June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2021


¶ “Can The US Survive California’s Drought?” • The drought facing the Western US is bad. Really bad. It is a national and international crisis. California produces more than a third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts sold in the US, so the drought is affecting more than California and the Southwest. It is threatening our food supply. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “G7 Embraces Climate Action To Drive Equitable Recovery” • Biden’s doing what’s best for the country at home, and he has got the rest of the world on board. Now it’s time for Congress to get behind this grand vision of American renewal so we can move forward with the climate action and broad-based recovery the country so desperately needs. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Amount Of Heat The Earth Traps Has Doubled In Just 15 Years, Study Shows” • The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere that it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [CNN]

Clouds (Artur D, Unsplash)

¶ “A Deeper Look At The Health Costs Of Climate Hazards” • The NRDC and partners released a report last month on the staggering financial toll of fossil fuel air pollution and climate change on human health in the US. Here we are providing some more information to clarify our findings and take a deeper dive into our report methods. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost” • New research from North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University finds that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the result is greater reliability in the system’s ability to handle peak energy demand. [NC State News]

Solar array (American Public Power Association)


¶ “G7 And SEC: Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure Needed Now” • G7 leaders met in the UK last week, and climate was high on the agenda, as it must be. One of the areas of agreement among the leaders of the world’s largest economies might seem new but has been in the works for years: mandatory climate disclosures from companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SolarTaxi Adds The XPeng G3 To Its Growing Range Of EV Models For Sale And Leasing In Ghana!” • In Ghana, SolarTaxi Ghana wants to make sure a lot more full electric models are available to would-be buyers. It is now offering more than 12 models in Ghana that are available on a long term lease, rental, or outright purchase basis. [CleanTechnica]

SolarTaxi XPeng G3 (SolarTaxi image)

¶ “Lightsource BP Adds 703 MW To Spanish PV Pipeline” • Lightsource BP has acquired Grupo Jorge’s 703-MW project pipeline in Spain for an undisclosed price, bringing its own Spanish pipeline to 3 GW. The acquisition consists of three projects based in Aragon. Lightsource BP plans bring them to the construction phase next year. [reNEWS]

¶ “RES Team Wins 200-MW Saskatchewan Wind Prize” • RES and Cowessess First Nation have secured a tender award with SaskPower for the 200-MW Bekevar wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan. Construction of the project, which will have about 40 turbines, is expected to start in the summer of 2022 and to be completed by the end of 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine on a farm (RES image)


¶ “California Reservoir Is Expected To Fall So Low That A Hydro Plant Will Shut Down For First Time” • In a drought worsened by climate change, water in Northern California’s Lake Oroville will fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said, straining the state’s already-taxed electric grid. [CNN]

¶ “California Prepares For A Long Wildfire Season As Record Heat Parches The State” • As record heat and an drought tightens their grip, vegetation in California has dried to historic levels, and the region at great risk of wildfires, officials say. “Live fuel moisture remain at or near historic lows at all sites for June 15,” one Bay Area Cal Fire unit tweeted. [CNN]

¶ “Can Electric Pickup Trucks Save The Grid In Texas?” • Just months after it was battered by a winter storm, the Texas electric grid is once again straining under extreme weather conditions. But Texas is also on the leading edge of America’s ongoing electric vehicle boom. And an EV is, in many practical ways, a battery that can roll around. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ERCOT Is Having Problems With Electricity In Texas Again, And Summer Has Only Begun” • Texas gets hot – very hot. It is pointless to tell Texans to use less electricity – they will use their AC. ERCOT stated that about 11,000 MW of generating capacity is down for repairs. Of that number, about 8,000 MW is thermal. And summer is just starting. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack in Texas (Jared Evans, Unsplash)

¶ “Polestar 3 Electric SUV Will Be Manufactured In US” • Polestar 3 is a battery electric SUV made by Volvo, now owned by Geely, a Chinese company. For the North American market, the Polestar 3 will be manufactured at the Volvo Cars factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which produces the Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo’s largest SUV, the XC90. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NC Energy Bill Addresses Coal-Fired Plants, Renewable Power. It Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says Governor” • Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill defended it despite opposition from interest groups and Gov Roy Cooper. If it were law, it would retire Duke Energy coal-fired plants, expand solar, but keep nuclear. [Greensboro News and Record]

Have a humdingerly great day.

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