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September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

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

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

World:

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

BYD Atto 3 (BYD image)

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

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

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

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

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

Installing solar PVs (Government of Victoria)

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

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

Wind farm (Harry Cunningham, Pexels)

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

US:

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

GM Marion plant (GM image)

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

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

Panels at Sun Valley Solar

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

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

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September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2022

Opinion:

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

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

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

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

Charging an EV (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

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

World:

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

Solar system at Bosch plant (Bosch image)

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

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

Offshore wind (TenneT image)

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

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

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

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

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

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

US:

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

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

Electric street sweeper (US Hybrid image)

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

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

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September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Rooftop solar system (Vivint Solar, Pexels)

World:

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

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

Renault Megane EV (Vitali Adutskevich, Unsplash, cropped)

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

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

Solar array in Madagascar (© UNICEF, Safidy Andriananten)

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

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

Offshore wind farm (GWEC image)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

Wrecked road in Death Valley (National Park Service image)

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

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

Harlem neighborhood (Rachel Martin, Unsplash)

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

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

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September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

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

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

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

Mangrove trees at low tide (David Clode, Unsplash)

World:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US:

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

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

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

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

Farm (Guido Klinge, Unsplash)

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

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

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September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2022

Opinion:

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

Truck (Craige McGonigle, Unsplash)

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

Science and Technology:

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

Skyscrapers designed by AI (Courtesy Manas Bhatia)

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

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

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

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

World:

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

BYD Atto 3 (Image courtesy of BYD)

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

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

Fish net recycling (BMW image)

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

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

Perth, WA (Jamar Cromwell, Unsplash, cropped)

US:

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

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

Mustang Mach-E (Image courtesy of Ford)

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

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

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September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Gen6 batteries (BMW, via Autocar)

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

World:

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

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

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

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

Volvo Trucks trucks (Volvo Trucks image)

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

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

Jakarta (Afif Kusuma, Unsplash, cropped)

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

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

Siemens green hydrogen plant (Siemens image)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

Fuel cell truck (photo courtesy of Ferguson)

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

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

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September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Our Next Energy skateboard (Our Next Energy image)

World:

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

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

Leapmotor T03 (Courtesy Leapmotor)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sonnen virtual power plant (Image courtesy of sonnen)

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

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

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September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Corn farm (Julian Schöll, Unsplash)

World:

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

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

Boreal forest (Jeremy Allouche, Unsplash, cropped)

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

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

Wind turbines (Tom Fisk, Pexels, cropped)

Australia:

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

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

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

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

US:

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

New Mexico (Joonyeop Baek, Unsplash)

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

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

Mustang Mach-E (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

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

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

Notre Dame (Library of Congress via Pixabay)

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

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

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September 13 Energy News

September 13, 2022

Opinion:

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

EV charging (Possessed Photography, Unsplash, cropped)

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

Science and Technology:

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

Manhat desalinization system (Manhat image)

World:

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

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

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

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

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

Night train berth (Night Train image)

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

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

Cooling towers (Kelly, Pexels)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

Lobster boat (Thomas Dewey, Unsplash)

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

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

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September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2022

Opinion:

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

Solar energy (Raphael Cruz, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

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

World:

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

Wine (Hermes Rivera, Unsplash)

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

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

Electric car factory in Vietnam (VinFast image)

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

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

BMW headquarters (Image courtesy of BMW)

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

US:

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

Smoke from a wildfire (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

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

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

Solar farm (US Bureau of Land Management)

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

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

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September 11 Energy News

September 11, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Orphaned well (Pennsylvania DEP image)

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

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

Antarctica (Dylan Shaw, Unsplash)

World:

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

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

Electric van (Rivian image)

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

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

Belgian rooftop solar systems (Courtesy of Aster)

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

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

Apples growing (Jeremy Bezanger, Unsplash)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

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September 10 Energy News

September 10, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Nissan LEAF (Image courtesy of Nissan)

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

World:

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

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

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

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

Ishikari construction (Pattern Energy image)

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

US:

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

Chevrolet Equinox EV (General Motors image)

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

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

Air taxi (Image courtesy of United Airlines)

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

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

Wind turbines on the coast (Jem Sanchez, Pexels)

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

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

GE wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

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

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

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September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2022

World:

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

Tesla Model Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

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

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

Solar array (GCL image)

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

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

Offshore wind project (Vena Energy image)

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

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

Wind turbines (Chris Barbalis, Unsplash)

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

US:

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

Moving a battery (CAM EV battery service network)

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

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

Jeep EV (Courtesy of Stellantis)

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

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

Solar array (Photo via United Renewable Energy)

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

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

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September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2022

World:

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

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

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

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

Summer (Dakota Roos, Unsplash)

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

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

BYD interior (Mohammad Fathollahi, Unsplash)

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

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

Wind turbines (Peter Hall, Unsplash, cropped)

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

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

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)

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

US:

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

Capitol (Image by Francine Sreca, Pixabay)

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

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

Perseid meteor (Bill Ingalls, NASA)

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

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

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September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Logging (US Forest Service, USDA)

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

World:

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

Proposed snowy expansion (Courtesy of White Data Center)

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

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

Pumped storage (National Hydropower Association via NREL)

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

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

Wind turbine and flowers (GE Renewable Energy image)

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

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

Solar array (British Solar Renewables)

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

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

Nuclear plant in Belgium (Jonas Denil, Unsplash)

US:

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

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

Farm (Dan Meyers, Unsplash, cropped)

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

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

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September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2022

Opinion:

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

Gas meter (Doris Morgan, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

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

World:

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

Thwaites Glacier (Alexandra Mazur, University of Gothenburg)

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

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

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

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

Cooperative solar plant (Courtesy of Grunneger Power)

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

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

Wind turbines (Thomas Galler, Unsplash)

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

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

Neckarwestheim nuclear plant (thomas springer, public domain)

US:

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

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

Purdue project house (Jared Pike, Purdue University)

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

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

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September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Tube train (Image courtesy of Transpod)

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

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

Elestor flow battery (Elestor image)

World:

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

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

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand (Casey Horner, Unsplash)

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

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

Offshore windfarm (Equinor image)

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

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

Offshore windpower (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

Australia:

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

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

Pumped storage (Snowy Hydro image)

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

US:

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

Buick Wildcat (Buick image)

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

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

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September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2022

Opinion:

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

Gas stove (Ilse Driessen, Unsplash)

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

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

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

World:

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

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

Storm (Maksym Ivashchenko, Unsplash)

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

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

Night view of Jakarta (Airlangga Jati, Unsplash)

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

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

Presidents Erdogan and Biden (The White House)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

CalWave wave unit (Courtesy of CalWave Power Technologies)

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

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

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September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Beaver (mana5280, Unsplash)

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

World:

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

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

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

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

Leaking ship (Government of Gibraltar)

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

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

Polestar 6 Roadster (Polestar image)

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

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

Wind farm (European Energy image)

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

US:

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

Better batteries (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

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

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

Chicago (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

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

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

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September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2022

Opinion:

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

Nuclear power plant (Kelly, Pexels)

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

World:

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

Pipistrel Velis Electro (Pipistrel image)

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

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

Vladimir Putin and Ravil Maganov (Kremlin photo)

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

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

Production capacity projections (Courtesy Rethink Energy)

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

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

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

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

US:

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

Mountains in Arizona (Donald Giannatti, Unsplash)

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

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

PV shipments (EIA image)

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

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

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September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2022

Science and Technology:

