Archive for July 29th, 2021

July 29 Energy News

July 29, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Extreme Weather Is Upending Lives In The West. ‘You Walk Around With This Vague Sense Of Terror’” • Scientists have long warned that we need to limit greenhouse gas emissions quickly to stop climate change. Now, with climate change clearly here, many in the West say they are frightened by the inescapable heat, explosive wildfires and unrelenting drought. [CNN]

San Francisco (Patrick Perkins, Unsplash)

¶ “Zero Emissions Zones: A Tool To Target Benefits Of Vehicle Electrification To Communities That Need It Most” • To reduce transportation emissions, zero-emission vehicles are crucial. Policies that promote zero emission vehicles sales are important tools to ensure that the transition away from fossil fuels happens as rapidly as possible. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “UK Already Undergoing Disruptive Climate Change” • The latest UK State of the Climate report says the country is already in disruptive climate change. Lead author Mike Kendon, climate information scientist at the UK Met Office, said, “A lot of people think climate change is in the future – but this proves the climate is already changing here in the UK.” [BBC]

Rain (Nick Scheerbart, Unsplash)

¶ “Microgrids In Australia – The Next Big Step” • Australia is a world leader in adapting electrical power grids to renewable energy’s new technologies. Famous for the Hornsdale Power Reserve, the country is now trialing microgrids with smaller batteries in cities (Sydney and Melbourne), isolated country towns, and mining complexes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hywind Scotland To Trial Safe Fishing Around Floating Wind” • Equinor and Scottish Government Directorate Marine Scotland are working to better understand how fishers can safely operate around and within floating offshore wind farms. A survey to be taken at Hywind Scotland in 2022 will test three kinds of fishing gear: creels, fishtraps, and jigging lines. [reNEWS]

Fishing near floating wind turbines (Equinor image)

¶ “Fortescue Future Industries To Explore Potential Green Hydrogen Projects In India” • The Australian company Fortescue Future Industries entered into a framework agreement with JSW Future Energy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy Ltd, to explore opportunities for joint development of green hydrogen projects in India. [Mirage News]

¶ “WPD Secures PPA For 188-MW Finnish Project” • World Kinect Energy Services has entered into a route-to-market power purchase agreement with WPD for Karhunnevankangas, a wind farm in Finland. The 188-MW project will generate electricity for the Österbotten region of western Finland. It is expected to be completed in 2022. [reNEWS]

Karhunnevankangas foundation work (WPD image)

¶ “Germany Is Behind On Renewable Energy Goals, Despite Major Growth In Wind Turbine Sector” • Germany has built 240 onshore wind turbines with a capacity of 971 MW in 2021. This is strong growth from 2020 and 2019, but it is not enough to meet long-term goals for wind farms. This is clear in a report from Bundesverband WindEnergie. [TheMayor.EU]

¶ “BayWa RE Picks Up Two UK Solar Sites” • JBM Solar has sold two projects with a combined capacity of almost 100 MW to BayWa RE. When finished in 2023, the two developments will have a combined solar capacity of 99.8 MW. One project, Corner Copse, is near Swindon and the other, Scurf Dyke, is north of Hull, in East Riding of Yorkshire. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (BayWa RE image)

US:

¶ “Why Is A Big Oil Company Investing Huge Amounts Of Money In Wyoming Wind?” • TransWest Express announced that it has almost all of the partnerships, permits, and permissions it needs to begin seeking customers for a 732-mile high voltage power line to carry 20,000 GWh per year of wind energy from Wyoming to southern California. [The Guardian]

¶ “Want A Tesla Megapack? Get In Line And Wait Your Turn” • During the Tesla conference call, Elon Musk made clear that the Megapack grid-scale battery storage system is sold out through the end of next year. If you are a utility company or a renewable energy company that wants to add a Tesla Powerpack or two (or a hundred), get in line. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapack (Tesla image)

¶ “US DOE Awards $60 Million To Accelerate Advancements In Zero-Emissions Vehicles” • The DOE announced $60 million for 24 research and development projects aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars and light-duty and heavy-duty trucks. The awards support the Biden Administration goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Became Second Most Prevalent US Electricity Source In 2020” • In 2020, renewable energy sources generated a record 834 TWh of electricity, or about 21% of all US electricity. Only natural gas (1,617 TWh) produced more. Renewable sources surpassed both nuclear (790 TWh) and coal (774 TWh) for the first time on record. [CleanTechnica]

Electrical generation by source (EIA image)

¶ “US 30-GW Offshore Wind Target ‘Will Be Missed’” • In the US, offshore wind capacity is expected to hit 21 GW by 2030, missing the White House’s target by 30%, according to a new report from IHS Markit. The report cites bottlenecks in the market and a crucial lack of infrastructure as the main problems in the way of progress. [reNEWS]

¶ “Exelon Set To Decommission Illinois Nuclear Plants” • Exelon Generation filed plans to close its Dresden and Byron nuclear power plants in Illinois. An Exelon spokesman said the company continues to hope that lawmakers will pass legislation to keep the unprofitable plants in operation, but the company must begin the process of closing the plants. [Power Magazine]

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