if they can be paired with regionally planned transmission, are critical to accelerating the growth of renewable energy in the Southeast, according to a new report released by three clean energy organizations. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “The US is consuming more renewable energy than ever before. Here’s how Kansas ranks and why that matters” • Kansas produces a lot of wind energy, as it has the second-largest share of its electricity from wind. But it consumes a lot, as well. Kansas is the fourth largest consumer of windpower, following Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. [The Wichita Eagle]

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June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “EV, Schmevee: Do We Really Need So Many Cars?” • A recent article in The Conversation asks “Why do we need so many cars”? If we are serious about restraining carbon emissions so the Earth doesn’t overheat to the point that humans can no longer survive, is the private passenger car a luxury that we can no longer afford, regardless of how it is powered? [CleanTechnica]

Cars being shipped (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Speculation On Climate Links To Surfside Condo Collapse” • As hope fades additional survivors will be rescued and scores are feared dead in the rubble of the Champlain Towers condo that collapsed near Miami Beach, impacts due to climate change are increasingly thought to have been a possible contributing factor in the tragedy. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Northwest Heat Wave Is ‘Unprecedented.’ Here’s What’s Pushing It Into Uncharted Territory” • Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, explained it simply: Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more intense. “You warm up the planet, you’re going to see an increased incidence of heat extremes.” [CNN]

Seattle (Zhifei Zhou, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “European Union Enshrines Net Zero And Emissions Targets Into Law” • The European Council adopted a climate change law that legally obliges its 27 nations to reduce greenhouse emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels and have a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050. The EU has worked toward this law as part of the European Green Deal since 2019. [CNN]

¶ “Chinese City Shows Benefits Of Electric Cars Impact The Entire Community” • In the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, EVs sell at five times the national average. As a result, the city is a quiet zone, and the daily air quality in Liuzhou has been rated excellent about 97% of the time in 2020, compared to just 76% in the capital Beijing. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (Courtesy of Wuling Hong Guang)

¶ “Statkraft To Build 234-MW Spanish Solar” • Statkraft is to build four PV projects in southern Spain with a total capacity of 234 MW. Three of the four solar plants will be installed in San Jose del Valle, in Arenosas, el Yarte and la Guita, and a fourth in Malabrigo, in Jerez de la Frontera. All of the solar PV farms are expected to be online by 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Voltalia Adds 211-MW Onshore Double In Brazil” • Voltalia has commissioned two more wind farms totaling 211 MW in the 2400-MW Serra Branca renewables cluster in Brazil. The French company said the 152-MW VSM3 project, comprising 44 3.5-MW turbines, and 59-MW VSM4 project, made up of 17 3.5-MW machines, have reached full power. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Voltalia image)

¶ “India State-Owned Power Producer NTPC Wants To Install 1,000 MWh Of Energy Storage At Power Plants” • NTPC, an Indian power producer with over 65 GW of generating capacity, wants to install 1,000 MWh of energy storage at its existing generation facilities. NTPC plans to operate 60 GW of renewable capacity by 2032. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Kazakhstan Plans Massive 45-GW Renewable Project To Power Green Hydrogen” • Renewable energy company Svevind Energy, which has offices in Sweden, Germany, and Kazakhstan, is to partner with the Kazakh Invest National Company to construct a 45-GW renewable energy project. It is intended to produce huge amounts of green hydrogen. [Renew Economy]

Almaty Region, Kazakhstan (Dmitry Sumskoy, Unsplash)

¶ “Danes Start 428-MW Technology-Neutral Auction Process” • The Danish Energy Agency has kicked off the process for the country’s forthcoming 428-MW technology-neutral renewables tender. DEA has released the tender documents for the auction, which will be held in the Autumn. A single technology-neutral tender will be held this year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Lightsource Labs Partners On UK PV, Storage Solution” • The Lightsource BP energy technology business Lightsource Labs is partnering with renewable energy supplier Pure Planet on solar and battery storage solutions for UK homes. The partnership will use Lightsource Labs’ home energy management system, Tribe, and a cloud-based Virtual Power Plant. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Lightsource BP image)

US:

¶ “Limiting Renewable Energy Growth Would Result In Higher US Power Costs” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examined effects of various amounts of renewable energy on the cost of building and operating the electricity system. They found that putting limits on renewables growth can increase energy costs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Codes For Climate Offers States And Cities A Path To Building Decarbonization” • New Buildings Institute and RMI announced an initiative to support the development of climate-aligned new construction codes and existing building performance standards for states and cities that are advancing beyond what the national model codes are offering. [CleanTechnica]

Lombard Street, San Francisco (Braden Collum, Unsplash)

¶ “US Utility Goes To Market For 3 GW Of Wind” • Southwestern Electric Power Company, an American Electric Power subsidiary, has issued three requests for proposals. One seeks up to 3 GW of wind capacity. The second of them is seeking bids for up to 300 MW of solar, and the third is seeking a short-term accredited deliverable capacity of up to 250 MW. [reNEWS]

¶ “NRC Special Inspection At Vogtle Could Lead To More Delays For Troubled Nuclear Project” • Independent monitors told a Georgia regulatory body that a special inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission into construction at Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 nuclear reactor could represent a “very significant” issue for the troubled project. [Utility Dive]

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June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “California PUC’s Clean Energy Order: Necessary, Timely, And Ambitious” • The California Public Utilities Commission decided to acquire 11.5 GW of mostly carbon-free electricity over the next five to seven years. This decision firmly places the state on course have a zero carbon electricity and a carbon neutral economy by 2045, without nuclear power. [CleanTechnica]

San Francisco neighborhood (Robert Bye, Unsplash)

¶ “Is Tesla The Ultimate Model For Industry Disruption?” • The Innovator’s Dilemma is that the incumbents know of inovative technologies but can’t or won’t commit to them, because they have to focus on serving their existing customers. Ford, GM, and their pals might just be stodgy incumbents, while Tesla is the epitome of a disruptive upstart. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “It’s 114° In Oregon. Time To (Productively) Panic” • This weekend, in my formerly mild, rainy, Northwest state, we’re at a broiling 114° in Portland (similar to recent temps recorded in the arctic circle, which is even more frightening). The temperatures are not just record setting. They are off the charts. The previous city record is 107°. [CleanTechnica]

Portland, Oregon (Jamison McAndie, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hybrid Renewables: Why ‘Better For The Planet’ Doesn’t Have To Mean ‘Bad For Business’” • Hybrid power projects offer gains for developers, including helping share such key capital costs as the primary grid connection, improving the generation profile, reducing balancing costs, and making better use of land for high renewable energy densities. [Energy Storage News]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Is #1 In Electric Vehicle Sales Across These Ten European Countries” • Looking across ten European countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, the clear brand leader is Volkswagen, with 18.3% of the pure EV sales. That’s nearly one out of every five EVs sold. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 EV (Volkswagen courtesy image)

¶ “Why High-Efficiency Cooling Is A Climate Priority” • This year’s G7 meeting produced a brief list of areas of agreements on climate change. Some of these had previously been overlooked. One of these in particular is to double the efficiency of cooling systems sold worldwide by 2030. It is a goal that will be critical to keeping 1.5°C within reach. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bangladesh Scraps Ten Coal-Fired Power Plants” • Bangladesh announced that it scrapped at least ten major coal-fired power plants as it seeks to scale up its power generation from renewable energy sources. Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for power and energy, said the decision was based on technological changes and concern for the environment. [RTL Today]

Dhaka (Tanvir Islam, Unsplash)

¶ “Equinor Adopts New Investment Focus In Onshore, Offshore Renewables” • Equinor, formerly called Statoil, is a Norwegian energy giant primarily in the oil and gas business. The company has announced a new investment focus in onshore and offshore renewables, adopting hydrogen, ammonia, and biofuels, in a move to net-zero by 2050. [Oil and Gas Republic]

¶ “Enel Toasts 90-MW Russian Wind Success” • Enel Russia has officially opened a 90-MW wind farm at Azov in the Rostov region of Russia. The 26-turbine project, which is spread across 133 hectares, will generate around 320 GWh of electricity per year. Capital expenditures on the wind farm were €135 million, according to Enel. [reNEWS]

Azov wind farm (Enel image)

¶ “Adani Group To Add 5 GW Green Energy A Year For Next Decade” • Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani in a letter to shareholders said the company is aligning with India’s goal of becoming the world’s biggest player in renewable energy. The group has also set a target for itself to become the biggest solar power producer in the world. [Energy News India]

US:

¶ “Tesla Model S Plaid Defeats Cars Built To Win At Pikes Peak ” • It is “The Race to the Clouds.” The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winds through 156 turns over 12.42 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak. Not only did the Tesla Model S Plaid win in the Exhibition class, but it won by a huge margin and defeated some cars built to win. [CleanTechnica]

Pikes Peak Highway (Joe Dudeck, Unsplash)

¶ “Oracle Commits To Powering Its Global Operations With Renewable Energy By 2025” • Oracle expanded its commitment to sustainability, pledging to power its global operations, both its facilities and its cloud, with 100% renewable energy by 2025, a press release says. Oracle’s renewable energy goal builds on its existing sustainability priorities. [The Independent]

¶ “Renewable sources provided more than a quarter of US electrical generation in April” • Renewable energy sources set a record in April 2021, generating 25.7% of total US electricity. Solar and wind’s output during April were 29.9% and 22.1% greater, respectively, than a year earlier, a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of EIA data shows. [Renewables Now]

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June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “If All Goes According To (Renewable Energy) Plan, Texas Will Be Fine” • Extreme weather has been punching holes in Texas’ legendary ERCOT power, leading some to predict years of doom ahead. But Texas also has some renewable energy options up its sleeve, and new pathways for improved resiliency and stability are popping up across the state. [CleanTechnica]

Growth of renewable energy sources (US EIA, screenshot)

¶ “Explaining The Joe Biden And Congressional Agreement On Bipartisan Infrastructure Package And Cleantech And Climate Policies Coming Hand In Hand” • A lot has been made of the fact that the infrastructure bill Democrats and Republicans are ready to pass is extremely watered down. It may pass, but not as it is. Here is an explanation. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Satellite Data Used To Track Ocean Microplastics From Space” • Scientists from the University of Michigan developed an innovative way to use NASA satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean. The new technique relies on data from eight satellites of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

¶ “Found In Missouri’s Wetlands, These Bacteria Could Help Scientists Combat Climate Change” • Found in wetlands from Missouri to Massachusetts, photoferrotrophs could be absorbing carbon dioxide on a large scale, underscoring the importance of conserving these threatened habitats, according to Washington University scientists. [KCUR]

¶ “Emissions Cause Delay In Rainfall” • Earth bears many signs of human influence, from warming that exceeds pre-industrial temperatures to a rising sea. Now we can add to that list the human influence on the timing of Earth’s water cycle, revealed by a study led by researchers at the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Rain (Inge Maria, Unsplash)

¶ “Adapting To An Uncertain Climate Future, Connecticut Is Auditioning New Forests” • Working with Audubon Connecticut, the state and other experts, Avalonia Land Conservancy decided to clear five small areas to remove dead and dying trees. Two of these will be used to plant trees that are used to the new climate conditions of global warming. [The CT Mirror]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s “Recall” Of 285,000 (Or 249,000) Vehicles In China Is Just A Simple Software Update” • A recall of Tesla cars in China was reported by various news media. It is not what one might imagine, however. People do not have to return their cars or bring them to a garage for work. It is a software update, done “over-the-air.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Image courtesy of Tesla China)

¶ “Only Renewable Energy A Viable Solution: Minister” • In Pakistan, Punjab Minister for Energy Dr Muhammad Akhtar Malik said the only viable solution to meet the demand of cheap electricity is renewable energy. He spoke to the media at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad during the inaugural ceremony of a solar project. [Daily Times]

¶ “Rajasthan Emerging As Renewable Energy Leader” • The Indian state of Rajasthan is emerging as a leader in renewable energy, and the need of the hour is to think constructively to move forward and capitalize on the huge potential of renewable energy in the state, said Rohit Gupta, Managing Director of Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited. [KNN India]

Lake palace at Jaipur, Rajasthan (srikanth ingilela, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Technology Commercialization Fund Has Awarded NREL $5 Million To Bring More Tech To Market” • The DOE has funded 16 National Renewable Energy Laboratory awards through its Technology Commercialization Fund. The $5 million funded by DOE is matched with another $5.1 million of non-federal funds provided by industry partners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Showroom In Connecticut Put On Hold Over Dealership Lawsuit” • East Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission put on hold a special use permit and site plan modification for Tesla’s showroom and service center. The town wants to wait for advice from its lawyer regarding the lawsuit brought on the town and Tesla by Hoffman Auto Group. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Vlad Tchompalov, Unsplash)

¶ “Human-Caused Climate Change Likely A Factor In Southwest Heat Wave, Scientists Say” • When the Southwest baked in record heat this month, the immediate cause was what is called a heat dome, a ridge of high-pressure air. But extreme heat waves are increasing made worse by climate change, four climate scientists told the Arizona Daily Star. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “‘Horrible and Unconscionable Betrayal’: Biden DOJ Backs Trump Tar Sands Pipeline Approval” • The Biden administration filed a legal brief backing the Trump Administration’s approval of the Line 3 tar sands pipline project. Indigenous groups and environmental activists fighting against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline were outraged. [EcoWatch]

US DOJ building (Coolcaesar, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Oregon Lawmakers Approve Ambitious Carbon-Reduction Goals For State Energy Grid” • Oregon’s power grid will largely eliminate carbon emissions by 2040 under a bill that got final approval by state lawmakers on Saturday, setting one of the nation’s most ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. [OPB]

¶ “Hawaii Options For Green Energy Abound” • When it comes to Hawaii’s race to 100% renewable energy by 2045, experts on energy are leaving no offshore wind possibility unexplored and no volcano unnoticed . Maui has six renewable energy projects in the pipeline, and it’s not the only island making strides toward green energy. [Maui News]

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June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Next IPCC Report Details Irreversible Tipping Points While Politicians Wrangle” • In the past, reports from the IPCC have been criticized for being too clinical and lacking a sense of urgency. Not this time. A draft of the upcoming report has been obtained by Agence France-Presse, according to The Guardian, and it pulls no punches. [CleanTechnica]

Cave in a melting glacier (Davide Cantelli, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Renewable Energy Stocks Will Thrive Even During A Recession” • In renewable energy, there are major tailwinds that drive growth even through recessions. The cost of renewable energy is coming down, fossil fuel costs are rising long term, there’s a political desire to build renewable energy production, and there are low interest rates. [The Motley Fool]

¶ “On Climate, Iowa Farmers Are Between A Rock And A Hard Place” • An Iowa State University poll found that among those who make their living on Iowa’s farms, 81% believe our climate is changing but only 18% accept the clear scientific evidence that humans are the cause. Why the disparity? It has to do with their political tribe. [The Des Moines Register]

Iowa farm (Kelcy Gatson, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “North American Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities For A Coordinated, Continental Low-Carbon Grid” • Results of a study, given in a series of reports, show that a future low-carbon North American grid can be achieved through multiple pathways that can balance supply and demand using a variety of flexible resources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Matters: The State Of Climate Change Denial” • The climate change deniers are more than undeterred in their firmly held belief it’s is a hoax, it’s not that bad, or it’s a liberal fantasy that’s trying to take away F-150’s and cheeseburgers. But the science has never been more clear and in agreement: The planet is warming and we are in danger. [Texas Public Radio]

Warming Earth (NASA image)

¶ “Ethane proxies for methane in oil and gas emissions” •  An international team of scientists spent three years flying over areas of the US, measuring ethane in the atmosphere. Their work shows that the amounts of methane going into the atmosphere from oil and gas wells and contributing to greenhouse warming is higher than the EPA thought. [ScienceDaily]

World:

¶ “Railways In The Time Of Climate Change” • An interim report from an ongoing investigation of a railway accident in Scotland highlights the existence of a strong link between infrastructural damages and climate. Network Rail said the response to extreme weather must be improved and considerations of climate change must be embedded in standards. [CleanTechnica]

Glenfinnan Viaduct (Connor Mollison, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 #1 In May In Europe” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues on the rise, with over 178,000 registrations in April and 796,000 registrations YTD. This is up 158% year over year. Last month’s plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market was 16%, of which half are full electrics, and the Tesla Model 3 placed first. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Firm Installs Its 1,000th Offshore Wind Turbine In UK Waters” • A landmark moment in UK wind energy was reached this week, when offshore developer Ørsted unveiled the finished construction of its 1,000th turbine in UK waters. The turbine itself is a part of the firm’s existing Hornsea Two project off the East Yorkshire coast. [TechRadar]

