Archive for June 13th, 2021

June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2021


¶ “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]


¶ “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)


¶ “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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