October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jet Stream Changes Could Amplify Weather Extremes By 2060s” • Findings of research funded by the US National Science Foundation suggest that the position of the jet stream could migrate outside of the range of natural variability by as early as the year 2060 under unabated greenhouse gas emissions, with potentially drastic consequences. [CleanTechnica]

Greenland (Satellite view via Google Maps)

¶ “New Analysis Shows How Communities Can Locally Produce 100% Clean Energy” • In 2019, Soulardarity, a nonprofit based in Highland Park, Michigan, released its Blueprint for Energy Democracy, a plan to make Highland Park a global model for local sustainability. Since then UCS has worked with Soulardarity, and they have released a new report. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Genex Power Will Use 40 Tesla Megapacks For Bouldercombe Battery Project” • Genex Power, which is developing renewable energy generation and storage projects across Australia, has announced the execution of a supply agreement contract with Tesla for its Bouldercombe Battery Project in Queensland. The order includes 40 Tesla Megapacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapacks with solar and wind generators (Tesla image)

¶ “Soaring Energy Prices Climb Up EU’s Political Agenda” • The EU said it would scrutinise its power market design and consider proposals to revamp EU regulation, as the bloc seeks to keep its plans to tackle climate change on track amid record-high energy costs. European electricity and gas prices have risen greatly higher this year as tight gas supplies. [Reuters]

¶ “Electric Car Sales Surge In UK As Fossil Fuel Car Sales Slump” • Battery EVs took a record slice of the UK new car market in September. According to a report earlier here on CleanTechnica, nearly 33,000 pure electric cars were registered in the UK last month. That is almost 50% more than were sold during the same time last year, The Guardian adds. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an electric car (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Great Fun’: Manabe Wins Nobel Prize In Physics For Modeling Climate Change” • Early on October 5, Princeton climatologist Syukuro “Suki” Manabe got a phone call telling him that he had won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics “for the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability, and reliably predicting global warming.” [Princeton University]

US:

¶ “America’s Offshore Oil Infrastructure Is Aging” • After a leak in a pipeline sent as much as 144,000 gallons of oil gushing into the ocean off the coast of California, experts pointed to another growing problem: America’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure is aging, and becoming ever more vulnerable to accidents, natural disasters, and stronger hurricanes. [CNN]

Oil platform (Ira Bowman, Pexels)

¶ “Ship Anchor Hooking The Pipeline May Have Caused The California Oil Spill, Federal Agency Says” • An anchor hooking an oil pipeline may have caused the Southern California spill that spewed more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a notice. [CNN]

¶ “Clean Trucks Rules Are Good For New Jersey” • A report shows that zero-emission trucks and buses will cut pollutants in New Jersey, protect lives, and provide $11.6 billion in societal benefits to the state over the next 30 years through a Clean Trucks New Jersey program. To maximize the benefits, parts of the program need to be adopted this year. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric truck (Image courtesy Volvo Trucks)

¶ “Mitsubishi Power To Build Hydrogen Infrastructure Across US West, Other Regions: CFO” • Mitsubishi Power Americas has ambitious plans to develop hydrogen projects in the US, starting with its major project in Delta, Utah. The company hopes can bring down technology costs through economies of scale, the company’s CFO said. [S&P Global]

¶ “How Much Money Does Renewable Energy Make For Rural Utah’s Economy? It’s More Than You’d Think” • A Colorado-based conservative organization promoting the West says the political “right” needs to own environmental problems, identify solutions, and better promote how real change is transforming the energy economy. [Deseret News]

Have a truly wonderful day.

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