September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Is Tesla Becoming A Threat To The World’s Biggest Utilities?” • The electric utility industry is on the verge of a revolution. The traditional utility model, in which energy is generated by a small number of enormous central power plants, is already as outdated as cars that burn fossil fuels. Tesla and Octopus Energy Germany are offering a new approach. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla solar, Tesla batteries (Tesla image)

¶ “Millions Suffering From Fuel Anxiety In UK – If Only They Could Charge Up At Home” • According to the Washington Post, due to Covid-19, Britain is about 100,000 truck drivers short. As a result, BP closed 30% of its filling stations. That led to panic buying and queues at stations. It could have been avoided by a faster switch to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Citroen Skate Autonomous Platform Breaks All The Rules” • To say French automobile design has always been quirky is being kind. Other words that could be used to describe it might be odd, weird, and exotic. The Citroen Skate EV platform is designed to accept a variety of body styles. And it is intended to make new rules of its own. [CleanTechnica]

Citroen EV concept (Citroen image)

World:

¶ “Australia’s Scott Morrison Under Climate Pressure At Home As Biggest State Boosts Targets” • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing calls at home to increase commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, announced goals nearly twice as ambitious as his government’s. [CNN]

¶ “South Australia Hasn’t Lost One Hour Of Electricity In 5 Years Thanks To Renewables And Batteries” • Renew Economy says that since 2018 South Australia hasn’t lost one hour of electricity due to load shedding. In the previous four years, 7 million customer hours of electricity were shed. The improvement resulted from more renewable energy and storage. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in South Australia (HikerJules, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Insurance Companies Getting Very Concerned About Climate Change” • Record-breaking climate disasters will be the name of the game this century. Some of us may block that from their view, but the insurance industry doesn’t have that luxury. With climate change, the insurance industry has to build models that predict the unpredictable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Submits 1.5-GW Swedish Offshore EIA” • Ørsted has submitted a report to Swedish authorities for the environmental impact assessment for the Skåne offshore wind farm off southern Sweden. It will have a capacity of up to 1.5 GW, and the report outlines the project’s impact on the environment and the efforts Ørsted will take to deal with them. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “More Renewables Best Answer To Energy Price Surge, Brussels Insists” • A faster rollout of renewable energies such as wind and solar is the best response to recent spikes in gas and power prices, according to an EU official. “The solution, in the longer run, is the accelerated deployment of renewables and improved energy efficiency,” he said. [EURACTIV.com]

¶ “One Of The World’s Largest Clean Energy Projects Closer To Becoming Reality” • Multinational Sun Cable is one step closer to developing its massive Australia-Asia PowerLink project, which will deliver up to 3.2 GW of dispatchable clean energy from Australia to Singapore. Indonesia has recommended the route for the transmission cable. [Mining.com]

Solar array (Image courtesy of Sun Cable)

¶ “UK Energy Titan SSE Says Low Wind, Driest Conditions In 70 Years Hit Renewable Generation” • Recent low wind output has contributed to the European energy crunch. Energy giant SSE said its renewable assets produced 32% less power than expected between April 1 and September 22 thanks to historically dry and low-wind conditions. [CNBC]

¶ “Renewables vs Nuclear: 256-0” • The World Nuclear Industry Status Report shows the world’s operational nuclear capacity grew by just 0.4 GW in 2020, and generation fell 4%. Renewables grew by 256 GW and production rose by 13%. “Nuclear power is irrelevant in today’s electricity capacity market,” the report’s main author said. [pv magazine India]

Nuclear power plant (Viktor Kiryanov, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Ivory-Billed Woodpecker And More Than 20 Other Species Declared Extinct By US Government” • The US government rang the death knell for 23 species of birds, fish and other wildlife. The US Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct after years of unconfirmed sightings and fruitless searches in the South. [NBC News]

¶ “NREL Pinpoints Way To Move Large Wind Turbine Blades Across USA” • Researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have determined how to transport massive wind turbine blades to parts of the country at a lower cost than segmented blades, but the solution will require some flexibility on the part of industry. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm with a solar array (Thomas Galler, Unsplash)

¶ “Florida Republicans Reject Cities’ Efforts To Convert Gas Stations” • Florida legislators aren’t really keen to embrace the transition away from fossil fuels. In fact, Florida legislation now forbids cities from requiring gas stations to add electric vehicle charging stations. Gas stations would be ideal sites for charging. But not in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use” • Led by wind power production and the increasing growth of solar, use of renewable energy in the US hit all-time highs in the first half of 2021, according to data published by the Energy Information Administration. Fossil fuels are still the dominant US source. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Have a peachy keen day.

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