June 16 Energy News

June 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Marine Protected Areas Key To Our Future” • If we want our ocean to stay productive, we need to step up now. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing much of global warming’s heat, so it’s warmer and more acidic than ever. Marine life is searching for cooler waters, harmful algae are blooming, and  vital habitats are being destroyed. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “More Details On Tesla’s Innovative Carbon-Wrapped Motor” • Tesla is always coming up with innovative solutions to solve problems large or small, and one such example was revealed at the Model S Plaid delivery event last week. Elon Musk said the Plaid’s carbon-wrapped motor is the most advanced motor on the planet outside of a lab. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “The Geely Vision Starburst Is Your Futuristic Neon Dream Machine” • Geely has been on a bit of an automotive roll lately, with its Volvo and Polestar brands winning acclaim and market share while its Lotus cars brand is redefining the hypercar market with its 2000 HP all-electric Evija. Its latest concept is the Geely Vision Starburst. [CleanTechnica]

Geely Vision Starburst (Geely, via Slash/Gear)

¶ “The Renewable Energy Revolution Has A Major Employment Problem” • The seemingly unstoppable growth trend has hit a serious speed bump. There just aren’t enough workers. The industry is expanding so rapidly that there simply aren’t enough qualified and skilled workers to fill the huge swath of new job openings in the field. [Oil Price]

¶ “UN And IRENA To Advance Renewables In Peacekeeping Missions” • The UN and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the use of renewable energy in peacekeeping missions. They will help countries that host UN peacekeeping operations increase their use of renewable energy. [Energy Live News]

Use of solar energy (IRENA image)

¶ “Parkwind Reaches Financial Close On Arcadis Ost 1 Wind Farm” • Parkwind has announced that the 257-MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm reached financial close. Parkwind will now launch construction of its first German project. The wind farm will be located in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. [reNEWS]

¶ “Northland And PKN Orlen Win Offshore Wind CFD In Poland” • Northland Power and PKN Orlen have won an initial Contract for Difference for the 1200-MW Baltic Power offshore wind farm off Poland. The award is part of a commitment by the Polish government to support the initial phase of 5.9 GW of offshore windpower. [reNEWS]

Fishing and offshore windpower (B Brewer, Unsplash)

¶ “Nordic Wind Fund Reaches €342 Million Of Commitments” • Prime Capital’s Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund, has reached total commitments of €342 million following its third closing. The fund, launched in June 2020, focuses on assets in wind energy in the Nordic countries and aims to secure them in their late development stage. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration’s Oil And Gas Lease Pause” • A federal court blocked, for now, the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leasing. The decision by a US District Court in Louisiana is a temporary order. The administration may be required to follow a schedule of lease sales set by the Obama administration. [CNN]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “Electric Grid Operator Asks Texans To Stop Blasting AC As Unplanned Outages And Heat Collide” • ERCOT, which operates much of the Texas electric grid, asked residents to conserve as much energy as possible during a heatwave. About 11,000 MW of generation are on forced outage for repairs, including about 8,000 MW of thermal energy. [CNN]

¶ “Everybody Loves A Trolley, Especially If It’s Electric!” • BYD partnered with Cable Car Classics of Healdsburg, California, to design a trolley that uses a 35-foot BYD transit bus chassis as its starting point. The result was quiet, zero emission trolleys, each capable of transporting 30 passengers. The trolleys are now in service in Walla Walla, Washington. [CleanTechnica]

Electric trolley (Courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Oil Pipeline Crossing Native Community Lands Gets Support From Minnesota Court” • A Minnesota state appeals court ruled in favor of the Line 3 pipeline, upholding key approvals by state regulators. It found Minnesota’s Public Utility Commission did not act improperly when it granted Enbridge permits concerning the route and “certificate of need.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior And Commerce Departments Restore Lands To Native Hawaiian Community” • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the transfer of 80 acres of surplus federal property on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land could be used to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. [CleanTechnica]

Coast of O‘ahu (Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

¶ “TriMet Announces Move To All Renewable Electricity” • In Portland, Oregon, starting this month, all TriMet’s electric buses and MAX trains are powered by renewable electricity, reducing TriMet’s carbon emissions by over 25%. Interim General Manager Sam Desue, Jr says they wanted to do their part to support a green energy future. [KPTV]

¶ “How A Week-Old Fire At Comanche Peak Shut Down A Nuclear Power Unit And Pressured Texas’ Grid” • One of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant’s two units has been offline for over a week, since a June 7 fire in the main transformer. This put pressure on the Texas power grid, contributing to a plea for statewide conservation. [Dallas Morning News]

Have an unquestionably good day.

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