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

Electric replacement system (Benjamin Surain, E-Core)

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

World:

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

Vineyard (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

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

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

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

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

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

Marine survey vessel Relume (Energinet image)

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

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

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

US:

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

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

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy of SunPower)

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

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

Toyota manufacturing plant (Toyota image)

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

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

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August 31 Energy News

August 31, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Last-Minute Bill to Extend Operation of California’s Diablo Nuclear Plant is Misguided” • The Union of Concerned Scientists opposes a bill (SB 846) that would extend the operation of Diablo Canyon, California’s last remaining nuclear power plant. The Diablo Canyon plant should retire, as it was scheduled to do, in 2025. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant (Doc Searls, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Pakistan Causes Less Than 1% Of Planet-Warming Gases. It’s Now Drowning Under The Climate Crisis” • Less than 1% of the world’s planet-warming gases come from Pakistan, EU data shows, but it is paying a hefty price for the climate crisis, not only with lives but destroyed buildings and bridges. Officials estimate the total bill will be $10 billion. [CNN]

¶ “Pakistan Floods Caused By ‘Monsoon On Steroids,’ Says UN Chief In Urgent Appeal” • The world is “sleepwalking” into environmental destruction, UN Secretary General António Guterres warned, as he made an appeal for $160 million for flood-ravaged Pakistan. Over 1,100 people have been killed and 33 million others impacted by flooding. [CNN]

People gathering for relief supplies during flooding, 2010
(Sgt Jason Bushong, US Army, public domain)

¶ “The Rise In Extreme Heat Is Taking A Toll On Our Well-Being. It’s About To Get Worse” • An analysis by Gallup in collaboration with Citi found that people who experienced extreme heat also reported a decrease in their sense of well-being at the same time. Globally, people experienced three times as many extreme heat days in 2020 as they did in 2008. [CNN]

¶ “Russia Shuts Nord Stream 1, Major Gas Pipeline To Europe” • Russia has halted gas supplies to Europe via a major pipeline, saying repairs are needed. The Russian state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, said the restrictions on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline would last for the next three days. Russia has already greatly reduced gas exports through the pipeline. [BBC]

Route of Nord Stream 1 (Samuel Bailey, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “AEMO Warns Of Power ‘Gaps’ In Australia’s Biggest Grid Within Three Years As Coal Exodus Gathers Pace” • Electricity supplies are forecast to fall short of demand within three years across Australia’s eastern grid, unless new renewable energy and transmission capacity is urgently brought online, a report by the Australian Energy Market Operator says. [ABC]

¶ “Monthly Rail Pass In Germany Cuts Carbon Emissions By 1.8 Million Tons” • On June 1, Germany started a program allowing people one month of unlimited travel on trams, buses, and regional train networks for €9. An analysis shows a reduction in trips by automobile that resulted in 1.8 million fewer tons of CO₂ entering the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]

Deutsche Bahn (Andreas Stutz, Unsplash)

¶ “VW Group And Canadian Government Team Up To Secure Battery Minerals” • Rare earths and other battery minerals are very important on the geopolitical stage. China has gained a grip on minerals that drive clean technologies, along with many other applications. Volkswagen and Canada reached an agreement to open up new sources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Auckland Welcomes Sparky, World’s First Full-Size Electric Tug Boat” • The world’s first full-size electric tug boat is now in service in Auckland, New Zealand. It is called Sparky, which was the first choice in an online naming contest. Sparky can perform up to four shipping moves on a single charge of batteries and can be recharged in about two hours. [CleanTechnica]

Sparky (Courtesy of Ports of Auckland)

¶ “UN Team Heads To Assess Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant” • A team of inspectors from the UN’s nuclear watchdog headed to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to assess safety and security issues at the Russian-controlled site. The team is to spend several days at the plant on a mission that is considered a “very complex operation.” [Voice of America]

US:

¶ “Kia EV6 Wins Winter Vehicle Award” • The New England Motor Press Association awarded the Kia EV6 “2022 Winter Vehicle Award For Best Electric Vehicle.” A Kia press release says, “EV6 was chosen by a cohort of more than 50 working journalists in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.” [CleanTechnica]

Kia EV6 (Hyundai Motor Group, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Won Big In California In 2nd Quarter” • In California, the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 were #1 and #2 in the second quarter, but with the Model 3 was just 999 units above the Toyota Camry. The mass-market Tesla vehicles will have to work to hold onto their places, especially the Model 3 and its shorter, more compact body. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maine’s High Court Rules That Voter Referendum Blocking Power Corridor Was Likely Unconstitutional” • Maine’s highest court has struck a blow against the campaign to prevent Central Maine Power from building a high-voltage transmission line in western Maine, ruling that a November 2021 referendum was likely unconstitutional. [WBUR]

Maine forest (Mark Olsen, Unsplash)

¶ “Drake Power Plant In Downtown Colorado Springs To Shut Down This Week” • Colorado Springs Utilities announced the Martin Drake Power Plant will shut down for good on September 1. This is twelve years ahead of schedule, and only a year after it was converted to burn natural gas. The plant is in downtown Colorado Springs. [KKTV]

¶ “Comcast Signs Renewable Energy Deals With Michigan Utilities” • Comcast has entered into agreements with Consumers Energy and DTE Energy to buy renewable energy, including wind and solar electricity, for Comcast Cable’s operations in the state of Michigan. Comcast has a stated goal of being carbon neutral by 2035. [Telecompetitor]

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August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “SWEL Promises Cleanest, Cheapest Energy Ever” • Sea Wave Energy Ltd spent the better part of the last decade developing a floating, wave-riding generator that the company claims will produce a whole lot of tidal energy for not a whole lot of money. They claim its electricity will have an LCOE (levelized cost of energy) of 1¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

SWEL generator (SWEL, via New Atlas)

¶ “Vision Marine Sets Electric Speed Record” • Five time UIM and current F1 H20 World champion pilot Shaun Torrente broke the 100 MPH speed barrier in a Vision Marine electric watercraft at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, with a speed of more than 109 MPH! The previous record was 88.6 MPH, set by a Jaguar Vector V20E in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Greenland Ice Losses Set To Raise Global Sea Levels By Nearly A Foot, New Research Shows” • Widespread ice losses from Greenland have locked in nearly a foot of global sea level rise that’s set to come in the near future – and new research suggests there is no way to stop it, even if the world stopped releasing planet-heating emissions today. [CNN]

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland (Annie Spratt, Unsplash)

¶ “Pakistan Flood Disaster To Cost More Than $10 Billion, Says Minister” • Pakistan’s planning minister says early estimates show the devastating floods that hit the country have caused at least $10 billion (£8.5 billion) of damage. His comment comes as another government minister said that one-third of the South Asian nation has been submerged. [BBC]

¶ “UK Looks To Sweden For A Solution To Nuclear Waste” • We have ways to store nuclear waste that work on a temporary basis. But there is little available for long-term storage, and 100,000-year storage is needed. Sweden is developing long-term storage, but not everyone agrees that it is a good idea. One said the plan is “unfortunately, a nuclear fig leaf.” [BBC]

Aerial view Sellafield, Cumbria (Simon Ledingham, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Finally, South Africa Could Be Getting An EV With V2L, The Kia EV6!” • Kia’s EV6 that is reported to be on its way to South Africa in the near future. The EV6 comes with the option of a 54 kWh or 74 kWh battery pack (usable capacity). As supplied for Africa, the car can produce 3.6 kW of backup power, which will help in situations of load-shedding. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EV Charging Stations On The Up” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing funding of $871,000 to support a pilot project, run by Australian and New Zealand smart metering and data intelligence provider Intellihub. Chargers will be mounted on utility poles for families with no overnight parking facilities. [ARENA]