Wind turbines (Pexels image)

¶ “India’s Renewable Energy Got $70 Billion Investment In 7 Years” • Power Minister RK Singh said that as much as $70 billion (about ₹5.2 lakh crore) has been invested in renewable energy across India in the past seven years. This assumes significance in view of India’s ambitious target of having 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. [Millennium Post]

US:

¶ “House Passes Resolution That Would Repeal A Trump-Era EPA Rule On Methane Emissions” • The House voted to repeal a Trump-era rule that rolled back methane emissions regulations for oil and gas industries, sending a resolution to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature as his administration looks to combat climate change. [CNN]

Santee Cooper (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Hawaii Department Of Transportation Has Fleet Of Teslas That Is Helping The State Save Money” • Hawaiian news station KHON2 had a few concerns about Hawaii’s decision to outfit its State Department of Transportation with a fleet of Teslas. A lot of people had asked about them. The DOT said it bought Teslas because they had the lowest cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oil & Gas Execs Are Struggling To Attract Investors And Blaming Clean Energy For Their Woes” • The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Q2 2021 Energy Survey, and it makes one thing clear: Oil and gas companies are struggling to find investors. The report included some responses that oil and gas executives gave to a survey. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Pexels, CC0)

¶ “Environmental Science Research Project For West Virginia University Receives Funding” • The National Science Foundation awarded almost $250,000 for an environmental science research project at West Virginia University. The project uses cameras on observation towers and laser measurements to study the impact of climate change on trees. [WVNews]

¶ “‘Jaw-Dropping’ Forecast Is Warning Sign Of Climate Change’s Future Impact In Washington, Scientists Say” • It’s a forecast so hot that it left some seasoned meteorologists initially in disbelief. Weekend temperatures are expected to approach 100° in Seattle and reach 115° in Eastern Washington, threatening to set records and upend people’s lives. [Union-Bulletin

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June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Oil Companies Should Prepare For Slow Decline Instead Of Playing Stupid Games” • The best thing oil companies could be doing right now isn’t getting caught peddling useless lies. Instead of playing games they can’t win in the long run, oil companies should accept that they’re in a declining industry and figure out how to get oil’s endgame right. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack (Granger Meador, Unsplash)

¶ “Denial Doesn’t Make It Rain” • There hasn’t been much noise from climate change deniers this week. Maybe the silence is due to the unprecedented heatwave in the West and Southwest. The photos of livestock roaming brown fields with no grass might encourage the deniers to lay low. Then there are the photos of Lake Mead. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

World:

¶ “Britain Still Lacks A Plan To Hit Its Bold Climate Goals” • The UK will fail to meet the government’s “historic climate promises” if it doesn’t urgently consider the policies it needs to reach its goal of decarbonizing the economy, said the Climate Change Committee, the UK’s official climate watchdog, which advises the government on emissions targets. [CNN]

London (Eva Dang, Unsplash)

¶ “US Secretary Of Energy Granholm, Canadian Minister Of Natural Resources O’Regan Launch Cooperative Agreement On Clean Energy, Innovation, And Energy Justice” • The US and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation on energy at a bilateral meeting. They also released a study to inform energy stakeholders. [Department of Energy]

¶ “Vestas Secures Its Largest Wind Turbine Order Ever In France And Is Nearing 6 GW Of Wind Power In France!” • Starting the summer with some strongly positive news, Vestas Mediterranean announced that TTR Energy placed a 122-MW order for the Sud Marne wind park in Marne, France. The contract is for a total of 30 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

Vestas wind turbines (Vestas courtesy image)

¶ “Zimbabwe Vows To Bring Ten Renewable Energy Projects Online By Year End” • Zimbabwe expects 100 MW of electric capacity to be added to the national grid from renewable energy projects by the end of this year, with an additional 50 MW in thermal power, a government minister said. Zimbabwe has been enduring load shedding. [News24]

¶ “Vestas Wins Arcadis Ost 1 Turbine Order” • Vestas has secured a firm order for the 257-MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind project from Parkwind. The Danish manufacturer will deliver 27 9.5-MW turbines for the project. The turbines will be installed using a new floating installation method, an industry-first, instead of the typical method using a jack-up vessel. [reNEWS]

Vestas turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “India’s Reliance Industries Unveils $10 Billion Renewable Energy Push” • Indian oil-to-telecom giant Reliance Industries unveiled plans to invest $10 billion (₹41.16 billion) in renewable energy over the next three years as India struggles to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Reliance has been primarily an oil and petrochemicals business. [The Sun Daily]

US:

¶ “Biden Backs $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill But Places Big Condition” • The US Senate has struck an agreement for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, after a meeting between President Joe Biden and a cross-party group of senators at the White House. The eight-year plan includes funding for roads, bridges, the power grid, public transport and internet. [BBC]

White House (David Everett Strickler, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Bans Certain Solar Panel Materials From Chinese Company Over Forced Labor” • The Biden administration announced it was blocking the import of certain materials used in solar panels from a company in China, over allegations of forced labor and restricting imports from five companies over human rights abuses. [CNN]

¶ “Climate Change Could Make Old Faithful Less Faithful” • A report from USGS and university scientists says climate change is driving up temperatures and reducing snowfall at Yellowstone National Park. It has seen annual snowfall drop by nearly 2 feet since 1950, and may see even less snow in the future, to the point of affecting the timing of Old Faithful. [CleanTechnica]

Old Faithful (Emily Campbell, Unsplash)

¶ “Cars.Com Names Tesla Model 3 Most American-Made Vehicle In 2021” • The Cars.com American-Made Index has crowned the Tesla Model 3 as the most American-made vehicle for 2021, from a list of 90 cars. The index has been running since 2006 and Marketwatch noted that this is the first time an all-electric car has claimed the title. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Miami Takes Another Step Into The Future With 42 Proterra Electric Buses” • Miami-Dade county has taken another step towards the electric future by adding 42 Proterra ZX5+ buses to its rapidly growing electric bus fleet, bringing the grand total of Proterra-built EVs operating in Miami to 75. Miami will also install 75 high-capacity chargers. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra buses charging (Proterra image)

¶ “San Diego International Airport To Run On 100% Renewable Energy” • San Diego International Airport announced that it had entered into a partnership with San Diego Community Power to supply the airport with 100% renewable electricity. This puts the Southern California airport way ahead of its target to run solely on renewables by 2035. [Simple Flying]

¶ “REV Celebrates Pollinator Week And Ecosystem Benefits Of Solar” • Renewable Energy Vermont’s fifteenth annual Pollinator Week, June 21-27, is an international celebration promoting the value of bees and other pollinating insects. Vermont’s solar businesses are playing a significant role in re-establishing critical pollinator habitat. [Vermont Business Magazine]

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June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Great EVs For USPS Debate Continues As Workhorse Sues Over Lost Contract” • It was a surprise when the contract to build a fleet of vehicles for the USPS went to Oshkosh Defense, whose bid called for a mix consisting of 90% gasoline-powered and 10% battery EVs. It is not a surprise that Workhorse is suing over that contract award. [CleanTechnica]

USPS prototype vehicle (Courtesy of Workhorse)

¶ “These Oil Pipelines Violate US Clean Water Act, Should Have Approval Withdrawn” • The Clean Water Act is meant to protect our surface waters from pollution. The law is strong, but when it comes to CWA permits for pipelines, its implementation is not where it needs to be. The Trump administration rollbacks on protections must be reversed. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ground Temps Reached 118°F In The Arctic Circle Yesterday” • Ground temperatures in Siberia have reached 118°F, Gizmodo reported while sharing the newly published satellite images. It should be noted that the temperature recorded is a land surface temperature, not air. But it is land where there is permafrost below the surface, and it is melting. [CleanTechnica]

Satellite image (Copernicus Sentinel-3, European Union)

¶ “New UN Climate Change Report Vindicates Biden’s Climate Infrastructure Plan” • Agence France-Presse recently obtained a draft of a new report from the UN’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the news was not good. Anthropogenic climate change is creeping toward a tipping point where society as we know it can no longer sustain itself. [MSNBC]

¶ “Climate Impacts To Hit Sooner – UN Report” • Dangerous thresholds are closer than once thought. Species extinction, widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas – these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30. [The Manila Times]

Weather threat (John Fowler, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Has Pushed A Million People In Madagascar To The ‘Edge Of Starvation,’ UN Says” • The African island of Madagascar has been plagued with back-to-back droughts, which have pushed 1.14 million people “right to the very edge of starvation,” World Food Programme executive director David Beasley said in a news release. [CNN]

¶ “Gujarat Releases Comprehensive EV Policy” • The Indian state of Gujarat has just launched a progressive and future-looking EV policy. One out of every three passenger cars manufactured in India is made in Gujarat. The state’s new policy announcement will provide a fillip to the electric mobility ecosystem for the entire country. [CleanTechnica]

Road in Ahmedabad (Gufran Khan, CC-BT-SA 3.0)

¶ “Drax Kicks Off Cruachan Expansion Planning Process” • Drax Group plans to build an underground pumped hydro storage station to double the generating capacity at its Cruachan plant in Scotland. The project will support almost 900 jobs in rural areas during construction and will provide storage capacity needed for a net zero power system, Drax said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Togo Unveils Its First Renewable Energy Project” • The 50-MW Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed solar PV project, Togo’s first renewable energy facility and one of the largest PV projects in West Africa, is now operational. Togo aims to have the share of renewable energy in its energy mix at 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2030. [Power Engineering International]

PV project (Image courtesy of IRENA)

¶ “Oracle Pledges To Power Its Global Operations With 100% Renewable Energy” • Oracle announced plans to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The new plans include both its facilities and cloud operations. The commitment builds on the existing sustainability priorities previously pledged by the company. [ZDNet]

¶ “‘Rapid’ Rejection Of $50 Billion Renewable Energy Hub Raises Concerns” • The Western Australia government raised concerns about the federal environment department’s rejection of plans for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, but the consortium behind the project said it will work to amend the plans so the project can go ahead. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array (GCL SI image)

US:

¶ “DC Circuit Moves To Vacate Spire STL Certificate – Finds FERC Scrutiny Lacking” • Agreeing with the Environmental Defense Fund, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided to vacate the certificate for the Spire STL Pipeline, finding that FERC had not seriously engaged the arguments against certification. [S&P Global]

¶ “Colorado Steps Up For Healthy Homes And Good Jobs” • In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis signed the first of four cutting-edge energy laws this week to reduce climate-warming emissions as well as unhealthy pollution in homes and places of work. The new laws will put Colorado’s building sector on track to meet the state’s climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

Home with PVs and storage (Image courtesy of sonnen)

¶ “Maine Legislators Hope To Make Northern Maine A Hub Of Renewable Power Exports” • Most of northern Maine is set up separately from the ISO New England grid. A bill to connect that area to ISO New England has passed the state House and Senate, and awaits action from Governor Janet Mills. It would allow the area to export power. [The County]

¶ “Amazon To Build Two Solar Farms In The Mid-South To Meet Renewable Energy Goals” • E-commerce giant Amazon will be building two solar power farms in the Mid-South, the company announced. The move is part of Amazon’s goal to power all its activities through renewable energy by 2025 and reach net-zero carbon by 2040. [The Commercial Appeal]

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June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Greener Oil Or Green Industry? Gridlock Puts Norway In A Bind” • Oslo is loath to relinquish Norway’s lucrative position as one of the world’s top oil and gas producers, accounting for over 40% of its exports. Instead it wants to make the industry greener. Critics of the plan are calling it “greenwashing,” as it flies in the face of shifting away from fossil fuels. [Reuters]

Offshore oil rig being dismantled (Kevin Harris, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Volvo Announces Plan To Develop Fossil-Free Steel” • No matter how progressive a car maker gets, no matter how seriously it takes recycling or examines its supply chain, modern cars need steel, and manufacturing steel without the use of fossil fuels is a challenge. Luckily, it’s a challenge that Volvo, at least, seems to be willing to take on. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Most New Wind And Solar Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal, Report Finds” • Globally, 62% of wind and solar projects built last year are able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, an International Renewable Energy Agency report says. Renewables could undercut the price of energy from 800 GW of coal plants. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “12% Plugin Vehicle Share In China!” • Plugins are a hot item in China, having scored over 190,000 registrations last month and jumping 146% compared to the same month last year, with BEVs in particular growing even faster, at a 153% growth rate. Looking at May’s best sellers, Tesla models placed at numbers two and three for Chinese sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Scandinavian Way To Zero-Carbon Construction” • The words quiet, clean, and green are not what you would typically use to describe a construction site. But the site at Olav Vs gate, one of the busiest streets in the heart of Oslo, was special. In a first of its kind, all the machines used there – excavators, diggers, and loaders – were electric. [BBC]

Electric equipment (Climate Agency, City of Oslo)

¶ “Senate Sinks Angus Taylor’s Plan To Allow Renewables Agency To Invest In Fossil Fuel Technologies” • The Australian Senate voted not to allow the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to expand its investments to allow it to support carbon capture and storage, generating hydrogen from natural gas, and technologies that relate to use of fossil fuels. [The Guardian]

¶ “EDF To Supply Scots Distilleries With Wind Power” • EDF has signed a four-year deal to supply UK spirits business Edrington with 100% renewable energy from October 2021. This will mean that all Edrington’s Scottish distilleries, The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, and other sites will be supplied with electricity from wind turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (EDF image)

¶ “Corporate Demand Drives Renewables As Amazon Becomes Worlds Largest Buyer” • With the announcement of fourteen new renewable energy projects in the US, Canada, Finland, and Spain, Amazon brings its renewable energy investments to 10-GW of capacity. It also becomes the largest corporate buyer of clean energy in the US and globally. [Forbes]

¶ “As Japan Reboots Ageing Mihama Nuclear Reactor, Experts Express Concern” • The head of a major inquiry into Japan’s nuclear disaster and a former senior Cabinet adviser have sounded alarms over plans this week to restart a 44-year old reactor, saying the industry and government have not taken on board the lessons from Fukushima. [USNews.com]

Mihama nuclear plant (藤谷良秀, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Refinery That Rained Oil Shuts Down ‘Indefinitely'” • The Limetree Bay refinery that rained oil on St. Croix neighborhoods will remain shut down “indefinitely,” its private equity owners said. The EPA shut down the refinery in May for 60 days after it spewed oil onto nearby mainly Black and Latino neighborhoods twice since reoponing in February. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California’s Historic Drought Is Causing Drinking Water To Taste Like Dirt” • Up and down California, rivers, streams and reservoirs are drying up. In Sacramento, that caused an increase in the concentration of geosmin in its drinking water, one of two organic compounds that give soil its characteristic smell. City officials say it’s still safe to drink. [CNN]

Glass of water (Manki Kim, Unsplash)

¶ “Culver City Votes To Phase Out Oil Drilling” • The Culver City Council voted 4-1 to phase out oil drilling within its portion of the Inglewood Oil Field. This vote was a bold and unprecedented step that residents and advocates have been pushing toward for many years. Phasing out the oil drilling operations is a sensible step for many reasons. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Leeward Signs Off-take For 145-MW Colorado Wind Farm” • Leeward Renewable Energy signed a power purchase agreement with Guzman Energy for its 145-MW Panorama wind farm in Colorado. Construction of the facility’s 60 Vestas wind turbines will begin this year in early July and is expected to be completed in December 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Leeward image)

¶ “Researchers Identify Near-Term Opportunity For Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with two electric utilities, recently studied a promising opportunity for near-term electrification of heavy-duty trucks through depot charging. The work is detailed in a recent Nature Energy article. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hanover, Lebanon Eye ‘Community Power’ To Offer Control Over Energy Sourcing” • Voters will decide next month whether to bring “community power” to Hanover, New Hampshire, so more environmentally friendly sources of energy are available to users. And Lebanon is also working on a proposal for ratepayers to switch to community power. [Valley News]

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June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Planes Are Inevitable” • Becausee airlines are one of the more carbon-intensive industries, they will start facing regulatory challenges, unless they become less carbon-intensive. That is, unless they take fighting climate change seriously and see it as something they need to do rather than as an act to simply appear green. [CleanTechnica]

