August 6 Energy News

August 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “What Is The UN Climate Conference In Glasgow And Why Is It So Important?” • COP26 (COP is for Conference of the Parties) is widely seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control. In 2015, the countries agreed to try to keep temperature increases “well below” 2°C (3.6°F), but many scientists say efforts have fallen far short. [BBC]

Emissions (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Is The USA Okay Being 5 Years Behind Europe And China On Vehicle Electrification?” • The big EV announcement the Biden administration wanted to make today is that it has got GM, Ford, and Stellantis onboard for a 2030 EV target that, unfortunately, is actually quite lame. In fact, it goes beyond being just disappointing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “You’ve Got $30 Billion To Spend And A Climate Crisis. Nuclear Or Solar?” • As solar and energy storage professionals, we must be conscious of the limitations of our technologies. So to compare the cost and abilities of solar power with those of nuclear must be done carefully. It turns out that a solar power wins. Hands down. [pv magazine USA]

Nuclear power plant (Viktor Kiryanov, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Get serious: Eight Technologies That Could Eliminate Nearly All Emissions By 2035” • A report from California think tank RethinkX says accelerating eight existing technologies across renewable energy, electric transport, and lab-grown food can do the heavy lifting on climate action and cut greenhouse emissions by 90% within fifteen years. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Futuristic Farmers Deploy Solar Power To Farm For Microbes” • Ambient air carbon capture has come in for ridicule over the years, but its fans finally have something to cheer about. Applied to farming, carbon can be plucked from the air to boost crop yields. All that’s needed is an assist from solar power and some other equipment. [CleanTechnica]

Carbon capture for agriculture (Göttingen University)

World:

¶ “Europe Aims To Kill Gasoline And Diesel Cars By 2035” • The EU has announced plans to end the sale of polluting vehicles by 2035, an ambitious goal that would put even hybrid cars on the endangered species list and usher in a rapid and dramatic shift to fully electric models. The EU is also reducing average emissions of new cars by 55% by 2030. [CNN]

¶ “The Search For The World’s Largest Methane Sources” • In the past, huge plumes of potent greenhouse gas released in Siberia by Russian petroleum operations last year might have gone unnoticed. But armed with powerful new imaging technology, a methane-hunting satellite sniffed out the emissions and tracked them to their sources. [BBC]

Methane seen from space (Nasa/JPL-Caltech image)

¶ “Australian Miners Line Up For A Slice Of The EV Pie” • Just two days ago, BHP Nickel West asset president Eddy Haegel let known at the annual Diggers and Dealers conference that BHP expected EVs to achieve global penetration of 25% by 2030. This is much earlier than many in the conservative camp anticipated. BHP is getting ready for change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Portugal Exceeds Renewable Energy Target” • Portugal’s Renewable Energy in Gross Final Consumption in 2020 stood at 34.1%. This exceeds the 31.0% target that was set in accordance with EU Directive 2009/28/EC, according to an article from the ADENE Energy Observatory, “Portugal and the energy targets for 2020.” [The Portugal News]

Lisbon (Vita Marija Murenaite, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “California Gold Rush Town Destroyed By State’s Largest Wildfire” • The largest wildfire burning in California, known as the Dixie Fire, has destroyed nearly all of the historic Gold Rush town of Greenville. The estimated 800 residents of the northern California community were told to evacuate before the blaze tore through the downtown area. [BBC]

¶ “Biden Announces New Emissions Standards, Target That 50% Of Vehicles Sold In Us By 2030 Are Electric” • President Joe Biden unveiled another component of his administration’s plan to fight the climate crisis, announcing a new target that half of vehicles sold in the country by 2030 will be battery electric, fuel-cell electric, or plug-in hybrid. [CNN]

Electric Jeep (Stellantis image)

¶ “Nissan Slashes Price Of Base LEAF To $28,375 And Offers $89/Month Lease Plan” • The base Nissan Leaf, with an EPA range of 149 miles, is now available for just $28,375, including the $975 destination charge, according to Green Car Reports. With a $7,500 federal tax credit, the cost would be $20,875. And it can be leased for $89 a month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “McDonalds and Ebay” • McDonald’s and eBay have signed power purchase agreements to source electricity for their US operations from a $300 million solar farm that Lightsource bp is developing. The 345-MW solar project is predicted to become Louisiana’s largest. It is big enough to provide power for 59,000 area homes. [Energy Live News]

McDonald’s (Third Serving, Unsplash)

¶ “Mars Announces Plans for 100% Renewable Electricity for its 2,000 Veterinary Hospitals in US” • Mars, Inc has announced a power-purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy to provide renewable energy to cover more than 100% of the electricity used by its 2,000 veterinary hospitals in the US. Mars needed more electricity to cover business growth. [WebWire]

¶ “Ohio AG seeks to add former executives, regulator to lawsuit” • Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost asked a judge in Columbus to add two former FirstEnergy Corp executives and the former chair of the Ohio utilities commission as defendants in a state racketeering lawsuit for their alleged roles in pushing a tainted energy bill in 2019. [Westport News]

Have a phenomenally inspiring day.

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