Archive for August 2nd, 2022

August 2 Energy News

August 2, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Landmark Deal In Congress Is A Great Renovation Of US Climate And Clean Energy Goals” • In Washington, a broad deal on clean energy and climate policy greatly improves the outlook for global efforts to stop dangerous global warming. With $369 billion involved, it would be the most ambitious clean energy investment in US history. [CleanTechnica]

Time to act (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

¶ “Energy Insecurity And The Price Of Gasoline Are Promoting Renewable Energy” • One thing that may help cure our addiction to fossil fuel is that their prices are subject to wild gyrations. We should notice that while energy insecurity has damaged America, our global fossil fuel companies are emerging from the recent turmoil with their wallets full. [State of the Planet]

World:

¶ “This Giant ‘Water Battery’ Under The Alps Could Be A Game-Changer For Renewable Energy In Europe” • Switzerland has unveiled a giant water battery. Beginning operations last month, the water battery, called Nant de Drance, is a pumped storage hydropower plant. It is a closed-loop system, which means it has no impact on rivers. [CNN]

Lower reservoir, Lac d’Émosson (BECK François, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “For Asia’s Migrant Workers, Extreme Heat Is ‘A Matter Of Life And Death'” • For years, scientists warned that the climate crisis would amplify extreme weather, making it deadlier and more frequent. Now, many parts of the world have dangerous levels of heat, with little relief in sight. Scientists predict even higher temperatures to come. [CNN]

¶ “Record EV Sales Month Globally! 12% Share For BEVs!” • The EV disruption many of us have dreamed of is finally happening, and the proof is that despite all the stuff happening right now – pandemic(s), war, inflation, material shortages, etc, etc – global plugin vehicle registrations were up 54% in June 2022 compared to June 2021. [CleanTechnica]

BYD S7 (Mohammad Fathollahi, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy: 10 Most Attractive Countries” • The cost of new solar and wind projects is less than the cost of existing coal-fired plants, several studies have found. Economics is becoming favorable to renewable energy because of the twin threats of geopolitical insecurity and climate change. Here are the most attractive countries to invest in. [Prysmian Group]

¶ “Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Leaks 7 Tonnes Of Radioactive Water” • About seven tonnes of water containing radioactive elements leaked from a reactor of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, The Nikkei reported, citing the operator Kansai Electric Power Company. The reactor is currently out of service. [CGTN]

Mihama Nuclear Power Plant (Alpsdake, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Russia is firing artillery from a captured nuclear power plant, leaving Ukraine reluctant to shoot back” • Russian troops are firing artillery at Ukrainian targets from a nuclear power plant, The New York Times reported. Russia selected the Zaporizhzhia site because it made it difficult for Ukrainian troops to retaliate, Ukrainian officials said. [Yahoo]

¶ “US Accuses Russia Of Using Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Power Plant As ‘Nuclear Shield’” • The US accused Russia of using the Zaporizhzhia power plant as a “nuclear shield” by stationing troops there, preventing Ukrainian forces from returning fire, and risking a nuclear accident. The Zaporizhzhia plant is the largest such plant in Europe. [South China Morning Post]

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (Ігор Діклевич, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Two Ultra-Rare Floods In One Week; A Wildfire Generating Its Own Weather. Here’s The Connection” • Extreme weather of different sorts thrashed parts of the US over the past week. There were two ultra-rare floods, one in the St Louis area and one in eastern Kentucky, just as drought induced wildfires in California. Scientists say it’s all related to climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Manchin, Democratic Leadership Strike Deal To Advance Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline In Appalachia” • West Virginia Sen Joe Manchin and Democratic leadership agreed to advance a stalled natural gas pipeline in Manchin’s home region as part of a deal to reform federal environmental permitting, according to a summary Manchin’s office shared with CNN. [CNN]

Senator Manchin (MDGovpics, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “California Wildfire: Two Dead As Firefighters Battle Mckinney Blaze” • Two people have been found dead amid a huge wildfire that forced thousands of people from their homes in northern California. The bodies of the two dead were found inside a car in the driveway of a property caught in the blaze. They seem to have been trying to escape. [BBC]

¶ “Connecticut’s Largest Solar Power Plant Completed” • The renewable energy portfolio of Gibraltar Industries, Terrasmart, announced completion of Connecticut’s largest solar plant in Canterbury. The solar array has 150,000 modules for a capacity of 66.5-MW (AC). The project would normally have taken 130 weeks, but it was finished in just 33. [CleanTechnica]

Terrasmart project (Courtesy of Terrasmart)

¶ “Heavy Duty Electric Trucks May Be Eligible For $40,000 Federal Incentive” • The Inflation Reduction Act introduced in the Senate this week will include a sizable federal incentive for the purchase of heavy duty electric trucks that weigh more than 14,000 pounds. The incentive is limited to 30% of the purchase price or $40,000, whichever is less. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Small-Scale Solar Is Changing New England’s Hourly Utility Electricity Demand” • Despite New England’s less favorable solar resources, the area’s solar capacity has increased by 3.8 GW since 2016. Small-scale solar generation increases faster than demand in the morning and rapidly decreases in the evening, resulting in rising electricity demand at that time. [CleanTechnica]

Have a charmingly resplendent day.

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