Charging station (Intellihub image)

¶ “China’s Clean Energy Investments Growing Rapidly In Africa” • Chinese investments in renewable energy are increasing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa, with major projects set to help light vast areas of the continent while contributing to tackling climate change. Support has gone to hundreds of African clean energy development projects. [China Daily]

¶ “Solar Farm With Power For 16,000 Cork Homes Is First Big Irish Project For Global Green Energy Giant” • Construction of the Ballinrea Solar Farm in Cork is due to begin in 2024, and it is to be operational by 2025, producing enough power for 16,000 homes. It will add 65 MW of solar to Ørsted’s global goal of 17.5 GW of onshore renewables by 2030. [Cork Beo]

County Cork (Colin C Murphy, Unsplash)

¶ “US Urges ‘Controlled Shutdown’ Of Zaporizhzhia Plant” • The US government has urged a complete shutdown of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as fighting intensifies in the area and international experts plan an inspection visit. A White House national security spokesman also reiterated calls to create a demilitarised zone around the facility. [RTE]

US:

¶ “California Plans To Add Solar Panels Over Irrigation Canals” • California has 4,000 miles of irrigation canals that distribute water to the state’s farmers. If all of them were covered with solar panels, they could produce 13 GW of renewable energy. Turlock Water & Power is planning to start Project Nexus, a pilot program putting PVs over the canals. [CleanTechnica]

PVs over the TID Main Canal (Turlock Water & Power)

¶ “California’s Advanced Clean Cars II Regulations Supported By Ford” • The California Advanced Clean Cars II plan for model years of 2026 through 2035 requires that by 2035, all new passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles. Ford released a statement in support of California’s new rules. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “USPS Electric Vehicle Study Challenged By Analysis” • The Inflation Reduction Act includes $3 billion for the US Postal Service to reduce its emissions and shift to EVs. A University of Michigan study finds that the switch to all-electric mail-delivery vehicles would lead to far greater reductions in emissions than previously estimated by the USPS. [CleanTechnica]

Postal delivery EV concept (United States Postal Service)

¶ “Governor Laura Kelly Touts Kansas As A Wind Energy Leader” • Governor Laura Kelly touted Kansas as a leader in wind energy, citing the recently released Wind Energy Market Report from the US DOE. According to the report, land-based wind energy supplied 45.1% of Kansas’ electricity generation in 2021. Kansas is the number three state for windpower. [KRSL.com]

¶ “Clashes Brew Over Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Extension Plan As 40% Of Expected Renewables Fail To Come Online” • Last year, the California PUC ordered the state’s power providers to procure 11.5 GW of new clean energy resources collectively. Regulators now worry that supply chain constraints and other factors could delay the projects. [Utility Dive]

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August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Will Biden’s Big Clean Energy Bet Help The US Catch China?” • The US seems well on its path to green energy. President Joe Biden recently signed the biggest clean energy investment in US history into law. The package includes $370 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, EVs, etc. Nevertheless, compared to China, the US efforts look modest. [Oil Price]

Wind turbines (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change Hits Home” • One year, it rains so hard the farmers can’t bail their hay. The next, it barely rains at all, and crops fail. Here we are, exactly where scientists have warned for years we would be, scrambling to find ways to adapt to changes that might have been mitigated if governments had paid serious attention a few decades ago. [Times Union]

World:

¶ “Spain’s Olive Oil Producers Devastated By The Worst Ever Drought” • The fertile plains full of olive trees that stretch across southern Spain have made the country the world’s biggest producer of olive oil, accounting for around half of the global supply. This year’s yield is down by around a third already – and there’s still no sign of rain. [BBC]

Spanish olive trees (Vincent Eisfeld, Unsplash)

¶ “UN Team Leaves For Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • A team of inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog is on its way to the embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the organisation’s head said. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the team was expected to arrive at the Ukrainian plant this week. [BBC]

¶ “EU Faces Awful Winters Without Gas Cap – Minister” • The Belgian Energy Minister, Tinne Van der Straeten, has warned that EU countries will face “five to ten” “terrible” winters if nothing is done to reduce natural gas prices. Calls are mounting for an EU-wide cap on the price of gas and its decoupling from the price of electricity. [BBC]

Power blackout (Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash)

¶ “Peugeot Gives A Peek Behind The Scenes At EV And Hybrid Production” • In a recent press release, Peugeot gave us an inside look at its manufacturing facilities for electrified vehicles. By 2025, Peugeot says its whole model lineup will have an electric variant. This will necessitate a significant increase in battery production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Conservation Foundation Pushes For Clean Energy Export Strategy” • The ACF urged the federal government to take advantage of the global shift towards renewable energy to unlock hundreds of thousands of jobs and inject billions of dollars into the economy. About half of Australia’s exports may be exposed to world decarbonization efforts. [pv magazine Australia]

Dalrymple Bay coal terminal (DBI image)

¶ “Germany’s North-South Divide Flares Up Over Energy Crisis” • Germany’s north-south political divide has been virulent in the past few weeks, with the state premiers of Bavaria in the south and Lower Saxony in the north trading remarks about energy resources. The federal government, under pressure to replace the loss of Russian gas and oil, also weighed in. [DW]

¶ “Investors Register 17 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects For Illawarra REZ” • Renewable energy investors have proposed 44 clean energy projects totalling more than 17 GW of generation and storage capacity for a coordinated renewable energy zone to be established in the Illawarra region on the New South Wales south coast. [pv magazine Australia]

Australian solar farm (Soltec image)

¶ “Russia Doesn’t Acknowledge Radiological Risk At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, US Says” • The United States has said that Russia did not want to acknowledge the grave radiological risk at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, adding that was the reason it blocked a nuclear non-proliferation treaty deal’s final draft. [CNA]

US:

¶ “Vehicle-To-Grid Trials Taking Place In Massachusetts And New York” • Electric school buses are ideal candidates for use in V2G applications. They sit idle during the day when schools are in session, which allows them to soak up lots of excess electricity generated mid-day when the output from solar power plants is highest. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra school bus (Proterra image)

¶ “Cape Cod Offshore Wind Moves Ahead, Despite Controversy” • Fierce opponents of Cape Cod offshore wind have held their ground over decades. But, remarkably, the project is underway for a 35-mile offshore transmission cable serving Vineyard Wind. The change is attributed to an ongoing effort to talk with the residents one-on-one. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lucid Sapphire Offers Wicked Performance” • Lucid says it has set standards with the longest-range, fastest-charging electric car on the market with the award-winning Lucid Air, and now the Sapphire. Lucid’s ultra-high-performance brand, led by the Lucid Air Sapphire, is designed for the company to reach new levels of performance and luxury. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Sapphire (Lucid image)

¶ “Mayor Urges Residents To Flee Ahead Of Rising River Waters In Mississippi” • As record-setting rain and rising river waters threaten to seep into their homes, Jackson, Mississippi, residents are once again packing up their belongings and hoping for the best. Jackson, the state capitol, is still dealing with the toll of historic flooding of 2020. [CNN]

¶ “Public School Teachers In New Jersey Add Climate Change To Curriculum” • New Jersey will become the first state in the nation where all public schools are to teach climate change as part of their curriculum, for all grade levels. The aim is to help students understand the causes and impacts of climate change and what they can do to address it. [NPR]