Electric airplane concept (Airbus image)

¶ “How The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive Risks Destroying Europe’s Forests” • To meet their 2020 renewable energy targets, EU Member States have overseen large increases in renewables. This has included a less welcome development: a near doubling in the amount of energy derived from solid biomass, which is classified as zero carbon. [EURACTIV.com]

World:

¶ “Great Barrier Reef Should Be Listed As ‘In Danger’, UNESCO Says” • The Great Barrier Reef should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger” over harm caused by climate change, UNESCO says. It is urging Australia to take “accelerated action” on global warming. But the Australian government said it would “strongly oppose” the recommendation. [BBC]

Great Barrier Reef (Kristin Hoel, Unsplash)

¶ “Porsche Inks Battery Deal With Customcells, Volvo Partners With Northvolt” • The EV revolution is happening, but some worry that China will control the battery supply. Joe Biden is proposing a policy to support making more battery factories in the US, and the German government is pressuring companies to buy batteries made in Germany. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Honors The Historical Silk Road With The Longest Supercharger Route From East To West In China” • Tesla tweeted from its Tesla Greater China account that it has just opened the longest Supercharger route from east to west in China. The tweet included a stunning video and a nod to China’s historic Silk Road and efforts to modernize it. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla on the Silk Road (Tesla image)

¶ “NTPC Doubles 2032 Renewables Target To 60 GW” • Indian state-run power producer NTPC has 1,350 MW of installed renewable energy capacity. Earlier, the company announced a target to have 30,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2032, but in a recent conference call, it told investors it has doubled its target for 2032 to 60,000 MW. [Energy News India]

¶ “Albania Opens First Onshore Wind Tender” • Albania has today launched its first tender for onshore wind totaling between 100 MW and 150 MW. Individual projects with a capacity of between 10 MW and 75 MW can apply, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said. Qualification submissions are due by mid-June 2022. [reNEWS]

Installing a turbine rotor (EBRD image)

¶ “ESB To Demolish Ex-Midlands Power Plants To Build Renewable Energy Centers” • The ESB plans to redevelop the sites of two former peat-based stations in the Irish midlands and create new renewable energy centers. ESB says it considered “commercial and climate action realities,” and found no viable way to repurpose the plants. [Irish Farmers Journal]

¶ “WoodMac Sees APAC Wind And Solar Investments Topping $1.3 Trillion By 2030” • Asia-Pacific investments in wind and solar will hit $1.3 trillion this decade, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie, more than double the level in the 2010s. The analysts project carbon emissions from the power industry to peak at 7.3 billion tonnes in 2025. [Stockhead]

Wind turbines (Thomas Reaubourg, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Republicans Want EV Owners To Pay For US Infrastructure Upgrades” • There is a popular myth that the federal tax on fuel pays for maintaining and repairing America’s roads, bridges, and tunnels. It is simply not true. Nevertheless, on Face The Nation, Senator Susan Collins (R, ME) said users of EVs were “free riders” who should be forced to pay a fee. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Rethinks US Sales Strategy After Biden EV Push” • According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s product development officer, told the press that his company will “realign … in a massive way” its EV sales strategy in the US as a result of President Biden’s policy initiatives designed to boost EV adoption. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen concept bus (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Two US Senators Introduce Bill To Strengthen Gulf Revenue Sharing Program” • Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies & Ecosystems Act. The act would create a dedicated stream of funding from future offshore wind development for coastal protection and resiliency. [Bill Cassidy]

¶ “Greenlink Nevada Gets Green Light To Power Up” • With the Nevada state Legislature pushing the accelerator, NV Energy will ramp up its efforts on the largest extra-high-voltage transmission line project in Nevada history. The $2.5-billion Greenlink Nevada project aims to promote renewable energy development and strengthen the grid. [Engineering News-Record]

Turquoise Solar construction (Sumitomo Corp of Americas)

¶ “Feds Looking To Expand Wind Energy Offshore East, West Coast, And Gulf Of Mexico” • The Department of Interior may have paused federal oil and natural gas leasing, but it is looking to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind capacity on US coastlines by 2030. A competitive lease sale to kick things off is planned in the New York Bight. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ “NRC Conducting Special Inspection Of Georgia Nuclear Plant Construction” • The NRC is starting a special inspection of the construction of Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 nuclear reactor, after the owners reported significant cable installation errors. NRC inspectors will review why the system for electrical power cabling was not installed properly. [S&P Global]

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June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Save Our Future Act Offers Blueprint For Supporting Coal Workers And Communities” • Two US Senators introduced a solutions-oriented bill that would put a price on emissions of greenhouse gases and use the revenues to mitigate impacts of the policy on consumers, workers, and communities. The bill would help coal miners and their communities. [CleanTechnica]

Job building wind turbines (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia Will Likely Adopt A Net-Zero Target By COP26. It Will Be A Bad Target” • Scott Morrison has said, tens of times, that he’d like to reach net zero emissions by 2050, ’preferably.’ Here’s the thing: when you prefer something to happen, you often act like you prefer it to happen. But climate change is a real thing. It is not a political thing. [Renew Economy]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenest Power Source: Retrofitting Hydropower Onto Existing Dams” • A good part of the water supply dams in Africa and Asia are used for soil irrigation, drinking water, and flood control, but not to produce electricity. In some areas, only 10% to 15% of them are used for hydropower. Many could be retrofitted to do so. [The Maritime Executive]

Srisailam hydroelectric dam (Tejj, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “GEM Is A Gem In The Battery Recycling Industry That Was Inspired By A Toothpaste Experiment” • The name of GEM Co, Ltd, stands for “Green, Eco-manufacture.” It has a large battery recycling plant in China and over ten years of experience. Its chairman, Kaihua Xu, started with recycling tin from toothpaste tubes as a college project in 1985. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indigenous Groups In Brazil Worry Covid Will Exacerbate Wildfire Smoke” • As climate change is making wildfires worse, indigenous groups in Brazil are worried the health impacts of the inescapable smoke from the upcoming fire season will be deadly just as many struggle with the after-effects of COVID-19, Thomson Reuters reports. [CleanTechnica]

Red sky (Vinícius Henrique Photography, Unsplash)

¶ “BayWa RE Continues Expansion In Ireland In Partnership With Rengen Power” • BayWa re has announced a partnership with Irish renewable energy company Rengen Power, which is headquartered in Ennis, County Clare. BayWa re and Rengen Power aim to develop and deliver 350 MW of wind capacity over the next three years. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Environment Minister Rules Huge Renewable Energy Hub In WA ‘Clearly Unacceptable’” • A 26-GW renewable energy export development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been declared “clearly unacceptable” by the federal environment minister due to its impact on threatened migratory species and internationally recognized wetlands. [The Guardian]

Wetland in the Pilbara (Government of Western Australia)

¶ “Australia Integrates Long-Duration Storage With Hybrid Solar-Hydro” • RayGen Resources is set to build what it claims to be the country’s first hybrid solar-hydro power plant in north-west Victoria. The demonstration project will comprise a 4-MW solar PV generation system and 3-MW / 50-MWH of storage capacity. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “IKEA, Rockefeller Foundation Collaborate To Set Up $1 Billion Global Platform” • The IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation announced that they will join forces to set up a $1 billion platform to fight climate change and energy poverty. The platform, launching this year, aims to provide a billion people with renewable distributed energy. [MENAFN.com]

Installing solar power in Malawi (JonStrand, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Auto Dealerships Win Big In Connecticut – At The Expense Of Tesla, Rivian, And Clean Air” • In Connecticut, many people were hoping the EV Freedom Bill would pass, but it didn’t. Auto dealerships lobbied hard to fight this bill, and they won. One is even suing Tesla because they want to prevent Tesla from selling to its customers in its town. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL Announces Plans To Collaborate With Georgia Institute Of Technology” • The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to bolster the interactions, collaborations, and joint scientific output of both institutions. [CleanTechnica]

Georgia Institute of Technology (NREL image)

¶ “Prysmian Swoops For 2.1-GW US Green Link” • Prysmian Group was selected as preferred supplier of high-voltage direct current cable systems for the 2100-MW SOO Green HVDC Link. The project will connect two of the largest energy markets in the US, the Midwest Independent System serving the central US to the eastern PJM Interconnection. [reNEWS]

¶ “Cold Climate Housing Research Center Completes Year 1 As NREL’s Subarctic Laboratory” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory expanded from its sunny campus in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska, one year ago, by adding the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to its team. [CleanTechnica]

Cold Climate Housing Research Center (NREL, DOE image)

¶ “A Look At Tesla’s Conflict Minerals Report” • Tesla released its Conflict Mineral Report for the year ending December 31, 2019. One common myth about Tesla and mining is that Tesla is using child or slave labor. Tesla ensured that it obtains the minerals in its products humanely and that it doesn’t use child labor, slavery, or human trafficking. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Bill To Reform Electric Rates Aims To Preserve Coal Plant Subsidies” • A new plan is on the table to phase out rate programs that have let Ohio’s electric utilities collect billions in subsidies over the past 12 years. But the bill aims to continue coal plant subsidies and is worded vaguely enough that even nuclear plants might be subsidized. [Energy News Network]

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June 20 Energy News

June 20, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “American West is drying out. Things will get ugly” • A depleted Lake Mead illustrates the effects of a drought brought on by climate change. Stories are popping up across the West of possible rationing, coming restrictions and looming standoffs between farmers and the government over the most precious natural resource. [CNN]

Drought in California, 2014 (Pete Souza, White House photo)

¶ “The Fully Electric Future Of Landscape Maintenance” • You have probably noticed the electric car ads on television and the news about automakers promising to go all-electric in the next 10 years. You may not have noticed the same thing happening in the world of outdoor landscape maintenance equipment, but it is, and it’s happening faster. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Fires Of The Past Foretell The Fires Of The Future” • During the past two decades, we Coloradans have gotten used to billowing clouds of smoke over the mountains in summer. But 2020’s fires broke records. They seem to have usher in a whole new and terrifying “normal,” when the fires start before summer, and they stay around in the fall. [Sierra Club]

Smoky sunset (Kym MacKinnon, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Norway Leads In EVs – And The Role Played By Cheap Renewable Electricity” • Norway leads the world: 60% of new cars sold are EVs, compared with 2% in the US. How did they do it, and what can the rest of the world learn from Norway? Three posts explain why Norway leads in electric vehicle uptake and why the USA can be optimistic. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Drought And Extreme Heat In The US West – The Climate Change Connection” • The American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week, but it is just part of a decades-long drought. Simon Wang, a professor of climate dynamics at Utah State University, commented, “As a meteorologist, of course, this isn’t a surprise.” [Digital Journal]

Dried river bed (NOAA image)

¶ “Superpedestrian Bringing ‘World’s Safest And Smartest E-Scooter’ To Sharing Service In 30 European Cities This Year” • Superpedestrian claims to use the safest and smartest electric scooter in the world, the LINK. It has 73 sensors and 5 processors. It took 8 years to develop the AI system, and 2 years to design and validate the chassis and powertrain. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Adapted Model 3 For UK Emergency Services – Police, Fire, Ambulance, Paramedics” • In the UK, Tesla made a new Model 3 police car available to emergency services. It is being used for trials as a part of the UK government’s Road To Zero strategy. The Model 3 is specially adapted to enable emergency services to transition fleets to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla police car (Photo courtesy of Tesla UK)

¶ “DP Energy Joins Forces With Spanish Giant Iberdrola To Develop Offshore Wind Projects” • From its headquarters in north Cork, DP Energy operates sustainable energy projects in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Australia. Now the company has partnered with Spanish energy giant Iberdrola to develop three wind projects off the Irish coast. [Business Post]

¶ “Trillions Available To Support The Global Energy Transition” • The just energy transition has already kicked off in Africa, but it is going to require the scaling up of investment in renewable energy. There is enough finance already available in the global economy, according to Dr Olufunso Somorin of the African Development Bank. [News24]

Wind turbines in South Africa (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

¶ “€125 Million Secured For Africa Renewable Energy Fund II” • The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II had its first close at €125 million, following a joint investment of €17.5 million from The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Bank. AREF II invests in early-stage projects. [East African Business Week]

¶ “Belgium Court Deems Inadequate Climate Policy A Human Rights Violation” • Climate campaigners claimed a “historic victory” after a Brussels court condemned Belgium for its climate policy that breaches the country’s duty of care and human rights obligations. The verdict from the Court of First Instance followed a six-year legal battle. [EcoWatch]

Grand Place, Brussels (Stephanie LeBlanc, Unsplash)

¶ “North Korea Attempted To Hack South Korea’s Nuclear Think Tank, Lawmaker Says” • A North Korean hacker group allegedly broke into South Korea’s nuclear research center last month, marking the latest in a series of cyberattack attempts, a South Korean lawmaker said in a press briefing. A cybersecurity firm tracked the IP addresses of the attackers. [WCMY]

US:

¶ “Tesla Model S Plaid Gets EPA Range Of 348 Miles And 101 MPGe Rating” • Tesla’s new Plaid Model S has received official ratings from the EPA. It has an all-electric range of 348 miles, according to the EPA, and a 101 miles per gallon equivalency rating. A Long Range version is tailored for range, and it got a range rating of 405 miles. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Tesla Is At Apex Of The Used Electric Vehicle Market” • The aftermath of the pandemic, with an added global semiconductor shortage, has caused the prices of all used cars to soar. Demand for used cars is up 58% from last year. EVs have been going along for the ride, and Teslas, which have always retained value well, are keeping value best. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Small Wave Energy Power Plants Could Be Wave Energy’s Path Forward” • With funding from the US DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office, NREL researchers are developing ways for many small energy converters to be aggregated. This approach to wave energy could help energy generation from ocean waves become a reality. [CleanTechnica]

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June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “UN Greenwashes Shipping With Hopelessly Weak Carbon Efficiency Target” • The global shipping fleet will be required to reduce its carbon intensity by just 1.5% per year under a climate plan adopted by the UN regulator, the IMO. The target falls far short of the 7% annual reduction required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]

Ships at sea (Tim Mossholder, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Are Hybrid Systems Truly The Future Of The Grid? NREL’s Magic 8-Ball Says: ‘Concentrate And Ask Again.'” • Hybrid renewable energy systems combine technologies of renewable energy and energy storage in a single plant. National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis indicates there are still challenges in evaluating the benefits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Everything But The (Forest) Sink” • The EU has led the way in including “sustainable” wood burning in renewable energy goals. But as global emissions fail to drop, natural habitats and species decline, and the window for climate action narrows, experts call increasingly to end biomass subsidies and to stop calling forest wood a renewable energy source. [Energy Monitor]

Biomass power plant in Portugal. (Courtesy of NGO ZERO)

World:

¶ “Gaps In Cellular Coverage Hobble Climate Resilience And Preparedness Of African Farmers” • Climate change information is difficult to access for many African farmers and this impacts the critical problem of food security. Better food security would follow from better information, and better cell phone coverage could bring that with it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ChargePoint Launches Electric Fleet Charging Ecosystem” • As the world adopts EV technology, ChargePoint has rolled out a “global fleet solution portfolio.” No matter the size of your fleet, ChargePoint wants your business. Much of this is pre-existing products and services, but it is more comprehensively packaged and tailored to fleets now. [CleanTechnica]

ChargePoint system (Image courtesy of ChargePoint)

¶ “DBP Grants P750-Million Credit Line To Boost Renewable Energy Storage” • The Development Bank of the Philippines has granted a P750 million ($15.5 million) revolving credit line to an energy firm for the manufacture and export of cost-effective and sustainable energy storage systems for companies generating renewable energy. [The Manila Times]

¶ “Bogoslovec, First Private Wind Farm In North Macedonia, Secures Loan For Construction” • The 36-MW Bogoslovec wind farm project, owned by local company BNB Kompani and Green for Growth Fund, has reached a financial close which includes €51 million in financing by Erste Group and local lenders, and €10 million by OeEB. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind farm (James Glen, Pixabay)

¶ “Swiss Government Proposes Making New Renewable Energy Targets Binding” • The Swiss government proposed binding rules to boost energy production from renewable sources such as hydropower and to limit energy use through 2035 and 2050. The Swiss voters had earlier rejected a law with measures to help the country meet its emissions goals. [Reuters]

