Archive for July 10th, 2021

July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2021


¶ “How The American South Is Paying The Price For Europe’s ‘Green Energy’” • In 2009, the EU pledged to curb greenhouse gas emissions, urging its member states to shift from fossil fuels to renewables. It classified biomass as a renewable energy source, on par with wind and solar. This incentivized burning a lot of wood from America’s southern states. [CNN]

Clearcut forest (roya ann miller, Unsplash)

¶ “How Fossils Move To Block Local Climate Action” • Local governments are making progress on protecting their people and environment. In some states, state politicians, sponsored by the fossil-fuel and utility industries, are taking that ability away from them. An insight brief from RMI examines state pre-emption of local clean energy policies. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is 100% Renewable Energy Feasible For Entire Countries? Why, Yes Actually” • We asked 22 experts in renewable energy, engineering, and energy systems about the feasibility of going to 100% renewable energy. Most agreed that 100% renewable energy was feasible. All agreed that a big shift away from fossil fuels is not only feasible but essential. [ScienceAlert]

Wind farm (RawFilm, Unsplash)


¶ “Lebanon Struck By Power Cut As Major Plants Shut Down” • Both of Lebanon’s main power plants shut down when they ran out of fuel, plunging much of the country into a blackout. This is the latest in a crisis that has seen people receive just two hours of electricity a day. At the root of the problem is a lack of foreign currency to pay for imported fuel. [BBC]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Deliver Turbines For Lithuanian Wind Farms” • Danish wind developer European Energy has selected GE Renewable Energy as the supplier for three wind farms in northern Lithuania. Two of the farms, one in Telsiai and one in Rokiskis, will have 34 GE Cypress onshore wind turbines totaling 187 MW. [Power Engineering International]

GE Cypress turbine (GE image)

¶ “India’s Tata Power To Focus On Renewable Energy, Add 15 GW Of Capacity” • The Chairman of Tata Power has announced that his company will add 15 GW of renewable energy capacity over the next few years. The company currently has 1.8 GW of solar and wind energy capacity operational, with another 373 MW under development. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mainstream Energises 571-MW Condor Project In Chile” • Mainstream Renewable Power has fully energised its 571-MW Condor portfolio, which is the first phase of the company’s 1350-MW Andes Renovables wind and solar power platform in Chile. The Condor portfolio has started supplying energy to Chile’s National Electricity System. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Mainstream image)

¶ “Bridgestone To Use Renewable Electricity Sources To Power Four Domestic Tire Plants” • Bridgestone says it has switched all the electricity sourced from external providers to renewable energy sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar, and wind at four of its tire plants in Japan: Hikone, Kitakyushu, Shimonoseki, and Tosu. [Tire Technology International]


¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest June On Record For The Lower 48 States” • Heat that set records in the Southwest was followed by heat that smashed records in the Pacific Northwest. Those events converged to make last month the hottest June on record for the Lower 48 states, the NOAA reported. The previous hottest June was in 2016. [CNN]

Colorado River at Fort Collins (Stefan Rodriguez, Unsplash)

¶ “The West Is Caught In A Vicious Climate Change Feedback Loop” • After climate change fueled a deadly heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in June, historic heat threatens records once again. As temperatures climb to the triple digits, the sun will bake out what little moisture there is in the ground, worsening the West’s unprecedented drought. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy Continues Growth Across The Islands” • In 2020, something interesting happened in Hawai‘i’s energy scene: More than 30% of all power generation came from renewable sources, surpassing the Renewable Portfolio Standards goal set by state law for the year. In fact, Kauai’s independent co-op utility ran at over 60% renewables. [Hawaii Public Radio]

Rooftop solar system (Hawaiian Electric Company)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Game On For NY And Archrival NJ” • No sooner does New Jersey let slip that it has a new green hydrogen pilot project in the works, when here comes archrival New York right across the river with a whole truckload of green hydrogen news. And in both states, this is real green hydrogen, made with no fossil fuels in the mix. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Is Inflaming A Long-Simmering Conflict Over Water In The Klamath River Basin” • The West is drying out as the region faces an unprecedented drought. Few places are as devastated as the Klamath Basin. Straddling the border between California and Oregon, the watershed spans 12,000 square miles. Its water is a source of conflict. [CleanTechnica]

Klamath River, 2010 (Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives)

¶ “Tesla Energy, Brookfield, And Dacra Are Developing A Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood In Austin, Texas” • Tesla Energy, Brookfield Asset Management, and Dacra are creating SunHouse at Easton Park, Brookfield announced. This is the first Tesla Solar neighborhood and will be America’s most sustainable residential community, the companies said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Another Extreme Heat Wave In The West Threatens All-Time Highs” • A life-threatening heat wave is underway for the third time since the beginning of June. It is not expected to be quite as unprecedented as last week’s Pacific Northwest heat wave, but records will be challenged in major cities like Las Vegas, Fresno, and Redding, California. [CBS News]

Have an acceptably magnificent day.

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