Archive for July 8th, 2021

July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “US-Canada Heatwave ‘Virtually Impossible’ Without Global Warming” • The searing heat that built up western Canada and the US in June was “virtually impossible” without climate change, say scientists. An international team of 27 climate researchers who are part of the World Weather Attribution network did the study, which has not been peer reviewed yet. [BBC]

Lytton, BC, after the fire (CBC image)

¶ “UCLA Researchers Pinpoint Onset Of Human Influence On Climate” • A UCLA study published in Nature Communications shows that abnormally heavy rain and snowfall events since as early as the 1980s are intensifying globally due to human-driven climate change. The study shows the human influence across a variety of water issues. [Patch]

¶ “Pathfinder Satellite Paves Way For Constellation Of Tropical-Storm Observers” • Planned for launch in 2022, the TROPICS satellites will work together to provide near-hourly microwave observations of a storm’s precipitation, temperature, and humidity, a revisit time for these measurements not currently possible with other satellites. [CleanTechnica]

Cyclone (NASA image)


¶ “The Growing Gulf Rivalry That’s Pushing Up Oil Prices” • A bitter public rift between the UAE and Saudi Arabia over oil production quotas caused talks between the world’s biggest oil-producing nations to be abandoned and left energy markets in limbo, pushing oil prices to a six-year high. The problem arose because the UAE wants to pump more oil. [BBC]

¶ “The BMW i4, iX, And iX3 Are Coming To South Africa!” • With success of earlier EV models, BMW South Africa is now introducing the all new BMW i4, the iX, and the iX3. The BMW i4 M50, which is “the first fully-electric BMW with the typical M performance,” according to the BMW website, should really do well in this part of the world. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i4 (Image courtesy BMW)

¶ “Gujarat Government To Tesla: Here’s 1,000 Acres To Set Up A Plant” •The Gujarat government is offering Tesla 1,000 acres of land to set up a plant in India, News18 reports. The location of the land is both inside and outside of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones in Mundra. It’s also the home of the largest private port in India. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar+Battery Project Has Victorian Town On Target For 100% Renewables” • Yackandandah, a small town in northeast Victoria, is one step closer to being powered by 100% renewable energy with the state’s first behind-the-meter, community-owned solar PV and battery energy storage system added to the community’s power generating strategy. [pv magazine Australia]

Renewable transport in Yackandandah (Phillip Flores, Unsplash)

¶ “South Africa Green Energy Projects Can Plug Power Supply Gap” • About 184 “shovel-ready” renewable energy, storage, transmission, and distribution projects could collectively add 10.3 GW of capacity to plug the South African electricity supply gap and increase its total generation capacity by about 18%, a study by EY-Parthenon shows. [IOL]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy’s LM Wind Power Produces 44,444th Blade In India” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it made its 44,444th wind turbine blade at LM Wind Power’s wind turbine blade manufacturing sites in India. These blades have been made in the two factories located near Bangalore, Karnataka and in Vadodara, Gujarat. [Evwind]

Wind turbine blade manufacture (GE image)

¶ “Glass Packaging Industry Goes Electric, Adding To Growing Demand For Renewable Power” • Unlike the steel and cement industry, the glass sector has a clear path towards decarbonizing its processes: electrification. Yet renewable electricity is scarcer than the industry would like, raising concerns about its ability to meet EU climate goals. []


¶ “Biden Administration Ramps Up Environmental Justice Investment” • The EPA announced a $50 million increase in funding to enhance air pollution monitoring and improve air quality in disadvantaged and low-income communities. The new fund come as the agency ramps up spending on environmental justice initiatives. [CNN]

President Joe Biden (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Biden Pushes For ‘Generational Investments In Human Infrastructure’ In Speech In Illinois” • President Joe Biden pushed for generational investments in human infrastructure to expand the social safety net, asserting that he’ll continue to make the case for his plans “until the job is done.” He pushed policies of the American Families Plan. [CNN]

¶ “Ørsted Announces Bid To Expand Skipjack Wind Farm” • Ørsted said it has submitted a bid to the Maryland Public Service Commission to develop Skipjack Wind 2, with a capacity of 760 MW. The Danish green energy company is already developing twelve General Electric Haliade-X 12-MW turbines off the coast of Ocean City, Md. [Delaware Business Times]

Offshore wind turbines (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “California’s Hydroelectric Generation Affected By Historic Drought” • With this year’s harsh drought conditions, we expect hydroelectric generation in California to be low. In the first four months of 2021, hydroelectric generation in California was 37% less than in the same four months in 2020 and 71% less than during those months in 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford “Electrified” Vehicle Sales Grow 117% In June, Mustang Mach-E Sales Up 27% Month Over Month” • Ford has published its June sales report, and it revealed an impressive 117% jump in overall electrified vehicle sales, including hybrids. Mustang Mach-E sales rose by nearly 27% since May, for 12,975 vehicles in the first half of the year. [CleanTechnica]

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