Archive for September, 2022

September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “The hurricane problem Florida could have avoided” • After Hurricane Andrew, thirty years ago, Florida got new building codes. They may have somewhat protected against damage and enhanced survivability, but other disaster factors, such as rapid population growth and climate change, have tipped the disaster scale in the wrong direction. [CNN]

Housing in Naples, Florida (pennsyloco, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Carmakers’ Lifetime Emissions 50% Higher Than Reported” • Carmakers’ global emissions average 50% more than they report, Transport & Environment analysis shows. Obligatory scope 3 (lifetime) emissions disclosure is set to be introduced in 2023. Exposure to carbon intensive carmakers is a ‘ticking carbon bomb,’ for asset managers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Last Gasp For Mountain Valley Pipeline Natural Gas Project” • Natural gas stakeholders thought they had the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the bag. Federal legislation that would have cleared the way for it and other fossil energy projects was cut from a spending bill by its own sponsor, Senator Joe Manchin. There is a lot to this story. [CleanTechnica]

West Virginia (DJCohenour, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

World:

¶ “US Points Finger At Russia Over Gas Pipeline Sabotage” • The US has said it “seems” Russia is to blame for this week’s leaks in the two Nordstream gas pipelines. US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said an investigation was being carried out into the cause of what she called “an act of sabotage.” Russia has dismissed suggestions that it was to blame. [BBC]

¶ “Fraunhofer ISE Doubles Production Speed Of Silicon Wafers For Solar Panels” • Working with a consortium of companies and research organizations, Fraunhofer ISE devised an innovative production line that can produce 15,000 to 20,000 silicon wafers per hour. That is about double the output of most production lines in use today. [CleanTechnica]

Experimental wafer stack (Fraunhofer ISE image)

¶ “In Europe, 13% Of New Car Sales Are Electric (21% Plugins)” • For the first time since June 2021, the overall European car market grew YOY, though it was only by 3%. Plugin hybrid models continued to have falling sales, but at the same time, BEVs managed to maintain their two-digit growth rates last month, with 12% growth. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “WindEurope warns EU Power Plans Will Put Renewables At Risk” • WindEurope warned that new EU emergency regulations in response to the energy crisis could hold up many renewables investments. EU energy ministers are convening  to decide on emergency regulations aimed to curb rising electricity prices and coordinate members’ responses. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Thomas Reaubourg, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe Braces For Mobile Network Blackouts As Russia Halts Gas Supplies” • Russia’s decision to halt gas supplies to Europe in the wake of the Ukraine conflict has increased the chances of power shortages. The situation is made worse in France due to the maintenance cycles of several nuclear power plants. Even cell phones could be affected. [Business Today]

Australia:

¶ “Australia’s AGL Energy Plans Investments Of $13 Billion In Renewable Energy By 2036” • An Australian energy generator and retailer, AGL Energy Ltd, recently announced that it plans to spend up to A$20 billion ($13 billion) by 2036 on renewable energy. At the same time it will accelerate the end of coal-fired generating by ten years. [Saur Energy]

Solar panels and radio telescope (ESA_events, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Queensland, Australia, Vows To Turn Its Coal Plants Into Renewable Energy Hubs By 2035” • Queensland is one of Australia’s most important coal-producing states, according to Reuters. But that might change. The government announced a $40 billion plan to transition its coal-fired generation stations into renewable energy hubs by 2035. [EcoWatch]

¶ “Queensland Is Building The World’s Largest Pumped Hydro System” • One takeaway from Queensland’s renewable energy plan is that the state is committed to pumped hydro technology. It’s the centerpiece of the state’s new renewables target, coming in the form of two new pumped hydro facilities, one of which will be the largest of its kind worldwide. [ABC]

Pumped hydro plant (Supplied by Snowy Hydro)

US:

¶ “‘Substantial loss of life’ possible in Florida as Hurricane Ian takes aim at South Carolina” • Ian’s combination of winds, rain, and storm surge caused at least a dozen deaths, flooded homes, cut off roadways, and left millions of Florida residents without power as it once more intensified into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and heads toward South Carolina. [CNN]

¶ “Hurricane Ian’s Rainfall Was A 1-In-1,000 Year Event For The Hardest-Hit Parts Of Florida” • Hurricane Ian slammed into the Gulf Coast of Florida on Wednesday with record-breaking storm surge and devastating winds. But as it tracked inland, extreme rainfall became the most destructive aspect of the storm for central Florida. [CNN]

Lucky survivors (PCHS-NJROTC, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “The US Plan To Power 100% Of Its Flights With Renewable Jet Fuel” • This month, the US DOE released a roadmap on how to achieve carbon-neutral aviation emissions. The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap outlines steps to meet 100% of the domestic aviation fuel demand with sustainable fuel by 2050. [Oil Price]

¶ “Burlington Electric Issues RFP To Replace Expiring Renewable Energy Sources” • Burlington Electric Department issued a request for proposals for renewable energy resources to ensure that it can continue to source 100% of its power from renewable generation. BED has contracts that will be expiring in the next two to five years. [Vermont Business Magazine]

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September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Hay! Alfalfa Is The Biggest Issue For Western Water” • All the reductions of water use cities can do will not be nearly enough to restore the Colorado River. But alfalfa farmers in one California irrigation district use far more water than the allotment for the state of Nevada. Alfalfa farms use almost enough water to cover the river’s shortfall. [CleanTechnica]

Growing alfalfa (USDA-NRCS image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hurricane Ian’s Rapid Intensification Is Part Of A Trend For The Most Dangerous Storms” • Ian’s wind speed increased by 35 mph in less than three hours. Scientists say rapid intensification of hurricanes is getting more likely as the climate crisis pushes ocean temperatures higher, enabling them to grow at breakneck pace into deadly major hurricanes. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Big Oil’s Toxic Emissions From Flaring Undeclared” • Major oil companies are failing to declare significant greenhouse gas emissions from flaring gas at oil fields, a BBC News investigation revealed. Millions of tonnes of undeclared emissions come from gas flaring at oil fields that are operated by BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell. [BBC]

¶ “West Shores Up Nord Stream Pipeline Security, Blaming Leak On Sabotage” • European countries say they will boost security around oil and gas installations after the suspected sabotage of two major pipelines. The EU, US, and Nato suggested damage to the pipelines between Russia and Germany was deliberate, but have not blamed Russia directly. [BBC]

¶ “Australia’s Most-Polluting Coal Plant To Shut Decade Earlier Than Planned” • Australia’s dirtiest power plant will shut down a decade earlier than planned. The coal-fired Loy Yang A power station in Victoria will close in 2035, owner AGL Energy said. It emitted 16.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas in 2019-20, more than 3% of the country’s emissions. [BBC]

Loy Yang plant (Marcus Wong Wongm, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Manchester Orders 50 Electric Buses, But It Would Be More Fair To Call Them 100 Electric Buses” • NFI announced that Transport for Greater Manchester had ordered 50 zero-emission double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis. These buses will be used in the first phase of the franchised Bee Network bus system, set to launch in September 2023. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vattenfall Swoops On 1 GW Of German Offshore Wind” • Vattenfall has decided to exercise its right to develop a 980-MW offshore wind project awarded to RWE Renewables in the German North Sea. Following a final investment decision by Vattenfall, the wind farm could be connected to the German electric grid in 2027. [reNews]

Offshore wind turbines (Vattenfall image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures 218.7-MW Indian Order” • GE Renewable Energy has secured orders from Continuum Green Energy Limited to supply, install, and commission 81 turbines for windpower projects in Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. The order is for 2.7-132 onshore wind turbines for the projects with a total capacity of 218.7MW. [reNews]

¶ “Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant Hit By 26th Postponement” • The completion date for a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Japan, a key component in the cycle policy, was pushed back for the 26th time. The construction cost of the reprocessing plant was initially estimated at ¥760 billion ($5.25 billion). It has grown to ¥3.1 trillion ($21.4 billion). [Asahi Shimbun]

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (Nife, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ian Continues To Batter Florida As A Category 1 Storm While Officials Warn The Worst Is Yet To Come” • Ian made landfall as a Category 4 near Cayo Costa around 3:05 pm, with winds near 150 mph. It continued to batter Florida with high winds, heavy rain, and historic storm surge Wednesday night, even as it weakened to a Category 1. [CNN]

¶ “More Green Ammonia For The US, And More Electrofuels For Texas” • The Danish firm Topsoe announced that it is part of a scheme to drop a gigantic new electrofuel plant featuring green hydrogen in the state of Texas. The same company is also involved in a new green ammonia plan that could find a footing in Texas, too. [CleanTechnica]

Green ammonia and electrofuels (HIF Global, screenshot)

¶ “Electric School Buses Used To Support Maryland Energy Grid” • A widespread adoption of EVs with V2G technology can help balance the nation’s energy grids. The Montgomery County Public School district in Maryland put the idea into practice by using its electric school bus fleet to provide power reserves to support the PJM electric grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ESS Flow Battery To Supply 200-MW, 2-GWh Of Storage To California Utility” • ESS is an Oregon-based company that makes flow batteries using abundant and inexpensive materials: iron, salt, and water. ESS is to supply the Sacramento Municipal Utility District with a flow batteries with a total capacity of 200-MW, 2-GWh beginning next year. [CleanTechnica]

ESS all-iron flow battery (ESS image)

¶ “Victory! Colorado Cancels Highway Expansion, Funds Transit Instead” • A plan to expand Interstate 25 through central Denver has officially been scrapped, and $100 million has instead been reallocated to Bus Rapid Transit and investments in projects that are friendly to walking and biking to support healthier, more vibrant communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tiny Oregon Town Hosts First Wind-Solar-Battery “Hybrid” Plant” • A renewable energy plant that was commissioned in in the tiny Oregon town of Lexingtonn combines solar power and wind power with massive batteries to store the energy that is generated there. It is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. [NowThis News]

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September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Could Living In A Bamboo Home Help Solve The Climate Crisis?” • While bamboo has been used in construction in Asia for thousands of years, it’s starting to be used for sustainable housing in parts of the US and elsewhere. Giant bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant on the planet. It can be harvested when it is just three years old. [CNN]

Bamboo house interior (Maria Orlova, Pexels)

¶ “Tesla To Employ Thousands Of Its “Humanoid Robots” In Its Factories” • Elon Musk has long talked about Tesla’s innovation in building “the machine that builds the machine.” He emphasized that he sees that manufacturing will be Tesla’s #1 competitive advantage. Now Tesla seems to be working on using humanoid robots in factories. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “To Get Lithium For Batteries, Geothermal Energy Could Soon Help” • The Lithium Story Map allows visitors to scroll through the role of lithium in renewable energy, see how the critical material is obtained, and understand why the Salton Sea region of California may prove a key domestic source – with a little help from geothermal energy. [CleanTechnica]

Aerial view of the Salton Sea (Dicklyon, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “Hurricane Ian: Cuba Suffers Complete Blackout After Storm” • Cuba is completely without power after Hurricane Ian slammed the western end of the island, its government has announced. The electrical system is experiencing total collapse, after one of the main power plants could not be brought back online, leaving 11 million people in the dark. [BBC]

¶ “Hundreds Of Thousands Evacuated As Typhoon Noru Makes Landfall In Vietnam’s Da Nang” • Typhoon Noru made landfall near Vietnam’s popular beach city of Da Nang on Wednesday morning, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain as hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated. Typhoon Noru left the Philippines around 8 pm on Monday. [CNN]

Typhoon damage in the Philippines (Carl Kho, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Pipeline Terror Attack On Nord Stream Pipeline” • Ukraine has accused Russia of causing leaks in two major gas pipelines to Europe in what it described as a “terrorist attack.” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 was “an act of aggression” towards the EU. [BBC]

¶ “Venice’s Fight Against Rising Seas” • This statement is far from hyperbole: Venice is at very real risk of being consumed by the sea. In worst-case scenario, the city could disappear beneath the waves by as early as 2100. Part of the problem is rising sea levels. But also, many buildings in the city are slowly sinking due to groundwater extraction. [BBC]

Flooded Venice (Egor Gordeev, Unsplash)

¶ “Queensland Takes Its Own Road To A Decarbonised Grid” • The Queensland government revealed details of its new energy blueprint, with A$62 billion ($40 billion) of new investment to 2035. The plan is for 25 GW of new wind and solar (50:50 mix) by 2035, in addition to 7 GW of new rooftop solar, new pumped storage, and transmission lines. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Scottish Power Secured Record-Breaking 19 Renewable Energy Projects In First Half Of 2022” • Scottish Power has confirmed it secured 19 renewable energy projects in the first six months of 2022 totalling more than 9 GW, a record for the firm. Along with others, ScottishPower received leasing through the ScotWind initiative in January 2022. [Current News]

Wind turbines (Scottish Power image)

¶ “GE To Work On Converting Old, Gas-Fired Power Station In Britain Into A Battery Storage Facility” • A decommissioned gas-fired power station in Britain is set to be repurposed and converted into a battery storage facility. GE will supply the 50-MW project’s battery storage system, which will store energy from 43 onshore wind farms. [CNBC]

¶ “Germany Delays Exit From Nuclear Power To Offset Energy Shortfall” • Germany’s planned exit from nuclear power by the end of this year has been officially delayed in order to shore up energy supplies during an expected shortfall this winter, the economic minister, Robert Habeck, announced. The decision is an awkward U-turn for Germany. [The Guardian]

Isar nuclear plant (E.ON, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

US:

¶ “Florida officials urge evacuation as Ian approaches” • More than 2.5 million Floridians were under some kind of evacuation warning Tuesday as Hurricane Ian marched closer to the state’s west coast. The Category 3 storm was churning 120 mph winds Tuesday night with its center roughly 180 miles south-southwest of the city of Punta Gorda. [CNN]

¶ “US Plan To Add 500,000 EV Chargers In All Fifty States Gets Final Approval” • An Associated Press report says that all fifty states have received final approval to begin construction of the first nationwide network of EV charging stations. When it is complete, there will be at least one DC fast charger every 50 miles along the interstate highways. [CleanTechnica]

EV chargers (Image courtesy of ABB)

¶ “Seventeen EV Models Have EPA Combined Rating Of Over 100 MPGe In Model Year 2022” • For Model Year 2022, 17 EV models achieved over 100 miles per gallon equivalent. MPGe is a unit of measure used by the EPA to represent EV fuel economy in a common unit with gas-powered vehicles. The best rating was for the Tesla Model 3, at 132 MPGe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Seabrook Nuclear Plant False Alarm: Here’s Why It Took Nearly An Hour To Notify Public” • On July 12, it took nearly an hour to notify the public that the alarm at the NextEra Seabrook nuclear power plant was false. The state Department of Safety’s report finds that this happened because there was no procedure in place for an inadvertent alarm. [Seacoastonline.com]

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September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Vehicle Good, E-Bike Better, Cargo E-Bike Even Better” • “One bike that can do almost anything – commutes, trips to the store, daycare drop-off, leisure rides, and more.” So said the e-bike maker CERO, as it unveiled its CERO One. It’s all true! The CERO One feels like silk in motion to ride, and you can use it for local shopping. [CleanTechnica]


CERO One (CERO image)

¶ “If You’re A Climate Activist, Beware – Fossil Fuel Companies May Target You Next” • EarthRights International has uncovered a trend in the US and abroad of closing civic space, where those who exercise their fundamental rights to speak up about matters of public interest face retaliation through judicial harassment and physical violence. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Is Causing Hurricanes To Intensify Faster Than Ever” • Rapid intensification has historically been a rare phenomenon, but human-caused climate change is stacking the deck in favor of more intense storms. As they generate more rainfall and larger storm surge, they are also more likely to be stronger and intensify faster. [CNN]

Super Typhoon Noru (NOAA/CIRA/RAMMB)

World:

¶ “Energy Dome To Partner With Ørsted For Energy Storage” • Energy Dome has technology that uses CO₂ as an energy storage medium. The company is building its first demonstration facility on Sardinia, where its CO₂ battery will help smooth the island transition to renewables when it shuts down its two coal-fired generating stations next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Project Agreements For 420 MW Of Onshore Wind Signed This Week In South Africa” • The first three project agreements of South Africa’s fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme have been signed. The bid window aims to procure 1,600 MW onshore wind and 1,000 MW of solar PV plants. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Brett Sayles, Pexels)

¶ “South Africa’s Eskom Announces New Partnership For Developing A Renewable Energy Training Facility” • South African power utility Eskom announced a partnership with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet and the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre on a training facility at the Komati Power Station. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corio Partners On Development Of Spanish Floater” • Corio Generation partnered with global investment platform Q-Energy to explore opportunities for development of floating offshore wind power in Spain. The announcement comes as the Spanish government is aiming to build up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind by 2030. [reNews]

Floating wind turbine (WindEurope image)

¶ “Wärtsilä To Provide Energy Storage Systems To The Cayman Islands” • The technology group Wärtsilä will supply two 10-MW, 10-MWh energy storage systems under a contract to Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd in the Cayman Islands. This project will enable the utility to nearly double its renewable energy capacity on Grand Cayman. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “European’s Energy Independence Impossible Unless Wind Power Considered A Strategic Industry Says SGRE” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy published a white paper on Europe’s energy sovereignty. It highlights how the recent exceptional pressures on the wind industry led to a challenging financial situation. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Victoria Targets 6.3 GW Of Renewable Storage By 2035” • Victoria’s new storage targets are Australia’s largest to date. Victoria is already home to the largest battery in the Southern Hemisphere, Neoen’s 300-MW Victorian Big Battery. The state’s new targets include batteries, hydroelectricity, and hydrogen technologies. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ian: Florida Warned To Brace For ‘Major Disaster’” • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned the state to brace for a potential “major disaster” as category two Hurricane Ian gathers force in the Caribbean. Ian is expected to make landfall on the west coast of Florida on Wednesday, but the hurricane’s exact path is still uncertain. [BBC]

