July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2022


¶ “US EIA Projected The Future Of Electricity Generation In 2001. Why Were They So Wrong?” • Back in 2001, the US Energy Information Administration used its crystal ball and forecast the future of the US electricity supply through 2020. They forecast more coal, a small role for renewables, and steady growth in demand. So what went wrong? [CleanTechnica]

Upside-down image (Photoholgic, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Are Wildfires Happening More Often?” • Wildfires are burning in France, Portugal, and Spain. There are fires in Alaska, north of the Arctic circle, and across northern Canada. Experts say that “extreme fire weather” is getting more frequent and worse, in nearly all regions of the world. Climate change is an important factor, but other factors are at work. [BBC]

¶ “Investing In Plant-Based Alternatives Cuts Climate Emissions More Than Other Green Investments” • The Boston Consulting Group, a global consultancy firm, has issued a report that finds, for each dollar, investment in plant-based alternatives results in way more greenhouse gas savings than lots of other investment opportunities. [CleanTechnica]

Plant-based alternative (From Beyond Beef media kit)

¶ “Humanity Is On Track To Cause One Million Species To Go Extinct, According To UN Report” • According to a report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a UN body, one million animal and plant species face extinction. And their problem is, ultimately, going to be humanity’s problem. [Salon]


¶ “Europe Battles Wildfires In Intense Heat” • Authorities across southern Europe battled on Sunday to control huge wildfires in countries including Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France. At least 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heatwave in Portugal and Spain so far. Temperatures in Spain have reached as high as 45.7°C (114°F) [CNN]

Heat wave (Lucian Dachman, Unsplash)

¶ “UK Heatwave: Country May Have Hottest Day On Record With 41°C Forecast” • The UK could set a record for hottest day this week, with temperatures forecast to hit up to 41°C (106°F). The current record in the UK is 38.7°C, in Cambridge in 2019. The Met Office issued a red extreme heat warning for Monday and Tuesday in much of England. [BBC]

¶ “Volkswagen Battery Modules Power Fast Charging Park, Sales Up 27% Year Over Year” • Like all other car makers, Volkswagen has been hit with production challenges of late. Nevertheless, the latest press release from the company says deliveries of its battery EVs were up 27% year on year through the first six months of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Showing off an EV charging park (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Solar Panel Recycling Is About To Become BIG Business!” • It used to be that solar PVs went to the landfill at the end of their life. But just as companies like Redwood Materials find they can recycle EV batteries and make money, some companies are seeing the opportunities that old solar panels represent and are pursuing ways do the same. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Construction Kicks Off At 99-MW UK Storage Site” • UK developer Harmony Energy and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures have started initial construction works at the 99-MW, 198-MWh Clay Tye energy storage project in Essex, south-east England. Clay Tye will have 52 Tesla megapack batteries, managed by Tesla’s Autobidder AI software. [reNews]

Clay Tye battery site (FRV image)

¶ “MENA Power Projects Forum To Focus On $250 Billion Worth Of Projects” • The Middle East and North Africa sees $250 billion investment in power projects between 2021 and 2025, as power and utility providers gear up for more business at the MENA Power Projects Forum 2022. The event will be from September 7 to 8, 2022, in Abu Dhabi. [Trade Arabia]

¶ “Cadeler Lined Up For Baltic Power Turbine Installation” • Cadeler has secured a reservation agreement to install turbines at Orlen and Northland Power’s 1200-MW Baltic Power offshore wind farm, with over 70 turbines, off Poland. Cadeler said it has secured a large vessel reservation agreement to execute the transport and installation. [reNews]

Working ship (Cadeler image)

¶ “Indian Railways Tenders 2.6 GW Of Renewable Power Projects” • REMC Limited unit of Indian Railways invited bids to install 1 GW of renewable power projects for round-the-clock power supply to various railways. It also tendered to install 1.548 GW of land-based solar plants near the traction sub-stations across different zonal railways. [pv magazine India]


¶ “Sunrun Installs 700,000 Solar Roofs – How About 700,000 More For Ford F-150 Lightnings?” • Sunrun, the Number One rooftop solar installer in the US, just installed its 700,000th rooftop solar system. Now, Sunrun has partnered with Ford to combine solarizing homes with electrifying their transport via the Ford F-150 Lighting. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford image)

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration: $56 Million To Advance US Solar Manufacturing And Lower Energy Costs” • The Biden–Harris Administration announced a slate of new initiatives and $56 million in funding, including $10 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to spur innovation in solar manufacturing and recycling. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Economic Drivers Envisioned To Replace Palisades Nuclear Plant Loss” • Despite efforts to save Palisades under a $6 billion federal program to rescue old nuclear plants set to close, and Holtec’s willingness to entertain a potential buyer, no such proposals have come forward. So the community with the plant has to find new employers. [MiBiz]

Have an impressively delightful day.

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