September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2021


¶ “Why Did 200 Bitcoin Miners And Oil & Gas Execs Just Have A Secret Meeting In Houston?” • Bitcoin uses massive amounts of energy. To grows, bitcoin needs to find more and more energy, all around the world, keeping dirty power alive. Recently, 200 bitcoin miners and Oil & Gas execs reportedly met in a private setting in Houston, Texas. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Pixabay, Pexels, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cheaper Hydrogen Production” • Electrolytic hydrogen produced by renewable energy is seen as an environmentally friendly means to ameliorate climate change. A research team has introduced a novel and inexpensive material for electrodes that may provide for highly efficient, energy-saving hydrogen production. [ScienceDaily]

¶ “We Finally Know Why Icy Plumes Flare Ahead Of Deadly Supercell Storms” • Just before a severe thunderstorm produces a tornado, high winds, or hailstones, a plume of ice and water billows up above the top of the storm. Scientists now think they know why. Their research has implications for warning systems and for climate change. [ScienceAlert]

Plumes forming above a thunderstorm (NASA image)

¶ “How Can Scientists Predict the Future: The Importance of Climate Models” • Part of a scientist’s work in our disinformation environment is to persuade the public about how science works. Accurate, measured projections about the future are a necessary part of that. Accurate predictions about the climate depend on climate models. [Nature World News]


¶ “XPeng P7 Tops China EV Startup Sales Chart In August – By Far” • It is interesting to see the EV sales competition among Chinese EV startups. No other country has as many competitive, successful, fast-blooming EV startups as China. I can’t even name them all. The most interesting ones for me, and many others, are XPeng and NIO. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mining And Steel Company ArcelorMittal Plans $9 Billion Renewable Energy Investment In India” • ArcelorMittal, a huge mining and steel making company, announced plans to develop renewable energy assets in India. A 2.6 billion, 4.5-GW solar park in Rajasthan was proposed, reports say, and it may invest $6.8 billion in Gujarat. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Legislation Will Require All New Homes To Have EV Chargepoints” • If pending UK legislation becomes law, all new homes built will include EV charging. New non-residential buildings will need to provide charging infrastructure per every five parking spaces. And other existing non-residential buildings are to have charge points. [CleanTechnica]

Devonshire Street, London (Philafrenzy, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “How A Revolutionary North Sea Green Energy Boom Will Trigger A Goldrush And Transform Scotland’s Debate On Independence” • Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, a $15.4 billion gas infrastructure company, is working to make Snam transition from gas to green hydrogen. There are implications for Scottish independence. [The Herald]

¶ “Renewable Energy Increasingly Competitive to Coal” • A new report confirms the competitiveness of renewable energy sources and calls for a global shift away from coal. Renewable energy could save emerging countries around $156 billion. According to the IRENA report, the cost of renewable energy continues to drop dramatically. [Gilmore Health News]

Coal power plant (Wim van ‘t Einde, Unsplash)

¶ “Secretary Granholm And Minister Puri Relaunch The US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership” • Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri held a ministerial meeting of the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, building on decades of energy cooperation. [Department of Energy]


¶ “Energy Secretary Visits NH Solar Project; Touts Infrastructure Bill” • Energy Secretary Granholm came to New Hampshire to talk about renewable energy and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in August. A recent DOE report found that solar energy could power 40% of the country’s electric energy by 2035. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Visit to New Hampshire (Mara Hoplamazian, NHPR)

¶ “Member Co-Op Blasts ‘Hotel California’ Contracts With Regional Power Provider” • An electric cooperative wrangling with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association over local control and getting off coal has issued a public statement that it and fellow cooperatives still need the power supplier. Just not in its current form. [The Denver Post]

¶ “PG&E Rate Hike Approved To Pay For Diablo Canyon Power Plant Shutdown” • PG&E energy bills will see a small increase next year as the utility implements a rate hike to help pay for the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo. The California Public Utilities Commission okayed the increase. []

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