July 26 Energy News

July 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Powering Rural Economic Development With Renewables” • Electric cooperatives loom large in conversations about the US energy system’s past, present, and future, despite the fact that they serve only 13% of US electricity load. Importantly, they may have difficulties replacing their aging coal fleets with less costly wind and solar projects. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission line (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

¶ “The Great Toyota Zero-Emissions 2020 Summer Olympics Debacle” • The 2020 Olympics were supposed to showcase the zero emissions talents of the Japanese auto industry, with crowds of people riding in emissions-free vehicles to move seamlessly from place to place. But the hydrogen is not clean and electric buses are not as promised. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alaska Can Lead The US On Renewable Energy” • I challenge lawmakers, both here and in Washington, DC, to recognize the limitations of our system’s traditional energy infrastructure and look to communities like Cordova, Alaska, as examples of what can be achieved if we build a secure, resilient, and cost-effective clean energy base. [Anchorage Daily News]

World:

¶ “Plugin Vehicles Hit 19% Market Share In Europe In June! Tesla Model 3 Has Best Month Ever!” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues in the fast lane, with over 237,000 registrations in June and over a million registrations YTD, up 157% year over year. Last month’s plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market was 19%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mercedes Teases EQXX With 1,000 Kilometers Of Range” • A lot of talk today is about efficient powertrains for battery electric cars. Most new EVs have a range of about 250 miles. Some can go 300+ miles without charging. A few can even go 400 miles. But now Mercedes says it is workig on the EQXX, which might have a range of 1,000 km (621 miles). [CleanTechnica]

Imagine a car (Imagination promotion by Mercedes-Benz)

¶ “Action On Climate Change Can Provide A Shot In The Arm For The Global Economy, Economist Says” • Greater investment in technologies to tackle climate change could play a significant role in the global economy’s recovery from the Covid pandemic, according to Charles Dumas, chief economist at the investment research firm TS Lombard. [CNBC]

¶ “TotalEnergies Signs Offshore PPA In Belgium” • TotalEnergies, through its electricity supply subsidiary in Belgium Lampiris, is to deliver 50 GWh per year of renewable electricity from an unnamed offshore wind farm to Air Liquide under a 15-year corporate power purchase agreement. Air Liquide will use the electricity at production sites in Belgium. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Carl Raw, Unsplash)

¶ “IOCL To Build India’s First Green Hydrogen Plant At Mathura Refinery” • Indian Oil Corporation Limited announced that it will set up India’s first ‘Green Hydrogen’ plant at a refinery in Uttar Pradesh, to strengthen its clean energy offerings. Hydrogen has become the focus area across the globe to satisfy increasing energy needs. [Hindustan Times Auto News]

¶ “UK Looks To Remove China’s CGN From Nuclear Power Projects – FT” • Britain is exploring ways to remove China’s state-owned nuclear energy company China General Nuclear Power Group from all future power projects in the UK, according to a report by the Financial Times, which cited people familiar with the plans. [Yahoo News UK]

Nuclear plant (Richard Baker, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Australia:

¶ “Melbourne To Build Inner-City Battery Network In Green Power Push” • A battery network will be established across inner Melbourne from next year in a pilot program designed to encourage the take-up of green power. The city is calling on the private sector and the Victorian government to join its Power Melbourne scheme. [The Age]

¶ “Clean Energy Ad Campaign Points To The Past As The Way Forward” • The Clean Energy Council launched an advertising campaign to show that Australia’s renewable energy industry has the power to not only accelerate the transition to clean, reliable, low-cost energy, but also create jobs and bring benefits all across the country. [pv magazine Australia]

Yackandandah, as featured in ad (CEC image)

¶ “Battery Plan To ‘Stabilize’ Power Supply” • A multi-million dollar battery plant at Tyabb will aim to improve electricity grid reliability and network stability across the Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourn. The plant will buy energy from the grid during off-peak periods when it is cheap, store it in batteries, and sell it during times of peak demand. [MPNEWS]

US:

¶ “The Largest Fire In The US Continues To Defy Crews’ Efforts To Tame It. And The Weather Isn’t Helping” • Despite the efforts of firefighters battling the Bootleg Fire, the raging flames of the nation’s largest wildfire continued to spread in southern Oregon as officials declared weather warnings in the area. The fire is currently 46% contained. [CNN]

Damaged forest (Chris LeBoutillier, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Expects High Demand In The USA In Q3” • Tesla is increasing the prices of the Model 3 and Model Y in the USA again. Tesla is also not exporting any Model 3 or Model Y from Fremont to Europe. All Fremont exports are going to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Europe receives its Tesla’s exclusively from Shanghai. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Calpine And GE Bring An Energy Storage Project Online In Southern California” • Calpine and GE Renewable Energy have completed the Santa Ana Storage Project in southern California. The project contains a 20-MW / 80-MWh standalone battery energy storage system that uses GE’s Reservoir energy storage technology. [pv magazine USA]

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