Archive for July 1st, 2021

July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “US West Coast: Carbon Free By 2045 … Or Earlier” • HB 2021, Oregon’s “100% Clean Electricity” bill, which the legislature just approved and sent to Governor Brown for signing, puts Oregon on a path to zero greenhouse gas emissions in the grid by 2040. With commitments by California and Washington, it foresees a 100% clean west coast by 2045. [CleanTechnica]

Mt Jefferson, Oregon (Eric Muhr, Unsplash)

¶ “It’s Really, Really Hot Outside – Get Used To It” • What we are seeing today in the Pacific Northwest is a heatwave of record proportions. Climatologists did not expect to see heatwaves like this until the middle of the century. But here is one. And it is likely to be just the first of many such events, as the climate crisis keeps getting worse. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Microgrids Are The Key To Our Carbon-Neutral Future” • Microgrid technology offers a new power system paradigm. It enables both more efficient utility operations and grid resilience in extreme events. It removes infrastructure limitations as an inhibitor to electric power, and brings distribution of electricity into the 21st century. [POWER Magazine]

Energy storage in Alaska (Hitachi ABB Power Grids)

¶ “Renewable Energy Soars As Exxon, Shell Falter” • As many of us know, Big Oil companies suffered major losses as a result of the pandemic, when oil demand plummeted. Now, however, the prospects for the industry are looking more dismal than ever. So, what happens when Big Oil fails? Renewable energy and clean technology rise up to replace it. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Desalination Prize Round 2 Is Seeking Innovative Desalination Technologies Combined With Storage” • The US DOE’s Solar Desalination Prize, designed to spur solutions for water desalination using solar energy, is seeking innovative concepts through a contest, now through July 15 in a second round of the competition. [CleanTechnica]

US DOE contest graphic

World:

¶ “Canada Heatwave: Hundreds Of Sudden Deaths Recorded” • Hundreds of sudden deaths, many of them suspected of being related to heat, have been reported during the record-breaking Canadian heatwave, officials say. Over the past five days, 486 fatalities were recorded in British Columbia alone, an increase of 195% on the usual number. [BBC]

¶ “World Bank Okays Project To Support 1,500-MW Of New Renewable Energy In Uzbekistan” • Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry announced that a $380 million project to integrate renewable energy and enhance the performance of the National Electric Grids of Uzbekistan has been approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. [New Europe]

Landscape in Uzbekistan (Artem Bryzgalov, Unsplash)

¶ “Car CO₂ Emissions Fall Sharply In Response To EU Targets” • Data from the EU’s environmental watchdog shows that the CO₂ emissions of new cars decreased by 12% in 2020 to 107.8 grams of CO₂ per km. According to Transport & Environment, the sharp drop showed that ambitious EU car CO₂ targets do spur auto makers to reduce climate impacts. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Picks Up 113-MW Japanese Order” • Vestas secured an order for the 113-MW Sumita Tono Wind Farm in Japan. The site is in complex mountainous terrain in the Iwate prefecture, and Vestas says the order shows it can leverage its industry-leading siting, project management and technology capabilities to deliver site-specific solutions in all conditions. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Vestas Adds 450 MW In End-Quarter Surge” • In its usual end-quarter push, Vestas confirmed turbine orders totaling 450 MW. One 92-MW order is for a wind project in the US. Vestas will supply the undisclosed project and customer with 22 4.2-MW turbines. There are several other smaller orders, with deliveries scheduled for 2022. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Biden Signs Bill Repealing Trump-Era EPA Rule On Methane Emissions” • President Joe Biden signed a bill repealing a Trump-era rule that rolled back regulations on emissions of methane from the oil and gas industries. Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas that has allowed to escape from gas and oil wells and from pipelines. [CNN]

Flaring gas in North Dakota (Joshua Doubek, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Supreme Court Gives Pipeline Eminent Domain Go-Ahead” • In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court sided with PennEast Pipeline Company in its battle with the state of New Jersey over whether its federal permit conferred the power of eminent domain and allowed it to overrule the state’s opposition to the pipeline’s construction. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Potential Electricity Disruptions In The United States This Summer” • Parts of the United States are at elevated or high risk for electricity emergencies this summer, an assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation says. It notes that above-normal temperatures are expected for much of North America, increasing electricity demand. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “The US Chamber Of Commerce Has Helped Downplay The Climate Threat, A New Report Concludes” • For 20 years, the US Chamber of Commerce played a central role in campaigns to thwart ambitious legislative efforts to curb the world’s rising carbon emissions and downplay the threat of climate change, a report concludes. [Inside Climate News]

¶ “Bill To Jumpstart Renewable Energy Industry In Northern Maine Earns Janet Mills’ Signature” • Governor Janet Mills signed a bill to give Aroostook’s renewable energy industry a boost. LD 1710 looks to connect the Northern Maine energy grid to the grid supplying the rest of New England. The Legislature passed the bill with bipartisan support. [Bangor Daily News]

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