August 11 Energy News

August 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Frightening New Climate Report Also Holds The Seeds Of Hope” • The latest report that just arrived from the IPCC isn’t pretty. But in a year defined by searing heat waves, torrential floods, and raging fires, it is encouraging that the same report that is so frightening also suggests a strategy to alleviate some of its most devastating projections. [CNN]

Extinction Rebellion (Bhuwan Bansal, Unsplash)

¶ “When Do Fossil Fuel Car Sales Collapse?” • I expect fossil fuel car sales to start to really collapse in 2025–2026 in Europe and 2027–2028 in the USA, though, it seems that is already started. But the 50% plugin vehicle share, which Biden’s team is targeting, is not a peaceful state of equilibrium. It’s a point of hyperfast change and disruption. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Rural America Is Key To Climate Change Policy” • Rural areas represent 86% of persistent poverty counties in the US, and over 50% of rural Black residents live in economically distressed counties. Addressing the climate crisis and lagging economic vitality will require federal investment in building a new climate economy for rural America [GreenBiz]

Farmland (Arno Smit, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Wildfires: How Are They Linked To Climate Change?” • Recent heatwaves and wildfires around the world have caused alarm, with warnings that parts of Europe and North America could be experiencing the worst fire season ever. So how do wildfires compare with previous years? Here is a look at areas around the world that are burning. [BBC]

¶ “Stellantis Takes Four Out Of The Top Five Spots In July In France!” • After a record month in June, the French plugin vehicle market took some time to breathe in July, just 5% above July 2020. That may not seem impressive. But considering that the overall market is down 33% compared to July 2019, that is impressive growth. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Tucson (Duncan Winslow, Unsplash)

¶ “Companies Unite To Develop A Japan-Australia CO₂-Free Hydrogen Supply Chain In South Australia” • A ground-breaking MOU between ENEOS Corporation and Neoen, a world-leading independent renewable energy provider, will explore developing a Japanese-Australian CO₂-free hydrogen supply chain in South Australia. [Premier of South Australia]

¶ “NSW’s Largest Electricity User Plans To Go Green, Abandon AGL’s Coal” • One of the country’s most electricity-intensive smelters plans to switch to renewable energy, a move that would drastically reduce its footprint. It sends power generators a clear message that Australia does not support coal, even if the federal government does. [pv magazine Australia]

Wärtsilä battery storage system (Wärtsilä Corporation)

¶ “Wärtsilä Supplies Battery For Taiwan Grid” • Wärtsilä will supply an energy storage system that will provide frequency regulation in the ancillary service market for the Taiwanese grid as the country aims for a 20% renewables mix by 2025. The 5.2-MW / 5.2-MWh battery order was placed in August 2021 by Shangfa Construction. [reNEWS]

¶ “EU Clean Hydrogen Drive Finds Partners In Kazakhstan And The UK” • The EU is placing a major bet on hydrogen to replace the fossil fuels, oil, gas, and coal, but so far the move has involved a lot of wrangling. EU companies, however, have been moving ahead on their own, making deals in other places, such as the UK and Kazakhstan. [Sustainability Times]

Almaty, Kazakhstan (Alexander Serzhantov, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Well Over 100 Million People Are Under Heat Alerts” • As if hundreds of wildfires, crippling drought, and a summer marked by a once-in-a-lifetime heat wave were not enough, more than 20 million Americans in the western US are on alert again, ahead of another historic heat wave. They are not alone. Over half the US is under heat alerts this week. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Impact Report Highlights Sustainability & Battery Recycling” • Tesla’s focus is on more than building electric vehicles. In its 2020 Impact Report, the company says, “In 2020, Tesla customers helped accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by avoiding 5.0 million metric tons of CO₂e emissions.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla cars (Tesla image)

¶ “American Canyon Opts Into 100% Renewable Energy For Facilities” • The American Canyon City Council voted to opt the City’s facilities into Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy program. Currently, the California city is enrolled in the Light Green program, MCE’s default energy plan that offers 60% renewable energy. [Patch]

¶ “Winds of Change: Samsung Purchases 100% Renewable Energy in the US” • All Samsung’s facilities in the US, including its manufacturing and distribution sites, use renewable energy. Samsung currently has over 20,000 employees in 46 states, with six major subsidiaries based in California, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas. [Samsung Newsroom]

Samsung Semiconductor’s rooftop solar array (Samsung image)

¶ “AEP Energy Procures More Capacity From Mammoth Project In Indiana” • AEP Energy and Doral Renewables have signed a renewable energy purchase agreement for the second phase of the Mammoth solar project in Indiana. The 360-MW Mammoth Solar II is part of the 1.65-GW Mammoth project that Doral has under development. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Salem Township Concerns Over A New Bitcoin Mining Facility To Be Built Near Power Plant” • Talen energy, the owner of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem township, Pennsylvania, announced plans to develop an infrastructure campus next to the plant. The facility would use electricity from the plant to make Bitcoin currency. [PAhomepage.com]

Have a wonderfully lovely day.

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