August 12 Energy News

August 12, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “We Have The Solutions To The Climate Crisis. Now We Must Act” • We have known for many decades that at some point the day would come when the climate crisis was not a distant future occurrence but happening now. The only remaining question is, how fast will we take action to reduce the consequences of this planetary emergency? [CleanTechnica]

Surveying Arctic ice (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia’s Response To The IPCC” • We are doing a great job – everything bad is someone else’s fault. We are waiting for some magic technology to solve the problem for us – no, we won’t use the technology we already have. We have to give all our money to the fossil fuel industry. All we need to meet our energy problems is a Future Fuels Strategy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Small Businesses Can Play A Big Role In Championing Renewables” • A report from Total Retail reveals a noteworthy trend: over four-fifths of Gen Z consumers and three-quarters of millennials consider environmental sustainability in purchasing decisions. They value companies that put responsible and ethical practices to use. [Sustainability Times]

Installing solar panels (Los Muertos Crew, Pexels)

¶ “Utah Cities Shouldn’t Gamble On Nuclear Power” • We’re not into energy politics, and we don’t take positions on the sources or technologies. But one of our critical missions is to protect the taxpayers when governments are looking to make risky bets. If modular nuclear power is ready for market, let the private sector show it by putting up its money. [Deseret News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Say This Invisible Gas Could Seal Our Fate On Climate Change” • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is critical to ending the climate crisis. But, for the first time, the UN climate change report emphasized the need to control a more insidious culprit: methane, an invisible, odorless gas 80 times as effective as carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. [CNN]

Atmospheric methane (Jens Mühle, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “Italy May Have Registered Europe’s Hottest Temperature On Record” • The Italian island of Sicily may have registered the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe – 48.8°C (119.8°F). Regional authorities reported the reading near Syracuse. It still needs to be verified by the WMO. The current official record in Europe is 48°C, registered in Athens in 1977. [BBC]

¶ “Algeria Forest Fires: At Least 65 People Killed As Fires Spread” • Wildfires tearing through northern Algeria have killed at least 65 people, including 28 soldiers deployed to help the firefighters. Some 69 fires were burning on Wednesday, as a heatwave sweeps across North Africa. The flames have been fanned by tinder-dry conditions and strong winds. [BBC]

Algerian countryside (Bilou bilal, Unsplash)

¶ “Audi Is Bringing Six Electric Vehicle Models To South Africa In Q1 2022” • EV sales in South Africa have been quite slow due to several factors. One of these is the small selection of EVs for consumers to choose from. But a wider range is coming. Audi South Africa will launch six all-electric models in the South African market early next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mainstream, Aker Offshore Wind Take Stake In Japanese Floater” • Mainstream Renewable Power and Aker Offshore Wind, together, were selected as the preferred bidder to acquire an initial 50% in Progression Energy’s 800-MW floating wind project in Japan. The country aims to expand offshore wind energy capacity to 10 GW by 2030. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind project (Principle Power image)

¶ “GIG And TotalEnergies Secure Rights For Korea Floater” • Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and TotalEnergies have secured exclusive development rights for the first phase of a 1500-MW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea. The plant is to have a maximum capacity of 1.5 GW, developed in three phases. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “US Department Of Energy Awards $45 Million To Advance Solar Manufacturing And Grid Technologies” • The US DOE announced $45 million for projects that will help integrate clean energy sources onto the grid. The purpose of the funding is to advance the domestic manufacturing of solar energy and electric grid technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Transmission lines (James Wainscoat, Unsplash)

¶ “Senator Markey Announces Legislation For Offshore Wind Manufacturing” • Senator Edward J Markey (D-MA), and cosponsors Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announced the Offshore Wind American Manufacturing Act, to drive US manufacturing and offshore wind deployment. [Senator Edward Markey]

¶ “EDPR Unleashes 180-MW Wildcat Creek” • EDP Renewables North America announced that its 180-MW Wildcat Creek Wind Farm reached commercial operations and is producing energy in Cooke County. Wildcat Creek Wind Farm is EDPR NA’s fifth operating wind farm in Texas and brings its Texas portfolio to 1089 MW of operating capacity. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (EDPR image)

¶ “‘Once-in-a-generation’ Infrastructure Bill To Boost Renewable Energy With Modernized Grid” • From hydrogen pipelines and electric vehicle charging stations to green school buses, the sprawling $1.2 trillion infrastructure package approved in a 69-30 vote on Tuesday features a list of energy projects of all types. [The Florida Star]

¶ “Critics Decry $12 Billion For Nuclear In Infrastructure Bill” • The US Senate has passed a massive infrastructure bill. Buried in the package is $12 billion for the nuclear industry. Half of that money would go to supporting unprofitable nuclear plants, and half to untested technology. Critics say all of the money would be better spent elsewhere. [Public News Service]

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