August 17 Energy News

August 17, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How US Congress Can Get Cities Moving” • Cities and their partners have made significant strides with climate-friendly transportation policies to encourage people to bike, walk, or use public transit instead of driving. But local action can’t tackle the climate crisis alone. The federal government has tools to support bottom-up climate action. [CleanTechnica]

Bike lane in Boston (Aaron Doucett, Unsplash)

¶ “Did The US Spend Two Decades And Trillions Of Dollars In Afghanistan And Iraq Because Of Oil Addiction?” • After 9/11, the needs were obvious. We “needed” to secure our oil supplies. We “needed” to have the strongest presence in this “oil-rich” region of the world. The cost? Well, never mind the cost, short term and long term – it was a “necessity.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bipartisan Support For Clean Energy Appears To Be Growing” • Many observers on Capitol Hill were surprised that nineteen Republican senators supported the bipartisan infrastructure package that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week. After decades of climate change denial and opposition to clean energy, the GOP seems to be changing. [TheHill]

Wind turbines (Pixabay, Pexels, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Experts Say Record-Setting Heat And Wildfires Just A Taste What’s Coming In Our Future” • Historic heat waves have been ravaging the Pacific Northwest, wildfires blaze across California and Oregon, and July was the hottest month on record. Extreme weather could offer a preview of what to expect in forecasts of the near future, experts suggest. [TheHill]

¶ “Cities Like Paris May Be Optimal Urban Form For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Researchers at CU Boulder are part of a newly published study that finds that low-rise, high-density environments like those found in Paris are the optimal urban form when looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over their whole life cycle. [CleanTechnica]

Paris buildings (Nil Castellví, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “UK Government Launches Plan For A World-Leading Hydrogen Economy” • With its new Hydrogen Strategy, the UK plans to produce tens of thousands of jobs, billions of pounds in investment, and new export opportunities. It hopes to unlock these to create a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector over the next decade and beyond. [GOV UK]

¶ “How Water Shortages Are Brewing Wars” • Over the course of the 20th Century, global water use grew at more than twice the rate of population increase. Today, this dissonance is leading many cities to ration water. Water crises have been ranked in the top five of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks by Impact list nearly every year since 2012. [BBC]

Ho Chi Mihn City (Polina Rytova, Unsplash)

¶ “Low Carbon Acquires 30-MW Finnish wind” • Low Carbon recently completed the acquisition of the Morknasskogen wind project in Finland. The 30-MW, five-turbine facility forms part of Low Carbon’s exclusive renewables pipeline of more than 120 MW being developed in the country. Construction is expected to start in early 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Unlocking Renewables In Victoria” • In the western parts of Victoria, rich in solar and wind resources, many solar and wind projects are stuck because of grid stability and access problems. They are facing lengthy delays in getting connected, and even when connected, their output is curtailed. However, there is progress going on. [CleanTechnica]

Victoria landscape (Zac Porter, Unsplash)

¶ “China’s Cash For UK Nuclear Plants Is In Doubt” • In order to finance the construction of nuclear stations that are supposed to generate up to 20% of the UK’s electricity, the UK government needs Chinese money. Without it, the already prohibitively expensive projects may become completely unaffordable. And that money is in doubt. [Eco-Business.com]

¶ “UK Storage Start-Up Swoops On 160-MW Battery Pipeline” • Renewables infrastructure start-up Field has secured a 160-MW battery storage pipeline in the UK, with construction underway on the first 20-MW site. Field, founded earlier this year, has a pipeline of sites across the UK, with advanced discussions for a further 330 MW. [reNEWS]

Energy storage (Southern Power image)

US:

¶ “First-Ever Water Cuts Declared For Colorado River In Historic Drought” • The federal government has now declared a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time ever, triggering mandatory water consumption cuts for states in the Southwest, as climate change-fueled drought pushes the level in Lake Mead to unprecedented lows. [CNN]

¶ “BOEM Wraps Up South Fork Environmental Review” • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind project in waters offs New York and Rhode Island. The project will deliver approximately 130 MW of power to South Fork of Long Island, New York. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Jack Hunter, Unsplash)

¶ “US Energy Official To Visit NM Amid Renewable Push” • US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will be in New Mexico for a two-day visit. She and Senator Martin Heinrich (D) are to meet with local leaders and organizations about the state’s push for more renewable energy and efforts to lower costs as utilities face a mandate to lower emissions. [Albuquerque Journal]

¶ “Greenbacker Renewable Energy Acquires 40 MW Of Solar Projects In New York” • Through a subsidiary, Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company purchased two 20-MW (AC) solar projects from Hecate Energy. The acquisitions of Hecate Energy Albany 1 and Hecate Energy Albany 2 showcase Greenbacker’s expansion into New York. [Solar Builder]

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