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September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Honest Australian Government Ads And The Great Australian Coverup” • Here is a series of ads created to show the truth about the Australian government’s approach to climate change. Don’t watch them if you are easily offended. They are intelligent and honest, but full of Aussie bawdy humor and satire. Each ad is a few minutes long. (Videos) [CleanTechnica]

Honest government ad (Screenshot via Youtube)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Analysis: Electric Heavy-Duty Vehicle Powertrains Can Provide Lower Total Cost Of Ownership” • A report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory examines the conditions for battery electric or fuel cell electric commercial trucks to offer economic advantages over diesel-fueled trucks. It looks into the total cost of ownership. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China’s Xi Jinping Promises To Halt New Coal Projects Abroad Amid Climate Crisis” • Chinese President Xi Jinping made a key climate pledge in a pre-recorded address to the UN General Assembly. China will not build any new coal-fired power projects abroad and will increase financial support for low-carbon energy projects in other developing countries. [CNN]

Xi Jinping speaking in 2017 (Voice of America, public domain)

¶ “COP 26: How Much Is The Developing World Getting To Fight Climate Change?” • President Biden promised to double the amount of money the US is providing to help poorer countries deal with climate change. In 2009, the developed world agreed it would provide $100 billion a year to help poorer countries by 2020, but it has fallen shy of that goal. [BBC]

¶ “EV Production In Germany Shows What An EV Revolution Looks Like” • German automakers produced 53,221 EVs in July of this year. That was 21.7% of the total number of cars produced in Germany that month. In March of 2020, just 6.8% of the new cars were EVs and in January of 2019, only 3.2% of new cars were EVs, Energy Monitor said. [CleanTechnica]

Rolling out EVs (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Adani Group Plans To Invest $20 Billion In Renewable Energy Sector” • Indian conglomerate Adani Group announced plans to invest $20 billion in renewable energy over the next ten years. Chairman Gautam Adani said the group will invest in renewable energy generation, component manufacturing, transmission and distribution. [Power Technology]

¶ “Able To Power 50,000 Homes, The ‘World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm’ Takes Another Step Forward” • Norway’s Statkraft said that a long-term purchasing agreement related to a floating offshore wind farm dubbed “the world’s largest” had started, in another step forward for the emerging renewable energy sector. The wind farm was recently completed. [CNBC]

Floating wind turbine (Statkraft image)

¶ “Iran Announces It Will Resume Vienna Nuclear Negotiations In Coming Weeks” • Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers should resume in the coming weeks, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman said during a visit to New York for the UN General Assembly. An agreement of 2015 was undone by Donald Trump. [The Times of Israel]

¶ “EDP Renewables Signs A 15-Year PPA For 297 MW Of Wind Power In Canada” • EDP Renewables has closed the agreement with TransCanada Energy to sell the green energy from its Shap Hills wind farm, avoiding estimated annual emissions of 700,000 tons of CO₂. With this new PPA, EDPR now has 400 MW of secured capacity in Canada. [Evwind]

Wind turbines (EDPR Canada)

US:

¶ “Tesla Megapack And Solar To Replace 562-MW New Mexico Coal Plant” • Tesla’s Megapack energy storage tech will be used to help New Mexico’s Public Service Company to replace a retiring 562-MW coal plant, the San Juan Generating Station. The coal plant is located near the San Juan Mine and produced power at $45/MWh in 2018 and 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bringing Reliable, Renewable Energy To The People Of Puerto Rico” • RMI and a set of partners formed the Puerto Rico Community Energy Resilience Initiative with a goal is to advance access to reliable and renewable energy for critical facilities in low-to-moderate income communities using solar plus storage microgrids. [CleanTechnica]

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Wei Zeng, Unsplash)

¶ “GM Says It Has Fixed The Chevy Bolt Battery Problem And New Cells Already In Production” • Good news. GM and LG say they have solved the battery cell manufacturing defect that led to several battery fires. LG stopped producing the cells in August, but resumed production recently. GM says it will begin replacing battery packs in October. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Appalachia Poised To Become Clean Energy Country” • In the clean energy transition, many fear that coal-dependent regions like Appalachia will lose out or be left behind. But RMI analysis challenges that assumption. It says Appalachia could be where the biggest economic benefit from the deployment of wind and solar projects happens in next decade. [CleanTechnica]

Appalachia (Jenna Richardson, Pexels)

¶ “South Amboy Wind Energy Project Could Power Up To 1.4 Million Homes In NJ” • Rise Light & Power, based in Queens, New York, is planning to convert a Raritan Bay brownfield site contaminated by an oil-fired power plant into an offshore wind hub. The site could deliver enough power for up to 1.4 million homes in New Jersey. [MyCentralJersey.com]

¶ “Duke Energy Expanding Renewable Portfolio With First Wind Project In Iowa” • Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is working on its first wind farm in Iowa, the 207-MW Ledyard Windpower project. Verizon Communications Inc contracted to purchase 180 MW of the wind farm’s capacity under a 15-year power-purchase agreement. [The Business Journals]

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If it’s not Sustainable, its Condition is Terminal.

September 22, 2021

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§ The most recent reported status of US nuclear power plants can be found at the US Nuclear Power Report, a distressingly dull account of NRC news, posted when the NRC gives us news to post. As of September 22, out of 95 US-licensed power reactors (including two reactors at Indian Point that have been closed down), 15 were at reduced output and 7 were not operating.

§ Video: Energy Week #436 – 9/16/2021: The US DOE says we could get 40% of our electricity from solar by 2035. New York Gov. Hochul signed ban on internal combustion cars from 2035. New homes in the UK are to have charging stations. The US Interior Department is selling leases to 80 million acres in US waters for oil extraction. Young people are very worried about climate change. And there is more.

§ You can get a copy of the latest Green Energy Times, the August 2021 edition, by downloading the pdf file HERE.

September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Akio Toyoda Would Rather Die Than Adapt” • Akio Toyoda, grandson of the founder of Toyota, is in full frontal assault mode on proposals by Japan’s government to reduce CO₂ emissions by transitioning to EVs. He is not just Toyota’s CEO, he is also the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association’s chairman, so he has a lot of clout. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota Mirai (Toyoda image)

¶ “Latest UN Climate Report Is ‘Grim And Alarming'” • A report, United In Science 2021, prepared by the World Meteorological Organization in conjunction with the IPCC, the United Nations Environment Program, UNESCO, and several other groups, paints a dire picture of a planet that is rapidly overheating due to human activity. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tech Students Unveil Solar-Powered Camper/Tiny House” • Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has a well deserved reputation for cultivating bright, inquisitive students. Their latest success is named Stella Vita (“star life,” if you remember your Latin), a tiny house on wheels powered entirely by the sun. [CleanTechnica]

Stella Vita (Eindhoven University of Technology)

World:

¶ “More Than 200 Companies Joined A Pledge To Hit Net-Zero Carbon By 2040” • More than 200 companies, including Twitter, Salesforce, and Procter & Gamble, signed a climate pledge that aims to reduce their carbon emissions over the next two decades. The project is part of a collaboration between Amazon and the advocacy group Global Optimism. [CNN]

¶ “Poland Ordered To Pay A $580,000 Fine For Each Day It Continues Operating A Controversial Coal Mine” • Poland is to pay a €500,000 ($586,000) fine for each day it takes coal from an open-pit mine near the Czech and German borders, Europe’s top court ruled. The KWB Turów mine supplies power to around 2.3 million Polish households. [CNN]

Turów mine (Wolkenkratzer, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Government Should Have Moved Earlier To Low-Carbon, Say Industry Experts” • Renewable energy and low-carbon heating could do much to alleviate gas supply problems of the future. They could have done much already to reduce the impact of soaring gas prices, if the government had acted sooner to shift UK markets, energy experts say. [The Guardian]

¶ “Why Is There A CO₂ Shortage And How Will It Hit Food Supplies?” • When two large UK fertilizer factories stopped work because of soaring wholesale gas prices, they also stopped producing CO₂, a by-product. This means there has been a cut of 60% of the UK’s food-grade CO₂ supply. And CO₂ has many different uses for food. [BBC]

Empty shelves (Martijn Baudoin, Unsplash)

¶ “EDP Renewables, TC Energy Sign Power Agreement For Alberta Wind Farm” • EDP Renewables Canada Ltd and TC Energy Corp have executed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 100% of the output of the 297-MW Sharp Hills Wind Farm, near the hamlets of Sedalia and New Bridgen, in the province of Alberta. [North American Windpower]

¶ “BP Gambles Big On Fast Transition From Oil To Renewables” • Oil major BP agreed to sell a third of its majority stake in a very profitable project earlier this year. The deal exemplifies a larger strategy to liquidate the company’s fossil-fuel assets to raise cash for investments in renewable-energy projects that BP concedes won’t make money for years. [Reuters]

Lightsource BP solar farm (Press release image)

¶ “Uniper And Ørsted Form Partnership For Offshore Wind-To-Hydrogen In Germany” • Ørsted and Uniper, a power producer and gas trader, formed a partnership with to develop combined offshore wind and hydrogen projects in Germany. One plant is expected to have a capacity of 70 MW in 2025, to be expanded to 410 MW by 2030. [Offshore Wind]

US:

¶ “Taco Bell Wants To Recycle Your Old Fire Sauce Packets” • Taco Bell has set aside millions of dollars to make sure those little Mild, Hot, and Fire sauce packets you get with your takeout order don’t end up in landfills. You laugh? To be fair, I laughed, too. Then I learned that some 8 million pounds of the things end up in landfills every year. [CleanTechnica]

Plastic packet (Image courtesy Taco Bell)

¶ “Governor Hochul Announces New Green Energy Projects” • Governor Kathy Hochul proposed new initiatives to increase the state’s reliance on renewable energy and combat climate change that brought a brutal storm this month and flooded New York City. Also, two transmission line contracts were awarded to bring power to the city. [New York Post]

¶ “Harley-Davidson S1 Mosh/Tribute E-Bike Goes On Sale This Year” • This week, Harley-Davidson has unveiled its Serial 1 Mosh/Tribute, an e-bike that faithfully evokes the look of the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1903, forever enshrined in company lore as Serial 1. It has all the thoughtful touches that are true to the Serial 1 original. [CleanTechnica]

Serial 1 Mosh/Tribute electric bike (Harley-Davidson image)

¶ “Ørsted Completes Muscle Shoals Solar Project In Alabama” • Ørsted continues to expand its solar footprint in the US and has completed the 227 MW Muscle Shoals solar project in Alabama. Sited in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area, the project has a long-term PPA with TVA and will support a new Facebook data center. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Ahead Of Schedule” • The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed seven years ago, and the decommissioning process is still going on. Northstar, which specializes in the work, took ownership of plant in January of 2019. It is now over a third of the way through the project, the Northstar CEO Scott State said. [WCAX]

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September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australia Claims 1.2% Of Global CO₂ Emissions – Should Be 10%” • The hypocrites in Canberra blame the big emitters India and China for climate change, but the coal they are burning is ours. We dig the stuff out of the ground, sell it overseas, and wash our hands of the outcome. We claim to be low-carbon emitters, but the carbon they emit is ours. [CleanTechnica]

Australia (David Clode, Unsplash)

¶ “Dealers Are Preventing Ford From Competing With Tesla” • If Ford, or any legacy automaker for that matter, really wants to compete with Tesla, the dealers need to get out of the way. For decades, dealerships have been the only way you could purchase a new car. Tesla is forcing them to change, but instead, they are fighting to stay what they are. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate TRACE Lifts The Veil On Oil & Gas Emissions” • The production and refining processes for oil and gas account for about one-tenth of human-made greenhouse gases, making the sector one of the world’s largest emitters. With the launch of Climate TRACE, we are closer to clear answers about where those GHGs are coming from. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas pipeline (Selim Arda Eryilmaz, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Pledges Tough To Secure Before COP26 Summit, PM Warns” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the US for a UN meeting where he will urge leaders to take “concrete action” on the issue. But he said it would be “tough” to persuade allies to meet their promise to give $100 billion a year to developing nations to cut carbon emissions. [BBC]

¶ “Burundi Floods: Lake Tanganyika’s Water Levels Rise” • Natural disasters have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in Burundi in recent years, according to Save the Children. Most of them lived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika where water levels had risen because of heavy storms, causing floods and landslides. [BBC]

Lake Tanganyika (Worldtraveller, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “NHS Hospital Set To Become First In England Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy” • Planners have given the green light to build a solar farm to power Wolverhampton’s New Cross hospital, the city’s main hospital. Plans show the solar farm will be size of 21 football pitches, and it will be on an unused landfill at the Bowman’s Harbour site. [iNews]

¶ “Ørsted Signs 100-MW Riffgrund 3 Power Play” • German food retailer REWE Group signed a power purchase deal with Ørsted for 100 MW of power from the 900-MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The 100 MW of green power from Borkum Riffgrund 3 can cover the power demand of 1500 REWE stores. [reNEWS]

Borkum Riffgrund 2 (Ørsted image)

¶ “BP’s Joint Solar Venture Lightsource BP To More Than Double Expansion By 2025” • BP’s joint solar venture, Lightsource BP, can more than double its global expansion by 2025. The solar developer has clinched a financing deal worth $1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) to develop enough solar farms to power the equivalent of 8.4 million homes. [The Guardian]

¶ “TEPCO Bungles Placement Of 100 Fire Detectors At Nuclear Plant” • TEPCO has continued its bumbling ways concerning safety measures, misplacing about a hundred fire detectors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, sources said. The fire detectors were not placed in locations set under safety regulations. [Asahi Shimbun]

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Australia:

¶ “The Hub Could Impact Tasmania’s Goal Of Reaching 200% Renewable Power” • Clean Hydrogen Industry Hub program proponents say a Bell Bay facility would provide jobs and economic growth for the state, but experts warn it could harm the state’s long-term green energy goals by increasing the demand for electricity. [The Examiner]

¶ “Neoen Locks In Finance For Kaban Wind Hub, Despite Pitt Snub” • French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has locked in $370 million of finance for the 157-MW Kaban wind farm in north Queensland. This is despite the fact that the Kaban project was denied a government loan by the federal resources minister, Keith Pitt. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (RawFilm, Unsplash)

¶ “Rio Tinto To Triple Weipa Solar Capacity And Add Battery Storage To Help Power Operations” • Rio Tinto has approved a new solar farm and battery storage at Weipa in Queensland, in a move that will more than triple the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity and help provide cleaner power to Rio Tinto’s operations. [Business Wire]

US:

¶ “KNP Complex Fire Reaches Part Of Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, Threatening Some Of The World’s Largest Trees” • The KNP Complex Fire in California reached a “small area” of the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, home to some of the world’s largest trees, fire officials said. They have spent recent days preparing the trees for the threat of fire. [CNN]

General Sherman tree (Gene Daniels, NARA, public domain)

¶ “Nickel-Hydrogen Battery For Large Scale Renewables” • US start-up EnerVenue secured funding for a gigafactory to make nickel-hydrogen batteries for large-scale applications. The battery efficiency is 80% to 90%, depending on the cycle rate, and its energy density per square foot is at least equal to lithium-ion batteries, the company said. [PV Magazine]

¶ “State Parks Adding Energy Project To Niagara Falls State Park” • As part of a series of new sustainability initiatives that are being announced by state agencies for Climate Week 2021, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid announced a new solar array to provide power to maintenance operations at Niagara Falls State Park. [niagara-gazette.com]

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September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “API Smashes Brakes As Momentum For Methane Action Grows” • Change may be inevitable, but the timeline for change is not. After a long history of climate denial and deception, the American Petroleum Institute is now all about delay. Delay action, delay accountability, delay change. Delay is everything: It’s all about delay. [CleanTechnica]

Bush fire in Tasmania (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia resisted using nuclear power for decades. Here’s why the AUKUS deal is making people there angry” • The US and UK will share technology with Australia to help it build nuclear submarines. France, which has lost a long-standing agreement to supply Australia with diesel-powered subs, is furious. But they aren’t the only ones. [MSN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Blue Food Revolution Can Help Solve Climate Change, Malnutrition And Economic Crisis: Study” • Research shows how aquatic food sectors can play a vital role in providing healthy diets and a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food system across the globe. The proceedings of the study were published in the journal Nature. [Republic World]

School of fish (jean wimmerlin, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Government ‘Determined’ To Secure Competitive Future For UK Steel Amid Energy Price Spike” • The UK government is “determined to secure a competitive future for the UK steel industry” amid the current spike in energy prices, and aims to boost its renewable energy sector to this effect, a spokesperson for the government said. [S&P Global]

¶ “In Canada And Germany, The Climate Crisis Is Finally On The Ballot. But Can It Win?” • Climate change rarely makes or breaks an election. But the tide appears to be turning. The climate crisis is finally on the ballot. In Canada and Germany, it has become an important issue, and political parties supporting climate action are gaining strength. [CNN]

Offshore oil platform (Jan-Rune Smenes Reite, Pexels)

¶ “ASEAN Power Grid – Option For Singapore To Source Green Energy” • In Singapore, power generation still accounts for 40% of total emissions. But, to halve its peak emissions by 2050, Singapore will start importing electricity from Malaysia by the end of this year. For a start, it will import 100 MW, which would meet just 1.5% of its demand. [The Straits Times]

¶ “Climate Change: Aberystwyth Green Department Store Opens” • The Climate Shop, in Lampeter, Ceredigion, has been described as the world’s greenest department store. The store, which recycles and re-sells household items, is opening a second shop in Aberystwyth, on the Welsh coast. It is aiming to raise awareness of climate change. [BBC]

Climate Shop (Climate Shop)

¶ “England Plans To Open Its First Coal Mine In Decades In Cumbria” • Britain started closing coal mines a very long time ago. Ironically, now that global warming panic has spread and Glasgow hosts a carbon reduction summit in November, England is looking at opening its first coal mine in Whitehaven (Cumbria) in several decades. [SmallCapNews.co.uk]

