June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Japan’s Nuclear Wastewater Plan Clouded By Politics” • The Japanese government’s approval of a plan to discharge treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean stands out as a reversal of a decade of nuclear safety reform in Japan. Indeed, the issue suffers from an unfortunate lack of transparency. [Eurasia Review]

Onagawa nuclear plant (Nekosuki600, Wikipedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Saharan Air Layer: What Is It? Why Does NOAA Track It?” • The Saharan Air Layer can act to suppress hurricane formation and intensification. Thanks to recent advancements in satellite technology, we can better monitor and understand it, from its formation over Africa, to its effects on weather along the US Gulf coast and Florida. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China Is Facing Its Worst Power Shortage In A Decade. That’s A Problem For The Whole World” • China is in the middle of a huge power crunch. Extreme weather, surging energy demands, and strict limits on the use of coal are delivering a triple blow to the nation’s electric power grid. It is a problem that could last for months and affect the world economy. [CNN]

Shanghai (Freeman Zhou, Unsplash)

¶ “Dozens Dead As Heatwave Shatters Records” • Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records. On Tuesday, Canada recorded its highest ever temperature for a third straight day – 49.5°C (121°F) in Lytton, British Columbia. Before this week, the country had never passed 45°C (113°F). [BBC]

¶ “How Eucalyptus Cuts Brazilian Beef’s Emissions” • Searching for a way to counteract the emissions from Brazil’s massive cattle herd, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation researchers have created with a certified brand of Carbon Neutral Beef. They planted eucalyptus trees on grazing land to draw down carbon and found the land could produce more beef. [BBC]

Beeves on the land (Joe Leahy, Unsplash

¶ “Renewables Set To Save Irish Consumers €180 Million, Energy Report Finds” • The Irish electricity sector’s carbon emissions could be cut from almost 10 million tonnes annually to less than 2 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalent by 2030 and bring a €180 million price reduction for consumers, according to a report by energy specialists Baringa. [The Irish Times]

¶ “Octopus Acquires 45-MW Polish Wind Project” • OX2 sold a 45-MW wind project in Eastern Poland to Octopus Renewables. The wind farm, comprising 15 wind turbines, will be constructed in Huszlew, in the Mazowieckie province. OX2 will begin the construction phase of the wind farm immediately, with delivery expected in 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Gabriel Xu, Unsplash)

¶ “Sonnedix Acquires 300-MW Development Portfolio In Spain” • Sonnedix, an independent power producer, completed its acquisition of a 300-MW solar PV portfolio under development from international developer RIC Energy. The portfolio is made up of two 150-MW clusters with all solar plants in east-central Spain. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Five Asian Countries Account For 80% Of New Coal Power Investment” • Carbon Tracker, a financial thinktank, has found that China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, with a total capacity that is up to 300 GW, even though renewable energy is cheaper than most new coal plants. [The Guardian]

Coal-fired power plant (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “The California Blackout That Wasn’t” • People pay a lot of attention when the power goes out, but we tend to not notice when the grid stays stable, even under trying conditions. Recent record heat led the California grid operator to call on residents to reduce power use. But the grid did not go down, as batteries and demand response did their work. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL Follows Up Groundbreaking LA100 Study With New Equity Strategies Initiative” • Released in March 2021, the Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study found that Los Angeles can achieve reliable, 100% renewable power as early as 2035. Now, LA100 Equity Strategies picks up where LA100 left off, to improve energy justice. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Wind And Solar Electricity Free Up Needed Utah Water” • Governor Spencer Cox is pleading for water conservation as the state faces what some call a worst-in-a-lifetime drought. Sadly, climate scientists say it is a preview of things to come. Coal and natural gas use a lot of water to generate electricity. Solar PVs and windpower do not. [Utah Policy]

¶ “MGM Unveils 100-MW Solar Array To Power 13 Las Vegas Resorts” • MGM Resorts International has launched its 100-MW solar array, the hospitality industry’s largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The array now produces up to 90% of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas daytime power needs for thirteen properties. [Solar Power World]

MGM solar array (MGM image)

¶ “Does The Southeast Need Wholesale Power Markets In Order To Hit Its Renewable Goals?” • Real-time, wholesale energy markets, especially if they can be paired with regionally planned transmission, are critical to accelerating the growth of renewable energy in the Southeast, according to a new report released by three clean energy organizations. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “The US is consuming more renewable energy than ever before. Here’s how Kansas ranks and why that matters” • Kansas produces a lot of wind energy, as it has the second-largest share of its electricity from wind. But it consumes a lot, as well. Kansas is the fourth largest consumer of windpower, following Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. [The Wichita Eagle]

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