August 31 Energy News

August 31, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs” • A study shows that in the US Southeast, consumers spend about $94 billion on fossil fuels annually. Of this money, about $64 billion leaks out of the region’s economy every year. A switch to EVs powered by local renewable energy would retain this within the region, a boon to its economy. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Mike, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Heimdal Uses Renewable Energy To Get CO₂, Cement From Seawater; Startup To Debut Carbon-Free Materials” • Heimdal is a tech startup that focused its services to extract CO₂, cement, and other materials from seawater, using renewable energy sources. The company features one of the most eco-friendly ventures in the world. [Tech Times]

¶ “Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Slower And Wetter. Ida Checked All The Boxes” • Human-caused climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous. They are produce rainfall, move slower once they make landfallm and generate larger storm surges along the coast. Hurricane Ida was a prime example of those changes. [CNN]

Rainfall potential of storm (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “Highly Polluting Leaded Petrol Now Eradicated From The World, Says UN” • There is now no country in the world that uses leaded petrol for cars and lorries, the UN Environment Program has announced. The toxic fuel has contaminated air, soil and water for almost a century, but in July, Algeria stopped allowing its use. [BBC]

¶ “Volkswagen ID.3 Rolls Into China” • The Volkswagen ID.3, Europe’s second best selling electric car in the first half of 2021, is finally making its way into the Chinese market, the largest auto market and largest electric car market in the world. It appeared at the Chengdu Motor Show, and pre-bookings of the hatchback EV were opened. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 EVs (Image courtesy of Volkswagen AG)

¶ “New French Law Will Help Millions Of People Drive On Sunshine” • France has a new climate bill that will have 30% of the surface of new commercial and industrial buildings solarized starting on January 1, 2023. Those solar panels will power a lot of electric vehicles, but they won’t be the only ones in a wave of new solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “R Power Acquires 59-MW Portuguese PV Portfolio” • Polish company R Power has invested in a portfolio of solar projects in Portugal totaling 59 MW. With the acquisition, the company’s Portuguese capacity will reach almost 70 MW. The investments are expected to reach the construction-ready status in 2021, with construction to begin in 2022. [reNEWS]

R Power solar project (R Power image)

¶ “Renewables Could Meet 100% Demand In Australia At Certain Times Of Day By 2025, Report Says” • Renewables will meet 100% of consumer demand for electricity at certain times of the day by 2025 if large-scale wind and solar development continues at current rates, according to a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator. [The Guardian]

¶ “BC Is Blocking Needed First Nations Power Projects, Says Report” • Renewable energy projects run by First Nations could help British Columbia power through the climate crisis, but government roadblocks threaten their participation, according to a recently published report from the New Relationship Trust and the Pembina Institute. [The Tyee]

Wind farm (Photo by Washington DNR, Creative Commons)

¶ “Electricity Grid Powers On Despite Demise Of Coal As Renewables Surge” • Australia’s power grid is set up to cope with coal’s continued decline over the next decade, the Australian market operator has declared. There is a growing flood of cheap electricity from solar and wind farms undercutting traditional power plants’ profits. [Sydney Morning Herald]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida: One Million People In Louisiana Without Power” • Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida. Ida made landfall on Sunday with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland. About one million locals remain without power. [BBC]

Storm (Hunt on Photos Studio, Pexels)

¶ “South Lake Tahoe Residents Ordered To Evacuate As Caldor Fire Threatens The Area” • With fire conditions resulting in the rapid spread of the fire, Cal Fire officials released updated maps three times in as many hours on Monday morning for three areas, marking the change from evacuation warnings to orders in South Lake Tahoe areas. [CNN]

¶ “Energy Bill Could See A Vote As State Lawmakers Return For Redistricting Session” • When Illinois lawmakers return to the Statehouse for what is scheduled as a one-day special session, they may vote on an energy regulatory overhaul bill. People interested in coal-burning and nuclear power plants hope to see those plants get subsidies. [Illinois Newsroom]

Prairie State coal-burning plant (PSEC on Facebook)

¶ “Indigo Technologies Promises Lightweight, Highly Efficient Electric Cars” • Indigo Technologies, a startup based in Woburn, Massachusetts, was formed by several people from MIT who are committed to making electric cars lighter and more efficient than anything else on the market. It is focusing on working EVs rather than personal cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DOE Releases New Reports Highlighting Record Growth And Declining Costs Of Wind Power” • The Department of Energy released three reports showing record growth in land-based wind energy, significant expansion of the pipeline for offshore wind projects, and continued decline in the cost of generating energy with wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

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