¶ “Rolls-Royce Electric Airplane Takes Flight” • Rolls-Royce Aerospace has been a leader in developing electric propulsion systems for airplanes in order to help lead the world forward into a future of zero-emissions flight. The company has been working on the fastest electric airplane, able to fly at over 300 mph. Now they have flown it. [CleanTechnica]

Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation (Courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

US:

¶ “CarMax Survey Finds 56% Of Car Owners Likely To Buy An EV Or Hybrid Next” • CarMax, one of the largest US car sellers, did a survey to find out what people think of eco-friendly cars. In a survey of 1,049 current car owners, 56% of respondents said they intend to purchase either a hybrid or electric car the next time they buy a car. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Tells Bolt Owners To Park 50 Feet Away From Other Cars, Extends EV Production Halt” • General Motors told some Chevy Bolt owners to park 50 feet away from other cars so they won’t be at risk if a spontaneous fire breaks out, Bloomberg reported. GM has recalled around 142,000 Bolts sold since 2016 because the batteries can catch on fire. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt (Kevauto, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Tesla’s Autopilot Saves More Lives: Suspected DUI Driver Passed Out While Driving And Was Safely Stopped” • Tesla’s Autopilot feature is not perfect, but it has already saved countless lives. Yesterday, the life of a woman who passed out while driving and the lives of the police who attempted to stop the car were potentially saved. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Swell Energy Launches Home Battery Rewards For Hawaiian Electric Customers” • Swell Energy Inc is enrolling 6,000 O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island and Maui solar and energy storage customers in its Home Battery Rewards program with Hawaiian Electric. It offers significant incentives for existing and new energy storage systems powered by rooftop solar. [Maui Now]

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September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Toss, Repair, Or Recycle Solar Panels? How Human Behavior Affects Fate Of Old Solar Panels” • By 2050, there could be 80 million metric tons globally of solar PVs reaching the end of their lifetime, with 10 million metric tons in the US alone. NREL researchers addressed this in an article published in the journal Nature Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Vivint Solar, Pexels)

¶ “Climate Change Is Choking The Oxygen Out Of Deep Water, And It’s Putting Fish In A Double Bind” • Being a fish was never easy, but a new paper reports that it’s been getting harder over the last 15 years or so. According to the findings, oxygen levels are dropping in the depths of the oceans, forcing fish to move ever closer to the surface. [ZME Science]

World:

¶ “Biden Announces Global Goal To Reduce Planet-Warming Methane Emissions” • President Joe Biden announced the US and EU have launched a global pledge to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by nearly 30% by the end of the decade. Methane emissions are driven by fossil fuels, coal mining and agriculture. [CNN]

LNG Carrier Alto Acrux (kenhodge13, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “The Planet Is On A ‘Catastrophic’ Global Warming Path, UN Report Shows” • The planet is careening toward warming of 2.7°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a report on global emissions targets by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is far above the highest temperature scientists say the world should be allowing. [CNN]

¶ “Renault Trucks Expanding Its Electric Truck Range” • Renault Trucks is increasing its EV offerings to meet the needs of urban areas, with the 18 tonne D Wide ZE. It joins the 16 and 26 tonne Renault Truck models. Renault Trucks has also designed a new system to increase the energy efficiency of electric trucks with refrigerated bodies. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Renault electric truck (Renault image)

¶ “ACWA Power To Build 100-MW Uzbekistan Wind Farm” • Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power is the preferred bidder to become an independent power producer to build a 100-MW wind farm in Uzbekistan. The Ministry of Energy said the project is expected to be operational in less than two years. The ACWA Power bid was 2.5695¢/kWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “Gas Price Rises Prompt Urgent Government Talks” • The government is holding urgent talks with representatives from the energy industry as there is growing concern about a spike in wholesale gas prices. High global demand, maintenance issues at some gas sites, and lower solar and wind output are blamed for the price rise. [BBC]

Oil drilling rig (Nestor Galina, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “Elon Musk: Tesla FSD Beta Button Going Out Next Friday” • After huge code rewrites, a switch to a vision-only approach, and countless hours of beta testing by a few thousand lucky owners, it appears that Tesla is finally ready to roll out feature-complete Full Self-Driving access to a wide swath of North American Tesla owners. Maybe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Offshore Wind Industry Has Electrifying Future” • The Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition, written by a team of researchers at the DOE and NREL, says the US offshore wind industry made great progress in 2020 and early 2021. The offshore wind pipeline grew 24%, with 35,324 MW now in various stages of development. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbines (Mitchell Orr, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Former Coal Plant Suggested As Interconnection Point For New Jersey Offshore Wind” • Rise Light & Power announced plans for an innovative new renewable energy hub to deliver New Jersey’s offshore wind resource to the state’s electric grid in a manner that is environmentally responsible, efficient, and affordable. [Windpower Engineering & Development]

¶ “South Bronx Eyed As Converter Station Location For Two Renewable Energy Proposals” • NYSERDA is hoping to procure innovative renewable energy projects by the end of the year that will transition New York City away from power by fossil fuels and create a renewable energy private sector that can create a wealth of new jobs in the city. [Bronx Times]

Renewable energy (CleanPath NY image)

¶ “SRP Installs Largest Stand-Alone Battery In Arizona So Far” • Salt River Project announced that the largest stand-alone battery system in Arizona is now operating. The Bolster Substation Battery System in Peoria can discharge 25 MW of energy over a 4-hour period. That is enough to power about 5,600 average Arizona households. [The Arizona Republic]

¶ “TVA Gives Up Construction Permit For Nuclear Plant” • The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving up its construction permit for an unfinished nuclear plant in northeast Alabama nearly 50 years after work began. The move came after a federal judge agreed to cancel the proposed sale of the plant to developer Franklin L. Haney’s nuclear startup. [WZTV]

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant (Courtesy of the TVA)

¶ “New Mexico Backs Texas In Opposing Nuclear Fuel Storage” • Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and storage of such waste. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ “DOE Invests $61 Million In Advanced Nuclear R&D Projects” • The US DOE has invested more than $61 million in funding awards for 99 advanced nuclear energy technology projects in 30 states and a US territory. The projects will focus on nuclear energy research, cross-discipline technology development, and nuclear reactor infrastructure. [BIC Magazine]

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September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Moving From Pain To Gain On Climate Solutions” • Since the Paris climate conference in 2015, the cost of renewable energy has fallen to below that of coal. But it’s not just economics. There are also gains for the environment, health, and energy security and access. There is no longer a trade-off between development and climate mitigation. [CleanTechnica]

Near Lake Placid (Alex Shutin, Unsplash)

¶ “Exxon Helped Cause The Climate Crisis. It’s Time They Paid Up” • Fossil fuel companies bear much of the responsibility for humanity’s climate predicament – and for finding a way out. Our planetary house is on fire, and these companies have literally supplied the fuel. Worse, they lied about it for decades to blunt public awareness and policy reform. [The Nation]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ford And BMW Plan To Begin Testing Solid Power Batteries In 2022” • Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power, told TechCrunch that his company wants to be a leader in solid state electrolytes that replace lithium-ion batteries today. Ford and BMW have both invested in Solid Power, they will be the first companies to use them in actual EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Solid Power battery cells (Solid Power image)

World:

¶ “Short Of Gas, Wind, And Power: How A Perfect Storm Is Roiling The World’s Energy Market” • On Wednesday, two UK fertilizer plants announced that they would be shutting down production indefinitely. The reason they cited was not declining business or heavy tax burdens, but the cost of a precipitous rise in European gas prices. [Fortune]

¶ “Will This European Capital Ban Cars?” • As Paris, the City of Light, slowly begins to emerge from nationwide lockdowns, some politicians and officials are considering closing many of the capital’s streets to cars in order to improve air pollution and traffic congestion. Pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation would be prioritized over cars. (Video) [BBC]

Paris (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Plugin Electric Vehicles Get 28% Market Share In Germany In August!” • The German plugin vehicle battery EVs growing faster (+80% year over year ) than plug-in hybrids (+43%). There was a significant fall in the overall market (-23%). That means sales are falling off a cliff for petrol sales (-42%) and even more so diesel sales (-51%). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE Installs Final Triton Knoll Turbine” • RWE has installed the final turbine at the 857-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the east coast of Lincolnshire, England. The project features 90 Vestas 9.5-MW machines. It remains on track to complete turbine commissioning in 2021 and achieve project completion in 2022, the company said. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (RWE image)

¶ “Clean Energy Prospects Beyond The 100-GW Milestone” • Today, India is a global powerhouse of renewable energy. Despite the covid pandemic, steady growth has helped us cross the 100 GW target of installed capacity (excluding large hydro projects). This is a momentous achievement for India as well as the world, as it helps reduce our CO₂ emissions. [Mint]

¶ “Scotland’s Green Energy Sector ‘Held Back’ By UK Grid Charges, MPs Conclude” • Scotland’s renewable energy sector is being held back by UK grid connection charges, cross-party groups of MPs concluded. The Scottish green power industry is at a disadvantage compared to the sectors in England and Wales which pay no fees or lower fees. [The National]

Whitelee wind farm (Rosser1954, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “House Lawmakers Launch Investigation Into Climate Crisis Disinformation By Fossil Fuel Industry” • The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced it is to investigate fossil fuel industry disinformation on the climate crisis. The committee invited the heads of six oil companies and lobbying groups to testify before it next month. [CNN]

¶ “White House Economists Say A Clean Energy Transition Will Lower Consumer Costs” • In a blog post shared first with CNN, White House economists argue that President Joe Biden’s climate agenda will not only cut carbon emissions but also bring down costs for consumers by increasing energy efficiency and cutting electricity costs. [CNN]

Wind turbines in Idaho (ENERGY.GOV, public domain)

¶ “Lucid Air Dream Edition Gets 520 Mile EPA Range Rating” • If you want the electric car with the longest range, plunk down $169,000 for a Lucid Air Dream Edition, which the EPA says has a range of 520 miles. That’s an extra hundred miles or so more than its nearest rival, the Tesla Model S Long Range, which costs a mere $89,900. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Fires: General Sherman And Other Sequoias Given Blankets” • Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California’s world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world’s biggest trees, within hours. [BBC]

Trees in Sequoia National Park (Josh Carter, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Adding 450 Manufacturing Jobs To Meet Demand For F-150 Lightning” • Interest in the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is exceeding Ford’s wildest dreams. The company is adding 450 workers at three factories in Michigan to make sure it can meet demand. Ford also has upped its annual production goal to 80,000 units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pilgrim’s Progress: The Pace Of Decommissioning Plymouth’s Nuclear Plant Picks Up” • Just before Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts is expected to reach a milestone. All the radioactive fuel from nearly half a century of operation will be removed from the reactor building and stored in special steel and cement casks. [WBUR]

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September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2021

World:

¶ “US And EU Will Announce Global Pledge To Reduce Planet-Warming Methane Emissions On Friday” • The US and EU will announce on Friday a global pledge to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, a senior Biden administration official has said. On that day, several world leaders will hold a virtual, closed-door meeting on climate. [CNN]

Gas pipeline in Chile (Diego Delso, delso.photo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Not One G20 Country Is In Line With The Paris Agreement On Climate, Analysis Shows” • None of the the G20 countries, which have the world’s major economies, has a climate plan that meets its 2015 Paris Agreement obligations, according to an analysis. Scientists are warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now. [CNN]

¶ “XPeng Launches $25,000 To $35,000 P5 Electric Sedan – How Many Will XPeng Sell?” • XPeng has just dropped a massive hammer on the Chinese EV market. Despite being a smart electric car, XPeng’s new P5 model has a starting price of just ¥160,000 to ¥230,000 (after subsidies), which translates to $24,875 to $35,760. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Shines In France As Plugin Vehicles Reach 20% Market Share!” • The French plugin vehicle market took its usual holiday in August, with last month’s plugin registrations ending at 17,404 units, divided between 9,916 BEVs and 7,488 PHEVs. The former jumped 78% year over year, while the latter were up 42%. The overall market is down 32%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Chief Challenges US On Climate And Asserts Brussels’ Role In ‘New International Order’” • In her State of the Union address to the European Parliament, EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen called on the US and China to increase efforts on the climate crisis, while also announcing plans to challenge their dominance in digital technology. [KRDO]

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

¶ “Embracing Green Hydrogen: African Energy Week In Cape Town Emphasizes African Hydrogen Opportunities” • Declining costs for fuel cells combined with technological innovation have made green hydrogen an enticing energy source, particularly for African markets, which are blessed with abundant renewable energy resources. [Africanews]

¶ “Floating Wind Pipeline Reaches 54 GW” • The global offshore floating wind project pipeline currently stands at over 54 GW if all are fully constructed, according to research by RenewableUK. Over half of this is in Europe. The pipeline includes projects from an early stage of development through to those which are fully operational. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore turbines (Flowocean, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “As Dark Clouds Build Across The Indo-Pacific, Australia Hopes The Aukus Pact Will Bolster Security And Confidence” • A new trilateral security arrangement announced by US president Joe Biden will see deeper Australian security ties with the US and UK. The US and UK supply Australia with nuclear submarines under the agreement. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Climate Measures In Budget Bill Could Cut Nearly 1 Billion Tons Of Emissions Per Year By 2030, Analysis Finds” • Six major climate provisions in congressional Democrats’ massive budget bill could reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1 billion tons per year by 2030, according to a study from the nonpartisan Rhodium Group. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Irina Iriser, Pexels)

¶ “Late-Night Hosts Join Forces For First Ever ‘Climate Night'” • Late night TV is stepping up for the planet. Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah will unite across networks on September 22 for “Climate Night,” focusing their programming on climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Details Of The House’s US EV Incentives Proposal” • The House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the tax code, worked through the energy portions of the Build Back Better Act. They reimagined the EV tax credit that consumers can get when they buy a new EV and added a credit for the second owner of the EV as well. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 EV (Volkswagen image)

¶ “WattEV To Break Ground On Solar Charging Station For Heavy-Duty Trucks” • WattEV, based in California, will begin construction next month on that state’s first solar-powered charging station exclusively for heavy-duty trucks up to 80,000 lb GVWR. Located in Bakersfield, it will feature a 5-MW solar array plus battery storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Public Service Company Of Oklahoma Issues RFPs For Renewable Energy” • Public Service Company of Oklahoma has issued a Draft 2021 Wind purchase and sale agreements RFP to obtain up to 2,600 MW of wind energy resources through multiple PSAs for purchase of 100% equity interest in the project companies selected. [North American Windpower]

Wind turbines (Arteum.ro, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Cuts Cost Of Solar Panels And Solar Roof With New $500 Referral Bonus” • Tesla provides solar power systems at one of the lowest prices in the industry: currently about $2.01/watt before incentives. Now, Tesla is offering a new incentive to those considering the purchase of a Tesla solar panel or solar roof system: $500 cash back. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Governor JB Pritzker Signs Legislation On Climate Change And Renewable Energy” • Illinois is the first state in the Midwest to enact legislation combating the climate crisis and to build an economy for the future. Gov JB Pritzker signed legislation that requires fossil fuel power plants to close over time and rescues money-losing nuclear plants. [HOI ABC]

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September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2021

World:

¶ “Sweden Is Home To One Of The World’s Tallest Wooden Structures” • The Swedish city of Skellefteå, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, is home to a new performing arts center and hotel constructed entirely of wood. Designed by White Arkitekter, it features a 20-story hotel that springs from the Sara Cultural Center below. [CleanTechnica]

Sara Kulturhus (White Arkitekter image)

¶ “Fast Charger Network – If You Build It, They Will Come” • The Australian states are falling over each other to bring fast chargers to the public. Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales all have impressive projects supporting EVs in the works. Now, New South Wales is planning to install 1000 “fast” charging bays along major routes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wärtsilä Is Swapping Batteries For Waterway Vessels In The Netherlands” • Wärtsilä has come up with a mobile battery swapping system to help power and re-power electric waterway vessels. This may be an old idea, but it’s new in the real world. The first order, for an initial 3 units, was just placed and fulfilled in June in the Netherlands. [CleanTechnica]

Wärtsilä marine battery swapping (Wärtsilä image)

¶ “Japanese Firms Strike Australian Green Hydrogen Deal” • Four large Japanese companies have signed a MOU to explore large scale green hydrogen generation in Australia. The agreement with Stanwell Corporation and APT Management Services Pty, is to implement a joint feasibility study of the Central Queensland Hydrogen Project. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Car Now An Option In UK” • Police officers in the UK could soon be rolling around in style thanks to the police Mustang Mach-E. Ford indicates that the offering is actually the case of abundant customer inquiries, rather than Ford pushing sales. UK police forces were reportedly asking about buying the EVs. [CleanTechnica]

UK Mustang Mach-E police car (Ford image)

¶ “Proposed Power Market Reforms Could Reduce Renewable Energy Costs Further” • A new briefing note by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the proposed reforms to the design of India’s electricity market will help pave the way for the rollout of large-scale, ultra-low-cost variable renewable energy. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Coal On Way Out As Renewable Energy Costs Hit Record Lows In India” • South Asia has a pre-construction pipeline of 37.4 GW of new coal projects. India’s 21-GW pipeline accounts for 56% of this. However, new coal facilities do not make economic sense for India anymore. Renewable energy is better, cheaper, and quicker. [Times of India]

Coal mining equipment (Albert Hyseni, Unsplash)

¶ “France To Add 3.7 GW Of Solar Capacity With €5.7 Billion In Aid” • France is set to expand its portfolio of renewable energy capacity by adding 3,700 MW of solar energy using €5.7 billion ($6.7 billion) in funding approved by the European Commission. The aid is to help France to achieve its 2030 carbon emissions reduction target. [Smart Energy International]

