June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “California PUC’s Clean Energy Order: Necessary, Timely, And Ambitious” • The California Public Utilities Commission decided to acquire 11.5 GW of mostly carbon-free electricity over the next five to seven years. This decision firmly places the state on course have a zero carbon electricity and a carbon neutral economy by 2045, without nuclear power. [CleanTechnica]

San Francisco neighborhood (Robert Bye, Unsplash)

¶ “Is Tesla The Ultimate Model For Industry Disruption?” • The Innovator’s Dilemma is that the incumbents know of inovative technologies but can’t or won’t commit to them, because they have to focus on serving their existing customers. Ford, GM, and their pals might just be stodgy incumbents, while Tesla is the epitome of a disruptive upstart. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “It’s 114° In Oregon. Time To (Productively) Panic” • This weekend, in my formerly mild, rainy, Northwest state, we’re at a broiling 114° in Portland (similar to recent temps recorded in the arctic circle, which is even more frightening). The temperatures are not just record setting. They are off the charts. The previous city record is 107°. [CleanTechnica]

Portland, Oregon (Jamison McAndie, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hybrid Renewables: Why ‘Better For The Planet’ Doesn’t Have To Mean ‘Bad For Business’” • Hybrid power projects offer gains for developers, including helping share such key capital costs as the primary grid connection, improving the generation profile, reducing balancing costs, and making better use of land for high renewable energy densities. [Energy Storage News]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Is #1 In Electric Vehicle Sales Across These Ten European Countries” • Looking across ten European countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, the clear brand leader is Volkswagen, with 18.3% of the pure EV sales. That’s nearly one out of every five EVs sold. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 EV (Volkswagen courtesy image)

¶ “Why High-Efficiency Cooling Is A Climate Priority” • This year’s G7 meeting produced a brief list of areas of agreements on climate change. Some of these had previously been overlooked. One of these in particular is to double the efficiency of cooling systems sold worldwide by 2030. It is a goal that will be critical to keeping 1.5°C within reach. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bangladesh Scraps Ten Coal-Fired Power Plants” • Bangladesh announced that it scrapped at least ten major coal-fired power plants as it seeks to scale up its power generation from renewable energy sources. Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for power and energy, said the decision was based on technological changes and concern for the environment. [RTL Today]

Dhaka (Tanvir Islam, Unsplash)

¶ “Equinor Adopts New Investment Focus In Onshore, Offshore Renewables” • Equinor, formerly called Statoil, is a Norwegian energy giant primarily in the oil and gas business. The company has announced a new investment focus in onshore and offshore renewables, adopting hydrogen, ammonia, and biofuels, in a move to net-zero by 2050. [Oil and Gas Republic]

¶ “Enel Toasts 90-MW Russian Wind Success” • Enel Russia has officially opened a 90-MW wind farm at Azov in the Rostov region of Russia. The 26-turbine project, which is spread across 133 hectares, will generate around 320 GWh of electricity per year. Capital expenditures on the wind farm were €135 million, according to Enel. [reNEWS]

Azov wind farm (Enel image)

¶ “Adani Group To Add 5 GW Green Energy A Year For Next Decade” • Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani in a letter to shareholders said the company is aligning with India’s goal of becoming the world’s biggest player in renewable energy. The group has also set a target for itself to become the biggest solar power producer in the world. [Energy News India]

US:

¶ “Tesla Model S Plaid Defeats Cars Built To Win At Pikes Peak ” • It is “The Race to the Clouds.” The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winds through 156 turns over 12.42 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak. Not only did the Tesla Model S Plaid win in the Exhibition class, but it won by a huge margin and defeated some cars built to win. [CleanTechnica]

Pikes Peak Highway (Joe Dudeck, Unsplash)

¶ “Oracle Commits To Powering Its Global Operations With Renewable Energy By 2025” • Oracle expanded its commitment to sustainability, pledging to power its global operations, both its facilities and its cloud, with 100% renewable energy by 2025, a press release says. Oracle’s renewable energy goal builds on its existing sustainability priorities. [The Independent]

¶ “Renewable sources provided more than a quarter of US electrical generation in April” • Renewable energy sources set a record in April 2021, generating 25.7% of total US electricity. Solar and wind’s output during April were 29.9% and 22.1% greater, respectively, than a year earlier, a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of EIA data shows. [Renewables Now]

Have a richly rewarding day.

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