Archive for June 11th, 2021

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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