US:

¶ “Pair Of California Wildfires Now Threatening Some Of The World’s Largest Trees” • Wildfires in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains have forced much of Sequoia National Park to close. Two-thirds of all the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoia grove acreage had already burned in wildfires of 2015 through 2020, according to the National Park Service. [CNN]

¶ “The Company Behind Tide And Bounty Pledges Net Zero Emissions By 2040” • Procter & Gamble is launching a new climate goal that reduces the pollution generated by the company’s vast supply chain. P&G told CNN it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its operations and supply chain by 2040. [CNN]

¶ “Clean Trucks New York Program to Bring Significant Benefits” • New York Governor Hochul gave the green light last week for the state to move forward with the Advanced Clean Trucks rule. The directive to the Department of Environmental Conservation represents one of her Administration’s first actions to mitigate climate and air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Electric sanitation truck (Photo courtesy of Volvo Group)

¶ “JB Straubel Plans Circular Supply Chain For Batteries, With Emphasis On USA” • JB Straubel, Tesla co-founder and former CTO wants to bring more battery production to the US. A big part of his plan involves ramping up the recovery of essential battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel, copper, and cobalt by recycling old batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Activism Works! Harvard Will Divest From All Fossil Fuels” • In an open letter to the Harvard community, President Lawrence Bacow announced that the Harvard Management Company is in the process of removing the university from all investments in fossil fuels. While the letter does not use the word “divestment,” it is clear that is what is happening. [CleanTechnica]

Harvard University (Image via Harvard Press Kit)

¶ “President Joe Biden Turns To Colorado To Pitch Investments In Clean Energy” • While legislators in Washington craft details, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to NREL in Colorado. He is highlighting how the investments in clean energy in his plan would help combat climate change. [CBS Denver]

¶ “NRC Backs Storing Nuclear Waste In Texas” • The NRC has approved a private company’s plan to store nuclear waste in West Texas. The agency authorized Interim Storage Partners LLC “to receive, possess, transfer and store up to 5,000 metric tons of spent fuel and 231.3 metric tons of Greater-Than-Class C low-level radioactive waste for 40 years.” [Power Magazine]

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September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Yet Another New Energy Storage Option For Carbon-Free Grid By 2035” • Large scale energy storage is the key that opens the door to full and rapid decarbonization. A nickel-hydrogen rechargeable battery is the latest formula to step up to the task. Schlumberger’s New Energy branch announced an agreement with EnerVenue for the battery. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy (photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “World Now Sees Twice As Many Days Over 50°C” • The number of extremely hot days every year, when the temperature reaches 50°C, has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis found. The total number of days above 50°C (122°F) increased in each decade since 1980, rising from an average of 14 days per year n 1980-2009 to 26 in 2010-2019. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Norway’s Center-Left Defeats Solberg’s Conservative Rule” • The opposition Labor party has won Norway’s general election, bringing an end to eight years of conservative government under Erna Solberg. Norway’s biggest export is oil and the green party campaigned to close production down in a few years to curb the country’s carbon emissions. [BBC]

Historical district in Bergen (Michael Fousert, Unsplash)

¶ “Young People Very Worried: Survey” • A global survey shows the depth of anxiety many young people feel about climate change. Three-quarters of them said they thought the future was frightening. Over half (56%) say they think humanity is doomed. Over 45% of those questioned said feelings about the climate affected their daily lives. [BBC]

¶ “Electrifying Trucking From Delhi To Shenzhen And San Francisco” • EVs have emerged as an opportunity to move goods with substantially reduced emissions of CO₂ and other air pollutants. There are now over 215 zero-emissions commercial freight vehicle models available globally. The number expected to rise to over 240 by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

BYD truck (BYD image)

¶ “Another Carbon Capture & Storage Project Doesn’t Live Up To Its Targets” • Chevron has been the company behind what is reportedly the biggest CCS project in the world. The project, in Western Australia, is apparently a massive failure. It was to capture and store 80% of the CO₂ from the facility. It may have captured as little as 30%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Starts Production In Taiwan” • Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Taiwan will now commence full operation having completed its first offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly in August. The factory will support Ørsted’s 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms, which will employ SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines. [reNEWS]

New Siemens Gamesa factory (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “US Will Help India With Its Target Of Achieving 450 GW Of Renewable Energy By 2030: John Kerry” • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that the US will assist India in attracting finance and technology so it can achieve its 450-GW renewable energy target for 2030, as announced earlier by Prime Minister Modi. [The Indian Express]

¶ “Ocean Winds And Aker Unveil 6-GW ScotWind Drive” • Aker Offshore Wind and Ocean Winds submitted joint bids totaling 6 GW of floating windpower in the ScotWind leasing round. The partnership revealed that it has submitted bids for several sites in the Outer Moray Firth using floating devices to deliver 6 GW of clean energy. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Aker Offshore Wind image)

¶ “Iran Can Have Enough Uranium For A Nuke In One Month – Report” • In a worst-case scenario, the Islamic Republic of Iran has produced enough weapons-grade uranium to produce one nuclear weapon in as little as one month, a non-proliferation thin tank, the Institute for Science and International Security said in a newly released released. [Iran International]

US:

¶ “Nicholas Is Now A Hurricane That Threatens The Texas Coast With Heavy Rain And Storm Surges” • Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane and threatens to bring heavy rain, storm surges and strong winds to portions of the Texas Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. It said Nicholas could produce as much as 12 inches of rain or more in some areas. [CNN]

Expected rainfall from Nicolas (NOAA image)

¶ “Biden Pushes To Combat Climate Crisis While Surveying Wildfire Damage In Western US” • President Joe Biden surveyed wildfire damage in the Western US, using nearly every stop he made to illustrate how recent extreme weather events underscore the urgency of his economic agenda and its investments in the nation’s infrastructure. [CNN]

¶ “USDA Invests In Renewable Energy Infrastructure” • Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, announced that the USDA is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. [Signals AZ]

Biogas and flowers (USDA image)

¶ “How Much Do Electric Vehicles Actually Displace Gasoline? 500 Million Gallons Displaced In 2020 In USA” • Each year, Argonne National Laboratory analyzes the amount of gasoline displaced by EVs. The most recent report says 500 million gallons went unburned in 2020 in the USA due to fully electric cars and plugin hybrids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Bill Heads To Pritzker, Who Says He Will Sign It” • The Illinois Senate passed an energy regulation overhaul bill and sent it to Gov JB Pritzker, who says he will sign it. The bill forces fossil fuel plants offline by 2045 and spends billions of dollars to subsidize renewable energy and to prevent closure of struggling nuclear power plants. [Illinois Newsroom]

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September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australia Is Shaping Up To Be The Villain Of COP26 Climate Talks” • If Australia’s allies were worried that the country might cause them problems at upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, the events of the past week should leave little doubt in their minds. Australia made clear that it plans to pursue a business-as-usual approach to the climate. [CNN]

Coal-burning plant in Victoria (Marcus Wong, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How 3D Printing Could Help Save Hong Kong’s Coral” • Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most biodiverse cities and boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean. But these corals are threatened by pollution and rapid urban development. One company says it has a solution: 3D-printed terracotta tiles designed to help corals grow and restore ocean life. [CNN]

¶ “NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Pushes Continued Climate Research And Aircraft Sustainability” • At a White House event, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson showed some of the progress his agency has made on combating climate change. He highlighted NASA’s bold plan to reduce aviation-related carbon emissions by over 3 billion gallons by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Earth from the Moon (NASA image)

¶ “How India’s Air Pollution Is Being Turned Into Floor Tiles” • Smog is a leading cause of ill health around the world, but one Indian inventor hopes to make it easier to breathe by scrubbing soot from the air and recycling it. He grew up with asthma that was made worse by pollution, and he hopes his invention can help ease the pollution problem. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Record Number Of Environmental Activists Murdered” • A record number of activists working to protect the environment and land rights were murdered last year, according to a report by Global Witness. There were 227 people killed around the world in 2020, the highest number recorded for a second consecutive year, the report said. [BBC]

Óscar Eyraud, killed in his home in Mexico (Mexicali Resiste)

¶ “States With The Most Renewables Have The Least Expensive Wholesale Electricity” • Wholesale electricity spot prices in the two Australian states with the most renewable energy generation, South Australia and Tasmania, are the lowest in the nation and have been for years. This is good news for anyone who prefers clean energy over dirty. [SolarQuotes]

¶ “Shell Oil Looks To Become A Leader In Electric Vehicle Charging” • Shell is rapidly becoming a major player in the UK charging market. It now offers charging at numerous petrol stations, and will soon have charging at 100 supermarkets. Shell also aims to install 50,000 on-street public charging points in the UK over the next four years. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S charging up at a Shell gas station (Shell image)

¶ “GE Secures Permit For UK Blade Factory” • GE Renewable Energy secured planning approval for its Teesside offshore wind blade manufacturing plant in north-east England. LM Wind Power will operate the facility which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter-long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE’s Haliade-X. [reNEWS]

¶ “UK To Offer £265 Million In Subsidies For Renewable Energy Developers” • Renewable energy developers will compete for a share in a £265 million pot as the government offers a milestone subsidy scheme later this year. Offshore wind farms are go get £200 million in funding, and £55 million will go to emerging renewable technologies. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind turbine (Grahame Jenkins, Unsplash)

¶ “China Opens First Plant That Will Turn Nuclear Waste Into Glass For Safer Storage” • China opened its first plant to turn radioactive waste into glass. The plant in Guangyuan in the province of Sichuan will be able to process several hundred cubic metres of high level radioactive waste each year, according to state media reports. [ABS-CBN News]

US:

¶ “Despite Climate Red Alert, Interior Department Moves On Gulf Lease Sale” • Despite clearly catastrophic climate change, the Interior Department decided to sell offshore leases of over 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico. It estimates the area will produce up to 1.1 billion barrels of oil and 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over 50 years. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil rig (Clyde Thomas, Unsplash)

¶ “What We Know So Far About The Democrats’ Big Spending Proposals” • Democrats in Congress are pushing ahead with a sweeping multi-trillion-dollar 10-year spending plan that marks the latest step in their drive to expand education, health care and childcare support, tackle the climate crisis and make further investments in infrastructure. [CNN]

¶ “Illinois Wind Feeds JPMorgan Chase” • Investment bank JPMorgan Chase is to buy 70% of the electricity from Algonquin Power & Utilities subsidiary Liberty’s 108-MW Shady Oaks 2 wind farm in Illinois. Shady Oaks 2 has 22 turbines generating 350,000 MWh per year. It is to supply about 14% of JPMorgan Chase’s global power needs. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “Alabama Will Get A Li-Cycle Battery Recycling Facility” • Li-Cycle announced plans to build a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Alabama. It will be its fourth planned commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility and will be in Tuscaloosa. Other facilities are planned for Kingston, Ontario; Rochester, New York; and Gilbert, Arizona. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 700 Solar Companies Ask For Stronger Solar Legislation From Congress” • Solar power now provides nearly half of new power capacity in the US. But coal and natural gas power plants need to be retired more quickly than they have been. Over 700 solar companies are asking for stronger action from Congress in support of solar power. [CleanTechnica]

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September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why Did 200 Bitcoin Miners And Oil & Gas Execs Just Have A Secret Meeting In Houston?” • Bitcoin uses massive amounts of energy. To grows, bitcoin needs to find more and more energy, all around the world, keeping dirty power alive. Recently, 200 bitcoin miners and Oil & Gas execs reportedly met in a private setting in Houston, Texas. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Pixabay, Pexels, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cheaper Hydrogen Production” • Electrolytic hydrogen produced by renewable energy is seen as an environmentally friendly means to ameliorate climate change. A research team has introduced a novel and inexpensive material for electrodes that may provide for highly efficient, energy-saving hydrogen production. [ScienceDaily]

¶ “We Finally Know Why Icy Plumes Flare Ahead Of Deadly Supercell Storms” • Just before a severe thunderstorm produces a tornado, high winds, or hailstones, a plume of ice and water billows up above the top of the storm. Scientists now think they know why. Their research has implications for warning systems and for climate change. [ScienceAlert]

Plumes forming above a thunderstorm (NASA image)

¶ “How Can Scientists Predict the Future: The Importance of Climate Models” • Part of a scientist’s work in our disinformation environment is to persuade the public about how science works. Accurate, measured projections about the future are a necessary part of that. Accurate predictions about the climate depend on climate models. [Nature World News]

World:

¶ “XPeng P7 Tops China EV Startup Sales Chart In August – By Far” • It is interesting to see the EV sales competition among Chinese EV startups. No other country has as many competitive, successful, fast-blooming EV startups as China. I can’t even name them all. The most interesting ones for me, and many others, are XPeng and NIO. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mining And Steel Company ArcelorMittal Plans $9 Billion Renewable Energy Investment In India” • ArcelorMittal, a huge mining and steel making company, announced plans to develop renewable energy assets in India. A 2.6 billion, 4.5-GW solar park in Rajasthan was proposed, reports say, and it may invest $6.8 billion in Gujarat. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Legislation Will Require All New Homes To Have EV Chargepoints” • If pending UK legislation becomes law, all new homes built will include EV charging. New non-residential buildings will need to provide charging infrastructure per every five parking spaces. And other existing non-residential buildings are to have charge points. [CleanTechnica]

Devonshire Street, London (Philafrenzy, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “How A Revolutionary North Sea Green Energy Boom Will Trigger A Goldrush And Transform Scotland’s Debate On Independence” • Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, a $15.4 billion gas infrastructure company, is working to make Snam transition from gas to green hydrogen. There are implications for Scottish independence. [The Herald]

¶ “Renewable Energy Increasingly Competitive to Coal” • A new report confirms the competitiveness of renewable energy sources and calls for a global shift away from coal. Renewable energy could save emerging countries around $156 billion. According to the IRENA report, the cost of renewable energy continues to drop dramatically. [Gilmore Health News]

Coal power plant (Wim van ‘t Einde, Unsplash)

¶ “Secretary Granholm And Minister Puri Relaunch The US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership” • Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri held a ministerial meeting of the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, building on decades of energy cooperation. [Department of Energy]

US:

¶ “Energy Secretary Visits NH Solar Project; Touts Infrastructure Bill” • Energy Secretary Granholm came to New Hampshire to talk about renewable energy and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in August. A recent DOE report found that solar energy could power 40% of the country’s electric energy by 2035. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Visit to New Hampshire (Mara Hoplamazian, NHPR)

¶ “Member Co-Op Blasts ‘Hotel California’ Contracts With Regional Power Provider” • An electric cooperative wrangling with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association over local control and getting off coal has issued a public statement that it and fellow cooperatives still need the power supplier. Just not in its current form. [The Denver Post]

¶ “PG&E Rate Hike Approved To Pay For Diablo Canyon Power Plant Shutdown” • PG&E energy bills will see a small increase next year as the utility implements a rate hike to help pay for the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo. The California Public Utilities Commission okayed the increase. [Noozhawk.com]

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September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Seeking Solar Power For All Puerto Rican Homes” • Residents of Puerto Rico are ready for energy democracy. Specifically, a resilient, renewable electricity system with equitably shared benefits. Is this vision possible for the island, whose democratic power is limited to begin with? Environmental engineer Ingrid Vila comments in a podcast. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Decathlon (US DOE via flickr, CC-BY-ND 2.0)

¶ “Electric Cars Are Coming, No Matter What Some Media And Critics Say” • As it becomes clearer that electric transportation is the future, the haters, Luddites, and boo-birds are out in full force. Every single day I see a slew of anti-EV material online. Some of these are articles in reputable media. But say what they will, the EVs are coming. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “20 Years After 9/11, Yankee’s Nuclear Fuel Still Poses Security Risk” • The Vermont Department of Health still plans for the worst. But the Vermont Yankee site is not as bad as it could have been six years ago, when the reactor shut down. The nuclear fuel has been moved out of the reactor core and put into giant steel and concrete casks. [Brattleboro Reformer]

Vermont Yankee in 2012 (NRC image, CC-BY-ND 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scaling Up Microgrids With Efficient, User-Friendly Software” • Microgrids are all the rage, and they have been for a few years. The problem lies in implementation. Here is a software system with integrated design stages and a user-friendly experience that allows anyone from bankers to engineers to plan, visualize, and optimize a project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Future Of Agriculture Combined With Renewable Energy Finds Success At Jack’s Solar Garden” • A 24-acre family farm purchased by Jack Stingerie in 1972 has evolved into a model for how to produce energy and food in tandem. Jack’s Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics system in the US, combining agriculture with PVs. [CleanTechnica]

Byron Kominek, owner (Werner Slocum, NREL)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Sector Poised To Receive $200 Million Of Inflows Over Next 6-8 Months” • Sri Lanka’s renewable energy sector is likely to see $200 million worth of foreign inflows from the banking sector over the next six to eight-month horizon, as the government moves to commit to 70% renewable energy for electricity by 2030. [Daily Mirror]

¶ “Will Lebanon’s Solar Rise?” • Lebanon has been going through a rough time of late. An explosion in the port killed 200 people. The country defaulted on bonds and fell economically. Now, there was a glimpse of hope stemming from the involvement of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the design of solar tenders. [PV Magazine]

Rooftop solar (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation)

¶ “JV With TEDA, SECI To Help Run Metro Rail On Renewable Energy” • The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency has floated a subsidiary company, Tamil Nadu Renewable Energy Park Ltd, to carry out the business of generation and aggregation of renewable energy, and supply to captive consumers through the joint venture model. [DTNext]

¶ “RWE Plans Norwegian Floating Wind Bid” • RWE and two local companies are partnering to participate in the Norwegian government’s tender process for floating offshore windpower. The trio will bid to build projects in the Utsira Nord zone, 30 km off the coast of Norway. The zone offers an opportunity to build up to 1.5 GW of capacity. [reNEWS]