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August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Vehicles Don’t Break The Grid, And They Can Help Boost It” • Australia has just come out of an energy crisis. Some people blamed it on the amount of renewable energy in the grid and the number of EVs that were plugged in. But real numbers show that is wrong, and the EVs can  actually provide power to the grid when it is needed. [CleanTechnica]

Backup power from a pickup (Courtesy of Ford)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Botanic Matchmakers That Could Save Our Food Supply” • Among the vegetation at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, in one of the most celebrated plant collections in North America, are the wild relatives of our most important food crops. They are genetically set up to meet challenges that might destroy domesticated plants. [Inside Climate News]

¶ “Dust To Downpour: US Weather Whiplash Shows Climate Change” • A series of “once-in-a-millennium” rainstorms have struck the US in recent weeks, flooding areas long parched by droughts, as human-caused climate change brings weather whiplash. Scientists warn that global warming means once-rare events are much more likely. [Business Recorder]

Hurrican Irma aftermath (Wade Austin Ellis, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Pakistan Appeals For Aid As 119 More Die In Floods In One Day” • Pakistan is appealing for further international assistance as floods devastate the country, leaving people searching for higher, drier ground. The death toll from the monsoon rains has reached 1,033. The US, UK, UAE and others have contributed to a disaster appeal, but more is needed, officials say. [BBC]

¶ “Avocados And Exotic Plants Grow In Hot UK Summer” • This summer’s record-breaking hot and dry weather has seen more exotic plants, including figs and avocadoes, growing in the UK, gardeners told BBC News. It’s part of a trend of Mediterranean and sub-tropical plants thriving in recent years, while traditional British garden varieties struggle. [BBC]

Figs growing on a tree (Martin Angelov, Unsplash)

¶ “China Plans To Double Renewable Energy Generation By Building More Wind Turbines, Solar Panels By 2025” • China’s usage of renewable energy sources will surpass 50% in the overall energy usage increments by 2025, and wind and solar energies will be doubled over 2020, according to a report by Shanghai Securities News. [Global Times]

¶ “Demand For Solar Explodes Everywhere In Europe Except The UK” • In April, Germany instituted new policies designed to accelerate the construction of wind and solar installations. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made a problem clear: It is in the national interest of all countries to use local renewable energy for their own security. [CleanTechnica]

German railroad and solar power (Courtesy of TÜV Rheinland)

¶ “Renewables And Solar As Sources Of Reliable Power Increase On Australian Farms” • While data across the entire agricultural industry is not available, it is clear many are making the switch. A 2020 survey by the peak industry body found that 71% of the farms in Australia installed at least one type of renewable energy between 2015 and 2020. [ABC]

¶ “Radiation Leak Fears Grow Near Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Knocked Offline” • Authorities began distributing iodine tablets to residents near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Friday in case of a radiation leak, amid fears that the fighting around the complex could trigger a catastrophe. The plant had been knocked offline temporarily. [HuffPost]

Another Zaporizhzhia power plant (Anatoliy Volkov, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “With Disaster Looming, Inspectors Set To Visit Ukraine Nuclear Plant” • As renewed shelling intensified fears about a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia power plant, Ukrainian authorities stepped up emergency drills. Ukraine is still haunted by the memory of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster, and officials urged the public not to panic. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “The Fight Against Drought In California Has A New Tool: The Restrictor” • When customer service representatives California’s Las Virgenes Municipal Water District see any water restriction violations they take note. And for repeat offenders, officials are trying something new: adding water restrictors to the pipes, to reduce the home’s water supply. [CNN]

Development in Calabasas, CA (brewbooks, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “One In Three Americans Live In A State Committed To 100% Clean Electricity” • According to Environment America, ten states have 100% clean or renewable electricity commitments, since Rhode Island joined the crowd in June of this year. But some of these states have large populations, and together, they account for one in three Americans. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Ford Mustang Mach-E Pricing, Colors, EPA Range – And Orders Re-Open!” • If you want to join the 44,818 Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers on the road in the US (as of the end of Q2 2022) and buy a brand new Mustang Mach-E, there’s some news this week just for you. Ford has re-opened the order books for the Mustang Mach-E. [CleanTechnica]

Preproduction Mustang Mach-E (Courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Top 10 Cities For Solar Power Per Capita In USA” • Which US cities are leading in solar power adoption? Which are leading on a solar power installed per capita basis? We’ve got answers to both questions thanks to a report from Environment America. Many are in the Southwest. But on a per capita basis, one of the top ten is Burlington, Vermont. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arkansas Farmers Harvesting Sunlight For Power” • The US has passed Inflation Reduction Act making renewable energy a priority, and it is growing in the Arkansas agriculture sector. More farmers are turning to energy sources like solar to power everything from fans in a poultry house to grain drying bins and well pumps. [The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]

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August 27 Energy News

August 27, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Can The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Avoid A Major Disaster?” • As the possibility of all-out military conflict at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine becomes more likely, the situation there is growing increasingly dire. Despite continued shelling, it does not appear that safety systems have suffered significant damage. But that could change quickly. [CleanTechnica]

City of Zaporizhzhia (Alexey Tolmachov, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “China’s Worst Heat Wave On Record Is Crippling Power Supplies. How It Reacts Will Impact Us All” • For weeks now, a power crunch caused by a record heat wave and accompanying drought has wreaked havoc across Sichuan, a province home to 80 million people in southwestern China. Rolling blackouts have hurt businesses, farms, and households. [CNN]

¶ “Middle Earners Will Need Help With Rising Prices Too, Says Chancellor” • Middle earners, as well as low earners, are likely to need government help to pay their energy bills this winter, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has warned. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Zahawi said even those earning £45,000 ($52,800) a year may need support. [BBC]

Suburban UK home (Travel-Cents, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia To Build Two Nuclear Reactors In Hungary” • Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom will begin constructing two nuclear reactors in Hungary in the coming weeks, Hungary’s foreign minister said. The deal was reached in 2014. Russia’s nuclear industry has not been subjected to EU sanctions over its bloody invasion of Ukraine. [BBC]

¶ “Efforts To Pass Global Ocean Protection Treaty Fail” • A fifth effort to pass a global agreement to protect the world’s oceans and marine life failed. Talks for the UN High Seas Treaty went on for two weeks in New York, but governments could not agree on the terms. International waters represent nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans, but only 1.2% is protected. [BBC]

Diving whale (Bart van meele, Unsplash)

¶ “The Yanks Are Coming! Ford Mustang Mach-E Heading Down Under” • The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is about to arrive in the Australian market. It’s unclear what variants will make the trip to Australia. Nevertheless, the Mustang Mach-E looks like it will be likely to give the Tesla Model Y and BYD Atto 3 a run for their money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Used EV Market In Denmark Is Booming” • In Denmark, sales of EVs have risen sharply in the last two years, largely due to lower operating costs. During the first half of 2022, 12,000 new EVs and 18,000 used EVs were sold in the country, which has a population of about 6 million. There are clear reasons why used EVs would outsell new ones. [CleanTechnica]

Danish countryside (Adrien Hobbs, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany, Denmark Sign Deal To Ramp Up Renewable Energy” • German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock signed a deal with Denmark to boost investment in hydro and windpower, just as German electricity prices hit a record. Green electricity and hydrogen should be “central anchors for a more climate-neutral and sovereign Europe,” she said. [DW]

