Archive for July 14th, 2021

July 14 Energy News

July 14, 2021


¶ “New Republican-Only Conservative Climate Caucus Light On Science, Heavily Pro-Fossil Fuels” • A Conservative Climate Caucus has been formed with a roster of roughly 60 members. Their website is light on content, but it has enough to make a few early assessments. Their actions may pleasantly surprise me one day, but the start is inauspicious. [CleanTechnica]

Green landscape in a fog (Guy Bowden, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Standard Lithium Explains Its Direct Lithium Extraction Process” • Standard Lithium, near the border of Arkansas and Louisiana, shared a tour of its LiSTR Direct Lithium Extraction plant. Project engineer Will Smith explained in a guided tour on YouTube how the company built an operational, industrial-scale demonstration plant. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Record Month For Electric Vehicles In France! Tesla Model 3 Firmly At #1” • In June, the French plugin vehicle’s share of the country’s overall auto market reached 19% (11% battery electric vehicles). France set a record with 37,408 registrations of plugin vehicles, pulling the year-to-date share to a record 16% (7.9% BEV), up from 11% in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World at Peak Fossil Fuel Generation As Emerging Markets Adopt Renewables: CEEW Report” • Electricity generation by fossil fuels has peaked worldwide as emerging markets turn to low-cost renewables, according to a report published by India’s Council on Energy, Environment, and Water and the financial think tank Carbon Tracker. [The Weather Channel]

¶ “Australia’s Grid To Be Ready For Periods Of 100% Renewables By 2025 To End Asset Constraints, AEMO Boss Clarifies” • By 2025, the Australian grid needs to be capable of handling 100% renewable energy penetrations at any given time, the CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Daniel Westerman, told audiences in Melbourne. [pv magazine Australia]

Daniel Westerman (AEMO and CEDA)

¶ “German 2030 Power Use Forecast Up Due To Heat Pumps, E-Cars And Hydrogen” • The German energy ministry increased the country’s estimated power needs in 2030 to meet needs of increased e-car uptake, the higher power consumption of more heat pumps, and considerably higher estimates for hydrogen production in the future. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “PepsiCo Achieves Renewable Its Energy Goal In Mexico” • PepsiCo, Inc announced it has achieved its goal of using 100% renewable energy across all operations in Mexico, its second largest market. The announcement comes less than a year after the company reached a similar milestone in the US, PepsiCo’s largest market. [Food Business News]

Wind turbines (PepsiCo, Inc)


¶ “Car Dealers Are Going ‘All-In’ On Electric Cars” • Electric cars aren’t coming, they’re already here. That was the message sent by the Biden administration’s EV charging bill and Ford’s all-new, all electric F-150 Lightning pickup. And America’s franchise car dealers get it loud and clear, National Auto Dealers’ Association President Mike Stanton said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wildfires In California This Year Have Scorched 3 Times More Land Than In The Same Period Of Last Year” • California had its worst fire season in 2020, with around 4.1 million acres burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. So far this year, fires have burned 142,477 acres in the state, 103,588 more acres than in the same period last year. [CNN]

Airplane fighting a wildfire (Ben Kuo, Unsplash)

¶ “Hanover OKs A Power-Sourcing Plan And Keeps Its Town Manager” • The residents of Hanover, New Hampshire, voted overwhelmingly by show of hands to adopt a community power plan during Town Meeting. The plan gives municipal officials the ability to contract and bid for the energy needs of about 2,500 residential customers. [Valley News]

¶ “San Diego International Airport Goes To 100% Renewable Electricity” • San Diego International Airport may be the home base for an enormous amount of emissions from all the airplanes flying in and out, but the airport itself is becoming one of the greenest when it comes to its electricity supply. It will soon have a 100% renewable energy supply. [CleanTechnica]

San Diego International Airport (Jeff Robins, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “New Solar Farm In Bethel Brings State Near Renewable Energy Goal” • At a ribbon cutting at Hofstee Solar Farm in Bethel, New York, Lt Gov Kathy Hochul said, “We have three gigawatts of solar installed across the state. That is a milestone we hoped to achieve. Three gigawatts of solar is enough to power half a million homes.” [Spectrum News]

¶ “Electric Airplanes For The Masses” • Emissions from the aviation industry are helping to fry the planet, but some people are actually trying to prevent things from getting worse. In the latest news, United Airlines has just signed an electric airplane deal that could bring zero emission flight to the masses, just in the nick of time. [CleanTechnica]

United Airlines electric airplane (United Airlines image)

¶ “Enel Acquires 3200-MW US Solar Portfolio” • Enel Green Power North America has acquired a 3200-MW portfolio of solar and solar-plus-storage projects spread across the US from Dakota Renewable Energy. The 24 development-stage projects include 450 MW of storage capacity. They are planned to be operating commercially beginning in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “GOP Representatives Are Demanding Special Treatment For A California Nuclear Plant” • Rep Devin Nunes and the other ten House Republicans from California filed a bill aiming to force their state to keep open a controversial nuclear power plant. Environmental activists have long warned Diablo Canyon is on seismic fault lines. [The American Independent]

Have an abundantly sufficient day.

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