August 16 Energy News

August 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How Extreme Weather Makes Everything Harder, Except Climate-Risk Analysis” • The IPCC report has a clarity that is sobering. What does this newfound certainty mean for investors trying to hedge against climate risks? In the first half of this year, insured losses from catastrophes topped $42 billion, and they are growing. [Insurance Journal]

Hurricane (Zoltan Tasi, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Agora Energy’s Solution Will Turn CO₂ And Electricity Into Industrial Feedstocks Cheaply” • The carbonates of potassium and sodium are in lots of things we use daily. But making them uses quite a lot of energy. While the Agora Energy redox flow battery stores electricity at a very low cost, it also draws down CO₂, and carbonates are by-products. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “UK Government To Review Green Retail Electricity Tariffs” • The UK government is concerned that energy companies could be exaggerating how environmentally friendly their products are, and it said it will review green retail electricity tariffs. The review will look into the current system’s transparency and whether its rules are fit for their purpose. [Reuters]

Birds on wires (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Bridgend Renewable Energy Firm Wins Royal Mint Contract” • The Welsh renewable energy company Infinite Renewables has won the tender to supply power directly to the Royal Mint. Local Energy Centre is on a site in Llantrisant. The project will include solar, wind, hydrogen-ready Combined Heat and Power, and battery storage technologies. [Business News Wales]

¶ “ACWA Power Hits Financial Close On 1.5-GW Saudi Solar” • ACWA Power has reached financial close on the 1.5-GW Sudair solar plant in Saudi Arabia, with the Public Investment Fund renewable energy program supporting the project. A specialised Saudi technical team at the Ministry of Energy selected the site for the Sudair project. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Saudi Aramco image)

¶ “NSW’s Roadmap To Renewables” • The New South Wales Committee on Environment and Planning outlined the future of its energy infrastructure, focusing on a transition to renewable sources. The Committee noted that NSWs’ coal-fired generating system is aging, and that many factors were driving a transition to sustainable energy. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “Concerns At Increasing Demands On Electricity Grid” • The Irish electricity grid faces increased prospects of blackouts this winter as emergency plans to import generators have stalled, according to a professor of energy engineering at University College Cork. One problem has been lack of maintenance for two gas plants due to Covid-19. [RTE]

Data center (imgix, Unsplash)

¶ “Construction Jobs In Renewables Two-Thirds Down On 2018, Says Clean Energy Council” • The pace of construction in Australian renewable energy is declining in 2021 despite global momentum for energy transition technologies. The Clean Energy Council claims some 2,700 jobs have been lost to the sector since 2018. [Stockhead]

US:

¶ “Decarbonized Buildings And Vehicles Create Good Missouri Jobs” • Eliminating carbon emissions from our building and transportation sectors will be critical to maintaining a healthy and livable climate. The good news is that decarbonizing these sectors is also good for our economy. Missouri is home to more than 50,000 clean energy jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it, (NRDC image)

¶ “Elon Musk Shares Details On Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta 9.2 Improvements” • After a Twitter user asked Elon Musk when FSD Beta 9.2 would be released, Elon explained that there had been some unexpected last-minute issues. The anticipated update is now out, and Elon shared more details on the improvements of FSD Beta 9.2. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Transition Faces Roadblocks In New Mexico” • As the alarms increase about the horrors of climate change, New Mexico and the nation are hustling to accelerate their renewable energy efforts. New Mexico has a good start on developing renewable energy, but the transition to green energy is facing delays. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ “UMass Solar Canopies Near Completion” • Two more solar canopies are going up over parking lots at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Together, the 4.09-MW solar canopies are expected to produce about 4.5 million kWh per year. That is enough electricity to provide for the annual needs of around 650 households. [Daily Hampshire Gazette]

¶ “Latest Climate Change Report Underscores Impacts For Skagit County” • Worldwide, the IPCC report shows the kind of heat wave that used to happen only once every 50 years now happens once a decade. For Skagit County, Washington, that means more glaciers melting, more massive wildfires, drought, hot days, bad air quality, and sea-level rise. [goSkagit]

Have a magnificently uncomplicated day.

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