July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Scientists Are Worried By How Fast The Climate Crisis Has Amplified Extreme Weather” • Until recently, climate change had been talked about as a future threat. Its frontlines were portrayed as remote places like the Arctic, where polar bears are running out of sea ice to hunt from. But in the past month, it’s been the developed world on the frontline. [CNN]

Flood in the UK (Chris Gallagher, Unsplash)

¶ “The EPA Needs To Reject Louisiana’s Regional Haze Plan Until It Complies With The Clean Air Act” • Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association, want the EPA to reject Louisiana’s regional haze plan because it doesn’t comply with the Clean Air Act. Louisiana’s plan ignores key sources of pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “City Children Have Better Mental Health And Cognition If They Live Near Woodlands” • City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, according to a study published in Nature Sustainability. The study tracked 3,568 adolescents at 31 London schools. [CNN]

Hyde Park, London (V2F, Unsplash)

¶ “The US Army Tried Mobile Nuclear Power At Remote Bases 60 Years Ago, And It Didn’t Go Well” • During the Cold War, the US set up a “portable” nuclear reactor in Greenland. It failed. Nearly 60 years after the PM-2A was installed and the ML-1 project abandoned, the US military is exploring portable land-based nuclear reactors again. [Tech Xplore]

World:

¶ “Zhengzhou: Twelve Dead And Thousands Evacuated In China’s Floods” • Massive floods in central China caused by record-breaking rainfall have left twelve people dead and more than 100,000 evacuated from their homes. More than a dozen cities in Henan province, including Zhengzhou, its provincial capital, are affected. [BBC]

Zhengzhou, before the flooding (Hao Zhang, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Projects Could Help G20 Find 22% Of 2030 Targets” • According to strategy consultancy EY-Parthenon, around 13,000 renewable energy projects in nearly 50 countries are waiting for finance. If these projects were to be carried to fruition, they could provide massive reductions in pollution, and create millions of jobs. [Consultancy.uk]

¶ “Chinese Brands Could Soon Take Over From Japanese Brands As The Most Popular Vehicles In Africa – Here’s Why” • An EV made by Great Wall Motors is at second place in one of the most popular vehicle segments in South Africa. This is significant. Consumers are starting to trust Chinese brands that are relatively new in this market. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng EV (Xpeng image)

¶ “ReNew Power Wins 200 MW In MSEDCL Solar Auction” • ReNew Power announced that it has won a 200-MW Interstate Transmission System solar generation project in an auction conducted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. ReNew Power is India’s leading renewable energy company. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Bangladesh’s Upper Court Tells Government To Get Serious About Renewables” • The High Court of Bangladesh responded to a Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association petition that seeks to protect the country’s wetland habitats by directing the government to prepare a master plan to make the nation 100% powered by renewables. [PV Magazine]

Chittagong landscape, Bangladesh (Tahsin Islam, Unsplash)

¶ “Peru’s Latest Renewable Energy Project Approvals Top 1 GW” • Renewable energy developers in Peru have received initial clearance to access the electricity transmission system with projects for a combined 1,071 MW. BNamericas learned that grid coordinator COES approved pre-operation studies for two solar parks and two wind farms. [BNamericas]

US:

¶ “Wildfire Smoke From The West’s Massive Blazes Stretches All The Way To The East Coast” • The huge Bootleg Fire in Oregon has scorched an area larger than Los Angeles, and it’s only 30% contained. It’s just one of the many blazes raging in the West. Eighty wildfires are considered large, and the effects of the fires stretch all the way to the East Coast. [CNN]

Sunset (Irina Iriser, Unsplash)

¶ “Police Departments Invest In Teslas To Save Fuel Costs” • At $47,740, the price tag of the new Tesla is considerably less than a Ford Police Interceptor, which runs around $58,000. EVs also have advantages in costs for fuel and maintenance. It should be no surprise that police departments across the US are buying Teslas. Even in Oklahoma. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Longroad Completes 200-MW Arizona Solar” • Longroad Energy completed its 200-MW Sun Streams 2 solar project in Arizona and closed term financing for the asset. Longroad owns 100% of the project after acquiring it from its original developer, First Solar. CIBC was the coordinating lead arranger, collateral agent, and issuing bank. [reNEWS]

Sun Streams 2 solar project (Longroad Energy image)

¶ “Charging Infrastructure Analysis Leverages NREL Data Science Expertise” • Leveraging its data science expertise and its modeling and analysis tools, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is helping the California Energy Commission plan the number of EV chargers needed to meet the state’s ambitious vehicle and climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Governor Cuomo Announces $52.5 Million Available For Community Solar Projects For Underserved” • Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced the Inclusive Community Solar Adder program. It is to make $52.5 million available for community solar projects that support disadvantaged communities and underserved New Yorkers. [NYSERDA]

Have a shockingly copacetic day.

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