¶ “Australian Town Powered With 100% Renewable Energy Using Microgrid” • Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions have successfully powered the Australian town of Onslow solely using renewable energy, showing the potential of microgrids. The technology has “broad applications for the world at large,” PXiSE Energy Solutions CEO Patrick Lee said. [PV Tech]

Microgird solar system (Horizon Power image)

US:

¶ “Switching From Coal To Batteries At Maryland Power Plant” • According to Canary Media, unexpectedly low prices from PJM’s latest capacity auction spurred a fresh wave of coal generation retirement announcements this month. Talen Energy is installing a 20-MW battery storage facility at the site of a shuttered unit of the HA Wagner plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Concentrating Solar Startup Heliogen Raises $108 Million In Two Funding Rounds” • Renewable energy technology company Heliogen has raised $108 million in funding across two rounds, the second of which was oversubscribed. Industries that require high temperatures, such as cement and steel making, are taking interest in Heliogen’s technology. [CleanTechnica]

Heliogen concentrating solar system (Courtesy of Heliogen)

¶ “Traders Beef Up US Renewable Fuel Teams As Demand Soars” • Production of renewable fuels is rising as refiners look for ways to offset emissions and benefit from incentives. As demand soars, commodity merchants and investment firms are bolstering US teams that specialize in trading renewable fuels, according to people familiar with the matter. [Reuters]

¶ “Kansas City Engages Community To Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure” • Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Energy Center and other organizations to increase the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri, by installing charging units on existing streetlights. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a car (Metropolitan Energy Center image)

¶ “Report Finds 100% Renewable Energy Feasible In Georgia” • The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy studied what needs to happen in the Southeast to meet President Biden’s goal to move to renewable energy by 2035. They found that it’s doable. The utilities would have to expand solar and wind, as well as energy efficiency programs, starting now. [The Current GA]

¶ “Georgia Power Seeks $235 Million Boost To Pay For Nuclear Plant” • Georgia Power is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as it seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer by about $4 a month. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can The US Survive California’s Drought?” • The drought facing the Western US is bad. Really bad. It is a national and international crisis. California produces more than a third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts sold in the US, so the drought is affecting more than California and the Southwest. It is threatening our food supply. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “G7 Embraces Climate Action To Drive Equitable Recovery” • Biden’s doing what’s best for the country at home, and he has got the rest of the world on board. Now it’s time for Congress to get behind this grand vision of American renewal so we can move forward with the climate action and broad-based recovery the country so desperately needs. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Amount Of Heat The Earth Traps Has Doubled In Just 15 Years, Study Shows” • The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere that it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [CNN]

Clouds (Artur D, Unsplash)

¶ “A Deeper Look At The Health Costs Of Climate Hazards” • The NRDC and partners released a report last month on the staggering financial toll of fossil fuel air pollution and climate change on human health in the US. Here we are providing some more information to clarify our findings and take a deeper dive into our report methods. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost” • New research from North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University finds that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the result is greater reliability in the system’s ability to handle peak energy demand. [NC State News]

Solar array (American Public Power Association)

World:

¶ “G7 And SEC: Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure Needed Now” • G7 leaders met in the UK last week, and climate was high on the agenda, as it must be. One of the areas of agreement among the leaders of the world’s largest economies might seem new but has been in the works for years: mandatory climate disclosures from companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SolarTaxi Adds The XPeng G3 To Its Growing Range Of EV Models For Sale And Leasing In Ghana!” • In Ghana, SolarTaxi Ghana wants to make sure a lot more full electric models are available to would-be buyers. It is now offering more than 12 models in Ghana that are available on a long term lease, rental, or outright purchase basis. [CleanTechnica]

SolarTaxi XPeng G3 (SolarTaxi image)

¶ “Lightsource BP Adds 703 MW To Spanish PV Pipeline” • Lightsource BP has acquired Grupo Jorge’s 703-MW project pipeline in Spain for an undisclosed price, bringing its own Spanish pipeline to 3 GW. The acquisition consists of three projects based in Aragon. Lightsource BP plans bring them to the construction phase next year. [reNEWS]

¶ “RES Team Wins 200-MW Saskatchewan Wind Prize” • RES and Cowessess First Nation have secured a tender award with SaskPower for the 200-MW Bekevar wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan. Construction of the project, which will have about 40 turbines, is expected to start in the summer of 2022 and to be completed by the end of 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine on a farm (RES image)

US:

¶ “California Reservoir Is Expected To Fall So Low That A Hydro Plant Will Shut Down For First Time” • In a drought worsened by climate change, water in Northern California’s Lake Oroville will fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said, straining the state’s already-taxed electric grid. [CNN]

¶ “California Prepares For A Long Wildfire Season As Record Heat Parches The State” • As record heat and an drought tightens their grip, vegetation in California has dried to historic levels, and the region at great risk of wildfires, officials say. “Live fuel moisture remain at or near historic lows at all sites for June 15,” one Bay Area Cal Fire unit tweeted. [CNN]

¶ “Can Electric Pickup Trucks Save The Grid In Texas?” • Just months after it was battered by a winter storm, the Texas electric grid is once again straining under extreme weather conditions. But Texas is also on the leading edge of America’s ongoing electric vehicle boom. And an EV is, in many practical ways, a battery that can roll around. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ERCOT Is Having Problems With Electricity In Texas Again, And Summer Has Only Begun” • Texas gets hot – very hot. It is pointless to tell Texans to use less electricity – they will use their AC. ERCOT stated that about 11,000 MW of generating capacity is down for repairs. Of that number, about 8,000 MW is thermal. And summer is just starting. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack in Texas (Jared Evans, Unsplash)

¶ “Polestar 3 Electric SUV Will Be Manufactured In US” • Polestar 3 is a battery electric SUV made by Volvo, now owned by Geely, a Chinese company. For the North American market, the Polestar 3 will be manufactured at the Volvo Cars factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which produces the Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo’s largest SUV, the XC90. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NC Energy Bill Addresses Coal-Fired Plants, Renewable Power. It Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says Governor” • Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill defended it despite opposition from interest groups and Gov Roy Cooper. If it were law, it would retire Duke Energy coal-fired plants, expand solar, but keep nuclear. [Greensboro News and Record]

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June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “When It Comes To Nuclear Power, ‘Advanced’ Isn’t Always Better” • There is growing interest in expanding the role of nuclear power to address climate change. A comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of non-light-water reactor concepts under development suggests the interest is informed by wishful thinking. [CleanTechnica]

Prairie Island construction, 1970 (US DOE, public domain)

World:

¶ “UK Warned It Is Unprepared For Climate Chaos” • A report by the independent Climate Change Committee predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought. It warns of more severe heatwaves and more intense rainfall, with increased flood risks across most of the UK. It says homes, infrastructure, and services must be made resilient. [BBC

¶ “Vast Polish Coal Mine Infuriates The Neighbors” • Access to running water is taken for granted by almost everyone in Europe. But it is not there for thousands of Czech villagers living near a gigantic open-pit coal mine that is just across the border in Poland. The Turow mine is getting closer to the Czech border, disrupting water supplies. [BBC]

Turow open pit mine (Atalanta, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Queensland Premier Has Announced A $2 Billion Fund For A Renewable Energy Future” • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $2 billion investment fund to be used to finance a clean hydrogen industry, mining operations for solar panel materials, the emerging EV industry, and greater manufacturing of green energy products. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Volvo And Volkswagen The Only European Carmakers On Track To Electrify On Time” • Transport & Environment’s ranking of the readiness of 10 major OEMs in Europe to transition to electric by 2030 shows there are big differences in ambition and quality of their plans. Volkswagen and Volvo Cars have aggressive and credible strategies. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 Recharge (Volvo image)

¶ “NSW Commits $380 Million To Speed Up Network Upgrades For Renewable Energy” • The New South Wales government committed $380 million over the next four years to boost network infrastructure for the state’s first renewable energy zones. It hopes this will unlock tens of billions of dollars in new investment in renewables projects. [Renew Economy]

¶ “UK PV Capacity Must Treble To Meet 2030 Target” • The UK Government must treble solar capacity in order to meet carbon zero targets by 2030, according to a report by Solar Energy UK. Its report urges Westminster to set out policy and regulatory changes for the solar sector which would allow the industry to deliver 40 GW of operational capacity. [reNEWS]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “China’s Taishan-1 Reactor Has Five Damaged Fuel Rods: Ministry” • There are likely five damaged fuel rods in the 1,750-MW Taishan-1 EPR in China, which led to increased radiation levels within the reactor coolant, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment said. It is the first official explanation for the reactor’s recent technical problems. [S&P Global]

¶ “GE Secures 149-MW Order In India” • GE Renewable Energy has been chosen by Continuum Green Energy India to supply, install and commission 55 turbines for the 149-MW Morjar, Bhuj wind farm in Gujarat, India. The 2.7-132 turbine has proven to be the technology of choice for customers in India because of its performance at low wind speeds, said GE. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (GE Renewable Energy image)

US:

¶ “An Eighth Of The US Population Is Sweltering Under A Record-Breaking Heat Dome. Climate Change Is Making It Worse” • This heat wave and the exceptional drought in the Southwest are part of a damaging feedback loop enhanced by climate change, experts say. The hotter it gets, the drier it gets; the drier it gets, the hotter it gets. [CNN]

¶ “GM Boosts Spending On Electric Vehicles To $35 Billion By 2025” • General Motors announced that it increased its planned spending on EVs to $35 billion by 2025. That is a 75% increase since March, 2020, when GM said it would spend $20 billion on EVs by 2025. It has raised the amount twice since 2020, first to $27 billion, and now to $35 billion. [CNN]

GMC Hummer EV (GM image)

¶ “Tesla Solar Is Becoming More And More Affordable” • Elon Musk is making solar more and more affordable, with better rates on solar loans. Tesla’s loan option had been for a 20-year plan with 10% down and 5.99% APR. Recently, Tesla made the loan option much more affordable with a new 10-year plan, 10% of the cost down, and only 0.99% APR. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The United States Consumed A Record Amount Of Renewable Energy In 2020” • In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the US grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion BTUs, or 12% of total US energy consumption. While renewable energy grew in 2020, fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy (Monthly Energy Review US EIA)

¶ “Brooklyn To Deploy Old Navy Yard For New Offshore Wind Ventures” • The old Brooklyn Navy Yard was the centerpiece of seagoing innovation from its startup in 1801 for 165 years. Tech incubator Newlab has paired with Ørsted, the renewable energy developer, to launch new ventures from the Navy Yard, starting with offshore wind power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environmental Council: Iowa Utilities Don’t Need Coal Power To Meet Demand” • Iowa’s investor-owned utilities should speed up the retirement of coal plants because neither of them needs that power to meet demand, the Iowa Environmental Council said in a new analysis. Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in wind energy production. [Iowa Capital Dispatch]

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June 16 Energy News

June 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Marine Protected Areas Key To Our Future” • If we want our ocean to stay productive, we need to step up now. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing much of global warming’s heat, so it’s warmer and more acidic than ever. Marine life is searching for cooler waters, harmful algae are blooming, and  vital habitats are being destroyed. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “More Details On Tesla’s Innovative Carbon-Wrapped Motor” • Tesla is always coming up with innovative solutions to solve problems large or small, and one such example was revealed at the Model S Plaid delivery event last week. Elon Musk said the Plaid’s carbon-wrapped motor is the most advanced motor on the planet outside of a lab. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “The Geely Vision Starburst Is Your Futuristic Neon Dream Machine” • Geely has been on a bit of an automotive roll lately, with its Volvo and Polestar brands winning acclaim and market share while its Lotus cars brand is redefining the hypercar market with its 2000 HP all-electric Evija. Its latest concept is the Geely Vision Starburst. [CleanTechnica]

Geely Vision Starburst (Geely, via Slash/Gear)

¶ “The Renewable Energy Revolution Has A Major Employment Problem” • The seemingly unstoppable growth trend has hit a serious speed bump. There just aren’t enough workers. The industry is expanding so rapidly that there simply aren’t enough qualified and skilled workers to fill the huge swath of new job openings in the field. [Oil Price]

¶ “UN And IRENA To Advance Renewables In Peacekeeping Missions” • The UN and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the use of renewable energy in peacekeeping missions. They will help countries that host UN peacekeeping operations increase their use of renewable energy. [Energy Live News]

Use of solar energy (IRENA image)

¶ “Parkwind Reaches Financial Close On Arcadis Ost 1 Wind Farm” • Parkwind has announced that the 257-MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm reached financial close. Parkwind will now launch construction of its first German project. The wind farm will be located in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. [reNEWS]

¶ “Northland And PKN Orlen Win Offshore Wind CFD In Poland” • Northland Power and PKN Orlen have won an initial Contract for Difference for the 1200-MW Baltic Power offshore wind farm off Poland. The award is part of a commitment by the Polish government to support the initial phase of 5.9 GW of offshore windpower. [reNEWS]

Fishing and offshore windpower (B Brewer, Unsplash)

¶ “Nordic Wind Fund Reaches €342 Million Of Commitments” • Prime Capital’s Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund, has reached total commitments of €342 million following its third closing. The fund, launched in June 2020, focuses on assets in wind energy in the Nordic countries and aims to secure them in their late development stage. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration’s Oil And Gas Lease Pause” • A federal court blocked, for now, the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leasing. The decision by a US District Court in Louisiana is a temporary order. The administration may be required to follow a schedule of lease sales set by the Obama administration. [CNN]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “Electric Grid Operator Asks Texans To Stop Blasting AC As Unplanned Outages And Heat Collide” • ERCOT, which operates much of the Texas electric grid, asked residents to conserve as much energy as possible during a heatwave. About 11,000 MW of generation are on forced outage for repairs, including about 8,000 MW of thermal energy. [CNN]

¶ “Everybody Loves A Trolley, Especially If It’s Electric!” • BYD partnered with Cable Car Classics of Healdsburg, California, to design a trolley that uses a 35-foot BYD transit bus chassis as its starting point. The result was quiet, zero emission trolleys, each capable of transporting 30 passengers. The trolleys are now in service in Walla Walla, Washington. [CleanTechnica]

Electric trolley (Courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Oil Pipeline Crossing Native Community Lands Gets Support From Minnesota Court” • A Minnesota state appeals court ruled in favor of the Line 3 pipeline, upholding key approvals by state regulators. It found Minnesota’s Public Utility Commission did not act improperly when it granted Enbridge permits concerning the route and “certificate of need.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior And Commerce Departments Restore Lands To Native Hawaiian Community” • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the transfer of 80 acres of surplus federal property on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land could be used to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. [CleanTechnica]

Coast of O‘ahu (Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

¶ “TriMet Announces Move To All Renewable Electricity” • In Portland, Oregon, starting this month, all TriMet’s electric buses and MAX trains are powered by renewable electricity, reducing TriMet’s carbon emissions by over 25%. Interim General Manager Sam Desue, Jr says they wanted to do their part to support a green energy future. [KPTV]

¶ “How A Week-Old Fire At Comanche Peak Shut Down A Nuclear Power Unit And Pressured Texas’ Grid” • One of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant’s two units has been offline for over a week, since a June 7 fire in the main transformer. This put pressure on the Texas power grid, contributing to a plea for statewide conservation. [Dallas Morning News]

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June 15 Energy News

June 15, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid Model S – ‘I Love This Car'” • Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno’s new record time is for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph. [CleanTechnica] (And the AC was on.)

