Archive for June 14th, 2022

June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Conservatives Do Want A Clean Energy Transition” • The future of clean energy can pivot with the nod of conservative political elites. Until recently, they promoted policies friendly to fossil fuels and resisted climate change efforts, but a new breed of conservatives is slowly taking hold, and a clean energy transition is patiently waiting in the wings. [CleanTechnica]

Supercell (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Baby, It’s HOT Outside! Records Are Being Set Worldwide” • Much of the US is broiling in a horrible heat wave, and other parts of the world are cooking too. A half a degree here, a quarter of a degree there. Eventually, large tracts of the Earth will no longer be able to support human life. It is astonishing how many people seem to be OK with that. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Candela Cabin Cruiser Concept Takes Flight!” • The Candela P-8 Voyager cabin cruiser made its debut at the Salone Nautico show in Venice. The new craft is aimed squarely at Vencie’s water taxi business, and the company hopes it will help replace the gas and diesel motorboats that are currently used by the area’s commercial operators. [CleanTechnica]

Candela P-8 Voyager (Candela image)

¶ “Australian Company Announces More Efficient Lithium Extraction Process” • Recently, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organization joined forces with Lithium Australia to develop a technology to extract up to 95% of the lithium in spodomene ore. It can also squeeze more out of the waste of the conventional extraction process. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway Is Building The World’s Largest Wind Farm – To Power Oil And Gas Fields” • Norway still has a very complicated relationship with oil and gas. Now, the country will start up the world’s largest wind farm to power its offshore oil and gas fields. The project is being built by Equinor, the largest exporter of natural gas in Europe. [ZME Science]

Offshore wind farm (Equinor image)

¶ “WA Coal-Fired Power Plants To Shut By 2029” • Western Australia’s state-owned coal-fired power stations will close by the end of the decade amid a shift towards renewable energy. WA Premier Mark McGowan says coal-fired generation is becoming increasingly unviable as the uptake of rooftop solar and other renewable energy grows. [Shepparton News]

¶ “What Is Load Shedding And Why Is It A Sign That Australia’s Largest Electricity Market Is In Crisis?” • When demand for electricity exceeds capacity, the most extreme tool is load shedding, shuting down power to an area for a time. A cold snap with several large, coal-burning power plants offline threatens eastern Australia with load shedding. [ABC]

Power outage (Alexander Popov, Unsplash)

¶ “Denmark Boosts 2030 Offshore Wind Goal By 4 GW” • The Danish government has release proposals to expand planned offshore wind capacity for 2030 by a further 4 GW. This will increase total installed capacity by 2030 from 8.9 GW to 12.9 GW. Denmark’s offshore wind farms will reach a capacity of 2.3 GW in 2022. [reNews]

¶ “Corio Team Reveals 5-GW Brazilian Offshore Wind Push” • Corio Generation has revealed plans for five offshore wind farms in Brazil totaling more than 5 GW. The fixed-bottom projects, which are at early-stage development, are the 1.2-GW Costa Nordeste, the 1.2-GW Cassino and Guarita, the 1,170-MW Rio Grande and the 495-MW Vitoria. [reNews]

Boat and wind turbines (Bob Brewer, Unsplash)

¶ “‘We’re Still Recovering’: 11 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Residents Return To Their Village” • Over 11 years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, the government lifted evacuation orders in part of a contaminated village, allowing residents to move back into their homes. Katsurao village is about 40 km (24 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. [MSN]

US:

¶ “California Reaching 100% Renewable Electricity At Times” • In early April, California achieved a new record at 97.6% renewable power, and on May 2 the state was able to reach 99.9%. On May 8 the record was broken yet again, with 103% of the state’s power needs being met by renewables for a few hours. Now it’s time for California to work on storage. [CleanTechnica]

Neighborhood in San Francisco (Robert Bye, Unsplash)

¶ “New Federal Rule Aims To Phase Out Residential Furnaces That Waste Natural Gas” • President Joe Biden’s DOE will propose a rule to make residential, natural gas furnaces more energy-efficient. It would be the country’s first significant update to furnace standards since the 1990s. Just over 40% of furnaces made today meet the proposed standard. [CNN]

¶ “BLM OKs Construction Of Large California Solar Projects” • The Interior Department gave notice that construction could proceed on two projects in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan area in California. The area includes 10.8 million acres of federal lands already evaluated by the Obama administration in 2016. [E&E News]

Desert solar array (Tom Brewster Photography, BLM via Flickr)

¶ “One Out Of Every Three New EVs Registered In US In 2022 Is A Tesla Model Y” • The Tesla Model Y, which is manufactured at two Tesla US factories, accounted for nearly one out of every three new EVs registered in the US during Q1, 2022. Altogether, the four models Tesla sells in the country captured 71.7% of the US EV market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carmakers Push Congress To Extend EV Tax Credit” • Top executives from General Motors, Ford, Stellantis, and Toyota have lobbied Congress to lift the 200,000 sold vehicle cap on the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, citing higher costs to produce zero-emission vehicles, according to a letter reportedly seen by Reuters. [CleanTechnica]

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