September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Why Are E-Bikes Taking Off In North America While Electric Motorcycles Stagnate?” • It used to be that there were bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles, with fairly bright lines between these categories, but electrification is making a mess of all that, both practically and legally. There are now reasons why people prefer bicycles over motorcycles. [CleanTechnica]

E-bike (Gotrax, Unsplash)

¶ “A Federal Clean Energy Standard Would Build On Decades Of State Experience” • Starting with Iowa, thirty states have already set clean-energy goals. Their successes in meeting the goals, and proving critics wrong, are the seeds for a national standard. A new series of stories from Audubon investigates the industry at this crucial time. [National Audubon Society]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Lithium-Sulfur, Lithium-Carbon – Batteries Have Come A Long Way, Baby” • Ready for some battery tech news? Both Lyten and MAHLE have announced new battery technology breakthroughs, and neither is some pie-in-the-sky laboratory experiment. Both promise lower costs, faster charging, and reduced flammability. [CleanTechnica]

Lyten lithium-sulfur batteries (Lyten image)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Giants Pan ‘Coalkeeper Policy’ As Ministers Meet” • Representatives of some of Australia’s most prominent renewable energy companies are united in criticism of an Energy Security Board proposal that consumers pay such conventional generators as coal and gas power plants for their electricity plus an added fee for their capacity. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Sleeping Beauty’s Forest Is Dying. It’s Not The Only Climate Crisis Facing Germany’s Next Chancellor” • The forests around Sababurg Castle are dying because of climate change and the invasive species it is driving. The climate is an important issue in the election, the first in 16 years that won’t feature Chancellor Angela Merkel. [CNN]

Damaged spruce forest in the Harz (Fährtenleser, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Gas Crisis Leaves Europe Searching For Solutions” • In Europe, consumers are facing a steep rise in energy bills, and governments are scrambling to help. The crisis has highlighted the difficulty for Europeans in funding the move to renewable energy. Here, five correspondents explain how different countries are responding. [BBC]

¶ “SA Mines To Invest In Massive 2 GW Of Renewable Energy” • South African mining companies plan to invest in 2 GW of supplementary renewable energy, as Eskom can’t meet the industry’s energy demand, according to Minerals Council of South Africa CEO Roger Baxter. The industry is also considering alternative fuels such as hydrogen. [News24]

Wind turbines (Mainstream Renewables image)

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Energy Compact Signed By IRENA And GWEC” • The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Global Wind Energy Council announced an agenda to ensure sustainable energy for all while helping in the war against climate change. It seeks a great increase in the share of offshore wind energy by 2030. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Polish Copper Giant Signs Deal With US Company For Small Nuclear Reactors” • Polish copper giant KGHM signed an MOU with NuScale Power for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants. “The changes in the climate are forcing us to take decisive action,” said the president of the KGHM management board. [EURACTIV.com]

KGHM copper works (Krzychu6, placed into the public domain)

US:

¶ “Mercedes EQS Starting Price Is Lower Than Gas S-Class Starting Price” • Mercedes just exploded the myth that EVs are more expensive than their gas-powered equivalents. It released pricing and specifications for the EQS coming to the US next year. The starting price for the EQS is much below that of the fuel-burning S-Class. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Reveals Details Of Its Ultium Electric Motors” • We have heard a lot about the Ultium batteries GM is manufacturing with its partner, LG Energy Solution, at a new factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Ultium is actually GM’s name for its entire EV platform that will be the basis for all of its electric cars going forward. Here is a look at the motors. [CleanTechnica]

GM Ultium motors (GM image)

¶ “Forecast: US Hydropower Generation To Decline 14% In 2021 Due To Drought” • In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration forecast that electricity generation from US hydropower plants will be 14% lower in 2021 than in 2020. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions in the West are driving the decline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DuPont Signs 135-MW Wind VPPA In US” • Chemicals giant DuPont has signed a virtual power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources for 135 MW of wind energy in Texas. The VPPA will deliver about 528,000 MWh of electricity per year from the Appaloosa Run project, which is to be operational by the end of 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (NextEra image)

¶ “What Can NH Learn From A Little Island With A Lot Of Renewable Energy?” • About 10 miles off New Hampshire’s coast, there’s a little island that could be a snapshot of what our future on the mainland might look like when it comes to renewable energy. Appledore Island has a microgrid largely powered by the sun and wind. [NH Business Review]

¶ “Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Is Reviewing Plant Deconstruction And Waste Disposal” • The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel has been holding a series of meetings reviewing the deconstruction of the former Vermont Yankee nuclear facility and long-term storage of its waste. [WAMC]

Have an indubitably capital day.

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