Jay Leno (Franz von Holzhausen via Twitter, screenshot)

World:

¶ “‘Bitter Reality’ Shown In Global Renewables Report” • REN21 published its Renewables 2021 Global Status Report. It found the world is “nowhere near the necessary paradigm shift towards a clean, healthier and more equitable energy future.” In 2011, fossil fuels generated 80.3% of the total electricity mix. The number is 80.2% today. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “NATO And Climate Change: How Big Is The Problem?” • The world’s most powerful defence alliance agreed to step up efforts to tackle climate change for the first time. NATO members have pledged to “significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from military activities” in a way that does not impact personnel safety or the effectiveness of their operations. [BBC]

FV433 self-propelled field artillery (Eric Feng, Unsplash)

¶ “UK And Norway Complete World’s Longest Subsea Electricity Cable” • The world’s longest submarine electrical cable will be turned on this week as testing of a 720-km interconnect that can exchange power between the UK and Norway begins. This cable can carry 1.4 GW of power, which is about the equivalent capacity of a large nuclear reactor. [California News Times]

¶ “Europe Tools Up Against US And Asia As A Car Battery Force” • Startup Northvolt, co-founded by two former Tesla executives, is building a battery gigafactory in Sweden. Norwegian energy company Freyr is planning a gigafactory fuelled by wind and hydro energy in Norway. Another gigafactory is being built in the UK. The EU may be getting its own batteries. [BBC]

Mo i Rana, Norway (Karoline Vargdal, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “NSW Sees Diminishing Role For Coal As Canada Plans To Phase Out Thermal Coal By 2030” • Five years ago, the New South Wales treasury released an intergenerational report that projected the demand for coal would increase at about 1.6% a year pretty much forever. This year, the intergenerational report is completely different. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Airports Harnessing Green Energy” • Melbourne Airport unveiled its new solar farm installation, which one of Australia’s largest solar farms, covering about 26 football pitches. It is one more step towards a carbon-neutral future for the airport. Using it as a starting point, we can explore sustainable energy use at airports worldwide. [Airport Technology]

Melbourne Airport solar array (Melbourne Airport image)

¶ “Sydney Trains To Run On Renewable Energy” • The New South Wales state government has announced plans to reduce emissions from the Sydney rail network to zero within four years. The change is a move transport minister, Mr Andrew Constance, says is a great step forward in helping the state tackle climate change. [International Railway Journal]

US:

¶ “High-Elevation Forests In The Rockies Are Burning More Now Than In The Past 2,000 Years” • Following a devastating wildfire season in 2020, new research shows that high-elevation forests in the Rocky Mountains are burning more now than any previous time in the past 2,000 years, amid extreme drought, induced by climate change. [CNN]

Cameron Peak fire (Canyon Lakes Ranger RD)

¶ “Companies Face A Financial Risk From The Climate Crisis. States Want Them To Reveal Just How Much” • US Corporations must be required to disclose financial risks posed by the climate crisis, state attorneys general told the SEC. California and nearly a dozen other states warned the SEC that its current disclosure rules are inadequate. [CNN]

¶ “$200 Million More For Electric Vehicles, Batteries, And Connected Vehicles From US DOE” • The US DOE announced $200 million in funding to DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships over the next five years for EVs, batteries, and connected vehicles projects. The funding focus covers the entire battery supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

NREL researcher working on chargers (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “PG&E Commissions Microgrid Near Yosemite National Park” • Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility that serves much of northern California, has commissioned the first of many standalone microgrids near Yosemite National Park. Built and installed by BoxPower, the remote microgrid will permanently replace the overhead distribution power lines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo And JB Hunt Team Up To Bring Autonomous Freight Trucks To Texas” • Autonomous driving technology company Waymo has teamed up with JB Hunt, a transportation logistics company based in Arkansas, for a pilot project designed to test Waymo’s autonomous driving in moving freight. The tests will be conducted in Texas. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous truck (Image courtesy of Waymo)

¶ “Maryland Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Retire Five Years Early – Before Worker Retraining Kicks In” • GenOn Holdings plans to shut down two 50-year-old coal units that it has at Morgantown Generating Station in Charles County by June 2022. The two coal units together have a capacity of 1,229 MW. They were scheduled to close in 2027. [Maryland Matters]

¶ “Texas renewable energy projects take off in spite of GOP pushback” • Instead of blaming green power for the grid failure in Texas last February, investors and developers have decided that Texas renewable energy needs to grow – a lot. The state is aligning for massive green power development, the American Clean Power Association says. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

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June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tracking The Transition: The ‘Forgotten’ Emissions Undoing The Work Of Australia’s Renewable Energy Boom” • A working paper from Australian National University shows that despite emissions reductions in the electricity supply and elsewhere, and transport, industry, and buildings sectors are dragging Australia backwards on emissions. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop PV system in Australia (Solar Bay image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Pathway Emerges To Improve Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cell Performance” • A discovery may prove to be a boon for the next generation of several different types of thin-film PV cells. It has to do with a chemical process that was occurring in solar cells unnoticed, but had a positive effect on the cells’ values. Now it can be intentional. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring To Help Honey Bees” • Hit by a deadly parasitic mite, pesticides, and climate change, a survey showed that between April 2019 and 2020 43.7% of US bee hives were lost. An Irish business, ApisProtect, makes wireless in-hive sensors that transmit data to website-based software so bee keepers know what hives need intervention. [BBC]

Tending hives (Best Bees Company image)

World:

¶ “BP Joins Statkraft And Aker For Norway Offshore Bid” • BP has joined Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in a ‎consortium bidding to develop offshore wind energy in Norway. Each member of the consortium will hold a third ownership stake. The partnership will pursue a bid to develop offshore wind power in the Sørlige Nordsjø 2 ‎licence area. [reNEWS]

¶ “G7 Leaders Share A Bold Vision For A Net Zero Future. But The Devil Is In The Lack Of Detail” • There was some concrete progress earlier in the summit from G7 ministers, and a vision laid out by leaders for a net zero world that would take a green approach to everything. But the final communiqué was lacking details the experts had hope for. [CNN]

Falmouth harbor (Kate Joyce, Unsplash)

¶ “India’s Wind Market Could Expand By 50% Over Next Five Years” • The world’s fourth-largest wind power market is expected to add nearly 20.2 GW of new capacity between 2021 and 2025, according to the latest report from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence. This would boost India’s 39.2-GW wind market by about 50%. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Japan Selects Local Consortium For Floater” • The Japanese government has selected a consortium of six companies led by the Toda Corporation to develop a floating offshore wind farm off the country’s coast. The group, which also includes Kepco and the Eneos Corporation, was the only bidder and will work on the 16.8-MW project off Nagasaki Prefecture. [reNEWS]

Towing a floating turbine (Principle Power image)

¶ “Geothermal Power Sector Gains Steam In Renewable Energy Race” • As geothermal power gains momentum as a renewable energy source, Japanese contractors are well positioned for growing business. The Environment Ministry plans to accelerate development of geothermal power as part reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [Nikkei Asia]

¶ “Mozambique Starts Construction On First Solar Energy Storage IPP” • Globeleq, Source Energia, and Electricidade de Moçambique started building the first independent power plant in Mozambique that has both solar PVs and utility-scale energy storage. It will include solar PVs for 15 MW of AC power, and 2 MW, 7 MWh, of energy storage. [ESI Africa]

Start of construction in Mozambique (Globeleq image)

¶ “McCain Foods Commitment Will Help Limit Global Warming To 1.5°C” • McCain Foods’ commitment to cut in half greenhouse gas emissions across all of its global operations by the end of the decade was verified to align with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. It is the only food and beverage company in Canada verified by Science Based Targets. [PotatoPro]

¶ “Mocean Blue X Wave Device Put To The Test” • Mocean Energy started testing its Blue X wave energy prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland. Later this summer, it will be moved to a grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will be tested in rougher full sea conditions. [reNEWS]

Mocean Blue X Wave Device (Photo by Colin Keldie)

¶ “US Assessing Reported Leak At Chinese Nuclear Power Facility” • The US government spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to US officials and documents reviewed by CNN. [CNN Philippines]

US:

¶ “Colorado Environmental And Equity Legislative Roundup” • After months of drafting, negotiating, and promoting legislation in the Colorado State Capitol, the General Assembly adjourned. Looking back over the past six months, it’s clear that achieving enforceable and equitable climate action was a top priority for many people and groups. [CleanTechnica]

Colorado (Bob Wick, BLM, DOI, cropped)

¶ “Solar And Wind Power Were 99.7% Of New US Electricity Capacity In 1st Quarter Of 2021” • Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US capacity in the first quarter of 2021. Another 63.2% of new capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine for 99.7% of new US power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Power A Centerpiece Of US Department Of Energy’s Power Plans” • The US DOE and the White House have made offshore wind a centerpiece of plans to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure, announcing a goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, a huge leap from the 42 MW currently in operation. [CleanTechnica]

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June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “At G-7 Summit, World Leaders Must Commit To Increasing Climate Finance For Developing Countries” • The G-7 Leaders’ Summit is underway, from June 11–13, in Cornwall. There is one priority that must get urgent attention: Richer nations need to make concrete commitments to increasing climate finance for developing countries. [CleanTechnica]

President Biden (White House image, via UCS)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Driving Electric Cars Is Much Better For Climate And Air Quality Than Driving Gas Cars” • It’s obvious that a fully electric vehicle eliminates tailpipe emissions, but some people wonder about the total emissions including generating the electricity to charge an EV. New data shows that EVs have significantly lower emissions than combustion cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Video: Electric Ferrari Drag Race: Tesla Power Vs 12 Mighty Cylinders” • Pity Ferraris are objectively terrible by the standards of today … if only there were some way to make a classic Ferrari somehow relevant again. How about an original Ferrari 308 GT with a Tesla drive train in it? Race that against a 390 hp Ferrari to see how well that works. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla vs Ferrari Flat 12 drag race (CarWow image, via Motor1)

¶ “Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Inching Towards Sea Collapse At Fast Rate” • Climate scientists are losing sleep over a critical Antarctica glacier that is moving towards the sea at a faster pace than ever before. The Pine Island glacier in West Antarctica has been losing its snow-mass at an extremely fast rate since 2017, 12% faster than it had before. [The Financial Express]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s Model 3 Reaches #16 On The World’s Best-Selling Cars List” • Tesla’s Model 3 is the best-selling EV of all time. It sold over 800,000 units and passed the Nissan LEAF, which hit the 500,000 milestone in 2020. But how does the Model 3 compare to overall global auto market? In fact, in 2020, the Model 3 was the 16th best-selling car in the world. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

¶ “Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures Invests In Renewable Energy Storage Company” • Swiss-based, global energy storage company specializing in gravity and kinetic energy based, long-duration energy storage products, Energy Vault, announced an investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, the Aramco enterprise investment unit. [Oil and Gas Middle East]

¶ “Four Nuclear Reactors’ Worth Of Renewable Electricity Wasted In Southwest Japan” • There have been frequent cases in Japan’s Kyushu region where the electricity generated from renewable energy sources, such as solar power, has gone unused. On some days, the capacity wasted is the equivalent of four nuclear reactors. [The Mainichi]

Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Plant (Sakoppi, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “EPA To Reexamine Health Standards For Harmful Soot That Trump Administration Left Unchanged” • The EPA’s decision of December 2020 to leave particulate standards unchanged will be reconsidered. Scientific evidence indicates that current standards may not be adequate to protect public health and welfare, as the Clean Air Act requires. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Administration Starts To Restore Protections For Alaska’s Tongass National Forest” • In welcome news for Native tribes, the climate, wildlife, and local businesses, a much-needed process to reinstate critical protections for the Tongass National Forest has begun, reversing one of Trump’s many environmental rollbacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tongass National Forest (Henryhartley, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Oregon On Verge Of Requiring 100% Clean Electricity By 2040” • A possible new requirement for utilities in Oregon is an example of how slowly the transition to clean energy can go. If it gets through the state legislature, Oregon will have one of the most aggressive timelines in the US. But it still gives the utilities nearly 20 years to decarbonize fully. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hudson Valley Jurisdictions Make Renewables Their Default Electricity Source” • Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have begun signing on to Community Choice Aggregation agreements, which set the default electricity rates and source for municipal customers who opt in. Increasingly, these programs use renewable energy. [Hudson Valley One]

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June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla Model S 420 Plaid Is The Best Car In The World (But Not For Me)” • Earlier iterations of the Tesla Model S were the best driving machines around. But they lacked the finesse and aura of quality of their competition, as Mercedes, Audi, and BMW entries had range and speed but added brand luxury. The new Tesla may match them, but not for all. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Canada Takes Necessary Step With Climate Planned Retreat Guide For Leaders” • Retreat is one of the most challenging of adaptation approaches. Who wants to give up their home? Who wants to give up a building their business was in for decades? Who wants to let go of high-value waterfront property and its revenues? But that’s where we are. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biodiversity And Climate Crises Demand Transformative Change” • A report shows that passing on a maximally livable planet to future generations requires a profound shift in how we look at nature and economic progress. We need to prioritize protecting and restoring nature and dismantle the economic systems driving carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Praying mantis (S N Pattenden, Unsplash)

¶ “Ending Offshore Drilling Is Key For Ocean And Climate” • The Biden administration has made huge strides on the climate. Now it should take one of the most important steps it can to protect the ocean, and those that depend on it, while further combating the climate crisis. It should stop all new oil and gas leasing permanently. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds” • In early 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic slowed global commerce to a crawl, NOx emissions, which create ozone, a danger to human health and to climate, decreased 15% globally, according to a study led by scientists at NASA. Local reductions of ozone were as much as 50%. [CleanTechnica]

Park Avenue during lockdown (Harry Gillen, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Protesters Target Cornish G7 Summit” • Hundreds of climate campaigners have staged a protest march targeting the G7 summit. The activists paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the middle of the Cornish town, escorted by police. They called for immediate action from the G7 world leaders to “address the climate and ecological emergency.” [BBC]

¶ “Electric 3-Wheeler Manufacturer Gayam Motor Works Gets $50 Million Investment Commitment From Luxembourg-Based GEM” • Gayam Motor Works, India’s largest exporter of electric 3-wheelers, announced a $50 million investment commitment from Luxembourg-based GEM Global Yield LLC SCS as it plans to go public. [CleanTechnica]

GMW electric 3-wheelers (Image courtesy of GMW)

¶ “World Bank Group Provides $465 Million To Expand Energy Access And Renewable Energy Integration In West Africa” • The World Bank Group approved the new Regional Electricity Access and Battery-Energy Storage Technologies Project for a total of $465 million. It will increase grid connections in fragile areas of the Sahel region. [World Bank Group]

¶ “Coal And LNG’s Surge In Asia Plays Into Renewable Energy Hands” • In Asia, prices for liquefied natural gas and thermal coal have been roaring ahead in recent months amid strong demand. While that may be welcome news for the fossil fuel commodity producers, the rally is a boon for renewable energy, in the long term. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Burning fossil fuels (Chris LeBoutillier, Unsplash)

¶ “TEPCO admits fire-safety work not complete at nuclear plant” • TEPCO said fire-prevention work is not finished at 76 locations at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, contradicting its earlier claims that the safety measures were in place. The blunder is the latest by the utility in its efforts to win approval to restart a reactor at the plant. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “The World’s Quickest Car, Safest Car, And Most Powerful Computer On Wheels – Tesla Model S Plaid” • “The public tends to respond to precedents and superlatives,” Musk once said back in 2012, the year the original Tesla Model S was introduced. Now comes an overhaul, the Tesla Model S Plaid. It is the fastest production car made. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Tesla image)

¶ “Cybertruck And F-150 Lightning Demand Tied, Overall EV Demand Strong” • Piplsay conducted a huge poll to see what people thought about their future EV purchasing decisions. Nearly half said they would buy an EV in the near future. Those leaning toward a Tesla Cybertruck and those who prefer the Ford F-150 Lightning were about tied. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale For Offshore Wind Development For New York And New Jersey” • In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to install 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior proposed sale of offshore wind leases for eight areas of the New York Bight. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore windpower (Zoltan Tasi, Unsplash)

¶ “Resolutions Against Subsidies For Biomass Plants Coming Before Franklin County Voters” • A handful of towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts, are voicing their opposition to subsidies and incentives that the state may provide for biomass plants with resolutions that seek to protect the health of the environment and residents. [Greenfield Recorder]

¶ “Lakewood Strikes Deal With NOPEC To Provide City 100% Green And Renewable Energy” • Lakewood, Ohio, is getting 100% renewable energy from Northeast Public Energy Council. The mayor said it is one of the first cities in Northeast Ohio to sign such a contract. It also committed to 100% renewable energy for both the public and private sectors. [Cleveland.com]

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June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2021

World:

¶ “Telstra Dials Up Its Renewable Energy Commitment” • Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has secured a long-term power purchase agreement to source energy from the $100 million, 58-MW extension of the Crookwell wind farm being developed by Global Power Generation near Goulburn in New South Wales. [pv magazine Australia]

Building a wind turbine (GPG image)