Governor Ron DeSantis (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “GM Banks On Honking Big Electric Vehicles In First-Ever Propulsion Do-Over” • GM has announced its first retooling of one of its propulsion facilities to make the innards for EVs. That’s the kind of move that could make EV-only startups quake in their boots. But the real question is how to plump up the lithium supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rheem Releases 120V Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater That Can Be Plugged Into Typical Outlet” • Rheem released its 120V ProTerra(R) Plug-in Heat Pump water heater. This is really good news. When it comes to climate effects and price, heat pump water heaters are the energy equivalent of seven solar panels that cost one-sixth of the price. [CleanTechnica]

Rheem 120V heat pump water heater (Rheem image)

¶ “Activists Push Back Against Plan That Would Dump Nuclear Waste Into Ocean” • A crowd of about 100 activists objected to a plan by Holtec International, which is decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to dump radioactive waste into Cape Cod Bay as one of its options to get rid of the material. [NECN]

¶ “Feds Commit $50 Million To For-Profit Nuclear Fusion Companies” • The DOE announced that $50 million will go toward private nuclear fusion companies in public-private partnerships. The US government has put federal money into fusion science research since the 1950s and today invests about $700 million per year into fusion research. [CNBC]

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September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “NGK Is To Supply Sakuú With Ceramics For Solid-State Batteries” • Sakuú, based in California, has novel methods of 3D printing. NGK is a Japanese company with expertise in ceramics. They will collaborate to develop 3D-printed solid-state batteries. Sakuú says the batteries are 50% smaller, 30% lighter, and less expensive than lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Sakuú solid-state battery (Sakuú image)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Subsidiary Elli Enters Partnership To Integrate EVs Into Grid” • Some recent news from Volkswagen shows us that using EVs to stabilize the grid is far from being a dream. Elia Group, re.alto, and Elli agreed to undertake joint activities with the aim of illustrating the benefits of e-vehicles integrating into the electricity system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Utility Vehicles For Australia And New Zealand” • EV enthusiasts in Australia and New Zealand might be holding out for a Rivian or a Ford F-150 Lightning, but they may have to make do with the Chinese LDV T60 EV. The vehicle is available for order in New Zealand now and should be launched late this year or early next year in Australia. [CleanTechnica]

LDV eT60 (LDV New Zealand)

¶ “Saudi Arabia Announces Five Renewable Energy Projects To Produce Electricity” • Saudi Arabia has announced five new projects to produce electricity using renewable energy. They include three wind energy projects, with a total capacity of 1,300 MW, and two solar energy projects, whose combined capacity will be 1,500 MW. [Business Standard]

¶ “Enercon Unveils 6-MW E-175 Turbine” • German turbine manufacturer Enercon has revealed a new model, the E-175 EP5, which has a rotor diameter of 175 metres and a nominal power of 6 MW. The wind energy conversion system is designed for low to medium wind sites. A prototype is planned for 2023/24 and the start of series production for 2024. [reNews]

New wind turbine (Enercon image)

¶ “Tomago Aluminium Ramps Up Renewable Energy Plans” • New South Wales’ largest electricity user, Tomago Aluminium, is accelerating its plan to abandon coal-fired power, revealing it is looking to collaborate with key industry partners to develop new and innovative renewable power generation and energy storage projects. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Queensland Pushes Closer To Renewable Energy Target” • Stanwell is working with global renewable energy developer RES on the proposed Tarong West Wind Farm, 30 km south-west of Kingaroy. It is expected to have a capacity of up to 500 MW. Support is expected from the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. [pv magazine Australia]

Coopers Gap wind farm (DiamondIIIXX, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity Sees Rapid Expansion” • China’s installed capacity of renewable energy notched up rapid growth in the first eight months of the year amid the country’s pursuit of green development. By the end of August, the country’s total installed capacity included 340 million kW of windpower, and 350 million kW of solar. [The Bull]

US:

¶ “Florida officials urge residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian” • Floridians are bracing for Tropical Storm Ian, which is expected to rapidly intensify before hitting western Cuba with threats of strong winds and storm surge as high as 9 to 14 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is too early to know where it will make US landfall. [CNN]

Forecast arrival times (NOAA image)

¶ “Biden Touts Climate Package At Global Citizen Festival” • President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden addressed the Global Citizen Festival, underscoring the administration’s commitment to climate action, according to remarks obtained by CNN. Biden cited the Democrats’ $369 billion climate package, the largest such investment in US history. [CNN]

¶ “East Bay Customers Support California’s Grid During Extreme Heat Wave Through Innovative Program” • East Bay Community Energy and Sunrun have been installing solar + battery systems in California. Systems in EBCE’s Resilient Home Program gave critical emergency energy support to stave off rolling blackouts during California’s Flex Alerts. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrun installation (Sunrun image)

¶ “Tesla Passes 10,000 Model Ys Produced At Texas Gigafactory” • Elon Musk has an ambitious goal for 2030. He wants Tesla to be producing 20 million vehicles a year by the end that year. Many milestones will be passed to get to that goal. The big milestone of the month at “Giga Texas” is that it just recently rolled out its 10,000th vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corporate Demand Drives New Renewable Energy Projects Across Michigan” • Through voluntary “green pricing” programs created under 2016 statewide energy reforms, utilities regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission have reported exponential growth in the amount of customer-purchased renewable energy. [MiBiz]

DTE Energy’s Pinnebog Wind Park (Courtesy photo)

¶ “NYISO Report Examines Pathways To Renewables” • New York state will need to increase its electric generating capabilities by 20 GW to meet state’s goal that 70% of the state’s power come from renewable sources in 2030. The state Independent System Operator has identified what it terms an unprecedented level of electrical system investment. [Observer Today]

¶ “US Partnerships Boost Development Of Hydrogen Economy” • Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with Constellation Energy Corp to develop projects, with one focusing on hydrogen production from nuclear power plants, while Bloom Energy and Excel Energy have announced plans for hydrogen production at a nuclear plant in Minnesota. [Eurasia Review]
(I think they are looking for ways to continue the operation of nuclear plants in a market where nuclear can’t compete. GHH)

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September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Congress Should Reject Radical Permitting Proposal” • Sen Joe Manchin’s legislative text on fossil fuel infrastructure permitting, released after weeks of speculation about a potential measure, is similar to proposals already made public, but significantly worse in that it adds draconian language mandating permitting of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. [CleanTechnica]

West Virginia (Michael Barrick, Unsplash, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Can Amplify The Negative Effects Of Climate Change, New Study Finds” • The impacts of air pollution on human health, economies, and agriculture differ a lot depending on where on the planet the pollutants are emitted, a study found. In some cases, pollution co-emitted with CO₂ can increase the social cost of carbon by as much as 66%. [ScienceDaily]

World:

¶ “Fiona Slams Canada’s Atlantic Coast, Knocking Out Power For Thousands And Damaging Homes” • Fiona ripped through Canada’s eastern seaboard at hurricane strength after making landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday, slamming the area with fierce winds and storm surge and causing power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. [CNN]

Storm damage (Charlottetown Police Department)

¶ “Fracking Ban Lifted, Government Announces” • Fracking can go ahead in England, the government said, lifting a ban on the controversial process. A moratorium was put in place in 2019 due to concerns over earth tremors. But with the worsening global energy crisis and world leaders scrambling to secure energy supplies, the question has been reopened. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Change Risk To Coastal Castles” • Castles that have stood for hundreds of years are at risk of being damaged by climate change, conservation charity English Heritage warns. The charity, which manages over 400 historic sites in England, highlighted six castles threatened by coastal erosion and rising sea levels. Tintagel Castle is one of them. [BBC]

Tintagel Castle, of Arthurian fame (English Heritage photo)

¶ “Tesla BEV Market Share Dropped From 25.1% In Q2 2020 To 15.6% In Q2 2022 – While Sales Grew 180.2%” • Sales of Teslas grew from 90,891 in Q2 2020 to 254,695 in Q2 2022. But in the markets of China, Europe, and the US, Tesla’s share of battery EV sales dropped from 25.1% in Q2 2020 to 15.6% in Q2 2022. The market is growing faster than Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Investments In Egypt’s Renewable Energy Approach $3.5 Billion To Produce 3,570 MW” • Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker, said investments in the renewable energy sector in Egypt are growing rapidly, reaching 3,570 MW, with foreign direct investment of nearly $3.5 billion, double its counterpart in 2020. [Egypt Today]

Wind turbine in Egypt (Hatem Moushir, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Ukrainian Recalls Terror Of Life At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant” • A worker of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine revealed details about the situation at the facility in an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun. Among other things, he said Russian soldiers stored artillery shells in the engine room near the reactor. [The Japan News]

Australia:

¶ “Rooftop Solar Recently Reached 72% Of Western Australia Electricity Output!” • It was once a common assumption in the utility industry and among solar skeptics that solar power could not provide more than 5% of grid electricity or the grid would break. In Western Australia, rooftop solar PVs recently provided 72% of grid power for a time. [CleanTechnica]

Perth, Western Australia (Nathan Hurst, Unsplash)

¶ “Grid Renewal Generates Billion-Dollar Shock As Costs Of Energy Transition Become Clear” • Australian consumers were told to brace for big hikes in power bills due to costs of grid overhauls for renewable energy. Western Australia’s economic regulator said the state’s grid provider should be allowed to spend $9 billion over the next five years [ABC]

¶ “Australia Has A Golden Opportunity To Expand Solar Energy Manufacturing” • Australia has a golden opportunity to expand its solar energy manufacturing capacity as the industry booms and nations scramble to cut their over-dependence on China, according to a report by the Australian Australian PV Institute Institute. [The Guardian]

House in Queensland (Kgbo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “EPA Launches New Office Dedicated To Environmental Justice” • The Environmental Protection Agency will establish a new national office of environmental justice to address the disproportionate harm that pollution and climate change has caused in low-income areas and communities of color, the agency announced. [CNN]

¶ “Misery, Yet Again, For Puerto Ricans Still Recovering From Maria” • Fiona arrived almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, delivered a blow from which the island has never fully recovered. It has left many Puerto Ricans marveling anew at the kindness of neighbors and revisiting the age-old debate about leaving for the mainland. [CNN]

Hurricane Fiona from space (NASA, public domain)

¶ “Tropical Storm Ian Forecast To Reach Category 4 Strength As It Tracks Toward Florida” • Tropical Storm Ian, the ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to reach up to Category 4 hurricane strength before hitting Florida. If it does, it will be the first major hurricane to impact the state of Florida since 2018. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Airplane Flights Coming To Florida, The Bahamas, And The Caribbean” • Electric aircraft are all the rage, but when will we see actual commercial electric airplane options for normal people? They are on the way. The electric aircraft “Alice” from Eviation Aircraft is getting real orders, including from a young airline based in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

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September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Fatih Birol: Electric Cars Are Transforming The Auto Industry. That’s Good News For The Climate” • By 2030, more than one out of every two cars sold in the US, the EU and China could be electric, according to an analysis that will be published in the International Energy Agency’s flagship “World Energy Outlook” report next month. [CNN]

Electric car (dcbel, Pexels)

¶ “The Really Big Battery Deal In The IRA That People Are Missing” • The IRA incentives for nearly every stage of battery production and the battery supply chain are very attractive, and since they stack on top of each other, the IRA is likely to bring about a “gold rush” of sorts for a wide range of enterprises in fields relative to batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aluminum-Sulfur Battery Could Drastically Change Mining For Renewable Materials” • One of the most crucial aspects of sustainable living is the responsible mining of renewable resources. Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have developed an aluminum-sulfur battery that could change mining practices forever. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Aluminum (Darren Patterson, Pexels)

World:

¶ “Ford’s Electric Van Promises To Revolutionize Commercial EVs In Europe” • Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford, says Ford’s Transit Custom is the most popular commercial vehicle in Europe. Now, Ford has a new electric version of that vehicle, the ETransit Custom. Its electric power has not compromised its performance. [CleanTechnica]
***** Ford E-Transit Custom (Ford of Europe GmbH)

¶ “Citroën Announces New Partnership With Ubitricity” • The Citroën AMI is part of a new exiting range of very small urban electric vehicles. The AMI has a 5.5 kWh battery, a 6 kW motor, a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). It has a range of 46 miles. One really noteworthy thing about this little EV is that you can get one for only £7,695 ($8,356)! [CleanTechnica]

Citroën Ami (Image from Citroën UK)

¶ “Lhyfe Launches Offshore Renewable Green Hydrogen Production Pilot Site” • Global clean energy pioneer Lhyfe has launched the world’s first renewable green hydrogen production demonstrator. Lhyfe started an 18-month wind powered pilot in Saint-Nazaire, France, as part its drive towards large-scale carbon reduction. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Nova Scotia Power Expects Lengthy Outages From Hurricane Fiona” • Hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians lost power on Friday night amid high winds and rain as Hurricane Fiona arrived. Officials warned that the lights, for some, might stay out for a long time, because repair crews cannot work on the lines until the winds subside. [CBC]

Fiona, Sept 23 (NASA/NOAA-20, public domain, cropped)

¶ “China Could Exceed Renewables Generation Target Of 33% By 2025” • China is on track to meet its 33% electricity consumption target from renewables by 2025 and could comfortably exceed it amid ongoing efforts to de-bottleneck the power grid to bring more renewables online, analysts and clean energy project developers said. [S&P Global]

¶ “Belgium To Shut Nuclear Reactor On Friday Amid Energy Crunch” • Belgium announced that its Doel 3 nuclear reactor will disconnect from the grid and cease operations, despite fears of blackouts this winter. It is one of four reactors at the Doel plant near Antwerp, and is the first nuclear reactor to shut down in Belgium’s plan to exit nuclear power. [Oil Price]

Doel nuclear plant (Alexandre Jacquemin, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Sizewell C: Planning Shake-Up ‘Runs Roughshod Over Objectors’” • A government shake-up of planning which could bring forward the building of Sizewell C is “deeply dismaying”, campaigners said. New legislation aims to cut planning rules and get rid of environmental assessments to speed up construction of the nuclear plant. [BBC]

US:

¶ “Here’s What’s In Joe Manchin’s Energy Permitting Reform Plan” • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has a proposal to streamline the federal permitting process for energy projects and fast-track a pipeline that would impact his home state. Senator Schumer had agreed to pass Manchin’s plan to win his support for the $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act. [CNN]

Pipeline (Quinten de Graaf, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Improves Blue Cruise With Hands-Free Lane Changing And Tech To Make Road-Sharing With Bigger Vehicles Easy” • As it works toward autonomous driving, Ford announced some new BlueCruise features, including lane changing features and system updates to create more of a human-like driving feel. They will be available on new vehicles this fall. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BlueOval City: Ford’s Making Its Biggest Factory Complex Ever To Support EV Production” • Ford announced breaking ground for BlueOval City, representing a $5.6 billion investment on an EV-making mega-campus of nearly six square miles in western Tennessee. Ford’s goal is to build 2 million EVs per year by 2026, worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

Construction work (Ford image)

¶ “Over 100 Evolve NY Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Now Installed” • To round out Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than 100 high-speed chargers have been installed across the state of New York. This achievement is part of the New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY fast charging network for electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environment Groups Slam Plan To Reopen Michigan Nuclear Plant” • Dozens of environmental groups sent a letter to federal energy officials imploring them to deny funding to a New Jersey company seeking to reopen a west Michigan nuclear plant. They say the Palisades Power Plant should not be eligible for the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. [Detroit News]

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September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Firms Making Flour From Mushrooms And Cauliflower” • Flour is culturally ingrained in our lives, but there are affordable alternatives to wheat. They are gaining attention, particularly after a year of disruption to the grain market resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And the alternatives have benefits for human health and the climate. [BBC]

Wheat growing in Ukraine (Polina Rytova, Unsplash)

¶ “A Wave Of Technologies Uses Nature To Fight The Climate Crisis” • A wave of technologies is accelerating natural climate solutions, and experts say that, together, they can provide around one-third of the cost effective climate mitigation that is needed between now and 2030 to achieve the 1.5ºC target of the UN Climate Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Fearsome Hurricane Fiona Could Be Canada’s Strongest-Ever Storm” • Canadians are bracing for what could be the strongest storm ever to hit their country’s coast. Hurricane Fiona lashed the Caribbean, is forecast to brush by Bermuda as a dangerous Category 3 storm, and shows no signs of slowing before it slams into Canada on Saturday morning. [CNN]

Hurricane Fiona storm track (NOAA image)

¶ “Kenya’s Fuel Subsidy Could Have Bought 28,000 Electric Buses!” • In 2021, Kenya’s bill for imported petroleum products came to $3 billion! Now, the price is far higher because of the energy crisis. Subsidies for consumers mean higher taxes. But for the cost of the subsidies Kenya could buy 28,000 BYD buses, with leased batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fortescue Moves To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Risk” • Here is more on the Fortescue Metals Group investment of US$6.2 billion to eliminate fossil fuel use in its iron ore operations. One point is that the goal is not net-zero carbon emissions, but “real zero.” Also, eliminating fossil fuels is expected to reduce operating costs by US$818 million per year. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (Fortescue image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Rise By 700,000 In A Year, To Nearly 13 Million” • Worldwide employment in the renewable energy sector reached 12.7 million last year, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in just 12 months, despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the energy crisis, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [Indiablooms]

