September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Truth New York City Cannot Avoid” • Four days after it hit New Orleans, at least 13 New Yorkers died when Hurricane Ida’s remnants hit the Big Apple, more than 1,300 miles away. So far, New York City has more fatalities reported than all of Louisiana. Climate change is scrambling all our assumptions for weather, resiliency, and emergency preparedness. [CNN]

Long Island Expressway (Tommy Gao, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Ida’s Reminder That Climate Policy Should Be Built On Resilience, Not Delusion” • Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, New York City’s preparedness for an aftershock from Hurricane Ida seemed less than impressive. This was not the only time something like this has happened recently. Part of the subway was flooded by Hurricane Elsa. [National Review]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Nearly 30% Of 138,000 Assessed Species Face Extinction, Group Warns” • In its annual Red List update, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned that 28% of the 138,374 species identified on its “survival watchlist” as under threat have now been moved to the more dangerous “red list,” meaning they are at high risk of extinction. [CNN]

Siberian Tiger (Dave Pape, released into the public domain)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Has 25.5% Of BEV Sales In Denmark, Volkswagen Group 40.9%!” • Electric vehicle sales are booming in Europe, especially in some northerly nations. Denmark isn’t the largest or hottest auto market in the world, but its electric vehicle (BEV) sales are good and growing fast. In the first seven months of the year, VW had 25.5% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IEEFA Says New Coal Power Plants In India Will Become Stranded Assets” • The Institute For Energy Economics And Financial Analysis says India is hell bent on building a fleet of new coal-fired generating stations, with 33 GW currently under construction and another 29 GW in pre-construction. The IEEFA says all will be stranded assets. [CleanTechnica]

Indian coal-burning plant (Epagemakerwiki, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Germany Hit Record 27.6% Plugin EV Share In August, And There’s More To Come” • Germany saw plugin electric vehicle share jump to a record 27.6% in August, more than doubling from the same month last year. Non-electrified combustion vehicle share fell to a record low 53.2% in an overall auto market that was down some 38% from 2019 levels [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gone With The Wind: Why UK Firms Could Miss Out On The Offshore Boom” • Boris Johnson set out plans to add 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The GMB trade union warned that the UK risks squandering a major economic benefit by allowing many of the components of its offshore wind boom to be made in Asia. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind turbines (Reegan Fraser, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Opt-Out Community Choice Solar For Upstate New York” • Several communities in upstate New York are now part of an opt-out community choice program that will allow their residents to enjoy clean, emissions-free energy and lower utility bills. Opt-out means that everyone is enrolled in the program unless they want to pay extra for dirty power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Houston-Based Quanta Services To Acquire Renewable Energy Infrastructure Co For $2.7 Billion” • Quanta Services, based in Houston, announced that it is to acquire Blattner Holding Company, which provides support for utility-scale renewable energy developers. At closing, Quanta will pay roughly $2.7 billion for Blattner. [BIC Magazine]

Power lines (Quanta Services Courtesy Photo)

¶ “New Mexico’s Key Environmental Regulators Seek Budget Bumps To Fund Climate Change Efforts” • About a third of New Mexico’s budget has come from oil and gas production in recent years. But renewables recently began growing in importance as the state government seeks to diversify the state’s economy and curb pollution. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “How McLean County Wind Farms Contribute To Renewable Energy Push” • McLean County’s wind farms have churned out enough energy to power more than 250,000 homes while raking in millions of dollars in property taxes to the Illinois county. About 65% of those taxes, $38.3 million, have funded some local school districts since 2007. [The Pantagraph]

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