July 27 Energy News

July 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Floods In London Are The Latest Sign Big Cities Aren’t Ready For Climate Change” • When two London hospitals turned non-emergency patients away after getting flooded, it was a reminder that even some of the richest cities are dangerously unprepared for extreme weather. And it is ever more common and more severe because of climate change. [CNN]

Flooded bike in London (Iridescent, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla’s $12 Billion In Revenue Is Accelerating Our Transition To Sustainability” • Tesla’s financial report for Q2 2021 show numbers beyond expectations. They prove Tesla has what it takes to help accelerate society to energy sustainability. We knew its second quarter was going to be pretty impressive. But this is still a positive surprise. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This Vermont Utility Is Revolutionizing Its Power Grid To Fight Climate Change. Will The Rest Of The Country Follow Suit?” • Green Mountain Power CEO Mari McClure says the utility is transforming its grid. GMP is moving away from large generator plants and long transmission lines, and toward a more decentralized approach. [Time Magazine]

VLS solar array (SayCheeeeeese, placed in the public domain)

World:

¶ “How Much Is The Developing World Getting To Fight Climate Change?” • Rich nations “must deliver now” on long-promised funding to help poorer countries fight climate change, says the President of Cop26, which takes place in Glasgow in November. The developed world pledged $100 billion (£720 billion) a year by 2020, but it has not delivered so far. [BBC]

¶ “NTPC Wins Approval For India’s Largest (4.7 GW!) Solar Park” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy gave a go-ahead to NTPC to set up a 4.7-GW solar power park in Gujarat. Power generated at this park will be used for the production of green hydrogen, the company said. NTPC plans to have 60 GW of renewable capacity by 2032. [CleanTechnica]

Gujarat (Vivek Doshi, Unsplash)

¶ “Cobra, Flotation JV Plans 2.5 GW Off Ireland” • Offshore Wind Ltd, a joint venture between the Spanish company Cobra and the UK’s Flotation Energy, has unveiled plans to develop 2,500 MW of offshore wind off Ireland. OWL plans a 1-GW fixed-bottom development near Dublin and a 1.5-GW floating project off the south east coast of the country. [reNEWS]

¶ “Project Explores Potential Of Ocean Renewable Energy Fuel For Shipping” • A research project will investigate the potential of harnessing offshore wind and marine renewable energy to make zero carbon-hydrogen and ammonia fuels. The University of Strathclyde will lead the multi-disciplinary Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels project. [The Maritime Executive]

Hywind offshore wind project (Statoil)

¶ “ElectroRoute Inks Offtakes For 70 MW Of Irish Wind” • An Irish company, ElectroRoute, entered into two long term power purchase agreements in Northern Ireland for the Evishagaran and Craiggore wind farms, which will bring the total portfolio under management by ElectroRoute to approximately 1500 MW. They are being developed by ERG. [reNEWS]

¶ “Spotlight On French-Scots Floating Wind And Hydrogen Research” • Shared technical and innovation challenges in the supply chain need to be addressed to facilitate research collaborations between Scottish and French organisations working in floating wind and hydrogen, according to a report for the Scottish government. [reNEWS]

Jack-up ship and wind turbine (Scottish Enterprise image)

US:

¶ “EPA To Impose New Limits On Wastewater Pollution From Coal Power Plants” • The EPA announced that it intends to set more stringent standards on water pollution from coal power plants, reinstating regulations that the Trump administration had rolled back. The new rule would affect around 100 coal-fired power plants, an EPA official said. [CNN]

¶ “Lake Powell Hits Lowest Level On Record In Climate Change-Fueled Water Crisis” • Plagued by climate change-fueled drought and increasing demand for water, Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the US, has fallen to its lowest level on record since it was first filled more than 50 years ago. As of Sunday, Lake Powell was at just 33% of capacity. [CNN]

Boat ramp at Lake Powell (National Park Service)

¶ “Tesla Profit Surge Driven By Record Car Deliveries” • Tesla has reported surging profits, despite shortages of semiconductor chips and congestion at ports hampering production. Sales rose to $12 billion in the three months to the end of June, up from $6 billion a year ago, when its US factory was shut down. A record 200,000 cars were delivered in the quarter. [BBC]

¶ “Largest US Renewable Developer Plans Transmission, Solar Surge” • The world’s largest renewable developer is eyeing transmission project opportunities as the Biden administration focuses on adding large amounts of wind, solar, and storage to the nation’s grid in the coming decades. President Biden is pushing support for transmission lines. [E&E News]

NextEra solar project (NextEra via Facebook)

¶ “1,000,000 Tesla Powerwalls Per Year, Thinks Elon – He Could Be Right” • CEO Elon Musk indicated in the Tesla Conference call that it is a good idea to build a production line for a million Powerwalls a year – if the battery makers can provide the battery cells. Clearly, living in Texas, Elon realized that Tesla now has a market for batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In 2020, The US Produced The Least CO₂ Emissions From Energy In Nearly 40 Years” • In 2020, as the country responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CO₂ emissions from energy consumption in the US fell to the lowest level since 1983. The 4.6 billion metric tons of CO₂ emitted in 2020 was an 11% decrease from 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Have an outstandingly pleasant day.

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