Archive for September 4th, 2022

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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