¶ “Brookfield Aims To Build 12 To 16 GW Of Renewable Power In India Over The Next 10 Years” • Brookfield aims to multiply it’s current 4-GW Indian renewable portfolio by three to four times within the next decade. It will also help corporates transition to decarbonizing and invest in building large scale supply chain in India, a top executive said. [The Economic Times]

Wind turbine (Elena Zhuravleva, Pexels)

¶ “Macron Aims To Make It Easier To Build Renewable Energy Projects In France” • French President Emmanuel Macron said he will cut red tape to halve the time it takes in France to get renewable projects off the ground, stressing that was crucial at a time when Europe faces a serious energy crunch amid the war in Ukraine. [Offshore Engineer Magazine]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Announces RecyclableBlade For Onshore Wind Power Projects” • Siemens Gamesa has launched its RecyclableBlade for onshore wind projects, aiming to make wind energy even more sustainable and creating a fully circular sector. A similar product for offshore projects took only 10 months to get to market. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind farm (Siemens Gamesa RE image)

¶ “Damage Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant Prompts Poland To Distribute Iodine Pills” • Poland, concerned about fighting near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, distributed iodine tablets to regional fire departments to give to people in the event of radioactive exposure. Iodine is considered protective against thyroid cancer in case of radioactive exposure. [NDTV.com]

¶ “IAEA Proposal For Ukraine Nuclear Safety And Security Protection Zone Wins Support As Talks Begin On Establishment” • An IAEA proposal to establish a nuclear safety and security zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is receiving strong international support and detailed talks have begun. [International Atomic Energy Agency]

IAEA meeting (D Candano Laris, IAEA)

US:

¶ “California Pushes Aggressive Climate Action Plans Forward” • California is pushing its climate agenda forward again with more pieces of legislation. A press release from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom says the package of new laws will cut pollution, protect Californians from big polluters, and accelerate the state’s transition to clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kia Moves Start Of Electric Car Production In US Forward To 2024” • Earlier this year, South Korean car maker Kia announced it was talking with officials in Georgia about building a factory for making EVs near Savannah. As originally planned, it would start producing cars in 2025. Now, reports are that the factory will begin production a year sooner. [CleanTechnica]

Kia ev6 gt (Kia image)

¶ “Colorado Co-Op Cuts The Country In On The EV Revolution” • For many small towns in rural areas, the hefty power lines needed to install a DCFC station just aren’t around. Fortunately, the Highline Electric Association, a Colorado rural electric co-op, has found a solution: Freewire’s DCFC stations with integrated battery storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EnerVenue And Green Energy Renewable Solutions Announce 250-MWh Master Supply Agreement” • EnerVenue, a maker of metal-hydrogen batteries capable of 30,000 cycles, announced a Master Supply Agreement with Green Energy Renewable Solutions for 250 MWh of EnerVenue’s storage systems over the next three years. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

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September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Power As Response To Climate Crisis Is Like ‘Calling On A Sloth To Put Out A House Fire’ – Times Columnist” • A Times Opinion columnist, Farhad Manjoo, argued that nuclear power entails higher costs and longer periods for construction than renewables. With batteries, solar and wind are easier to put up and have lower costs. [The Deep Dive]

Sloth to the rescue (Jack Charles, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Surprise! Nissan LEAF Batteries Last Much Longer Than Expected” • According to urban legend, LEAF batteries don’t last. It turns out that is simply false. Nic Thomas, Nissan’s marketing director for the UK, told Forbes recently, “Almost all of the [EV] batteries we’ve ever made are still in cars, and we’ve been selling electric cars for twelve years.”  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fusion Energy Scientist Speaks To CleanTechnica About Fusion Potential” • In August of 2021, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab achieved a nuclear fusion milestone. A fusion reactor at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility yielded of over 1.3 megajoules (0.36 kWh). Now peer-reviewed papers are being published about the research. [CleanTechnica]

Fabled doohickey (Image by James Wickboldt, LLNL)

World:

¶ “Germany Nationalizes Its Biggest Natural Gas Importer” • As part of an €8 billion ($7.9 billion) plan to prevent an energy shortage this winter, Germany is nationalizing Uniper, its biggest importer of natural gas. Uniper provides 40% of the country’s gas supply and is crucial for large companies and private consumers in Europe’s biggest economy. [CNN]

¶ “VW Releases Final Specs And Details For ID. Buzz” • Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of photos and learned a lot of little details about Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz. But, final details haven’t been released until recently in a press release by the company. In this article, I’m going to share some of those details with you. [CleanTechnica]

European model of the VW ID. Buzz (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Nikola Begins Selling The Tre BEV Electric Semi In Europe” • This week, Nikola made another huge stride towards establishing itself as the front-running electric semi startup with an official commercial launch of the brand’s Nikola Tre battery electric truck. It also unveiled a “beta” version, its hydrogen fuel-cell powered Nikola Tre. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BYD Partners With Inchcape To Bring Its EVs To Belgium And Luxembourg” • BYD has been ramping up production of EVs and opening new production facilities in China and has also recently announced plans for new plants outside China as well. Through smart partnerships with local firms, BYD is taking EVs to the world. [CleanTechnica]

BYD EV (BYD image)

¶ “Hitachi Energy To Supply HVDC Converter Station To Link Quebec And NYC” • Transmission Developers Inc, a Blackstone renewable power developer, picked Hitachi Energy to supply a high-voltage direct current converter station that will be a key part of the Champlain Hudson Power Express HVDC line from Québec to the New York City area. [T&D World]

¶ “Daimler Launches First Mercedes-Branded Electric Semi” • In big news for the shipping industry, Daimler Truck revealed the production version of its first-ever, heavy-duty, long-haul battery electric semi truck: the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul. It can haul 22 tons of cargo 500 km, or 311 miles, before it needs to be recharged. [CleanTechnica]

Daimler truck (Daimler Trucks, via Bloomberg)

¶ “Amazon Adds New Projects To Clean Energy Portfolio” • Amazon has added 2.7 GW of clean energy capacity as part of the latest expansion of its renewable energy portfolio. Amazon now has a total of 379 renewable energy projects across 21 countries, with 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, for a total of 18.5 GW of capacity. [reNews]

¶ “Australian iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group announced a $6.2 billion plan to eliminate fossil fuels and carbon emissions from its operations by the end of the decade.” • The world’s fourth-largest iron ore producer expects to save $818 million a year from 2030 based on current prices of diesel, gas and carbon credits, a statement says. [Bay News 9]
(Also see the video, “Business as usual is over,” at CNN)

FMG ore train (Geez-oz, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

US:

¶ “Senate Approves Treaty To Combat Climate Crisis” • The Senate ratified an international climate treaty to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration. The vote was 69-27. Many Republican senators objected because China, as a developing country, got better terms than the US did. [CNN]

¶ “Treasury Regulations And Tax Insights Into The Inflation Reduction Act” • The Inflation Reduction Act is a big step in the fight to save humanity from the effects of climate change. In a panel discussion on preparing to implement the IRA from within the cleantech industry, panelists agreed that it could bring big benefits, one of which is stability. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Raphael Cruz, Unsplash)

¶ “Five Things To Know About The Updated EV Charging Tax Credit” • The Inflation Reduction Act contains a tax credit that can be used for EV charging infrastructure. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit offers an incentive for those investing in infrastructure that is used to refuel vehicles that run on certain alternative fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York Seeks Bids For 2 GW Of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul opened up the state’s sixth competitive solicitation calling for 2,000 MW or more of new large-scale renewable energy projects. These new projects will have the capacity to power at least 600,000 New York homes. [Solar Builder]

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September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “How India’s Lattice Buildings Cool Without Air Con” • India’s architecture once featured intricate lattice structures. Cut from marble or red sandstone in ornamental patterns, jaali was an architectural feature in India between the 16th and 18th Century. Now, modern architects search for better ways to keep buildings cool, and the system is coming back. [BBC]

Hawa Mahal, pink palace of Jaipur (Annie Spratt, Unsplash)

¶ “Bosch Warns Auto Industry About Putting All Its Eggs In The Lithium-Ion Basket” • Markus Heyn, head of mobility services for Bosch, has some strong opinions about the auto industry’s reliance on lithium-ion batteries. He is not claiming fuel cells are superior to lithium-ion batteries. What he is claiming is that we should have a backup plan. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “EVDirect.com To Bring Affordable Electric Vehicles To Fiji” • After launching BYD EVs in Australia, EVDirect.com is moving to provide affordable EVs in the Fiji market. EVDirect.com will be the importer, distributor, and retailer of BYD Automotive products in Fiji, making it one of the first companies doing EV imports into the country. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Atto 3 (BYD image)

¶ “AMP Energy Plans 1.2 GW Solar Cell And Module Fab In India” • Privately owned renewable energy generation company AMP Energy announced plans to set up a vertically integrated solar modules manufacturing facility in West Bengal. The facility is to have a production capacity of 1.2 GW of mono-PERC solar cells and modules. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Korean Companies Plan To Turn Queensland Coalmining Town Into Renewable Energy Powerhouse” • Three major Korean companies signed a memorandum of understanding with the Queensland government, with a view to building one of Australia’s largest renewable energy hubs. The 3-GW hub is to be built in Collinsville, Queensland. [The Guardian]

Collinsville, Queensland (Greditdesu, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “South African Retailer Shoprite Takes Out The Biggest Sustainability Loan And First Green Loan In Retail Sector” • South Africa’s Shoprite Group is expanding its environmental programs as part of its sustainability strategy. A major part of this strategy is the accelerated rollout of solar PV at its supermarkets and distribution centers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Shift In Energy System Helps Victoria Smash Emissions Targets” • The Victorian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2020 shows the state reduced carbon emissions to 29.8% below 2005 levels in 2020 – well beyond the state’s target to cut emissions by 15 to 20%. The state is on its way to meet its goal of a 50% cut in emissions by 2030. [pv magazine Australia]

Installing solar PVs (Government of Victoria)

¶ “Spain And UK Making Headway On Renewable Energy: Report” • Germany, China, Spain, and the UK are leading the G20 nations in the push towards renewable energy, a report said. The Climate Group compiled the rankings of G20 countries based on ambition and progress. More modest climbers include Australia, India, the US, and Japan. [Expatica]

¶ “Renewable Energy As A Price Stabilizer” • On Monday, the price of electricity was below €49 on the Leibzig exchange in Germany. It was higher in countries more dependant on fossil fuels: for example €141 in Poland and €257 in Switzerland. In France, with its dependence on nuclear, it was €169. The price of electricity is curbed by renewables. [PV Magazine]

Wind farm (Harry Cunningham, Pexels)

¶ “Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Shelling Nuclear Plant Again” • On Wednesday, the Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom accused Russia of again striking the Zaporizhzhia atomic power plant in southern Ukraine. “Russian terrorists bombed the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant again during the night,” Energoatom said on Telegram. [NDTV.com]

US:

¶ “GM Set To Invest $491 Million Into EV Upgrades For Indiana Plant” • General Motors announced plans to invest $491 million in its metal stamping operation in Marion, Indiana, in a bid to to prepare the plant to manufacture more of the stamped steel and aluminum parts used in EVs. The plant will be expanded and have new production lines. [CleanTechnica]

GM Marion plant (GM image)

¶ “Chevy’s EV Commercials Hope To Capture The NFL’s Appealing Audiences” • GM announced it will be targeting NFL Sunday football with an advertising campaign to promote its new EV lineup according to media reports. The EV commercials feature upcoming Chevrolet offerings: the Blazer EV, Equinox EV, and Silverado EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “P&G And Engie Collaborate On New Renewable Energy Project In Hill County, Texas” • Procter and Gamble and Engie North America announced a Power Purchase Agreement for 200 MW from Engie’s Sun Valley Solar project in Hill County, Texas, 65 miles southwest of Dallas. This solar energy agreement is P&G’s largest globally. [BIC Magazine]

Panels at Sun Valley Solar

¶ “Committee Eyes Renewable Energy To Cut Education Costs” • Wyoming lawmakers are considering the potential cost-saving benefits of installing solar panels on school buildings as the state looks to more stable sources of long-term funding for public education. The state’s public schools spent more than $37 million on utilities in 2020. [Casper Star-Tribune]

¶ “Officials Report Significant Progress In Deconstructing The VT Yankee Nuclear Power Plant” • NorthStar Vermont Yankee Senior Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Manager Corey Daniels presented pictures showing progress in deconstructing the reactor building to the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. [WAMC]

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September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “The Country That Is Showing The World How To Save Water” • As frightening and as insurmountable a challenge as chronic and growing water shortages may seem, there are solutions at hand that can save us from crisis. Israel, in one of the driest regions in the world, has developed policies and techniques to provide water in cities and farms alike. [CNN]

Advanced agriculture (CaptainHaddock assumed, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Want 1970s Fuel Prices? Buy An EV!” • Gasoline is a lot more expensive than it used to be. It’s easy to look fondly back on the old days when the price of gasoline was under a dollar per gallon, and imagine how great it would be for today’s more fuel efficient vehicles to drive on such cheap gas. Well, you can drive at that low cost, if you buy an EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Electric Vehicles Won’t Break the Grid” • Days after the California regulators approved a plan to ban sales of new gas cars in 2035, the grid operator asked people to delay charging EVs while demand was driven high by a heat wave. Renewable energy naysayers made fun of that, but grid operators and utilities say EVs will not be a problem. [Scientific American]

Charging an EV (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is There A Good Alternative To Peated Compost?” • Natural peatlands store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests, but they are rapidly disappearing due to widespread extraction. Beadamoss has been growing peat moss for around 15 years, initially to plant it on degraded for restoration. Now, it is looking to supplying peat moss to gardeners. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Bosch’s Plant In Brits, South Africa, Installs Water Harvesting And PV Solar Power Systems” • There is some more good news from South Africa, as Bosch’s Plant in the town of Brits recently installed a photovoltaic solar system. A water harvesting system was also installed as Bosch moves to reduce its environmental footprint in the country. [CleanTechnica]

Solar system at Bosch plant (Bosch image)

¶ “US Banks On Lithuania (!?) To Prove LA100 Renewable Energy Model” • The Biden administration formally committed to help Lithuania achieve its 100% renewable energy goal for electricity and become net energy exporter. Interestingly, success in Lithuania could help the US accelerate the renewable energy revolution at home. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TenneT Launches 2-GW Cable Tender” • TenneT has launched a 2-GW cable tender for offshore grid connections in the North Sea. The tender for high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables will increase and bundle electricity transmission capacities and reduce environmental impact, the grid operator said. TenneT’s connection capacity is now around 10 GW. [reNews]

Offshore wind (TenneT image)

¶ “China Begins To Lead Way In Renewable Energy” • China’s total installed capacity for renewable energy generation has risen to 1.1 billion kW (1,100 GW) in a decade, with generation capacity of hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass, the National Energy Administration says. The current 5-year plan would have 50% of electricity come from renewables. [China Daily]

¶ “Portion Of Renewables In Korea’s Power Generation Tops 20% For First Time” • According to the Korea Power Exchange, the country’s renewable energy capacity came to 27,103 MW as of September. This means that solar, wind, hydro, and biomass resources are supplying 20.1% of 134,719 MW in the country’s power generation facilities. [The Korea Herald]

Wind farm in South Korea (wonjin, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “BHP To Move Port Hedland To Renewable Power” • Australian miner BHP announced that it had signed a large-scale renewable power purchase agreement with Alinta Energy, which will see the construction and connection of a 45 MW solar farm and 35 MW battery energy storage system into Alinta’s existing Port Hedland power station in Western Australia. [Mining Weekly]

¶ “MPs Say Energy Bills May Rise If Government Gives Drax More Support” • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused an energy crisis, leading to windfall profits by the UK’s older wind, solar and nuclear contracts. Officials want to “negotiate” with generators on older wind, solar, and nuclear contracts to pursuade them to take new contracts. [The Guardian]

Drax power station (Paul Glazzard, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “White House Surges Aid To Hurricane-Hit Puerto Rico On A Haunting Anniversary” • Exactly five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet another catastrophic storm is testing the federal government’s capacity to mount a rapid response on an island exposed by its rudimentary infrastructure and its vulnerability to climate change. [CNN]

¶ “US Hybrid Gets Order For 62 Electric Street Sweepers” • Semi truck electrifying firm US Hybrid had a lot be excited about this past weekend, after the company signed a deal to supply Global Environmental Products with enough of its proprietary electric and hybrid electric propulsion kits to build 62 zero emission street sweepers. [CleanTechnica]

Electric street sweeper (US Hybrid image)

¶ “How Clean Energy Kept California’s Lights On During A Historically Extreme Heat Wave” • The two-week September heat wave, which baked the state with the “hottest and longest” temperatures on record, put California’s grid to an extreme test. Despite record power demand, the lights stayed on because of renewable energy and batteries. [Forbes]

¶ “Nuclear Power Supplied About 10% Of California’s Generating Mix In 2021, EIA Says” • In 2021, three nuclear power plants supplied about 10% of California’s electricity, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s monthly and annual survey data. San Onofre supplied 8%, with two plants in other states supplying 2%, [Power Engineering]

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September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Graphene-Based Battery Set To Make Domestic Renewable Energy Even Cleaner” • Zero Emissions Developments, based in Brisbane, has developed an emissions-free technology to create batteries from graphene, and is set to transform the solar energy industry by offering a sustainable, cleaner, and more reliable energy storage solution. [Architecture & Design]

Rooftop solar system (Vivint Solar, Pexels)

World:

