August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Can The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Avoid A Major Disaster?” • As the possibility of all-out military conflict at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine becomes more likely, the situation there is growing increasingly dire. Despite continued shelling, it does not appear that safety systems have suffered significant damage. But that could change quickly. [CleanTechnica]

City of Zaporizhzhia (Alexey Tolmachov, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “China’s Worst Heat Wave On Record Is Crippling Power Supplies. How It Reacts Will Impact Us All” • For weeks now, a power crunch caused by a record heat wave and accompanying drought has wreaked havoc across Sichuan, a province home to 80 million people in southwestern China. Rolling blackouts have hurt businesses, farms, and households. [CNN]

¶ “Middle Earners Will Need Help With Rising Prices Too, Says Chancellor” • Middle earners, as well as low earners, are likely to need government help to pay their energy bills this winter, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has warned. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Zahawi said even those earning £45,000 ($52,800) a year may need support. [BBC]

Suburban UK home (Travel-Cents, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia To Build Two Nuclear Reactors In Hungary” • Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom will begin constructing two nuclear reactors in Hungary in the coming weeks, Hungary’s foreign minister said. The deal was reached in 2014. Russia’s nuclear industry has not been subjected to EU sanctions over its bloody invasion of Ukraine. [BBC]

¶ “Efforts To Pass Global Ocean Protection Treaty Fail” • A fifth effort to pass a global agreement to protect the world’s oceans and marine life failed. Talks for the UN High Seas Treaty went on for two weeks in New York, but governments could not agree on the terms. International waters represent nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans, but only 1.2% is protected. [BBC]

Diving whale (Bart van meele, Unsplash)

¶ “The Yanks Are Coming! Ford Mustang Mach-E Heading Down Under” • The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is about to arrive in the Australian market. It’s unclear what variants will make the trip to Australia. Nevertheless, the Mustang Mach-E looks like it will be likely to give the Tesla Model Y and BYD Atto 3 a run for their money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Used EV Market In Denmark Is Booming” • In Denmark, sales of EVs have risen sharply in the last two years, largely due to lower operating costs. During the first half of 2022, 12,000 new EVs and 18,000 used EVs were sold in the country, which has a population of about 6 million. There are clear reasons why used EVs would outsell new ones. [CleanTechnica]

Danish countryside (Adrien Hobbs, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany, Denmark Sign Deal To Ramp Up Renewable Energy” • German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock signed a deal with Denmark to boost investment in hydro and windpower, just as German electricity prices hit a record. Green electricity and hydrogen should be “central anchors for a more climate-neutral and sovereign Europe,” she said. [DW]

¶ “Russia Blocks UN Nuclear Treaty Agreement Over Clause On Zaporizhzhia” • After four weeks of debate and negotiation among 151 countries, Russia blocked an agreement at the UN that aimed to bolster the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Moscow objected to a clause about control over the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine. [The Guardian]

Nuclear power plant (John McArthur, Unsplash)

¶ “Team Of United Nations Inspectors Will Visit Ukraine’s Threatened Nuclear Power Plant” • UN experts are expected to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant next week, Ukrainian officials said. Fire damage to a transmission line at Europe’s largest nuclear plant caused a blackout across the region and heightened fears of a catastrophe. [Daily Mail]

US:

¶ “US Electric Vehicle Market Is Growing, And Yet Tesla Still Dominates” • With car makers rolling out new electric models, US EV sales reports are getting more interesting again. Tesla has long accounted for about 60–70% of the US electric car market. With the EV sales data we have, Tesla’s four models accounted for 67% of sales in Q2 of 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Screen Post, Unsplash)

¶ “Quarterly US Auto Sales Down Nearly 1 Million While Tesla Sales Up 97% In 3 Years” • US auto sales continue to crash. In the 2nd quarter of 2022, US auto sales were down 20% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2021. They were down 22% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2019. Tesla’s sales in Q2 2022 were 30% higher than in Q2 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mercedes Begins Production Of EQS SUV In Tuscaloosa” • The Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has begun building the SUV version of the new EQS battery-electric car, the company’s standard bearer going forward. Every EQS SUV for both domestic and foreign customers will be built exclusively in Tuscaloosa, a press release says. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes EQS SUV Interior (Courtesy of Mercedes)

¶ “Six US States Join Agreement Proposing Clean Hydrogen Hub” • Maine and Rhode Island signed on to a New York-led multi-state agreement, joining with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey to develop one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs named in the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Maligned By Misinformation. It’s A Distraction, Experts Say” • We are witnessing an ongoing misinformation campaign, says Dave Anderson of the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog group. He put together a 19-page timeline of how elected officials and advocacy groups have been publicly hammering wind power. [NPR]

Have a simply spectacular day.

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