July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Decarbonizing Our Supply Chains” • Decarbonizing supply chains and mitigating the environmental footprint of global production are critical for environmental preservation and social stability. Examining the case study of Indian cotton, how will the emission reduction imperative, in turn, protect workers from changing climate? [CleanTechnica]

Cotton field (Trisha Downing, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cows’ Stomachs Can Break Down Hard-To-Recycle Plastic, Study Finds” • Scientists of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology and the University of Innsbruck found that some common plastics could be broken down when exposed to gastric juices found in the stomach of a cow. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Canada heatwave: Lightning strikes fuel wildfires in British Columbia” • More than 130 wildfires – fueled by lightning strikes – are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave. Canada’s federal government said it would send military aircraft to assist emergency services in British Columbia battling to control the fires. [BBC]

Plane dropping fire suppressant (Ben Kuo, Unsplash)

¶ “Blazes Rage In British Columbia” • So far in 2021, British Columbia has already seen dangerous wildfires and heat. More than 40 wildfires were burning across the Canadian province by the end of June 2021, including a cluster of substantial blazes located about 200 kilometers northeast of Vancouver. The one at Lytton was just one of these. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fire Explodes In Gulf Of Mexico From Gas Pipeline Rupture” • “The Gulf of Mexico is … on fire because a pipeline ruptured,” Brian Kahn, the managing editor at Earther, tweeted. He shared a video that looked like it was CGI but wasn’t. Reuters reported that it was started from a gas leak from an underwater pipeline west of the Yucatan peninsula. [CleanTechnica]

Gulf of Mexico fire (Screenshot from tweeted video, cropped)

¶ “NTPC Plans ₹2 Lakh Crore Investment In Renewable Energy” • NTPC, India’s largest power producer, will be investing close to ₹2 lakh crore ($13.4 billion) to ₹2.5 lakh crore over the next ten years for expanding renewable capacity. NTPC recently doubled its renewable power capacity addition target from 30,000 MW to 60,000 MW in 2032. [GreentechLead]

¶ “X Shore Electric Boats, The ‘Tesla Of The Sea,’ Gets Canadian Distributor” • Swedish boatbuilders X Shore recently inked a North American distribution deal with Canada’s BCI Marine. That means that prospective Canadian customers can now book a test-drive or pre-order the all-electric and connected X Shore Eelex 8000. [CleanTechnica]

X Shore boat (X Shore image)

¶ “Shell Starts Green Hydrogen Production In Germany” • Shell started producing green hydrogen at what it said is the largest PEM hydrogen electrolyzer in Europe. The plant uses renewable electricity to produce up to 1300 tonnes of green hydrogen a year. Shell said plans are under way to expand capacity of the electrolyzer from 10 MW to 100 MW. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Cattle Are Competing Against Grasshoppers For Food In The West’s Historic Drought. The Bugs Are Winning” • Against the backdrop of unprecedented heat waves and deadly wildfires, the West’s historic drought has ranchers fighting another problem besides water shortages: A prolific hoard of grasshoppers is competing with cattle for food. [CNN]

Grasshoppers (USDA image)

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Outsells Ford Mustang Gasmobile!” • I’m sure that I once asked when the Ford Mustang Mach-E would start outselling the conventional, old-school Ford Mustang, a fairly high seller among cars. Well, June already got us there. We’ll see how the rest of the year goes, but here the numbers from June are uplifting. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Pushes Up Production Start For Brightdrop EV 600 Electric Delivery Van” • General Motors announced the creation of Brightdrop earlier this year. It is a startup focused on bringing electric delivery vans to market. Now, it is speeding up its work. GM anticipates the last mile delivery segment could be worth as much as $850 billion by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

Brightdrop EV 600 Electric Delivery Van (GM image)

¶ “ExxonMobil Lobbyists Filmed Saying Oil Giant’s Support For Carbon Tax Is A PR Ploy” • Two senior lobbyists for ExxonMobil based in Washington have described the oil giant’s backing for a carbon tax as a public relations ploy intended to stall more serious measures to combat the climate crisis. They were being secretly taped by Greenpeace. [The Guardian]

¶ “Renewable Energy Projects Create Strong Tailwind For US Steel Demand” • Upcoming investments in renewable energy projects in the US, particularly offshore wind farms, represent a bullish opportunity for the US steel sector, industry executives said. Offshore wind turbines and related infrastructure require multiple forms of steel. [S&P Global]

Offshore wind turbines (Mitchell Orr, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “City Locks In Renewable Energy Supplies For Residents” • City officials announced the launch of Rochester Community Power, which is using the New York state community choice aggregation program to procure power from a supplier on behalf of about 80,000 customers who have accounts with Rochester Gas & Electric. [Rochester City Newspaper]

¶ “Court To Decide Future Of Unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant” • A federal judge could decide the future of one the biggest unfinished construction projects in the US. Former Chattanooga developer Franklin Haney hopes the court will order the TVA to sell him the incomplete Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant even though he never got NRC approval. [Yahoo News]

Have a positively resplendent day.

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