August 3 Energy News

August 3, 2021

World:

¶ “‘It’s Biblical’ – Climate Fueled Destruction Circles The Globe” • The drought, heat, and fires in the Western US and the heavy rain and flooding seen elsewhere in the country are parts of a pattern that is seen worldwide. Wildfires are hitting Italy, Greece, and Turkey, while monsoon rains are causing flooding in India. “Welcome to global warming!” [CleanTechnica]

Howe Ridge Fire, Glacier National Park (Photo courtesy of NPS)

¶ “Reach For The Sun – New Report From Carbon Tracker” • A report from Carbon Tracker uses a number of colorful charts to make the point that the majority of new global generating power will be wind and solar. The authors predict a leapfrog effect in countries where there is no developed power grid. People who need power will install solar panels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Masdar Joint Venture Starts Construction On Indonesia’s First Utility-Scale Floating Solar Power Plant” • PT PJBI, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company PT PLN, and the leading renewable energy company Masdar, announced that they reached financial close on the Cirata Floating Photovoltaic Power Plant project and it is under construction. [WAM EN]

Cirata Floating Photovoltaic Power Plant (Masdar)

¶ “Serbia In Talks With UGT Renewables On 1 GW Of Solar Power Plant Projects” • Serbia hopes to sign a contract soon with Chicago-based UGT Renewables for installation of a total of 1 GW of PV systems, President Aleksandar Vučić said. CFO Peter Goodall of UGT Renewables said domestic construction firms would be involved. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Australia:

¶ “Queensland’s Ambitious Actions To Tackle Climate Change” • Queensland, the Sunshine State, set a target of 50% renewable electricity by 2030. RenewEconomy’s live feed indicates that as of 12 noon, the state is living up to its nickname, with 30% of its electricity coming from the sun. And wind turbines are coming to balance the nighttime load. [CleanTechnica]

Vestas wind turbines in Australia (Vestas Wind Systems A/S)

¶ “New Projects To Accelerate Victoria’s Renewable Energy Zones” • Victoria’s Labor Government announced six new major energy projects to prepare the grid for the unprecedented load of renewable energy projects in the pipeline. The first projects of the $540 million Renewable Energy Zones will make it easier for new projects to connect to the grid. [Mirage News]

¶ “Vestas Bags 58-MW Oz Turbine Order” • Vestas has secured a 58-MW turbine deal for a wind project in New South Wales. Crookwell 3 wind farm, under development by Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of Naturgy Group, will feature 16 V126 3.45-MW wind turbines in 3.6-MW operating mode. Vestas will service the turbines for 15 years. [reNEWS]

Vestas turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Australia Expands Renewable Funding To Hydrogen, CCS” • The mandate of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has been expanded to finance hydrogen projects, energy storage, low carbon materials, including aluminium and steel, carbon capture and storage, and new measurement technologies for healthier soils, the Australian energy minister said. [Argus Media]

US:

¶ “Tesla To Make Its First Texas-Built Test Model Y Next Week, One Month Ahead Of Giga Berlin” • A source working on Tesla’s Giga Texas site with knowledge of its construction timelines let out some interesting news. Tesla will build its first full test Model Y at Giga Texas next week. As a test, it will be fully operational but not street legal. [CleanTechnica]

Gigafactory Berlin (Tesla courtesy image)

¶ “NREL Software Is Assisting Maui In 100% Solar And Wind Operations Goal” • Maui will not wait for 2045 to meet Hawaii’s clean energy goals. The world’s first interconnected grid system to run with 100% wind and solar PV power on an instantaneous basis is likely to be built on Maui. It is to have over 175 MW of new solar-storage hybrid plants by 2024. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Organized Labor Declares Impasse With Environmental Groups Over Clean Energy Overhaul” • A coalition of influential labor unions says negotiations with environmental groups over a massive new clean energy proposal have reached impasse, and is asking Gov JB Pritzker and lawmakers to step back into talks to broker a compromise. [NPR Illinois]

Power plant (RL Boston, CWLP, Springfield, Illinois)

¶ “Misinformation Thwarting Indiana’s Clean Energy Initiatives” • Fossil fuels have supplied most electric generation in Indiana for decades. Progress has not been easy for solar and wind energy suppliers in Indiana as proposed projects have faced opposition from concerned local citizens and groups with ties to the fossil fuel industry. [Indiana Environmental Reporter]

¶ “Report Finds Nearly 58% Of Electricity In Iowa Last Year From Renewable Sources” • A report from the American Clean Power Association shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources. Nearly 58% of the electricity generated in Iowa in 2020 came from wind turbines and solar panels. [Radio Iowa]

Wind turbines in Iowa (Voice of America, public domain)

¶ “AES To Buy 250-MW Indiana Solar Project” • AES Indiana announced plans to acquire the 250-MW Petersburg solar plus storage facility in the US state of Indiana from NextEra Energy Resources for an undisclosed price. The project, in Pike county, will have 180 MWh of storage capacity. It is expected to be operational by May, 2024, if approved. [reNEWS]

¶ “Green light For $2.3 Billion Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Site In Texas” • NRC staff recommended granting a license for a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Texas. The NRC issued its final environmental impact statement on the application by Interim Storage Partners LLC. The license would allow up to 44,000 tons to be stored for 40 years. [Power Engineering International]

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