August 23 Energy News

August 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “When Electric Buses Make Sense, And When They Just Don’t” • Electric buses are definitely better than a diesel or natural gas bus. That’s indisputable without seriously bending the facts. The thing is, combustion buses aren’t the only competition electric buses have, and in many situations, there are even cleaner options that we can choose. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus in Hamburg (Phuoc Anh Dang, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “PivotBio’s Genetically Engineered Microbes Displace 20-25% Of Fertilizer Today, 100% By 2030” • Continuing a conversation with Karsten Temme, PhD, geneticist and CEO of PivotBio that began yesterday, we find that Pivotbio’s microbe displaces 20-25% of fertilizer with better crop yields and less work for the farmer. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “GAC Aion V 6C Promises 8-Minute Charge Times, 1000 Km Range” • Chinese car maker GAC says that next month it will be selling an Aion 6C battery electric SUV will charge a depleted battery to 80% capacity in a lightning fast 8 minutes. The car is rated to have a range of 1000 km NEDC, though that standard is known to be overly optimistic. [CleanTechnica]

Gac Aion V (Evnerd, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Burning Forests To Make Energy: EU And World Grapple With Biomass Science” • A major political and environmental dispute is coming to a boil in the run-up to COP26 in Scotland this November, as the EU and the forestry industry claim the science shows biomass is sustainable and produces zero emissions. [Eco-Business.com]

¶ “Crown Estate To Research Offshore Wind Impact” • The Crown Estate has launched a new research program to address the critical gap in understanding how marine ecosystems will respond to the continued growth of offshore wind. The four-year program will fund leading edge research into how offshore wind farms affect the marine environment. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Insung Yoon, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “How Australia Could Save Almost $7 Billion On Its Energy Transition” • Representing eighteen major institutional investors, the Clean Energy Investor Group is calling for Australian Governments to pick a scenario from the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan and commit to de-risking renewable energy. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Net-Zero-Pursuing Investors Change Australia’s Renewable-Energy Development Game” • Research by market analyst and advisory firm PwC, finds bigger players – state governments, oil and gas majors and sophisticated large investors – have become involved in the energy transition, and are shifting the rules of engagement. [pv magazine Australia

Solar array (PwC Australia image)

¶ “Solar Generates More Power Than Coal In Australia” • In Australia, solar power generated more energy on Sunday than coal for the first time since the market was set up two decades ago. The crossover point lasted for only a few minutes, with low demand and sunny skies on Sunday, when coal generated at a record low level, less than solar. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Storm Henri Makes Landfall At Rhode Island” • More than 120,000 homes in the Northeast are without power after Tropical Storm Henri made landfall at Rhode Island. Although Henri had been downgraded from a Category One hurricane, it brought winds of 60 mph (95 km/h). People in southern and central New England are warned of potential flooding. [BBC]

Storm (Johannes Plenio, Unsplash)

¶ “Stanford Going To 100% Renewable Electricity – First Major University In USA To Do So” • The first university in the USA to announce a 100% renewable target is Stanford University. More good news is that its goal for getting to 100% renewable electricity is next summer, 2022. And this is even after the university had a solar farm burn down. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Giant Energy Storage Project Hoovers Up Excess Wind And Solar” • The huge Vistra energy storage project in Moss Landing, California, is to get bigger. Work on the first two phases is ahead of schedule, and Vistra is looking forward to another expansion that will bring the plant up to 1,500 MW, which translates into 6,000 MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Energy storage (Image courtesy of Vistra)

¶ “Here’s Why The Navy Is Betting On Wave Energy Research In Hawaii” • To reduce oil dependence, Hawaii is exploring wave energy as a possible source to help meet its goal to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2045. The military is looking for ways to more efficiently fuel forces increasingly focused on the Pacific as it battles China for influence. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

¶ “Wyoming Business Leaders Urge Feds To Take Action On Climate” • Critics of climate proposals making their way through Congress warn that reducing greenhouse-gas emissions will harm the economy, but some business leaders say those plans won’t get the job done in time. It is already too late. Significant change is happening. [Public News Service]

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