August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Will Biden’s Big Clean Energy Bet Help The US Catch China?” • The US seems well on its path to green energy. President Joe Biden recently signed the biggest clean energy investment in US history into law. The package includes $370 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, EVs, etc. Nevertheless, compared to China, the US efforts look modest. [Oil Price]

Wind turbines (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change Hits Home” • One year, it rains so hard the farmers can’t bail their hay. The next, it barely rains at all, and crops fail. Here we are, exactly where scientists have warned for years we would be, scrambling to find ways to adapt to changes that might have been mitigated if governments had paid serious attention a few decades ago. [Times Union]

World:

¶ “Spain’s Olive Oil Producers Devastated By The Worst Ever Drought” • The fertile plains full of olive trees that stretch across southern Spain have made the country the world’s biggest producer of olive oil, accounting for around half of the global supply. This year’s yield is down by around a third already – and there’s still no sign of rain. [BBC]

Spanish olive trees (Vincent Eisfeld, Unsplash)

¶ “UN Team Leaves For Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • A team of inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog is on its way to the embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the organisation’s head said. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the team was expected to arrive at the Ukrainian plant this week. [BBC]

¶ “EU Faces Awful Winters Without Gas Cap – Minister” • The Belgian Energy Minister, Tinne Van der Straeten, has warned that EU countries will face “five to ten” “terrible” winters if nothing is done to reduce natural gas prices. Calls are mounting for an EU-wide cap on the price of gas and its decoupling from the price of electricity. [BBC]

Power blackout (Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash)

¶ “Peugeot Gives A Peek Behind The Scenes At EV And Hybrid Production” • In a recent press release, Peugeot gave us an inside look at its manufacturing facilities for electrified vehicles. By 2025, Peugeot says its whole model lineup will have an electric variant. This will necessitate a significant increase in battery production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Conservation Foundation Pushes For Clean Energy Export Strategy” • The ACF urged the federal government to take advantage of the global shift towards renewable energy to unlock hundreds of thousands of jobs and inject billions of dollars into the economy. About half of Australia’s exports may be exposed to world decarbonization efforts. [pv magazine Australia]

Dalrymple Bay coal terminal (DBI image)

¶ “Germany’s North-South Divide Flares Up Over Energy Crisis” • Germany’s north-south political divide has been virulent in the past few weeks, with the state premiers of Bavaria in the south and Lower Saxony in the north trading remarks about energy resources. The federal government, under pressure to replace the loss of Russian gas and oil, also weighed in. [DW]

¶ “Investors Register 17 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects For Illawarra REZ” • Renewable energy investors have proposed 44 clean energy projects totalling more than 17 GW of generation and storage capacity for a coordinated renewable energy zone to be established in the Illawarra region on the New South Wales south coast. [pv magazine Australia]

Australian solar farm (Soltec image)

¶ “Russia Doesn’t Acknowledge Radiological Risk At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, US Says” • The United States has said that Russia did not want to acknowledge the grave radiological risk at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, adding that was the reason it blocked a nuclear non-proliferation treaty deal’s final draft. [CNA]

US:

¶ “Vehicle-To-Grid Trials Taking Place In Massachusetts And New York” • Electric school buses are ideal candidates for use in V2G applications. They sit idle during the day when schools are in session, which allows them to soak up lots of excess electricity generated mid-day when the output from solar power plants is highest. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra school bus (Proterra image)

¶ “Cape Cod Offshore Wind Moves Ahead, Despite Controversy” • Fierce opponents of Cape Cod offshore wind have held their ground over decades. But, remarkably, the project is underway for a 35-mile offshore transmission cable serving Vineyard Wind. The change is attributed to an ongoing effort to talk with the residents one-on-one. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lucid Sapphire Offers Wicked Performance” • Lucid says it has set standards with the longest-range, fastest-charging electric car on the market with the award-winning Lucid Air, and now the Sapphire. Lucid’s ultra-high-performance brand, led by the Lucid Air Sapphire, is designed for the company to reach new levels of performance and luxury. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Sapphire (Lucid image)

¶ “Mayor Urges Residents To Flee Ahead Of Rising River Waters In Mississippi” • As record-setting rain and rising river waters threaten to seep into their homes, Jackson, Mississippi, residents are once again packing up their belongings and hoping for the best. Jackson, the state capitol, is still dealing with the toll of historic flooding of 2020. [CNN]

¶ “Public School Teachers In New Jersey Add Climate Change To Curriculum” • New Jersey will become the first state in the nation where all public schools are to teach climate change as part of their curriculum, for all grade levels. The aim is to help students understand the causes and impacts of climate change and what they can do to address it. [NPR]

Have an enjoyably perfect day.

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