July 24 Energy News

July 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Cleaner Energy Vision Marred By Burden Of Nuclear Power” • Japan’s industry ministry laid out its vision for a cleaner energy future in its draft Basic Energy Plan. Its goal is to have 36% to 38% of the electricity from renewable sources in fiscal 2030. But it maintains the share of nuclear power at the current level of 20% to 22%, which is baffling. [Asahi Shimbun]

Tomari nuclear plant (Mugu-shisai, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

World:

¶ “Record Month For Plugin Electric Vehicles In China! 15% Share!” • Plugins are on fire in China, having scored a record 235,000 registrations last month, pulling the year-to-date tally to 1.1 million units, a far cry from the 360,000 units that this market had 12 months ago. The number 1 seller is the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm Proposed For Indonesia” • Sunseap Group is a solar energy developer in Singapore. Its chief executive told Reuters it plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farm in Indonesia, about 50 km from Singapore. The solar farm is expected to have a capacity of 2.2 GW and cost about $2 billion to construct. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar farm (Sembcorp Industries Ltd courtesy image)

¶ “Porsche And BASF Team On High-Performance EV Batteries” • Porsche has been making moves towards carbon neutrality. And BASF can provide “high-energy HED NCM cathode active materials” for development of high-density battery cells ideal for high-energy-density applications that need both fast discharging and fast charging. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK County Identifies Simple Yet Brilliant Way To Get Butts In EV Seats” • The UK county of Kent is trialing a brilliant program, offering small businesses two-month trials of electric vans. Kent is starting with a fleet of 24 electric vans from Renault, twenty Kangoo E-Tech vans and four ZOE Vans (a version of Renault’s popular ZOE electric car). [CleanTechnica]

Renault EVs (Image courtesy of Renault)

¶ “Floating Wind Will Boost Canary Islands’ Share Of Renewable Energy” • Ocean Winds, a joint venture of EDP Renewables and ENGIE specializing in offshore wind energy generation, and Spain’s DISA Group, a renewable electricity generator in the Canary Islands, are developing offshore wind farms in the waters of the Canary Islands. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Polish Solar Crew Seals 91 MW Construction Funding” • Polish developer R Power has secured construction finance for a 91-MW portfolio of seven solar farms in Poland. A zł242 million (€53 million, $62.3 million) agreement was signed with BNP Paribas Bank Polska and Santander Bank Polska. The projects were won in auctions last year, R Power said. [reNEWS]

Construction on solar array (R Power image)

¶ “Japanese Government’s Renewable Energy Target Falls Short” • The Japanese Government revealed a new renewable energy target, which at 36% to 38% by 2030, up from the previous 22% to 24%. But it is not nearly the 50% needed. RE100 was asking the Japanese government to raise its renewables ambition ahead of COP26. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Ringo Stars In French Energy Storage Pilot” • French public electricity transmission system operator RTE is partnering with Nidec Industrial Solutions on an energy storage project called Ringo to test the automatic management of surplus renewable electricity. The 12-MW battery project is in the Cote-d’Or region, an area with high wind energy production. [reNEWS]

Battery storage (Image by Cater Jonas)

¶ “‘France Would Have Shut It Down,’ Says Co-Owner On Faulty Nuclear Plant In China” • French energy group EDF said it would have shut down a nuclear reactor if it suffered problems similar to those reported at the next-generation Taishan power plant in China. The reactor is the first in the world to use an advanced pressurised water system developed by EDF. [NDTV]

¶ “Enel Fires Up 140-MW Oyster Bay In South Africa” • Enel Green Power has reached commercial operation at its 140-MW Oyster Bay onshore wind farm in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The €180 million wind farm will generate over 568 GWh of electricity a year and prevent emissions of 590,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Enel Green Power image)

US:

¶ “Extreme Weather Events Put Spotlight On Climate Change’s Toll On US Infrastructure” • America’s infrastructure has taken a beating from extreme weather events in recent weeks spurred by climate change, raising concerns among officials that the nation’s roads, bridges and even commercial flights can’t stand the severe conditions that are coming to us. [CNN]

¶ “NRDC Sues To Challenge Seismic Testing In The Gulf Of Mexico” • On January 19, just before President Biden took office, the National Marine Fisheries Service published a regulation allowing seismic oil and gas testing in the Gulf of Mexico, with minimal protection for marine mammals. The NRDC and its partner groups have filed a lawsuit. [CleanTechnica]

Sunset at the Gulf (James Lewis, Unsplash)

¶ “New Mexico’s Community Solar Program” • Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, introducing a community solar program and mandating that New Mexico move to 50% renewable energy by 2030. But New Mexico’s community solar program was truly born in 2021, with the Community Solar Act (SB 84). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 40% Of New Car Buyers Are Considering An Electrified Vehicle” • Over 40% of those in the market for a new car are thinking about buying an electrified car, according to the latest EY Mobility Lens Consumer Index. Note, however, that this means a fully electric car, a plugin hybrid, or a conventional hybrid without a plug. [CleanTechnica]

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