Archive for July 4th, 2021

July 4 Energy News

July 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can We Trust Our Power Plants To Keep Us Cool During Dangerous Heat?” • In this week’s astonishing temperatures, reliable electricity and the air conditioning it powers were often the only thing keeping dangerous, even deadly heat at bay. But how do different types of power plants actually stand up to the soaring temperatures? [CleanTechnica]

Nighttime image of Texas cities from space (NASA image)

¶ “Living With A Never Ending Climate Emergency” • Looking back on the past few years of gigantic forest fires, temperatures in Siberia hotter than Death Valley, and parched earth because of unprecedented droughts, we can clearly see that Earth’s climate crisis has already caught up with us, and the tipping point is now in our rear view mirror. [CleanTechnica]

World:

“Canada Heatwave: Military On Standby As Lightning Triggers More Wildfires” • The Canadian military is on standby to help evacuate residents in British Columbia where wildfires linked to a record-breaking heatwave threaten communities. Emergency services say they are trying to control more than 170 fires, many triggered by lightning strikes. [BBC]

Lightning (Shlomo Shalev, Unsplash)

¶ “Norway’s Plugin EV Share Hits 85% In June, Combustion Vehicles Falling Rapidly” • Norway saw plugin electric vehicles hit 85.0% share in June 2021, up from 66.3% in June 2020. Non-plugin hybrids and old-school internal combustion engines are all fading away. In June, the Tesla Model 3 was Norway’s overall bestselling vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “38 New EV Battery Gigafactories Planned In Europe” • The gigafactory scene is really heating up in Europe. Government and industry are pushing hard to produce batteries domestically. A report from the non-profit Transport & Environment says that there were 38 battery gigafactories being built or planned in the EU and the UK, as of May 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory (Tesla image)

¶ “Renewable Energy To Spur Post-COVID Recovery, Create 43 Million Jobs By 2050: IRENA” • The latest analysis report that was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency showcases that the Agency’s 1.5°C pathway foresees the creation of up to 122 million energy-related jobs in 2050, more than double today’s 58 million. [MEP Middle East]

¶ “NTPC, ONGC To Boost Development Of Offshore Wind Energy” • State-run power giant NTPC and upstream oil firm ONGC plan to boost the development of offshore wind energy in India, which has a coastline of about 7,600 km surrounded by water on three sides and has good prospects of harnessing this clean resource. [The New Indian Express]

Wind farm (Mary Ray, Unsplash)

¶ “Taiwan On Its Path Toward Denuclearization” • The Taiwanese government shut down a generator at its Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City on July 1 to prepare for the unit’s full closure. The nuclear generator went online on December 28, 1981. It is being shut down early because the spent fuel pool is nearly at capacity. [Taiwan News]

¶ “Antarctica Hit Record High Temperature In 2020, Scientists Confirm” • Antarctica logged a new high temperature record of 64.94°F (18.3°C) in 2020, World Meteorological Organization scientists confirmed. The UN agency said the previous all-time high for Antarctica was 63.5°F, which was recorded on March 24, 2015, at the same research station. [The Hill]

Antarctica getting warmer (Eamonn Maguire, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “I Testified On The Risks Of Climate Change To The Financial Sector. Here’s What I Said” • The hearing could not have been more timely, as the Pacific Northwest suffers in unprecedented heat, clearly influenced by climate change, and as new evidence emerges of how Exxon has deliberately worked to undercut climate action in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Spending To Help Protect Florida Wildlife Routes, Some On First Coast, Gets DeSantis’ OK” • Work to protect remnants of undeveloped Old Florida got a big-dollar boost this week when Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation steering $400 million into land conservation. Most of its focus is on protecting wildlife migration routes. [Florida Times-Union]

Singing Carolina wren (Ryk Naves, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Power Outages In New Mexico: Why Now And How To Stay Safe” • Hot days and climate-fueled disasters are the times we need reliable power most, yet all too often, that’s when we have blackouts. Here is why New Mexico is having blackouts, how to prepare and protect your family, and what your elected officials can do to keep the power on. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A $26 Billion Plan To Save The Houston Area From Rising Seas” • In 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the state of Texas to study Ike Dike-like alternatives for Galveston Bay. With support from the state legislature, the Corps is getting ready to deliver their recommendations to the US Congress for funding approval in September. [Ars Technica]

Have a powerfully congenial day.

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