Archive for June 29th, 2021

June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2021


¶ “EV, Schmevee: Do We Really Need So Many Cars?” • A recent article in The Conversation asks “Why do we need so many cars”? If we are serious about restraining carbon emissions so the Earth doesn’t overheat to the point that humans can no longer survive, is the private passenger car a luxury that we can no longer afford, regardless of how it is powered? [CleanTechnica]

Cars being shipped (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Speculation On Climate Links To Surfside Condo Collapse” • As hope fades additional survivors will be rescued and scores are feared dead in the rubble of the Champlain Towers condo that collapsed near Miami Beach, impacts due to climate change are increasingly thought to have been a possible contributing factor in the tragedy. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Northwest Heat Wave Is ‘Unprecedented.’ Here’s What’s Pushing It Into Uncharted Territory” • Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, explained it simply: Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more intense. “You warm up the planet, you’re going to see an increased incidence of heat extremes.” [CNN]

Seattle (Zhifei Zhou, Unsplash)


¶ “European Union Enshrines Net Zero And Emissions Targets Into Law” • The European Council adopted a climate change law that legally obliges its 27 nations to reduce greenhouse emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels and have a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050. The EU has worked toward this law as part of the European Green Deal since 2019. [CNN]

¶ “Chinese City Shows Benefits Of Electric Cars Impact The Entire Community” • In the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, EVs sell at five times the national average. As a result, the city is a quiet zone, and the daily air quality in Liuzhou has been rated excellent about 97% of the time in 2020, compared to just 76% in the capital Beijing. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (Courtesy of Wuling Hong Guang)

¶ “Statkraft To Build 234-MW Spanish Solar” • Statkraft is to build four PV projects in southern Spain with a total capacity of 234 MW. Three of the four solar plants will be installed in San Jose del Valle, in Arenosas, el Yarte and la Guita, and a fourth in Malabrigo, in Jerez de la Frontera. All of the solar PV farms are expected to be online by 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Voltalia Adds 211-MW Onshore Double In Brazil” • Voltalia has commissioned two more wind farms totaling 211 MW in the 2400-MW Serra Branca renewables cluster in Brazil. The French company said the 152-MW VSM3 project, comprising 44 3.5-MW turbines, and 59-MW VSM4 project, made up of 17 3.5-MW machines, have reached full power. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Voltalia image)

¶ “India State-Owned Power Producer NTPC Wants To Install 1,000 MWh Of Energy Storage At Power Plants” • NTPC, an Indian power producer with over 65 GW of generating capacity, wants to install 1,000 MWh of energy storage at its existing generation facilities. NTPC plans to operate 60 GW of renewable capacity by 2032. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Kazakhstan Plans Massive 45-GW Renewable Project To Power Green Hydrogen” • Renewable energy company Svevind Energy, which has offices in Sweden, Germany, and Kazakhstan, is to partner with the Kazakh Invest National Company to construct a 45-GW renewable energy project. It is intended to produce huge amounts of green hydrogen. [Renew Economy]

Almaty Region, Kazakhstan (Dmitry Sumskoy, Unsplash)

¶ “Danes Start 428-MW Technology-Neutral Auction Process” • The Danish Energy Agency has kicked off the process for the country’s forthcoming 428-MW technology-neutral renewables tender. DEA has released the tender documents for the auction, which will be held in the Autumn. A single technology-neutral tender will be held this year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Lightsource Labs Partners On UK PV, Storage Solution” • The Lightsource BP energy technology business Lightsource Labs is partnering with renewable energy supplier Pure Planet on solar and battery storage solutions for UK homes. The partnership will use Lightsource Labs’ home energy management system, Tribe, and a cloud-based Virtual Power Plant. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Lightsource BP image)


¶ “Limiting Renewable Energy Growth Would Result In Higher US Power Costs” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examined effects of various amounts of renewable energy on the cost of building and operating the electricity system. They found that putting limits on renewables growth can increase energy costs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Codes For Climate Offers States And Cities A Path To Building Decarbonization” • New Buildings Institute and RMI announced an initiative to support the development of climate-aligned new construction codes and existing building performance standards for states and cities that are advancing beyond what the national model codes are offering. [CleanTechnica]

Lombard Street, San Francisco (Braden Collum, Unsplash)

¶ “US Utility Goes To Market For 3 GW Of Wind” • Southwestern Electric Power Company, an American Electric Power subsidiary, has issued three requests for proposals. One seeks up to 3 GW of wind capacity. The second of them is seeking bids for up to 300 MW of solar, and the third is seeking a short-term accredited deliverable capacity of up to 250 MW. [reNEWS]

¶ “NRC Special Inspection At Vogtle Could Lead To More Delays For Troubled Nuclear Project” • Independent monitors told a Georgia regulatory body that a special inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission into construction at Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 nuclear reactor could represent a “very significant” issue for the troubled project. [Utility Dive]

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