September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Moving From Pain To Gain On Climate Solutions” • Since the Paris climate conference in 2015, the cost of renewable energy has fallen to below that of coal. But it’s not just economics. There are also gains for the environment, health, and energy security and access. There is no longer a trade-off between development and climate mitigation. [CleanTechnica]

Near Lake Placid (Alex Shutin, Unsplash)

¶ “Exxon Helped Cause The Climate Crisis. It’s Time They Paid Up” • Fossil fuel companies bear much of the responsibility for humanity’s climate predicament – and for finding a way out. Our planetary house is on fire, and these companies have literally supplied the fuel. Worse, they lied about it for decades to blunt public awareness and policy reform. [The Nation]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ford And BMW Plan To Begin Testing Solid Power Batteries In 2022” • Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power, told TechCrunch that his company wants to be a leader in solid state electrolytes that replace lithium-ion batteries today. Ford and BMW have both invested in Solid Power, they will be the first companies to use them in actual EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Solid Power battery cells (Solid Power image)

World:

¶ “Short Of Gas, Wind, And Power: How A Perfect Storm Is Roiling The World’s Energy Market” • On Wednesday, two UK fertilizer plants announced that they would be shutting down production indefinitely. The reason they cited was not declining business or heavy tax burdens, but the cost of a precipitous rise in European gas prices. [Fortune]

¶ “Will This European Capital Ban Cars?” • As Paris, the City of Light, slowly begins to emerge from nationwide lockdowns, some politicians and officials are considering closing many of the capital’s streets to cars in order to improve air pollution and traffic congestion. Pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation would be prioritized over cars. (Video) [BBC]

Paris (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Plugin Electric Vehicles Get 28% Market Share In Germany In August!” • The German plugin vehicle battery EVs growing faster (+80% year over year ) than plug-in hybrids (+43%). There was a significant fall in the overall market (-23%). That means sales are falling off a cliff for petrol sales (-42%) and even more so diesel sales (-51%). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE Installs Final Triton Knoll Turbine” • RWE has installed the final turbine at the 857-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the east coast of Lincolnshire, England. The project features 90 Vestas 9.5-MW machines. It remains on track to complete turbine commissioning in 2021 and achieve project completion in 2022, the company said. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (RWE image)

¶ “Clean Energy Prospects Beyond The 100-GW Milestone” • Today, India is a global powerhouse of renewable energy. Despite the covid pandemic, steady growth has helped us cross the 100 GW target of installed capacity (excluding large hydro projects). This is a momentous achievement for India as well as the world, as it helps reduce our CO₂ emissions. [Mint]

¶ “Scotland’s Green Energy Sector ‘Held Back’ By UK Grid Charges, MPs Conclude” • Scotland’s renewable energy sector is being held back by UK grid connection charges, cross-party groups of MPs concluded. The Scottish green power industry is at a disadvantage compared to the sectors in England and Wales which pay no fees or lower fees. [The National]

Whitelee wind farm (Rosser1954, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “House Lawmakers Launch Investigation Into Climate Crisis Disinformation By Fossil Fuel Industry” • The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced it is to investigate fossil fuel industry disinformation on the climate crisis. The committee invited the heads of six oil companies and lobbying groups to testify before it next month. [CNN]

¶ “White House Economists Say A Clean Energy Transition Will Lower Consumer Costs” • In a blog post shared first with CNN, White House economists argue that President Joe Biden’s climate agenda will not only cut carbon emissions but also bring down costs for consumers by increasing energy efficiency and cutting electricity costs. [CNN]

Wind turbines in Idaho (ENERGY.GOV, public domain)

¶ “Lucid Air Dream Edition Gets 520 Mile EPA Range Rating” • If you want the electric car with the longest range, plunk down $169,000 for a Lucid Air Dream Edition, which the EPA says has a range of 520 miles. That’s an extra hundred miles or so more than its nearest rival, the Tesla Model S Long Range, which costs a mere $89,900. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Fires: General Sherman And Other Sequoias Given Blankets” • Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California’s world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world’s biggest trees, within hours. [BBC]

Trees in Sequoia National Park (Josh Carter, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Adding 450 Manufacturing Jobs To Meet Demand For F-150 Lightning” • Interest in the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is exceeding Ford’s wildest dreams. The company is adding 450 workers at three factories in Michigan to make sure it can meet demand. Ford also has upped its annual production goal to 80,000 units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pilgrim’s Progress: The Pace Of Decommissioning Plymouth’s Nuclear Plant Picks Up” • Just before Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts is expected to reach a milestone. All the radioactive fuel from nearly half a century of operation will be removed from the reactor building and stored in special steel and cement casks. [WBUR]

Have a satisfyingly magnificent day.

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