September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Master Roadmap Guides Industries To Invest In Low-Cost, Low-Energy Ways To Recycle Wastewater And Treat Salt Water” • In the US, the National Alliance for Water Innovation published a master roadmap to help guide future technology investments to help keep crops watered, livestock well-fed, and people provided with water. [CleanTechnica]

Irrigation ditch in Colorado (Jeffrey Beall, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Tesla Is Building An Energy Trading Team” • Tesla does more than EVs, batteries, and solar panels. It is also making moves to become an energy company. It recently applied to be an energy supplier in the UK and in Texas. And now, according to Reuters, it is looking to build an energy trading team based on a post found on LinkedIn. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climeworks Direct Carbon Capture Facility Goes Live In Iceland” • Climeworks, a Swiss startup, proposes to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Its first test facility, called Orca, is now operational on a lava flow in southwest Iceland. The installation is expected to capture 4000 metric tons of CO₂ annually at a cost of around $800 a ton. [CleanTechnica]

Climeworks Orca facility (Climeworks image)

¶ “Revised Renewable Targets And Auction Mechanism To Drive Renewable Market In India” • According to GlobalData’s latest report on the Indian power market, its renewable power capacity is expected to increase from 91.4 GW in 2020 to 310.9 GW in 2030, with an impressive Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 13% during the decade. [Power Technology]

¶ “Audi Ur Quattro Gets Million-Dollar All-Electric Rebirth” • A company called ELegend is bringing the Audi Ur Quattro back, electric-style. There’s more to this car than old-school looks and big-time modern power. Clever design choices abound. One detail that no one will miss, however, is the price tag, which is over $1 million. [CleanTechnica] (Excuse?)

ELegend EV (Elegend)

¶ “NSW Can ‘Absolutely’ Stop Using Coal Power By 2030, Energy Minister Says” • New South Wales can “absolutely” stop using coal power by 2030, the state’s energy and environment minister has said. He declared the state will not appeal a landmark court judgment ruling that regulators must do more to protect it from the climate crisis. [The Guardian]

¶ “RWE Hails 525-MW German Offshore Win” • RWE is toasting success in the latest German offshore wind auction which saw the company secure two sites totaling 525 MW. In the North Sea, RWE won the lease for a project with a capacity of up to 225 MW. The company also won a second site in the Baltic Sea with a potential capacity of 300 MW. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)


¶ “House Lawmakers Release Early Details Of Program That Would Overhaul Electricity Sector And Reduce Fossil Fuel Emissions” • Lawmakers in the House released early details of a clean electricity program, which Democrats say would reduce fossil fuel emissions by moving the US electric grid to 80% clean energy, like solar and wind. [CNN]

¶ “Democrats’ Clean Electricity Program Would Create Nearly Eight Million Jobs By 2031, Analysis Shows” • A report by the independent firm Analysis Group finds that if Congress passes a $150 billion Clean Electricity Payment Program, it would cause the US workforce to grow by 7.7 million new jobs and add nearly $1 trillion to the economy by 2031. [CNN]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Louisiana Areas Hardest-Hit By Hurricane Ida Need A Fundamental Change In How They’re Protected, Official Says” • Louisiana officials are discussing new ways to safeguard areas outside the state’s flood protection system that suffered severe destruction from Hurricane Ida’s landfall. In Jefferson Parish, up to 50% of the houses were destroyed. [CNN]

¶ “This Summer Tied The Dust Bowl For The Hottest On Record In US” • The summer of 2021, which produced numerous extreme weather and climate disasters, was also the hottest on record in the US, tying with the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, according to the NOAA. The average temperature was 2.6°F above the 20th-century average. [CNN]

Dust storm in Texas, 1935 (George E. Marsh Album, NOAA)

¶ “New York Governor Signs Bill Bill Banning Sale Of ICE Vehicles After 2035” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation banning the sale of passenger cars and light duty trucks with infernal combustion engines by 2035. This makes New York the second US state to ban conventional cars and trucks, after California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enel Greens American Football Stadium” • Enel Green Power North America is working with Kraft Sports and Entertainment to ensure that all New England Patriots’ American football games in the 2021 season at the Gillette Stadium are more sustainable with clean energy. Enel will supply the stadium with clean energy through renewable energy credits [reNEWS]

Gillette Stadium (Enel image)

¶ “US Duo Sign 120-MW Solar-Plus-Storage PPA” • Hoosier Energy and Clenera affiliate Rustic Hills Solar signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for electricity from a 120-MW solar+storage project. Rustic Hills will occupy about 640 acres (259 hectares) of private land in Warrick County, Indiana. It is expected to be operating in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “House Passes Energy Bill With Labor, Environmental Groups On Board” • The Illinois House approved an energy regulation and decarbonization bill, a big step forward for a wide-ranging omnibus bill that had eluded lawmakers for some time. The bill also provides more than $600 million over five years to three struggling nuclear plants. [Illinois Newsroom]

Have an endlessly amusing day.

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