Archive for August 21st, 2021

August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2021


¶ “What My Departure From Conservatism Can Teach Us About Getting Conservative Support For Climate Policy” • Try a gentle approach to get conservative support. Perhaps, “Hey, honest question. I remember that conservatives used to like alternative energy a few years ago. George Bush even signed the EV tax credits. What happened?” [CleanTechnica]

Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull (Wikipedia)

¶ “The Power Of Wind: Interview With Bound4blue Founder” • Shipowners and operators may be able to decrease their fuel-related costs and pollutant emissions up to 30%, thanks to a wind-assisted propulsion system created by Bound4blue. The Beam had an interview with one of the founders, José Miguel Bermúdez. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “UK’s Climate Spokesperson Pushes Anti-Electric Car Myths – Brilliant!” • Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit, seems to have a talent for making daft, headline-generating statements. In an interview with Times Radio, she said she drives an old diesel VW Golf. She will not own an EV because of range anxiety. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla police car (Courtesy of Tesla UK)

¶ “Zambia Has A New President Who Could Help Accelerate The World’s Transition To Sustainable Energy” • President-elect Hakainde Hichilema is determined to push Zambia forward as a key player in the new low carbon world order. The secret weapon he plans to use for this is copper. Zambia is Africa’s second largest producer of copper. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alpine Solar Project To Help Fill Swiss Winter Energy Gaps” • A 2.2-MW solar plant project, developed by Swiss energy group Axpo and partner IWB, is part of Swiss plans to plug the gap left by the phaseout of nuclear energy while also aiming to reach net zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The solar array is on the face of the dam at the Muttsee Reservoir. [Rappler]

Muttsee (Wala, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Broome’s Solar Cap Hinders Transition To Renewables But Hope Is On Horizon” • There are big opportunities for solar power in Broome, Western Australia, where the sun shines 350 days per year, but Horizon Power limits grid-tied rooftop solar power because of transmission constraints. This problem will not last much longer, however. [ABC]

¶ “As Carbon Capture, Storage Spending Nears $4 Billion, What Are The Options For Heavy Industry?” • As climate change is increasingly pressing, Australia is looking at carbon capture and storage. Data shows that almost $4 billion of taxpayer money has been spent on the technology, and after decades it is still not operating at industry scale. [ABC]

Carbon capture system (Coal21 image)

¶ “US Will Oppose Fossil Fuel Projects At Development Banks” • The Biden administration released new guidance that will lead the US to oppose financing fossil fuel projects at the Multilateral Development Banks. Under the new guidance US will support financing fossil fuel projects by such international banks only under extremely rare circumstances. [NRDC]

¶ “GEG Partners With Proman On Scottish Green Methanol Plant” • Global Energy Group, owners of the Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland, has partnered with Proman, a Swiss-based energy company, to develop a renewable power to methanol plant at the terminal. The two parties will source carbon dioxide from local industries. [Power Engineering International]

Offshore wind terminal (GEG image)

¶ “‘Too Hypocritical For Words’: Burning Wood For Power Isn’t Sustainable, Says Flemish Minister Of Energy” • The Flemish Minister of Energy is calling into question the practice of burning trees to generate power, a procedure she says doesn’t pass the sustainability test given that the trees are often shipped from faraway places. [The Brussels Times]


¶ “Hurricane Warnings Posted For Long Island, Southern New England As Henri Looks To Make Landfall Sunday” • As Tropical Storm Henri moved north through the Atlantic on Friday night, hurricane warnings were posted from New York’s Long Island to Rhode Island and a tropical storm warning was issued for New York City. [CNN]

Hurricane Henri’s rainfall potential (NOAA image)

¶ “Missouri Among States Most Dependent On Fossil Fuels” • With the effects of global climate change becoming increasingly apparent, policymakers across the US are moving to reduce the nation’s reliance on carbon-based fossil fuels. In Missouri, 88% of the energy is derived from fossil fuels. Coal is the main fuel for generating electricity. [St Joseph News-Press]

¶ “Offshore Wind Would Help Save California $1 Billion” • Offshore wind electricity could bring employment gains, cost savings, carbon dioxide reductions, and improve the stability of California’s electric grid according to a study from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, “California’s Offshore Wind Electric Opportunity.” [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Zoltan Tasi, Unsplash)

¶ “States Take The Lead On Renewables In 2021” • While federal leaders continue deliberations on how to build a cleaner, healthier future, states are making strides to advance renewable energy, according to a new roundup of state legislative highlights from Environment America’s report, “The United States of Clean Energy, Summer 2021.” [Solar Industry]

¶ “Vistra Completes Expansion Of Battery Energy Storage System At Its Flagship California Facility” • Vistra completed construction on Phase II of its Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility. The system is now storing and releasing power for California’s grid. The facility’s capacity of 400 MW, 1,600 MWh makes it the largest of its kind. [Yahoo Finance]

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