¶ “Russia Blocks UN Nuclear Treaty Agreement Over Clause On Zaporizhzhia” • After four weeks of debate and negotiation among 151 countries, Russia blocked an agreement at the UN that aimed to bolster the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Moscow objected to a clause about control over the Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine. [The Guardian]

Nuclear power plant (John McArthur, Unsplash)

¶ “Team Of United Nations Inspectors Will Visit Ukraine’s Threatened Nuclear Power Plant” • UN experts are expected to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant next week, Ukrainian officials said. Fire damage to a transmission line at Europe’s largest nuclear plant caused a blackout across the region and heightened fears of a catastrophe. [Daily Mail]

US:

¶ “US Electric Vehicle Market Is Growing, And Yet Tesla Still Dominates” • With car makers rolling out new electric models, US EV sales reports are getting more interesting again. Tesla has long accounted for about 60–70% of the US electric car market. With the EV sales data we have, Tesla’s four models accounted for 67% of sales in Q2 of 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Screen Post, Unsplash)

¶ “Quarterly US Auto Sales Down Nearly 1 Million While Tesla Sales Up 97% In 3 Years” • US auto sales continue to crash. In the 2nd quarter of 2022, US auto sales were down 20% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2021. They were down 22% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2019. Tesla’s sales in Q2 2022 were 30% higher than in Q2 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mercedes Begins Production Of EQS SUV In Tuscaloosa” • The Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has begun building the SUV version of the new EQS battery-electric car, the company’s standard bearer going forward. Every EQS SUV for both domestic and foreign customers will be built exclusively in Tuscaloosa, a press release says. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes EQS SUV Interior (Courtesy of Mercedes)

¶ “Six US States Join Agreement Proposing Clean Hydrogen Hub” • Maine and Rhode Island signed on to a New York-led multi-state agreement, joining with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey to develop one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs named in the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Maligned By Misinformation. It’s A Distraction, Experts Say” • We are witnessing an ongoing misinformation campaign, says Dave Anderson of the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog group. He put together a 19-page timeline of how elected officials and advocacy groups have been publicly hammering wind power. [NPR]

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August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Sterling: The Inflation Reduction Act Just Shattered The Ceiling For Clean Energy In Vermont” • Incredibly and finally, the Inflation Reduction Act has begun the shift to a clean energy America. What does this mean for Vermonters? A lot. For starters, if you are looking to go solar, you will now get 30% off through a tax credit. [Vermont Business Magazine]

Solar PVs at Middlebury College (PenelopeIsMe, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

World:

¶ “Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Europe Will Be The Norm By 2035, Analysis Shows” • The record-breaking heat wave that hit Europe this year will become the “average” summer by 2035, even if all countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as they have pledged to, according to an analysis by the UK’s Met Office Hadley Centre. [CNN]

¶ “From Energy To Drinking Water, China Has Lots To Fix In Its Economy” • China has unveiled 19 new measures to shore up its economy and its water supply as the country struggles with its worst heatwave in 60 years and rigid Covld lockdowns. The new measures announced by China’s cabinet amount to more than C¥1 trillion ($146 billion) in funding. [CNN]

Great Wall (Bruce Röttgers, Unsplash)

¶ “Pakistan Floods Hit 33 Million People In Worst Disaster In A Decade” • At least 33 million people have been affected by deadly flooding in Pakistan, the country’s climate change minister said. Since mid-June, 937 people have died from heavy rain and flooding across the country, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority. [CNN]

¶ “World Narrowly Avoided Radiation Accident At Zaporizhzhia, Zelensky Said” • Europe faced the prospect of a radiation disaster when a Russian-occupied nuclear plant was disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid, President Volodomyr Zelensky has said. Fires had earlier damaged overhead power lines, so the plant had to run on backup power. [BBC]

President Zelensky (President Of Ukraine, Public Domain Mark 1)

¶ “Russia Burns Off Gas As Europe’s Energy Bills Rocket” • As Europe’s energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning off large amounts of natural gas, analysis shared with BBC News shows. Experts say the gas would previously have been exported to Germany. They say the plant is burning an estimated $10 million (£8.4 million) worth of gas every day. [BBC]

¶ “Roam Launches First Electric Mass Transit Bus In Kenya” • Roam (previously Opibus) is a Swedish-Kenyan company founded in 2017. It develops, designs, and deploys EVs tailored for the African continent, and it wants to catalyze the adoption of high capacity electric buses across Africa. It just announced new electric bus, the Roam Rapid. [CleanTechnica]

Roam Rapid electric bus (Image courtesy of Roam)

¶ “Norway’s Vehicle Fleet Transitions To Electric – How Long Will It Take?” • As of the end of Q2 2022, 24.4% of Norway’s passenger vehicle fleet were plugin vehicles, up from 19.3%, year on year. And 18% were fully electric, up from 13.6%. In 2010, only 0.5% of the fleet were plugins. Internal combustion vehicles are on a steep decline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Still Disconnected From Grid, Ukraine’s Energoatom Says” • All six reactors of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine are still disconnected from Ukraine’s electricity grid, state nuclear company Energoatom said, a day after nearby fires allegedly caused by shelling caused the plant to go offline. [Yahoo News]

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (Ігор Діклевич, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “California Votes To Ban New Gas Car Sales By 2035” • The California Air Resourcess Board voted to approve stringent rules that would ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035 and phase the cars out with interim targets. The measure is historic for the US. It has major implications for the US car market, given the size of California’s economy. [CNN]

¶ “Amazon Strikes Green Hydrogen Deal With Fuel Cell Maker Plug Power” • According to Amazon, Plug Power will supply 10,950 tons of green hydrogen per year for its transportation and building operations starting in 2025. Amazon expects Plug Power to provide enough green hydrogen to power 30,000 forklifts or 800 long-haul trucks. [CNBC]

Plug Power hydrogen delivery truck (Plug Power image)

¶ “California Solar Property Tax Exclusion Extended” • The California State Legislature approved a two-year extension of a property tax exclusion for solar projects, providing stability to solar companies that have been facing significant uncertainty around project development as they work to help California meet its climate targets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rhode Island Announces Its First Electric Bus Fleet” • The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority received the first of 14 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot battery-electric buses. The rest of the order is to be delivered in coming months. The effort advances the state’s climate goals, including reaching zero net emissions by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Xcelsior electric bus (Photo by Xcelsior)

¶ “Renewable Energy Coming To Campus” • Over the next 25 years, the University of Arkansas is expected to save millions of dollars in electricity costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8.8% due to a new solar services agreement that was signed by UA System President Donald Bobbit on July 18, 2022. Savings of over $200,000 are expected in its first year. [UARK News]

¶ “DOE Announces $540 Million For Technologies To Transform Energy Production And Cut Emissions” • The DOE announced over $540 million for research into clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing led by universities and national laboratories. The research is to build scientific foundations for reducing emissions. [Department of Energy]

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August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “California Can’t Count On Diablo Canyon’s Nuclear Power, So It Should Spend Now On Renewables” • Governor Newsom’s proposal to extend the life of California’s last nuclear plant would cost at least $1.4 billion. That money should be used to accelerate renewable energy, transmission, and storage projects, instead of nursing an old power plant. [Yahoo News]

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant (Tracey Adams, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Enhanced Geothermal Technology Cracks The 24/7 Energy Code” • The US DOE has been supporting R&D on a new type of 24/7 thermal energy called enhanced geothermal systems, and one of its private sector partners just pulled in $138 million in new funding to complete the construction of two geothermal power plants in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The ‘Spongy’ Cities Of The Future” • Two parks in Auckland are designed to collect excess stormwater, soak it up like a sponge, and slowly release it back into a creek. The parks are flanked on both sides by public housing. The parks are “designed to flood so that the houses don’t,” says Julie Fairey, chair of the Puketāpapa local board. [BBC]

