September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2021

World:

¶ “Air Pollution Is Cutting More Years From People’s Lives Than Smoking, War Or HIV/AIDS” • Air pollution is taking years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS, or war, a report shows. In India, air pollution reduces life expectancy an average of 5.9 years. [CNN]

Air pollution (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “The Unlikely Protector Against Bangladesh’s Rising Seas” • By 2050, up to 13.3 million Bangladeshis may become displaced due to climate change. A main problem is sea level rise. But there is a glimmer of hope visible amid the waves, as oyster-encrusted reefs glisten in the sun. These reefs could become a formidable defense against rising seas. [BBC]

¶ “Subaru To Introduce Battery Electric SUV In 2022” • Subaru announced its first battery EV will arrive in US showrooms in the middle of next year. The all-electric platform was developed jointly with Toyota, which owns a major chunk of Subaru. It is expected to be closely related to the production version of the Toyota bZ-4X concept car. [CleanTechnica]

Subaru electric SUV teaser (Subaru image)

¶ “Serbia Streamlines Rooftop Solar Permitting: No Permitting!” • Serbia is foregoing the lengthy, costly permits for rooftop solar panels altogether. If you buy some solar panels, you can have them installed and all is right with the world. One commenter said, “This is a U turn on regulations from close to impossible administration to zero paperwork.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hive Energy Team Targets 350 MW Of PV In New Zealand” • Hive Energy, Ethical Power, and Solar South West launched a new joint venture, HES Aotearoa, to develop up to 350 MW of solar assets in New Zealand. The three UK-based companies said they have complementary skills, so the JV is fully integrated in the whole solar development chain. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Sungrow EMEA, Unsplash)

¶ “Sweden’s Plugin EV Share Over 47% In August, Full Electrics At Record High 24%” • Sweden’s plugin electric vehicle market share hit 47.1% in August of 2021, up over 1.6 times its 29.0% in August of 2020. Full electric vehicles took a record high 24.1% share of new sales, slightly ahead of plugin hybrids, due to the country’s recent incentive adjustments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stiesdal ‘Hot Rocks’ Energy Storage Flagship To Power Up On Danish Island Of Lolland” • The flagship of an innovative ‘hot rocks’ energy storage system concept under development by Stiesdal Storage Technologies is to be set up with power and fibre-optic group Andel on Lolland, a renewables-rich island off Denmark in the Baltic Sea. [Recharge News]

CGI of Stiesdal’s GridScale energy storage facility (SST image)

¶ “Australia’s Long-Awaited Offshore Wind Legislation Has Landed” • Australia could become an offshore wind superpower, with new jobs and economic opportunities, after years of waiting for the federal government to open the door to this booming global industry. An offshore wind bill has finally been presented in Parliament. [Climate Council]

US:

¶ “Coming Hours Are Make Or Break For Lake Tahoe Resort City, Fire Officials Say” • Firefighters have been able to make some headway against the Caldor Fire around South Lake Tahoe, and the popular California tourist town may, with luck, be spared from flames, if conditions on Wednesday night remain favorable, a fire official said. [CNN]

Wildfire in California (Missvain, USDA, public domain)

¶ “New York City Declares State Of Emergency Over ‘Brutal Flooding'” • A state of emergency was declared in New York City after it was hit by record rainfall and flash flooding by Tropical Storm Ida. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was “enduring an historic weather event” with “brutal flooding” and “dangerous conditions” on the roads. [BBC]

¶ “US Charging Networks Getting More Connected” • In recent months, four of the biggest and most user-friendly EV charging networks linked up in order to make EV charging much simpler and easier. Greenlots members can now use ChargePoint, EV Connect, and FLO charging stations via roaming agreements the companies made. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Image courtesy of FLO)

¶ “Fifty-Four Members Of Congress (All Democrats) Push For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies” • In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer this week, 54 members of Congress called for an end to over $120 billion in tax handouts to the fossil fuel industry. The letter follows a proposal by President Joe Biden. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “LA City Council Votes To Have City Transition to 100% Renewable Energy By 2035” • The Los Angeles City Council voted to have the Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the country, transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035, as well as develop a long-term hiring plan for nearly 10,000 “green” jobs. [MyNewsLA.com]

Los Angeles (Cameron Venti, Unsplash)

¶ “Signal Energy Completes Texas Clean Renewable Energy Project” • Signal Energy, an EPC contractor based in Tennessee, has completed construction of the 418-MW Juno Solar Project in Borden County, Texas. The project was delivered on time and is producing enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Exelon Threatens Nuclear Plant Closure After Springfield Energy Deal Falters” • The operator of three Illinois nuclear plants facing potential closure said that Illinois lawmakers must act on an energy omnibus package in less than two weeks to avoid having the Byron plant being taken offline permanently on September 13. [WBEZ]

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