Archive for August 1st, 2021

August 1 Energy News

August 1, 2021


¶ “Enbridge’s Pipeline 3 Threatens An Endangered Species – Contact The EPA” • The drinking water of people who live along the Mississippi River is put into danger by Enbridge’s Pipeline 3. There are many other reasons to oppose it. One, however, is the survival of a rare mussel species. And that gives us something we can do about it. [CleanTechnica]

Higgens eye pearly mussel (USFWS Midwest Region)

¶ “Australia’s Response To ‘Duty Of Care’ Judgement: We Have A Fossil-Fuel Heart” • A High Court Judge found that the Federal Environment Minister has a duty of care for the future of the country’s children. Sadly, the minister’s response is to appeal, and the response of big business is to ask the federal parliament to support the affected industries. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Recommended Reading: “The Future We Choose”” • There are a number of great books about the future that turn out to be depressing. But there is also The Future We Choose (2020) by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. This is a book full of hope, with an action plan to save the future. It reminds us that “the Future is not yet written.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Tesla Model 3 And Model Y Take #1 And #2 In World Record Month For Electric Vehicle Sales!” • Last month, global plugin vehicle registrations were up an impressive 153% compared to June 2020, scoring a record 583,000 units (or 8.7% share of the overall auto market). That does not count the 700,000-plus hybrids registered. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tata Power-DDL Among The First Utilities In The Country To Meet 100% Renewable Purchase Obligation Compliance” • Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, the electric power utility for over 7 million in the northern and and northwestern parts of Delhi, became the first utility in Delhi to meet 100% Renewable Purchase Compliance. []

Delhi (Anish Kumar, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Project To Extract Water From Air At Masdar City” • The first project to produce commercial volumes of water from a sustainable source will launch this month in Abu Dhabi. The pilot project will be run by AQUOVUM, based in the US, in partnership with Masdar and Khalifa University of Science and Technology. [Khaleej Times]

¶ “50% Cheaper To Generate From Renewable Energy, According To New Analysis” • According to analysis by energy think tank Ember, the cost of electricity from a power plant using fossil fuels is about twice the cost of electricity from a renewable energy source. And the cost of energy from fossil fuels is rising as renewables get cheaper. [Texas News Today]

Solar PV (Biel Morro, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear White Paper Warns Against Complacency” • Japan’s annual nuclear energy report has warned against complacency that could set in at nuclear plant operators once they clear government screening requirements. This year’s white paper on nuclear energy points to mounting challenges faced by operators of nuclear facilities in the country. [NHK]


¶ “The Two Largest Wildfires In The US” • America’s two largest active wildfires, the Dixie Fire in California and the Bootleg Fire in Oregon, have burned land nearly the size of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined, as drought and extreme heat continue to make matters worse for those fighting the massive fires in the West. [CNN]

Fire fighters (Garreth Paul, Unsplash)

¶ “NIMBYism Puts The Kibosh On America’s Largest Solar Power Plant” • Several years ago, a plan spearheaded by then Senator Harry Reid was put forward to build Battle Born Solar Project, the largest solar power plant in the US, on Mormon Mesa. Even though the project would be sited out of sight of nearby towns, it was stopped by NIMBYs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stanford University Creates New School For Study Of Climate And Sustainability” • Stanford University announced that it was forming a new school focused on climate and sustainability. The school, which will absorb several of the university’s existing units and departments and add others in time, will begin operations in the fall of 2022. [Forbes]

Have an easily splendid day.

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