September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2021

World:

¶ “The Energy Crunch Is Roiling Markets” • Global markets are stumbling as energy prices soar. One big problem has been shortages of natural gas, triggered by low stocks and a jump in demand as activity recovers from its Covid-19 lull. In the US, natural gas futures have also jumped, and China is contending with a worsening energy situation. [CNN]

Chinese Candu nuclear power plant (AECL, public domain)

¶ “Greta Thunberg Roasts World Leaders For Being ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ On Climate Action” • Swedish activist Greta Thunberg mocked world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and the UK’s Boris Johnson, at a youth climate summit in Milan on Tuesday, saying the last 30 years of climate action had amounted to “blah, blah, blah.” [CNN]

¶ “Most Trapped Canadian Miners Rescued After Two Days” • Thirty-five miners trapped deep underground in eastern Canada have been brought to the surface, two days after the mine’s lift was damaged by an accident. The workers at the Totten mine in Sudbury, Ontario, climbed about 4,000 ft (1.2 km) on a series of ladders, with the help of a rescue team. [BBC]

Totten mine in Sudbudy, Ontario (Vale image)

¶ “Petrol Supply: Army Gets Ready To Assist As Pm Reassures Drivers” • The UK’s Army could begin delivering fuel by the end of the week, as Boris Johnson reassures drivers about supplies. Mr Johnson said the fuel situation was “improving” and people should be “confident” to go about their business, after days of queues and pump closures. [BBC]

¶ “SAIC, GM, And Wuling To Release A Remix Of The Smash Hit Mini EV” • China’s top selling EV is getting a remix! The Wuling HongGuang Mini EV’s upgrade has a slightly longer wheelbase, a 26 kWh battery, up from the 9.2 kWh and 13.8 kWh in current models. The new version of the popular EV will sell at a barely higher price, about $5,500. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Mini EV

¶ “Europe’s 5 Biggest Airports Emit More CO₂ Than Sweden” • An online airport tracker created by the International Council on Clean Transportation, ODI, and Transport and Environment has shown how much CO₂ is released from planes leaving airports. Europe’s five biggest airports combine to emit more CO₂ than Sweden, almost entirely untaxed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TotalEnergies, GIG Team Unveils 2-GW ScotWind Bid” • A consortium of TotalEnergies, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Scottish developer RIDG announced a 2-GW bid in the ScotWind leasing round for an offshore wind farm west of the Orkney Islands. The West of Orkney Windfarm could power 2 million homes. [reNEWS]

Scrabster Harbour (West of Orkney Windfarm image)

¶ “Spain Taxes Renewables, Nuclear Power Producers” • Spain has introduced a charge on the production of renewable energy to mitigate the impact of soaring electricity and gas prices on consumers. A similar levy for nuclear and hydropower plants is in the pipeline. The tax will be paid if the price of gas is higher than €20/MWh. [Balkan Green Energy News] (What?! – ghh)

¶ “IEA Chief: Don’t Blame Renewables For Europe’s Energy Crunch” • The energy squeeze in Europe has nothing to do with the continent’s energy transition plans, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, told the European Parliament’s energy and environment committees. He took the opportunity to point a finger at Russia. [Oil Price]

Walney Offshore Windfarm (David Dixon, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “NSW Plans To Transition Biggest Coal State Into Renewable Energy Superpower” • The New South Wales government greatly increased its emissions reduction targets for 2030, setting a new goal of a 50% cut from 2005 levels. It seeks to make the state a “renewable energy superpower” and attract over $37 billion in clean energy investment. [Renew Economy]

US:

¶ “Democrats Say A Civilian Climate Corps Will Create Jobs” • When he met with governors this summer from Western states suffering the effects of wildfires and drought, President Joe Biden highlighted one way to tackle the climate crisis that goes beyond increasing federal funding for aerial firefighting and better forest management: a Civilian Climate Corps. [CNN]

Fire road built by the CCC in the 1930s (Mfwills, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “US DOE Signs Up Over 125 Local Governments to Fast-Track Solar Permits” • The DOE announced it has achieved its summer goal of having at least 125 communities signed up for the Solar Automated Permit Processing tool. It is a free web-based tool that allows local governments to instantly approve residential solar installation permits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Home Heating Sticker Shock: The Cost Of Natural Gas Is Up 180%” • Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes and a leading fuel source for generating electricity, have surged more than 180% over the past 12 months to $5.90 per million British thermal units. Natural gas has not been this expensive since February 2014. [CNN]

Pipeline odorant injection station (Glen Dillon, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “BLM Lease Sale Seeks To Expand Geothermal Energy In New Mexico” • As part of an effort to increase renewable energy, the Bureau of Land Management will hold a virtual geothermal lease sale this fall for three parcels totaling nearly 4,000 acres. These parcels are located in Hidalgo and Sierra counties in southwest New Mexico. [The NM Political Report]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Production Hits An All-Time High As Nuclear Power And Fossil Fuels Decline” • Domestic production of renewable energy reached an all-time high in the first six months of 2021 despite a sharp drop in hydropower, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of new data released by the US Energy Information Administration. [pvbuzz.com]

Have a comprehensively joyful day.

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