Archive for June 22nd, 2021

June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Planes Are Inevitable” • Becausee airlines are one of the more carbon-intensive industries, they will start facing regulatory challenges, unless they become less carbon-intensive. That is, unless they take fighting climate change seriously and see it as something they need to do rather than as an act to simply appear green. [CleanTechnica]

Electric airplane concept (Airbus image)

¶ “How The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive Risks Destroying Europe’s Forests” • To meet their 2020 renewable energy targets, EU Member States have overseen large increases in renewables. This has included a less welcome development: a near doubling in the amount of energy derived from solid biomass, which is classified as zero carbon. [EURACTIV.com]

World:

¶ “Great Barrier Reef Should Be Listed As ‘In Danger’, UNESCO Says” • The Great Barrier Reef should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger” over harm caused by climate change, UNESCO says. It is urging Australia to take “accelerated action” on global warming. But the Australian government said it would “strongly oppose” the recommendation. [BBC]

Great Barrier Reef (Kristin Hoel, Unsplash)

¶ “Porsche Inks Battery Deal With Customcells, Volvo Partners With Northvolt” • The EV revolution is happening, but some worry that China will control the battery supply. Joe Biden is proposing a policy to support making more battery factories in the US, and the German government is pressuring companies to buy batteries made in Germany. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Honors The Historical Silk Road With The Longest Supercharger Route From East To West In China” • Tesla tweeted from its Tesla Greater China account that it has just opened the longest Supercharger route from east to west in China. The tweet included a stunning video and a nod to China’s historic Silk Road and efforts to modernize it. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla on the Silk Road (Tesla image)

¶ “NTPC Doubles 2032 Renewables Target To 60 GW” • Indian state-run power producer NTPC has 1,350 MW of installed renewable energy capacity. Earlier, the company announced a target to have 30,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2032, but in a recent conference call, it told investors it has doubled its target for 2032 to 60,000 MW. [Energy News India]

¶ “Albania Opens First Onshore Wind Tender” • Albania has today launched its first tender for onshore wind totaling between 100 MW and 150 MW. Individual projects with a capacity of between 10 MW and 75 MW can apply, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said. Qualification submissions are due by mid-June 2022. [reNEWS]

Installing a turbine rotor (EBRD image)

¶ “ESB To Demolish Ex-Midlands Power Plants To Build Renewable Energy Centers” • The ESB plans to redevelop the sites of two former peat-based stations in the Irish midlands and create new renewable energy centers. ESB says it considered “commercial and climate action realities,” and found no viable way to repurpose the plants. [Irish Farmers Journal]

¶ “WoodMac Sees APAC Wind And Solar Investments Topping $1.3 Trillion By 2030” • Asia-Pacific investments in wind and solar will hit $1.3 trillion this decade, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie, more than double the level in the 2010s. The analysts project carbon emissions from the power industry to peak at 7.3 billion tonnes in 2025. [Stockhead]

Wind turbines (Thomas Reaubourg, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Republicans Want EV Owners To Pay For US Infrastructure Upgrades” • There is a popular myth that the federal tax on fuel pays for maintaining and repairing America’s roads, bridges, and tunnels. It is simply not true. Nevertheless, on Face The Nation, Senator Susan Collins (R, ME) said users of EVs were “free riders” who should be forced to pay a fee. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Rethinks US Sales Strategy After Biden EV Push” • According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s product development officer, told the press that his company will “realign … in a massive way” its EV sales strategy in the US as a result of President Biden’s policy initiatives designed to boost EV adoption. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen concept bus (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Two US Senators Introduce Bill To Strengthen Gulf Revenue Sharing Program” • Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies & Ecosystems Act. The act would create a dedicated stream of funding from future offshore wind development for coastal protection and resiliency. [Bill Cassidy]

¶ “Greenlink Nevada Gets Green Light To Power Up” • With the Nevada state Legislature pushing the accelerator, NV Energy will ramp up its efforts on the largest extra-high-voltage transmission line project in Nevada history. The $2.5-billion Greenlink Nevada project aims to promote renewable energy development and strengthen the grid. [Engineering News-Record]

Turquoise Solar construction (Sumitomo Corp of Americas)

¶ “Feds Looking To Expand Wind Energy Offshore East, West Coast, And Gulf Of Mexico” • The Department of Interior may have paused federal oil and natural gas leasing, but it is looking to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind capacity on US coastlines by 2030. A competitive lease sale to kick things off is planned in the New York Bight. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ “NRC Conducting Special Inspection Of Georgia Nuclear Plant Construction” • The NRC is starting a special inspection of the construction of Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 nuclear reactor, after the owners reported significant cable installation errors. NRC inspectors will review why the system for electrical power cabling was not installed properly. [S&P Global]

Have an uncompromisingly merry day.

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