August 4 Energy News

August 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The US Infrastructure Bill: Is Half A Loaf Better Than None?” • President Biden proposed spending $15 billion to install 500,000 EV charging points. In the draft infrastructure bill, that proposal has been cut in half. With similar cuts elsewhere in the bill, the odds are stacked against doing the hard work that will be needed to address climate change effectively. [CleanTechnica]

Washington, DC (Jorge Alcala, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Italy’s EV Market More Than Quadrupled In The First Half Of 2021!” • With the effects of the pandemic fading away, electric mobility is booming in Italy. The overall car market is up 51.6% year on year, but electrified powertrains are the real winners. Fully electric vehicle sales are at 30,384 in the first half of 2021, up from 9,959 units last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway At 84.7% Plugin EV Share In July – Mustang Mach-E Bestseller” • Norway, the world’s leading country in the electric transport revolution, saw plugin electric vehicles take 84.7% of new auto sales in July 2021, up from 68.4% in July 2020. Diesels fell to 4.1%, and petrols were at 4.3%. The Ford Mustang Mach-E was July’s top seller. [CleanTechnica]

Bergen, Norway (Ignacio Ceballos, Unsplash)

¶ “Simply Blue Signs MOU Over 200-MW Scottish Floater” • Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7 have signed a memorandum of understanding with ERM for the potential use of the ERM Dolphyn hydrogen technology at the 200-MW Salamander floating wind farm off Scotland. The project is working closely with Scotland Gas Networks. [reNEWS]

¶ “DHL Express Is Buying Electric Cargo Planes From Eviation” • DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, has agreed to purchase 12 Alice electric cargo planes from Eviation for use in the US. They will be the world’s first electric air freight network. Eviation expects to deliver the electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024. [CleanTechnica]

DHL Alice electric cargo plane (Image courtesy of DHL)

¶ “India’s ReNew Power Selects Siemens Gamesa For 322-MW Wind Project” • Global energy company Siemens Gamesa was chosen by Indian renewable energy company ReNew Power to supply turbines for a 322-MW wind energy project. Siemens Gamesa will manufacturer the 180 turbines in India and supply them as of 2022. [Power Engineering International]

Australia:

¶ “The Northern Territory Of Australia Takes Tentative Solar And EV Steps Forward ” • The Northern Territory is implementing a plan to support the introduction of EVs. The government will charge reduced registration and stamp duty fees for EVs, give grants for many EV chargers, and facilitate the installation of more EV charging stations. [CleanTechnica]

Uluru, NT (Simon Maisch, Unsplash)

¶ “Truckies Going Electric In Australia” • Two entrepreneurs are building Janus Electric, an amazing business converting diesel trucks to electric in Australia. The conversions’ many benefits include reductions in noise, vibration, and fumes. Janus expects to have its first commercially available electric vehicles on the road next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gold Fields Eyes Renewables At St Ives” • Gold miner Gold Fields is looking at options to incorporate renewable energy at its St Ives gold project, in Western Australia. Gold Fields executive VP for Australia said the company is looking to build on the $110 million already invested in renewable energy and battery storage at its Australian mines. [Mining Weekly]

Battery storage facility

US:

¶ “Bipartisan $1 Trillion Senate Infrastructure Bill Focuses On Nuclear, Carbon Capture, Transmission” • The Infrastructure Bill would invest billions of dollars in transmission and power grid infrastructure, new advanced nuclear plants, current nuclear facilities, EV infrastructure, carbon capture, and other clean energy resources. [Utility Dive] (Big disappointment – ghh) 

¶ “Sue The Bastards! Boulder County Wants Exxon And Suncor To Pay For Climate Related Losses” • Boulder County brought suit in Colorado state court against ExxonMobil and Suncor, a Canadian company with its US headquarters in the state. The suit seeks to require the two companies to pay their fair share to deal with the problems they created. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire in Boulder County (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

¶ “Federal Stimulus Could Boost New Mexico Renewable Energy, Create Jobs, Study Says” • Advanced Energy Economy, a national renewable energy trade association, estimated in a report that federal stimulus investments of $20 billion in renewables could add $117 billion to New Mexico’s GDP while saving $6 billion per year in energy costs. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “New York Offshore Staging Post Progresses” • New York State put in an application for the US Department of Transportation’s Port Infrastructure Development Grant Program to support construction of Arthur Kill Terminal in Staten Island. AKT will be an offshore wind staging and assembly port built on a 32-acre undeveloped site. [reNEWS]

Rendering of Arthur Kill Terminal (Atlantic Offshore Terminals)

¶ “Ørsted Completes 367-MW Texan Project” • Ørsted has completed the 367-MW Western Trail wind farm in Wilbarger and Baylor Counties, Texas, its largest onshore project to date. It has a set of PPAs for most of the electricity. The project brings Ørsted’s total onshore capacity to over 2.8 GW of wind, solar, and battery storage in operation. [reNEWS]

¶ “As Energy Talks Crumble, Some Eye Standalone Nuclear Deal” • With the Dresden and Byron Exelon nuclear plants slated to close because of a lack of statehouse action on a comprehensive energy bill, some members of the Illinois legislature are working on to keep the plants open. They are looking in new directions to keep the plants operating. [The Center Square]

Have a simply glorious day.

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