Archive for July 28th, 2022

July 28 Energy News

July 28, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “UCS Study Shows Lifetime EV Emissions Are 50% Lower Than Conventional Vehicles” • The Union of Concerned Scientists published a study that finds the total lifetime emissions from an EV are 50% less than those from a comparable vehicle with a combustion engine. The study takes emissions from generating electricity into account. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Adsorbent Material Filters Toxic Chromium And Arsenic From Water Supplies” • Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are tackling a global water challenge with a unique material designed to target two toxic, heavy metal pollutants, chromium and arsenic, for simultaneous removal. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Oil Permits Up For Auction In Congo’s Virunga Park, Putting Endangered Gorillas At Risk” • Despite growing pleas from climate change activists, the Democratic Republic of Congo says it is moving forward with its plans to auction off a vast majority of oil and gas drilling blocks located in the country’s rainforest and peatland. [CNN]

Gorilla (Simbi Yvan, Unsplash)

¶ “Schools In The Sunshine State Smash Solar Power Target” • A record number of Queensland schools had solar panels installed to help reduce electricity costs and cut CO₂ emissions. Education Minister Grace Grace said the Advancing Clean Energy Schools program exceeded targets to deliver more panels at more schools than originally planned. [Media Statements]

¶ “Montem Signs Agreement With Piikani Nation For Renewable Energy Complex In Alberta” • Montem Resources entered into a framework agreement with the Piikani Nation to build a long-term co-operative and mutually beneficial relationship with regards to Montem’s proposed Tent Mountain renewable energy complex. [Canadian Mining Journal]

Tent Mountain complex (Montem Resources image)

¶ “Denmark To Accelerate Renewable Power Development To Overcome Dependence On Russian Gas, Says GlobalData” • The Russia-Ukraine conflict has hit Denmark’s gas supply, as nearly 75% of the country’s gas imports come from Russia via a pipeline through Germany, says GlobalData. So Denmark is stepping up renewable power development. [GlobalData]

¶ “Policy Gaps Being Filled For Irish Farmers Who Want To Install Solar On Idle Roofs” • There is “a lot of interest” in Solar-energy technology among Irish farmers, according to Mel Gavin of the AgroRes project. Addressing that demand has come over time, and policy gaps that stood in the way of on-farm adoption have now been filled, he said. [Irish Examiner]

Herd of Irish cattle (K Mitch Hodge, Unsplash)


¶ “US Power Companies Secretly Spending Millions To Protect Profits And Fight Clean Energy” • In 2019, a Florida state senator proposed a law allowing landlords to sell rooftop solar power to tenants. The CEO of Florida Power & Light sent out in an email, “I want you to make his life a living hell … ” It went to a PR firm, and it has been leaked. [The Guardian]

¶ “Manchin And Schumer Announce Deal For Energy And Health Care Bill” • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin announced a deal on an energy and health care bill, representing a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have collapsed time and again. The deal is a major reversal for Manchin. [CNN]

Capitol building (Harold Mendoza, Unsplash)

¶ “Governor Newsom Sets Bold Clean Buildings Goals” • Against the backdrop of extreme heat fueled by the climate crisis, California Governor Gavin Newsom set a direction toward clean and efficient fossil-fuel-free buildings by signing a letter to the California Air Resources Board that sets much-needed clean energy targets for buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden-Harris Admin Launches New Solar Initiatives To Lower Electricity Bills And Create Clean Energy Jobs” • The US DOE, together with the US Department of Health & Human Services, announced that five states and Washington, DC, will support the pilot of the Community Solar Subscription Platform to connect families to solar energy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Courtesy of Vistra “Vision Zero”)

¶ “Activists Push Back On We Energies’ Plans To Delay The Retirement Of The Oak Creek Coal Plant” • Environmental activists and elected officials gathered outside We Energies’ downtown Milwaukee office on Wednesday to express their opposition to the company’s plans to delay the closure of a coal-fired power plant. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

¶ “New York Plans 2-GW Offshore Wind Auction” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul outlined plans to hold a third offshore wind solicitation for 2 GW of projects. NYSERDA will administer the procurement exercise. It will include the first phase of the state’s $500 million investment in manufacturing, offshore wind ports, and supply chain infrastructure. [reNews]

Offshore wind turbine (Wolfgang Hasselmann, Unsplash)

¶ “Energy Department Selects Idaho For Nuclear Test Reactor” • Idaho has been selected as the site for a proposed nuclear test reactor that would dramatically reduce the time needed to develop nuclear fuels and components for a new generation of nuclear reactors that could help reduce global warming, the US DOE said. [East Idaho News]

¶ “NextEra Plan For 200 MW solar, 75 MW Storage At Shuttered Nuclear Plant Approved By Iowa Regulators” • The Iowa Utilities Board approved plans by NextEra Energy to build 200 MW of solar and a 75-MW, 300-MWh battery storage facility through two subsidiaries at the site of its shuttered Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Palo, Iowa. [Utility Dive]

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