June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Great EVs For USPS Debate Continues As Workhorse Sues Over Lost Contract” • It was a surprise when the contract to build a fleet of vehicles for the USPS went to Oshkosh Defense, whose bid called for a mix consisting of 90% gasoline-powered and 10% battery EVs. It is not a surprise that Workhorse is suing over that contract award. [CleanTechnica]

USPS prototype vehicle (Courtesy of Workhorse)

¶ “These Oil Pipelines Violate US Clean Water Act, Should Have Approval Withdrawn” • The Clean Water Act is meant to protect our surface waters from pollution. The law is strong, but when it comes to CWA permits for pipelines, its implementation is not where it needs to be. The Trump administration rollbacks on protections must be reversed. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ground Temps Reached 118°F In The Arctic Circle Yesterday” • Ground temperatures in Siberia have reached 118°F, Gizmodo reported while sharing the newly published satellite images. It should be noted that the temperature recorded is a land surface temperature, not air. But it is land where there is permafrost below the surface, and it is melting. [CleanTechnica]

Satellite image (Copernicus Sentinel-3, European Union)

¶ “New UN Climate Change Report Vindicates Biden’s Climate Infrastructure Plan” • Agence France-Presse recently obtained a draft of a new report from the UN’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the news was not good. Anthropogenic climate change is creeping toward a tipping point where society as we know it can no longer sustain itself. [MSNBC]

¶ “Climate Impacts To Hit Sooner – UN Report” • Dangerous thresholds are closer than once thought. Species extinction, widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas – these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30. [The Manila Times]

Weather threat (John Fowler, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Has Pushed A Million People In Madagascar To The ‘Edge Of Starvation,’ UN Says” • The African island of Madagascar has been plagued with back-to-back droughts, which have pushed 1.14 million people “right to the very edge of starvation,” World Food Programme executive director David Beasley said in a news release. [CNN]

¶ “Gujarat Releases Comprehensive EV Policy” • The Indian state of Gujarat has just launched a progressive and future-looking EV policy. One out of every three passenger cars manufactured in India is made in Gujarat. The state’s new policy announcement will provide a fillip to the electric mobility ecosystem for the entire country. [CleanTechnica]

Road in Ahmedabad (Gufran Khan, CC-BT-SA 3.0)

¶ “Drax Kicks Off Cruachan Expansion Planning Process” • Drax Group plans to build an underground pumped hydro storage station to double the generating capacity at its Cruachan plant in Scotland. The project will support almost 900 jobs in rural areas during construction and will provide storage capacity needed for a net zero power system, Drax said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Togo Unveils Its First Renewable Energy Project” • The 50-MW Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed solar PV project, Togo’s first renewable energy facility and one of the largest PV projects in West Africa, is now operational. Togo aims to have the share of renewable energy in its energy mix at 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2030. [Power Engineering International]

PV project (Image courtesy of IRENA)

¶ “Oracle Pledges To Power Its Global Operations With 100% Renewable Energy” • Oracle announced plans to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The new plans include both its facilities and cloud operations. The commitment builds on the existing sustainability priorities previously pledged by the company. [ZDNet]

¶ “‘Rapid’ Rejection Of $50 Billion Renewable Energy Hub Raises Concerns” • The Western Australia government raised concerns about the federal environment department’s rejection of plans for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, but the consortium behind the project said it will work to amend the plans so the project can go ahead. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array (GCL SI image)

US:

¶ “DC Circuit Moves To Vacate Spire STL Certificate – Finds FERC Scrutiny Lacking” • Agreeing with the Environmental Defense Fund, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided to vacate the certificate for the Spire STL Pipeline, finding that FERC had not seriously engaged the arguments against certification. [S&P Global]

¶ “Colorado Steps Up For Healthy Homes And Good Jobs” • In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis signed the first of four cutting-edge energy laws this week to reduce climate-warming emissions as well as unhealthy pollution in homes and places of work. The new laws will put Colorado’s building sector on track to meet the state’s climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

Home with PVs and storage (Image courtesy of sonnen)

¶ “Maine Legislators Hope To Make Northern Maine A Hub Of Renewable Power Exports” • Most of northern Maine is set up separately from the ISO New England grid. A bill to connect that area to ISO New England has passed the state House and Senate, and awaits action from Governor Janet Mills. It would allow the area to export power. [The County]

¶ “Amazon To Build Two Solar Farms In The Mid-South To Meet Renewable Energy Goals” • E-commerce giant Amazon will be building two solar power farms in the Mid-South, the company announced. The move is part of Amazon’s goal to power all its activities through renewable energy by 2025 and reach net-zero carbon by 2040. [The Commercial Appeal]

Have a thoroughly fortunate day.

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