¶ “South African Companies Now Allowed To Generate Up To 100 MW Without Applying For Generation License!” • South Africa’s President announced that the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity without a licence has increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. Generation projects will still need to obtain a grid connection permit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enel Starts 716-MW Brazil Wind Farm Spinning” • Enel Green Power commissioned the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil. It is the largest wind farm operating in South America. Lagoa dos Ventos, which is now operating at full capacity, consists of 230 wind turbines. EGP is taking 510 MW of its 716-MW capacity, and the rest is going into the free market. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Brazil (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Highview Team Developing The First CryoBattery In Chile” • Highview Enlasa is developing a 50-MW / 500-MWh liquid air, long duration energy storage project in Chile, the first of its kind in the country. The $150 million CryoBattery will be in Diego de Almagro in the Atacama region. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Cornwall, Home Of The G7 Summit, Is Embracing Renewable Energy Efforts” • This year’s G7 Summit will be in Cornwall, known for its stunning coastline, historic fishing community, and natural beauty. Cornwall is not only a popular tourist destination. It is also a hub for companies working on renewable energy and innovation. [Texas News Today]
Port Issac (Greg Willson, Unsplash)

¶ “IKEA To Help India Suppliers Go Green By Enabling Shift To Renewable Energy” • IKEA, the €35.2 billion home furnishing retailing major, has announced a program for its suppliers in India, Poland, and China by which it will help them transit to 100% renewable electricity. Almost 1,600 direct suppliers will be covered under this move. [Saur Energy]

US:

¶ “Lake Mead: Largest Us Reservoir Dips To Record Low” • The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 metres) above sea level. It has sunk about 140 feet since 2000. [BBC]

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (Lindsay E. Durant, Unsplash)

¶ “Department Of Energy Announces $14.5 Million To Accelerate Deployment Of Geothermal Electricity” • The DOE announced a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for up to $14.5 million to support active field testing of enhanced geothermal systems technologies and techniques within existing wells. EGS has a small environmental footprint. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virtual Design Tools Allow Cadillac Lyriq Production To Begin Nine Months Early” • Speaking to the International Motoring Press Association, Rory Harvey, vice president of global Cadillac, said production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will begin in March 2022. That’s nine months sooner than originally planned, thanks to Virtual design and validation tools. [CleanTechnica]

Cadillac Lyriq (Image courtesy of Cadillac)

¶ “Illinois Lawmakers Head Back To Springfield For Renewable Energy Bill” • Illinois was set to pass one of the most ambitious renewable energy bills in the nation this past legislative session, but it was delayed. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would close all carbon emitting power plants by 2035 and transition the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [WICS]

¶ “Electrify America Releases New Electrify Home Charging Station” • For those who want a home EV charging station, Electrify America has a new station on the market to consider. The HomeStation is WiFi connected and can be used to schedule charging for a specific time, to check on charging status, or to control charging with a phone. [CleanTechnica]

Electrify America HomeStation (Electrify America image)

¶ “Faculty Senate Pushes For Renewable Energy At WVU” • In response to a growing demand for sustainability, the Faculty Senate of West Virginia University unanimously approved a resolution to increase the use of renewable energy at WVU. The resolution calls for West Virginia University to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. [The Daily Athenaeum]

¶ “EPA Revives Climate Change Website, Adds ‘Indicators’ Data” • The EPA for the first time in four years has a webpage to guide the public on a range of information on climate change, it said. The climate change website includes information on greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports and existing climate programs. [Coastal Review]

Salt water infiltrating a forest (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

¶ “Largest US Agrivoltaic Research Project Advances Renewable Energy While Empowering Local Farmers” • A study at Oregon State University estimated that converting 1% of US farmland to agrivoltaics would meet the nation’s renewable energy targets, save water, and create a sustainable food system. A 1.2-MW solar farm in Colorado working on that. [Solar Power World]

¶ “‘Key Westinghouse Witness’ In SC Nuclear Scandal Told Lies To Help SCANA Fool Public” • A former Westinghouse executive who oversaw construction on the doomed $10 billion SCANA nuclear project in South Carolina admitted lying about it to fool people into thinking it would succeed, a federal prosecutor said in federal court. [Hilton Head Island Packet]

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June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hands-Free: Improving EV Wireless Charging At Oak Ridge National Laboratory” • For several years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have been working on a wireless charging technology that could make powering an EV easier than filling up a car with gas. Now, they are nearing completion of a system to charge EVs while they’re in motion. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless charging coil (Carlos Jones, ORNL, US DOE)

¶ “Small Modular Nuke Reactors Fuel New Waste Debate” • The argument is that advanced nuclear reactors can be reliable 24/7 replacements for coal and oil-fired electric power generation, but nuclear enthusiasts are overlooking the elephant in the room. They seem to have forgotten that nuclear waste needs to be stored for centuries. [MENAFN.com]

World:

¶ “Shell CEO: We Will Cut Emissions Faster But The World Has To Use Less Oil” • After a court ordered Shell to reduce carbon emissions faster than planned, Ben van Beurden, the company’s CEO, said he was determined “to rise to the challenge.” But he said Shell cannot stop climate change alone. If it stopped selling oil, customers would just buy it elsewhere. [CNN]

Using oil for modern life (shun idota, Unsplash)

¶ “Investors Holding $41 Trillion Demand Action On Climate – Now” • Investors managing over $41 trillion in assets are loudly calling on world leaders to step up their climate game as quickly as possible, so they can take part in a wave of investment in clean energy. The investors call for governments to set more ambitious emission reduction targets. [CNN]

¶ “Migration From Central America Driven By Climate Change” • Climate change is a major factor forcing Central Americans to flee their homes, as the threats of drought and extreme weather have destroyed crops and productive farmland, Bloomberg reported. They have been hit by drought or hurricanes in over half of the last ten years. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 (NOAA)

¶ “Northvolt To Ramp Up EV Battery Production With Another $2.75 Billion” • Northvolt raised another $2.75 billion, and plans to increase its production capacity for its Swedish gigafactory, Northvolt Ett, from 40 GWh to 60 GWh, as customer demand increased. Northvolt had a $14 billion order from Volkswagen Group earlier this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Set To Install 20 GW By 2025” • India is expected to install just over 20 GW of wind power capacity between 2021 and 2025, analysis from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence shows. The country has an installed capacity of 39.2 GW. A pipeline of projects totaling 10.3 GW in is expected to drive installations until 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in India (Suzlon image)

¶ “Queensland Commits $2 Billion To Boost Local Renewable Energy Jobs” • Queensland will spend $2 billion to boost jobs in renewable energy. The fund will help develop a clean hydrogen industry, mine minerals needed for solar panels, build hydrogen plants and batteries, and increase manufacturing across the renewables supply chain. [The Guardian]

¶ “Greece May Approve Connection Of 6 GW Of Renewable Power Plants In 2021” • Admie, the power transmission system operator of Greece, expects to issue approvals for the connection of 6 GW for planned green power plants to the grid this year. This shows great growth compared to just 2.5 GW from 2019 and 2020 combined. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Transmission lines (Michael Schwarzenberger, Pixabay)

¶ “World’s Renewables Potential Enough For Energy Transition” • The world has sufficient renewables potential to stop using fossil fuels while also expanding energy access for all, analysis from the University of Technology Sydney shows. But existing fossil fuel projects would emit too much carbon to much to meet Paris Agreement goals. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Ohio Will Soon To Be Home To The Largest Solar Factory Complex Outside Of China” • First Solar unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art factory in Ohio, doubling its US manufacturing capacity. The factory will be the company’s third in the Toledo area. First Solar, the only major US manufacturer of solar panels, will invest $680 million in the factory. [CNN]

Solar panels (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Keystone XL Pipeline Halted After Biden Blocks Permit” • The Keystone XL pipeline’s developer has halted construction on the project after the Biden administration revoked its permit. The pipeline was to carry oil 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from Alberta to Nebraska. Environmentalists and Native American groups fought against it for over a decade. [BBC]

¶ “North Carolina Sets 8-GW Offshore Goal For 2040” • North Carolina has set out a goal of 2800 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and 8000 MW by 2040. To further the state’s transition to a clean energy economy, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Shaun Dakin, Unsplash)

¶ “Hecate Energy To Invest In Elba And Oakfield, Applying To Build NY’s Largest Solar Farm” • Hecate Energy announced filing an application with New York State’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting to build a 500-MW solar farm in the towns of Oakfield and Elba in western New York. Cider Solar Farm would be the largest solar project ever built in the state. [The Batavian]

¶ “Oregon House Moves To Curb Forest Institute’s Power And Budget” • After our investigation found that the tax-funded Oregon Forest Resources Institute acted as a lobbying arm for the timber industry, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that would significantly cut the institute’s funding and redirect the money to climate science. [ProPublica]

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June 9 Energy News

June 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Don’t Wait: Start Planning For Worsening Hurricane Seasons” • According to NOAA, the Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1. But nature – especially when it is juiced by extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – doesn’t always play by our rules. The time to start planning is before things start to go bad, not after they get worse. [TheHill]

Hurricane from space (NASA image, Unsplash)

¶ “USA Is Violating Treaties With The Anishinaabe People By Allowing Pipeline Line 3 To Be Built And Arresting Indigenous Protesters On Their Own Lands” • Crude oil pipeline “Line 3” has a number of issues. It would damage not only our climate, water, and land. But it is also a violation of the Indigenous treaty rights of the Anishinaabe people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Salish Sea: An imperiled wonder of the Northwest” • The Salish Sea stretches almost 400 miles from the southern end of Puget Sound near Olympia, to the northern boundary of the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia. It is easy to take it for granted, and a study suggests we do so at our peril. Dr Kathryn Sobocinski explains in an interview. [KUOW]

Salish Sea (Jessie Chou, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Bubble Barrier’ Is Trapping Plastic Waste Before It Can Get Into The Sea” • “The Bubble Barrier” was developed as a simple way to stop plastic pollution flowing from waterways into the ocean. An air compressor sends air through a perforated tube running diagonally across the bottom of the canal, creating a stream of bubbles that traps waste. [CNN]

¶ “Electrification Is ‘Cheapest Way To Hit Net Zero’” • A report from the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Wind and WindEurope says the most cost-effective way to decarbonize the EU economy is electrification. It says a future net-zero system will “cost no more as a share of GDP than energy system costs today: 10.6% of GDP.” [reNEWS]

Offshore wind plant (WindEurope image)

¶ “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level In Over 4 Million Years” • NOAA released data showing atmospheric CO₂ reached a monthly average level of 419 ppm in May. This is not just the highest reading recorded since accurate measurements began 63 years ago. It is the highest level the planet has seen in over four million years. [Alaska Native News]

World:

¶ “The Country Powering Up On Cocoa” • Ivory Coast has begun work on a biomass plant that will run on cocoa waste. The facility will be located in Divo, a town that produces a large share of the country’s cocoa. In the biomass plant, cocoa plant matter left over after cocoa production will be burned to turn a turbine and generate electricity. [BBC]

Cocoa hulls (Rodrigo Flores, Unsplash)

¶ “EIG-Owned Cerro Dominador Inaugurates Concentrated Solar Power Plant In Chile” • First CSP Plant in Latin America to Provide 100% Renewable Energy on 24-Hour Basis. Facility to Supply Chilean National Electrical System with Flexible, Reliable and Safe Energy. EIG announced the inauguration of the Cerro Dominador solar complex. [EVWIND.es]

¶ “AETOS And DBS Plan To Convert 42 Vehicles To EVs By 2026” • AETOS, a security firm specializing in total security solutions and services, is teaming up with DBS Bank to switch their fleet of 42 vehicles to EVs by converting them. This move supports Singapore’s plan to phase out combustion vehicles and boost EV adoption by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

AETOS EV (Image courtesy of AETOS)

US:

¶ “US Department Of Energy Announces Actions To Bolster Domestic Supply Chain Of Advanced Batteries” • The US DOE announced new immediate policy actions to scale up a domestic manufacturing supply chain for advanced battery materials and technologies. This follows a 100-day review of the supply chain for advanced batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior Department To Explore Offshore Wind Potential In The Gulf Of Mexico” • The Interior Department announced a plan to assess opportunities in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore windpower by 2030, creating thousands of jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Waldemar Brandt, Unsplash)

¶ “123 Of 60,000 Permian Oil & Gas Sites Account For 29% Of Region’s Methane Pollution” • A project of NASA, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University, revealed just 123 of the 60,000 sites surveyed in the month-long study accounted for 29% of the Permian’s methane pollution, largely from leaks that are typically easy to repair. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Take A Look At The Maverick, Ford’s New $20,000 Hybrid Pickup” • Ford Motor Company has taken the wraps off of its first brand-new pickup in decades: the Maverick. Starting at just below $20,000, the compact pickup will be the cheapest truck available in the US and by far one of the smallest when it goes on sale this fall. [Yahoo]

2022 Ford Maverick (Ford image)

¶ “Natural Gas In Transition: Batteries Target Grid-Balancing; Lithium Ion Costs Tumble” • Even within the US, where gas prices are significantly lower than elsewhere, batteries are cost competitive with natural gas. Advancements in battery storage technology also promise to speed growth of renewable power, posing more even risk to natural gas. [S&P Global]

¶ “Georgia Independent Monitors Predict Even More Vogtle Nuclear Delays” • The first of two new reactors Georgia Power is building at Plant Vogtle likely won’t be in operation until at least the summer of 2022, and the project’s total costs are likely to rise at least another $2 billion, says a report from independent state monitors. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Synthetic Fuels Won’t Replace EVs” • Synthetic fuels, done correctly, are carbon neutral, and they’d have almost as much energy density as gasoline or diesel. With all of their advantages, some have said they’re a great alternative to electric vehicles. But when the math is done, and all examined, synthetic fuels just aren’t going to replace EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Chemicals (Alex Kondratiev, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Push Temperatures At The Tokyo Olympics To The ‘Danger-Zone’ For Athletes” • Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, says a report by the British Association for Sustainable Sport. It details concerns of athletes and scientists about health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan. [CNN]

¶ “Candela C7 Electric Speedboat Takes Flight” • A hydrofoil uses an underwater wing to produce lift, hoisting a boat out of the water for a faster, more efficient ride. It’s a clever solution that’s been around for decades, but hasn’t really gone anywhere, as yet. Candela, based in Sweden, has a revolutionary hydrofoil that has reached series production! [CleanTechnica]

Candela C7 Electric Speedboat (Courtesy of Candela Speedboat)

¶ “An Army Of Tesla EVs Is Lined Up On The Docs Of Port Kemdla, Australia” • An article in The Driven says Tesla shipped 1,500 of its Model 3 EVs to Australia last month and owners should start taking delivery of their vehicles soon. But EVs have a 2% share of the Australian market, and even a record high for sales is not nearly enough. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Considering Border Tariffs On Electricity, Cement, And Steel” • Reuters reports that the EU is considering a draft proposal to impose tariffs based on carbon emissions on some imported goods, including steel, cement, and electricity. The tariffs would protect the EU members from cheap products of countries with few or no emissions restrictions. [CleanTechnica]

Steel production (Inna67895, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Railways To Fast-Track Renewable Energy Projects” • Indian railways are gearing up to reach the goal of Zero Net Carbon Emitter by 2030 by fast-tracking renewable energy projects, such as setting up of solar plants on unused railway land and along the track. Southern Railway has identified 437 acres of land for solar power development. [The Hindu]

¶ “EDF Commissions 60 MW Of PV In Israel” • EDF Renewables commissioned the 60-MW Timna solar power plant in Israel. The plant is located close to the historic Timna copper mines in the far south of the country. Its 154,000 bifacial PV panels will help Israel meet its objective of increasing the solar contribution to the energy mix to 30% by 2030. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (EDF image)

¶ “As Battery Costs Tumble, Coalition Puts Australia On Most Expensive Energy Path” • A major Australian report shows how much the costs of solar, wind, and especially batteries have fallen in the past year. It says they will continue to fall, given the right renewable energy policies. And Coalition government policies are not helping reduce costs. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Peak Oil Moves Closer As Energy Majors Shift To Renewables” • In 2020, the largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 34%, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research. Oil and gas majors investe $8.8 billion (€7.2 billion) in 2020, up from $6.6 billion the year before. [Euractiv.com]

Pump jack (Zbynek Burival, Unsplash)

¶ “China And IRENA Boost Ties As Leading Renewables Market Eyes Carbon Neutrality Goals” • The International Renewable Energy Agency and the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China have agreed to increase cooperation as China builds momentum towards achieving its goals for carbon neutrality. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “EDF Energy Permanently Closes Dungeness B Nuclear Plant In Southern England” • EDF Energy, the owner and operator of the UK’s operational nuclear fleet, said it was closing and moving to defueling the two reactors at the 1,250-MW Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent. The plant has been offline since 2018 and has technical challenges. [PV Tech]

Dungeness Power station B (Julian P Guffogg, CC BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “NREL Inventiveness Sets New Record For Patent Activity” • Forty US patents issued to NREL during fiscal 2020, up from the 32 issued during the prior fiscal year. Of the 269 disclosures filed with the laboratory’s Technology Transfer Office as steps toward patent or copyright protection, 153 are in the category of record of invention and 116 are software. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Utility Wraps Up Transmission Upgrades” • To facilitate over 7 GW of renewables and battery storage capacity in coming years, Southern California Edison completed upgrades to its West of Devers transmission lines, increasing their capacity. The transmission lines will bring power from California’s desert areas to its population centers. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines and transmission lines (Vestas image)

¶ “Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions To Build Largest Solar Project to Date; Pharma Company Signs VPPA” • Charles River Laboratories International signed a solar energy virtual power purchase agreement for 102 MW for 15 years. To provide the energy, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will build a 250-MW solar project. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “Renewables To Yield Half A Million US Jobs By 2030” • In the US, decarbonisation has the potential to create 500,000-600,000 new jobs across the solar, wind and battery storage industries by 2030, according to a report published by the American Clean Power Association. The jobs would have higher than average pay and could be unionized. [reNEWS]

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June 7 Energy News

June 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Will Tesla’s $1 Billion Investment In Australian Minerals Inspire Australia To Start Refining Its Own Lithium With Renewables” • Recently, Tesla announced that it will spend $1 billion or more on Australian minerals, and Tesla’s Chair Robyn Denholm spoke about how her home country processes lithium. It doesn’t. That could be changed. [CleanTechnica]

Sydney Opera House (Srikant Sahoo, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Subsidies May Slow Transition To Clean Energy, Advocates Say” • Many activists, scientists, and lawmakers agree that nuclear energy, which provides one fifth of power in the US, is by definition not “clean,” given that spent fuel is radioactive and dangerous for thousands of years. And supporting it will slow down the transition to renewable energy. [Truthout]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Increases Extreme Rainfall And The Chance Of Floods” • An international research team has concluded that increases in extreme rainfall and its flooding are projected to continue as global temperatures keep rising. Limiting warming to 1.5°C will help limit changes in extreme rainfall, though some adaptations will still be required. [EurekAlert!]

