June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2022


¶ “What Firefighters Can Teach Us About Preparing The Grid For Extreme Weather” • Preparing for emergencies and preventing disasters requires planning, equipment, and communications. This is as true for operating the electric power system in extreme weather as it is for fighting fires. For emergencies, firefighters and utilities both share resources. [CleanTechnica]

Firefighters training (Matt C, Unsplash)

¶ “EV Charging Network: Eight Ways US States And Cities Can Make It Work” • The Biden administration aims for 50% of new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030. California, Massachusetts, and New York, plan to reach 100% new EV sales by 2035. EVs are on the rise in the US, and here are ways to get the nation’s EV charging network to grow. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Century Old Material Key To Next-Gen Computer Chips” • The silicon-based computer chips that power modern devices require a lot of energy. Despite ever-improving computing efficiency, information technology is projected to consume around 25% of all primary energy produced by 2030. A well known material may change that. [CleanTechnica]

Arduino Uno (Vishnu Mohanan, Unsplash)

¶ “Examining The Pros And Cons Of Hydrogen Energy” • As a fuel that can generate zero emissions that is also an important industrial feedstock, hydrogen has been attracting people’s attention. Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of hydrogen energy, and whether it has a role to play in the global green energy transition. [Earth.Org]


¶ “Energy Prices Are Causing Chaos In Asia. Here’s Why The Rest Of The World Should Worry” • Effects of high energy prices in Sri Lanka are so bad that the Prime Minister said the country’s economy has “completely collapsed.” In other countries trouble may be less obvious, but even in Australia, wholesale electricity bills are up 141% for the first quarter. [CNN]

Picking tea leaves in Sri Lanka (J A Neshan Paul, Unsplash)

¶ “European Gas “Crisis” Has Global Ripple Effects” • Russia’s Gazprom throttled deliveries of natural gas to Germany by 60% on Thursday. German economic minister Robert Habeck told reporters the cutbacks were a direct political attack in retaliation for Germany’s sanctions against Russia and military support for Ukraine. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Shock Tests G7 Leaders’ Climate Resolve” • Leaders of the Group of Seven nations are under pressure to stick to climate pledges. Germany is in an awkward position as G7 summit host, having recently announced that it will burn more coal to offset a drop in Russian gas supplies amid deteriorating ties over the war in Ukraine. [France 24]

Hybrid solar-wind plant in Germany (Toksave, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “GE Leading Hybrid Wind And Solar Project In Turkey” • Renewable energy in Turkey will get a boost from a hybrid wind and solar power installation led by GE Renewable Energy. The project will integrate a 30-MW solar array with a 32-MW wind farm that was commissioned in 2020 by Sertavul, a Turkish energy company. [POWER Magazine]

¶ “Renewable Energy Development Boosts China’s Pursuit For Carbon Goals” • China has been laying a solid foundation for the country’s pursuit of its carbon neutrality goals, according to a report. China’s installed capacity of renewable energy reached 1,000 GW in 2021. That is 44.8% of the country’s total installed power capacity. [China.org]

Tibetan hamlet with hybrid power (Popolon, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Chinese Companies Play Vital Role In Pakistan’s PV Sector” • As the Government of Pakistan strives to make transformational changes in the power system by exploring affordable alternative energy sources, Chinese companies are playing a leading role as installers and service providers for on-grid, off-grid, and hybrid energy in the country. [China Economic Net]

¶ “More Efforts Needed To Tap Renewable Energy Potential” • In his message to a recent webinar themed “Asia: Renewable Energy Continent”, Vietnam’s environment and climate change minister suggested seven focus points to fully unleash the potential of renewable energy, as well as accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. [Vietnam Plus]

Rooftop solar PVs in Vietnam (USAID Vietnam, public domain)

¶ “France Sees Nuclear Energy Output Plummet At The Worst Possible Moment” • A recent flurry of unexpected issues at EDF caused French nuclear output to tumble to its lowest levels in 30 years. Around half of the EDF’s massive nuclear fleet is offline, delivering a massive blow to the EU’s energy security in the midst of a worldwide energy crisis. [Oil Price]


¶ “Ford Ends Leasing Buyout Provision For Electric Vehicles” • It used to be that leasing a car was a way for some people to drive more car than they could otherwise afford. One advantage was that the person leasing the car could purchase it at the end of the lease period for a predetermined price. But such a deal may not be available at Ford anymore. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lighting (Ford image)

¶ “Tesla’s Stock Upgraded On ‘Strong Competitive Advantage'” • Despite the current economic turndown, and a “tough quarter” for Tesla according to Elon Musk, one analyst upgraded the company’s stock. The analyst posits that Tesla is set up well for both the short-term and long-term markets, largely due to its early focus on vertical integration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Warming Trends: Putting Citizen Scientists To Work, Assuring Climate-Depressed Kids That The Future Is Bright, And Building Solar-Hydrogen Generators” • There are reasons why people are afraid of what the future holds. But there are also reasons to have hope. Citizen Scientists can help, and there are other ways to see a bright future. [Inside Climate News]

Have an agreeably wonderful day.

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