September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Honest Australian Government Ads And The Great Australian Coverup” • Here is a series of ads created to show the truth about the Australian government’s approach to climate change. Don’t watch them if you are easily offended. They are intelligent and honest, but full of Aussie bawdy humor and satire. Each ad is a few minutes long. (Videos) [CleanTechnica]

Honest government ad (Screenshot via Youtube)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Analysis: Electric Heavy-Duty Vehicle Powertrains Can Provide Lower Total Cost Of Ownership” • A report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examines the conditions for battery electric or fuel cell electric commercial trucks to offer economic advantages over diesel-fueled trucks. It looks into the total cost of ownership. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China’s Xi Jinping Promises To Halt New Coal Projects Abroad Amid Climate Crisis” • Chinese President Xi Jinping made a key climate pledge in a pre-recorded address to the UN General Assembly. China will not build any new coal-fired power projects abroad and will increase financial support for low-carbon energy projects in other developing countries. [CNN]

Xi Jinping speaking in 2017 (Voice of America, public domain)

¶ “COP 26: How Much Is The Developing World Getting To Fight Climate Change?” • President Biden promised to double the amount of money the US is providing to help poorer countries deal with climate change. In 2009, the developed world agreed it would provide $100 billion a year to help poorer countries by 2020, but it has fallen shy of that goal. [BBC]

¶ “EV Production In Germany Shows What An EV Revolution Looks Like” • German automakers produced 53,221 EVs in July of this year. That was 21.7% of the total number of cars produced in Germany that month. In March of 2020, just 6.8% of the new cars were EVs and in January of 2019, only 3.2% of new cars were EVs, Energy Monitor said. [CleanTechnica]

Rolling out EVs (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Adani Group Plans To Invest $20 Billion In Renewable Energy Sector” • Indian conglomerate Adani Group announced plans to invest $20 billion in renewable energy over the next ten years. Chairman Gautam Adani said the group will invest in renewable energy generation, component manufacturing, transmission and distribution. [Power Technology]

¶ “Able To Power 50,000 Homes, The ‘World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm’ Takes Another Step Forward” • Norway’s Statkraft said that a long-term purchasing agreement related to a floating offshore wind farm dubbed “the world’s largest” had started, in another step forward for the emerging renewable energy sector. The wind farm was recently completed. [CNBC]

Floating wind turbine (Statkraft image)

¶ “Iran Announces It Will Resume Vienna Nuclear Negotiations In Coming Weeks” • Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers should resume in the coming weeks, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman said during a visit to New York for the UN General Assembly. An agreement of 2015 was undone by Donald Trump. [The Times of Israel]

¶ “EDP Renewables Signs A 15-Year PPA For 297 MW Of Wind Power In Canada” • EDP Renewables has closed the agreement with TransCanada Energy to sell the green energy from its Shap Hills wind farm, avoiding estimated annual emissions of 700,000 tons of CO₂. With this new PPA, EDPR now has 400 MW of secured capacity in Canada. [Evwind]

Wind turbines (EDPR Canada)

US:

¶ “Tesla Megapack And Solar To Replace 562-MW New Mexico Coal Plant” • Tesla’s Megapack energy storage tech will be used to help New Mexico’s Public Service Company to replace a retiring 562-MW coal plant, the San Juan Generating Station. The coal plant is located near the San Juan Mine and produced power at $45/MWh in 2018 and 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bringing Reliable, Renewable Energy To The People Of Puerto Rico” • RMI and a set of partners formed the Puerto Rico Community Energy Resilience Initiative with a goal is to advance access to reliable and renewable energy for critical facilities in low-to-moderate income communities using solar plus storage microgrids. [CleanTechnica]

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Wei Zeng, Unsplash)

¶ “GM Says It Has Fixed The Chevy Bolt Battery Problem And New Cells Already In Production” • Good news. GM and LG say they have solved the battery cell manufacturing defect that led to several battery fires. LG stopped producing the cells in August, but resumed production recently. GM says it will begin replacing battery packs in October. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Appalachia Poised To Become Clean Energy Country” • In the clean energy transition, many fear that coal-dependent regions like Appalachia will lose out or be left behind. But RMI analysis challenges that assumption. It says Appalachia could be where the biggest economic benefit from the deployment of wind and solar projects happens in the next decade. [CleanTechnica]

Appalachia (Jenna Richardson, Pexels)

¶ “South Amboy Wind Energy Project Could Power Up To 1.4 Million Homes In NJ” • Rise Light & Power, based in Queens, New York, is planning to convert a Raritan Bay brownfield site contaminated by an oil-fired power plant into an offshore wind hub. The site could deliver enough power for up to 1.4 million homes in New Jersey. [MyCentralJersey.com]

¶ “Duke Energy Expanding Renewable Portfolio With First Wind Project In Iowa” • Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is working on its first wind farm in Iowa, the 207-MW Ledyard Windpower project. Verizon Communications Inc contracted to purchase 180 MW of the wind farm’s capacity under a 15-year power-purchase agreement. [The Business Journals]

Have a sustainably enriching day.

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