July 30 Energy News

July 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla’s Superior Engineering Cuts Costs, Giving Company New Option To Stoke Demand” • Tesla’s second-quarter earnings call confirms it is on track to continue to expand production like never seen before in the automotive market. Tesla will need to reduce pricing and pull other levers to sell the massive volume of cars it plans to make next year. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Stefan Lehner, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Fungus And Bacteria Tackling Plastic Waste” • Some types of plastic, such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which is widely used for drinks bottles, are hard to recycle by traditional means. So might biological methods be the answer? A number of research programs are working on biological solutions, and some are finding success. [BBC]

World:

¶ “The Amount Of Greenland Ice That Melted On Tuesday Could Cover Florida In 2 Inches Of Water” • Greenland is experiencing its most significant melting event so far this year, as temperatures in the Arctic surge. On Tuesday, Greenland lost more than 8.5 billion tons of surface mass, according to the Denmark Meteorological Institute. [CNN]

Nuuk, Greenland (Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe’s Q2 Diesel Share Hits Record Low As Plugin Share Doubles” • In Europe, sales of new diesel vehicles fell below 20% for the first time in Q2 2021. The diesel share of new sales fell dramatically to 18.4% in Q2 2021, from 27.9% in Q2 2020. At the same time, plugin electric vehicle share more than doubled year-on-year to 16.9% in Q2. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Superchargers Grew Almost 50% In One Year, Globally” • There are a number of people who would eagerly buy an EV from another company but chose a Tesla because of its network of Supercharges. Now, it’s getting even better. From Q2 2020 to Q2 2021, Tesla’s Supercharger network grew worldwide from 2035 stations to 2966 stations. [CleanTechnica]

Supercharger station (Beat Jau, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Power Projects Overtake Oil & Gas In Middle East” • Countries in the Middle East and North Africa awarded $2.8 billion worth of renewable energy projects in the first half of 2021, compared to not a single contract award for power stations fueled by oil or gas, MEED Insight’s new report Middle East Energy Transition showed. [OilPrice]

¶ “Renewables Dominate UK Power Generation In 2020” • Renewables provided a record 43% of the UK’s electricity in 2020, up from 37% in 2019, according to UK Government statistics. Last year’s increased wind generation meant that for the first time ever, renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (SSE Renewables image)

US:

¶ “California And Nevada Officials Are Pleading For More Federal Resources To Tame Wildfires” • The governors of California and Nevada are imploring the US government for more resources to battle the dozens of unrelenting wildfires in the West. Firefighters in the area did get some relief this week, however, thanks to a break in the heat and light rain. [CNN]

¶ “Ford Books 120,000 Reservations For F-150 Lightning” • During its Q2 earnings call on July 28, Ford said it has received more than 120,000 reservations for its electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. That’s great news for EV advocates but even better news for Ford, because about 75% of the reservations are from new customers. [CleanTechnica]

F-150 Lightning (Ford image, cropped)

¶ “Tesla Installed 85 Megawatts Of Rooftop Solar Power In 2nd Quarter, But That Doesn’t Actually Show Demand” • Last quarter, Tesla installed 85 MW of rooftop solar power in the US. That’s up from a mere 26 MW in Q2 2020. Solar installations were slowed last year by the Covid-19 pandemic, but more than tripling them is a big step up. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Tops 170 GW” • A record 26 GW of clean energy projects came online in the US last year, bringing the total to over 170 GW, according to a new report from the American Clean Power Association. Combined wind, solar, and battery storage power represent 78% of new power installations in 2020, the report said. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “SEC Chair Gensler Says Investors Want Mandatory Disclosure On Climate Risks” • Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said he wants mandatory disclosure on climate risks, and he wants the agency to develop a rule by the end of the year. His comments came because of requests by a large number of investors. [CNBC]

¶ “US Developer Acquires 180-MW Texas Solar” • Buckeye Partners acquired a 180-MW solar project in Hill County, Texas from renewable energy developer Belltown Power Texas for an undisclosed price. The project, which has site control and an interconnection agreement complete, will enter construction this year. It should be online in December 2022. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Chelsea, Unsplash)

¶ “New Renewable Energy Program ‘A Complete Game Changer’ For Newark Conservationists” • The tall trees that shade Helga Huntley’s home would make installing solar panels on the roof ineffective. Thanks to a new program from the City of Newark, however, all of her family’s electricity now comes from solar and other renewable energy sources. [Newark Post]

¶ “Georgia Power Discloses More Vogtle Nuclear Delays, Big Extra Costs” • Georgia Power’s parent, Southern Co, announced yet another delay in its completion of the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle. The company said its share of the costs increased by nearly half a billion dollars, and this could lead to higher bills for customers. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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