Flood (Chris Gallagher, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Tesla Cybertruck On The Horizon For China” • It looks like Tesla is preparing to sell the Cybertruck in China. Tesla China filed a trademark application in China for the Cybertruck, and Tesla has started accepting reservations for it in China. We don’t have much information, and the trucks sold in China could even be built in the USA. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BMW Launches The i4 Sedan” • BMW recently revealed the i4, a sedan that focuses on driving dynamics while still being a decent EV. Together with the release of the iX crossover, this represents a major leap toward BMW’s goal of selling 50% EVs by 2030. We might wonder why it took so long, but it seems BMW now feels the technology is ready. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i4 eDrive 40 (BMW image)

¶ “Danone Takes A Stand For Regenerative Agriculture And Shares Its Journey” • Danone, the parent company of Dannon, Silk, Activia, Evian, and others, tweeted about acting towards a healthier, more sustainable food system. It said regenerative agriculture can play a key role in fighting climate change while creating more inclusive societies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Moray East Delivers First Power” • EDP Renewables and Engie’s Ocean Winds joint venture has delivered first power from the 950-MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. Moray East will have 100 MHI Vestas 9.5-MW turbines. Ocean Winds UK managing director Dan Finch indicated that a Moray West wind farm is “shovel ready.” [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ocean Winds image)

¶ “Solar Passes Wind To Be Queen Of Australian Renewables In 2020” • In 2020, solar overtook wind as Australia’s largest source of renewable electricity, as strong growth in both large-scale and small-scale installations helped the market share of renewables surge to 24.4%. Fossil fuel generation fell to 75.6% in 2020, down from 84.8% in 2017. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Figures Show Onshore Wind Is Scotland’s Biggest Employer In Renewables” • Onshore wind is Scotland’s biggest renewable energy employer, with 8780 full-time equivalent posts, new data show. Offshore wind employs 4700 and there are 3290 jobs in hydro power, according to statistics from the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute. [Northern Times]

Wind turbine in Scotland (Craigdoogan, public domain)

¶ “How Asia’s ‘First Lady Of Coal’ Says She’s Working On A Sustainable Future” • One executive who says she wants to help reduce the Asia-Pacific region’s dependence on the fossil fuel is Somruedee Chaimongkol, chief executive of energy firm Banpu Public Company. The company has operated coal mines in Thailand for almost four decades. [CNBC]

US:

¶ “Grid-Scale US Energy Storage Capacity Could Grow Five-Fold By 2050” • In the latest report from the Storage Futures Study, NREL analysts describe significant market potential for utility-scale diurnal storage (up to 12 hours) in the US power system through 2050. They found that storage could show a five-fold increase from today’s total. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array with storage (Courtesy of 8minute Solar Energy)

¶ “Test Showed Exxon Plant In My City Produced 350 Pounds Of Particulate Matter PER HOUR” • Emissions of Baton Rouge’s Exxon plant, which produces 517,00 barrels of oil a day, have hit a peak of 350 pounds per hour, Reuters reports. The emissions exceed a standard that is the nation’s most lax. They don’t call this Cancer Alley for no reason. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Power Auction In Three Years Boon For Consumers” • In a bit of good news for consumers, the price electric customers pay might dip somewhat beginning in June 2022, as a result of a capacity auction held by the nation’s largest power grid, PJM Interconnection, the first in three years. And we can expect less coal to be used for that. [NJ Spotlight News]

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June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “First Ride Of The Production Arcimoto Roadster And Fun Utility Vehicle” • Sofiaan Fraval: Arcimoto makes a Roadster and a similar Fun Utility Vehicle. I had a lot of fun on the FUV, but the moment I hopped onto the Roadster, I felt like I was on my motorcycle again. My short experience on these vehicles opened my eyes to their potential. [CleanTechnica]

Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle (Image courtesy of Arcimoto)

¶ “Why the Case That Bitcoin Can Be Green Is Pointless” • A lot of energy goes into mining bitcoin. Much of that has been carbon-emitting. But even supposedly “green” cryptocurrencies (ie, those mined through more efficient processing units) help fuel supply shortages in an already strained market for chips and semiconductors. [The Wire Science]

World:

¶ “BYD Scores More Electric Bus Orders And Deliveries In Sweden And Spain” • BYD keeps rolling out more and more electric buses, especially in Europe. This week, the news is that it delivered 30 more electric buses in Spain, that country’s largest order, and it got an order for 79 electric buses in Sweden, the first order by Bergkvarabuss. [CleanTechnica]

New BYD buses in the UK

¶ “BYD Aims To “Revolutionize” The Electric School Bus” • BYD has a new bus mission – it says it is revolutionizing the school bus. BYD is rolling out a new Type D electric school bus. The company claims that it has “unparalleled safety features and performance, wrapped in a sleek design that will have students wanting to step onboard.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CATL Planning 80-GWh Battery Factory Near Tesla Giga Shanghai” • CATL says it has plans to construct a new battery cell manufacturing facility near the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai that will have an annual production capacity of 80 GWh. That is enough to power 800,000 EVs each year. CATL wants to supply half of Tesla’s batteries worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

CATL IAA Booth 2019 (Photo courtesy of CATL)

¶ “Data Center Operator Cyrus One Achieves 100% Renewable Power In Europe” • Data centers, hubs for streaming movies, video games, and family photos, are estimated to consume about 2% of the planet’s electricity. That is expected to double by 2030. Cyrus One, based in London, is now getting all of its electricity from renewable sources. [The Energyst]

¶ “MG Is Paying People In UK To Taste The Electric Vehicle Experience (And Buy An EV)” • The magic formula for selling EVs is getting someone to test drive an electric car for the first time. It’s almost guaranteed they will love it. MG knows this, and it has taken an innovative yet simple approach to EV sales. Take a test drive, and get a £750 discount. [CleanTechnica]

MG5 EV

¶ “Zanzibar: New World Bank Financing To Increase Access To Electricity” • Nearly 400,000 Zanzibaris will have access to new or improved electricity services, and the isles will also have a reduction in annual unplanned system outages and associated losses, with International Development Association financing approved by the World Bank. [Modern Diplomacy]

US:

¶ “New Video Offers In-Depth Look At Tesla Energy” • There is an intimate connection between EVs and renewable energy. That connection, both literally and symbolically, runs directly through the electrical grid. The most flexible and scalable type of storage is a battery, and every EV has one. A video from CNBC offers an in-depth look at Tesla Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla, Tesla, Tesla (Tesla)

¶ “Appalachian Offers All-Renewable Electricity To Its Customers – For A Price” • In Virginia, both Appalachian and Dominion Energy sought green-energy programs when in fact their main goal was to keep another provider from invading their territory, according to Will Cleveland, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. [Roanoke Times]

¶ “California Assembly Passes Groundbreaking Deforestation Bill” • In a landmark vote, California policymakers took a major step toward protecting the world’s forests. The state Assembly passed a groundbreaking bill to ensure that procurement contracts protect boreal and tropical forests and fundamental Indigenous rights. [CleanTechnica]

Forest in Alaska (LB Brubaker, NOAA, public domain)

¶ “Climate Change Could Negatively Impact Maine’s Blueberry Crop” • A study by scientists at the University of Maine analyzing 40 years of data found more warming in wild blueberry fields of Down East Maine than elsewhere. They said the warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the berries as temperatures rise and there is less water. [News Center Maine]

¶ “Survival Of Illinois Nuclear Plants Hang In The Balance As Democrats Haggle Over Aid” • The fate of at least two, and possibly three, unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois are hanging in the balance after the state’s Democratic Legislature adjourned this week without an agreement on subsidizing the reactors to keep them alive. [Washington Examiner]

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June 5 Energy News

June 5, 2021

World:

¶ “Québec Leaders To Install 4,500 New EV Charging Stations By 2028 To Support Garage Orphans” • Overnight EV charging access for the many people who live in places without convenient parking where they can charge their cars overnight is seen as a critical next step in the EV world. Québec leaders decided to do something about this issue. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Image courtesy of Hydro-Québec)

¶ “Fiat Plans To Go All In On Electric Cars By 2030″ • According to Autocar, Fiat boss Olivier François announced, “Between 2025 and 2030, our product lineup will gradually become electric only.” This, folks, is big news. EVs aren’t just for the wealthy any more. They are for everyday transportation for everyday people who do everyday things. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Royal Mail’s Newest Delivery Office Will Have An All-Electric Fleet” • Royal Mail announced the launch of its first 100% electric Delivery Office. The Bristol East Central Delivery Office recently had its 23 diesel delivery and collection vans replaced by fully electric ones. The electricity powering the office and charging the vehicles is 100% renewable. [CleanTechnica]

Royal Mail vans charging (Royal Mail image, via Facebook)

¶ “Egypt’s El Nasr Automotive’s Agreement With Dongfeng Could Be A Good Template For Other African Nations” • Egypt’s El Nasr Automotive’ s agreement with Dongfeng to jump straight into producing fully electric vehicles as they resuscitate the old assembly plant could be a good template for other nations on the continent to follow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Governments Can Scale Up Private Sector Investment In The Renewable Energy Transition” • Governments must work with the private sector to scale up much needed investments through conducive regulatory frameworks and policy solutions to avert the worst effects of climate change, say WRI and Ørsted in a new joint working paper. [Evwind]

Unlocking a Renewable Energy Future

¶ “Woolworths Signs PPA At 244-MW Australian Wind Farm” • Woolworths Group has signed a power purchase agreement with CWP Renewables at the 244-MW Bango wind farm in New South Wales. The PPA, which starts in January 2022 and will last ten years, will cover approximately 30% of the retail company’s energy needs in NSW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Fortum To Construct 237 MW Of Russian Wind” • Fortum, a developer based in Finland, has announced it has invested in the construction of 236.6 MW of onshore wind parks in the Samara region of Russia. The wind parks are to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2022. The executive vice president of Fortum said he expects more growth in the region. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Fortum image)

India:

¶ “India’s Renewable Energy Capacity Increased By Over 250% In 6 To 7 Years, Says PM Modi” • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Word Environment Day that India has set an example in the world when it comes to protecting the environment, adding that the country’s capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250% in 6 to 7 years. [India TV News]

¶ “Water From Air, Avoiding Plastics, Renewable Power Making Corporates Embrace Green” • Water from air, use of products friendly to the environment instead of plastics, harvesting rain water, green power generation, and planting trees are some of the sustainable initiatives of Indian industries, officials said, on the eve of World Environment Day. [Morung Express]

Trees (Pixabay image)

¶ “Cheaper Renewable Energy Will Leave New Coal Assets Stranded” • Much of India’s 33 GW of coal-fired power capacity that are currently under construction and another 29 GW in the preconstruction stage will end up stranded, according to a new briefing note released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [pv magazine India]

US:

¶ “Fire Killed 1 In 10 Of Earth’s Most Fire-Resilient Monarch Sequoias In 2020” • The Visalia Times-Delta obtained a draft National Park Service report that puts a number on the Castle Fire’s climate-fueled toll. Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarch sequoias, 10% to 14% of the world’s mature sequoia population, perished in the fire. [CleanTechnica]

Sequoia trees (Josh Carter, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Feature Prominently In Joe Biden’s Plans” • The White House on May 17 announced a slate of new programs to integrate US buildings into the clean energy economy. Among the goals is grid-interactive efficient buildings – a less well-known approach that has potential to reduce carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Passes Reforms To Winterize Power Infrastructures” • Texas lawmakers completed the final version of Senate Bill 3, in response to the outages that resulted during the deadly February winter storms. It aims to bolster Texas’ electricity infrastructure and require power plants to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. [Engineering News-Record]

Texas winter storm (Courtesy of Texas DOT, Austin District)

¶ “Ford Maverick Signals That The Industry Is Changing For The Better” • People have been asking manufacturers to make small trucks again. Ford is answering that call with a new compact pickup truck, the Maverick. This signals not only the return of smaller trucks, but an opportunity for electric trucks to thrive in this segment eventually. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Town Of Geneva Announces Its Plans To Continue The Clean Energy Program” • With its initial community choice electricity supply contract expiring June 30th, the Town of Geneva, New York, chose to continue providing residents access to affordable 100% renewable energy. Joule Community Power will stay on as Program Administrator. [Fingerlakes1.com]

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June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Bill Gates And Warren Buffett To Build A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor – Is That Good News?” • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want to build a new kind of nuclear reactor to generate electricity. Why? Because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Being rich does not necessarily make a person all that smart. [CleanTechnica]

Sodium cooled fast reactor (Wikipedia, public domain, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The World’s Forgotten Greenhouse Gas” • Agriculture accounts for 16 to 27% of human-caused climate-warming emissions. But much of these emissions are not from carbon dioxide, that familiar climate change villain. They’re from another gas altogether: nitrous oxide (N₂O), also known as laughing gas. [BBC]

¶ “Lakes Are Losing Oxygen Due To Climate Change” • Climate change is contributing to falling oxygen levels in lakes across the world, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Previous studies have shown falling oxygen levels in individual lakes, but this study is the first to look at large numbers lakes on several continents. [CleanTechnica]

Lake with wooded island (Juan Davila, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Ignite A Financial Crisis, IMF Official Says” • Climate change poses serious risks to the stability of the financial system, a senior International Monetary Fund official told CNN Business. Tobias Adrian, director of the its monetary and capital markets department, said the climate crisis could “absolutely” ignite a financial crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Denmark, Norway, And The US To Lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission” •The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the US, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, announced that they will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation. [CleanTechnica]

Shipping containers on land and ships (Tom Fisk, Pexels)

¶ “Sweden Continues Electric Vehicle Progress In May With 39.1% Plugin Vehicle Share” • Sweden’s plugin EV market shared reach 39.1% in May 2021, up from 21.5% in May 2020. With policy still in flux, we can expect even stronger growth in the second half of the year. Overall auto sales were still recovering, down 24% from seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Taaleri Energia Swoops For 252-MW Finnish Wind” • Taaleri Energia has bought two ready-to-build wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 252 MW using capital from its Taaleri II SolarWind fund. Construction works on both projects started in April 2021, and both are expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Taaleri Energia wind farm (Taaleri Energia image)