Tetraspar demo (Stiesdal Offshore Technology)

¶ “UK Ministers ‘Met Fossil Fuel Firms Nine Times As Often As Clean Energy Ones’” • UK government ministers held private meetings with fossil fuel and biomass energy producers roughly nine times as often as they met companies involved in clean energy production, despite the increasing urgency of meeting the government’s climate targets. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “New York City Plans Major Expansion Of EV Charging Stations” • There may be an answer to EV charging for residents of New York City. According to Staten Island Live, the city will create one of the country’s largest electric vehicle charging networks over the next 10 years in an effort to reduce the its greenhouse gas emissions. [CleanTechnica]

New York City (Daryan Shamkhali, Unsplash)

¶ “Peoria Welcomes Electric Transit Buses ElBae And Friends” • In Illinois, the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is celebrating the launch of an electric bus it purchased with a $1.23 million grant from the Edwards Settlement Fund. The bus will join two identical models CityLink purchased with funding from the Federal Transit Administration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Campbell Celebrates Growth Of Renewable Power Use In Louisiana” • The transition to clean energy for Louisiana took another step forward with the start-up of the second of three planned SWEPCO wind farms in Oklahoma. The 287-MW Maverick wind farm is now providing more clean energy for Louisiana customers. [Bossier Press-Tribune]

Wind farm in Oklahoma (USGS image, public domain)

¶ “Morrisville Salvage Yard’s New Solar Array Helps Power The Community” • Encore Renewable Energy and VPPSA put a 2.1-MW community solar array into commission at a former auto salvage yard in Morrisville, Vermont, they announced. The PV project is part of ar partnership to develop, finance, and build 10 MW of PVs. [Vermont Business Magazine]

¶ “Illinois Legislature Edges Closer To Saving Two Nuclear Power Plants” • The Illinois House late on Thursday passed an energy bill with nearly $700 million in incentives for two Exelon Corp nuclear power plants, taking the legislature closer to saving the plants the company said it will close starting on Monday. The Senate is expected to vote quickly. [StreetInsider]

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September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Master Roadmap Guides Industries To Invest In Low-Cost, Low-Energy Ways To Recycle Wastewater And Treat Salt Water” • In the US, the National Alliance for Water Innovation published a master roadmap to help guide future technology investments to help keep crops watered, livestock well-fed, and people provided with water. [CleanTechnica]

Irrigation ditch in Colorado (Jeffrey Beall, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “Tesla Is Building An Energy Trading Team” • Tesla does more than EVs, batteries, and solar panels. It is also making moves to become an energy company. It recently applied to be an energy supplier in the UK and in Texas. And now, according to Reuters, it is looking to build an energy trading team based on a post found on LinkedIn. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climeworks Direct Carbon Capture Facility Goes Live In Iceland” • Climeworks, a Swiss startup, proposes to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Its first test facility, called Orca, is now operational on a lava flow in southwest Iceland. The installation is expected to capture 4000 metric tons of CO₂ annually at a cost of around $800 a ton. [CleanTechnica]

Climeworks Orca facility (Climeworks image)

¶ “Revised Renewable Targets And Auction Mechanism To Drive Renewable Market In India” • According to GlobalData’s latest report on the Indian power market, its renewable power capacity is expected to increase from 91.4 GW in 2020 to 310.9 GW in 2030, with an impressive Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 13% during the decade. [Power Technology]

¶ “Audi Ur Quattro Gets Million-Dollar All-Electric Rebirth” • A company called ELegend is bringing the Audi Ur Quattro back, electric-style. There’s more to this car than old-school looks and big-time modern power. Clever design choices abound. One detail that no one will miss, however, is the price tag, which is over $1 million. [CleanTechnica] (Excuse?)

ELegend EV (Elegend)

¶ “NSW Can ‘Absolutely’ Stop Using Coal Power By 2030, Energy Minister Says” • New South Wales can “absolutely” stop using coal power by 2030, the state’s energy and environment minister has said. He declared the state will not appeal a landmark court judgment ruling that regulators must do more to protect it from the climate crisis. [The Guardian]

¶ “RWE Hails 525-MW German Offshore Win” • RWE is toasting success in the latest German offshore wind auction which saw the company secure two sites totaling 525 MW. In the North Sea, RWE won the lease for a project with a capacity of up to 225 MW. The company also won a second site in the Baltic Sea with a potential capacity of 300 MW. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “House Lawmakers Release Early Details Of Program That Would Overhaul Electricity Sector And Reduce Fossil Fuel Emissions” • Lawmakers in the House released early details of a clean electricity program, which Democrats say would reduce fossil fuel emissions by moving the US electric grid to 80% clean energy, like solar and wind. [CNN]

¶ “Democrats’ Clean Electricity Program Would Create Nearly Eight Million Jobs By 2031, Analysis Shows” • A report by the independent firm Analysis Group finds that if Congress passes a $150 billion Clean Electricity Payment Program, it would cause the US workforce to grow by 7.7 million new jobs and add nearly $1 trillion to the economy by 2031. [CNN]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Louisiana Areas Hardest-Hit By Hurricane Ida Need A Fundamental Change In How They’re Protected, Official Says” • Louisiana officials are discussing new ways to safeguard areas outside the state’s flood protection system that suffered severe destruction from Hurricane Ida’s landfall. In Jefferson Parish, up to 50% of the houses were destroyed. [CNN]

¶ “This Summer Tied The Dust Bowl For The Hottest On Record In US” • The summer of 2021, which produced numerous extreme weather and climate disasters, was also the hottest on record in the US, tying with the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, according to the NOAA. The average temperature was 2.6°F above the 20th-century average. [CNN]

Dust storm in Texas, 1935 (George E. Marsh Album, NOAA)

¶ “New York Governor Signs Bill Bill Banning Sale Of ICE Vehicles After 2035” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation banning the sale of passenger cars and light duty trucks with infernal combustion engines by 2035. This makes New York the second US state to ban conventional cars and trucks, after California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enel Greens American Football Stadium” • Enel Green Power North America is working with Kraft Sports and Entertainment to ensure that all New England Patriots’ American football games in the 2021 season at the Gillette Stadium are more sustainable with clean energy. Enel will supply the stadium with clean energy through renewable energy credits [reNEWS]

Gillette Stadium (Enel image)

¶ “US Duo Sign 120-MW Solar-Plus-Storage PPA” • Hoosier Energy and Clenera affiliate Rustic Hills Solar signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for electricity from a 120-MW solar+storage project. Rustic Hills will occupy about 640 acres (259 hectares) of private land in Warrick County, Indiana. It is expected to be operating in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “House Passes Energy Bill With Labor, Environmental Groups On Board” • The Illinois House approved an energy regulation and decarbonization bill, a big step forward for a wide-ranging omnibus bill that had eluded lawmakers for some time. The bill also provides more than $600 million over five years to three struggling nuclear plants. [Illinois Newsroom]

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September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Is This Controversial Money Manager And Tesla Bull Changing The Face Of Wall Street?” • In a profile in the New York Times, Matt Phillips calls Cathie Wood, the founder and CEO of investment management firm Ark Invest, “the most influential investor at work in the markets today,” and gives her credit for developing a new style of investing. [CleanTechnica]

Ark Invest Founder Cathie Wood (Cathie Wood via Twitter)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Fossil Fuels Must Stay Underground, Scientists Say” • Almost 60% of oil and gas reserves and 90% of coal must remain in the ground to keep global warming below 1.5°C, scientists say. The forecast is based on close analysis of global energy supply and demand. They say it is a “bleak” but realistic assessment of “what the science tells us is needed.” [BBC]

World:

¶ “Almost ⅓ of Trucks Tested in Spain Emit Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution” • Nearly a third of trucks in Spain exceed the EU’s legal emission limits, testing in Barcelona and Madrid indicates. This is despite high NO₂ emissions from road transport being a serious public health concern, causing the premature deaths of 50,000 Europeans every year. [CleanTechnica]

Trucks on the road (Ümit Yıldırım, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Completes V3 Supercharger Factory In Shanghai” • Tesla has reportedly completed a small factory in Shanghai that will manufacture 10,000 advanced V3 Superchargers per year. Kyle Field of CleanTechnica got a chance to try one out and reports it can deliver up to 250 kW of power, enough to add 178 miles of range in just 15 minutes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Says It Will Lease Used EVs To Maintain Control Over Its Batteries” • At the Munich auto show, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said his company plans to offer leases on its used EVs as a way to maintain control over their batteries. This will allow the company to recycle the valuable battery packs into new uses. [CleanTechnica]

Dr Herbert Diess (Image courtesy of Volkswagen AG)

¶ “China’s Hydro Storage Plan Aims To Boost Renewable Energy Use” • China released a plan that sets out measures to develop its pumped hydro storage system by 2035, in an effort to increase renewable energy consumption and ensure stable grid operation. It aims to launch more than 62 GW of pumped hydro storage in 2025 and 120 GW in 2030. [Reuters]

¶ “Chile’s Power Auction Wraps Up For Average Price Of $23.78 Per MWh” • Five renewable energy companies were declared winners in Chile’s technology neutral power auction for 2,310 GWh/year for 15 years. The average price was $23.78 per MWh from solar, wind, and storage projects with a total of 2,000 MW of installed capacity. [Renewables Now]

Sonnedix Atacama solar farm (Sonnedix, sonnedix.com)

¶ “Renewable Energy Prominent In Queensland’s $52.2 Billion Infrastructure Pipeline” • The Queensland government will pour more than $580 million into increasing electricity network capacity and replacing ageing assets as part of a $52.2 billion infrastructure program designed to transform the state into a clean energy superpower. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Ofgem Warns Soaring Gas Prices Will Feed Into Customer Bills” • Ofgem said that UK household energy bills will be hit by soaring global prices of fossil fuels. The typical gas and electricity customer is likely to see their bill go up by £139 to £1,277 a year from October. Outages at gas and nuclear plants and reduced gas availability have been a problems. [BBC]

Pump jack (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Global Windfarm Installations Expected To Surge After Covid Drop, Says Report” • The Global Wind Energy Council’s annual report found that the world’s offshore windfarm capacity grew by 6.1 GW last year, down slightly from a record 6.24 GW in 2019. It expects it to grow to more than 12 GW in 2021 powered by an offshore wind boom in China. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Biden Wants An Aggressive Transition To Electric Vehicles. A Surprising Ally Is Pumping The Brakes” • In August, President Joe Biden announced a target to have half of the vehicles sold in the US be battery electric, fuel-cell electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2030. But the United Autoworkers Union, one of Biden’s oldest political allies is resisting. [CNN]

Assembly line (Siyuwj, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Biden Administration Says Solar Energy Has The Potential To Power 40% Of US Electricity By 2035” • The Solar Futures Study, from the US DOE shows how solar energy could play a massive role in transitioning the US power sector to clean energy and achieve the President’s ambitious goals to decarbonize the American economy. [CNN]

¶ “New Data Sound Good For Wind Energy” • Wind plant owners and wind turbine manufacturers are using a new technique to increase the performance of wind plants as a whole called wake steering. Some researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been studying resulting noise production. The results are good news. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Dennis Shroeder, NREL)

¶ “US Renewable Energy Sees Record Growth” • Renewable energy saw record growth in the first six months of 2021 and now accounts for 25% of all the electricity capacity in the US, up from 23% a year ago. An increase of two percentage points may not sound like a lot but it shows that the US energy sector is headed in the right direction. [Treehugger]

¶ “La Mesa Opts-Up To 100% Clean, Renewable Energy From SDCP” • The City of La Mesa is taking action for its municipal accounts and opting to enroll in San Diego Community Power’s 100% renewable Power100 program. SDCP is a not-for-profit community choice energy agency, providing carbon-free, and cost-competitive energy. [Patch]

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September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Solar Plus Wave Energy Smackdown For Fossil Fuels” • A new EU clean power project pairs floating solar with offshore wind turbines. If all goes according to plan, the waters of the EU will be peppered with wave conversion devices as well as floating solar panels. These technologies can co-use transmission lines with offshore wind farms. [CleanTechnica]

Wave energy (Image courtesy of CorPower Ocean)

¶ “Embodied Energy – A Great Tool To Think About Climate Solutions” • The term embodied energy refers to the amount of energy used to bring a product through its life cycle. The energy to make, process, and ship the product, along with disposing of anything left of it, is embodied. The amount of it in a product is significant for the climate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NIO’s Been Making EV Battery Swapping More Efficient” • NIO has been working on solutions to improve the efficiency and convenience of battery swapping. A few months ago, NIO rolled out its first NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 in Beijing, at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station. The system is capable of completing up to 312 battery swaps per day. [CleanTechnica]

Battery swapping by NIO (Image by NIO)

World:

¶ “New Coal Plants Could Hit India’s Renewable Energy Goal” • Proposed new coal-based power plants with a total output of 27 GW could jeopardise India’s target of 450 GW renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report. These surplus plants would require $33 billion of investment, but are projected to lie idle or operate inefficiently. [Deccan Herald]

¶ “BMW Ups Battery Cell Orders, Plans Recyclable Car For 2040” • BMW showed off its CirCular concept car, which it says is fully recyclable, at the Munich Motor Show. It also upped its orders for battery cells from €12 billion to €20 billion. The battery cells for its future EVs are expected to come from CATL, EVE Energy, SK Innovation, and Northvolt. [CleanTechnica]

BMW CirCular concept car (BMW image)

¶ “Amazon Signs First Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement In Japan” • Online retail giant Amazon signed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation. The agreement is for the output from 22 MW of solar from 450 separate PV plants. The PPA represents Amazon’s first renewable energy deal in Japan. [PV Tech]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Launches Recyclable Turbine Blade” • Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced the launch of the “world’s first” recyclable commercial turbine blade. The 81-meter blades allow recyclers to separate their component materials more easily at the end of the blades’ lifespan. [Power Technology]

Offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “Invenergy, BW Offshore Unveil ScotWind Plans” • Invenergy and BW Offshore have announced a joint venture to develop up to 5,400 MW of offshore windpower as part of the first ScotWind leasing round. The joint venture will focus on developing both floating and fixed foundation offshore wind projects off the north east coast of Scotland. [reNEWS]

¶ “Russian Developer Delivers 120-MW Bondarevskaya Wind” • Rosatom subsidiary Novawind JSC started supplying electricity from the 120-MW Bondarevskaya wind farm in Russia. The wind project comprises 48 turbines. NovaWind plans to commission another wind farm in the same area for 60 MW more capacity by the end of the year. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (NovaWind image)

¶ “Are Solar And Wind The Cheapest Forms Of Energy?” • Professor Alistair Sproul, Head of School of University of New South Wales’ School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, says the plummeting cost of producing renewable energy now makes it inevitable that burning coal and gas will soon be consigned to history. [UNSW Newsroom]

US:

¶ “Environmental Groups Ask Congress To Fund Billions Of Dollars In Climate Measures In Reconciliation” • As Democratic lawmakers begin crafting a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, a coalition of prominent environmental groups is asking them to include between $577 billion and $746 billion for key climate provisions. [CNN]

Wind farm (Harry Cunningham, Pexels)

¶ “Oil Leak Off The Coast Of Louisiana Spread For Miles And No One Knows Who Is Responsible” • It seems that the oil leak is from a pipeline that is no longer used. A GAO report says, “Pipelines can contain oil or gas if not properly cleaned in decommissioning.” It said 18,000 miles of pipelines still sit in place after their use has ended. [CNN]

¶ “Biden Administration Asks For Billions In ‘Urgent’ Disaster And Refugee Funding In Request To Keep The Government Running” • The Biden administration is asking for billions of dollars for “urgent” extreme weather recovery efforts and the resettlement of Afghan refugees in its proposal to keep the government funded past September 30. [CNN]

Fire (Thomas Ehling, Unsplash)

¶ “Growing A Zero-Emissions Transportation Ecosystem In Cincinnati” • Servall Electric, which has served the area around Cincinnati for generations, is helping the city electrify in more ways than one. The family-owned company, which is installing EV charging stations, also plans to transition its entire fleet of 25 to 30 vehicles to electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “House Lawmakers Back To Springfield On Thursday To Address Long-Awaited Energy Bill – Passage Called ‘Possible’” • The Illinois House plans to return to Springfield after dealings on energy legislation appear to have progressed. Some lawmakers are hopeful that inefficient nuclear plants can be saved and coal-burning plants closed. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The US And China Can’t Get Along – Even If The Planet’s Future Is At Stake” • Despite facing a common threat, China and the United States, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, are still at odds on climate action. US climate officials tried to separate climate issues from differences on other topics. Chinese officials would not allow that. [CNN]

John Kerry in talks with China (US State Department via AP)

¶ “Riding Out Ida: Loss Of Communications, Extreme Heat With No Power, Help From SpaceX – Is This The New Normal?” • It’s been a hell of a week, to say the least. I think this is the first article I’ve written since the storm hit. I lost power and turned to the emergency weather radio station. It went offline, and along with it, all communications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ida Is Proof That Louisiana Needs To Embrace Building Microgrids” • After Hurricane Ida, power and communications are out here in Louisiana. We need microgrids, but our leaders don’t seem to want them. Advocates have been trying for years to make our local grid resilient, but our leaders refuse to do things that benefit everyone. Why? [CleanTechnica]

Model of microgrid (NREL image)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Fight Will Be Six Times More Costly” • A study by an international team of scientists published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that the economic damage from climate change could be six times higher by the end of this century than previously estimated. Earlier analysis ignored important risks. [Technology Times]

¶ “Vattenfall Inaugurates 604-MW Danish Kriegers Flak” • Vattenfall has officially inaugurated the 604-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark. Kriegers Flak is Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm and will increase Danish wind power production by 16%, Vattenfall said. It is in the Baltic Sea, 15 km to 40 km off the Danish coast. [reNEWS]

