June 9 Energy News

June 9, 2021


¶ “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]


¶ “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 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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