July 9 Energy News

July 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Change Is About Greed. It’s Time For Big Oil To Pay Us Back” • Four interconnected pieces of climate change-related news from the past two weeks reveal America’s predicament. And they also show the way forward, which ultimately must include oil companies’ paying restitution for damage that they have done to the climate and humanity for decades. [CNN]

Pollution (Cristi Goia, Unsplash)

¶ “Strategic Tax Credits To Decarbonize Buildings” • To meet Biden’s ambitious climate goals of cutting GHG emissions by 50% by 2030, we must construct only zero-carbon buildings and retrofit roughly 4 million buildings each year to be all-electric, super-efficient, and grid-interactive. We must also power our buildings with clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wireless Charging – Get On The Bus” • Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers demonstrated their wireless charging technology on an autonomous electric vehicle for the first time in a project with Local Motors, using that company’s Olli shuttle bus. The technology includes both wireless and wired charging systems. [CleanTechnica]

Local Motors’ Olli shuttle bus (Carlos Jones, ORNL, US DOE)

¶ “Methane: A Threat To People And Planet” • Methane is out of control and we need to manage it to protect people and the planet. This main component of natural gas is vastly more potent warming agent than CO₂ over short timeframes, is accompanied by highly toxic chemicals, and when leaked can be a major health and safety hazard. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen And BMW Fined $1 Billion For Emissions Cartel” • The European Commission fined Volkswagen Group and BMW $1 billion for colluding with Daimler to avoid competition on nitrogen oxide cleaning technology. This delayed development of technology that could have reduced harmful emissions from their vehicles. [CNN]

BMW engine (Julian Hochgesang, Unsplash)

¶ “It’s ‘Inescapable’: Pacific Islanders Have Tried To Flee The Climate Crisis, Only To Face New Threats” • At least 57% of the infrastructure in the Pacific Islands will be threatened by rising sea levels during this century, a UN report says. Many Pacific Islanders leave their home islands to escape climate-related issues, but climate change is inescapable. [CNN]

¶ “Wind, Solar Growth 50% Larger Than Anytime In History” • Wind and solar energy capacity increased by 238 GW in 2020, 50% more than at any time in history, according to a report from BP. The 2021 ‘BP Statistical Review of World Energy’ said that wind, solar, and hydroelectric generation all grew last year, even though overall energy demand fell. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Vasilios Muselimis, Unsplash)

¶ “Even Qatar Ordering Electric Buses Now! (And Finland)” • Here is a story about two orders for electric buses. Neither order is extraordinarily large, but the interesting point isn’t the size of the orders. One is for ten buses to be delivered to Qatar, which depends on oil. The other is the first order for Finland, a country known for cold winters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “You Can Now Get The Renault K-ZE In Ghana!” • A lot of African countries have low motorization rates. This presents an opportunity for another leapfrog event similar to the mobile phone revolution. The transition might not be driven as it could be elsewhere, by traditional dealerships and franchises, but by independent importers. [CleanTechnica]

Renault K-ZE (Image courtesy Renault)

¶ “SBI Has Provided ₹319.18 Billion In Renewable Energy Project Finance As Of FY 2021” • The State Bank of India, one of India’s largest public sector banks, declared results for the financial year 2020-2021, which said the bank approved over ₹319.18 billion ($4.26 billion) in renewable energy project finance in India as of March 2021. [Mercom India]

¶ “Eight Renewable Energy Projects Under Construction In Australia” • Global wind and solar capacity will double over the next four years and exceed that of both gas and coal, according to an International Energy Agency report. The IEA anticipates an increase in wind and solar of 1,123 GW, so they would overtake gas capacity in 2023 and coal in 2024. [Energy Matters]

Wind turbines (Raimond Klavins, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Charge It! Preparing Your Hometown For Electric Transit” • On July 28th, the webinar Charge It! Preparing Your Hometown for Electric Transit will host a variety of speakers with a focus to help rural towns and smaller communities solve the challenges they face on electrification. The webinar is free to attend. The article has a link to register. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maine Bans Offshore Wind From State Waters” • Governor Janet Mills, who supports offshore windpower, signed a law to permanently bar offshore windpower from Maine waters in a compromise with lobstermen. The ban is the first of its kind in the US, where fishermen have been among the most strenuous objectors to the developing industry. [E&E News]

Block Island Wind Farm (Gary Norton, NREL)

¶ “US DOE Drops $52.5 Million Green Hydrogen Bomb On Natural Gas Lobby” • Hydrogen can be green, but almost all of the hydrogen in today’s market comes from natural gas, a big contributor to global warming. Well, it appears that the US DOE is determined to settle the question of where it comes from, and so far green hydrogen is winning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nuclear Cost Overrun Could Mean Billions In Extra Georgia Power Profit” • Consumers may end up paying for billions in cost overruns on the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. But Georgia Power’s profit from the project is tied largely to how much it spends, not whether it stays within budget. So it will make more money regardless. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Have a properly grand day.

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