Archive for September 13th, 2021

September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australia Is Shaping Up To Be The Villain Of COP26 Climate Talks” • If Australia’s allies were worried that the country might cause them problems at upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, the events of the past week should leave little doubt in their minds. Australia made clear that it plans to pursue a business-as-usual approach to the climate. [CNN]

Coal-burning plant in Victoria (Marcus Wong, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How 3D Printing Could Help Save Hong Kong’s Coral” • Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most biodiverse cities and boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean. But these corals are threatened by pollution and rapid urban development. One company says it has a solution: 3D-printed terracotta tiles designed to help corals grow and restore ocean life. [CNN]

¶ “NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Pushes Continued Climate Research And Aircraft Sustainability” • At a White House event, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson showed some of the progress his agency has made on combating climate change. He highlighted NASA’s bold plan to reduce aviation-related carbon emissions by over 3 billion gallons by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Earth from the Moon (NASA image)

¶ “How India’s Air Pollution Is Being Turned Into Floor Tiles” • Smog is a leading cause of ill health around the world, but one Indian inventor hopes to make it easier to breathe by scrubbing soot from the air and recycling it. He grew up with asthma that was made worse by pollution, and he hopes his invention can help ease the pollution problem. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Record Number Of Environmental Activists Murdered” • A record number of activists working to protect the environment and land rights were murdered last year, according to a report by Global Witness. There were 227 people killed around the world in 2020, the highest number recorded for a second consecutive year, the report said. [BBC]

Óscar Eyraud, killed in his home in Mexico (Mexicali Resiste)

¶ “States With The Most Renewables Have The Least Expensive Wholesale Electricity” • Wholesale electricity spot prices in the two Australian states with the most renewable energy generation, South Australia and Tasmania, are the lowest in the nation and have been for years. This is good news for anyone who prefers clean energy over dirty. [SolarQuotes]

¶ “Shell Oil Looks To Become A Leader In Electric Vehicle Charging” • Shell is rapidly becoming a major player in the UK charging market. It now offers charging at numerous petrol stations, and will soon have charging at 100 supermarkets. Shell also aims to install 50,000 on-street public charging points in the UK over the next four years. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S charging up at a Shell gas station (Shell image)

¶ “GE Secures Permit For UK Blade Factory” • GE Renewable Energy secured planning approval for its Teesside offshore wind blade manufacturing plant in north-east England. LM Wind Power will operate the facility which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter-long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE’s Haliade-X. [reNEWS]

¶ “UK To Offer £265 Million In Subsidies For Renewable Energy Developers” • Renewable energy developers will compete for a share in a £265 million pot as the government offers a milestone subsidy scheme later this year. Offshore wind farms are go get £200 million in funding, and £55 million will go to emerging renewable technologies. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind turbine (Grahame Jenkins, Unsplash)

¶ “China Opens First Plant That Will Turn Nuclear Waste Into Glass For Safer Storage” • China opened its first plant to turn radioactive waste into glass. The plant in Guangyuan in the province of Sichuan will be able to process several hundred cubic metres of high level radioactive waste each year, according to state media reports. [ABS-CBN News]

US:

¶ “Despite Climate Red Alert, Interior Department Moves On Gulf Lease Sale” • Despite clearly catastrophic climate change, the Interior Department decided to sell offshore leases of over 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico. It estimates the area will produce up to 1.1 billion barrels of oil and 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over 50 years. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil rig (Clyde Thomas, Unsplash)

¶ “What We Know So Far About The Democrats’ Big Spending Proposals” • Democrats in Congress are pushing ahead with a sweeping multi-trillion-dollar 10-year spending plan that marks the latest step in their drive to expand education, health care and childcare support, tackle the climate crisis and make further investments in infrastructure. [CNN]

¶ “Illinois Wind Feeds JPMorgan Chase” • Investment bank JPMorgan Chase is to buy 70% of the electricity from Algonquin Power & Utilities subsidiary Liberty’s 108-MW Shady Oaks 2 wind farm in Illinois. Shady Oaks 2 has 22 turbines generating 350,000 MWh per year. It is to supply about 14% of JPMorgan Chase’s global power needs. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “Alabama Will Get A Li-Cycle Battery Recycling Facility” • Li-Cycle announced plans to build a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Alabama. It will be its fourth planned commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility and will be in Tuscaloosa. Other facilities are planned for Kingston, Ontario; Rochester, New York; and Gilbert, Arizona. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 700 Solar Companies Ask For Stronger Solar Legislation From Congress” • Solar power now provides nearly half of new power capacity in the US. But coal and natural gas power plants need to be retired more quickly than they have been. Over 700 solar companies are asking for stronger action from Congress in support of solar power. [CleanTechnica]

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