Kriegers Flak wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ “Indonesia Still Clinging To Coal Despite Phaseout Pledge, New Plan Shows” • The Indonesian government has walked back an earlier pledge to phase out all coal-fired power plants, saying now that it will keep them running but fit them with carbon capture technology. Experts have questioned the technical and financial feasibility of the plan. [Mongabay]

Australia:

¶ “Australia Stands By Coal ‘Beyond 2030’ After UN Warns Of Economic Havoc” • The Australian government said that the country would keep producing and exporting coal “well beyond 2030,” despite a stark warning from a top UN climate official that failing to scrap the fossil fuel will “wreak havoc” on the Australian economy. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (Loïc Manegarium, Pexels)

¶ “BP Sizes Up Former Oil Refinery As Industrial Renewable Hydrogen Hub” • The site of what was once Australia’s largest oil refinery is being sized up as a renewable hydrogen hub, complete with large-scale electrolyser. It is part of a feasibility study being conducted by BP Australia and Macquarie Capital, and backed by the state government. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Caterpillar And BHP Plan To Create Battery-Powered Mining Trucks” • Caterpillar and BHP are partnering up to develop battery-powered mining trucks to support customers’ climate-related goals. BHP is one of Caterpillar’s largest customers. It announced the agreement with Caterpillar to develop large mining trucks with zero emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Caterpillar mining truck (Caterpillar image)

¶ “Australian Potash Plans Hybrid Renewable Energy Microgrid For Lake Wells Project” • Australian Potash announced plans for PWR Hybrid to build, own, and operate a hybrid microgrid at its Lake Wells sulphate of potash project in Western Australia. The 35-MW microgrid will integrate a gas-fueled power station with solar PV, wind, and storage. [Stockhead]

US:

¶ “Plans For $400-Billion New City In The American Desert Unveiled” • The cleanliness of Tokyo, the diversity of New York and the social services of Stockholm: Billionaire Marc Lore has outlined his vision for a 5-million-person “new city in America” and appointed a world-famous architect to design it. All he needs is $400 billion and a place to build it. [CNN]

Proposed city (Bjarke Ingels Group and Bucharest studio)

¶ “Hurricane Ida Left A Louisiana Refinery Spewing Chemicals And An Oil Spill In The Gulf” • There were no communications for hours. Then I found that a Shell refinery is spewing toxic chemicals into the air. The New York Times reported that satellite images found an oil spill in the Gulf after Ida. People living in polluted air have no safe water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What A Hurricane Means When You Live In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley'” • The stretch between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is home to a concentration of chemical, petroleum and other industrial facilities, dozens of which have reported releases of toxic carcinogens in the past. Hurricane Ida passed directly through this corridor. [CNN]

Refinery in Baton Rouge (formulanone, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Texas Eyeballs 91,000 MW Of Solar Power” • Dallas Morning News points out that the need for additional transmission lines is one of the roadblocks between Texas and all 91,000 MW of that new solar power. But the growing number of green hydrogen fans in the state may have a solution to that: Use solar energy to make green hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE May Sell Another Piece Of Its Power Business” • Over the past several years, General Electric has divested assets at a steady pace in an effort to simplify the company, exit less desirable lines of business, and shore up its balance sheet. It has already stopped building steam turbines for coal-fired plants. Now it may sell its nuclear turbine business. [The Motley Fool]

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September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “New York City Was Never Built To Withstand A Deluge Like The One Ida Delivered – It Showed” • When the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped more than 7 inches of rain on parts of New York City, officials and meteorologists seemed stunned by the devastating flooding that ensued. But Scientists have been warning about this for years. [CNN]

Closed subway station (Kches16414, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “How To Raise Revenue Quickly: End Fossil Fuel Handouts” • After a century of waste and mismanagement, the House Natural Resources Committee has released a budget proposal that would end a slew of harmful handouts to the fossil fuel industry, protect publicly owned resources, and raise significant new revenues for US taxpayers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Investing In More Nuclear Power Can’t Be Our Solution To Climate Change” • No one has figured out how to safely dispose of deadly nuclear waste. Yet, to combat the climate crisis, the US and the world propose to create more by extending the lives of old nuclear plants and building new ones. Have we not learned anything from Chernobyl and Fukushima? [Patch]

Nuclear power plant (Pixabay, Pexels)

World:

¶ “More Than 230 Journals Warn 1.5°C Of Global Warming Could Be Catastrophic For Health” • Human health is already being harmed by the climate crisis, and the impacts could become catastrophic and irreversible unless governments do much more to address global warming, the editors of over 230 medical journals said in a joint editorial. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla May Receive €1.14 Billion Grant For German Battery Factory” • According to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, Tesla is in line to receive a €1.14 billion ($1.35 billion) grant from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to help build a new battery factory adjacent to its factory in Grünheide, near Berlin. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory in Germany (Tesla image)

¶ “Sixteen Countries Now Over 10% Plugin Vehicle Share, 6 Over 20%” • The plugin electric vehicle market has taken off in the past year, largely thanks to the EU requiring automakers to sell more EVs or pay big fines. All of a sudden, car makers have discovered that consumers will indeed buy millions of EVs if you produce them and market them well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Decade Of Wind, Solar, And Nuclear In China Shows Clear Scalability Winners” • China surprised the world in 2020, as it deployed 72 GW of wind energy, a world record for a single country, and 48 GW of solar capacity, over 50% more than the previous year. Meanwhile, exactly zero nuclear reactors were commissioned in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in Inner Mongolia (Steven Buss, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “UK Energy Regulator Supports Vehicle-To-Grid Proposal” • Recently, Ofgem, the independent energy regulator for the UK, has unveiled a proposed new policy that would expand the availability of vehicle-to-grid technology in the UK. The policy would allow EV drivers to sell the energy stored in their car batteries back to the grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Korea To Diversify Utilization Of Animal Manure For Developing Efficient Biogas” • South Korea will embark on a state project to develop an efficient method of utilizing manure for such renewable resources as biogas. Biogas, largely consisting of methane, can be used as fuel for vehicles and such equipment as power plant turbines. [Aju Business Daily]

Cow (Flash Dantz, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change Means Australia May Have To Abandon Much Of Its Farming” • The findings of the IPCC suggest Australia may have to jettison tracts of the bush unless there is massive funding for climate-change adaptation and planning. Even if emissions are curtailed, Australia likely faces billions of dollars of costs for adaptation of rural communities. [Business Line]

¶ “Climate Change Pushes New Zealand To Warmest Recorded Winter” • For the three months through August, the average temperature was 9.8°C (50°F), according to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. That’s 1.3°C above the long-term average and 0.2°C higher than the previous record posted last year. [CNBCTV18]

New Zealand (Aneta Foubíková, Pexels)

¶ “Mediclinic Walks The Talk, Forging $152 Million Renewable Energy Deal” • Mediclinic International, a private hospital group, is putting action behind its sustainable development strategy and walking the talk. It announced that its Southern African division had entered a $152 million deal to buy renewable electricity from Energy Exchange of Southern Africa. [IOL]

US:

¶ “NASA Begins Air Taxi Flight Testing With Joby” • NASA has begun flight testing Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Joby’s Electric Flight Base near Big Sur, California. It is the first time that NASA will test an eVTOL aircraft as part of its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. The tests will run to September 10. [CleanTechnica]

Joby’s eVTOL aircraft (Joby Aviation image)

¶ “US Civic Group Urges Transition To Renewable Energy Amid Frequent Natural Disasters” • The US must switch to renewable energy sources to protect communities across the country, which suffer from climate-related natural disasters that are becoming more frequent and deadly, the executive director of a civic group based in Louisiana told Sputnik. [Urdupoint.com]

¶ “Frustration With Power Outages Grows As Entergy Promises More Restorations Soon” • Entergy Louisiana’s CEO called Ida one of the utility’s most destructive storms ever. “Incredibly, the number of poles damaged or destroyed is already more than we saw in Louisiana from Katrina, Zeta, and Delta combined, by a large margin,” Phillip May said. [WWL-TV]

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September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Truth New York City Cannot Avoid” • Four days after it hit New Orleans, at least 13 New Yorkers died when Hurricane Ida’s remnants hit the Big Apple, more than 1,300 miles away. So far, New York City has more fatalities reported than all of Louisiana. Climate change is scrambling all our assumptions for weather, resiliency, and emergency preparedness. [CNN]

Long Island Expressway (Tommy Gao, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Ida’s Reminder That Climate Policy Should Be Built On Resilience, Not Delusion” • Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, New York City’s preparedness for an aftershock from Hurricane Ida seemed less than impressive. This was not the only time something like this has happened recently. Part of the subway was flooded by Hurricane Elsa. [National Review]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Nearly 30% Of 138,000 Assessed Species Face Extinction, Group Warns” • In its annual Red List update, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned that 28% of the 138,374 species identified on its “survival watchlist” as under threat have now been moved to the more dangerous “red list,” meaning they are at high risk of extinction. [CNN]

Siberian Tiger (Dave Pape, released into the public domain)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Has 25.5% Of BEV Sales In Denmark, Volkswagen Group 40.9%!” • Electric vehicle sales are booming in Europe, especially in some northerly nations. Denmark isn’t the largest or hottest auto market in the world, but its electric vehicle (BEV) sales are good and growing fast. In the first seven months of the year, VW had 25.5% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IEEFA Says New Coal Power Plants In India Will Become Stranded Assets” • The Institute For Energy Economics And Financial Analysis says India is hell bent on building a fleet of new coal-fired generating stations, with 33 GW currently under construction and another 29 GW in pre-construction. The IEEFA says all will be stranded assets. [CleanTechnica]

Indian coal-burning plant (Epagemakerwiki, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Germany Hit Record 27.6% Plugin EV Share In August, And There’s More To Come” • Germany saw plugin electric vehicle share jump to a record 27.6% in August, more than doubling from the same month last year. Non-electrified combustion vehicle share fell to a record low 53.2% in an overall auto market that was down some 38% from 2019 levels [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gone With The Wind: Why UK Firms Could Miss Out On The Offshore Boom” • Boris Johnson set out plans to add 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The GMB trade union warned that the UK risks squandering a major economic benefit by allowing many of the components of its offshore wind boom to be made in Asia. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind turbines (Reegan Fraser, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Opt-Out Community Choice Solar For Upstate New York” • Several communities in upstate New York are now part of an opt-out community choice program that will allow their residents to enjoy clean, emissions-free energy and lower utility bills. Opt-out means that everyone is enrolled in the program unless they want to pay extra for dirty power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Houston-Based Quanta Services To Acquire Renewable Energy Infrastructure Co For $2.7 Billion” • Quanta Services, based in Houston, announced that it is to acquire Blattner Holding Company, which provides support for utility-scale renewable energy developers. At closing, Quanta will pay roughly $2.7 billion for Blattner. [BIC Magazine]

Power lines (Quanta Services Courtesy Photo)

¶ “New Mexico’s Key Environmental Regulators Seek Budget Bumps To Fund Climate Change Efforts” • About a third of New Mexico’s budget has come from oil and gas production in recent years. But renewables recently began growing in importance as the state government seeks to diversify the state’s economy and curb pollution. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “How McLean County Wind Farms Contribute To Renewable Energy Push” • McLean County’s wind farms have churned out enough energy to power more than 250,000 homes while raking in millions of dollars in property taxes to the Illinois county. About 65% of those taxes, $38.3 million, have funded some local school districts since 2007. [The Pantagraph]

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September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The World Needs Vastly More Green Electricity” • While perceptions about the consequence of the climate crisis may have advanced, reality has not. The majority of the world still relies on fossil fuels for heating, cooling, transportation, and manufacturing. It’s time to take decisive action and convert to green electricity. [CleanTechnica]

NREL’s Flatirons Campus near Boulder (Joshua Bauer, NREL)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hybrid Power Plants And Flexibility – The Future Of The Grid” • Imagine an electric grid powered by clean energy. Now imagine that it has all the comfort and convenience consumers expect as well as grid reliability and resiliency services that are similar to or better than conventional plants. That is the promise of the FlexPower project. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “John Kerry Is Pushing China To Do More On Climate. Beijing Is Pushing Back” • John Kerry is pressing Chinese officials to be more ambitious in their plans to move away from coal faster and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As he does, they push back to ask what could be done about US sanctions, according to Kerry’s own account of the talks. [CNN]

John Kerry in China (Image from the US Department of State)

¶ “Vietnamese Solar Power Plant Could Reach 2.8 GW Soon” • Vietnam has become a surprising solar power champion in the past year, having shot into the role in December 2020. And it seems happy to keep going. Recent news is that the largest solar park in Vietnam is set to get a big boost and get even significantly larger by early 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cost-Effective Energy Storage In South Asia” • A study team from NREL’s recently launched Grid Planning and Analysis Center evaluated storage growth for South Asia under various technology cost, policy, and regulatory scenarios. Their work revealed a range of trajectories for storage growth over the next three decades. [CleanTechnica]

Energy storage opportunities for South Asia (NREL image)

¶ “Russian Trio Plan 67-MW Wind Farm On Sakhalin” • Russian coal producer East Mining Company, the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, and the Sakhalin regional government signed an agreement to cooperate on a wind farm of over 67-MW on Russia’s Sakhalin island. It is to have 16 turbines operating in 2024. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Sets 3 Guinness World Records In UK” • It is 1,407 km (874 miles) from John O’Groats at the northern tip of Scotland to Lands End, in Cornwall. A Ford Mustang Mach-E set a Guinness World Record for electric cars by averaging over 6.5 miles per kWh for that distance. The previous record, set by a Tesla, was 1.8 miles per kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Ford image)

¶ “Engie To Provide Google’s German Operations With Energy from Renewables 24/7” • American technology company Google has signed a deal with energy firm Engie for renewable energy to power the tech firm’s operations in Germany. The deal means Google will have clean power for its data centers and offices on a 24/7 basis. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “OPEC Member Calls For Change, Urges Oil Producers To Invest More On Renewable Energy” • Iraq’s deputy prime minister, urged oil producers to seek “an economic rejuvenation based on ecologically sound policies and technology,” such as solar electricity and even nuclear reactors, to lessen their reliance on fossil fuel exports. [Nature World News]

Coal-burning power plant (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “‘India Can Produce 1,000 GW Solar Energy On 0.5% Of Land'” • In a talk to the International Climate Summit 2021, industrialist Mukesh Ambani outlined a roadmap for New Energy business, calling it the “next big value creation engine” for Reliance and India. He said Reliance Industries would “establish and enable” at least 100 GW of solar energy by 2030. [NDTV.com]

¶ “More Issues At Bruce Power Station Raise Concerns About Aging Nuclear Infrastructure” • Unexpectedly high levels of hydrogen in pressure tubes at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station on the eastern shore of Lake Huron have renewed questions about how long Canada’s aging CANDU reactors can continue to operate safely. [The Globe and Mail]

Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (Chuck Szmurlo, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Will Hurricane Ida Cause A Spike In Covid-19?” • The fear is that the damage wrought by floods and winds will be made much worse by another scourge, the pandemic. Only a little over 40% of Louisiana’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and hospitals are already overburdened. Recovery from a major hurricane has complicated things greatly. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla To Provide Autopilot Data To NHTSA By October 22” • Teslas that are driving with Autopilot engaged have a distressing tendency to slam head on into emergency vehicles parked on the side of America’s highways. That has happened 12 times so far and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration wants to know why. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla autopilot driving (Tesla image)

¶ “Philadelphia Solar Plans 1-GW Solar Panel Factory On Back Of Biden’s Solar Support” • A solar panel manufacturer called Philadelphia Solar is planning to build a 1-GW solar factory in the US thanks to Biden’s “extensive support” for solar power. The solar factory is planned for completion in the third quarter of next year, 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Can Save Billions Of Dollars Replacing Coal With More Renewables” • A report contends that by shifting to mostly solar, wind, and battery power to replace coal in meeting its Carolinas generation needs, Duke Energy Corp could cut carbon emissions 74% and save a total of $1.1 billion in generation costs by 2030. [The Business Journals]

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September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Scientist: This Is A Dystopian Moment” • I’m a climate scientist. My colleagues and I have been warning for years that human-induced global warming will bring us a future of faster and more furious extreme weather events. But now the events are coming with such speed and ferocity that the moment can be called dystopian. [CNN]

Dystopian climate change (Pixabay, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Arctic Warming Linked To Colder Winters” • A study shows that increases in extreme winter weather in parts of the US are linked to accelerated warming of the Arctic. The scientists found that heating in the region ultimately disturbed the circular pattern of winds known as the polar vortex. The Texas cold wave in February is an example. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Launches ID.3 And ID.4 Subscriptions” • Car subscriptions are getting more and more popular. Volkswagen is now offering them for the ID.3 and ID.4 in Germany. Customers can get these fully electric vehicles, maintenance, insurance, the registration, and taxes all handled, and more via the Volkswagen AutoAbo program. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 (Dennis Elzinga, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “India, UK Agree On $1.2 Billion Investment In Green Projects, Renewable Energy” • India and the UK agreed on a $1.2 billion investment in green projects and renewable energy to boost India’s green growth ambitions at the 11th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue. This further drives an Enhanced Trade Partnership. [Free Press Journal]

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Launches IPO” • Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power made an announcement that it intends to proceed with its plan to float on the Riyadh bourse. The company, 50% owned by the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, plans to issue shares representing 11.1% of the company’s enlarged share capital. [Arab News]

