August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2022


¶ “Parts Of England Officially Fall Into Drought After Months Of Scant Rainfall” • Authorities have announced that large swaths of England officially passed into drought. They urged residents and businesses in those areas to conserve water in the driest summer in 50 years. The UK has had five consecutive months of below-average rainfall and back-to-back heat waves. [CNN]

Stonehenge (Brooke Bell, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change: Drought Highlights Dangers For Electricity Supplies” • The ongoing drought in the UK and Europe is putting electricity generation under pressure, say experts. Electricity from hydropower – which uses water to generate power – has dropped by 20% overall. And nuclear facilities, which are cooled using river water, have been restricted. [BBC]

¶ “Tesco Electrifies Deliveries To More Than 400 City Center Stores In Greater London” • Tesco has become the first retailer to launch a zero-emission electric lorry to make deliveries from its distribution sites in city centers in the UK. Electric trucks will help improve air quality in urban areas, and their use should be prioritized. [CleanTechnica]

Greener greens (Tesco image)

¶ “Drought Hits Germany’s Rhine River” • As Europe lives through a long, hot summer, one of the continent’s major rivers is getting drier – posing major problems for the people and businesses that rely on it. The current level hasn’t yet fallen below the lowest figure ever recorded here, in October of 2018. But the current level is still falling. [BBC]

¶ “Advice About Tires For Electric Cars From Michelin” • Russell Shepherd is the technical communications director for passenger car tires at Michelin, with twenty years of R&D experience. He told Canary Media that electric cars put different kinds of stress on tires, and drivers should take that into account when they choose and care for their tires. [CleanTechnica]

Michelin tires (Michelin image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Strikes Partnership With Azure Power ” • Siemens Gamesa has its first order in India with Azure Power India Private Limited to supply 96 SG 3.6-145 wind turbines for a 346-MW project in the state of Karnataka. Azure has a portfolio of over 7.4 GW of renewable energy assets operational or under construction in India. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Moscow Rejects Demand To Hand Over Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Leading Russian politicians rejected the G7’s demand that Moscow hand control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by Russian troops since March, back to Ukraine. Russia also warned the US not to brand Moscow a state sponsor of terrorism. [DW]

Stop Putin (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)


¶ “House Passes Democrats’ Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden’s Signature” • The House voted to pass Democrats’ $750 billion health care, energy, and climate bill. The final vote was 220-207, along party lines. Four Republicans did not vote. Now that the House approved the bill, it will go to President Biden to be signed into law. [CNN]

¶ “A Disastrous Megaflood Is Coming To California, Experts Say. It Could Be The Most Expensive Natural Disaster In History” • A study by Science Advances shows climate change has doubled the chances of a disastrous flood happening in California in the next four decades. Experts say it would be unlike anything anyone alive today has ever experienced. [CNN]

Los Angeles (izayah ramos, Unsplash)

¶ “How Local Governments And Communities Are Taking Action To Get Fossil Fuels Out Of Buildings” • Eighty US counties and cities have adopted policies that require or encourage the move off fossil fuels to all-electric homes and buildings. Nearly 28 million people live in local jurisdictions with policies that favor fossil fuel-free, healthy buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford Lightning: Orders Open Again, But Prices Are Up, Better Standard Range, New Hitch Assist Feature, Other News” • Ford is taking orders for the F-150 Lightning again, but prices are higher. That was expected, but there are two new reasons to make an order: There’s ten more miles of range, and an available feature to help with hauling. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Lightning pickups (Ford image)

¶ “Redwood Materials Plans Major Expansion In Nevada” • A statement at Redwood Material’s website says its mission is to “…build a circular supply chain to power a sustainable world and accelerate the reduction of fossil fuels.” A report by NBC News Channel 4 in Reno says the company acquired 74 acres of land in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Because Climate Science ‘Does Not Grade On A Curve,’ Experts Says IRA Not Enough” • While welcoming US House lawmakers’ passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, climate campaigners and some progressive lawmakers said the $740 billion bill does not do nearly enough to address the worsening climate emergency. [Common Dreams]

Offshore wind turbines (insung yoon, Unsplash)

¶ “Wood-Burning Power Plants In Massachusetts Won’t Qualify For Renewable Energy Credits” • An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind will expand clean energy development and end renewable energy subsidies for wood-burning power plants, according to a press release from Climate Action Now Western Massachusetts. []

¶ “California Governor Proposes Extending Nuclear Plant’s Life” • California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed extending the life of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by five to ten years to maintain reliable power supplies in the climate change era. Newsom’s draft proposal includes a potential forgivable loan for PG&E for up to $1.4 billion. []

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