Archive for August 7th, 2022

August 7 Energy News

August 7, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “30 Million EV Battery Packs In 2027?” • There are expected to be about 10 million EV battery packs shipped in 2022 globally, according to research firm Juniper Research. The company forecasts that number will rise to 30 million in 2027. A simple calculation shows that Juniper Research belives 25.8% of the global car market will be EVs in 2027. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla battery pack (Tesla image)

¶ “We Are Not Freaking Out Enough About Climate Change” • We could be facing a “climate endgame,” and the concept of climate change ending human existence is a “dangerously underexplored topic,” says a research paper. We know climate change will be really bad, but we’re completely unprepared for worst-case scenarios. [Gizmodo Australia]

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Way To Calculate Environmental Impact Of Ammonia Production” • Ammonia is a major ingredient in the production of fertilizers, and making it is a big part of global greenhouse gas emissions. A team at the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory modeled how much it would cost to produce ammonia in ways that have emissions reduced. [CleanTechnica]

Farm (Federico Respini, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Zaporizhzhia: Real Risk Of Nuclear Disaster In Ukraine – UN Watchdog” • The UN’s nuclear watchdog has called for a prompt end to any military action near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, warning of a “very real risk of a nuclear disaster.” This comes as Ukraine said parts of the facility were “seriously damaged” by Russian military strikes. [BBC]

¶ “Why The International Climate Community Isn’t Popping Champagne Over The US Energy Bill” • While the energy bill is welcomed overseas, there’s an overarching feeling that the US is simply catching up to its allies after years of inaction. Pressure has also increased for the US to take financial responsibility for its historic role in the crisis. [CNN]

Microburst (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “All-New Electric Jeep Caught Undisguised In Europe” • There’s a lot we don’t know about Stellantis’ upcoming, all-electric Jeep that’s set to debut in 2023. We don’t know the specs, for example. We don’t know the price – heck, we don’t even know what they’re going to call it! But now, at least, we know exactly what it’s going to look like! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BYD Electric Vehicle Launch A Massive Success In Australia” • Not since Tesla brought a Model 3 to Brisbane back in 2018 (prior to deliveries in 2019) have I seen such a crowd at the launch of an EV. BYD received 600 RSVPs to the launch of the BYD Atto 3 at Indooroopilly’s Auto Mall in Brisbane. I think all of them were there on August 2nd. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Yuan Plus (Anonymousfox36, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Hundreds Of Victorian Renewable Energy Projects In Limbo After Program Funding Ceases” • The Victorian government has not re-funded the Community Power Hub program, which ran in six areas across the state for the past 12 months. That decision is leaving hundreds of renewable energy projects important for de-carbonisation targets in limbo. [ABC]

¶ “From Melting Glaciers To Cloudbursts – How Climate Change Is Impacting Kashmir” • Glaciers in the Kashmir area are melting at an unusual pace, posing a big threat to the environment as well as to the people in the region, a study shows. Heat records are being shattered, even as frequencies of rainfalls, hailstorms, and flashfloods are on rise. [Zee News]

Kashmir countryside (Praneet Kumar, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia Planning To Disconnect Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant From Ukraines Power Grid, Cutting Off Power In Southern Ukraine” • Energoatom has said that Russian occupying forces are attacking the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to destroy its infrastructure, disconnect it from the Ukrainian power grid and cut off power in southern Ukraine. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “How The Climate Bill Could  Save You Money On Electricity, Cars And Appliances” • With nearly $370 billion for energy and incentives, the energy bill is the largest climate investment in US history. In addition to emissions reductions, there’s a lot in the bill that could change both how Americans power their homes and what kinds of vehicles they drive. [CNN]

Home in the mountains (Vidar Nordli-Mathisen, Unsplash)

¶ “Report: Clean Energy Jobs Benefitting Every State” • As the Congress prepares to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act and the biggest investments in clean energy in US history, a report shows that every state benefits from clean energy job growth, regardless of politics, geography, or geology. Some red states are among those with the biggest gains. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New BMW I4 EDrive35 Starts At $51,400” • BMW at long last brought another fully electric car to market, the i4. It is bringing a new version of the i4 to market in the US that offers a lower entry price. Instead of the previous low price of $55,300, the starting MSRP of the new trim is $51,400 (plus $995 destination and handling) in the US. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i4 eDrive35 (Courtesy of BMW)

¶ “Can ‘Green Banks’ Bring Clean Energy To The Masses? The US Is Betting $27 Billion On It” • With close to $370 billion on the table, one way that the Biden administration intends to distribute the billions of dollars that are meant to accelerate the adoption of solar, wind, geothermal, and the other forms of renewable energy is “Green banks.” [CBC]

¶ “Wrangling Over Renewables: Counties Push Back On Newsom Administration Usurping Local Control” • Many rural California counties have lots of land, sunshine and wind. That makes them focal points for renewable energy projects. Feeling a loss of local control over their local land, they are at the center of a statewide controversy, too. [Capital Public Radio]

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