Park in Auckland, New Zealand (AR, Unsplash)

¶ “Rechargeable Aluminum Battery” • Considered as an energy storage medium in a battery, aluminum has an energy density 50 times that of lithium ion, and it is cheap. Swiss scientists believe the technology can be a storehouse of renewable energy for the cold European winters. The aluminum battery is claimed to be good for long-term storage. [Nation World News]

World:

¶ “The World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Trains Are Here” • The future of environmentally friendly travel might just be here – and it’s Germany that’s leading the charge, with the first ever rail line to run entirely on hydrogen-powered trains. Five are now running, and nine more are being manufactured by Alstom for use in Lower Saxony. [CNN]

Hydrogen-powered train (Alstom image)

¶ “UK Energy Crisis Is ‘Bigger Than The Pandemic’” • The UK will have to find an answer to soaring energy bills soon or risk a humanitarian crisis. But freezing gas and electricity prices over the next two winters could cost the government over £100 billion ($118 billion), more than it spent paying millions of people’s salaries during the pandemic. [CNN]

¶ “France’s Emmanuel Macron To Mend Algeria Ties As Energy Crisis Bites” • French President Emmanuel Macron is going to Algeria hoping to repair fractured relations with a nation whose oil and gas reserves have new strategic significance because of the energy crisis. The countries have had a tense relationship, but both have signalled a desire for a reset. [BBC]

Ahaggar National Park (Azzedine Rouichi, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar Power Is Booming In Germany As Russia Turns Down The Gas” • People on the frontlines of Europe’s gas crisis are scrambling to get solar panels for their homes and businesses as they confront a “perfect storm” that’s sending energy prices to record levels. The crisis results from pressure applied by Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. [CNN]

¶ “Great Wall Motors To Go 100% Electric!” • Great Wall Motors is a Chinese carmaker that has had a presence in Australasia for the past 13 years. GWM plans to have 80% of its Haval sub-brand become plug-ins, either as hybrids or full battery, by 2025. Not only that, but they will stop offering petrol and diesel completely by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

ORA Adora (Image courtesy of GWM)

¶ “Oil And Gas Powerhouse Norway To Invest In Indian Solar Project, Sees Country As Priority Market” • In Norway, pension company KLP and the Climate Investment Fund are set to invest in a 420-MW solar project under development in Rajasthan. Norway’s Indian Embassy said the fund is to allocate about $1 billion to projects over five years. [CNBC]

¶ “Octopus Energy Makes First Investment To Develop UK’s Largest Battery” • Octopus Energy Group just launched the Octopus Energy Development Partnership, and it made a €220 million debut investment in renewables developer Exagen to build new green energy and increase the UK’s energy storage capacity rapidly. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Workers on a wind turbine (Octopus Energy image)

¶ “Japan Turns Back To Nuclear Power In Significant Policy Shift As Fuel Prices Soar” • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will restart idled nuclear plants and will also consider developing next-generation reactors, in a policy reversal that will see the nation turn back toward atomic energy as fuel prices soar worldwide. [KRDO]

US:

¶ “Four Months Into ‘Danger Season,’ Here’s Our Extreme Heat, Flood, And Fire Tally” • The US is four months into Danger Season, and we have another two months or so to go before the season hopefully starts to wind down. Meteorologists did a study of the weather events that have taken place this year. Here is what they found. [CleanTechnica]

Fire fighter (Joe Bradshaw, Bureau of Land Management)

¶ “Tritium Completes US EV Charger Factory In Record Time” • Tritium, an Australian maker of DC fast charging equipment, announced the opening of a factory in Tennessee. The facility will have six production lines and employ 500 people. At full production, it will be able to manufacture up to 30,000 DC fast chargers per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota And NREL Partner To Develop MW-Scale Fuel Cell Systems” • Toyota Motor North America has announced it is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to construct, install, and test a 1-MW proton exchange membrane fuel cell power generation system at the NREL Flatirons campus in Arvada, Colorado. [pv magazine USA]

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August 24 Energy News

August 24, 2022

World:

¶ “China Turns Back To Coal As Record Heatwave Causes Power Shortages” • China is mining and importing more coal as its worst heatwave and drought in six decades hits hydroelectricity, the nation’s second biggest source of power. The country’s crucial Yangtze River has dried up in parts because of extreme heat and scant rainfall. [CNN]

Coal barge in China (Rob Loftis, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Turmoil In The Natural Gas Market Spells Trouble Ahead” • The outlook for inflation and the global economy hinges in large part on where energy prices head next – which makes recent turbulence in natural gas markets a worrying development. Natural gas prices in Europe are almost 10 times where they stood this time last year. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Drought The Worst In 500 Years” • Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning. It is likely the worst such event in 500 years. The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up. Another 17% is on alert – meaning vegetation is stressed. [BBC]

Huveaune River, July 2022 (Ianaré Sévi, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Up To 3 GW Of Offshore Wind Power Being Explored In The Philippines” • Aboitiz Power Corporation, a Philippine company, in partnership with Climate Capital Management and RMI, has launched a feasibility study to develop up to 3 GW of offshore wind projects in the Philippines. This work is funded by the US Trade and Development Agency. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Octopus Energy And National Grid ESO Demonstrate Future Role For EVs In First For Great Britain” • Octopus Energy and the National Grid Electricity System Operator demonstrated the UK’s first successful integration of vehicle-to-grid technology. It showed that EVs can receive a direct signal from the ESO to support system balancing. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (Octopus Energy image)

¶ “Australia Gas Subsidized By Government Is Being Exported” • An Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis report suggests that Australia’s gas industry majors are acting like a cartel. Domestic users are expected to pay the same price as the countries to which Australia exports, even though gas is heavily subsidized by the government. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IAEA May Visit Russian-Occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant In Ukraine” • If access negotiations are successful, the UN nuclear watchdog will travel to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility in Ukraine within days, it was announced in a statement. The demilitarisation of the area has been demanded by the UN. [WION]

United Nations building (the blowup, Unsplash)

¶ “At UN, Russia, Ukraine Spar Over Nuclear Plant Dangers” • Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over who was imperiling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as the UN urged both sides to insulate the Ukrainian facility from the war. Russia had called the meeting at the UN Security Council to discuss the dangers posed to the power plant. [NDTV]

US:

¶ “Dinosaur Tracks From 113 Million Years Ago Exposed By Severe Drought” • A severe drought has exposed 113 million-year-old dinosaur tracks on a river bed in central Texas. The massive tracks, which belonged to a single acrocanthosaurus, hadn’t been seen since 2000, as they sat under water and several layers of sediment. [BBC]

Dinosaur tracks in 2011 (Dill Tom, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Hawaii Cancels Coal Culture” • Environmental groups are celebrating this week because the last coal-fired generating facility in Hawaii will be shut down by September 1. The AES facility on Oahu serves about 300,000 customers and has been in operation for 30 years. Annually, it spews about 1.5 billion tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Policies Matter: Volkswagen, Mercedes, And Hyundai React To Inflation Reduction Act” • You can bet that Major corporations like Volkswagen, Mercedes, and Hyundai have read the Inflation Reduction Act. And they know that if they jump through the right hoops, their customers will be able to qualify for a $7,500 tax credit on their EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes-Benz EQS (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