Noor solar complex (Wikieliuser, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Lenovo Is Committed To Procurement Of Clean Energy” • Lenovo’s latest environmental, social, and governance report outlines the companies prolonged commitment to sustainable development of its business practices. Determined to create a responsible operating model, Lenovo announced a target of 90% renewable energy use by 2026. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Renewable Power Generation Share In Denmark To Reach Nearly 100% In 2030, Says GlobalData” • Renewable power generation (excluding hydropower) in Denmark is expected to increase from 24.33 TWh in 2020 to 43.2 TWh by 2030, bringing its share from 86.4% as of 2020, to 99.9% in 2030 according to a report form GlobalData. [pv magazine India]

Solar Panels On Hjelm Island, 2005 (RSteen, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

¶ “Africa Needs To Invest $130 Billion Per Year To Go Net-Zero By 2050” • Africa needs investments to the tune of $130 billion annually to become a net-zero continent by 2050, a report by Friends of the Earth has suggested. The report, “A Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa,” said Africa needs 300 GW of renewable energy by 2030. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “At Least 46 People Have Died After Floodwaters From Ida’s Remnants Swamp Cities From Virginia To New England” • At least 46 people have died in six Eastern states – Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – after the storm brought unprecedented rainfall to some areas. There are 23 known deaths in New Jersey. [CNN]

Flood in Pennsylvania (Michael M Stokes, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Biden Says He’ll Press Congress On Infrastructure After Wildfires And Ida Wreak Havoc On Us: ‘The Climate Crisis Is Here'” • President Joe Biden said he plans to press Congress to take further action on his infrastructure proposals that he says will better prepare the nation for future natural disasters and the effects of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Solar Activity Was At Record-High Level In USA In 2020” • In the US, solar PV module shipments rose to 21.8 million peak kW of solar power capacity in 2020, by far their best ever. In fact, that was 5.4 million peak kW above 2019’s total, their previous best. Rooftop solar installations grew, but larger installations grew even more. [CleanTechnica]

Solar module costs (US EIA graph)

¶ “Otter Tail Power To Sell Its Share Of Coyote Station By 2028” • Otter Tail Power Company plans to sell its share of the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah by 2028, reported Prairie Public. Otter Tail has a 35% ownership stake in the plant. The 420-MW facility, which opened in 1981, is supplied by North American Coal’s Coyote Creek Mine. [Star Tribune]

¶ “EDF Signs 300-MW Solar-Plus-Storage PPA In California” • EDF Renewables North America is to supply electricity from the 300-MW Desert Quartzite solar+storage project in California to Clean Power Alliance under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The facility will include a 600 MWh battery system. It is to be operating by February 2024. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Frederic Neema, EDF)

¶ “RWE Inks 200-MW US Battery Deal With LG” • RWE Renewables signed contracts with LG Energy Solution to provide an integrated battery energy storage system for two projects with co-located solar PV facilities in Texas. The contract secures more than 800 MWh of battery storage capacity deployed on over 200 MW of storage systems. [reNEWS]

¶ “Energy Bill Negotiations Head To House After Talks Once Again Derailed” • The Illinois Senate approved an energy bill that would subsidize nuclear plants and close coal plants, but it’s likely to change as negotiations continue in the House. Timelines for closing municipal coal-fired power plants continued to hold up the bill’s passage. [Pontiac Daily Leader]

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September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2021

World:

¶ “Air Pollution Is Cutting More Years From People’s Lives Than Smoking, War Or HIV/AIDS” • Air pollution is taking years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS, or war, a report shows. In India, air pollution reduces life expectancy an average of 5.9 years. [CNN]

Air pollution (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “The Unlikely Protector Against Bangladesh’s Rising Seas” • By 2050, up to 13.3 million Bangladeshis may become displaced due to climate change. A main problem is sea level rise. But there is a glimmer of hope visible amid the waves, as oyster-encrusted reefs glisten in the sun. These reefs could become a formidable defense against rising seas. [BBC]

¶ “Subaru To Introduce Battery Electric SUV In 2022” • Subaru announced its first battery EV will arrive in US showrooms in the middle of next year. The all-electric platform was developed jointly with Toyota, which owns a major chunk of Subaru. It is expected to be closely related to the production version of the Toyota bZ-4X concept car. [CleanTechnica]

Subaru electric SUV teaser (Subaru image)

¶ “Serbia Streamlines Rooftop Solar Permitting: No Permitting!” • Serbia is foregoing the lengthy, costly permits for rooftop solar panels altogether. If you buy some solar panels, you can have them installed and all is right with the world. One commenter said, “This is a U turn on regulations from close to impossible administration to zero paperwork.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hive Energy Team Targets 350 MW Of PV In New Zealand” • Hive Energy, Ethical Power, and Solar South West launched a new joint venture, HES Aotearoa, to develop up to 350 MW of solar assets in New Zealand. The three UK-based companies said they have complementary skills, so the JV is fully integrated in the whole solar development chain. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Sungrow EMEA, Unsplash)

¶ “Sweden’s Plugin EV Share Over 47% In August, Full Electrics At Record High 24%” • Sweden’s plugin electric vehicle market share hit 47.1% in August of 2021, up over 1.6 times its 29.0% in August of 2020. Full electric vehicles took a record high 24.1% share of new sales, slightly ahead of plugin hybrids, due to the country’s recent incentive adjustments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stiesdal ‘Hot Rocks’ Energy Storage Flagship To Power Up On Danish Island Of Lolland” • The flagship of an innovative ‘hot rocks’ energy storage system concept under development by Stiesdal Storage Technologies is to be set up with power and fibre-optic group Andel on Lolland, a renewables-rich island off Denmark in the Baltic Sea. [Recharge News]

CGI of Stiesdal’s GridScale energy storage facility (SST image)

¶ “Australia’s Long-Awaited Offshore Wind Legislation Has Landed” • Australia could become an offshore wind superpower, with new jobs and economic opportunities, after years of waiting for the federal government to open the door to this booming global industry. An offshore wind bill has finally been presented in Parliament. [Climate Council]

US:

¶ “Coming Hours Are Make Or Break For Lake Tahoe Resort City, Fire Officials Say” • Firefighters have been able to make some headway against the Caldor Fire around South Lake Tahoe, and the popular California tourist town may, with luck, be spared from flames, if conditions on Wednesday night remain favorable, a fire official said. [CNN]

Wildfire in California (Missvain, USDA, public domain)

¶ “New York City Declares State Of Emergency Over ‘Brutal Flooding'” • A state of emergency was declared in New York City after it was hit by record rainfall and flash flooding by Tropical Storm Ida. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was “enduring an historic weather event” with “brutal flooding” and “dangerous conditions” on the roads. [BBC]

¶ “US Charging Networks Getting More Connected” • In recent months, four of the biggest and most user-friendly EV charging networks linked up in order to make EV charging much simpler and easier. Greenlots members can now use ChargePoint, EV Connect, and FLO charging stations via roaming agreements the companies made. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Image courtesy of FLO)

¶ “Fifty-Four Members Of Congress (All Democrats) Push For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies” • In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer this week, 54 members of Congress called for an end to over $120 billion in tax handouts to the fossil fuel industry. The letter follows a proposal by President Joe Biden. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “LA City Council Votes To Have City Transition to 100% Renewable Energy By 2035” • The Los Angeles City Council voted to have the Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the country, transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035, as well as develop a long-term hiring plan for nearly 10,000 “green” jobs. [MyNewsLA.com]

Los Angeles (Cameron Venti, Unsplash)

¶ “Signal Energy Completes Texas Clean Renewable Energy Project” • Signal Energy, an EPC contractor based in Tennessee, has completed construction of the 418-MW Juno Solar Project in Borden County, Texas. The project was delivered on time and is producing enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes. [Solar Industry]

¶ “Exelon Threatens Nuclear Plant Closure After Springfield Energy Deal Falters” • The operator of three Illinois nuclear plants facing potential closure said that Illinois lawmakers must act on an energy omnibus package in less than two weeks to avoid having the Byron plant being taken offline permanently on September 13. [WBEZ]

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September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “It’s Time To Pay Serious Attention To The Power Grid” • Millions of Americans have gone without power this year. The examples include California (heat), Texas (cold) and Louisiana (hurricanes). New Orleans is powerless, potentially for weeks, after Hurricane Ida, and dangerously high temperatures setting in. It’s time to think about a resilient grid. [CNN]

Blackout (Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using Hot Sand To Store Energy” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are in the late stages of prototype testing a thermal energy storage technology that uses silica sand as a storage medium. The system is a reliable, cost-effective, and scalable solution that can be sited anywhere. The sand is heated to 1,200°C (2,192°F) for energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “High-Power Wireless Vehicle Charging Technology Licensed By HEVO” • The US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to Brooklyn-based HEVO. The system provides the world’s highest power levels in the smallest package and could enable EVs to be charged as they are driven. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless charging system (Carlos Jones, ORNL, US DOE)

World:

¶ “John Kerry Warns Nations Are Running Out Of Time To Decarbonize And Challenges China To Move Away From Coal” • US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that he is confident the world’s largest fossil fuel emitters will decarbonize in the end. But the top US international climate official warned we’re quickly running out of time. [CNN]

¶ “Paris Slams On The Brakes And Sets 30 kph Speed Limit To Reduce Pollution” • Authorities in Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city’s roads to reduce pollution and improve safety. But there are questions about whether the rule, which limits drivers to 30 kph (19 mph), will actually reduce pollution. [CNN]

Notre Dame gargoyle over the city streets (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

¶ “Syrian Oil Slick Spreads Across Mediterranean – Cyprus On Alert” • Authorities in Cyprus are monitoring an oil slick that originated from a power plant on Syria’s Mediterranean coast and could soon affect the island. Syrian state media said last week there had been a spill from the plant, which is inside the Baniyas oil refinery. [BBC]

¶ “Renewables Surge ‘Not Fast Enough For Net Zero’” • The world will fall far short of hitting the 2050 net zero ambition established by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to a report, DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook. The report made clear that this is true even if all new electricity generation capacity is from renewable resources. [reNEWS]

Assembling a wind turbine (Ørsted image)

¶ “China Curbs Coal-Fired Power Expansion, Giving Way To Renewables” • In the first half of this year, the government of China has chopped newly-approved coal-fired units by 78.8% to 5.2 GW as compared with the same period last year, the non-government environment organisation Greenpeace said in its latest research report. [Upstream Online]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida: Two Killed In Mississippi Highway Collapse” • Two people were killed and at least 10 injured after a section of highway collapsed in Mississippi. At least seven vehicles were involved in the crash, about 36 miles (69 km) from Mobile, Alabama. Local authorities believe the collapse was caused by torrential rainfall as Hurricane Ida. [BBC]

Highway collapse (Mississippi Highway Patrol image)

¶ “Caldor Fire Prompts States Of Emergency In Nevada And California, With More Than 50,000 Told To Evacuate The Lake Tahoe Region” • The governors of California and Nevada have declared states of emergency because of the fast-moving Caldor Fire. Officials have told everyone in the city of South Lake Tahoe to get out. [CNN]

¶ “Walmart Offers New Delivery Systems And Autonomous EVs” • Walmart announced it will expand its last-mile delivery service to other clients, offering what it terms a “white label” logistics platform to outside merchants. This meets its competitors’ level and could also make it be a rival to FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service. [CleanTechnica]

Delivery vehicle (Gatik image)

¶ “More Chevy Bolt Battery Woes – GM Shuts Down Production” • General Motors has stopped making Chevy Bolts and laid off workers at its factory in Orion Township, Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reported that GM will keep that plant idle until it is confident LG Energy Solution can make a defect-free EV battery without a potential fire risk. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Invenergy Inks 127-MW Colorado PV PPA” • Invenergy and Guzman Energy have signed a 127-MW PPA for the Boutique Solar project currently in development in Montezuma County, Colorado. Boutique Solar is expected to generate more than $250,000 (€211,000) per year in local property taxes in addition to creating jobs. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Invenergy image)

¶ “Louisiana Assesses Major Damage To Power Grid From Ida” • The damage to Louisiana’s power grid from Hurricane Ida is so extensive that the US Coast Guard has joined the task of assessing the wreckage, a departure from its maritime security duties. More than 1 million homes and businesses along the US Gulf Coast are without power. [Reuters]

¶ “Cunningham: Energy Legislation Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Fights Climate Change” • The Illinois Senate passed legislation that sets an ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy for the state by 2050. It creates a firm schedule for closing coal, oil, and gas-based power plants. It provides short-term funding for old nuclear plants. [Illinois Senate Democratic]

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August 31 Energy News

August 31, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs” • A study shows that in the US Southeast, consumers spend about $94 billion on fossil fuels annually. Of this money, about $64 billion leaks out of the region’s economy every year. A switch to EVs powered by local renewable energy would retain this within the region, a boon to its economy. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Mike, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Heimdal Uses Renewable Energy To Get CO₂, Cement From Seawater; Startup To Debut Carbon-Free Materials” • Heimdal is a tech startup that focused its services to extract CO₂, cement, and other materials from seawater, using renewable energy sources. The company features one of the most eco-friendly ventures in the world. [Tech Times]

¶ “Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Slower And Wetter. Ida Checked All The Boxes” • Human-caused climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous. They are produce rainfall, move slower once they make landfallm and generate larger storm surges along the coast. Hurricane Ida was a prime example of those changes. [CNN]

Rainfall potential of storm (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “Highly Polluting Leaded Petrol Now Eradicated From The World, Says UN” • There is now no country in the world that uses leaded petrol for cars and lorries, the UN Environment Program has announced. The toxic fuel has contaminated air, soil and water for almost a century, but in July, Algeria stopped allowing its use. [BBC]

¶ “Volkswagen ID.3 Rolls Into China” • The Volkswagen ID.3, Europe’s second best selling electric car in the first half of 2021, is finally making its way into the Chinese market, the largest auto market and largest electric car market in the world. It appeared at the Chengdu Motor Show, and pre-bookings of the hatchback EV were opened. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 EVs (Image courtesy of Volkswagen AG)

¶ “New French Law Will Help Millions Of People Drive On Sunshine” • France has a new climate bill that will have 30% of the surface of new commercial and industrial buildings solarized starting on January 1, 2023. Those solar panels will power a lot of electric vehicles, but they won’t be the only ones in a wave of new solar power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “R Power Acquires 59-MW Portuguese PV Portfolio” • Polish company R Power has invested in a portfolio of solar projects in Portugal totaling 59 MW. With the acquisition, the company’s Portuguese capacity will reach almost 70 MW. The investments are expected to reach the construction-ready status in 2021, with construction to begin in 2022. [reNEWS]

R Power solar project (R Power image)

¶ “Renewables Could Meet 100% Demand In Australia At Certain Times Of Day By 2025, Report Says” • Renewables will meet 100% of consumer demand for electricity at certain times of the day by 2025 if large-scale wind and solar development continues at current rates, according to a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator. [The Guardian]

¶ “BC Is Blocking Needed First Nations Power Projects, Says Report” • Renewable energy projects run by First Nations could help British Columbia power through the climate crisis, but government roadblocks threaten their participation, according to a recently published report from the New Relationship Trust and the Pembina Institute. [The Tyee]

Wind farm (Photo by Washington DNR, Creative Commons)

¶ “Electricity Grid Powers On Despite Demise Of Coal As Renewables Surge” • Australia’s power grid is set up to cope with coal’s continued decline over the next decade, the Australian market operator has declared. There is a growing flood of cheap electricity from solar and wind farms undercutting traditional power plants’ profits. [Sydney Morning Herald]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida: One Million People In Louisiana Without Power” • Louisiana residents may be in the dark for weeks as officials take stock of the damage from Hurricane Ida. Ida made landfall on Sunday with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland. About one million locals remain without power. [BBC]

Storm (Hunt on Photos Studio, Pexels)

¶ “South Lake Tahoe Residents Ordered To Evacuate As Caldor Fire Threatens The Area” • With fire conditions resulting in the rapid spread of the fire, Cal Fire officials released updated maps three times in as many hours on Monday morning for three areas, marking the change from evacuation warnings to orders in South Lake Tahoe areas. [CNN]

¶ “Energy Bill Could See A Vote As State Lawmakers Return For Redistricting Session” • When Illinois lawmakers return to the Statehouse for what is scheduled as a one-day special session, they may vote on an energy regulatory overhaul bill. People interested in coal-burning and nuclear power plants hope to see those plants get subsidies. [Illinois Newsroom]

Prairie State coal-burning plant (PSEC on Facebook)

¶ “Indigo Technologies Promises Lightweight, Highly Efficient Electric Cars” • Indigo Technologies, a startup based in Woburn, Massachusetts, was formed by several people from MIT who are committed to making electric cars lighter and more efficient than anything else on the market. It is focusing on working EVs rather than personal cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DOE Releases New Reports Highlighting Record Growth And Declining Costs Of Wind Power” • The Department of Energy released three reports showing record growth in land-based wind energy, significant expansion of the pipeline for offshore wind projects, and continued decline in the cost of generating energy with wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

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August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How To Save $40,000 Over Next 10 Years By Selling Your Car Now!” • I want to say that this won’t work for everyone, but I hope thousands of you will be able to take the ideas in this article and sell a car or truck now, while the used car market is white hot in the US. After giving up the fossil-dependent vehicle, there are lots of low-cost options. [CleanTechnica]

2021 Ford Edge combustion-powered SUV (Ford image)

¶ “Transformative Climate Action Framework: Transportation” • My colleagues and I at the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with an advisory committee, have worked to understand what is needed to decarbonize our economy while focusing on people. We recently released a report outlining a transformative climate action framework. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Floating Wind Turbines Could Open Up Vast Ocean Tracts For Renewable Power” • In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, it has already broken UK records for energy output. [The Guardian]

Floating wind turbine in tow (Lars Christopher, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Consumption Has Tripled In Ten Years” • Over the past decade, renewable energy consumption has grown at an average annual rate of 13.4%. Renewables were the only category of energy that grew globally at double digits over the past decade. Last year, it grew by 9.7%, and was the only source of energy to grow at all. [Oil Price]

