Archive for June 21st, 2021

June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Save Our Future Act Offers Blueprint For Supporting Coal Workers And Communities” • Two US Senators introduced a solutions-oriented bill that would put a price on emissions of greenhouse gases and use the revenues to mitigate impacts of the policy on consumers, workers, and communities. The bill would help coal miners and their communities. [CleanTechnica]

Job building wind turbines (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia Will Likely Adopt A Net-Zero Target By COP26. It Will Be A Bad Target” • Scott Morrison has said, tens of times, that he’d like to reach net zero emissions by 2050, ’preferably.’ Here’s the thing: when you prefer something to happen, you often act like you prefer it to happen. But climate change is a real thing. It is not a political thing. [Renew Economy]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenest Power Source: Retrofitting Hydropower Onto Existing Dams” • A good part of the water supply dams in Africa and Asia are used for soil irrigation, drinking water, and flood control, but not to produce electricity. In some areas, only 10% to 15% of them are used for hydropower. Many could be retrofitted to do so. [The Maritime Executive]

Srisailam hydroelectric dam (Tejj, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “GEM Is A Gem In The Battery Recycling Industry That Was Inspired By A Toothpaste Experiment” • The name of GEM Co, Ltd, stands for “Green, Eco-manufacture.” It has a large battery recycling plant in China and over ten years of experience. Its chairman, Kaihua Xu, started with recycling tin from toothpaste tubes as a college project in 1985. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indigenous Groups In Brazil Worry Covid Will Exacerbate Wildfire Smoke” • As climate change is making wildfires worse, indigenous groups in Brazil are worried the health impacts of the inescapable smoke from the upcoming fire season will be deadly just as many struggle with the after-effects of COVID-19, Thomson Reuters reports. [CleanTechnica]

Red sky (Vinícius Henrique Photography, Unsplash)

¶ “BayWa RE Continues Expansion In Ireland In Partnership With Rengen Power” • BayWa re has announced a partnership with Irish renewable energy company Rengen Power, which is headquartered in Ennis, County Clare. BayWa re and Rengen Power aim to develop and deliver 350 MW of wind capacity over the next three years. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Environment Minister Rules Huge Renewable Energy Hub In WA ‘Clearly Unacceptable’” • A 26-GW renewable energy export development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been declared “clearly unacceptable” by the federal environment minister due to its impact on threatened migratory species and internationally recognized wetlands. [The Guardian]

Wetland in the Pilbara (Government of Western Australia)

¶ “Australia Integrates Long-Duration Storage With Hybrid Solar-Hydro” • RayGen Resources is set to build what it claims to be the country’s first hybrid solar-hydro power plant in north-west Victoria. The demonstration project will comprise a 4-MW solar PV generation system and 3-MW / 50-MWH of storage capacity. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “IKEA, Rockefeller Foundation Collaborate To Set Up $1 Billion Global Platform” • The IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation announced that they will join forces to set up a $1 billion platform to fight climate change and energy poverty. The platform, launching this year, aims to provide a billion people with renewable distributed energy. [MENAFN.com]

Installing solar power in Malawi (JonStrand, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Auto Dealerships Win Big In Connecticut – At The Expense Of Tesla, Rivian, And Clean Air” • In Connecticut, many people were hoping the EV Freedom Bill would pass, but it didn’t. Auto dealerships lobbied hard to fight this bill, and they won. One is even suing Tesla because they want to prevent Tesla from selling to its customers in its town. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL Announces Plans To Collaborate With Georgia Institute Of Technology” • The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to bolster the interactions, collaborations, and joint scientific output of both institutions. [CleanTechnica]

Georgia Institute of Technology (NREL image)

¶ “Prysmian Swoops For 2.1-GW US Green Link” • Prysmian Group was selected as preferred supplier of high-voltage direct current cable systems for the 2100-MW SOO Green HVDC Link. The project will connect two of the largest energy markets in the US, the Midwest Independent System serving the central US to the eastern PJM Interconnection. [reNEWS]

¶ “Cold Climate Housing Research Center Completes Year 1 As NREL’s Subarctic Laboratory” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory expanded from its sunny campus in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska, one year ago, by adding the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to its team. [CleanTechnica]

Cold Climate Housing Research Center (NREL, DOE image)

¶ “A Look At Tesla’s Conflict Minerals Report” • Tesla released its Conflict Mineral Report for the year ending December 31, 2019. One common myth about Tesla and mining is that Tesla is using child or slave labor. Tesla ensured that it obtains the minerals in its products humanely and that it doesn’t use child labor, slavery, or human trafficking. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Bill To Reform Electric Rates Aims To Preserve Coal Plant Subsidies” • A new plan is on the table to phase out rate programs that have let Ohio’s electric utilities collect billions in subsidies over the past 12 years. But the bill aims to continue coal plant subsidies and is worded vaguely enough that even nuclear plants might be subsidized. [Energy News Network]

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