July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Experts Are Close To Generating A New Form Of Renewable Energy From Water” • Splitting water molecules to make green hydrogen requires large amounts of energy. New research suggests, however, that instead of having to use large amounts of power, the same results can be achieved using more effective and energy-efficient catalysts. [TechRadar]

Water (YUCAR FotoGrafik, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Major Names Establish Net-Zero Insurance Alliance” • Allianz, Aviva, AXA, Generali, Munich Re, SCOR, Swiss Re, and Zurich Insurance Group have teamed up to establish the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance, which is convened by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative. [Insurance Business America]

¶ “Škoda Enyaq Jumps To #1 In Netherlands” • The Dutch plugin vehicle (PEV) market is still in the fast lane, as 8,821 registrations were logged last month. Last month’s PEV share of the passenger auto market was 26% (18% battery electric vehicles, BEV), pulling the year-to-date PEV share to 20% (10% BEV) and the total tally to 32,079 units. [CleanTechnica]

Škoda Enyaq iV (Škoda image)

¶ “Super Set To Build Hybrid Power Plant” • Super Energy Corp plans to develop Thailand’s first hybrid renewable power plant with a “firm” power purchase agreement. The project has a capacity of 49 MW of on-ground solar PVs, with back-up power from a 1-MW biogas-fired power plant and a 136 MWh energy storage system. [Bangkok Post]

¶ “New Greek JV Targets 750-MW Solar Drive” • Macquarie’s Solar player Cero Generation and Wattcrop, a Greek renewables outfit, have set up a joint venture aiming to develope 750 MW of PV projects in the Greek market in the next four years. They will first co-develop Wattcrop’s existing portfolio of more than 480 MW of early-stage projects. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (APPA, Unsplash)

¶ “Project Finance Brief: Doral Energy Acquires 360 MW Of Solar Projects In Denmark” • GreenGo Energy Group, based in Denmark, said it had sold a portfolio of 360 MW of subsidy-free solar projects to Israeli developer Doral Renewable Energy Resources Group under a partnership agreement. The projects are in an early development stage. [Mercom India]

¶ “Red Rock And Eni Form ScotWind Team” • Red Rock Power and Eni formed a partnership in preparation for a joint bid for Transmission Investment in the upcoming ScotWind offshore leasing round. The companies said they will also consider future renewable opportunities in Scotland and combine wind farm development and offshore expertise. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Carl Raw, Unsplash)

¶ “UK Needs Tougher Policies, More Public Awareness To Hit Zero Emissions, Report Says” • Britain must introduce tougher policies to make residential heating more efficient, and the UK’s consumers need to cut energy usage to meet the nation’s target of net zero emissions by mid century, according to a report from the National Grid. [Reuters]

¶ “Robots Come To The Rescue After Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster” • When three reactors failed at Fukushima Daiichi, hot fuel melted and burned through steel walls and concrete floors. To this day, no one knows exactly where in the reactor buildings the fuel is. It is so deadly, no human can go inside to look for it, so robots will do the job. [CBS News]

Robot, but not the type to be used (Marius Haakestad, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Biden’s Clean Energy Plan Would Cut Emissions And Save 317,000 Lives” • A Biden administration plan to force the rapid uptake of renewable energy would swiftly cut greenhouse gas emissions and save hundreds of thousands of lives, a report found. There is growing pressure on the White House to take major action on the climate crisis. [The Guardian]

¶ “Wildfires Rage In Western States As Temperatures Soar” • In the West, wildfires are raging as a heatwave has brought record temperatures. Some Communities have been told to evacuate as firefighters struggle to battle the blazes in the extreme heat. Fires knocked out interstate power lines, and California residents were told to reduce power use. [BBC]

California wildfire (Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue)

¶ “New Recycling And Energy Storage Plan Claps Back At Wind Turbine Critics” • The wind turbine recycling issue is a bit of a red herring. Nevertheless, public policy and consumer demand are starting to steer the global economy into a more sustainable, circular form, making wind turbine blade recycling a priority. The DOE is making progress on that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fort Lauderdale Considers A Bid From The Boring Company” • Traffic congestion in South Florida is a mess, and it is getting much worse, very fast. Recently, The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s brainchild that specializes in digging traffic tunnels to ease surface congestion, approached the city of Fort Lauderdale with a proposal. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in a tunnel (Image courtesy of The Boring Company)

¶ “Bill Helps Utilities Shutter Coal Plants And Transition To Renewable Power” • Missouri utilities will be able to shutter more coal plants, speeding a transition to renewable energy, under a bill signed by the governor. The bill allows utilities to refinance debt they issued to build coal plants and close the facilities early without a financial hit. [The Joplin Globe]

¶ “Governor Murphy Signs Bills To Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future” • Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to clean energy. The bills further the goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. They will increase solar development and facilitate the installation of EV charging infrastructure. [Insider NJ]

Have an abundantly satisfying day.

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