¶ “Fetterman Calls Out Big Oil For Gouging Consumers” • John Fetterman, lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, is a candidate for the US Senate on the Democratic ticket. Among the many positions he’s taken to appeal to working people, none is more powerful or poignant than his condemnation of “big, price-gouging corporations.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Knoxville’s Demand For Renewable Energy Is Rising Like The Sun” • Are you ready to cut some ties with your local utility? The demand for solar energy is rising by the day, creating a big hiring boom in East Tennessee. Company Solar Titan USA has needed to expand its staff from some 20 people to several hundred in less than two years. [WVLT]

Solar farm (Michael Förtsch, Unsplash)

¶ “Georgia Communities Mobilize Against Expansion Of Foul-Smelling Wood-Burning Energy” • The Southern Environmental Law Center and Concerned Citizens of Cook County are asking a judge to revoke an air quality permit for the planned Adel plant. They say the state Environmental Protection Division did not properly consider its health risks. [Georgia Recorder]

¶ “Ohio Counties Ban Renewable Energy Projects” • At least ten Ohio counties have passed resolutions blocking development of new utility scale wind and solar projects within all or part of their jurisdictions. Their moves come after the enactment in October 2021 of a state law giving the locals veto power over renewable energy generation. [Columbus Underground]

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August 23 Energy News

August 23, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Agrivoltaics: Growing Plants, Power, And Partnerships” • Both solar developers and those in the local community who care for the land – whether as farmland, rangeland, or native habitats – can benefit from agrivoltaics. And when all sides understand how they can benefit each other, low-impact solar development becomes easier. [CleanTechnica]

Agrivoltaic farming (Werner Slocum, NREL)

World:

¶ “Wildfires Rage As China’s Chongqing Suffers Unrelenting Record Heat Wave” • Thousands of emergency responders are battling to contain fast-spreading wildfires in Chongqing, in China’s Southwest, amid a weeks-long, record heat wave in the region. An expert said the fires were the result of “spontaneous combustion” due to extreme heat. [CNN]

¶ “Scotland’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm To Generate First Power” • Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm has begun generating power. Seagreen, which is about 27 km (17 miles) off the Angus coast in the North Sea, has been in development for more than a decade. When fully operational, its 114 turbines will generate 1.1 GW of power. [BBC]

Seagreen wind farm (SSE Renewables image)

¶ “Report Details Two Major Air Pollutants And Related Health Impacts In More Than 7,000 Cities” • A report released by Health Effects Institute’s State of Global Air Initiative, provides detailed analysis of air pollution and global health impacts for more than 7,000 cities around the world. It focuses on PM2.5 particulates and nitrogen dioxide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Europe Solaris Project Will Explore Space-Based Solar Power” • The brutal war of aggression in Ukraine has caused Europe to search for alternatives to fossil fuels from Russia. One option might be space-based solar power – a system of solar panels in geosynchronous orbit that would transit abundant electricity down to the Earth below. [CleanTechnica]

Space based solar power (NASA, public domain)

¶ “Energy Crunch In Belgium Drives Spike In Demand For Renewable Energy Cooperatives” • Belgian cooperatives, which rely on their own production rather than buying from volatile markets, have seen a huge spike in demand as the energy crunch has hit consumers. Household membership can mean paying half as much for electricity. [EURACTIV.com]

¶ “UK Green Lights €35 Billion Nuclear Plant” • The outgoing UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has given approval to construct two new nuclear reactors, known as Sizewell C, in England. The political green light will probably make it possible to raise private funding for the project, which is expected to cost as much as €35.5 billion. [Construction Europe]

Rendering of the Sizewell C nuclear plant (EDF image)

¶ “Russia To Convene UN Security Council Meeting On Tuesday To Discuss Situation At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • The Office of the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN reported that the Russian Federation has requested to convene an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss “the situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.” [Yahoo]

US:

¶ “Dozens Of High-Water Rescues Are Underway As The Dallas Area Gets A Summer’s Worth Of Rain In One Day” • Parts of Dallas got an entire summer’s worth of rain between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon, NWS said. The rain came to an area in a state of exceptional drought. It is an example of “climate whiplash.” [CNN]

¶ “Americans Want Clean Energy Products Made In The USA. That Goal Is Now Within Reach” • Catalyzing American Solar Manufacturing, a whitepaper by the Solar Energy Industries Association, examines the various tools at our disposal to put the country on course to build the clean energy products we need in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Updated Marine Energy Atlas” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Renewable Energy Atlas and Marine Energy Atlas are publically available, free tools. They give people access to the data they need to start planning their clean energy future. New features make it easy for communities to learn how much electricity a device could produce. [CleanTechnica]

Marine energy potential of Hawaii (NREL image)

¶ “The Other IRA Provisions That Will Help Electric Car Buyers” • There are parts of the IRA that will help lower prices for all EVs, provided critical components that go into them are sourced from within the US. For example, according to Axios, the IRA provides a tax credit of $35 per kWh for each US-produced lithium-ion battery cell. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oahu’s First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Power Plant Complete” • Clearway Energy Group completed construction and reached commercial operations at its Mililani Solar I plant. It is Oahu’s first utility-scale solar and battery storage power plant. The facility advances Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. [pv magazine USA]

Solar and battery storage plant (Clearway Energy image)

¶ “Fourteen Renewable Energy Power Plants, Storage Facilities Set To Go Online In Hawaii Over Next Two Years” • If you look on Hawaiian Electric’s renewable status area of their website, you can see that fourteen power plants and storage facilities are set to go online in the next two years. While one is a geothermal plant, the rest are solar. [kitv.com]

¶ “Louisiana Regulators File Suit Against Federal Regulators Over Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant” • Alleging “inexcusable” delays in resolving its complaints against Entergy’s nuclear power plant in Mississippi, which it says charges excessive rates for electricity, the Louisiana Public Service Commission is suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [KPVI]

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August 22 Energy News

August 22, 2022

World:

¶ “China’s July Russian Coal Imports Hit 5-Year High As West Shuns Moscow” • China’s coal imports from Russia jumped 14% in July from a year earlier to their highest in at least five years, as China bought discounted coal. Western countries have shunned Russian cargoes over its invasion of Ukraine, so China is buying Russian coal at a steep discount. [CNN]

Coal-burning plant in China (Hanno Böck, CC0)

¶ “Allies Seek More Security At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Britain, France, Germany, and the US have stressed the need to ensure the safety of nuclear installations threatened by the conflict in Ukraine. In a phone call on Sunday, the leaders of the four countries also reiterated their support for Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. [BBC]

¶ “In Pictures: Drought In Europe Exposes Sunken Ships, Lost Villages And Ominous ‘Hunger Stones’” • Europe has had weeks of drought, with persistent heatwaves leading to evacuations and deaths. Rivers and lakes have dried, causing major problems for shipping and other vessels. The receding water levels have also revealed some usually-buried treasures. [BBC]

‘Spanish Stonehenge’ revealed (Pleonr, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “State Of Alert Begins In Portugal Amid Wildfire Risk” • Mobile phones in Portugal have been sent a text warning of the extreme risk of wildfires as the country braces for its third heatwave of the summer. The country entered a state of alert, with temperatures expected to reach 38°C (100.4°F) and strong winds predicted in the coming days. [BBC]

