June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “If All Goes According To (Renewable Energy) Plan, Texas Will Be Fine” • Extreme weather has been punching holes in Texas’ legendary ERCOT power, leading some to predict years of doom ahead. But Texas also has some renewable energy options up its sleeve, and new pathways for improved resiliency and stability are popping up across the state. [CleanTechnica]

Growth of renewable energy sources (US EIA, screenshot)

¶ “Explaining The Joe Biden And Congressional Agreement On Bipartisan Infrastructure Package And Cleantech And Climate Policies Coming Hand In Hand” • A lot has been made of the fact that the infrastructure bill Democrats and Republicans are ready to pass is extremely watered down. It may pass, but not as it is. Here is an explanation. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Satellite Data Used To Track Ocean Microplastics From Space” • Scientists from the University of Michigan developed an innovative way to use NASA satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean. The new technique relies on data from eight satellites of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

¶ “Found In Missouri’s Wetlands, These Bacteria Could Help Scientists Combat Climate Change” • Found in wetlands from Missouri to Massachusetts, photoferrotrophs could be absorbing carbon dioxide on a large scale, underscoring the importance of conserving these threatened habitats, according to Washington University scientists. [KCUR]

¶ “Emissions Cause Delay In Rainfall” • Earth bears many signs of human influence, from warming that exceeds pre-industrial temperatures to a rising sea. Now we can add to that list the human influence on the timing of Earth’s water cycle, revealed by a study led by researchers at the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Rain (Inge Maria, Unsplash)

¶ “Adapting To An Uncertain Climate Future, Connecticut Is Auditioning New Forests” • Working with Audubon Connecticut, the state and other experts, Avalonia Land Conservancy decided to clear five small areas to remove dead and dying trees. Two of these will be used to plant trees that are used to the new climate conditions of global warming. [The CT Mirror]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s “Recall” Of 285,000 (Or 249,000) Vehicles In China Is Just A Simple Software Update” • A recall of Tesla cars in China was reported by various news media. It is not what one might imagine, however. People do not have to return their cars or bring them to a garage for work. It is a software update, done “over-the-air.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Image courtesy of Tesla China)

¶ “Only Renewable Energy A Viable Solution: Minister” • In Pakistan, Punjab Minister for Energy Dr Muhammad Akhtar Malik said the only viable solution to meet the demand of cheap electricity is renewable energy. He spoke to the media at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad during the inaugural ceremony of a solar project. [Daily Times]

¶ “Rajasthan Emerging As Renewable Energy Leader” • The Indian state of Rajasthan is emerging as a leader in renewable energy, and the need of the hour is to think constructively to move forward and capitalize on the huge potential of renewable energy in the state, said Rohit Gupta, Managing Director of Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited. [KNN India]

Lake palace at Jaipur, Rajasthan (srikanth ingilela, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Technology Commercialization Fund Has Awarded NREL $5 Million To Bring More Tech To Market” • The DOE has funded 16 National Renewable Energy Laboratory awards through its Technology Commercialization Fund. The $5 million funded by DOE is matched with another $5.1 million of non-federal funds provided by industry partners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Showroom In Connecticut Put On Hold Over Dealership Lawsuit” • East Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission put on hold a special use permit and site plan modification for Tesla’s showroom and service center. The town wants to wait for advice from its lawyer regarding the lawsuit brought on the town and Tesla by Hoffman Auto Group. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Vlad Tchompalov, Unsplash)

¶ “Human-Caused Climate Change Likely A Factor In Southwest Heat Wave, Scientists Say” • When the Southwest baked in record heat this month, the immediate cause was what is called a heat dome, a ridge of high-pressure air. But extreme heat waves are increasing made worse by climate change, four climate scientists told the Arizona Daily Star. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “‘Horrible and Unconscionable Betrayal’: Biden DOJ Backs Trump Tar Sands Pipeline Approval” • The Biden administration filed a legal brief backing the Trump Administration’s approval of the Line 3 tar sands pipline project. Indigenous groups and environmental activists fighting against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline were outraged. [EcoWatch]

US DOJ building (Coolcaesar, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Oregon Lawmakers Approve Ambitious Carbon-Reduction Goals For State Energy Grid” • Oregon’s power grid will largely eliminate carbon emissions by 2040 under a bill that got final approval by state lawmakers on Saturday, setting one of the nation’s most ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. [OPB]

¶ “Hawaii Options For Green Energy Abound” • When it comes to Hawaii’s race to 100% renewable energy by 2045, experts on energy are leaving no offshore wind possibility unexplored and no volcano unnoticed . Maui has six renewable energy projects in the pipeline, and it’s not the only island making strides toward green energy. [Maui News]

Have a totally safe day.

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