June 7 Energy News

June 7, 2021


¶ “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)


¶ “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]


¶ “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]

Have an emphatically cool day.

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