June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Greener Oil Or Green Industry? Gridlock Puts Norway In A Bind” • Oslo is loath to relinquish Norway’s lucrative position as one of the world’s top oil and gas producers, accounting for over 40% of its exports. Instead it wants to make the industry greener. Critics of the plan are calling it “greenwashing,” as it flies in the face of shifting away from fossil fuels. [Reuters]

Offshore oil rig being dismantled (Kevin Harris, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Volvo Announces Plan To Develop Fossil-Free Steel” • No matter how progressive a car maker gets, no matter how seriously it takes recycling or examines its supply chain, modern cars need steel, and manufacturing steel without the use of fossil fuels is a challenge. Luckily, it’s a challenge that Volvo, at least, seems to be willing to take on. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Most New Wind And Solar Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal, Report Finds” • Globally, 62% of wind and solar projects built last year are able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, an International Renewable Energy Agency report says. Renewables could undercut the price of energy from 800 GW of coal plants. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “12% Plugin Vehicle Share In China!” • Plugins are a hot item in China, having scored over 190,000 registrations last month and jumping 146% compared to the same month last year, with BEVs in particular growing even faster, at a 153% growth rate. Looking at May’s best sellers, Tesla models placed at numbers two and three for Chinese sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Scandinavian Way To Zero-Carbon Construction” • The words quiet, clean, and green are not what you would typically use to describe a construction site. But the site at Olav Vs gate, one of the busiest streets in the heart of Oslo, was special. In a first of its kind, all the machines used there – excavators, diggers, and loaders – were electric. [BBC]

Electric equipment (Climate Agency, City of Oslo)

¶ “Senate Sinks Angus Taylor’s Plan To Allow Renewables Agency To Invest In Fossil Fuel Technologies” • The Australian Senate voted not to allow the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to expand its investments to allow it to support carbon capture and storage, generating hydrogen from natural gas, and technologies that relate to use of fossil fuels. [The Guardian]

¶ “EDF To Supply Scots Distilleries With Wind Power” • EDF has signed a four-year deal to supply UK spirits business Edrington with 100% renewable energy from October 2021. This will mean that all Edrington’s Scottish distilleries, The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, and other sites will be supplied with electricity from wind turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (EDF image)

¶ “Corporate Demand Drives Renewables As Amazon Becomes Worlds Largest Buyer” • With the announcement of fourteen new renewable energy projects in the US, Canada, Finland, and Spain, Amazon brings its renewable energy investments to 10-GW of capacity. It also becomes the largest corporate buyer of clean energy in the US and globally. [Forbes]

¶ “As Japan Reboots Ageing Mihama Nuclear Reactor, Experts Express Concern” • The head of a major inquiry into Japan’s nuclear disaster and a former senior Cabinet adviser have sounded alarms over plans this week to restart a 44-year old reactor, saying the industry and government have not taken on board the lessons from Fukushima. [USNews.com]

Mihama nuclear plant (藤谷良秀, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Refinery That Rained Oil Shuts Down ‘Indefinitely'” • The Limetree Bay refinery that rained oil on St. Croix neighborhoods will remain shut down “indefinitely,” its private equity owners said. The EPA shut down the refinery in May for 60 days after it spewed oil onto nearby mainly Black and Latino neighborhoods twice since reoponing in February. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California’s Historic Drought Is Causing Drinking Water To Taste Like Dirt” • Up and down California, rivers, streams and reservoirs are drying up. In Sacramento, that caused an increase in the concentration of geosmin in its drinking water, one of two organic compounds that give soil its characteristic smell. City officials say it’s still safe to drink. [CNN]

Glass of water (Manki Kim, Unsplash)

¶ “Culver City Votes To Phase Out Oil Drilling” • The Culver City Council voted 4-1 to phase out oil drilling within its portion of the Inglewood Oil Field. This vote was a bold and unprecedented step that residents and advocates have been pushing toward for many years. Phasing out the oil drilling operations is a sensible step for many reasons. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Leeward Signs Off-take For 145-MW Colorado Wind Farm” • Leeward Renewable Energy signed a power purchase agreement with Guzman Energy for its 145-MW Panorama wind farm in Colorado. Construction of the facility’s 60 Vestas wind turbines will begin this year in early July and is expected to be completed in December 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Leeward image)

¶ “Researchers Identify Near-Term Opportunity For Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with two electric utilities, recently studied a promising opportunity for near-term electrification of heavy-duty trucks through depot charging. The work is detailed in a recent Nature Energy article. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hanover, Lebanon Eye ‘Community Power’ To Offer Control Over Energy Sourcing” • Voters will decide next month whether to bring “community power” to Hanover, New Hampshire, so more environmentally friendly sources of energy are available to users. And Lebanon is also working on a proposal for ratepayers to switch to community power. [Valley News]

Have an extraordinarily amusing day.

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