¶ “In Germany, 16% Of New Car Sales Are Fully Electric, 28% Have A Plug” • The German automotive market seems to have bottomed out, as it grew 3% in August, and plugins are recovering also. Sales of full battery EVs (BEVs) were up in August by 13% year over year. There were 31,734 BEV registrations last month, which were 16% of the overall market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In France, 14% Of New Cars Are Fully Electric!” • Overall, the French car market had its first positive month in a long time, up 4% year over year, but still down a significant 29% compared to August 2019. The year’s market share for plugin vehicles is at at 20%, and at 12% for full battery EVs. Last month’s best seller was once again the Renault Megane EV. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Megane EV (Vitali Adutskevich, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “24% Of New Car Sales Now Electric In The Netherlands!” • The Dutch auto market may see the light at the end of the tunnel, growing 9% year over year in August. The Dutch plugin vehicle market did better, growing by 20% year over year. That’s mostly thanks to pure electrics, which took 24% of all new vehicle sales, growing 30% year over year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Guterres: ‘Global Addiction To Fossil Fuels’ Must End And A ‘Renewables Revolution’ Jumpstarted” • Climate disasters and rising fuel prices make the need to “end our global addiction to fossil fuels” crystal clear, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Global Compact Board. He stressed the importance of investment in renewables and resilience. [UN News]

Solar array in Madagascar (© UNICEF, Safidy Andriananten)

¶ “Origin Announces Exit From Gas Exploration, Starting With Beetaloo Basin” • Origin Energy has announced plans to exit the gas exploration business, starting with its share in the massive and controversial Beetaloo Basin fracking project in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is shifting its focus and “ambition” to the renewable energy transition. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Alliance Launches” • A new multi-stakeholder alliance has been set up with the aim of driving installed global offshore wind capacity up 670%, from 57 GW in 2021 to 380 GW in 2030. The Danish and US governments were joined by the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Global Wind Energy Council, and others. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (GWEC image)

¶ “Russia-Ukraine Updates: Russia Strikes Land Near Nuclear Power Plant” • Russian missiles struck the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv province overnight, Ukraine’s state energy company Energoatom said. The blast was 300 meters from the plant’s reactors. All three of the reactors are running normally. [DW]

US:

¶ “The Upstream Water Used To Keep Lake Powell In Action Is Running Out” • Upstream reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin might not have enough water to keep Lake Powell above a critical threshold indefinitely, federal officials have warned in recent weeks, as the West’s ongoing megadrought saps water from across the regiion. [CNN]

Shrinking Lake Powell (Nwbeeson, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Hurricane Fiona Causing ‘Catastrophic’ Flooding In Puerto Rico As The Territory Remains Without Power” • Hurricane Fiona made landfall along the extreme southwestern coast of Puerto Rico with winds of 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is causing catastrophic flooding with 12 to 18 inches of rain. [CNN]

¶ “New Storms Turn Death Valley National Park Into A Soggy Mess Of Closed Roads Again” • Last week, another round of storms devastated roads in the Death Valley region, the National Park Service said. Multiple storms have torn through the park since late July. Many of the roads that reopened after record rainfall in August have been closed again. [CNN]

Wrecked road in Death Valley (National Park Service image)

¶ “Solar And Wind Power Provided 71% Of New US Power In 2022 (January–July)” • Solar and wind continue to dominate new power capacity in the US. In July, renewables were only 56% of the total, due to a notable natural gas capacity addition, but for the first 7 months of the year, solar and windpower accounted for 71% of new US power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cities Are Tapping Residents To Study Impacts Of Climate Change” • As the planet continues to heat up, advocacy groups and government agencies are increasingly turning toward citizen science to guide climate resilience efforts – and keep residents safe during extreme weather events. This is especially important for mapping urban heat islands. [CleanTechnica]

Harlem neighborhood (Rachel Martin, Unsplash)

¶ “ABB Is Building A New US EV Charger Factory” • ABB, a Swedish manufacturer of electrical equipment, announced a multi-million dollar investment in a factory in South Carolina. It will focus on building EV chargers with between 20 kW and 180 kW of power for school buses, municipal and commercial fleets, and public charging facilities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Floating Wind ‘Could Help Oregon Achieve Green Goals’” • Floating offshore wind farms could help Oregon achieve its clean energy goals but will face challenges ahead of deployment off the state’s coast, according to a report by the Oregon Department of Energy. The study examines integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind into Oregon’s grid by 2030. [reNews]

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September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “China Lost Its Yangtze River Dolphin. Climate Change Is Coming For Other Species Next” • No one has seen a Yangtze River Dolphin for decades. Experts are gravely concerned that other rare native Yangtze animal and plant species are likely to suffer a similar fate as worsening climate change and extreme weather conditions take their toll. [CNN]

Yangtze River Dolphin, 2002 (Roland Seitre, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “What Happens When You Park A Tesla For Three Months?” • When our Nissan LEAF sat parked in our carport in Florida for three months, it lost about 2% of its battery charge. But the LEAF was not a “computer on wheels” that consumes power the way Teslas do. Leaving a Tesla for a long time requires some thought, because it has so many features. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mexican Mangroves Help Mitigate Climate Change By Capturing Carbon” • Mangroves are known to reduce heavy impact from storms but their benefits go beyond that. Scientists found that the Mexican mangroves help in climate change by capturing carbon. The scientists urge communities to preserve mangrove forests. [Nature World News]

Mangrove trees at low tide (David Clode, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Canada Pension Fund Backs Mahindra Renewable Energy Business, Taking 30% Stake” • Mahindra Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan announced a strategic partnership to capitalize on renewables in India and contribute towards India’s climate goals. Ontario Teachers’ will acquire a 30% equity stake in Mahindra Susten Private Limited. [Mint]

¶ “Tesla Showrooms In China Are Undergoing Internal Review” • Since Tesla opened its first store in central Beijing in 2013, the all-electric car company now has grown to the point of having over 200 showrooms across the country. But are all those Tesla showrooms well-placed? That is an issue the company is now considering. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y cars pre-delivery in China (Courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Hatten To Undertake RE Projects With Nefin” • Hatten Land Ltd is working with Nefin Pte Ltd to develop, build and operate renewable energy projects, with a focus on solar capacity, in Singapore and Malaysia. Nefin Group is an independent power producer offering carbon neutral technologies and financing in the Asia Pacific region. [New Straits Times]

¶ “UPL And Cleanmax Partner For New Renewable Energy Project In Gujarat” • UPL Ltd announced a joint venture with CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions, a Mumbai-based renewable energy company, to establish a hybrid solar-wind power plant in Gujarat. The plant is to have a capacity of 28 MW of solar power and 33 MW of wind power. [Krishak Jagat]

Solar array in Gujarat (Citizenmj, CC-By-SA 3.0)

¶ “Coal Miners Face Financing Squeeze As More Banks Pledge To ‘Go Green’” • Coal mining and power companies in Indonesia are finding it more difficult to raise funds due to concerns about the climate-crisis. They are being increasingly pushed by banks to present concrete transition plans to shift away from polluting energy. [The Jakarta Post]

¶ “Power Back On At Huge Nuclear Plant In Zaporizhzhia” • The UN’s nuclear watchdog says Ukraine’s huge Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has begun receiving power from the national grid once again. All six of its reactors are in a state of cold shutdown, but the plant needs external power to cool its reactors and defend against the risk of a meltdown. [BBC]

Zaporizhzhia plant Unit 2 (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “France Urges Brussels To Label Nuclear-Produced Hydrogen ‘Green’” • The French Energy Minister is trying to get an EU Energy Commissioner to include nuclear among energy sources for the production of green hydrogen, according to a source. The French pro-nuclear position for green hydrogen is not entirely shared by the hydrogen industry. [Eurasia Review]

US:

¶ “Buy Clean Takes Center Stage At US DOT And Other Federal Agencies” • The Buy Clean Task Force announced that the US government will prioritize low-carbon procurement across four categories: steel, concrete, asphalt, and flat glass. DOT Secretary Buttigieg said he will apply the same principles for the entire Department of Transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ (Courtesy of New Flyer)

¶ “Seven Times More EV Chargers And Tesla V4 Superchargers Coming To Arizona” • Arizona is about to get a whole lot more EV chargers thanks to a partnership between Invisible Urban Charging and EV Charging of Arizona. The two companies plan to install 13,980 EV chargers in Arizona, seven times more than it has at present. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Farmers Split From The GOP On Climate Change, They’re Getting Billions To Fight It” • The US government’s conservation programs are meant to help farmers, as they confront the worse droughts and unprecedented rainfall and flooding of climate change. The farmers might not change parties, but they may change their party’s climate change policies. [KRWG]

Farm (Guido Klinge, Unsplash)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Sets Net Zero By 2035 Target; Plans To Add 650 MW Renewable Energy, Storage Capacity By 2030” • Black Hills Energy, which operates electric and natural gas utilities in Wyoming and seven other states, announced that it has updated its clean energy goals to reach greater reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. [County 17]

¶ “Climate Change Impact On Mississippi: What Mississippians Can Expect” • Mississippi has 75,000 people living in regions at risk of coastal flooding. An additional 13,000 more could be at risk by 2050 because of the rising sea level, and that doesn’t include residents living inland who’ve already seen repeated devastating flooding. [The Clarion-Ledger]

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September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “2035 End Date For Polluting Freight Trucks Needed To Put Trucking On Path To Zero Carbon” • Polluting trucks will undo all the emissions savings from electrifying cars in the 2020s unless the EU changes its sales trajectory. Trucks and buses make up just 2% of vehicles, but they produce 28% of road transport CO₂ emissions in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Truck (Craige McGonigle, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Power Still Doesn’t Make Much Sense” • The case for significantly ramping up the production of nuclear power falls short. That’s because the nuclear industry has long been hobbled by two problems that its boosters can’t really wish away: Nuclear is far slower to build than most other forms of power, and it’s far more expensive, too. [ Moneycontrol]

Science and Technology:

¶ “An Architect Asked AI To Design Skyscrapers Of The Future. This Is What It Proposed” • An architect and computational designer based in New Delhi, Manas Bhatia, has a bold vision of the future – one where residential skyscrapers covered in trees, plants and algae act as “air purification towers.” His ideas were rendered into images by AI. [CNN]

Skyscrapers designed by AI (Courtesy Manas Bhatia)

¶ “Drought In China, Europe, And The US: Is 2022 The Driest Year Recorded?” • Europe and parts of China have experienced extreme temperatures this summer, dry conditions in Africa have put millions at risk of starvation, and the American West continues to see a persistent lack of rainfall. The droughts have broken records, but they may become normal. [BBC]

¶ “How Vanadium Flow Batteries Expand Applications” • There are many reasons why microgrids with battery backup have such great popularity now. Vanadium flow batteries, have commercial advantages over other energy storage systems because of their inherent efficiencies and life cycles, which do not exist with with energy storage technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Work on a small flow battery (StorEn Technologies, detail)

¶ “Heat Storage Systems Can Cut CO₂ Emissions By 15% In 15 Years, Really. Meet The ‘Brick Toaster.’” • Rondo Energy claims that its brick-toasting heat storage device, is so cheap and efficient that it makes decarbonization a complete no-brainer across the industrial sector. They must be doing something right because Bill Gates agrees. [Interesting Engineering]

World:

¶ “The First Batch Of BYD ATTO 3s Are Already In Israel And Ready For Delivery!” • The BYD Atto 3 has been put on sale in Israel. In fact, the first batch of BYD ATTO 3s has already arrived and is ready for delivery! The Atto 3 sits in a category that one reader said is more popular there and it should do well. BYD has partnered with Shlomo Motors. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Atto 3 (Image courtesy of BYD)

¶ “$71,315 – Lithium Prices Reach All-Time High” • The China Passenger Car Association raised its forecast for new EV sales in China s to a record 6 million units this year. Demand has pushed the price of lithium to blow past high after record high, having smashed through the C¥500,000 “barrier,” according to data from Asian Metal Inc. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BMW To Recycle Fishing Nets In New Electric Cars” • In what BMW is calling “a first for the automotive industry,” its Neue Klasse EVs, set to launch in 2025, will feature plastic parts made from 30% recycled fishing nets and ropes, resulting in trim pieces with a 25% smaller carbon footprint than plastic parts made more conventionally. [CleanTechnica]

Fish net recycling (BMW image)

¶ “European Parliament Votes To Raise Targets For Renewables, Energy Savings” • The European Parliament voted to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 45% from 40%, under the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive. The European Commission proposed the same target under its REPowerEU package. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Growing WA Coal Crisis Sparks Warnings Of Possible Power Crunch As Summer Looms” • There are fears that a growing crisis in Western Australia’s coal heartlands could imperil the state’s biggest electricity grid less than a year after the lights flickered out during an intense heatwave. Griffin Coal, one of WA’s two coal mines, is in receivership. [ABC]

Perth, WA (Jamar Cromwell, Unsplash, cropped)

US:

¶ “Illinois Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Gets Approved In Misguided Decision” • The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline expansion in its state. A previous approval had been vacated because the benefit to Illinois citizens was unclear and operator has a troubling record. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford Drops A Bomb On Dealers: Either You’re In Or You’re OUT!” • In Las Vegas, Ford CEO Jim Farley delivered a message at the annual convention of Ford dealers: “When it comes to selling battery electric Ford products that are part of the new Model E division, you’re either on the bus or off the bus and you have just six weeks to decide.” [CleanTechnica]

Mustang Mach-E (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “NRG Files Petition To Sell Land Under Astoria, Queens Peaker Plant To Beacon Wind” • NRG-owned Astoria Gas Turbine Power and Beacon Wind filed a joint petition with the New York State PUC for approval of a sale of the land under the existing gas-powered peaker plant to Beacon Wind for power interconnection to their 1,230-MW wind project. [Earthjustice]

¶ “Minnesota PUC Approves Xcel Energy’s 460-MW Solar Project To Replace Sherco Coal-Fired Plant” • The Minnesota PUC approved Xcel Energy’s plan to build and own 460 MW of solar PVs next to its Sherco power plant. The coal-fired Sherco plant has a capacity of roughly 1,780-MW, and it is to be retired in phases this decade. [Utility Dive]

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September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “New ‘Gen6′ BMW Battery Promises 620 Mile Range” • When BMW recently announced the 46 mm round battery format, they said the new cells would offer more range than their current EVs, but we didn’t know how much more. Now we do: over 1000 km (about 620 miles). The Gen6 EV battery also offers significantly faster charging. [CleanTechnica]

Gen6 batteries (BMW, via Autocar)

¶ “China Approves World’s Largest Pulsed-Power Plant; Sets Eye On Achieving Nuclear Fusion Energy In Six Years” • Professor Peng Xianjue of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics announced that the Chinese government approved construction of the world’s largest pulsed-power plant in Chengdu, Sichuan province. [EurAsian Times]

World:

¶ “Experts Slam ‘Pittance’ In Aid To Pakistan As They Find Climate Crisis Played A Role In Floods” • An analysis of Pakistan’s devastating floods has found “fingerprints” of the human-made climate crisis on the disaster, which killed more than 1,400 people and destroyed so much land and infrastructure it has plunged the South Asian nation into crisis. [CNN]

Floods in Pakistan (Ali Hyder Junejo, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “Will Paris Succeed? Research Assesses If Governments Will Make Pledges A Reality” • A study published in Nature Climate Change is the first to provide scientific evidence assessing how effective governments will be at implementing the commitments they made to the agreement that will reduce CO₂ emissions causing climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Trucks Ramps Up Big Electric Truck Production” • This week, Volvo Trucks made waves in the heavy-duty truck space by becoming the first manufacturer to begin series production of an all-electric, 44 ton heavy-duty semi truck. The Volvo Trucks line-up includes six electric semi truck models for a wide range of applications. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Trucks trucks (Volvo Trucks image)

¶ “Peugeot Introduces First 100% Electric Wagon For Europe” • Peugeot continues to expand its lineup of 100% electric cars. The newest addition to its electric fleet: the e-308, a fully electric wagon version and a fully electric sedan version. The e-308 wagon is reportedly the first fully electric wagon on the market in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indonesia Unveils New Regulation To Boost Renewable Energy Use” • A new Indonesian regulation is to encourage its renewable energy use. Indonesia is world’s largest exporter of coal and one of the biggest carbon emitters, but it hopes to retire some coal plants early and increase the proportion of renewables in its energy mix to 23% by 2025. [The Straits Times]

Jakarta (Afif Kusuma, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Renewable Energy Accounts For 40% Of Cambodia’s Total Energy” • Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said renewable energy from hydropower, solar, and biomass accounts for 40% of the kingdom’s total energy. Hun Sen said Cambodia will keep its focus on the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy to the fullest. [Khmer Times]

¶ “Siemens Commissions 8.75-MW Green Hydrogen Plant In Germany” • Siemens announced that it has commissioned one of Germany’s largest green hydrogen generation plants. The plant has an electrical capacity of 8.75 MW. It is able to produce up to 1,350 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, powered by wind and solar capacity in the same area. [Energy Digital]

Siemens green hydrogen plant (Siemens image)

¶ “UN Nuclear Agency Resolution Seeks Russian Retreat From Ukraine Atomic Plant” • The board of governors of the UN nuclear agency asked Russia to withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, a move praised by Ukraine. The text was approved by 26 of the 35 member states sitting on the Council of the IAEA. [Kyiv Post]

US:

¶ “Biden Administration Announces Plan To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines For The West Coast” • Several new initiatives to develop technology for massive, floating offshore wind turbines were announced by the Biden administration as part of the effort to launch offshore wind in California and elsewhere on the US coastlines. [CNN]

