September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “When It Comes To Cutting Carbon Emissions, The Real Estate Industry Is Running Out Of Time” • For those in the real estate sector, concern about the climate always seemed to be less about the cause and more about events that put property portfolios at risk. Many in the industry have yet to admit that buildings are as responsible for carbon as cars. [CNN]

Air pollution (Photoholgic, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “LNG Trucks as Bad for the Climate as Diesel, On-Road Tests Find” • Trucks powered by liquified natural gas are no better for the climate than conventional diesel trucks, new independent tests indicate. Transport & Environment, which commissioned the on-road tests, said only zero-emissions trucks should be given support by lawmakers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Will Bring More Transportation Problems – Unitsky String Technologies Has A Solution” • Storms, floods, ice, snow, and strong winds make travel hazardous. Unfortunately, climate change increases weather-related disruptions. Unitsky String Technologies has a solution to many of the transportation problems related to weather. [CleanTechnica]

Models of string transport (Unitsky String Technologies image)

World:

¶ “Car Industry Dirty Tricks Seek to Derail Tough EU Emissions Standards” • The European car industry is using aggressive lobbying and making unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to derail EU plans to cut pollution from road transport, according to a briefing paper published last week by the campaign group Transport & Environment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Goldman Sachs Cuts China Growth Forecast Over Power Outages” • Goldman Sachs cut its growth forecast for China, as the country struggles with energy shortages. It expects China’s economy to expand by 7.8% this year, down from its previous 8.2%. Environmental controls, supply constraints, and soaring prices caused the power shortages. [BBC]

Transmission pylons (mayanming, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “UK Government Supports JDR North-East Expansion” • Offshore wind cabling manufacturer JDR Cable Systems is to receive funding from the UK government, securing 440 jobs in the north-east of England. JDR will open a new subsea cable manufacturing facility in Northumberland. The initial project investment is estimated at £130 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “Plugin Vehicles Hit 22% Market Share In Europe In August!” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market is staying in the fast lane. More than 155,000 plugin vehicles were registered in August, an increase of 60% year over year. This performance is even more impressive when we consider that the overall auto market is in the doldrums. [CleanTechnica]

Car charging (Charlotte Stowe, Unsplash)

¶ “Quinbrook To Build The UK’s Largest Consented Solar Plus Battery Storage Project” • Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a global investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage, and grid support infrastructure investment, said it has acquired a 350-MW solar plus battery storage project in Kent. Construction will begin in 2022. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “General Electric May Sell Nuclear Turbines Business To EDF For $1.2 Billion, Reports Say” • GE is talking with EDF Energy, a French company, about the latter possibly acquiring its nuclear turbine business, the two companies have confirmed. EDF is building or developing plans to build several nuclear power plants in the UK. [Power Engineering]

Hinkley Point C Nuclear Project (EDF image)

US:

¶ “California Governor Signs Renewable Energy Bills” • At the site of the KNP Complex in Sequoia National Park, Governor Gavin Newsom has highlighted the California Comeback Plan’s over $15 billion climate package – the largest such investment in state history – tackling a wide array of climate impacts facing the state. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Ford Announces $11.4 Billion Investment In Electric Vehicle Plants” • Ford announced a major investment in EV production in the US. It said will to build its biggest ever plant in Tennessee, and two battery parks in Kentucky. The $11.4 billion (£8.3 billion) plan is to build zero-emission cars and pickups “at scale” for US customers. It will create 11,000 jobs. [BBC]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (MrWalkr, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Rikers Island Could Become Renewable Energy Hub” • New York’s notorious jail on Rikers Island is expected to close by 2027. And the site could next be used to produce clean energy. New York’s city council has passed legislation calling for research on the potential for solar arrays, wind turbines, and battery storage on Rikers. [Yale Climate Connections]

¶ “More Renewable Energy, Less Energy Efficiency In New Northwest Power Plan” • More renewable energy development and less emphasis on energy conservation are two of the biggest changes in the draft of the Northwest Power Plan, guides the Bonneville Power Administration’s electricity demand decisions over the next 20 years. [OPB]

Big Eddy-Knight transmission line (Bonneville Power, Flickr, N3)

¶ “DuPont Joins RE100 Global Initiative To Use 100% Renewable Energy” • DuPont announced that it has joined RE100, a global environmental initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, which brings together companies committed to shifting the electricity used globally in its operations to 100% renewable energy. [Printed Electronics Now]

¶ “The City Of Los Angeles Is To Spend $30 Million On Solar Generation And Storage” • As Los Angeles pursues its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035, city officials announced a $30 million investment, allocated in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget, in a municipal solar and storage program using its own buildings across departments. [Los Angeles Daily News]

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