¶ “A Fast Transition To Electric Mobility Can Help Reduce Kenya’s Widening Trade Deficit” • Renewables provided 89% of Kenya’s electricity generation in 2021 thanks to contributions from geothermal, wind, hydro, and some utility-scale solar. By installing more, it could reduce its trade deficit, which has grown because of increased fossil fuel prices. [CleanTechnica]

Unexpected visitor in Kenya (Jason Zhao, Unsplash)

¶ “Brits Face Substantial Energy Bill Increases” • An expected surge in UK energy prices this winter is being described as a national emergency, posing at least as great a financial threat as the coronavirus pandemic. Energy bills are predicted to push a majority of households into fuel poverty, which would strain the rest of the economy. [CNBC]

¶ “China Accounts For Nearly Half Of The World’s Renewable Energy Capacity” • With heavy investments in R&D, China has developed innovative technologies to support its rollout of renewables. Government subsidies have helped build a strong EV market. Now, China has nearly half of the world’s renewable energy capacity. [Yahoo Finance]

Wind farm (Master Wen, Unsplash)

¶ “South Africa’s Nuclear Sector Has Failed Its Test: The Koeberg Nuclear Plant Life Extension” • South Africa’s only nuclear power plant, Koeberg, has frequently been in the news in 2022, always for the wrong reasons. Its continued operation after 2024 will depend on critical refurbishments and upgrades. But work on these has run into difficulties. [Stuff]

¶ “Germany Rules Out Delay To Nuclear Phaseout” • German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that allowing the last three nuclear power stations in Germany to remain operational would be of little help in solving the country’s energy crisis. He said, however, that he was open to extending the lifespan of one nuclear plant in Bavaria. [DW]

Isar nuclear plant (Felix König, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Australia:

¶ “Australia Taking Bold Steps Toward Electric Car Future” • At the first ever Electric Vehicle Summit in Canberrra, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said the government will present a clean transportation position paper in September. The paper will outline strategies for reducing emissions from cars and trucks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sky News: No One In Australia Wants Electric Cars” • While Australia holds a summit to discuss car emissions standards, Sky News presenters say that no one wants electric cars. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are fighting over what is available. Hyundai sold out a delivery of 100 EVs in minutes, and other companies are increasing imports dramatically. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundia Kona (Vauxford, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Unions Call For Energy Authority To Manage Transition” • The Australian Council of Trade Unions has urged the federal government to establish a national energy transition authority tasked with ensuring that workers and communities affected by the exit of coal-fired generation from Australia’s energy mix are fully supported. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “First Vehicle-To-Grid System On NYC Grid Launches” • The first vehicle-to-grid system on New York City’s grid has launched, coming from a collaboration between Revel rideshare, Fermata Energy, and NineDot Energy. Revel’s rideshare system includes only fully electric cars and will start with the rideshare network’s Nissan LEAFs. [CleanTechnica]

V2G project at a Revel facility (Image courtesy of Revel)

¶ “Want Lithium From USA? Galvanic Energy May Have Enough For 50 Million EVs” • Galvanic Energy said a third-party resource report “validated Galvanic Energy’s Smackover Formation prospect as one of the largest lithium brine resources in North America, with sufficient lithium to produce enough batteries for 50 million electric vehicles.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Renewables Activates 620-MW Solar, 200-MWh Storage Project” • EDF Renewables North America achieved commercial operations for a series of four projects at its Palen Solar site in California. The projects combine for a total capacity of 620 MW of solar and 50 MW, 200 MWh of energy storage. Construction began in early 2020. [PV Magazine]

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August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Chipmakers Cut Investments After Subsidies – Shame On You!” • Covid has been awful, leading to inflation, supply chain failures, and global political crises. As if all that hasn’t been bad enough, big chipmakers like Intel and Micron have reduced their manufacturing investments, just as major government subsidies are coming their way. [CleanTechnica]

Making chips (Intel image)

¶ “Electric Cars Will Soon Just Be Called Cars” • After an analysis of the 19 countries that have made the EV pivot, Bloomberg said, “Once 5% of new-car sales go fully electric, everything changes.” Everything is about to change, and electric cars will soon be everywhere, such that we won’t even call them electric cars anymore – just cars! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nova Scotia Power And Muskrat Falls: The Story Without An End?” • An alternative compliance plan gives Nova Scotia Power a degree of flexibility in meeting its minimum annual renewable energy targets. But delays caused by multiple issues have meant that meeting those goals may be difficult. NSP has a long way to go in very little time. [CBC]

Lower Churchill Project (Nalcor Energy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Agrivoltaics Plot Thickens: Energy Crisis, Farm Crisis, And Water Crisis All In Play” • CleanTechnica has been spilling much ink on the topic of agrivoltaics over the past several years, and the good news just keeps getting better. The main item of note is the preservation of land for agricultural use. And the combination increases farm income. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Some Of The World’s Rivers Are So Desiccated, They Have Become Virtually Impassable” • To be stuck “up a river without a paddle” is an expression for a sticky situation you can’t get out of. But if the river is in the northern hemisphere this summer, it’s likely the paddle won’t be helpful, anyway. River traffic has come to a halt in many places. [CNN]

Dry river bed (motomoto sc, Unsplash)

¶ “Indonesia Wants To Be A Manufacturing Super Power” • The government of Indonesia announced a long term agreement to supply $5 billion worth of nickel to Tesla over the next 5 years. It’s a major source of other metals, as well as coal and palm oil, and it’s willing to use taxes and export bans to coax companies to invest in its manufacturing base. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo Now Open For Orders In UK, £479/Month Starting Price” • The fully electric ID. Buzz is finally (almost) here. The Buzz may be an attractive model for people who want to live a new version of the 1970s in the 2020s, but it can also simply be a very useful commercial light vehicle for delivering goods around the city. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “International Interest Over Newfoundland’s Hydrogen Potential Worries Some Experts” • As Germany turns to Canada for energy, all eyes are on a cluster of small Newfoundland towns that could soon be home to two huge wind-powered hydrogen and ammonia projects. But some environmentalists worry that the province may be moving too fast. [Global News]

¶ “Zelenskyy, Putin Signal Support For International Inspection Of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signaled support for international inspectors to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This comes after both nations claimed the other attacked it. [USA Today]

Casualty of the war (Julia Rekamie, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia-Ukraine War: Moscow Accuses Kyiv Of Poisoning Its Soldiers In Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Russia accused Ukraine of poisoning some of its soldiers in the Zaporizhzhia area of the war-torn country in July. As per the Russian Defence Ministry, soldiers showed signs of poisoning on July 31. The poison seems to be botulinum toxin type B. [Times Now]

US:

¶ “Would You Rip Up Your Lawn For $6 A Square Foot? Welcome To Drought-Stricken California” • The megadrought affecting the American West has been record-breaking, with no tangible relief in sight. It’s forcing cities to crack down on lawn watering, and some are paying residents to replace their lawns with plants that can live with drought. [CNN]

Cholla Cactus Garden (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Asthma Deaths Rose During The Pandemic. Climate Change May Make It Worse” • An estimated 25 million people in the US have asthma, but for those who are Black, their condition can be dire. Asthma deaths across the country rose by more than 17% in 2020. Covid-19 and climate change have been factors in the increased rates of asthma. [NBC News]

¶ “Today’s Forecast For Tucson, Arizona” • Now it’s rain and floods for parts of Arizona, with nearly four inches of rain, and a lot of flooding. The flash flood watch will continue through Saturday night at 11 PM. Temperatures will be about five to eight degrees below normal because of the recent storms and increased cloud cover. [Today’s Forecast for Tucson Arizona]

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