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]

Have a totally copacetic day.

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