July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Green Dreams: Managing The Transition From Rust To Renewables” • Five years after the closure of South Australia’s last coal-fired generators, the Port Augusta region finds itself in the middle of a renewable energy boom. South Australia has a world-leading share of wind and solar, and that share is to jump even higher, as fossil fuel assets decline. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (Thorsten Hack, Unsplash)

¶ “Sixty Years Of Climate Change Warnings: The Signs That Were Missed (And Ignored)” • In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems.” “The climate change began in 1960,” the report’s first page informs us, “but no one, including the climatologists, recognised it.” [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Tools To Map Genetic Data Improve Marine Protection” • Maps can reveal patterns and relationships and bring together different kinds of information in an easily understandable form, helping us make sense of the world. A paper presents “geospatial genetics” for mapping genetic data so it can more readily support marine protection efforts. [CleanTechnica]

Whale, hard at work (Vipin Kumar, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Tesla And Chinese Startups Outshining Legacy Automakers In Largest EV Market” • Tesla and some Chinese EV startups are outshining such legacy automakers as Toyota and Volkswagen in the world’s largest EV market, The South China Morning Post reported. The article noted that buyers are focusing more on cutting-edge technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France Is Preparing For The Arrival Of Autonomous Driving” • Europe is having a first as France makes preparations for the arrival of autonomous vehicles on its roads. For Europe, this will be a first for its road code and the code of transport. France is leading the way by establishing the regulatory framework for the inevitable: autonomous driving. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous Driving (Image courtesy of Faurecia)

¶ “BMW Starts iX Production” • BMW’s next fully electric vehicle is now rolling off of production lines in Dingolfing, Germany, the company’s largest production facility in Europe. Production of the BMW iX is getting rolling thanks to investment of over €400 million at the factory. The BMW iX xDrive50 is an electric SUV with a range rating of 600 km. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alpine Nimbyism Freezes Swiss Green Energy Dreams” • Switzerland has a reputation for clean energy. With abundant hydropower, less than 10% of its electricity emits greenhouse gases. But today, Switzerland’s complex regulatory process and local objections to potential eyesores mean new green projects are exceptions rather than the usual. [SwissInfo]

Solar plant at the Muttsee reservoir (Axpo image)

¶ “Renewables Groups Demand Italian Permit Overhaul” • Renewables groups called on the Italian Government to clear a permitting bottleneck by streamlining the consent system. They said Italy needs to add at least 7 GW of renewable capacity every year to meet Green Deal targets but only added 1 GW in recent years due to slow permitting. [reNEWS]

¶ “EuropeWave Project Opens Concept Development Call” • The EuropeWave project is inviting wave energy developers to apply for funding via its pre-commercial procurement program, which is open today and until 21 October. The five-year collaborative program will see several wave energy projects selected for the first stage of ‘concept development.’ [reNEWS]

Wave (Matt Paul Catalano, Unsplash)

¶ “Are China’s Banks Going Cool On Coal Power Plants In Africa?” • Coal developers in Africa may have to find alternative financing sources or shift to renewables, as Chinese lenders shy away from plants burning the fossil fuels, observers say. In recent years, African coal projects worth over $20 billion have been shelved or dropped. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “Statkraft To Support Solar In Africa To Address Energy Poverty” • European developer Statkraft is partnering with the international development charity SolarAid to address energy poverty using solar power in sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years. Statkraft will give $2.7 million in cash and equipment in that time to support SolarAid’s work. [ESI Africa]

Installing solar power (Rural Electrification Agency)

¶ “Punjab Power Crisis Deepens As Another Unit Of Talwandi Sabo Plant Goes Out Of Operation” • One unit of the Talwandi Sabo thermal plant was already under shutdown when a second unit had to be take off line. Now, the plant is generating only 610 MW electricity of the installed capacity of 1980 MW, causing a shortage of nearly 1,200 MW. [Hindustan Times]

US:

¶ “It’s All About The Lithium As GM And Albemarle Place Bets On New Technology” • To make enough batteries to power all the EVs that will be made, auto makers will need a lot of lithium. Most lithium now comes from brine deposits in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia or from rock deposits in Australia, but sources are being developed in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Lithium extraction (Controlled Thermal Resources image)

¶ “Tesla Wins Most American-Made Car Title” • If you need a little more justification to buy a Tesla, consider this: it’s your patriotic duty. Tesla has always touted its credentials as an American company that’s creating good-quality American jobs, and now independent research confirms that a Tesla is the most American-made car you can buy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Nuclear Reactor Is Proposed For Wyoming. One Small Town Hopes The Plant Will Restore Its Economic Fortunes” • Some towns would balk at the idea of having an experimental nuclear reactor built nearby. Glenrock is not one of them. Facing loss of jobs when a coal-fired plant closes, some people hope it will be chosen as a nuclear reactor site. [Casper Star-Tribune]

Have an unreservedly groovy day.

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