¶ “Australian Electric Buses To Run On Sunlight In Queensland” • A massive expansion in electric buses will be enabled by the partnership of Keolis Downer, BusTech, and the Queensland government. Sixteen new electric buses will be built in Bustech’s workshop on the Gold Coast. The first one should be running on sunshine within 12 months. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Image courtesy of BusTech Group)

¶ “Shell To Power Malaysian Gas Platform With Renewables” • Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Sarawak Shell Berhad will power its Timi gas development project off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sarawak with a solar and wind hybrid power system. Timi will be the first gas wellhead platform in Malaysia to be powered by solar and wind energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Aquila To Sell Statkraft Finnish Wind Power” • Norwegian energy company Statkraft is to buy electricity from German investment manager Aquila Capital from wind farms in Finland under power purchase agreements. Starting in 2022, Aquila Capital will provide Statkraft with electricity from two wind farms at competitive price levels. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Statkraft image)

¶ “Sinopec Plans To Spend $4.6 Billion On Hydrogen Energy By 2025” • China’s Sinopec Corp plans to spend ¥30 billion ($4.6 billion) on hydrogen energy by 2025 as it pivots to producing natural gas and hydrogen as part of becoming a carbon-neutral energy provider by 2050. Sinopec plans for an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes of hydrogen by 2025. [The Star]

¶ “Melbourne’s Zoos Are Now Entirely Powered By Renewable Energy” • Your next trip to one of Melbourne’s major zoos just got a little greener. Zoos Victoria has announced that all three of its Melbourne zoos – Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary – are now powered by 100% renewable energy. [Time Out]

Lions in the Melbourne Zoo (Chris Phutully, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Electrolyzer Market Value To Hit $53 Billion By 2030, Says Global Market Insights Inc” • Global electrolyzer market revenue is expected to surpass $53 billion by 2030 according to a study by Global Market Insights Inc. This is due to large-scale integration of renewable energy resources and ongoing development of hydrogen infrastructures. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Non-Hydro Renewables To Have 72% Of Power Capacity Growth By 2030, Fitch Says” • Non-hydropower renewables – which refers largely to wind and solar power – will account for 72% of global capacity growth between 2020 and 2030, amid efforts to rapidly decarbonize the global power systems, Fitch Solutions projected. [The National]

Wind turbines (Tom Swinnen, Pexels)

¶ “UN Atomic Watchdog Says North Korea Appears To Have Restarted Nuclear Reactor” • North Korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor that is widely believed to have been used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, the UN’s watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency has said in an annual report. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida Forces Mississippi River To Reverse Flow” • Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Its storm surge and strong winds actually caused the flow of the Mississippi River near New Orleans to reverse, something the US Geological Survey says is “extremely uncommon.” [CNN]

Hurricane Ida, August 29, 7:00 AM (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Louisiana Is ‘Unprecedented,’ Cajun Navy Relief President Says” • Nearly a Category 5 storm, Ida had maximum sustained winds estimated to be 150 mph, when it hit land on Katrina’s anniversary. Only two storms that strong have ever hit Louisiana before, Last Island in 1856, and Hurricane Laura in 2020. [Yahoo News]

¶ “PG&E Launches Clean Energy Generator At Its Angwin Microgrid” • From the outside, the new linear generator Pacific Gas & Electric Co will use at its microgrid in Angwin, California, looks like other pieces of electrical equipment, a large diesel generator or maybe an array of lithium-ion energy storage. But this generator uses biogas. [The Press Democrat]

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August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Louisiana Hasn’t Yet Recovered From Two Major Hurricanes In 2020. Now Another Is Taking Aim” • Five named storms struck Louisiana in 2020. Two of them were major hurricanes, doing a total of $18.75 billion in damages. As the state still reels from the destruction, another major hurricane is now barreling toward the coast. [CNN]

After Hurricane Laura (Josiah Pugh, Louisiana National Guard)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Looking Into The Future Of The Grid” • One of the challenges of aggregating energy data from different sources into studies is knowing whether the data uses consistent assumptions. The Annual Technology Baseline resolves this challenge by creating consistent assumptions across all electric generation technology cost and performance data. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Space Mission Tests NREL Perovskite Solar Cells” • NREL Researchers are testing ways to bring costs down for terrestrial applications and transforming how PV technologies could work in space. Now, a test will evaluate the potential use of perovskite solar cells in space and assess the durability of materials used in those cells. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Everywhere (NREL)

World:

¶ “XPeng P7 Gets Highest Active Safety Score Of All EVs Sold In China – 98.51%” • After passing the 50,000 vehicle milestone with the P7, setting sales records two months in a row, and leading the Chinese EV startup market, the Guangzhou-based company has announced that the XPeng P7 has the absolute highest safety rating of all EVs sold in China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen ID Buzz Assembly Line Update, Chip Shortage Shuts Down Production” • VW is expanding production of EVs, but MDR Sachsen reports that Volkswagen is pausing electric car production at its Zwickau factory because of the global shortage of computer chips. The shortage is also affecting the company’s main factory in Wolfsburg. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen factory (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Masdar Commissions 100-MW Nur Navoi Solar Project In Uzbekistan” • Masdar, a world leader in renewable energy, has inaugurated Uzbekistan’s first successfully-financed independent power producer solar project. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, said 19 projects with 11,500 MW of new capacity are coming. [Trade Arabia]

¶ “‘Energy Patriots’ Bring Electricity To Indonesia’s Remote Villages” • For millions of villagers in Indonesia’s remote areas, a 12-hour-per-day erratic electricity supply is the norm. A recently launched UN-led initiative could change that, thanks to a group of Indonesians, “energy patriots,” who have been tasked to boost the use of clean energy resources. [UN News]

Fishing village in Indonesia (Agency for the
Assessment and Application of Technology)

¶ “Evidence Is Mounting About What Renewable Energy Could Mean For Southeast Alberta” • Evidence shows what renewable energy development could mean for southeast Alberta. New solar and wind farms are coming, and the Globe and Mail reported that Vulcan County might soon get half its tax revenues from green power plants. [Medicine Hat News]

¶ “Shell Plans To Boost Oman Renewable Energy Portfolio” • Global energy major Royal Dutch Shell plans to add new clean energy projects in Oman and boost its renewables portfolio as the sultanate aims to generate 30% of its electricity from green sources by 2030. Oman is building renewable energy plants across the country. [The National]

Qabas solar plant in Oman (Shell EP International)

¶ “Kuwait Reschedules Renewable Energy Projects To Meet Its Electricity Needs” • A bank source told CNBC Arabia that Kuwait has brought back to the table its ambitious plan for renewable energy projects, which were halted due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Kuwaiti economy. The plan had been canceled in July of 2020. [Dubai Week]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida: Thousands Flee As Storm Bears Down On Louisiana” • Thousands of people are fleeing as Hurricane Ida closes in on Louisiana. Ida is expected to make landfall with 130 mph (209 km/h) winds and a “life-threatening” storm surge. Forecasters say it may be stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of New Orleans in 2005. [BBC]

Projected path of Hurricane Ida (NOAA image)

¶ “Gas Cars Are Declining Significantly And Full Electrics Rising In USA” • We may have experienced peak fossil car sales in the USA, and the peak year wasn’t even very recently. It appears that 2016 will go down in history as the peak year for fossil-powered light-duty vehicle sales. Ironically, that’s also the year the Tesla Model 3 was unveiled. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Waiting List To Own A Tesla Is Growing” • Tesla’s waiting lists are back. For most models, if you order today, you may be lucky to see your new Tesla this year. Tesla is predicting a wait of up to six weeks for the Performance Model 3 and Performance Model X. For some models, estimated delivery times can be as far out as April 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y cars (Tesla image)

¶ “Intensifying Hurricane Ida A Significant Threat To Key Infrastructure” • Ida is forecast to hit the corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the Waterford 3 nuclear plant sits. The plant is at an elevation of 10-15 feet on the south shore of the Mississippi River, and it is vulnerable to storm surge from a major hurricane. [Yale Climate Connections]

¶ “Nuclear Regulators Up Scrutiny Of Plant Vogtle, Citing Issues” • Nuclear regulators said that they will give greater scrutiny to construction of two new nuclear reactors being built at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle after a special inspection found electrical cables were not properly separated. Southern Nuclear could contest the findings. [WABE 90.1]

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August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “A Carbon Tax That Sends Americans Checks Could Pass This Fall: Interview” • The Senate will be voting on a reconciliation package soon. One of the things in that package is a proposed carbon tax that would actually use the funds from the carbon tax to create jobs, grow the economy, and even send monthly checks to US households. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla’s Re|Source Blockchain Collaboration For Cobalt Aims To Prove That Tesla Ethically Sources Its Cobalt” • To ensure transparency, Tesla is developing a blockchain platform that will allow users to track what cobalt it does get from the mine to the battery. Reportly, Tesla is working with cobalt producers to develop the blockchain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Accelerating Disruptions To El Niño And La Niña” • Two studies, published in Nature Climate Change and Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, examine the complexity of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation’s variability. In the first, the variability will increase; in the second, it will instead collapse. Neither is good. [IFLScience]

Model of ocean temperatures (Institute for Basic Science)

¶ “China Set To Begin First Trials Of Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Using Thorium Instead Of Uranium” • Scientists in China are about to turn on for the first time an experimental reactor that’s believed by some to be the Holy Grail of nuclear energy – safer, cheaper, and with less potential for weaponization. At a capacity of 2 MW, the test reactor is small. [ABC] (For safer, cheaper, and no weaponization, try solar, wind, and batteries.)

World:

¶ “Queen Elizabeth II Will Attend UN Climate Change Talks In Glasgow” • Queen Elizabeth II will attend a pivotal UN climate change conference in Glasgow this fall, giving a royal boost to the event, according to a tweet from organizers. The UK is hosting global leaders for the nearly two weeks of talks in the Scottish city from October 31 to November 12. [CNN]

Queen Elizabeth II speaking to open parliament (Parliament TV)

¶ “Government To Ban Single-Use Plastic Cutlery” • The British government announced plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and polystyrene cups in England. Ministers said the move would help to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic waste in oceans. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland already have plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery. [BBC]

¶ “World’s First Crewless, Zero Emissions Cargo Ship Will Set Sail In Norway” • Yara International, a Norwegian company, has created what it calls the world’s first zero-emission, autonomous cargo ship. The ship is to make a journey between two towns in Norway, with a reduced crew on board to test the autonomous systems, before the end of the year. [CNN]

Yara Birkeland (Yara International image)

¶ “SSE Renewables Pours £50 Million Into Second Life Of Scottish Hydro Plant” • A hydro-electric power station in the Highlands of Scotland secured new life through a £50 million investment by SSE Renewables. The company announced it will deploy new turbine technology in its Tummel Bridge Hydro-Electric power plant. [Energy Live News]

US:

¶ “New Orleans Braces For Possible Direct Hit By Hurricane Ida” • The mayor of New Orleans has called for residents to evacuate unprotected city neighbourhoods as Hurricane Ida bears down on the Louisiana coastline. Forecasters say the hurricane will be at category 4 strength by the time it reaches the Louisiana coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. [BBC]

Hurricane Ida (National Weather Service image)

¶ “Energy Infrastructure Near Hurricane Ida” • Hurricane Ida is approaching the U.S. Gulf Coast region and is expected to make landfall on August 29. Our Energy Disruptions Map has layers for energy-related infrastructure such as high-voltage transmission lines, power plants including two nuclear power plants, and petroleum bulk terminals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rivian Aims For $80 Billion Valuation In IPO” • At long last, Rivian is on the verge of going public. It hasn’t yet delivered a single customer car (or truck), but it is aiming to start its public market life with a whopping $80 billion valuation when it has an IPO later this year. That might seem like a lot, but Amazon and Ford are already big investors. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup truck (Rivian image)

¶ “Voices Of 100%: A Renewable City Coalition Grows In Western Montana” • For this episode of the ILSR’s “Voices of 100%” series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with local leaders in Helena, Montana. Helena has joined Missoula and Bozeman, building a coalition for 100% renewable energy in western Montana. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Campaign To Shut Down New York City’s Peaker Plants Gains Congressional Ally” • Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) threw her support behind a proposal to cut the number of peaker power plants in New York City in half by 2025 and to zero in 2030. “They are old, inefficient, costly, and dirty,” one Peak Coalition activist said. [Utility Dive]

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August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Center In Dubai Is Growing ‘Future-Proof’ Food In The Desert” • In the Dubai desert, farmers must contend with intense heat, limited freshwater and sandy soil. Here, the International Center of Biosaline Agriculture is transplanting and growing salt-loving superfoods in an effort to expand food diversity in the region. [CNN]

Quinoa growing in the Dubai desert (ICBA image)

World:

¶ “‘Southern Blob’ Of Hot Ocean Is Causing A Megadrought Thousands Of Miles Away In Chile” • “The Southern Blob” is a huge, decades-old region of warm water in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Chile has been experiencing a megadrought for over a decade. A study, published in the Journal of Climate says the one is causing the other. [CNN]

¶ “Bourbon Installs Norwegian Floater” • Bourbon Subsea Services has successfully installed the innovative TetraSpar Demonstrator Floating Wind Turbine in Norway. After mooring lines installation in June, towing and hook up in July, Bourbon Subsea Services completed the offshore installation of the 3.6-MW turbine at the Metcentre Test site. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore turbine (Bourbon Subsea Services image)

¶ “Supermarket Giants Race To Net Zero, Beating The Do-Nothing Australian Government” • The federal government will not commit to a net-zero-by-2050 target, but Australia’s three biggest supermarket chains are making massive strides. Aldi, Coles, and Woolworths have all set and then quickly achieved net-zero goals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Largest Planned Renewables Zone ‘Swamped’ With 34 GW Of Capacity” • Australia’s newest planned renewable energy zone has been “swamped” by investors, according to the New South Wales government. It revealed that 34 GW of new solar, wind, and energy storage projects have been proposed for the 8-GW site. [PV Magazine]

Solar array (Neoen image)

¶ “Hydro Developer Unveils 600-MW Corrievarkie” • ILI Group launched the initial planning phase for the Corrievarkie pumped storage project in the Scottish Highlands. The 600-MW project at Loch Ericht, Dalwhinnie, will be able to supply power for up to 24 hours, enough to power 1.4 million homes, making it one of the largest such schemes in Scotland. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vensys On Track To Power Austrian Trains” • The world’s first wind turbine to produce traction current is to be built in Lower Austria. A Vensys112 with a hub height of 140 meters in a 16.7 hz version will enable direct feed-in to the ÖBB overhead contact line, which means that the trains are supplied with wind energy directly and with little loss. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Vensys image)

¶ “Anti-Nuclear Campaigners Slam Plans To Install New Nuclear Reactors In Wales” • Anti-nuclear campaigners in Wales have criticized the Welsh Government for supporting “flawed and outdated” technology as it plans to install new nuclear reactors in Wales. They said the site should be used for renewable and sustainable technologies. [Nation.Cymru]

US:

¶ “Northern California Wildfires Traveled Up To 8 Miles In A Single Day, Cal Fire Says” • Hundreds of California residents are under evacuation orders after new fires were sparked, with a new heat wave expected to make fighting fires even more challenging. Meanwhile, the Dixie Fire, California’s second-largest fire, is threatening over 11,800 structures. [CNN]

Firefighters battling the Bennett Fire (Cal Fire image)

¶ “Kerry Will Travel To China And Japan To Negotiate On Climate Action” • US Climate Envoy John Kerry will travel to China and Japan to meet with top climate officials in the lead-up to the UN climate conference in Glasgow in November. Kerry will be in Japan on August 31, then China from September 1-3, a person familiar with the plans said. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Is Slowly Cutting Into Pharmaceutical And Health Insurance Costs” • Tesla doesn’t make medicines or cure diseases, but it is having a growing effect on the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry here in America. Asthma, Covid-19, and dementia have all been shown to be made worse by air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Vlad Tchompalov, Unsplash)

¶ “Big Agnes Commits To Renewable Energy At New HQ” • The outdoor equipment brand Big Agnes, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has committed to using 100% renewable energy to power each of its three US facilities. Its sister company BAP, Inc also uses solar panels to power its retail outlet in downtown Steamboat Springs. [Steamboat Pilot]

¶ “Ford Doubles Production Target For F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup” • Ford has doubled its production target for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck due to strong early demand, several people and suppliers have told Reuters. It will invest an additional $850 million to meet the new production goal of 80,000 sales in 2024. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning pickups (Ford image)

¶ “California Farmers To Power Its Electric, Self-Driving Fleet” • Cruise, a self-driving car company under General Motors, has launched an initiative, Farm to Fleet, that will allow the company to source solar power from farms in California’s Central Valley. Cruise is purchasing renewable energy credits to help power vehicles in San Francisco. [TechCrunch]

¶ “Renewable Energy Bills Signed Into Law In Derry” • Calling it a “603 win for clean energy” New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed two bills into law that advance renewable energy initiatives. Both bills enjoyed bipartisan support and are among the last measures expected to be signed into law from this past session. [InDepthNH.org]

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August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can Investors Save The Amazon?” • When you think of your retirement savings, your bank, or your investments, it’s unlikely that you associate these with trees being chopped down in lush tropical rainforests. And yet, well-known financial institutions either own shares in or provide credit to companies that have links to deforestation. [BBC]

Emperor Tamarin (Steve Wilson, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How To Fight Microplastic Pollution With Magnets” • Fionn Ferreira, a chemistry student at Groningen University in the Netherlands, found a way to use magnets to extract microplastics from water. He mixed vegetable oil with iron oxide powder to create a magnetic liquid, which attached to the particles. He was 87% successful in trapping them. [BBC]

