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]

Have a powerfully productive day.

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