July 20 Energy News

July 20, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “About Those Killer Floods In Europe – We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!” • The Guardian and the New York Times are running stories about how global heating may be playing a role in those “nobody alive has ever seen anything like this” floods that brought massive destruction and killed more than 150 people in Europe recently. The floods should be no surprise. [CleanTechnica

Earth (NASA image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Argument For Switching Off Lights At Night” • It is estimated that between 100 million and one billion birds die every year from flying into buildings in the US, with artificial lights thought to play a major role in the death toll. But the effects of light pollution on the natural world is thought to be far greater still. [BBC]

World:

¶ “United Invests In Swedish Electric Airplane Startup” • Swedish electric airplane startup Heart Aerospace says its ES-19 will be ready to begin commercial service on flights of 250 miles or less by 2026. Unites Airlines agreed to buy 100 ES-19 electric aircraft from Heart and anticipates having them in passenger service use before the end of the decade. [CleanTechnica]

Heart ES-19 (Courtesy of Heart Aerospace)

¶ “Toyota And Panasonic Joint Venture Plans To Cut Battery Costs By 50%” • In 2020, Toyota and Panasonic formed a joint venture called Prime Planet Energy & Solutions to manufacture advanced lithium-ion batteries. PPES said in a recent statement it expects to lower the cost of batteries by 50% by the end of next year, according to Inside EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Opibus Builds First Fully Electric African Mining Vehicle” • Opibus has been doing electric vehicle conversions, focused on creating products tailored for the region with quality, price, and local production in mind. But now, the Kenyan electric vehicle company has unveiled one of Africa’s first fully electric vehicles for the mining sector. [CleanTechnica]

Electric conversion of a Toyota (Opibus image)

¶ “World-Leading Certification System Guarantees ‘Renewable’ Hydrogen” • Speaking at the Queensland Smart Energy Summit, Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said partnering with the Smart Energy Council’s zero-carbon certification scheme would bring further investor confidence to the state. [Mirage News]

¶ “Global Investors Pump Hundreds Of Billions Into Renewables In Shift From Fossil Fuels” • Despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the top global debt and equity investors have continued to pour capital into the renewable energy sector, accelerating their race away from the climate-related risks posed by fossil fuel assets. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbine (Marten Bjork, Unsplash)

¶ “Mainstream Unveils 1-GW Chile Solar, Wind Platform” • Mainstream Renewable Power has unveiled a 1-GW hybrid renewable energy platform in Chile. The Nazca Renovables platform consists of six projects, three of wind and three of solar PVs, divided into three portfolios. They build on Mainstream’s 1.3 GW of earlier projects in Chile. [reNEWS]

¶ “National Grid To Lose Great Britain Electric Grid Role To Independent Operator” • The British government plans to strip National Grid of its role keeping Great Britain’s lights on as part of a proposed ‘revolution’ in the electric grid driven by smart digital technologies. National Grid has been managing the grid in England, Scotland, and Wales. [The Guardian]

Power lines (Matthew Henry, Unsplash)

¶ “Kazakhstan is the Recognized Leader of World Anti-Nuclear Movement” • The First President of Kazakhstan closed the Semei nuclear test site on August 29, 1991. It was the beginning of the country’s anti-nuclear movement. These measures then became an important decision that brought considerable benefits to the development of the country. [The Astana Times]

US:

¶ “Oregon Bootleg Fire: Evacuations As Largest Us Fire Burns 300,000 Acres” • In Oregon, the nation’s largest active wildfire has burned through more than 300,000 acres. The Bootleg Fire has prompted thousands of evacuations. Since it started on 6 July, it has already scorched an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. [BBC]

Forest fire (Matt Howard, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar And Wind Provide 99.9% Of New US Power Capacity In April, 93.9% In May” • Solar power and wind power continue to dominate new power capacity additions in the US. Almost 100% of new power capacity additions in April came from solar and wind, and 94% of new power capacity additions in May came from solar and wind. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion In Energy Savings” • An ILSR report finds that installing rooftop solar panels and community solar systems to serve the equivalent of 30 million American homes would create significant economic benefits while addressing the climate crisis and historic inequities. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Vivint Solar, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Clean Energy Plan Key To Restoring Industry Job Losses, Says US Official” • The US energy sector lost 10% of its workforce last year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a DOE report. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Biden’s plan is an opportunity to revitalize the energy industry and provide jobs. [Reuters]

¶ “Judge Approves Distribution For Settlement Of $ 192 Million” • Investors who lost their property in the failure of a costly reactor construction contract in South Carolina will soon reach $192 million under a recently approved distribution. The utility abandoned the project in 2017. Customers have already lost $2 billion on it. [Pennsylvania News Today]

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