¶ “Turning Hazelnut Shells Into Potential Renewable Energy Source” • Biomass is attracting growing interest from researchers as a source of renewable, sustainable, and clean energy. It can be converted into bio-oil by thermochemical methods, such as gasification, liquefaction, and pyrolysis, and used to produce fuels, chemicals, and biomaterials. [Lab Manager]

Hazelnuts (Mockup Graphics, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Europe’s 2020 Heat Reached ‘Troubling’ Level” • Last year was the warmest on record across Europe, breaking the previous high mark by a considerable amount, say scientists. Temperatures in the region were more than 1.9°C above the long-term average of 1981 through 2010. Also, Arctic Temperatures were the highest since records began in 1900. [BBC]

¶ “XPeng P7 Goes To Norway” • Some of us have been wondering about when Chinese EV startups would start trying to sell their vehicles in Europe and North America. Now, we’re finally seeing the expectation come to life. XPeng started deliveries of its G3 electric crossover in Norway in December, and P7 electric sedan are on the way. [CleanTechnica]

XPeng cars being loaded for shipment (XPeng image)

¶ “Emissions Reduced By 28% From 2005 Levels, 80% Of Power To Come From Renewable Sources By 2030: Govt” • India has managed to fulfill the commitments part of the Paris Agreement as it boosts renewable energy capacity. India reduced emissions by 28% from 2005 levels, against the target of 35% by 2030, the government said. [India Today]

¶ “Electric Conversion Expert EDub Services Creates The Electric Vespa T5” • When Kit Lacey of eDub services took us on a little tour of his oldtimer EV conversions business, among the VW Golf Mk2 and Porsche 911 projects we got a sneak peak of an electric Vespa T5. Now it is officially ready for order under the catchy name: ESCOOT! [CleanTechnica]

Electric Vespa T5 (Photo credit of eDub services)

¶ “Energy Board To Consult Widely After Australian Renewables Industry Says Rules Could Prop Up Coal” • With criticism from the renewable energy sector over proposed market rules, which some fear could support coal, Australia’s Energy Security Board vowed to work with industry players and all tiers of government to design a new system by 2023. [The Guardian]

¶ “Funding For Gravity-Based Renewable Energy Storage Tower For Grid-Scale Operations” • Energy Vault, maker of the EVx gravitational energy storage tower, has secured $100 million in series C funding. The investment was led by Prime Movers Lab, with additional participation from SoftBank, Saudi Aramco, Helena, and Idealab X. [PV Magazine]

Energy Vault EVx storage tower (Energy Vault image)

¶ “It’s Crunch Time For France’s Tumultuous Renewable Energy Debate” • As the debate on renewable energies and nuclear rages in France, nuclear proponents, environmentalists, scientists, and politicians will have to set aside their differences to advance the energy transition. The French transition is underway, but has a long way to go. [EURACTIV.com]

US:

¶ “Climate Change Is Sparking Wildfires That Are Amplifying Covid” • The Caldor Fire east of Sacramento, is causing noxious air in Reno and threatening Lake Tahoe. The air quality near Reno this week is at its worst it’s ever been, and there’s growing evidence that noxious smoke from the fires amplifies the severity of Covid outbreaks. [CNN]

Smoke from wildfire (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Has Passed 1 Million Sales” • A reader pointed out that the Tesla Model 3 seems to have had 1 million deliveries. Indeed, looking at my own long-term records of Tesla sales, at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2021, the Model 3 had reached 1,031,588 worldwide deliveries. The Model 3 would be the first EV to have 1 million sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE To Develop 200-MW Texan Solar Project” • RWE Renewables partnered with Constellation to develop a 200-MW solar facility coupled with a 80-MW, 120-MWh battery storage system in Texas. Constellation, a leading competitive energy and energy solutions provider, will purchase much of the power from RWE’s Big Star solar project. [reNEWS]

Solar farm in Texas (RWE image)

¶ “The Heat Is On – Is The Grid Ready?” • Our aging energy grids just were not designed to handle the stress of climate change. In the heat, more electricity is needed. But in times of drought, the reservoirs are low and can’t produce as much electricity. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is working on preventing failures. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CenterPoint Energy seeks approval for 335 MW of renewable energy” • CenterPoint Energy announced that they filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to enter into two power purchase agreements for an additional 335 MW of solar energy as part of their long-term plan to transition to renewable electric generation. [Eyewitness News, WEHT & WTVW]

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August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why I Think The New BYD Dolphin Will Convince Millions To Go Electric” • The reason I think this car matters is that it could be a car that is a “game changer” like the VW Beetle was last century and the Tesla Model 3 and Y are today. Part of the reason for the Beetle’s popularity was that it was reliable and affordable, features the Dolphin shares. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Dolphin (Image from BYD Europe)

¶ “Electric Vehicles Getting Ready To Rocket In Australia” • Last year, the EV share of Australia’s overall auto market was 0.78%. It is now approaching 2%, and should be more so by year’s end. From the fourth quarter, many new models of EVs will become available in Australia, including eight from BYD. Things may get exciting down under. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tech Firm Promises 1500 Times More Cattle Feed Using 5% Of The Water” • One Utah tech firm is hoping we’ll be able to use science to find our way out of drought-fueled food shortages with a new spin on vertical farms that promises fifteen-hundred times (!) the food production of a conventional farm with just 5% of the water use. [CleanTechnica]

Olympus Farm (Grōv Technologies image)

World:

¶ “JPMorgan Says Fuel-Cell Vehicles Are Set For Big Gains In China’s Commercial Truck Market” • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are set to become a major player in China’s commercial truck market, according to JPMorgan’s Elaine Wu. The trucks can be fueled in less than 15 minutes and will have a range of about 800 km (497 miles). [CNBC]

¶ “Maersk Just Ordered Eight Carbon Neutral Ships. Now It Needs Green Fuel” • Shipping giant Maersk said it would spend $1.4 billion on eight large ships that will be able to use green methanol as well as traditional fuel. There’s not enough green methanol to power them, but Maersk hopes that the size of its order will help jumpstart the market. [CNN]

Maersk container ship (AlfvanBeem, placed in public domain)

¶ “Liberal Politicians Squabble As Australia Burns” • Matt Kean, energy and environment minister in the Liberal (Conservative) state of New South Wales, is giving members of his party in the federal government an ultimatum: Lead, follow, or get out of the way. He challenged voters to remove politicians who obstruct measures to combat climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Picks Up 50-MW Polish Double” • Vestas has received two orders in Poland totaling 50 MW from a joint venture of KGAL and V-ridium Power Group. The order is to supply and install turbines at the 35-MW Wólka Dobryńska and 15-MW Podlasek projects in Poland, both to be fully commissioned by the end of 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Innovators In Indonesia Are Advancing Renewable Energy” • The Indonesian government promises to almost triple the share of renewables in its energy mix in the next three years. That would reverse an investment climate in which fossil fuels saw three times more capital than renewable energy between 2016 and 2019. [GreenBiz]

¶ “Japan To Build Undersea Tunnel To Release Wastewater From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant” • Japan reportedly decided to discharge radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea just 1 km off the coast through an undersea tunnel. Japanese media report that TEPCO is about to announce their decision on discharging the water. [Arirang News]

Fukushima Daiichi in 2002 (KEI, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “‘Zero Now Fund’ Powers Electric Trucks In Chicago, San Diego, And San Jose” • Delivering Zero Emissions Communities, a one-year accelerator program supported by the Zero Now Fund, is enabling three cities – Chicago, San Diego, and San Jose, California – to take bold steps to have commercial vehicles with 100% zero-emissions today. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo Enters San Francisco” • Two big players stand out in the autonomous driving world, Tesla and Waymo. Whether it’s planned or organically ironic, just after Tesla held its AI Day to show us the progress it’s making toward robotaxis, Waymo has expanded its legitimate, collecting-money-now robotaxi into San Francisco. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo autonomous vehicle (Waymo image)

¶ “Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing the Garden State C-PACE Program” • Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that establishes the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. The program will facilitate the funding of clean and renewable energy infrastructure at commercial properties throughout the state. [NJ.gov]

¶ “Record Growth Continues For Renewable Energy Projects” • The pace of installations of renewable energy projects across the first six months of 2021 hit a new high for the sector, according to a report released by the American Clean Power Association. The US renewable energy additions were 17% greater than for the same period in 2020. [Power Magazine]

Solar installation (Hoan Ngọc, Pexels)

¶ “So You Want To Fly A Drone Over A Nuclear Weapons Lab …” • Drone pilots beware: Authorities at one of the United States’ top nuclear weapons laboratories issued a warning that airspace over Los Alamos National Laboratory is off limits. After unauthorized drone flights were detected, officials said if you fly a drone over the lab, you likely will lose it. [Defense News]

¶ “State Lawmakers Again Try To Ban Most Dangerous Nuclear Waste As Feds Consider Allowing It At West Texas Site” • Texas lawmakers are again trying to ban the most dangerous nuclear waste from entering the state. A nuclear waste disposal company in West Texas is pursuing a federal application to store the highly radioactive materials. [Marfa Public Radio]

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August 24 Energy News

August 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Energy Charter Treaty Allows Oil Companies To Sue Nations, But Not The Other Way Around” • The Energy Charter Treaty is an international agreement that protects energy and mineral companies operating in 57 signatory nations from government lawsuits as they work to extract natural resources. It does not prevent the companies from suing. [CleanTechnica]

Fossil fuels protest (Extinction Rebellion)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hydrogen – For Cars, No; For Steel, Yes” • Given the physics and chemistry involved, I do not expect hydrogen to be a fuel widely used in passenger vehicles. It does, however, have its place – or places, and judging by the amounts of money being poured into research and development, industry thinks it has found those places. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Climate Change Amplifies Extreme Weather Like Tennessee’s Deadly Floods And NYC’s Record Rainfall” • Record breaking rainfall amounts in New York and Tennessee exemplify the same scientific phenomenon: extreme rainfall events being supercharged by human-caused climate change. The science is well known and easily explained. [CNN]

Flooding in Tennessee (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “How To Make A Small Fortune” • One way to make a small fortune is to start with a big one and invest it badly. Australia’s largest generator and largest emitter, AGL, is finding itself in hot water. It recently announced a $2 billion loss for the 2021–2022 financial year that was caused by clinging to coal and delaying the switch to renewables. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “From ‘Air-Pocalypse’ To Blue Skies. Beijing’s Fight For Cleaner Air Is A Rare Victory For Public Dissent” • Beijing was known as one of the world’s most polluted cities, with dense smog and acrid air a daily reality. Now, its skies are mostly blue, a sign the Chinese capital is entering a new era of clean air, the Minister of Ecology and Environment claimed. [CNN]

Temple of Heaven, Beijing (Pier Francesco Grizi, Unsplash)

¶ “SSE, National Grid Unveil Green Heat Initiative” • SSE Energy Solutions and National Grid have unveiled a project that could decarbonize heat networks, capturing waste heat from electricity transformers to generate hot water and space heating for homes and businesses. It is estimated that the heat recovery project could reduce emissions by 40%. [reNEWS]

¶ “Queensland-Built Electric Buses To Boost Jobs From Burleigh To North Lakes” • The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to roll out more zero emissions vehicles on to Queensland roads was supercharged with a plan to build 16 new electric buses on the Gold Coast. The $15.6 million deal will also create the state’s first 100% electric bus depot. [Media Statements]

Gold Coast, Queensland (Jordan, Unsplash)

¶ “Tata Power Renewable Energy Commissions 150-MW Solar Project In Rajasthan” • Tata Power arm Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited has commissioned a 150-MW solar project in the village of Loharki in Rajasthan. With the latest installation in Rajasthan, the total renewables installed capacity of Tata Power will be 2,947 MW. [Business Today]

¶ “Vattenfall Plans Kriegers Flak Opening Bash” • Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Simon Kollerup will inaugurate the 604-MW Kriegers Flak wind farm in the Baltic Sea on 6 September. All 72 offshore wind turbines are now in place at the wind farm, which is Vattenfall’s largest. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine construction (Jan de Nul)

¶ “Tariff Falls To ₹2.34/Unit In Wind-Solar Hybrid Auctions” • The latest bid by Solar Energy Corporation of India to set up 1,200 MW of wind-solar hybrid plants has discovered the lowest tariff of ₹2.34 per unit (3.2¢/kWh), much lower than the ₹2.41 per unit quoted by companies in the last auction for hybrid plants held in December 2020. [The Financial Express]

US:

¶ “Raging Wildfires In California Forced 42,000 To Evacuate And Drove Reno Residents Indoors Due To Historic Bad Air” • Over 42,000 residents have been told to evacuate their homes as nine large wildfires burn in northern California. The Caldor Fire has burned 114,166 acres since sparking ten days ago and is only 9% contained, according to Cal Fire. [CNN]

Fire (Rodnae Productions, Unsplash)

¶ “Tennessee Flash Floods Kill 22 With Dozens Missing” • At least 22 people have been killed and dozens are missing after flash floods in the US state of Tennessee. The record flooding began on Saturday, submerging entire roads and taking out telephone and power lines. In Humphreys County, 17 inches (43 cm) of rain fell  in less than 24 hours. [BCC]

¶ “Eurowind Energy Enters US Market” • Eurowind Energy is stepping into the US market, with its first projects expected to start construction in 2022. The company’s American subsidiary, Eurowind Energy USA, already has three projects under development, consisting of three hybrid projects in California that total 800 MW. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Master Wen, Unsplash)

¶ “Four Suburban Philly Counties Join To Pursue Renewable Energy” • In a partnership aiming to combat climate change, four suburban Philadelphia counties have joined in pursuit of a renewable energy power purchasing agreement. Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery have signed a memorandum of understanding on the effort. [Patch]

¶ “Staffers See Little Interest Or Action On Nuclear Waste Issues” • The 117th Congress has introduced few bills this session dealing with nuclear power and nuclear waste, according to staffers for Vermont’s congressional delegation. They were speaking to a committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. [Brattleboro Reformer]

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August 23 Energy News

August 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “When Electric Buses Make Sense, And When They Just Don’t” • Electric buses are definitely better than a diesel or natural gas bus. That’s indisputable without seriously bending the facts. The thing is, combustion buses aren’t the only competition electric buses have, and in many situations, there are even cleaner options that we can choose. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus in Hamburg (Phuoc Anh Dang, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “PivotBio’s Genetically Engineered Microbes Displace 20-25% Of Fertilizer Today, 100% By 2030” • Continuing a conversation with Karsten Temme, PhD, geneticist and CEO of PivotBio that began yesterday, we find that Pivotbio’s microbe displaces 20-25% of fertilizer with better crop yields and less work for the farmer. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “GAC Aion V 6C Promises 8-Minute Charge Times, 1000 Km Range” • Chinese car maker GAC says that next month it will be selling an Aion 6C battery electric SUV will charge a depleted battery to 80% capacity in a lightning fast 8 minutes. The car is rated to have a range of 1000 km NEDC, though that standard is known to be overly optimistic. [CleanTechnica]

Gac Aion V (Evnerd, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Burning Forests To Make Energy: EU And World Grapple With Biomass Science” • A major political and environmental dispute is coming to a boil in the run-up to COP26 in Scotland this November, as the EU and the forestry industry claim the science shows biomass is sustainable and produces zero emissions. [Eco-Business.com]

¶ “Crown Estate To Research Offshore Wind Impact” • The Crown Estate has launched a new research program to address the critical gap in understanding how marine ecosystems will respond to the continued growth of offshore wind. The four-year program will fund leading edge research into how offshore wind farms affect the marine environment. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Insung Yoon, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “How Australia Could Save Almost $7 Billion On Its Energy Transition” • Representing eighteen major institutional investors, the Clean Energy Investor Group is calling for Australian Governments to pick a scenario from the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan and commit to de-risking renewable energy. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Net-Zero-Pursuing Investors Change Australia’s Renewable-Energy Development Game” • Research by market analyst and advisory firm PwC, finds bigger players – state governments, oil and gas majors and sophisticated large investors – have become involved in the energy transition, and are shifting the rules of engagement. [pv magazine Australia

Solar array (PwC Australia image)

¶ “Solar Generates More Power Than Coal In Australia” • In Australia, solar power generated more energy on Sunday than coal for the first time since the market was set up two decades ago. The crossover point lasted for only a few minutes, with low demand and sunny skies on Sunday, when coal generated at a record low level, less than solar. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Storm Henri Makes Landfall At Rhode Island” • More than 120,000 homes in the Northeast are without power after Tropical Storm Henri made landfall at Rhode Island. Although Henri had been downgraded from a Category One hurricane, it brought winds of 60 mph (95 km/h). People in southern and central New England are warned of potential flooding. [BBC]

Storm (Johannes Plenio, Unsplash)

¶ “Stanford Going To 100% Renewable Electricity – First Major University In USA To Do So” • The first university in the USA to announce a 100% renewable target is Stanford University. More good news is that its goal for getting to 100% renewable electricity is next summer, 2022. And this is even after the university had a solar farm burn down. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Giant Energy Storage Project Hoovers Up Excess Wind And Solar” • The huge Vistra energy storage project in Moss Landing, California, is to get bigger. Work on the first two phases is ahead of schedule, and Vistra is looking forward to another expansion that will bring the plant up to 1,500 MW, which translates into 6,000 MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Energy storage (Image courtesy of Vistra)

¶ “Here’s Why The Navy Is Betting On Wave Energy Research In Hawaii” • To reduce oil dependence, Hawaii is exploring wave energy as a possible source to help meet its goal to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2045. The military is looking for ways to more efficiently fuel forces increasingly focused on the Pacific as it battles China for influence. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

¶ “Wyoming Business Leaders Urge Feds To Take Action On Climate” • Critics of climate proposals making their way through Congress warn that reducing greenhouse-gas emissions will harm the economy, but some business leaders say those plans won’t get the job done in time. It is already too late. Significant change is happening. [Public News Service]

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