Archive for July 8th, 2022

July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Four Ways Governments Can Encourage Businesses To Meaningfully Lower Their Carbon Emissions” • If we hope to limit global warming to 1.5°C, greenhouse gas emissions must peak before 2025 and decline 43% by 2030, the UNIPCC says. Governments cannot achieve that by themselves. Here are ways to encourage businesses to help. [CNN]

Emissions (Chris LeBoutillier, Unsplash)

¶ “Five Reasons To Switch To Renewable Energy No Matter What Your Current Plans Are” • Even though it can be scary to think about leaving what feels like a familiar space, you should switch to renewable energy. Here are five main reasons why switching to renewable energy is something you must do, regardless of your current thinking patterns. [Energy Industry Review]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ozone Depletion Over North Pole Causes Weather Anomaly” • Many people know that ozone depletion can lead to excessive UV radiation. Swiss scientists showed that the depletion of ozone over the Arctic in spring causes abnormal weather throughout the northern hemisphere, with many places warmer than usual and either too dry or too wet. [CleanTechnica]

Atmosphere (NASA image)

¶ “Seaweed Diet Cuts Cow Methane Emissions 90% To 95%” • A seaweed, asparagopsis, can cut the methane emissions of cows by up to 95%, and authorities have approved it as a feed additive. CH4, a global company based in South Australia, announced that it made the first global sale of asparagopsis to CirPro, a South Australian meat processor. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Honda Offers Cooler Limited Edition Version Of Cool, Limited Electric City Car” • It was clear from the beginning: The Honda e (that’s the name) is a super cool, cute, fun little electric car … that will never see a large number of sales. Now, Honda is offering an even cooler, even more limited-production version, the Honda e Limited Edition. [CleanTechnica]

Honda e (Honda image)

¶ “Ford Factory In Craiova Going Electric” • Ford has gotten much more serious about going electric in the past few years, and that is more evident in Europe this week as Ford Otosan takes over the Craiova Manufacturing Plant in Romania and aims to invest half a billion dollars into it to bring it into the bright clean electric future. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minesto Delivers Tidal Power In The Faroe Islands” • Marine energy developer Minesto commissioned the first 100-kW unit of its Dragon 4 tidal power plant in grid-connected operation in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands. According to Minesto, first phase of electricity generation shows that predicted performance is achieved. [reNews]

Minesto tidal power (Minesto image)

¶ “Tata Power Plans To Invest $9.5 Billion In Clean Energy Push” • Tata Power Co said it will invest more than ₹750 billion ($9.5 billion) in renewables over the next five years, as it aims to almost double the share of clean energy in its portfolio. The company will also expand into new areas such as solar irrigation pumps and EV charging. [The Edge Markets]

¶ “Price Of Offshore Wind Power Falls To Cheapest Ever Level In UK” • The price of offshore wind power in the UK has fallen to an all-time low, which could ease the pressure on future household energy bills. Offshore windfarm operators will sell power for as little as £37.35/MWh ($45.02/MWh), 5.8% below the lowest bid in the most recent auction in 2019. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (Expect Best, Pexels)

Germany:

¶ “Germany Plugin EV Share Grows, Fiat 500e Bestseller, And Grim Warnings” • Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, saw plugin EVs take 26.0% market share in June, up from 23.6% year-over-year. Overall auto volumes were down 18% YOY, to 224,558 units, the second lowest June in 25 years. At least one projection of problems to come is noted. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Starts Construction On First Of Six Battery Factories” • Volkswagen Group is pushing forward aggressively into the electric car future. It has committed to an investment of $20 billion between now and 2030 to create a new company called PowerCo. This week, it broke ground on the first of six new European battery factories. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen battery factory in Salzgitter (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Germany Approves Largest Renewable Energy Expansion Plan In History” • In a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reach climate targets, Germany approved what is seen as the largest renewable energy expansion in its history, with the legal package passing the parliament. The plan is for 80% renewable electricity by 2030. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

¶ “Wind And Solar Produce More Electricity Than Nuclear For The First Time In The US” • In April, for the first time, wind and solar produced 17.96% of the US electricity. They generated more electricity than the US nuclear power plants. Renewable sources generated nearly 30% of US electricity, according to the SUN DAY Campaign. [Electrek]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “I Want My Child To Grow Up To Be A Doctor, Lawyer – Or Environmental Economist!” • Did your high school guidance counselor ever tell you that you could become an environmental economist? How about a biomass plant technician? Or a wind energy operations manager? Today, those are a few of the green jobs that pay really well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DSD Completes 6.8-MW Community Solar Portfolio For The City of White Plains, New York” • DSD Renewables and The City of White Plains completed construction of a nine-site, 6.8-MW community solar portfolio. It is the largest municipal solar PV deployment in Westchester County, New York and will power about 700 homes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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