Floating offshore wind turbine pilot by the University
of Maine, 2013 (Jplourde umaine, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Goldman Sachs Ignites Energy Storage Gold Rush” • The ink has barely dried on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, and one of the world’s top investment firms is already leveraging the law’s new tax credit for energy storage. That would be Goldman Sachs, which seems determined to get a lead on the sparkling green economy of the future. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Giant Steps And Baby Steps For Fuel Cell Trucks In The US” • Fuel cell trucks have yet to crack the US market, but it looks like things are about to pop open. Last month Bosch announced a $200 million investment to upgrade a fuel cell facility in South Carolina aimed at heavy duty trucks, and now here comes Ford Motor Company with a pilot test. [CleanTechnica]

Fuel cell truck (photo courtesy of Ferguson)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Sets Net Zero By 2035 Target; Plans To Add 650 MW Renewable Energy, Storage Capacity By 2030” • Black Hills Energy, which operates electric and natural gas utilities in Wyoming and seven other states, said it has updated its clean energy targets to achieve further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. [Oil City News]

¶ “Petoskey On Track To Reach 2035 Renewable Energy Goal, Despite Supply, Labor Setbacks” • Despite setbacks due to supply chain issues and labor shortages, the City of Petoskey, Michigan, reports that its renewable energy usage is at 24% and that the city is on track, possibly even ahead of, its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035. [Petoskey News-Review]

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September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Our Next Energy’ To Showcase Anode-Free Battery With 600-Mile Range” • Our Next Energy says it has created an anode-free battery cell with an energy density of 1,007 Wh per liter. The new cell eliminates the need for graphite and anode equipment, which could make it possible for manufacturing costs to be as low as $50 per kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Our Next Energy skateboard (Our Next Energy image)

World:

¶ “EU Posits $140 Billion Windfall Tax On Energy Companies” • The EU wants to raise €140 billion by tapping the windfall profits of some energy companies to help consumers pay electricity and gas bills, which are up about 550% up on last year’s levels. Tariffs for power generated by wind, solar and nuclear energy are linked to the wholesale price of natural gas. [CNN]

¶ “Leapmotor Starts Exports Of The T03, And The First 60 Units Are On Their Way To Israel” • Chinese EV manufacturers have been exporting vehicles to Europe and other places, but are now starting to really position themselves for global exports on a larger scale. The Leapmotor T03 is one example. The car starts at the equivalent of €10,000 in China. [CleanTechnica]

Leapmotor T03 (Courtesy Leapmotor)

¶ “MG4 Electric Celebrates Its European Launch With Prices Starting From €28,990!” • SAIC plans to deliver 150,000 MG4 hatchback EVs to Europe in 2023. And it will also go to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. The entry level MG4 is at price parity with an entry level internal combustion VW Golf! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Commission President Promises To Reform Energy Markets” • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised to reform the European Union’s electricity market by focusing more on renewable energy. She emphasized reducing the influence of gas on the price of electricity and harnessing the power of renewable resources. [UPI]

Ursula von der Leyen (European Parliament, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “EU Limits Subsidies For Burning Trees Under Renewable Energy Directive” • The European parliament has called to end public subsidies for the environmentally destructive practice of burning trees for fuel, but campaigners warned the plans risked being “too little, too late.” MEPs voted to phase down the use of wood, but they did not set limits. [The Guardian]

¶ “No Need For Nuclear Power To Reach Australia’s Climate Goals: Finkel” • Australia has no need to include nuclear power in its future energy mix as it moves to meet emissions reductions targets to combat climate change, Australia’s former chief scientist Alan Finkel said. Dr Finkel was once an advocate of nuclear power. [Renew Economy]

Wind farm in Victoria (John Englart, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Speedy Shift To Nuclear Power In Japan Shot Down By Watchdog” • Japan’s procedure for restarting nuclear reactors can’t be hastened, according to the nation’s top atomic watchdog. The natural-disaster risk assessment takes time. This presents a potential hurdle in the government’s effort to speed the revival of power plants. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “Patagonia’s Founder Transfers Ownership Into Two Entities To Help Fight The Climate Crisis” • Patagonia, based in Ventura, California, sells outdoor apparel and equipment. It was founded in 1973 by rock climber Yvon Chouinard. He and his family are transfering ownership to two nonprofits, which will use its profits to fight climate change. [CNN]

Yvon Chouinard on El Capitan (Tom Frost, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Power Outages Are On The Rise, Led By Texas, Michigan And California. Here’s What’s To Blame” • Power outages in the US are climbing, researchers reported. As extreme weather gets worse due to the climate crisis, the demand for electricity is climbing. At the same time, the country’s energy infrastructure gets older and more vulnerable. [CNN]

¶ “California’s Mosquito Fire Prompts More Evacuations As It Races Toward Mountain Communities” • The Mosquito Fire burning in Northern California flared up and charged toward the community of Foresthill, torching more homes and burning dangerously close to a high school. It has already consumed 58,544 acres in two counties. [CNN]

Pyrocumulus cloud over the Mosquito Fire
(ALERTCalifornia, Public domain)

¶ “Biden–Harris Admin Approves First 35 State Plans To Build Out EV Charging Infrastructure” • Over two-thirds of state EV Infrastructure Deployment Plans have been approved ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, the Biden–Harris Administration said. The plans cover 53,000 miles of roads. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virtual Power Plant Model To Expand In Utah And Idaho” • Looking for a US partner to replicate its virtual power plant systems in Europe, sonnen struck a deal with Wasatch Group, a housing developer. It found an installer partner called ES Solar that was willing to overhaul its sales tactics to highlight what batteries can do. [CleanTechnica]

sonnen virtual power plant (Image courtesy of sonnen)

¶ “IRA Creating Pathways For Renewable Energy Careers In Appalachia” • Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit that has been part of a consortium of nonprofits working with communities, unions, businesses, and local governments to help Appalachia transition to an environmentally and economically sustainable renewable energy economy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Set To Unveil Water-Test Results” • The owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plans to share test results on the plant’s radioactive water at a meeting of a state nuclear advisory panel this month. But Holtec says it could be next year before the company is ready to reveal how it plans to dispose of the water. [WCAI]

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September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ethanol Burns Clean, But Creates More Emissions Than Gasoline” • Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline in cars. But there is a dispute about the carbon emissions of making ethanol from corn. Research by Reuters shows that US ethanol plants produce over twice the harmful emissions of oil refineries, per gallon of fuel production capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Corn farm (Julian Schöll, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Switching To Renewable Energy Could Save Trillions – Study” • Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world as much as $12 trillion (£10.2 trillion) by 2050, according to an Oxford University study. The report said it was wrong and pessimistic to claim that moving quickly towards cleaner energy sources was expensive. [BBC]

¶ “Major Toilet Paper Makers Are Wiping Out Climate-Critical Boreal Forest” • The 2022 Issue with Tissue report by the NRDC shows that more companies are bringing sustainable tissue to the market than ever before, offering alternatives to products that are sourced from the climate-critical Canadian boreal forest. Some, however, are not. [CleanTechnica]

Boreal forest (Jeremy Allouche, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Tesla To Build Ten to Twelve Gigafactories; Progressing Faster Than Most Expected Possible” • Tesla continues rapid expansion throughout the world, and despite two new gigafactories having opened earlier this year (in Germany and Texas), the automaker is already looking at where to build next. CEO Elon Musk has his sights set on a high target, as usual. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Retail Investors Show Strong Renewables Support” • Seven in ten retail investors think the UK should increase investment in renewable energy, according to new polling, undertaken by Opinium Research. The new polling also found that six in ten investors are increasing their investments in renewables, largely because of concerns over climate change. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Tom Fisk, Pexels, cropped)

Australia:

¶ “New Australia Lithium Mine For Ford, LG, And Tesla To Be Powered By Giant Off-Grid Solar, Wind, And Battery Project” • Much of the world’s lithium used for EV batteries comes from Australia. Now there’s news of a major lithium mine in Australia using solar and wind energy with batteries to mine more cleanly and – off the grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australians Brace For More Pain From Rain This Summer As Third La Niña Confirmed” • Much of Australia will be facing unusually heavy rains in coming months, the country’s weather forecaster said on Tuesday, after confirming that a La Niña weather event is under way for the third year in a row and would likely last into next year. [CNN]

New South Wales, June 2022 (Qumarchi, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Queensland Energy Minister Says Renewable Generation Capacity Must Be Tripled By 2035” • The Queensland energy minister, Mick de Brenni, says the state needs to triple its renewable energy generation capacity by 2035. Meeting that need will transform the energy sector by building some of the world’s largest green projects. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “The Remnants Of Kay To Deliver Flooding Rains To The Desert Southwest” • Five days after Hurricane Kay made landfall along the Mexican coast, its remnants are still causing problems hundreds of miles away. An incredible amount of moisture is being pumped into parts of the Southwest, creating the potential for dangerous flash flooding. [CNN]

New Mexico (Joonyeop Baek, Unsplash)

¶ “Americans Should Brace For Higher Natural Gas Prices, Chevron CEO says” • Prices at the pump have fallen along with the cost of a barrel of crude oil. But the CEO of Chevron, one of the world’s largest energy companies, thinks consumers in the US should be prepared for a shock when they get home heating bills this winter. [CNN]

¶ “Ford Plans New Build-To-Order System To Reduce The Cost Of Electric Cars” • Reuters reports that Ford CEO Jim Farley will be in Las Vegas next week to meet with Ford dealers. His mission is to convince them the “build to order” business model is better and could help reduce the cost of delivering Ford electric cars and trucks by about $2,000. [CleanTechnica]

Mustang Mach-E (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

¶ “ORNL Research To Bring Reliable Electricity To Puerto Rican Microgrids” • Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineers are leading a team for developing a microgrid in the Puerto Rican town of Adjuntas. A community microgrid is being installed for the town, through a partnership between local nonprofit Casa Pueblo and the Honnold Foundation. [EurekAlert!]

¶ “Notre Dame Dedicates Hydro Facility As Renewable Energy Efforts Grow” • The University of Notre Dame has dedicated a hydroelectric facility to generate nearly 7% of campus electricity needs, as the school continues its renewable energy initiatives. The 2.5-MW facility is expected to offset 9,700 tons of CO₂ per year for the university. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Notre Dame (Library of Congress via Pixabay)

¶ “Hurdles Ahead For Saving Michigan Nuclear Power Plant” • The governor of Michigan said she wants a nuclear power plant to reopen, but the company that bought the plant said there are many hurdles to save the facility. ClearView Energy Partners, a non-partisan research group, said the process for saving the plant is “murky at best.” [104.1 WIKY]

¶ “Could The Nation’s Coal Plant Sites Help Drive A Clean Energy Transition?” • A DOE study finds that hundreds of coal power plant sites could be converted to nuclear power plant sites. This would greatly increase the supply of dispatchable clean electricity to the grid and help reach the nation’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. [Department of Energy]

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September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Can The Electric Grid Handle EV Charging?” • As the adoption of electric cars, trucks, and buses gains momentum, many people are wondering if the electric grid is up to the task of charging all of those vehicles. On the near term, we can be assured that it is. For the long term, it will require some planning, but it should not be difficult. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (Possessed Photography, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “How Fossil Fuel Companies Overpromise But Under-Deliver On Climate Goals” • InfluenceMap is an independent research group doing data-driven analysis of climate impacts of business and finance. They recently showed that fossil fuel companies might pay lip service to reducing emissions, but they are acting to keep pushing fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Sunlight Could Turn Seawater Into Freshwater For Coastal Communities” • Over two billion people worldwide lack easy access to clean water, the World Health Organization says. One solution is desalinization, but the plants doing that use energy and send concentrated brine into the sea. Manhat, a company in Abu Dhabi, has another way. [CNN]

Manhat desalinization system (Manhat image)

World:

¶ “Pakistan ‘Still In Danger’ And Flooding May Take Up To Six Months To Recede, Authorities Say” • Authorities in Pakistan have warned it could take up to six months for deadly flood waters to recede in the country’s hardest-hit areas, as fears rise over the threat posed by waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue. [CNN]

¶ “Are Drying Rivers A Warning Of Europe’s Future?” • Nearly two-thirds of Europe suffered drought conditions this year, the worst in 500 years. Scientists say global warming has played a large role in the crisis. Crops were lost. River shipping slowed. Nuclear power plants were shut down for lack of cooling water. But extreme weather is becoming normal. [BBC]

Dry river in Northern Ireland (K Mitch Hodge, Unsplash)

¶ “Charles Will Not Cool On Climate Action, Say Friends” • Will King Charles III turn his back on a lifetime of environmental campaigning? As Prince of Wales he spent decades campaigning, cajoling, and convening meetings for action on environmental issues. As king, his politics are supposed to be neutral, but friends say he will not cool on environmental issues. [BBC]

¶ “Ditch The Plane, Take The Night Train” • People who travel by train leave a carbon footprint 50 times smaller than those who fly. Recognizing how dramatic the difference is, many Europeans now prefer to take the train rather than fly. Nightjet, a service of ÖBB (Austrian Railways), is increasing the allure of train travel by adding 33 custom designed trains. [CleanTechnica]

Night train berth (Night Train image)

¶ “Zenith Plans Australia’s Largest Off-Grid Hybrid Power Plant For Mining Op” • Liontown Resources is the latest mining company to back renewables to power its off-grid operations, engaging remote power generation specialist Zenith Energy to build a 95-MW hybrid solar PV, wind and battery energy storage system in Western Australia. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “US Government Offers To Build Nuclear Power Plants In Poland” • The Government of Poland has received a Concept and Execution Report for Civil Nuclear Cooperation from the US to build six large nuclear reactors using US technology. The report was given to Poland’s Climate and Environment Minister by the US Ambassador. [Power Technology]

Cooling towers (Kelly, Pexels)

¶ “IAEA Chief: Russia, Ukraine Interested In Protection Zone Around Nuclear Plant” • Ukraine and Russia have expressed interest in a proposal put forward by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog ,to create a protection zone around the Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, its chief Rafael Grossi said. [Khabarhub]

US:

¶ “NY Governor Hochul Announces Winner Of 2022 New York–Israel Smart Energy Innovation Challenge” • Gov Kathy Hochul announced the winner of the 2022 New York-Israel Smart Energy Innovation Challenge, a competitive award that enables New York State to partner with an Israeli company to develop an innovative energy technology. [CleanTechnica]

EVolve NY Cross-State Charging Network site (NYPA/EVolve)

¶ “Solving Rooftop Solar Permitting Challenges In USA: New American-Made SolarAPP+ Prize” • The SolarAPP+ Prize is designed to accelerate adoption of Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus. The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office will award prizes of $15,000 to local governments that can adopt or pilot SolarAPP+ in about five months. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Gulf Of Maine And Its Lobsters Are At Risk From Climate Change” • According to an article published earlier this year in the National Fisherman, 82% of lobsters caught in the US come from Maine. A new report from The Washington Post details the effects of the current climate crisis on the Gulf of Maine. The lobster industry is in trouble. [InsideHook]

Lobster boat (Thomas Dewey, Unsplash)

¶ “How MIT Is Working To Reduce Carbon Emissions On Our Campus” • Joe Higgins, vice president for campus services and stewardship, speaks here about the coordinated effort underway to address the Institute’s carbon-reduction goals, the challenges and opportunities in getting there, and creating a blueprint for a carbon-free campus in 2050. [MIT News]

¶ “Marjorie Taylor Greene Tells Steve Bannon She Plans To Impeach Joe Biden Over Renewable Energy” • US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) revealed to Real America’s Voice talk show host Steve Bannon that she has drafted articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden over his investments in renewable energy. [MSN]

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September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Reasons For (Cautious) Optimism: The Good News On The Climate Crisis” • We could say a lot about what’s going wrong. The extent of damage caused at 1.2°C of global heating since pre-industrial levels is proving greater than was forecast by climate scientists not that long ago. But there are reasons for hope, as we push harder to address the issue. [The Guardian]

Solar energy (Raphael Cruz, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Mixing Solar Power And Agriculture: A Blueberry Farm Does A Test Run” • With dual-use agrivoltaics, crops are grown under or between the rows of solar panels, with the aim of generating renewable energy without removing farmland from production. The University of Maine is studying a combination of solar power and blueberry farming. [Canary Media]

World:

¶ “How Climate Change Is Tweaking The Taste Of Wine” • The effects of climate change are well known to winemakers. Warmer temperatures have been a boon to some in cooler regions who rejoice over riper berries, but they are devastating to others. With scorching heat waves, wildfires, and other calamities, harvests are being ruined by climate change. [BBC]

Wine (Hermes Rivera, Unsplash)

¶ “Sunshine State Accelerates The Drive To Electric!” • As politicians frame the 2023–2024 Queensland budget, they are considering what sweeteners need to be in the pot to accelerate the drive to electric. The goal is 50% of all new passenger vehicle sales being zero emission by 2032, and all new fleet car purchases being electric by the end of 2026. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “VinFast Serves Its First 100 Customers In Vietnam” • VinFast has released its first 100 VF8 all-electric SUVs to customers in Vietnam. This will be followed by 5,000 VF8s released globally. Initial markets to get the EVs are the US, Canada, and Europe, where customers who made early reservations are expected to receive their vehicles this year. [CleanTechnica]

Electric car factory in Vietnam (VinFast image)

¶ “Fortescue Proposes 9.2-GW Green Hydrogen Project In Egypt” • Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries continues its campaign to be one of the world’s largest clean energy companies. It announced plans to develop a 9.2-GW wind and solar facility in Egypt to power production of green hydrogen. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “BMW To Get Cylindrical Batteries From CATL” • BMW has confirmed a battery supply agreement with CATL to start in 2025. It is for cylindrical battery cells 46 mm in diameter, to be produced at two new CATL factorys, one in each of China and Europe. At each of these gigafactories, 20 GWh of production will be dedicated to BMW Group. [CleanTechnica]

