Archive for August 2nd, 2021

August 2 Energy News

August 2, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Finding Answers To The World’s Drinking Water Crisis” • We are facing a water crisis. Climate change, overpopulation, and global conflict are just some of the factors devastating the water supply in many areas around the world. It means that two billion people – one-quarter of the human population – are without access to safe drinking water. [BBC]

Water, but is it safe? (Silas Baisch, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla’s Autopilot Saves Lives – Period. Just Ask This Drunk Driver” • One new video may not be on the front page for most mainstream media news sites, because it doesn’t fit the narrative of killer cars driving themselves and killing people. But the clip, which was all over Twitter this week, reminds us how helpful Tesla Autopilot can be. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Iran Water: What’s Causing The Shortages?” • Iran’s water supplies are shrinking. It has frequent droughts and faces the prospect of more extreme conditions brought about by climate change. Hotter and drier weather will have a greater impact on hydropower generation, which has already led to severe power disruptions this summer in Iran. [BBC]

Kavir National Park, Iran (mostafa meraji, Unsplash)

¶ “Africa’s Most Populous City Is Battling Floods And Rising Seas. It May Soon Be Unlivable, Experts Warn” • Residents of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, are used to the yearly floods that engulf coastal areas during the months of March to November. But the floods are getting worse. Lagos, with 24 million people, may become uninhabitable this century. [CNN]

¶ “Pathfinder Gets The Nod For Burgate Solar” • UK developer Pathfinder Clean Energy has secured planning permission for its 21-MW Burgate solar farm near Norwich. The solar farm will provide enough power for the equivalent of 6800 UK households and will reduce CO₂ emissions by 4900 tonnes annually, the company said. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (PACE image)

¶ “Tesla Battery Supplier CATL Spawning Billionaires As It Becomes China’s 3rd Largest Company” • Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology is having a very good year. Its share price is up 167% over the past 12 months, making it the third-largest business listed in mainland China, according to the Wall Street Journal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Genesis Energy And Tilt Renewables Partner In 75-MW Northland Wind Farm” • Genesis Energy and Tilt Renewables signed a 20-year electricity off-take agreement for a planned new 75-MW wind farm in New Zealand. The Kaiwaikawe Wind farm will cut carbon emissions from Genesis’ thermal generation by an estimated 180,000 tonnes a year. [NZ Herald]

Proposed wind farm (Image supplied)

¶ “Woolworths To Go All In On Renewables By 2030” • Retailer Woolworths has set its sights on using 100% renewable energy by 2030. In a statement, the company says in line with its vision to be one of the world’s most responsible retailers, Woolworths is proud to announce its next set of ambitious Good Business Journey sustainability goals. [ITWeb]

¶ “Pacifico Tees Off At 121-MW PV Park In Japan” • Japanese developer Pacifico Energy began construction of a 121-MW solar farm in Japan. The project is in Hyogo prefecture and will be primarily constructed on the site of a golf course. The EPC contractor is Juwi Shizen Energy. Commercial operations are expected to start in 2023. [reNEWS]

Solar project (Pacifico Energy image)

¶ “EIB To Expand Spain’s Renewables Capacity With Seven New Projects” • Spanish renewable energy company Solaria is set to expand its portfolio of solar energy capacity using €54 million of European Investment Bank funding. The money will enable Solaria to develop seven solar PV projects with a total capacity of 261.05 MW. [Power Engineering International]

US:

¶ “Innergex Commissions 226-MW US Wind Park, Concludes Tax Equity Funding” • Innergex Renewable Energy Inc has announced that the 225.6-MW Griffin Trail wind farm in north Texas has been fully commissioned and that its tax equity funding has been concluded. The plant has a total of 80 GE turbines installed. [Renewables Now]

Flat Top wind park in central Texas (Innergex image)

¶ “DeWine Says Ohio Wants To Be A Leader In Renewable Energy” • A recent bill empowered local county commissioners in Ohio to kill wind or solar projects early in development. Gov Mike DeWine, who signed the bill that adds more hurdles to developing such projects, says he hopes Ohio will still become a leader in renewable energy. [Ohio News Time]

¶ “Social Cost Of Methane Changes The Equation For Colorado Utility Policy” • As a growing list of states pass laws aimed at curbing carbon emissions, Colorado has widened its scope, taking the seminal step of requiring state officials to consider the social cost of methane, the primary constituent of natural gas, in regulatory decisions. [Energy News Network]

Colorado (Katie Moum, Unsplash)

¶ “New York City Public Advocate Supports Catskills Renewable Connector” • New York City Public advocate Jumaane Williams announced his support for the Catskills Renewable Connector, a a 115-mile, 1,200-MW project proposed by Rise Light & Power that would deliver renewable energy from upstate to homes and businesses downstate. [Mid Hudson News]

¶ “Nuclear Power Could Get Lifeline In Senate Infrastructure Bill” • Struggling nuclear power reactors could get a $6-billion lifeline in the bipartisan infrastructure bill being written in the US Senate, according to a draft obtained by Bloomberg News. The text of the bill hasn’t been released and changes could still be made before its release. [Mining Weekly]

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