September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Akio Toyoda Would Rather Die Than Adapt” • Akio Toyoda, grandson of the founder of Toyota, is in full frontal assault mode on proposals by Japan’s government to reduce CO₂ emissions by transitioning to EVs. He is not just Toyota’s CEO, he is also the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association’s chairman, so he has a lot of clout. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota Mirai (Toyoda image)

¶ “Latest UN Climate Report Is ‘Grim And Alarming'” • A report, United In Science 2021, prepared by the World Meteorological Organization in conjunction with the IPCC, the United Nations Environment Program, UNESCO, and several other groups, paints a dire picture of a planet that is rapidly overheating due to human activity. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tech Students Unveil Solar-Powered Camper/Tiny House” • Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has a well deserved reputation for cultivating bright, inquisitive students. Their latest success is named Stella Vita (“star life,” if you remember your Latin), a tiny house on wheels powered entirely by the sun. [CleanTechnica]

Stella Vita (Eindhoven University of Technology)

World:

¶ “More Than 200 Companies Joined A Pledge To Hit Net-Zero Carbon By 2040” • More than 200 companies, including Twitter, Salesforce, and Procter & Gamble, signed a climate pledge that aims to reduce their carbon emissions over the next two decades. The project is part of a collaboration between Amazon and the advocacy group Global Optimism. [CNN]

¶ “Poland Ordered To Pay A $580,000 Fine For Each Day It Continues Operating A Controversial Coal Mine” • Poland is to pay a €500,000 ($586,000) fine for each day it takes coal from an open-pit mine near the Czech and German borders, Europe’s top court ruled. The KWB Turów mine supplies power to around 2.3 million Polish households. [CNN]

Turów mine (Wolkenkratzer, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Government Should Have Moved Earlier To Low-Carbon, Say Industry Experts” • Renewable energy and low-carbon heating could do much to alleviate gas supply problems of the future. They could have done much already to reduce the impact of soaring gas prices, if the government had acted sooner to shift UK markets, energy experts say. [The Guardian]

¶ “Why Is There A CO₂ Shortage And How Will It Hit Food Supplies?” • When two large UK fertilizer factories stopped work because of soaring wholesale gas prices, they also stopped producing CO₂, a by-product. This means there has been a cut of 60% of the UK’s food-grade CO₂ supply. And CO₂ has many different uses for food. [BBC]

Empty shelves (Martijn Baudoin, Unsplash)

¶ “EDP Renewables, TC Energy Sign Power Agreement For Alberta Wind Farm” • EDP Renewables Canada Ltd and TC Energy Corp have executed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 100% of the output of the 297-MW Sharp Hills Wind Farm, near the hamlets of Sedalia and New Bridgen, in the province of Alberta. [North American Windpower]

¶ “BP Gambles Big On Fast Transition From Oil To Renewables” • Oil major BP agreed to sell a third of its majority stake in a very profitable project earlier this year. The deal exemplifies a larger strategy to liquidate the company’s fossil-fuel assets to raise cash for investments in renewable-energy projects that BP concedes won’t make money for years. [Reuters]

Lightsource BP solar farm (Press release image)

¶ “Uniper And Ørsted Form Partnership For Offshore Wind-To-Hydrogen In Germany” • Ørsted and Uniper, a power producer and gas trader, formed a partnership with to develop combined offshore wind and hydrogen projects in Germany. One plant is expected to have a capacity of 70 MW in 2025, to be expanded to 410 MW by 2030. [Offshore Wind]

US:

¶ “Taco Bell Wants To Recycle Your Old Fire Sauce Packets” • Taco Bell has set aside millions of dollars to make sure those little Mild, Hot, and Fire sauce packets you get with your takeout order don’t end up in landfills. You laugh? To be fair, I laughed, too. Then I learned that some 8 million pounds of the things end up in landfills every year. [CleanTechnica]

Plastic packet (Image courtesy Taco Bell)

¶ “Governor Hochul Announces New Green Energy Projects” • Governor Kathy Hochul proposed new initiatives to increase the state’s reliance on renewable energy and combat climate change that brought a brutal storm this month and flooded New York City. Also, two transmission line contracts were awarded to bring power to the city. [New York Post]

¶ “Harley-Davidson S1 Mosh/Tribute E-Bike Goes On Sale This Year” • This week, Harley-Davidson has unveiled its Serial 1 Mosh/Tribute, an e-bike that faithfully evokes the look of the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1903, forever enshrined in company lore as Serial 1. It has all the thoughtful touches that are true to the Serial 1 original. [CleanTechnica]

Serial 1 Mosh/Tribute electric bike (Harley-Davidson image)

¶ “Ørsted Completes Muscle Shoals Solar Project In Alabama” • Ørsted continues to expand its solar footprint in the US and has completed the 227 MW Muscle Shoals solar project in Alabama. Sited in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area, the project has a long-term PPA with TVA and will support a new Facebook data center. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Ahead Of Schedule” • The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed seven years ago, and the decommissioning process is still going on. Northstar, which specializes in the work, took ownership of plant in January of 2019. It is now over a third of the way through the project, the Northstar CEO Scott State said. [WCAX]

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