BMW headquarters (Image courtesy of BMW)

¶ “France’s Macron Urges Putin To Withdraw Russian Forces At Besieged Nuclear Plant” • French President Macron, one of the few Western leaders to keep an open dialogue with Russian President Putin since the invasion of Ukraine, urged the Kremlin in a phone call to withdraw forces from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “Air Quality Worsens As 94 Fires Burn Across Western US” • Air quality alerts are in place in much of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Smoke from active fires is leading to poor air quality in the aftermath of a record-breaking heat wave. There are now 94 large fires burning across eight states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. [CNN]

Smoke from a wildfire (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

¶ “Yellen Says Inflation And Higher Gas Prices Remain A ‘Risk’” • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that there is a “risk” that US gas prices could rise again later this year, as fears grow over the possibility that Americans’ wallets could be strained by a spike in prices similar to the one seen this summer. But she stressed that she’s optimistic about the economy. [CNN]

¶ “California Embraces A New Approach To Community Solar” • Community solar is a way to allow people who don’t have a site suitable for solar panels to own solary systems. Utility companies generally oppose it. California may soon enact a law that will pay community solar owners at rates for electricity at the time it is generated. [CleanTechnica]

Solar farm (US Bureau of Land Management)

¶ “Build Back Better Lives Again, Now With Green Hydrogen” • The Build Back Better bill may have died, but the Department of Commerce has a program called the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. It put up $50 million for a green hydrogen hub in the New Orleans region, one of twenty that will get funding from the Commerce Department. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “States With The Most Untapped Wind Energy Potential” • Using data from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Stacker compared installed wind energy capacity in the continental US to potential wind energy capacity. The EERE calculation of wind energy used suitable wind turbine locations based on legal and technical factors. [Arizona’s Family]

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September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Identifying Undocumented Orphaned Oil & Gas Wells” • Los Alamos National Laboratory is leading a research consortium funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to identify and evaluate the hundreds of thousands of undocumented orphaned wells in the US. It will determine environmental impacts with a focus on methane emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Orphaned well (Pennsylvania DEP image)

¶ “How To Cut Steel Industry’s CO₂ Emissions And Climate Threat” • RMI’s Climate Intelligence has released guidance for steel companies to report and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact of their products, giving them a competitive advantage as the preferred suppliers to corporations with ambitious climate targets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “At Current Rates, Five Key Climate Tipping Points Are Already Possible, New Study Warns” • At current rates of global warming, the world is perilously close to five tipping points that could send global weather systems into irreversible collapse, a study found. Two of them are an abrupt thaw of the permafrost, and the end of a Labrador Sea ocean current system. [CBC]

Antarctica (Dylan Shaw, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Three Ways Climate Change Is Making Adventure Tourism Riskier” • Climate change can make adventure tourism more challenging and even riskier, experts said. Rockfalls on Alpine hiking routes, wildfires threatening campsites in Europe and the US, and landslides and floods on South American rafting rivers can all be seen as impacts of climate change. [BBC]

¶ “Rivian And Mercedes In Talks To Start Van Production In Europe” • Rivian and Mercedes have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to work together on production of electric vans in Europe. The companies will jointly invest in adapting an existing Mercedes production site in central or eastern Europe for building new electric vans, they said. [CNN]

Electric van (Rivian image)

¶ “Coal-Fired Power Station Closures Are Expected Early In Australia” • A report by Energy Resource Insights declares that coal-fired power stations in Queensland will close decades earlier than planned, or 2 to 3 times faster than previously expected. Their demise will be aided by the rapid increase in solar and wind farms throughout the state. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Low-Income Households In Belgium To Get Financial Benefit From 400,000 Solar Panels” • Helping two birds with one hand, a program in Belgium is looking to help cut emissions and provide a little financial boost to lower-income households. Thousands of social housing units will be receiving 400,000 solar panels via a €150 million investment. [CleanTechnica]

Belgian rooftop solar systems (Courtesy of Aster)

¶ “Time For Green Hydrogen In India Is Now, Says RK Singh” • The time for green hydrogen in India is now, Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, said while addressing the First EU-India Green Hydrogen Forum in New Delhi. India is already setting up its own manufacturing capacity for making hydrogen electrolyzers. [Down To Earth]

¶ “German Farmer Grows Fruit Under Solar Power Equipment” • A German farmer is successfully growing apples beneath solar power equipment that produces electricity. Many of the farm’s trees grow beneath solar panels that have been producing power. In addition to providing electricity, the panels protect the fruit below with shade. [VOA Learning English]

Apples growing (Jeremy Bezanger, Unsplash)

¶ “Zaporiyia Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Its Last Reactor After Power Outages” • The only reactor still operating at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has ceased operations, even after the facility was reconnected to the general power grid, according to operator Energoatom. Shutting the reactor down is the safest thing to do. [MSN]

US:

¶ “Sunrun And Tesla Solar Roofs And Batteries Saving The Day In California” • Thanks to solar PV and battery companies, the California grid is much better equipped to deal with challenges of heatwaves than it was a decade ago. A leading force in these industries is Sunrun, the largest home solar and battery storage company in the USA. [CleanTechnica]

Installing rooftop solar (Kate Costa, US DOE, public domain)

¶ “Electrify America Has A Plan To Simplify EV Charging” • Electrify America is the EV charging network Volkswagen created as part of its diesel cheating settlement with the US government. At first, its chargers were not highly rated, but the company is about to up its game, starting with replacing the chargers in 300 locations with new equipment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Developer Minimizes Grand Junction Solar Farm’s Visual Impact” • SolarGen, a Denver-based renewable energy company developing a solar farm in Grand Junction, on land now used as an illegal trash dump, plans to minimize the visual impact of the energy park. It plans to use solar panels designed not to exceed 16 feet in height. [NewsBreak Original]

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September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Nissan LEAF Can Power Your Home With This New Charger” • There are reasons why vehicle-to-grid technology is not commonplace across the EV market, but there’s no doubt there has been some notable progress toward it. Now Nissan has approved the first ever bi-directional charger for mass-market use with a Nissan LEAF. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan LEAF (Image courtesy of Nissan)

¶ “New Cathode Design Solves Major Barrier To Better Lithium-Ion Batteries” • Researchers at the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory have a long history of breakthrough discoveries with lithium-ion batteries. Now they have made another one, and it could lead to longer-lasting and safer batteries able to power EVs for longer driving ranges. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “UN Says Blackout Threatens Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • The head of the UN nuclear agency has warned that the situation at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine is increasingly precarious. Rafael Grossi said shelling had knocked out power in the nearby city of Enerhodar which fed the plant, and it was unlikely to be restored. [BBC]

Rafael Grossi briefing the press (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “BYD’s Order Backlog: About 700,000 Vehicles” • Tesla has an enormous order backlog, estimated to be about 457,000 vehicles, but BYD’s estimated order backlog is even bigger. According to CnEVPost, BYD’s order backlog has reached around 700,000 vehicles. BYD CEO Wang Chuanfu reportedly informed local reporters of the figure. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pattern Starts 112-MW Ishikari Offshore Build In Japan” • Pattern Energy has started construction of its 112-MW Ishikari offshore wind farm off Japan after financing was completed. A total of 14 Siemens Gamesa 8-MW turbines will be installed at the site 3 km offshore Hokkaido. The project will also include a 100-MW battery storage facility. [reNews]

Ishikari construction (Pattern Energy image)

¶ “Farm Walk Gives Cumbrian Farmers An Insight Into Powering Ahead With Renewable Energy” • The Farmer Network hosted two farmer meetings to learn more about opportunities for renewable energy on-farm. The first meeting was in Penrith. The second meeting was a farm walk and discussion at Moor House Farm, Orton, near Tebay. [Westmorland Gazette]

US:

¶ “GM Unveils $30,000 Electric SUV That Will Be One Of The Cheapest EVs Available” • General Motors revealed a new electric SUV that it expects will be the cheapest compact electric SUV on the market when it goes into production in about a year. The Chevrolet Equinox EV will have a starting price around $30,000, making it among the cheapest EVs. [CNN]

Chevrolet Equinox EV (General Motors image)

¶ “Rain Falling In Southern California Threatening Areas Of Drought-Stricken State With Possibilities Of Flash Floods” • Parts of Southern California are under flash flood warnings as a tropical storm threatens to drop a year’s worth of rain in areas of the drought-stricken state. The warning is in effect for Riverside County and parts of San Diego County. [CNN]

¶ “United Airlines Puts $15 Million Bet On Electric Aircraft Startup Eve Air Mobility” • United Airlines has invested $15 million into electric aircraft startup Eve Air Mobility. United Airlines also agreed to buy 200 of the electric air taxis, once Eve Air Mobility gets to the point that it can produce them, and it has an option to buy another 200. [CleanTechnica]

Air taxi (Image courtesy of United Airlines)

¶ “California Approves Tesla Plan To Add Supercharger Sites To Rural Areas” • The California Energy Commission has approved Tesla proposals to construct new Supercharger facilities in four rural communities. Each of those projects will receive a grant of $1.6 million from the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program Rural Electric Vehicle Charging Program. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NextEra Goes Full Bore To Extend Lead In Emerging $2 Trillion US Renewables Power Play” • NextEra Energy, a US renewables development pacesetter, plans to invest $85 billion to $95 billion in energy storage and generation projects through to 2025 in a bid to boost its share of an emerging $2 trillion clean power market. [Recharge News]

Wind turbines on the coast (Jem Sanchez, Pexels)

¶ “Renewables Outpace Coal In Nation’s Electricity Generation” • Renewable energy is outpacing coal in supplying electricity to the US. Coal had modest growth last year, but it’s been overtaken by renewables, Energy Information Administration data shows. In the first half of the year, renewables generated 24% of the US electricity. [West Virginia Public Broadcasting]

¶ “GE Lands 200-MW Order For South Dakota Wind Farm” • GE Renewable Energy has been lined up to supply turbine hardware to Scout Clean Energy’s 200-MW Sweetland onshore wind farm in South Dakota. The manufacturer will deliver 71 of its 2.8-127 machines to the project in Hand County, which is due to be commissioned in 2023. [reNews]

GE wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Researchers Want To Mix Renewable Fuels Into Existing Gas Lines At UC Irvine” • Researchers exploring the possibility of using existing infrastructure to deliver cleaner alternatives for fossil fuels to people in a real-world setting submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission to do that on the campus of UC Irvine. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ “Plan Emerges To Reopen Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, But Federal Grant Key” • A plan has emerged to restart the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven, Michigan, but a federal grant is key to the effort. Holtec International, owner of the plant as of June 28, has applied for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit program. [MLive.com]

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September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2022

World:

¶ “Tesla Model Y Is Safest Automobile In Europe – Euro NCAP” • Tesla has long topped the charts in the USA when it comes to detailed breakdowns of NHTSA safety analyses. Four Tesla models have been rated as the safest US cars. Now Tesla has taken the #1 spot in Europe as well, with the Model Y. It got the best score ever recorded in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany’s Plugin EVs Resume Growth, Tesla Model Y Leads” • In Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, plugins took 28.5% market share in August 2022, their best result YTD. This is up a bit on August 2021’s 27.6%, but dramatically down by some 37% from the 2018-2019 seasonal average. The Tesla Model Y was the bestselling plugin for the month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Energy Saved Europeans $29 Billion This Summer” • Ember Climate, a renewable energy advocacy group, issued a report that says electricity from solar energy resources saved Europeans $29 billion this summer. Europe derived 12% of its electricity this summer from solar plants. Without solar, natural gas would have supplied the energy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (GCL image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Flow Between VIC And NSW Unlocked” • Upgrades to Transgrid substations at Yass and Stockdill, as part of the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector upgrade project, are set to produce enough additional energy to power more than 30,000 homes. A spokesman said the VNI project is now more than 80% complete. [Utility Magazine]

¶ “Vena Energy Targets 1.8-GW Taiwan Offshore Wind Bid” • Vena Energy plans to enter two offshore wind projects with a combined 1,800 MW capacity into the Taiwan Phase 3 Offshore Wind Zonal Development auction. One is a 1,200-MW project 20 km off Miaoli County. The other is a 600-MW Wei-Long project 43 km off Changhua County. [reNews]

Offshore wind project (Vena Energy image)

¶ “Queensland Expected To Target To New Renewable Energy Mark” • Queensland’s current renewable energy target is to meet half of the state’s domestic energy needs with renewables by 2030. Reportedly, despite having achieved less than half of its current objective, the government is nevertheless considering setting a higher target. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Switching The Whole World To Renewable Energy Could Pay For Itself In Just Six Years, Study Says” • Transitioning nearly the entire world to an efficient and renewable energy system would cost nearly $62 trillion, according to the analysis by researchers at Stanford University. Nevertheless, the transition would pay for itself in six years. [Yahoo News]

Wind turbines (Chris Barbalis, Unsplash)

¶ “Shelling Resumes Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant, Despite Risks” • Shelling resumed near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with the warring sides trading blame again on Wednesday, a day after the UN atomic watchdog agency pressed for a safe zone there to prevent a catastrophe. Officials have distributed iodine pills to residents. [The Mining Journal]

US:

¶ “How To Buy A Second-Hand Electric Car” • Buying used EVs is an entirely new trick, as determining the value of an EV is mainly about determining the life expectancy of the battery. There are tools to help us find the condition of the battery, and Spiers New Technology, owned by Cox Mobility, is bringing them out at its US service centers. [CleanTechnica]

Moving a battery (CAM EV battery service network)

¶ “Talon Metals Finds More Nickel In USA” • Talon Metals has a solution for getting nickel without enriching Russia. TM has announced that it discovered more nickel in its Tamarack Nickel Project in Minnesota. Talon reported assays from fourteen new drill holes outside of the project’s main resource area, showing rich deposits of nickel. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Jeep Unveils 3 New Battery Electric Models” • Stellantis has announced three new Jeep battery EVs that will be coming to market soon. Together they will help the parent company transition to selling 100% battery electric passenger vehicles in Europe and 50% passenger car and light duty trucks in the US by end of 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Jeep EV (Courtesy of Stellantis)

¶ “Clean Energy Projects Surge Following Passage Of Climate Bill” • The Inflation Reduction Act provides $369 for climate and energy spending. Since the passage of the bill, a number of US companies have released plans for costly clean energy projects, The New York Times reported. This is part of a global trend toward renewable energy investment. [EcoWatch]

¶ “Renewable Properties Completes Three Community Solar Projects With SOLCAP Tax Equity” • Small-scale solar project developer/investor Renewable Properties completed tax equity funding for 11.6 MW of solar projects with KeyState Renewable’s SOLCAP solar tax equity fund. The portfolio has two projects in New York and one in Massachusetts. [Solar Builder]

Solar array (Photo via United Renewable Energy)

¶ “The Clean Hydrogen Energy Economy Was A Dream. The Climate Bill Could Make It A Reality This Decade” • A tax credit in the Inflation Reduction Act could enable the nascent clean hydrogen industry to turn into a multitrillion-dollar business in the coming decades. The IRA could catalyze a new category of companies looking to use clean hydrogen. [CNBC]

¶ “Projects Win Awards To Provide Stored Energy In New York” • Governor Kathy Hochul is releasing $16.6 million in awards for five long-duration energy storage projects to help New York’s electric grid harness renewable enrgy. One goal of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is to install 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. [Solar Industry]

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September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2022

World:

¶ “’We Are Going To Drown’: Villagers Trapped As Pakistan’s Largest Lake Overflows” • In Pakistan, Lake Manchar, which has swelled to an area of hundreds of square kilometers due to the combined effects of a heavy monsoon and melting glaciers, breached its banks, leaving nearby villages under several feet of water, and many residents are trapped. [CNN]

Flood in Pakistan, 2022 (M Salik Abbasi, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Big Oil Companies Are Spending Millions To Appear ‘Green.’ Their Investments Tell A Different Story, Report Shows” • Big oil companies are spending millions to portray themselves as taking action on climate change, but their investments and lobbying activities don’t live up to their planet-friendly claims, says a report from climate think-tank InfluenceMap. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Warm Summer Shatters Records” • This summer was the hottest on record in Europe, EU satellite monitoring data shows. Heatwaves and drought saw June, July, and August shatter previous high marks for temperature. The Copernicus Climate Change Service said the data showed August in Europe was the warmest on record by “a substantial margin.” [BBC]

Summer (Dakota Roos, Unsplash)

¶ “EU Clubs Together On Energy And Invites UK” • As he goes on weaponizing energy, Vladimir Putin railed against the EU: “We will not supply anything at all if it is contrary to our interests. No gas, no oil, no coal, no fuel oil, nothing.” The EU is responding to produce a unified approach energy. And it is interested in having the UK join its efforts on energy, as well. [BBC]

¶ “BYD Sells 82,678 BEVs In August!” • BYD continues to sell more and more electric vehicles. This week it released its August sales – only on Twitter, it seems – and the results are just as compelling as ever. The company had 82,678 full electric vehicle sales and another 91,299 plugin hybrid sales. For full battery EVs, BYD’s sales are comparable to Tesla’s. [CleanTechnica]

BYD interior (Mohammad Fathollahi, Unsplash)

¶ “Snow Lake To Supply Enough Lithium For 5 Million Electric Car Batteries Over 10 Years” • In a press release, Snow Lake Lithium announced it expects to produce enough lithium from its operations in Manitoba, Canada, to manufacture around 5 million electric car batteries for the North American market over 10 years beginning in 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Government To Introduce CfDs For Existing Projects” • New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has confirmed her government will introduce new fixed price contracts for existing renewables generators. Truss said today wind and solar projects will be able to move to Contracts for Difference in a bid to split green energy prices from soaring gas rates. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Peter Hall, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Renewables Will Dominate $250 Billion Power Projects In MENA” • $250 billion worth of power projects in the Middle East and North Africa region will undergo a transitional shift from fossil-fuel to renewable energy sources as well as nuclear energy, said officials and experts. The MENA region is expected to add 5.6 GW of renewable capacity in 2022. [ZAWYA]

