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)


¶ “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]


¶ “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]

Have an unexpectedly incredible day.

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