August 24 Energy News

August 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Energy Charter Treaty Allows Oil Companies To Sue Nations, But Not The Other Way Around” • The Energy Charter Treaty is an international agreement that protects energy and mineral companies operating in 57 signatory nations from government lawsuits as they work to extract natural resources. It does not prevent the companies from suing. [CleanTechnica]

Fossil fuels protest (Extinction Rebellion)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hydrogen – For Cars, No; For Steel, Yes” • Given the physics and chemistry involved, I do not expect hydrogen to be a fuel widely used in passenger vehicles. It does, however, have its place – or places, and judging by the amounts of money being poured into research and development, industry thinks it has found those places. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Climate Change Amplifies Extreme Weather Like Tennessee’s Deadly Floods And NYC’s Record Rainfall” • Record breaking rainfall amounts in New York and Tennessee exemplify the same scientific phenomenon: extreme rainfall events being supercharged by human-caused climate change. The science is well known and easily explained. [CNN]

Flooding in Tennessee (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “How To Make A Small Fortune” • One way to make a small fortune is to start with a big one and invest it badly. Australia’s largest generator and largest emitter, AGL, is finding itself in hot water. It recently announced a $2 billion loss for the 2021–2022 financial year that was caused by clinging to coal and delaying the switch to renewables. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “From ‘Air-Pocalypse’ To Blue Skies. Beijing’s Fight For Cleaner Air Is A Rare Victory For Public Dissent” • Beijing was known as one of the world’s most polluted cities, with dense smog and acrid air a daily reality. Now, its skies are mostly blue, a sign the Chinese capital is entering a new era of clean air, the Minister of Ecology and Environment claimed. [CNN]

Temple of Heaven, Beijing (Pier Francesco Grizi, Unsplash)

¶ “SSE, National Grid Unveil Green Heat Initiative” • SSE Energy Solutions and National Grid have unveiled a project that could decarbonize heat networks, capturing waste heat from electricity transformers to generate hot water and space heating for homes and businesses. It is estimated that the heat recovery project could reduce emissions by 40%. [reNEWS]

¶ “Queensland-Built Electric Buses To Boost Jobs From Burleigh To North Lakes” • The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to roll out more zero emissions vehicles on to Queensland roads was supercharged with a plan to build 16 new electric buses on the Gold Coast. The $15.6 million deal will also create the state’s first 100% electric bus depot. [Media Statements]

Gold Coast, Queensland (Jordan, Unsplash)

¶ “Tata Power Renewable Energy Commissions 150-MW Solar Project In Rajasthan” • Tata Power arm Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited has commissioned a 150-MW solar project in the village of Loharki in Rajasthan. With the latest installation in Rajasthan, the total renewables installed capacity of Tata Power will be 2,947 MW. [Business Today]

¶ “Vattenfall Plans Kriegers Flak Opening Bash” • Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Simon Kollerup will inaugurate the 604-MW Kriegers Flak wind farm in the Baltic Sea on 6 September. All 72 offshore wind turbines are now in place at the wind farm, which is Vattenfall’s largest. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine construction (Jan de Nul)

¶ “Tariff Falls To ₹2.34/Unit In Wind-Solar Hybrid Auctions” • The latest bid by Solar Energy Corporation of India to set up 1,200 MW of wind-solar hybrid plants has discovered the lowest tariff of ₹2.34 per unit (3.2¢/kWh), much lower than the ₹2.41 per unit quoted by companies in the last auction for hybrid plants held in December 2020. [The Financial Express]

US:

¶ “Raging Wildfires In California Forced 42,000 To Evacuate And Drove Reno Residents Indoors Due To Historic Bad Air” • Over 42,000 residents have been told to evacuate their homes as nine large wildfires burn in northern California. The Caldor Fire has burned 114,166 acres since sparking ten days ago and is only 9% contained, according to Cal Fire. [CNN]

Fire (Rodnae Productions, Unsplash)

¶ “Tennessee Flash Floods Kill 22 With Dozens Missing” • At least 22 people have been killed and dozens are missing after flash floods in the US state of Tennessee. The record flooding began on Saturday, submerging entire roads and taking out telephone and power lines. In Humphreys County, 17 inches (43 cm) of rain fell  in less than 24 hours. [BCC]

¶ “Eurowind Energy Enters US Market” • Eurowind Energy is stepping into the US market, with its first projects expected to start construction in 2022. The company’s American subsidiary, Eurowind Energy USA, already has three projects under development, consisting of three hybrid projects in California that total 800 MW. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Master Wen, Unsplash)

¶ “Four Suburban Philly Counties Join To Pursue Renewable Energy” • In a partnership aiming to combat climate change, four suburban Philadelphia counties have joined in pursuit of a renewable energy power purchasing agreement. Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery have signed a memorandum of understanding on the effort. [Patch]

¶ “Staffers See Little Interest Or Action On Nuclear Waste Issues” • The 117th Congress has introduced few bills this session dealing with nuclear power and nuclear waste, according to staffers for Vermont’s congressional delegation. They were speaking to a committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. [Brattleboro Reformer]

Have an impressively jolly day.

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