July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2022


¶ “We Can Have (Just About) Everything We Want For Energy And The Climate” • A study by Mark Z. Jacobson, et al, “Low-cost solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity for 145 countries,” says we can make more money, live in a less expensive world, have huge health benefits, and stop carbon emissions, with very little downside. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (Image from study)

¶ “Renewables Prices Should Not Be Linked To Gas Prices” • The pressures created by high energy prices have been exacerbated greatly by the fact that wind and solar power prices are linked to gas prices in European electricity markets. The prices consumers pay for renewable electricity have soared even though their cost has not changed. [EURACTIV.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Latest Project Drawdown Update Adds Eleven Ways To Stop Global Heating” • Project Drawdown issued its comprehensive guide to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, and it has updated its original plan since. The most recent update from the Project Drawdown group adds eleven new ways to address the climate crisis responsibly. [CleanTechnica]

Solar trackers (Image from Project Drawdown)


¶ “Sydney Is Flooded, Again, As Climate Crisis Becomes New Normal For Australia’s Most Populous State” • Flooding in Australia’s most populous state has become the new normal, as residents in the Sydney area deal with more erratic seasonal swings. Big floods used to happen once in a generation. Now they happen several times in a year. [CNN]

¶ “Brazil Sees Record Amazon Deforestation In First Half Of 2022” • Data from Brazil’s Space Research Institute satellites shows that 3,750 square kilometers (1,448 square miles) of the world´s largest rainforest were lost in Brazil between January 1 and June 24, the largest area since 2016, when the institute began this type of monitoring. [CNN]

Amazon Rainforest (Neil Palmer, CIAT, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Polestar CEO Wants To Build O2 Electric Roadster” • Speaking in an interview with Top Gear, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said that he wants to bring the sexy, slinky O2 Roadster Concept to production next. “My ambition is to make it a production car,” he said. “But it’s not that easy.” It seems that he wants to make it a halo car for the brand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BMW 7 Series Begins Production In Dingolfing” • Production of the all-new BMW 7 and all-electric i7 luxury sedans has begun in the Bavarian town of Dingolfing. BMW says they’ve invested more than €300 million to ready the plant for production of the new 7, and is still working to transition its largest European plant to be “Lean, Green, and Digital.” [CleanTechnica]

BMW i7 (BMW image)

¶ “Another Diesel Cheating Scandal – This Time It’s Hyundai And Kia” • Hyundai and Kia are at the center of the newest diesel cheating scandal. A spokesperson for Hyundai Motor Group in Seoul that also represents Kia confirmed raids coordinated by the European Union agency Eurojust at eight corporate properties to gather evidence. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrofuel Revolution Coming To Baltic Sea, And So Is Russia” • Sweden and Finland have certainly done a good job of ruffling Russian feathers with their plans to join NATO, and the new electrofuel movement could be caught in the crossfire. The Swedes and Finns are pressing ahead with green hydrogen, but Russia seems a little too interested. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Image courtesy of Simply Blue)

¶ “Accelerating Renewables Could Save Irish Households €600 Million, Say Wind Energy Ireland” • Hundreds of millions could be saved on household electricity bills if policies and planning urgently accelerated renewables, says Wind Energy Ireland. The industry body laid out a likely cost of living reduction of €600 million over the next decade. [Irish Mirror]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Lined Up For 927-MW Gennaker” • Siemens Gamesa has been lined up to supply turbines to WPD’s 927-MW Gennaker offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The company said it had signed a master supply agreement with WPD, including a 20-year service agreement. The project will have 103 Siemens Gamesa turbines. [reNews]

Offshore wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Rolls-Royce Releases UK Small Modular Reactors Shortlist” • Rolls-Royce SMR has announced a shortlist of potential locations for its first Small Modular Reactor UK factory. It will be the first of three factories Rolls-Royce hopes to build to make SMRs. The Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470-MW of energy. [Energy Digital]


¶ “158 Tesla Mega-Batteries Will Boost Hawaii Green Energy By 10%, And Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plant” • Oahu aims to free itself from the shadow of a major coal-fired power plant with the introduction of 158 Tesla Energy Megapacks to installed for a 565-MWh project. The coal-fired plant that will shut down has a capacity of 180 MW. [Good News Network]

Rendering of the Kapolei Energy Storage project (Power Plus)

¶ “In Light Of EPA Court Ruling, New Focus On States’ Power” • The Supreme Court limited the power of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. But its ruling didn’t touch the power of the states. And while Democrats have moved states to limit pollution, it is clear that Republicans are starting to do so also. [Weirton Daily Times]

¶ “Puerto Rico Is Pushing LNG When It Says It Is Shifting To Renewables” • Regulators are on the cusp of approving dozens of large solar and battery projects, slowly moving Puerto Rico closer toward its goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2050. But experts say the island may be undermining this by continuing to invest in fossil fuel infrastructure. [Canary Media]

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