July 6 Energy News

July 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Fund The American Jobs Plan For The Climate Action We Need” • The time for climate action is now. The most important step we can take, as a nation, is for Congress to fund President Biden’s vision for an American Jobs Plan fully, so we can drive equitable recovery with climate action at a time when the nation urgently needs both. [CleanTechnica]

View from Tacoma (Jennifer Uppendahl, Unsplash)

¶ “Exxon Lobbyist Claims Company Has Eleven Senators In Its Pocket” • Ever since Citizens United, politicians don’t even need to listen to their constituents. It’s no surprise that ExxonMobil has lobbyists. What is surprising is to hear one of them state publicly precisely how far the company is willing to go in its efforts to protect its business model. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Red Hot Perovskite Solar Cell Field Just Got Way Redder And Hotter” • Plenty of ink has been spilled on the perovskite solar cell topic of late, and for good reason. Synthetic perovksites are relatively cheap and easy to grow, and their superior optical qualities could be behind a new generation of low cost solar cells. And they’re getting better. [CleanTechnica]

Perovskite in the lab (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Snøhetta And Saferock Turn Mining Waste Into Zero-Carbon Concrete” • Internationally renowned Norwegian architecture and design company Snøhetta has teamed up with Norwegian startup Saferock to develop a zero-carbon concrete for use in construction. Currently, cement production is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biomass Demand ‘Could Exceed Sustainable Supply’” • A report produced by the Energy Transitions Commission sets out how the demand for bioresources could outstrip any sustainable supply, undermining climate mitigation efforts and harming biodiversity, unless alternative zero carbon options are rapidly scaled up. [reNEWS]

Biomass plant in Lincolnshire (Eco2 image)

World:

¶ “Extreme Weather Causes Huge Losses In 2020” • A study from the charity Christian Aid lists 10 events with thousands of lives lost and major insurance costs. Six of the events took place in Asia, with floods in China and India causing damages of more than $40 billion. In the US, some $60 billion in losses resulted from record hurricanes and wildfires. [BBC]

¶ “Ten Years Of EU’s Failed Biofuels Policy Wiped Out Forests The Size Of The Netherlands” • Europe’s thirst for biodiesel has likely wiped out forests the size of the Netherlands since the introduction of the EU’s green fuels law in 2010, and has greater CO₂ emissions than the fossil diesel it replaces, a Transport & Environment study shows. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (Johannes Plenio, Unsplash)

¶ “Big $300 Million Battery To Be Built Without Government Aid In Market First” • Victoria will get Australia’s first grid-scale battery built without government support by the end of 2022, according to Lumea, the commercial arm of TransGrid. The array of lithium-ion batteries would be able to supply 580 MWh of electricity. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Scatec Starts Up 55-MW Ukraine Solar” • Scatec has connected to the grid and started commercial operation of a 55-MW solar farm in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine. The Chigirin project has secured a feed-in-tariff payment and is expected to deliver about 64 gigawatt hours per year. The solar plant has a design life of more than 30 years. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Sungrow, Unsplash)

¶ “More US Support For Polish Nuclear” • The US Trade and Development Agency announced grant funding to Poland’s Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe for an engineering and design study that will help develop Poland’s first two nuclear power plants, facilitate a transition away from coal-fired power, and strengthen long-term security. [Nuclear Engineering International]

US:

¶ “Florida Is Getting Ready For Tropical Storm Elsa As Drought And Heat Worsen In The West ” • Tropical storm Elsa will be headed to Florida after dumping up to a foot of rain on Cuba. Meanwhile, drought conditions and heat are only worsening in the West. Climatologists say that climate change is clearly a factor in the situation. [CNN]

Drought map released July 1 (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

¶ “Shell Could Bring EU Green Hydrogen Scheme To US Shores” • After flipping the switch on the biggest green hydrogen plant in the EU, oil & gas giant Shell looks like it could help foster the renewable H₂ revolution here in the US, as well. Global demand for hydrogen has tripled since the 1970s and there is nowhere for it to go but up. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Everything Is Bigger In New Jersey, Including Offshore Wind Power” • New Jersey just laid claim to the biggest-ever combined offshore wind power award in the USA to date. That’s quite a feat for the Garden State. It is one of the country’s smallest states, and it is best known for Jersey tomatoes, a TV show, and an endless stream of weird goings-on. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind lease area map (Image via US BOEM)

¶ “EDF Dropping $2 Million To Push For American Jobs Plan” • One of the best chances for the US to speed up its climate action is the American Jobs Plan. The Environmental Defense Fund is putting $2 million into ad campaigns to try to persuade the public to get more behind the American Jobs Plan and to try to get Congress behind it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NRC Discontinues Preparation For 40-Year Licence Renewals” • The NRC decided to discontinue considerations of regulatory and other changes which would allow NPP operators to apply for 40-year licence renewals. It recommended further evaluations to address the potential for reactor operations that could last for up to 100 years. [Nuclear Engineering International]

Have an absolutely great day.

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