¶ “Danish Energy Giants Ørsted Intends To Tip $57 Billion Into Renewables” • Denmark’s multinational power company Ørsted has made a global statement with a new commitment to spend $57 billion between 2020 and 2027. “Our aspiration is to become the world’s leading green energy major by 2030,” said Ørsted chief executive Mads Nipper. [Energy Matters]

¶ “New South Wales opens call for 8-GW renewable energy zone” • The New South Wales government has launched a registration of interest process for Australia’s largest renewable energy zone, which is expected to have a capacity of up to 8 GW. The NSW government has committed A$78.9 million ($60.9 million) to support development of the zone. [PV Tech]

AGL solar plant in New South Wales (AGL Energy image)

¶ “7-Eleven To Introduce 500 EV Fast-Charging Stations At 250 Stores” • Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven announced that it will instal 500 EV charging ports at 250 selected stores in the US and Canada. The company currently has 22 charging stations located at 14 stories across four states in the US, so this represents a significant increase. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Disney, Netflix And Tech Titans Team Up To Fight The Climate Crisis” • As energy watchdogs warn that spending on clean energy is still well shy of what’s needed, Amazon, Disney, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce, Unilever, and Workday launched an alliance to boost the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions. [CNN]

Clean energy (Sander Weeteling, Unsplash)

¶ “How A Southern California School District Is Leading The E-Bus Revolution” • As K-12 budgets continue to tighten and communities are increasingly concerned about sustainability, school districts are evaluating green transportation options. One school district in Southern California recently stepped forward as a leader on this front. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “President Biden’s Budget Invests $2.8 Billion To Support Economies, Outdoor Recreation, And Access To Public Lands” • The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced their proposed Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of $2.8 billion in projects, grants and programs authorized in the Great American Outdoors Act. [CleanTechnica]

Meetse Area (Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, DOI)

¶ “Conservationists Are Planting The Seeds Of History’s ‘Biggest Ecological Turnaround’ In Maine Forest” • An orchard in coastal Maine is one of three where researchers have planted what could be the forest of the future. But what makes that future different is that it contains the next wave of American chestnut trees – a kind created in a lab. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “Climate Versus Jobs? Not In This Heartland State” • A new clean energy project – a 100-turbine wind farm here in Illinois’ Knox County – would generate tax revenue for the local school, fire department, and library, and offer an income stream to farmers who lease land to the project. Renewable energy is not just about the climate. [Christian Science Monitor]

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June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Will Electric Cars Get Cheaper? Definitely!” • With falling costs of producing batteries and dedicated production lines in carmakers’ plants, EVs will be cheaper than gas-powered cars, on average, within the next 6 years. Cost-competitive EVs in the short-term are inevitable, according to Logan Goldie-Scot, head of clean power at BNEF. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Martin Katler, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seaweed Can Restore Ocean Dead Zones Caused By Nutrient Run Off” • Fertilizer from US farms washes down rivers and causes the algae blooms that lead to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara say seaweed could soak up lots of the phosphorous and nitrogen, while adding oxygen to the water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This New Imaging System Could Be A Game Changer In The Fight To Save Coral Reefs” • Not that long ago, scientists at Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Aquatic Resources, had only two ways of mapping coral reefs: send out divers or gather satellite images. They have a powerful new tool now. [CleanTechnica]

Global Airborne Observatory (Andy DeLisle, ASU
Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science)

World:

¶ “With 9 GW Of New Solar Power, BP Smacks ExxonMobil Upside The Head” • It seems that BP is not letting the solar power grass grow under its feet. The company reminded everybody that it has set a goal of developing 20 GW of low carbon energy by 2025, announcing a deal that brings it almost halfway towards that goal in one blow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway’s Plugin EV Transition Continues: 83.3% Share In May With Ford Mustang Mach-E Overall Bestseller” • Norway, the leading country in the electric transport revolution, saw plugin electric vehicles take 83.3% share in May 2021, up from 65.6% in May 2020. The Ford Mustang Mach-E was Norway’s overall bestselling vehicle in May. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E first delivery (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “China Three Gorges Renewables’ IPO Gets Strong Response From Investors” • The initial public offering of China Three Gorges Renewables Group had a strong response from investors looking to profit from China’s push for carbon neutrality by 2060. The online retail tranche of the IPO was oversubscribed 190 times. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “KEPCO Opens New Renewable Energy Transaction Service” • Korea Electric Power Corp, South Korea’s state-run utility, said that it will launch a new renewable energy transaction service through its energy marketplace EN:TER. It will offer customers documentation that can be used as a tool to implement the RE100 initiative. [Korea Buzwire]

Solar panels in Korea (Korea Forest Service image)

¶ “Australia Can Power Renewable Energy Age, Says Tesla” • Tesla Chairwoman Robyn Denholm said she expects the company to invest heavily in Australian lithium, nickel, and other critical minerals to make its batteries. “Australia has the minerals to power the renewable energy age throughout the world in the coming years,” she said. [PV Magazine]

US:

¶ “Third Climate Activist Is Expected To Be Elected To Exxon’s Board” • Exxon acknowledged after its shareholder meeting last week that two of its board seats went to climate activist hedge fund Engine No 1. Now, with votes still being tallied, Exxon says a third Engine No 1 nominee may have beat out one of Exxon’s preferred directors. [CNN]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Police Vehicle Brings Big Monetary Savings To Westport, Connecticut” • In 2019, the city of Westport, Connecticut, added a new Tesla Model 3 patrol car to its fleet. Critics were upset over the cost, but new financial data shows that betting on the Tesla Model 3 as the choice for a police vehicle paid off, saving the city tens of thousands of dollars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Aims To Plug Vehicles Into Renewable Energy” • With bipartisan support, Nevada’s legislature passed a bill that would help the state drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity. Senate Bill 448 (Brooks) would speed the approval of transmission lines needed to accelerate the deployment of cars, trucks, and buses fueled by electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada and Tesla Model 3 (Tesla image)

¶ “Ohio Senate Passes Bill Putting More Regulations On Renewable Energy Projects” • A bill that allows local voters to decide on a renewable energy project is heading to the Ohio House after gaining approval by the Senate. SB 52 also gives county commissioners the power to deny renewable energy projects or limit their size. [Ideastream]

¶ “Halaand Pauses Arctic Drilling” • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland put a pause on oil and gas drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her order says there were “multiple legal deficiencies” with Trump’s leasing program, and she will not allow any of the issued leases to move forward until a review of environmental impacts is complete. [Grist]

Arctic fox (Jonatan Pie, Unsplash)

¶ “Anheuser-Busch Brewing Achieves Its 100% Renewable Electricity Goal With 222-MW (AC) Solar Project In Texas” • Anheuser-Busch announced that its portfolio of domestic beer and seltzer brands is now brewed with 100% renewable electricity from solar and wind power. It has achieved its renewable energy goal four years early. [pvbuzz.com]

¶ “Bill Gates Company To Build Reactor At Wyoming Coal Plant” • A next-generation, small nuclear plant is to be built at a soon-to-be retired coal-fired power plant in Wyoming. The plant will feature a sodium reactor that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates claims will perform better, be safer, and cost less than traditional nuclear power. [Tech Xplore]

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June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Wind Good, Floating Wind Plus Green Hydrogen Better” • Anyone who thinks rapid global decarbonization is out of reach should take a look at the floating wind turbine sector. Floating wind seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the past couple of years, and it has already hooked up with the splashy new green hydrogen trend. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbine support systems (US DOE image)

¶ “37% Of Global Heat Deaths Caused By Climate Change” • Climate change causes over a third of global heat-related deaths each year, research published in Nature Climate Change found. Seventy scientists assessed heat deaths in 732 cities from 1991 to 2018 and found that 37% of them world-wide were directly attributable to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tool To Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Electric And Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles” • The DOE’s Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator provides estimates of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with driving an EV or plug-in hybrid EV, including emissions from the production of electricity used to power the vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Tool results (US DOE screenshot)

¶ “China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Nuclear Fusion Reactor Sets A New World Record After Running At 216 Million°F For 100 Seconds” • China’s ‘artificial sun’ nuclear fusion reactor has set a new world record after running at 216 million° Fahrenheit (120 million°C – ten times as hot as the sun) for 100 seconds, according to China’s state media. [Daily Mail]

World:

¶ “Tesla Powerpacks Will Help A Hospital In Haiti Serve Its Patients” • Tesla Powerpacks will be used in a hospital in Haiti to provide reliable and renewable energy, Tesmanian reports. World Hope International, working with the Wesleyan Mission in Haiti, aims to make healthcare at a critical hospital more reliable and sustainable. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack in Haiti (Building Health International)

¶ “ACWA Power Signs MOU With Neutral Fuels To Supply Red Sea Project” • ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer of power generation and desalinization plants, has signed an MOU with Neutral Fuels to collaborate on supply of its Net Zero Biofuel™ for a Saudi Arabian regenerative tourism project on the Red Sea coast. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “May In France: Plugin Vehicle Sales At 17.3% Share – Up Times 2.3 Year On Year” • France, saw 17.3% plugin electric vehicle share in May 2021, up from 7.45% in May 2020. Non-electrified internal combustion powertrains continued their decline, now at 63.7% share. May’s overall auto volumes are still down around 25% from pre-Covid norms. [CleanTechnica]

May’s top seller, the Renault ZOE (Renault image)

¶ “Suzlon Wins 252-MW Order From CLP India” • Suzlon Group has secured an order for a 252-MW windpower project from CLP India in Gujarat. Suzlon will install 120 units of the S120-140m wind turbines with a Hybrid Lattice Tubular tower, with rated capacity of 2.1-MW each. The Sidhpur project is expected to be commissioned in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Seabased Will Install Utility-Scale Wave Energy Park In France” • Brittany may soon be home to Europe’s first utility scale commercial wave energy park. With the support of the region, Seabased, a wave energy company led by French CEO Laurent Albert, is planning to build a 10-MW wave power park in Audierne Bay. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Seabased unit (Courtesy of Seabased)

US:

¶ “1,000 Arrests Expected Over Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline” • The coming month will be critical for the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, under construction in Northern Minnesota, AP reports. Indigenous leaders never consented to the Line 3 project, and organizers from 300 groups threaten non-violent civil disobedience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Administration To Suspend Oil And Gas Drilling Leases In Arctic Refuge, Undoing A Trump-Era Decision” • The Biden administration plans to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a senior administration official. This will undo a move the Trump administration made late last year. [CNN]

Alaska (Joris Beugels, Unsplash)

¶ “Gridware Raises $5.3 Million In Seed Round For Its Tech To Eliminate Suburban Wildfires” • Gridware, a California-based wildfire prevention technology company, has announced that it raised $5.3 million in a seed round. The mission of Gridware is tremendous and prescient: to eradicate suburban wildfires by finding them quickly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted And Eversource Charter Dominion Wind Turbine Installation Vessel” • Ørsted and Eversource have contracted Dominion Energy’s wind turbine installation vessel Charybdis for the construction of two planned offshore wind farms in the Northeast. The Charybdis is expected to be deployed from New London, Connecticut, in 2023. [Offshore Mag]

Charybdis installation vessel (Dominion Energy)

¶ “Rivian Selects Underwriters For IPO That Could Reach A $70 Billion Valuation” • Rivian will be working with Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Goldman Sachs Group on their IPO, according to Bloomberg. Inside sources have said that Rivian could be seeking a valuation of about $70 billion when it goes public. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SEIA Joins Lawsuit To Roll Back FERC’s Latest PURPA Rules” • The Solar Energy Industries Association and other petitioners have challenged in federal court a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rulemaking for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 that they said “effectively guts” the law’s implementation. [pv magazine USA]

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June 1 Energy News

June 1, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why Electric Cars Will Take Over Sooner Than You Think” • We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford’s first production line started turning back in 1913. Many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of EVs will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars. [BBC]

EV among the buffalo (Taun Stewart, Unsplash)

¶ “Your State Treasurer Has A Lot Of Influence On Climate Action” • State treasurers from sixteen stattes released a letter calling for corporate disclosure of climate risk and supporting efforts to boot corporate directors who fail to take appropriate climate action. The letter packs a punch. The treasurers manage over $1 trillion in assets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Catching Up To China In The EV Race Will Require New Thinking” • Auto industry analysts may disagree about how soon world’s transport system will be electrified, but they agree on one thing: China is far ahead of the US. China’s “state capitalism” can manipulate markets far more than would be tolerated in the laissez-faire US. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng EV (Xpeng image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Turning Coal Waste Into Rare Earth Metals For Renewable Energy” • The US DOE has been funding pilot plants that extract valuable rare earth minerals from coal waste. When a technique shows promise, the site will get additional funding. Plants in Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Utah, and Kentucky are being developed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blimps May Be The Key To Low-Carbon Short-Range Air Travel” • According to The Guardian, Hybrid Air Vehicles, based in the UK, wants to change air travel by ferrying people between cities that are up to 300 miles apart with its Airlander 10 blimps. Here are a few reasons a blimp might be a serious alternative to travelling by jet. [CleanTechnica]

Interior of an Airlander 10 (Courtesy of Hybrid Air Vehicles)

World:

¶ “Wärtsilä Finalises Commissioning Of Its First Two Energy Storage Projects In The Philippines” • The technology group Wärtsilä signed multiple energy storage contracts with SMC Global Power Holdings Inc through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc, in the Philippines during 2019-2020. The first two were commissioned in May. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Morrow Batteries Commits To New Factory In Norway” • After searching nearly a year for a place to build a battery factory in Norway, Morrow Batteries signed a deal with the city of Arendal, in southern Norway, near the North Sea. The agreement came about after the city council agreed unanimously to approve the construction of the factory. [CleanTechnica]

Arendal (Ehud Neuhaus, Unsplash)

¶ “Finland Breaks Ground On Its Deep Geologic Nuclear Waste Repository” • Finnish waste management company, Posiva Oy, has started excavation on their deep geologic nuclear waste repository for their spent nuclear fuel at ONKALO. Operation of the repository is expected to begin in 2023. The estimated cost is about €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion). [Forbes]

¶ “Nexif Forges Partnership For 80 MW Of Vietnam Wind” • Australian power company Nexif Energy has formed an equal partnership with Ratch Group for the construction and operation of the 80-MW Nexif Energy Ben Tre wind project in Vietnam. The project, consisting of 19 Goldwind 4.5-MW turbines, is to be completed in 19 months. [reNEWS]

Goldwind wind turbines (Goldwind image)

Australia:

¶ “Batteries Boom In Australia As Renewable Investments Decline” • The Clean Energy Council says investors are shying away from large renewable projects in Australia, as government intervention has created uncertainty and grid risks are tough to quantify. Investments in batteries in the first quarter, however, are up 300% year-on-year. [PV Magazine]

¶ “1000% Renewables For Australia? ARENA Boss Says That Is The Goal” • Australia could grow to become a global renewable energy giant, producing as much as ten times as much electricity as it currently consumes, and all of it could be from renewable sources, according to the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. [Renew Economy]

Wind farm in Western Australia (Harry Cunningham, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia’s ‘Biggest Climate Polluter’ Takes Greenpeace To Court” • AGL Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest electricity generator, is taking Greenpeace Australia Pacific to court. AGL accused the environmental organisation of abusing copyright and trademark laws when it ran a satirical advertisement campaign that used AGL’s logos. [Al Jazeera]

US:

¶ “Solar Panel Installations Over Canals Could Save California 65 Billion Gallons Of Water Per Year” • Yale Climate Connections has shared how installing solar panels over California’s 4,000 miles of open canals could save around 65 billion gallons of water each year. Solar panels over canals not only generate clean energy, but also reduce evaporation. [CleanTechnica]

Canal in California (Stephen Leonardi, Unsplash)

¶ “A Dilemma For California Legislators: Preserve Public Beaches Or Protect Coastal Homes” • The sea walls that safeguard roads, highways, harbors, military bases, and homes don’t always protect California’s pristine beaches. When waves reflect off a hard surface they wash more sand back out to sea, hastening coastal erosion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Best Case? Worst Case? The Colorado River And The Culture Of Exceptionalism” • Scientists at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, have penned an article in Science Magazine that warns the decreasing flow of water in the Colorado River poses a danger to the 40 million Americans who depend on its water. [CleanTechnica]

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