September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “New York City Was Never Built To Withstand A Deluge Like The One Ida Delivered – It Showed” • When the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped more than 7 inches of rain on parts of New York City, officials and meteorologists seemed stunned by the devastating flooding that ensued. But Scientists have been warning about this for years. [CNN]

Closed subway station (Kches16414, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “How To Raise Revenue Quickly: End Fossil Fuel Handouts” • After a century of waste and mismanagement, the House Natural Resources Committee has released a budget proposal that would end a slew of harmful handouts to the fossil fuel industry, protect publicly owned resources, and raise significant new revenues for US taxpayers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Investing In More Nuclear Power Can’t Be Our Solution To Climate Change” • No one has figured out how to safely dispose of deadly nuclear waste. Yet, to combat the climate crisis, the US and the world propose to create more by extending the lives of old nuclear plants and building new ones. Have we not learned anything from Chernobyl and Fukushima? [Patch]

Nuclear power plant (Pixabay, Pexels)

World:

¶ “More Than 230 Journals Warn 1.5°C Of Global Warming Could Be Catastrophic For Health” • Human health is already being harmed by the climate crisis, and the impacts could become catastrophic and irreversible unless governments do much more to address global warming, the editors of over 230 medical journals said in a joint editorial. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla May Receive €1.14 Billion Grant For German Battery Factory” • According to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, Tesla is in line to receive a €1.14 billion ($1.35 billion) grant from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to help build a new battery factory adjacent to its factory in Grünheide, near Berlin. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory in Germany (Tesla image)

¶ “Sixteen Countries Now Over 10% Plugin Vehicle Share, 6 Over 20%” • The plugin electric vehicle market has taken off in the past year, largely thanks to the EU requiring automakers to sell more EVs or pay big fines. All of a sudden, car makers have discovered that consumers will indeed buy millions of EVs if you produce them and market them well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Decade Of Wind, Solar, And Nuclear In China Shows Clear Scalability Winners” • China surprised the world in 2020, as it deployed 72 GW of wind energy, a world record for a single country, and 48 GW of solar capacity, over 50% more than the previous year. Meanwhile, exactly zero nuclear reactors were commissioned in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in Inner Mongolia (Steven Buss, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “UK Energy Regulator Supports Vehicle-To-Grid Proposal” • Recently, Ofgem, the independent energy regulator for the UK, has unveiled a proposed new policy that would expand the availability of vehicle-to-grid technology in the UK. The policy would allow EV drivers to sell the energy stored in their car batteries back to the grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Korea To Diversify Utilization Of Animal Manure For Developing Efficient Biogas” • South Korea will embark on a state project to develop an efficient method of utilizing manure for such renewable resources as biogas. Biogas, largely consisting of methane, can be used as fuel for vehicles and such equipment as power plant turbines. [Aju Business Daily]

Cow (Flash Dantz, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change Means Australia May Have To Abandon Much Of Its Farming” • The findings of the IPCC suggest Australia may have to jettison tracts of the bush unless there is massive funding for climate-change adaptation and planning. Even if emissions are curtailed, Australia likely faces billions of dollars of costs for adaptation of rural communities. [Business Line]

¶ “Climate Change Pushes New Zealand To Warmest Recorded Winter” • For the three months through August, the average temperature was 9.8°C (50°F), according to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. That’s 1.3°C above the long-term average and 0.2°C higher than the previous record posted last year. [CNBCTV18]

New Zealand (Aneta Foubíková, Pexels)

¶ “Mediclinic Walks The Talk, Forging $152 Million Renewable Energy Deal” • Mediclinic International, a private hospital group, is putting action behind its sustainable development strategy and walking the talk. It announced that its Southern African division had entered a $152 million deal to buy renewable electricity from Energy Exchange of Southern Africa. [IOL]

US:

¶ “NASA Begins Air Taxi Flight Testing With Joby” • NASA has begun flight testing Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Joby’s Electric Flight Base near Big Sur, California. It is the first time that NASA will test an eVTOL aircraft as part of its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. The tests will run to September 10. [CleanTechnica]

Joby’s eVTOL aircraft (Joby Aviation image)

¶ “US Civic Group Urges Transition To Renewable Energy Amid Frequent Natural Disasters” • The US must switch to renewable energy sources to protect communities across the country, which suffer from climate-related natural disasters that are becoming more frequent and deadly, the executive director of a civic group based in Louisiana told Sputnik. [Urdupoint.com]

¶ “Frustration With Power Outages Grows As Entergy Promises More Restorations Soon” • Entergy Louisiana’s CEO called Ida one of the utility’s most destructive storms ever. “Incredibly, the number of poles damaged or destroyed is already more than we saw in Louisiana from Katrina, Zeta, and Delta combined, by a large margin,” Phillip May said. [WWL-TV]

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