June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2022


¶ “World Leaders Are Facing Crises On All Fronts. Putin Will Be Watching If They Fail” • As the G7 approaches, Russian President Vladmir Putin’s officials are hinting at nuclear Armageddon, China is increasingly assertive, a global food crunch is on the way, oil prices are spiking, and both global economic slowdown and a cost-of-living crisis are looming. [CNN]

Ukrainian wheat field (Polina Rytova, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Boston Metal And ArcelorMittal Take Different Routes To Green Steel” • Making steel is an incredibly dirty business. Every ton produced creates about two tons of CO₂. The industry makes about 2 billion tons of steel every year, so that is a lot of CO₂, roughly 7% of all global emissions. There are different ways to address the issue. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wildlife Officials Want To Make It Easier To Relocate Climate-Imperiled Species” • The Endangered Species Act typically allows species to be introduced outside of their current range, but only within its historical range. But for some species, all of that range is becoming uninhabitable. New policy is needed, according to wildlife officials. [National Audubon Society]

Hawaiian Duck (Eric Tessmer, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “New Zealand Sea Sponge Populations ‘Dying By The Millions’ Due To Climate Change” • Shocking images have emerged from New Zealand showing millions of once-velvety brown sea sponges bleached bone white, the worst mass bleaching event of its type ever recorded, marine scientists say. The bleaching event is due to warm waters from climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Singapore Takes Giant Step Forward” • In a forward thinking move, the Singapore government is proposing that all new buildings with carparks will have to install EV charging points in at least 1% of their total car and motorcycle parking lots and have sufficient electrical load to support EV charging for 15% of the total parking spaces. [CleanTechnica]

Singapore (Mike Enerio, Unsplash)

¶ “ORPC To Install Its First River Hydrokinetic Power System In South America” • A developer of systems that generate electricity from free-flowing river and tidal currents, Ocean Renewable Power Company, along with ORPC Chile, announced that it had agreed with the Municipality of Chile Chico to install a RivGen® Power System in 2023. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “All Purpose Transport – Electric Last-Mile Delivery For IKEA, Goodyear, BP, Others” • All Purpose Transport is a last-mile delivery provider to blue-chip customers. APT’s business model engages nearly 300 Australian owner-drivers who select and purchase their vehicles to do delivery services on behalf of APT. Now, APT is considering EVs. [CleanTechnica]

SEA Electric delivery EV (Photo courtesy of APT)

¶ “IAEA Voices Concern For Staff At Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, Demands Access” • The UN nuclear watchdog is increasingly concerned about the welfare of Ukrainian staff at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest. International Atomic Energy Agency, said it must go there as soon as possible. [WION]

¶ “Norway Roadmap Targets Green Industrial Growth” • The Norwegian government includes offshore wind, hydrogen, and battery storage in seven focus areas in a roadmap for green industrial growth. The government aims to facilitate faster development of projects within the areas, including through stronger capital instruments. [reNews]

Norway (Tobias Tullius, Unsplash)


¶ “Colorado Regulators Approve Plan That Phases Out Coal By 2031” • With a unanimous decision, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan to accelerate the end of coal in the state by 2031. The updated settlement was supported by NRDC, Sierra Club, and other parties and approved by the PUC with some modifications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Invites New Round Of Californians To Enroll In Virtual Power Plant” • Tesla recently launched of its new virtual power plant in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The virtual power plant will allow Powerwall owners to opt into the program to help stabilize the electric grid and end blackouts in California. [CleanTechnica]

House lit up in a blackout (Tesla image)

¶ “Michigan Ratepayers Celebrate Historic Win For Greener, Healthier Energy” • A diverse coalition of advocates across Michigan are touting approval of Consumers Energy’s 15-year power plan after the work of thousands of residents called for the utility to move quickly from coal and gas to healthier, more affordable wind and solar. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Einride Receives NHTSA Approval To Test Autonomous Trucks” • Einride, a Swedish company, has been using EVs to move shipping containers around freight terminals. Einride says it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to test its Autonomous Electric Transport vehicle on US roads. [CleanTechnica]

Enride transport EV (Enride image)

¶ “Lawmakers Push Against Renewable Energy In Hearings On The Texas Grid” • Texas lawmakers held hearings this week on changes to the power grid in response to last year’s big blackout. The meetings touched on everything from infrastructure to the higher cost of energy. But renewable energy advocates may have reason to worry. [Texas Public Radio]

¶ “Bank Of America Signs 160-MW PPA In Indiana” • Bank of America signed a 15-year agreement with Constellation Energy to buy electricity and renewable energy certificates from the Mammoth Central PV project in Indiana. The agreement will help BOA get about 160-MW, 17% of its global electricity supply, from clean energy [reNews]

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