¶ “Australian Parliament Passes First Climate Change Legislation In A Decade” • Australia’s first climate change legislation in a decade has passed federal parliament with support from the Greens and key crossbench senators. Labor’s climate bill has national targets to cut emissions by at least 43% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine Urges Residents Near Nuclear Plant To Evacuate” • Ukraine urged residents living in Russian-occupied areas near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to flee for their own safety. “I appeal to the residents of the districts adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant … evacuate!” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. [Voice of America]

US:

¶ “NRDC To Congress: Don’t Pass Pollution Measure That Enables Auto Emissions Tampering” • A proposed air pollution exemption now before Congress would harm US air quality and Americans’ health and welfare, according to testimony given to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in a hearing on September 7. [CleanTechnica]

Capitol (Image by Francine Sreca, Pixabay)

¶ “Brutal Heat Wave Shatters All-Time Records, Threatens Power Outages Across California. And A Hurricane Could Prolong It” • A record-breaking heat wave has baked the West for days, setting record high temperatures, fueling destructive wildfires, and threatening rolling power shutoffs. It could last even longer due to the effects of a strengthening hurricane. [CNN]

¶ “New US Policy Makes Federal Science Accessible To All” • The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy provided new guidance to federal agencies to ensure that federally funded research is accessible to all. OSTP’s guidance give federal agencies until December of 2024 to develop policies and plans to make their research accessible. [CleanTechnica]

Perseid meteor (Bill Ingalls, NASA)

¶ “A Path For Improved Wind Blade Recycling Rates” • At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, researchers are considering circular economy strategies to mitigate the impact of wind turbine blades at the end of their useful lifespan. The strategies are meant to address what to do with the blades once they are no longer needed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cypress Creek hits financial close on US hybrid” • Cypress Creek Renewables reached financial close for its 248-MW Zier Solar and Storage project in Texas. The Kinney County project is a 208-MW solar farm with a 40-MW, 80-MWh battery energy storage system. It will add installed renewable energy and battery storage to the Texas grid. [reNews]

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September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wooden Buildings Could Eliminate 106 Billion Tons Of Carbon Emissions” • The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research published a study in Nature Communications that says building future cities from engineered wood products could prevent 106 billion tons of carbon dioxide from entering the Earth’s atmosphere by 2100. [CleanTechnica]

Logging (US Forest Service, USDA)

¶ “Inland Water Carbon Emissions On The Rise” • Global carbon emissions from inland waters such as lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds are being undercounted by about 13%, at about 4.4 billion metric tons of carbon annually. They will likely continue to rise, given climate events and land use changes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists found. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Data Centers Guzzle Energy To Keep Cool. Could Snow Be The Answer?” • A city in Japan has found a way to cool the vast servers that support the global digital economy without fueling the climate crisis. In Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Bibai and its White Data Center have turned to collecting snow and piling it up in insulated storage. [CNN]

Proposed snowy expansion (Courtesy of White Data Center)

¶ “Nord Stream 1: How Russia Is Cutting Gas Supplies To Europe” • Russia has cut the amount of gas it sends to Europe by shutting the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline for the second time in recent months, saying the closure is necessary to allow repairs. The latest reason given for closing the Nord Stream pipeline is that a leak was detected in a turbine. [BBC]

¶ “Malawi, IFC, Scatec JV, And EDF Signed A Binding Agreement To Develop The 350-MW Mpatamanga Hydropower Plant” • The Government of Malawi, IFC, Scatec, and EDF announced the signing of a binding agreement to co-develop the Mpatamanga hydropower project, with both pumped storage and traditional hydropower. [CleanTechnica]

Pumped storage (National Hydropower Association via NREL)

¶ “Europe’s Household Electrical Bills Could Surge By $2 Trillion By Next Year” • EU households should brace for an expensive winter. The cost of energy could peak next year, with spending on bills across Europe growing by €2 trillion ($2 trillion), a Goldman Sachs research team, led by Alberto Gandolfi and Mafalda Pombeiro, said in a note. [Fortune]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Picks Up 80-MW Japanese Turbine Contract” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Green Power Investment as the supplier for the Fukaura Wind Farm in the Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The project, which will feature 19 units of GE’s 4.2-117 onshore wind turbine, represents GE’s third project with GPI in Japan. [reNews]

Wind turbine and flowers (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “India Tenders 2.25 GW Of Round-The-Clock Power From Renewable Hybrids” • Solar Energy Corp of India is taking bids to supply 2.25 GW of round-the-clock power from renewable energy projects with other sources or storage added. Projects are to be connected with the inter-state transmission network on a build-own-operate basis. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Poll reveals nationwide support for renewables” • Polling in every constituency in Britain shows strong support for building wind and solar projects to drive down consumer bills, according to RenewableUK. RUK said the results of the poll by Survation show that the Conservative Government risks losing voters if it fails to support renewables. [reNews]

Solar array (British Solar Renewables)

¶ “UN Calls For A Demilitarised Zone Around The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Addressing a UN security council session, UN secretary general António Guterres called for a demilitarised zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, with Russian occupying troops withdrawing and the agreement of Ukrainian forces not to move in. [The Guardian]

¶ “Water Is Now Seen As A Precious, Vital, And Scarce Resource In The Global Energy Sector” • The link between energy and water is of crucial importance and we need to value the latter resource far more going forward, according to the CEO of a leading gas infrastructure firm. Drought reduces output of coal, gas, and nuclear plants. [CNBC]

Nuclear plant in Belgium (Jonas Denil, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Record High Temperatures Continue To Bake The West” • Over 50 million people in the West are under heat alerts, as a prolonged heat wave continues to set record high temperatures and upend daily life. Californians were warned to prepare for rolling blackouts and asked to conserve energy. Wildfires have ripped across the state. [CNN]

¶ “Billions Directed To Food And Agriculture Is ‘Largest Since The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s’” • The Inflation Reduction Act, the biggest climate bill the US has ever passed, also addresses food and agriculture. Several areas of conservation, food protection, and financial insulation for at-risk farmers have been bundled in climate-friendly farm practices. [CleanTechnica]

Farm (Dan Meyers, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Renewable Energy From Local Sources – California Edition” • Sunnova announced that it has applied to the California PUC to develop a novel solar and storage “micro-utility.” This innovative renewable energy platform allows residents, communities, and businesses to share excess clean power and “island” from the legacy distribution system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Algae Biofuel Back From Dead, Now With Carbon Capture” • Algae biofuel stakeholders have been stuck in the doldrums for years, but in an odd twist of fate, the fossil fuel industry could help algae make a comeback. Apparently the new plan is to pair algae farming with waste carbon from gas power plants and other industrial operations. [CleanTechnica]

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September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “ISO New England Needs To Admit Gas Is Unreliable” • Winter after winter, when the cold weather returns, New England’s grid operator issues dire predictions of an energy crisis. What causes this? An overreliance on methane gas for power generation and heating. But ISO New England’s rules continue to favor gas over renewables like wind and solar. [CT Mirror]

Gas meter (Doris Morgan, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Soaking Up The Sun With Artificial Intelligence” • Materials that can be used to convert the abundant solar energy into heat or electricity are called solar absorbers. Maria Chan, a scientist in the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, has developed a machine learning method for screening many thousands of compounds as solar absorbers. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “‘Doomsday Glacier,’ Which Could Raise Sea Level By Several Feet, Is Holding On ‘By Its Fingernails,’ Scientists Say” • In Antarctica, Thwaites Glacier, called the “doomsday glacier,” has the potential to rapidly retreat in the coming years, scientists say, amplifying concerns over the extreme sea level rise that would accompany its potential demise. [CNN]

Thwaites Glacier (Alexandra Mazur, University of Gothenburg)

¶ “Water From Pakistan’s Largest Lake Threatens To Spill Into Densely Populated Cities” • Water levels at Pakistan’s largest lake remain dangerously high despite efforts to release water and spare nearby cities further flooding, according to officials. Heavy monsoon rains combined with melting glaciers to cover one third of the country in water. [CNN]

¶ “Liz Truss Vows Energy Crisis Action Ahead Of First Day As PM” • Liz Truss has promised to deal with surging energy costs and to cut taxes, after she won the Tory leadership contest to become the next PM. Her plan is to be announced on Thursday. It is likely to include a freeze on energy bills, though precisely how it would work is still unclear. [BBC]

¶ “Toyota Continues Its Fast BEV Development Pace With Battery Investments In US And Japan” • In April of 2021, Toyota announced its plan to introduce a full line-up of 70 EVs, with 15 battery EVs, by 2025. To reach this goal, it is investing about $5.6 billion on battery plants at one location in North Carolina and two locations in Japan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy From Local Sources Is The New, New Thing In Europe” • There is a quiet revolution taking place that could significantly disrupt the utility industry. Communities in Europe are making plans to create their own electricity from renewable sources. It involves people managing their own supply of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Cooperative solar plant (Courtesy of Grunneger Power)

¶ “EDF Wraps Up Turbine Installation At 480-MW Saint-Nazaire” • All 80 turbines are now installed at the 480-MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm off France. Turbine installation has taken under six months, starting in April, It is the first commercial offshore wind farm in France. It is expected to enter production by the end of 2022. [reNews]

¶ “100 Percent Renewable Energy Systems Could Power The Globe By 2050” • A review from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers analyses over 600 peer-reviewed articles on 100% renewable energy. “The main conclusion of most of these studies is that 100% renewables is feasible worldwide at low cost,” the report says. [TriplePundit]

Wind turbines (Thomas Galler, Unsplash)

¶ “Zaporizhzhia’s ‘Last Working’ Nuclear Reactor Loses Power After Russian Shelling” • The final working reactor at the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from Ukraine’s grid after Russian shelling disrupted power lines, Energoatom said. Ukraine cannot repair the power lines because of fighting raging around the station. [SBS]

¶ “Germany Sticks To Nuclear Power Deadline But Leaves Loophole” • Germany is sticking to its long-held plan of shutting down the country’s three remaining nuclear power plants this year, but the country is keeping the option of reactivating two of them in case there is an energy shortage in the coming months, according to officials. [Voice of America]

Neckarwestheim nuclear plant (thomas springer, public domain)

US:

¶ “Bosch To Invest $200 Million In South Carolina Hydrogen” • It seems like it’s another day, another multinational tech giant investing another massive amount of money into the American South. Now it’s Bosch, who announced plans for a $200 million investment at a South Carolina facility to build hydrogen fuel-cell stacks for Class 8 semi trucks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “House Runs 100% On DC Power – Purdue University Project” • Purdue researchers, working with Rectify Solar, developed a patented distribution system that enables a house to integrate both DC power, from solar panels, wind turbines or battery storage, and AC power from local electrical utilities. The system is modular, so it is adaptable. [CleanTechnica]

Purdue project house (Jared Pike, Purdue University)

¶ “BlackRock Battles Texas Again Over Divestments” • Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R) concluded that several companies are violating a new state law that requires fossil energy industry investment. If found culpable, BlackRock and nine European firms may be prohibited from conducting significant business with Texas state agencies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Louisiana Continues To Shift Away From Coal-Fired Power Generation” • Louisiana continues to shift away from coal-fired power generation to renewable sources. Cleco Power and DE Shaw Renewable Investments LLC announced a plan in August to build a 240-MW solar plant on the site of a former coal-fired plant Cleco retired last year. [Biz New Orleans]

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September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Canada Might Be Getting A 1,000 Kilometers Per Hour Vacuum-Tube Train” • A Canadian company has unveiled plans for a fully electric train-style vehicle which could travel at 1,000 km/h (621 mph) and, it claims, would cost less than a plane ticket to travel on. FluxJet will be propelled at ultra-fast speeds along a protected tube-guideway. [CNN]

Tube train (Image courtesy of Transpod)

¶ “Scientists Make A Major Breakthrough In The Race To Save Caribbean Coral” • Scientists at the Florida Aquarium have made a breakthrough in the race to save Caribbean coral. For the first time, marine biologists have successfully reproduced elkhorn coral, a critical species, using aquarium technology. The coral are vital for protecting coastlines. [CNN]

¶ “Hydrogen Bromide Flow Battery For Large-Scale Renewables Storage” • Dutch startup Elestor secured €30 million in funding from a consortium of lenders led by Equinor. It will use the funds to continue developing its hydrogen bromide flow battery technology. Elestor plans to build a gigawatt-scale production facility. [pv magazine Australia]

Elestor flow battery (Elestor image)

World:

¶ “Germany Announces €65 Billion Package To Curb Soaring Energy Costs” • Germany announced a €65 billion ($64.4 billion) set of measures to address rising energy costs, as Europe faces scarce supplies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Energy prices have soared since the February invasion, and Europe is trying to wean itself off Russian energy. [BBC]

¶ “Electric Cars Have 23% Of New Zealand Auto Market, Tesla Has 12%” • New Zealand has caught the electric car fever, and August showed that more than ever before. Last month, 23% of new auto sales were sales of fully electric cars. Tesla and BYD had sizable market shares in August. Tesla accounted for 12% of the market while BYD accounted for 4%. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand (Casey Horner, Unsplash)

¶ “Lithium Spot Prices Up ~900% Since January 2020” • Given the combination of the increase in demand for lithium and a lack of investment in the supply, it should be no surprise that the cost of lithium has gone up a lot over the last two years. The future relationship of supply and demand is not clear. As new sources come on line, demand is increasing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Equinor Files To Build Sheringham, Dudgeon Extensions” • Equinor has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for permission to build extensions to the Sheringham Shoal and the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farms off the UK’s North Norfolk coast. Dan McGrail, CEO of Renewable UK, noted that over 85% of people in East Anglia support the technology. [reNews]

Offshore windfarm (Equinor image)

¶ “EDPR Launches Crowdfunding For 29-MW Wind Project In Italy” • Renewable energy company EDP Renovaveis SA has launched a crowdfunding initiative in the city of Casalbore, Italy, where it is building a 28.8-MW wind park. The campaign aims to raise between €300,000 ($299,790) and €500,000 for the wind project in 48 months. [Renewables Now]

¶ “UK Planning Revamp Needed To Hit Offshore Wind Goals” • The UK’s offshore industry can boost turbine installations threefold to help reach net zero, but planning must be made easier, according to Offshore Energies UK. The UK government must double or even triple the rate of offshore wind turbine installations to meet its target for 2030. [reNews]

Offshore windpower (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “Copenhagen Energy Submits Third 3-GW Offshore Wind Proposal In Australia” • After filing two proposals earlier this year for 3-GW offshore wind farms in Western Australia, Copenhagen Energy revealed details for a project of the same size planned for an area 10 to 44 kilometres offshore between Lancelin and Two Rocks, Western Australia. [Offshore Wind]

¶ “$44 Million Boost To Accelerate Pumped Hydro Energy Storage” • The New South Wales government has announced funding for five pumped hydro schemes spread across the state. It is looking to deliver large-scale energy storage and firming capacity to allow for increased uptake of renewable energy and closing coal-fired plants. [pv magazine Australia]

Pumped storage (Snowy Hydro image)

¶ “Tasmanian Sunshine To Power Hydrogen Fuel” • Tasmanian sunshine could be used to power green hydrogen projects under a deal inked with an international renewable energy company. Australia’s Countrywide Hydrogen and Wirsol Energy, a German company, agreed to work together on the viability of solar-to-hydrogen projects in the state. [PerthNow]

US:

¶ “Buick Offers Dealers Buyout Option As Electric Car Plans Accelerate” • If you own a new car dealership, preparing to sell EVs can be an expensive proposition. Service people need to be retrained, and new tools and equipment need to be purchased. Buick will offer all of its 2000 US dealers an opportunity to opt out of the EV future. [CleanTechnica]

Buick Wildcat (Buick image)

¶ “Inflation Reduction Act To Give US Solar Energy Industry A Much Needed Boost” • The latest data from the US Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie show a near leveling off of growth. But this forecast was based on the idea that the Investment Tax Credit would start declining in 2024. It has now been extended to 2032! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chance Of California Power Outages Up As Heat Wave Worsens” • California’s chance of power outages will grow in the coming days, as the state prepares to enter the worst stretch yet of an ongoing heat wave, officials said. Also, Governor Newsom legislation to allow the state’s last nuclear plant to stay open beyond its planned 2025 closure. [WHIO-TV]

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September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “No Going Back To Reliance On Russian Gas From Here” • The reason the Nord Stream 1 pipeline is closed is that repairs can’t be done without German technology imports, which are subject to sanctions, Gazprom says. However, the cut-off is just another problem in decades of dysfunction in the energy relationship between Russia and Germany. [BBC]

Gas stove (Ilse Driessen, Unsplash)

¶ “It’s The End Of The Car As We Know It, And We Feel Fine” • Bryan Appleyard is the author of a book, The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine That Made the Modern World. He has been the financial news editor at The Times of London and has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and other publications. Here he is in an interview. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Tesla Got The Jump On The Rest Of The Auto Industry – Way Back In 2006” • Tesla rolled out the Roadster on July 19, 2006, at an invitation-only event at an airport hangar in Santa Monica, California. Not only was it a sleek sports car, it could go 250 miles on a single charge, it could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Roadster (FaceMePLS, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Loses Link To Main Power Line” • The Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine has lost its link to its last remaining main power line, the UN nuclear watchdog says. The International Atomic Energy Agency has a presence at the plant, and it receives reliable information quickly about the latest developments. [BBC]

