September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Medium- And Heavy-Duty Vehicle Electrification 101” • To bring Americans better air and better health, we must transition to a fully zero-emission truck and bus fleet as soon as possible. How? By considering the need for charging infrastructure, costs of the vehicles, and getting help from utilities and supportive policies and programs. [CleanTechnica]

Mack Trucks electric garbage truck

¶ “Entergy Makes $11 Billion A Year But Failed To Protect Louisiana’s Power Grid During Ida – And Why” • Louisiana needs to embrace building microgrids and more distributed energy. However, Entergy is opposed to distributed energy, local renewable energy, and energy storage. In essence, it’s all about greed, money, and profits. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wind Energy Can Deliver A Vital Reduction To Global Warming” • Implementing advance wind energy scenarios could greatly reduce the growth in average atmospheric temperatures of global warming. The reduction would be of 0.3°C to 0.8°C by the end of the century, according to a report by researchers at Cornell University. [Newswise]

Wind farm (RawFilm, Unsplash)

¶ “Air Pollution: Even Worse Than We Thought – WHO” • Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization warned, as it reduces maximum safe levels of key pollutants such nitrogen dioxide. The WHO said an estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked to air pollution. [BBC]

World:

¶ “The Climate Can’t Wait For Electric Planes. Sustainable Fuel May Be The Answer” • More than 50 airlines, oil companies, and other companies, including Delta, BP, and Boeing, pledged to replace 10% of global jet fuel supply with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Experts say we can’t wait for electric planes to appear to address climate change. [CNN]

NASA X-57 Maxwell (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “Europe’s Gas Crisis Is Also A Renewables Crisis, But There Are Ready Solutions” • Europe has seen much higher prices for natural gas, has demand increased and wind power suffered from an unusually calm summer. EU politicians note in the crisis that reducing dependence on imported gas would mean reducing political dependence on Russia. [CNN]

¶ “More Zero Emissions Buses Are Coming To London And Mumbai” • While most of our attention here at CleanTechnica is on electric vehicles, the world’s public transportation systems are quietly moving forward with an EV revolution of their own. Here are two items that popped up in the world news during the past 24 hours. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus in London (BYD image)

¶ “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says The World Needs To ‘Grow Up’ And Deal With Climate Change” • Humanity needs to “grow up” and deal with the issue of climate change, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Johnson slammed the world’s inadequate response to the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy And Kalyon To Power Turkey With 1.3-GW Solar Projects” • GE Renewable Energy announced it was selected by Kalyon to deliver its FLEXINVERTER* solar power station technology for two phases of the Karapinar solar plant in Turkey. The 1,080-MW project is expected to be operating in December 2022. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “German Solarwatt Opens New Production Line In Dresden” • Germany’s Solarwatt opened a new production line for PV modules as part of a 100 million euro ($117 million) investment, as it promotes the convergence of the renewable power, smart home, heating, and e-mobility. The line will produce a million modules per year. [Yahoo Finance]

US:

¶ “US Solar Industry Writes Letter: Anonymous Tariff Proposal Could Devastate US Clean Energy And Climate Progress” • Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would wreck thousands of US solar companies and make the industry miss out on 18 GW of solar PV deployment by 2023, the Solar Energy Industries Association says. [CleanTechnica]

Solar technician (Gustavo Fring, Pexels)

¶ “Tesla Breaks Ground On Its First Megafactory For Megapacks” • The reported ground-breaking for the new Megafactory is great news for Tesla and its energy customers, as Megapacks are in high demand. Once Tesla is able to mass-produce Megapacks at a faster clip, we could see Tesla Energy become just as successful as its automotive side. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enlight Inks Power Purchase For 440-MW Arizona PV” • Enlight’s US solar subsidiary Clenera signed a power purchase agreement for the output from a 440-MW solar plant in Arizona. The 20-year PPA is with community-based energy utility SRP for the CO Bar Solar plant. The project is north-west of Flagstaff. It is due online in 2024. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Antonio Garcia, Unsplash)

¶ “Electrify America To Phase Out CHAdeMO In 2022” • Anxious and confused people are most often disinclined to embrace new technology. If we really want to turbocharge the EV revolution, we need to simplify the charging process. Pull in, plug in, charge up, and go. Electrify America must be reading my mind. It is simplifying charging. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Lawmakers Revisiting Ways To Encourage Renewable Energy Development” • Ohio lawmakers say they want to figure out ways to bring more renewable energy projects to the state after the old renewable energy credits were rolled back in the sweeping and tainted energy bill of 2019 that also bailed out nuclear plants. [The Statehouse News Bureau]

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