Archive for July 16th, 2021

July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Protecting The Next Generation” • Climate change has been ignored in the Australian media (controlled by Rupert Murdoch) until recently. Now it is being mentioned, but highlighting the danger and provoking fear. Our young may be bombarded by horrific scenes of heatwaves, fires, and floods. That is something we have to be careful about. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrise in Australia (pexels & pixabay, free to use, CC0)

¶ “US Infrastructure Bills: Do They Meet The Moment?” • After years of talk about investing in infrastructure, it looks like we’re on the verge of legislation to address past neglect. But we can’t just repair what’s there and move on. We need to retool the system support solving two other crises: climate change and community inequity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Push To Green Shipping Is Positive But Risks Locking In Fossil Gas” • The EU has proposals to make the shipping sector finally pay for its pollution and to start using cleaner maritime fuels. But the world’s first “green” fuel mandate for the sector would actually boost the use of one fossil fuel, according to green group Transport & Environment. [CleanTechnica]

Wind-powered cargo ship (Image courtesy of Vale)

World:

¶ “Reports: Tesla Model Y Long Range Sold Out In US Until 4th Quarter, Made-In-China Tesla Model Y SR Sold Out Until Sept” • One Tesla watcher heard from sources that the made-in-China Model Y Standard Range RWD may be sold out for August. And Teslarati reports Tesla’s Model Y Long Range Dual Motor has sold out for Q3 2021 in the US and Canada. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “At Least 80 Dead And Hundreds Unaccounted For In German Floods” • At least 80 people have died and hundreds more are unaccounted for in Germany after some of the worst flooding in decades. Record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burst their banks, devastating the region. Political leaders have blamed the flooding on climate change. [BBC]

Schuld, 2009 (Ramessos, released into the public domain)

¶ “Shell Starts Trading Power From Europe’s Largest Battery” • Europe’s largest battery storage project, the 100-MW system in Wiltshire is fully operational. Controlled and optimized by Shell-owned Limejump, the battery will help balance UK electricity demand, providing a day’s electricity for up to 10,000 homes before being recharged. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Formula 1 Boss Ross Brawn Says Hydrogen Could Be Future Fuel” • Hydrogen-powered cars could be the future of Formula 1, according to F1 managing director for motorsports Ross Brawn. “Maybe hydrogen is the route that Formula 1 can have where we keep the noise, we keep the emotion, but we move into a different solution,” Brawn told the BBC. [BBC]

Formula 1 car (Abed Ismail, Unsplash)

¶ “Developing Nations Release Five-Point Plan Demanding Climate Funding Before COP26” • Nations most vulnerable to impacts of global warming called for rich countries to live up to their promise to finance the fight against climate change. Dozens of countries highlighted a “worrying lack of urgency” from G7 and G20 countries. [Firstpost]

¶ “Shell, ScottishPower Submit ScotWind Floater Bids” • Shell and ScottishPower joined forces to bid in the ScotWind leasing round to develop large-scale floating offshore wind farms in the north-east of Scotland. The partnership said it has submitted proposals to Crown Estate Scotland for the leasing round, which closed for submissions on 16 July. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (ScottishPower image)

¶ “French Battery Startup Verkor Raises $118 Million In Funding Round” • French battery startup Verkor has announced that it raised $118 million (€100 million) in a recent financing round. The financing round was co-led by EQT Ventures and Renault Group, with participation from the French government and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Japan Mulls Extending Maximum Reactor Lifespan Beyond 60 Years” • Japan is considering extending the maximum service period for its nuclear reactors beyond 60 years due to expected public opposition to the construction of new plants, sources close to the matter said. But such an extension could spur concerns about the safety of aging reactors. [The Mainichi]

Ikata nuclear plant, August 2006 (ja, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

US:

¶ “This California Firefighter Has Been On The Job 25 Years. He’s Seen Firsthand How Wildfires Have Worsened” • Fire Captain Dennis Smith is in his 25th fire season with CalFire, and he has seen fighting fires change over time. The temperatures are hotter. The fire seasons are several months longer. The blazes are bigger, and there are more of them. [CNN]

¶ “US Consults On Grid Reforms” • The changing resource mix will create new demands for grid expansion, so the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on viable reforms to improve transmission planning and generator interconnection processes as the country transitions to more renewable energy sources. [reNEWS]

Transmission lines (sxc image)

¶ “Wildfires Have Scorched Almost 1 Million Acres Across 12 States” • About 1 million acres have been scorched in 71 large fires or complexes across 12 states, the National Interagency Fire Center said on its website. In Oregon, the massive Bootleg Fire – the country’s largest wildfire – has already charred more than 220,000 acres. [CNN]

¶ “The Baltimore region can be a renewable energy leader. These initiatives aim to get it there” • Many governments and private sector industries are setting a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan has committed to a goal for the state of 50% renewable energy by 2030. Baltimore could be a leader. [Technical.ly]

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