July 2 Energy News

July 2, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “There’s Still Lead In London Air Despite Leaded Petrol Being Banned Since ‘90s – Implications Not Uplifting” • A recent study from Imperial College London showed that there’s still lead in London air from leaded petrol (gasoline) that was banned more than two decades ago. It’s quite shocking to think that lead is still lingering from that far back. [CleanTechnica]

London (Image courtesy of Pexels/Pixabay)

¶ “Big Oil & Gas Kept A Dirty Secret For Decades. Now They May Pay The Price” •  After a century of wielding great power, the US Oil & Gas industry may face a reckoning. An unprecedented wave of lawsuits, filed by cities and states across the US, aim to hold the industry to account for its environmental devastation for its covering up its damage. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Lytton, Heatwave Record Village In Canada, Overwhelmingly Burned In Wildfire” • A wildfire burned 90% of the village that recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature, its MP says. Brad Vis said the fire had caused extensive damage to Lytton and to critical infrastructure around it. Jan Polderman, mayor of Lytton, said he expected that little will be left. [BBC]

Lytton welcome sign (Andybremner2012, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “BASF Will Build A New Battery Recycling Prototype Plant In Southern Brandenburg” • BASF has announced plans for a new battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, which is in the southern part of Brandenburg, Germany, near the Schwarze Elster river. The new plant will be located at the site of its cathode active materials plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Bombshell Report From Closely Followed International Energy Agency” • Climate and policy experts are singing praise of a study released by the International Energy Administration. “Quite amazing,” said one. “Heartening,” said another. And a third one said it is, “one of the most important climate analyses ever published.” [Yale Climate Connections]

Meeting at the International Energy Administration (IEA image)

¶ “Volvo Recharge Concept Features Lidar And AI On All-New EV Chassis” • In a press release, Volvo unveiled its new Concept Recharge, its first EV on a dedicated electric car chassis. The current XC40 and C40 Volvo EVs are built on the company’s CMA chassis with is designed to accommodate combustion engine variants as well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “North-West Australian Tidal Power Project In Final Stages Of Federal Environmental Approvals” • Plans to tap into Australia’s biggest tides to generate renewable energy for residents and new industries of Kimberley are expected to receive final approvals in the coming months. The plans have been decades in the making, but a federal go-ahead could come soon. [ABC]

Tidal energy (Derby Tidal Energy Project image)

¶ “Vodafone Claims It’s Hit A Renewable Energy Milestone As It Heads For Net Zero” • Vodafone confirmed that every area of its business in the UK is now 100% powered by electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydro. The company has its own network, data centers, retail stores, and offices, and all are running on renewable energy. [TelecomTV]

¶ “Mainstream Completes Financing For $1.8 Billion Andes Renovables” • Mainstream Renewable Power reached financial close for the third and final phase of its Andes Renovables wind and solar platform in Chile. Mainstream invested more than $1.8 billion on the entire Andes Renovables platform. It is expected to be fully operational by 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Mainstream image)

US:

¶ “Water Is Disappearing In The West – And Not Just During The Summer” • One of the West’s largest and best water reservoirs is mountain snow. Mountain snowfalls normally stay frozen to late spring, and when the snow melts, the water runs into rivers and fills reservoirs, just in time for the summer heat. But now we are in a snow drought. [CNN]

¶ “Solar-Powered EV Charging For More Americans” • Not everyone in the US can put solar panels on their roofs. In fact, most of us can’t. But there is good news for the solar-powered EV market, which is that a lot more solar-powered EV charging stations will be installed across the US via iSun, a company that is promoting them nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

Solar charging stations (Image courtesy of iSun)

¶ “Nonfossil Fuel Sources Accounted For 21% Of US Energy Consumption In 2020” • About 21% of US energy used in 2020 came from nonfossil sources, including renewables and nuclear. This is the highest share of nonfossil fuels since the early 1900s, data in the EIA’s Monthly Energy Review shows. Only renewables increased production in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Joe Biden Meets With Western Governors To Talk Wildfires” • President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris talked with a bipartisan group of Western governors in an internet-based meeting on preparations for this year’s wildfire season. The wildfires are expected to be especially severe due to an ongoing drought fueled by climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Firefighting gear (Matt Chesin, Unsplash)

¶ “US Starts 2.6-GW Coastal Virginia Review Process” • The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a notice of intent for Dominion Energy’s proposed 2640-MW Coastal Virginia commercial offshore wind farm in the federal register. Upcoming preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement will take about two years. [reNEWS]

¶ “Solar Power, Federal Infrastructure Funding And Colorado’s Renewable-Energy Future” • With a number of environmental groups calling for bolder action on climate change, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited Colorado to promote the investments a bipartisan bill makes in clean energy and cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. [The Denver Post]

Have a uniformly outstanding day.

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