¶ “Pakistan Floods: ‘We Spent The Whole Night Running From The Flood’” • Record floods in Pakistan have killed more than 1,200 people. The Southern Sindh province, where things show little sign of getting better, has been hit the hardest. Rescue and relief missions are under way, but the water is eight feet deep in some places, and continuing to rise. [BBC]

Storm (Maksym Ivashchenko, Unsplash)

¶ “Chinese Province Of Over 9 Million To Ban Fossil Fuel Car Sales By 2030” • Hainan may not be a household name in the US or Europe, but it is a province with more than 9 million people. The recent news out of Hainan is that the province is banning new fossil-fuel vehicle sales by 2030. That target is one of the most aggressive out there. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US And RI Agree To Accelerate Indonesia’s Transition To Renewable Energy” • Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry and the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan agreed on a framework to accelerate the spread of renewable energy in Indonesia, with the US, Japan, and other partner countries. [Nation World News]

Night view of Jakarta (Airlangga Jati, Unsplash)

¶ “Foreign Investors Are Piling Into India’s Renewable Industry” • As the world rapidly invests in renewables, to transition away from fossil fuels, companies and governments are not just funding projects at home but also abroad. Several companies around the globe have highlighted India as a key market for their renewable energy investment. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Turkey Offers To Mediate In Ukraine Nuclear Plant Standoff” • Turkish President Erdogan offered to mediate in the standoff over the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine. The offer came hours before the UN nuclear watchdog said the facility lost its last remaining main power line to the grid and was now relying on a reserve line. [Kyiv Post]

Presidents Erdogan and Biden (The White House)

¶ “German Greens Deny Report On Nuclear Plant Extensions” • Germany’s Green Party denied a report that it will back a plan allowing some of the nation’s nuclear power plants to continue operating beyond a previously set phase-out date, as the nation confronts its worst energy shortages in decades. The report had appeared in Bild. [Mining.com]

US:

¶ “Situation Remains Dire For Residents Of Jackson, Mississippi, As Effort To Restore Water Supply Suffers Setbacks” • Jackson, Mississippi, has gone into its sixth day since a major water plant failed, leaving thousands of people unable to access clean tap water. The city of roughly 150,000 residents had been under a boil-water notice since July 30. [CNN]

Pearl River, crisis trigger (JGW Blakeney, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “NREL Study Identifies Opportunities And Challenges Of Achieving The US Goal Of 100% Clean Electricity By 2035” • A report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examines the types of clean energy technologies and the scale and pace of deployment needed to achieve 100% clean electricity, or a net-zero power grid, in the US by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wave Energy Converter Passes First Test, Now It’s Off To Oregon” • Last week, Calwave concluded a successful 10-month test run of its x1 at a site off the coast of San Diego. CalWave is ready for action and is moving off to sites in Oregon and Alaska. It is also starting to look seriously at commercialization, possibly piggy-backed with offshore windpower. [CleanTechnica]

CalWave wave unit (Courtesy of CalWave Power Technologies)

¶ “Bucket Trucks Prove To Be A Bee In Comcast’s Carbon Neutral Bonnet” • Comcast continued to push its sustainability efforts, announcing it will use wind and solar energy to power Comcast Cable’s Michigan operations. But it still faces challenges, as it strives to become carbon neutral. For example, no one makes electric bucket trucks. [Fierce Telecom]

¶ “Suburban Philadelphia Firm Bets On New Technology To Store Solar Power 24/7” • Sycamore International Inc recycles electronic equipment, including refurbishing 30,000 old laptops a month for resale. It has been powered by solar panels and a grid connection in the past. Now it is solar powered 24/7, by use of iron flow batteries. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

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September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Beavers Are Considered Valuable in the Fight Against Climate Change” • Scientists in Utah and California recently discovered that beavers are an important factor in the fight against climate change. Dams created by the rodents help store water longer, and fend off fires. This is important as arid conditions are brought on by global warming. [Green Matters]

Beaver (mana5280, Unsplash)

¶ “NREL-Led Breakthrough Pushes Perovskite Solar Cell To Greater Stability And Efficiency” • Researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made a technological breakthrough and constructed a perovskite solar cell with the dual benefits of being both highly efficient, 24% under 1-sun illumination, and highly stable. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “How Pakistan Floods Are Linked To Climate Change” • The devastating floods in Pakistan are a “wake-up call” to the world on the threats of climate change, experts have said. Pakistan bears the brunt of two major weather systems. One can cause high temperatures and drought, and the other brings monsoon rains. And Pakistan’s glaciers are melting. [BBC]

Baltoro glacier (Guilhem Vellut, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “A Third Of Pakistan Is Underwater Amid Its Worst Floods In History” • Over a third of Pakistan is underwater, satellite images from the European Space Agency show, as deadly floodwaters threaten to create secondary disasters. Food is in short supply after water covered millions of acres of crops and wiped out hundreds of thousands of livestock. [CNN]

¶ “Race To Remove Fuel From Stricken Ship After Collision At Gibraltar” • Salvage teams have rushed to pump fuel off a grounded ship after it collided with a gas tanker off Gibraltar and began leaking into the sea. Authorities said there had been a significant leak from the OS 35 on Thursday and conservationists fear major ecological damage. [BBC]

Leaking ship (Government of Gibraltar)

¶ “Russia To Keep Key Gas Pipeline To EU Closed” • Russia’s gas pipeline to Germany will not reopen as planned on Saturday, state energy firm Gazprom has said. The firm said it had found an oil leak in a turbine on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, meaning it would be closed indefinitely. Moscow denies using energy supplies as an economic weapon. [BBC]

¶ “Polestar 6 Roadster Sells Out In One Week!” • Less than a week after opening up the order books on the recently announced, all-electric Polestar 6 roadster comes news that all 500 of the “LA Concept” launch edition version of the Swedish convertible have been reserved. More will surely come, and they may be exported to US Volvo dealers. [CleanTechnica]

Polestar 6 Roadster (Polestar image)

¶ “Sweden Plugin EV Share At 46.1% In August” • Sweden’s auto market recorded a plugin EV share of 46.1% in August 2022, a slight drop year on year from 47.1%. The full electric share grew, but plugin hybrids lost more. Overall auto volumes were 26% down on pre-pandemic seasonal norms. The Volkswagen ID.4 was the best selling full electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Energy Finishes 45-MW Polish Wind Build” • The construction of a group of wind farms in north-western Poland has been finished by European Energy. The Pomerania wind portfolio, with a capacity of 45 MW, consists of five facilities. As the portfolio is grid-connected, European Energy will have a total wind capacity of 59.7 MW in Poland. [reNews]

Wind farm (European Energy image)

¶ “IAEA To Keep Experts Permanently At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi has said that two of the agency’s experts would remain permanently at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Four of the six experts will leave the plant next week, while the other two stay on. [Business Standard]

US:

¶ “US DOE: $70 Million To Improve Supercomputer Model Of Earth’s Climate System” • The US DOE announced $70 million in funding for seven projects to improve climate prediction and aid in the fight against climate change. The research will be used to accelerate development of DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model. [CleanTechnica]

Better batteries (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Understanding The High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act” • One part of the Inflation Reduction Act that hasn’t had a lot of attention is the High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act. This act provides point of sale consumer rebates of up to $14,000 to enable low and moderate income households across America to electrify their homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chicago To Run Civic Operations On 100% Renewables By 2026 ” • The City of Chicago runs over 400 public buildings. City Hall and two international airports are examples. After signing a five-year clean energy deal with Constellation Energy, the city said that all its facilities and operations will run on renewable energy by 2025. [The World Economic Forum]

Chicago (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

¶ “McCarthy leaving, Podesta joining WH climate team ” • John Podesta, a former Clinton aide, will join the White House climate team. He will oversee the implementation of the climate and clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. Also, Gina McCarthy will exit as National Climate Advisor. She is to be replaced by her deputy Ali Zaidi. [The Hill]

¶ “Nearly $100 Million Coming To Develop Renewable Energy West Virginia Coalfield Industry And Jobs” • The Appalachian Climate Technology coalition of West Virginia is one of 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, which is awarding $62.8 million in grants to ACT Now to create a hub of clean energy jobs. [WVPB]

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September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Russia’s Stranglehold On The World’s Nuclear Power Cycle – Analysis” • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the international community to ban Russian nuclear technology. However, blocking and replacing Russia’s exports of uranium, reactors, and nuclear technology to the rest of the world is easier said than done. [Eurasia Review]

Nuclear power plant (Kelly, Pexels)

¶ “California’s Climate Bill – Huge? Or Not Really News?” • The California Assembly secured passage of the largest climate bill in state history. The bill includes $54 billion in spending over five years on things like EVs, infrastructure, and resilience to drought. It also pushes the retirement date for a nuclear plant from 2025 to 2030. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Why Electric Airplanes Are Taking Off At Flight Schools” • Air travel has been slow to transition to clean energy, but the next generation of aviators need not wait for commercial airlines to move away from fossil fuels. The Velis Electro, the world’s only electric plane fully certified in the EU and the UK, is taking off as a greener option for trainee pilots. [CNN]

Pipistrel Velis Electro (Pipistrel image)

¶ “’Outbursts’ From Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Have Tripled This Year And Are Worsening Floods” • Pakistan is home to more glaciers than anywhere in the world outside the polar regions. As the climate warms, it’s becoming more vulnerable to sudden outbursts of melting glacier water that have the power to bring widespread destruction to its people. [CNN]

¶ “Ravil Maganov: Russian Lukoil Chief Dies In ‘Fall From Hospital Window’” • The chairman of Russia’s Lukoil oil giant, Ravil Maganov, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, reports say. Officially, he died after a severe illness. But he is one of several Russian energy oligarchs have recently died in unusual circumstances. [BBC]

Vladimir Putin and Ravil Maganov (Kremlin photo)

¶ “UN Experts Make First Inspection At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • UN nuclear experts have made their first inspection of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine and are to maintain a presence there. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said the “plant and physical integrity of the plant” had been “violated several times”. [BBC]

¶ “Electrolyzer Supply To Increase Green Hydrogen Availability” • A report shows that there is a surge in the production capacity of electrolyzers. For green hydrogen to succeed, the word needs a surfeit of renewable energy, plenty of clean water, and cheap electrolyzer supply. Rethink Energy UK believes these elements are coming together. [CleanTechnica]

Production capacity projections (Courtesy Rethink Energy)

¶ “Native Forest Wood Waste Burning To Be Excluded From ‘Renewable’ Classification, Senate Report Recommends” • As Australia’s Climate Change Bill 2022 moves through parliament, a Senate committee has recommended using wood waste from native forests to generate power should no longer be classified as “renewable energy.” [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Regional SA Solar Farm ‘Energised’ To Help Reach Australia’s Zero Emissions Goals” • A new solar farm in the regional South Australian town of Padthaway will be fully operational by year’s end, bolstering the country’s efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The project comprises 8,500 solar panels, about 20 inverters and a Tesla megapack battery. [ABC]

Padthaway solar farm (Courtesy of  Haydn Yates, Yes Group)

¶ “Boris Johnson Pledges £700 Million For Nuclear, With Dig At Truss On Fracking” • Boris Johnson promised £700 million of taxpayers’ money to the much-delayed Sizewell C nuclear power project in Suffolk as he sought to make energy security part of his legacy as prime minister. Also, in what may be a veiled put-down of Liz Truss, he cast doubt on fracking. [MSN]

US:

¶ “Rapid Response Team To Support Energy Communities In The Four Corners” • A federal interagency working group has announced the Four Corners Rapid Response Team, bringing together eleven federal agencies to partner with local officials and community leaders in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah to deal with energy transitions. [CleanTechnica]

Mountains in Arizona (Donald Giannatti, Unsplash)

¶ “Questions About IRA Benefits? Rewiring America Has The Answers” • Rewiring America has an online tool that lists all the incentives and tax credits available in the Inflation Reduction Act. The law, popularly known as the IRA, has an amazing number of provisions that can help people decarbonize their lives and save money doing it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Record Numbers Of Solar Panels Were Shipped In The US During 2021” • US shipments of solar PV modules rose to a record electricity-generating capacity of 28.8 million peak kW in 2021, from 21.8 million peak kW in 2020, based on data from our Annual Photovoltaic Module Shipments Report. Solar module shipments were 80% imports. [CleanTechnica]

PV shipments (EIA image)

¶ “Duke Energy Delivers On 700-MW Solar Commitment In Florida” • With the completion of a new 74.9-MW solar facility in Hardee County, Duke Energy reached a significant milestone – it has delivered on its commitment to provide 700 MW of clean energy to Florida customers. The new solar farm is the last of ten such sites. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “DOE Funding Opportunity For Nuclear-Coupled Hydrogen Production And Use” • The US DOE is seeking applications for projects in “Nuclear Coupled Hydrogen Production and Use.” This just-announced amendment to a funding opportunity aims to support the development of nuclear plant thermal integration with hydrogen end uses. [Department of Energy]

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September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “E-Core Inventor Wants To Replace World’s Millions Of 50cc Engines With Electric Motors” • Benjamin Surain of Belgium has developed a battery and electric motor package that would be a direct, drop-in replacement for the ubiquitous 50cc gasoline engines that power millions upon millions of mopeds and scooters all around the world. [CleanTechnica]

Electric replacement system (Benjamin Surain, E-Core)

¶ “Comparing Battery Chemistries For Energy Storage” • To unlock the potential of renewables, larger energy storage systems are needed. It will take a variety of battery chemistries to meet that demand. The three battery technologies being widely used are lead, lithium, and vanadium redox flow. The choice should be based on multiple considerations. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “The Arctic Circle: A New Frontier For Sustainable Wine” • In recent years, heat waves, drought, and smoke from wildfires have been wreaking havoc on European vineyards. It is increasingly difficult to produce the same legacy wines that producers have been making for centuries. Now there are vineyards in Sweden, and they are starting to be productive. [BBC]

Vineyard (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “DuPont Commits To Using Renewable Energy Across All Its Global Operations” • Industrial giant DuPont says it is committed to using renewable energy across all its operations worldwide. As a step towards that goal, DuPont has joined RE100, a global environmental initiative committed to making the shift to 100% renewable energy. [Robotics & Automation News]

¶ “Horizon Power Secures Land To Take Goldfields Town To 100% Renewables” • Western Australia’s regional utility Horizon Power is seeking to shift the northern Goldfields town of Menzies to 100% renewables. Menzies is one of 32 remote communities served by HP microgrids. Most are diesel powered, but they are all turning to renewables. [One Step Off The Grid]

Menzies Hotel, Menzies (Michal Lewi, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “India Can Generate $212 Billion By Investing In Renewable Energy: Report” • India could generate $212 billion in revenue by investing in renewable energy by 2030, a research report says. The report by Aspire Circle said India could create about 3.4 million jobs if ventures invest $350 billion in renewable energy and cleantech. [Business Standard]

¶ “Energinet To Study 6 GW Of Danish Offshore Wind” • Energinet will start feasibility studies on behalf of the Danish Government for a potential 6 GW of offshore wind farms at the North Sea 1, Kattegat 2 and Kriegers Flak 2 zones. According to the Danish Finance Act for 2022, an additional 2 GW of offshore wind must be established by 2030. [reNEWS.biz]

Marine survey vessel Relume (Energinet image)

¶ “Kimberly-Clark And Carlton Power To Bring Forward Green Hydrogen Project In Barrow” • International manufacturer of consumer products Kimberly-Clark has signed an agreement with Carlton Power to supply hydrogen to the company’s manufacturing facility at Barrow-in-Furness a port town in Cumbria, England. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Ukraine Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due to Shelling, Says Operator” • One of two operating reactors at Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant complex has been shut down due to Russian shelling, operator Energoatom said on Thursday. Energoatom added, “Power unit No 6 continues to work in the energy system of Ukraine.” [USNews.com]

Dnieper River (Maxim Razin assumed, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Biden-Harris Admin Launches $675 Million Program To Expand Domestic Critical Materials Supply Chains” • The Biden-Harris Administration, through the US DOE, issued a Request for Information on the development and implementation of a Critical Materials Research, Development, Demonstration, and Commercialization Program. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ten Big Cleantech Benefits In Inflation Reduction Act” • The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has been the story of the quarter in the cleantech world. It covers a wide array of topics. Solar power giant SunPower came up with a list of 10 things in the Inflation Reduction Act that can “change your home and fill your wallet.” Here is a look at them. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy of SunPower)

¶ “$46 Million For New Technologies That Convert Carbon And Waste Into Clean Energy” • The DOE announced $46 million for 22 projects that will create biofuel energy to help decarbonize the transportation and power generation sectors. The projects will develop waste conversion and carbon capture technologies to produce fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota To Invest $5.3 Billion In US Manufacturing, $2.5 Billion In NC” • The world’s largest automaker announced plans to invest more than $5.3 billion into manufacturing in the US and Japan to increase its EV production capacity, with up to $2.5 billion earmarked to expand Toyota’s North Carolina plant and add up to 350 new jobs by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota manufacturing plant (Toyota image)

¶ “Hawaii Closes Last Coal-Fired Power Plant As Ban Begins” • The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state’s dirtiest source of electricity burned its final pieces of fuel. The facility produced up to one-fifth of the electricity on Oahu. [NY1]

¶ “California Legislators Advance Plan To Extend Nuke Plant Run” • The California Legislature approved Governor Gavin Newsom’s blueprint to extend the lifespan of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by up to five years, after he warned the state could face rolling blackouts if its twin reactors were retired too soon. [WHEC.com]

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