Archive for September 1st, 2021

September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2021


¶ “It’s Time To Pay Serious Attention To The Power Grid” • Millions of Americans have gone without power this year. The examples include California (heat), Texas (cold) and Louisiana (hurricanes). New Orleans is powerless, potentially for weeks, after Hurricane Ida, and dangerously high temperatures setting in. It’s time to think about a resilient grid. [CNN]

Blackout (Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using Hot Sand To Store Energy” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are in the late stages of prototype testing a thermal energy storage technology that uses silica sand as a storage medium. The system is a reliable, cost-effective, and scalable solution that can be sited anywhere. The sand is heated to 1,200°C (2,192°F) for energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “High-Power Wireless Vehicle Charging Technology Licensed By HEVO” • The US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to Brooklyn-based HEVO. The system provides the world’s highest power levels in the smallest package and could enable EVs to be charged as they are driven. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless charging system (Carlos Jones, ORNL, US DOE)


¶ “John Kerry Warns Nations Are Running Out Of Time To Decarbonize And Challenges China To Move Away From Coal” • US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that he is confident the world’s largest fossil fuel emitters will decarbonize in the end. But the top US international climate official warned we’re quickly running out of time. [CNN]

¶ “Paris Slams On The Brakes And Sets 30 kph Speed Limit To Reduce Pollution” • Authorities in Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city’s roads to reduce pollution and improve safety. But there are questions about whether the rule, which limits drivers to 30 kph (19 mph), will actually reduce pollution. [CNN]

Notre Dame gargoyle over the city streets (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

¶ “Syrian Oil Slick Spreads Across Mediterranean – Cyprus On Alert” • Authorities in Cyprus are monitoring an oil slick that originated from a power plant on Syria’s Mediterranean coast and could soon affect the island. Syrian state media said last week there had been a spill from the plant, which is inside the Baniyas oil refinery. [BBC]

¶ “Renewables Surge ‘Not Fast Enough For Net Zero’” • The world will fall far short of hitting the 2050 net zero ambition established by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to a report, DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook. The report made clear that this is true even if all new electricity generation capacity is from renewable resources. [reNEWS]

Assembling a wind turbine (Ørsted image)

¶ “China Curbs Coal-Fired Power Expansion, Giving Way To Renewables” • In the first half of this year, the government of China has chopped newly-approved coal-fired units by 78.8% to 5.2 GW as compared with the same period last year, the non-government environment organisation Greenpeace said in its latest research report. [Upstream Online]


¶ “Hurricane Ida: Two Killed In Mississippi Highway Collapse” • Two people were killed and at least 10 injured after a section of highway collapsed in Mississippi. At least seven vehicles were involved in the crash, about 36 miles (69 km) from Mobile, Alabama. Local authorities believe the collapse was caused by torrential rainfall as Hurricane Ida. [BBC]

Highway collapse (Mississippi Highway Patrol image)

¶ “Caldor Fire Prompts States Of Emergency In Nevada And California, With More Than 50,000 Told To Evacuate The Lake Tahoe Region” • The governors of California and Nevada have declared states of emergency because of the fast-moving Caldor Fire. Officials have told everyone in the city of South Lake Tahoe to get out. [CNN]

¶ “Walmart Offers New Delivery Systems And Autonomous EVs” • Walmart announced it will expand its last-mile delivery service to other clients, offering what it terms a “white label” logistics platform to outside merchants. This meets its competitors’ level and could also make it be a rival to FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service. [CleanTechnica]

Delivery vehicle (Gatik image)

¶ “More Chevy Bolt Battery Woes – GM Shuts Down Production” • General Motors has stopped making Chevy Bolts and laid off workers at its factory in Orion Township, Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reported that GM will keep that plant idle until it is confident LG Energy Solution can make a defect-free EV battery without a potential fire risk. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Invenergy Inks 127-MW Colorado PV PPA” • Invenergy and Guzman Energy have signed a 127-MW PPA for the Boutique Solar project currently in development in Montezuma County, Colorado. Boutique Solar is expected to generate more than $250,000 (€211,000) per year in local property taxes in addition to creating jobs. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Invenergy image)

¶ “Louisiana Assesses Major Damage To Power Grid From Ida” • The damage to Louisiana’s power grid from Hurricane Ida is so extensive that the US Coast Guard has joined the task of assessing the wreckage, a departure from its maritime security duties. More than 1 million homes and businesses along the US Gulf Coast are without power. [Reuters]

¶ “Cunningham: Energy Legislation Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Fights Climate Change” • The Illinois Senate passed legislation that sets an ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy for the state by 2050. It creates a firm schedule for closing coal, oil, and gas-based power plants. It provides short-term funding for old nuclear plants. [Illinois Senate Democratic]

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