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October 19 Energy News

October 19, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “What The Global Gas And Coal Crisis Means For Clean Energy” • Energy shortages and price spikes are roiling markets around the globe. This continued risk of supply disruptions and high prices for fossil fuels – which drive up electricity costs – are a signal to countries that it’s time to invest in clean and domestic energy resources. [CNN]

Wind turbines in Greece (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “How Exxon Uses Courts To Silence Opponents” • Imperial Beach, a small, working class community near San Diego, is suing oil companies over climate change. Exxon responded with an infestation of Gucci-shod lawyers claiming Imperial Beach and other communities are engaging in a conspiracy to extort money from fossil fuel companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Too Costly, Too Slow, So It’s Zero Use To Australia’s Emissions Plan” • We must cut emissions fast to deal with climate change – at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, and probably by about 75% if we want to limit temperature rises to less than 1.5°C. Nuclear power is of zero use on that score. It takes too long and costs too much. [The Guardian]

Cooling towers (Markus Distelrath, Pexels)

World:

¶ “Now More Plug-In Car Sales Than Diesel Car Sales In Europe” • Many milestones will be passed along the journey to the world of electric-powered transportation. We just passed a big one, as sales of plug-in cars surpassed those of diesels in the European market. In August, plug-in vehicles took a 21% market share, compared to 20% for diesels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lightsource BP Makes 757-MW Polish Solar Debut” • Through a 757-MW co-development deal with an “experienced, local renewable energy firm,” Lightsource BP secured its first projects in Poland. Nine projects are to be built in several regions of the country. Around half the projects could be ready for construction in 2022, Lightsource BP said. [reNews]

Solar array (Lightsource BP image)

¶ “Billionaires Beating The Government In Race To Net Zero ” • The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero is now “collectively holding assets under management of a staggering $90 trillion to invest in alignment with a 1.5°C trajectory,” said the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Billionaires are not waiting for political leadership. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iberdrola Earmarks £6 Billion For UK Offshore Wind Hub” • Spanish utility Iberdrola will commit £6 billion to subsidiary ScottishPower’s 3-GW East Anglia Hub off the UK’s east coast. The funding is in addition to the £10 billion UK investment being made by Iberdrola between 2020-2025 to double its renewable generation capacity. [reNews]

Work in an offshore wind farm (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Drax Dropped From Index Of Green Energy Firms Amid Biomass Doubts” • Drax was booted from an investment index of clean energy companies as doubts over the sustainability of its wood-burning power plant begin to mount within the financial sector. It was axed from the index after S&P Global Dow Jones changed its methodology. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Harris Makes The Case For Biden’s Climate Priorities In Visit To Rapidly Draining Lake Mead” • Vice President Kamala Harris made a forceful plea for Congress to pass both parts of President Joe Biden’s two-pronged economic agenda because of the climate components as she spoke in front of Nevada’s rapidly draining Lake Mead. [CNN]

Grand Canyon (Alan Carrillo, Unsplash)

¶ “Some Democrats Warn They Could Vote Against Giant Spending Bill If Key Climate Provisions Nixed” • Several Senate Democrats expressed concerns about Sen Joe Manchin’s refusal to support key climate provisions in the Biden spending and tax package. Some warn they may withdraw their support if climate proposals are significantly weakened. [CNN]

¶ “Democrats Are Developing A Replacement For Cornerstone Climate Measure In Sweeping Economic ” • Sen Tina Smith of Minnesota affirmed that Democrats are creating a replacement for the clean electricity program in the economic package. The program will likely be dropped from the bill due to opposition from Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Daniel Morris, Unsplash)

¶ “US Energy Outfit Issues 1-GW Wind Call” • US energy supplier Evergy issued a request for proposals for wind capacity of up to 1 GW, to serve customers in Kansas and Missouri with clean power. The RFP is soliciting wind project bids that are required to be in service by 2026, though projects that can be operational earlier will be given preference, Evergy said. [reNews]

¶ “New Software Puts Rail Freight On Express Track To Net-Zero Emissions” • Advanced software from the DOE and its industry partners will soon offer a fully integrated package to optimize deployment of locomotive technologies, railway energy supply infrastructure, and train operating practices for cost-effective deep decarbonization. [CleanTechnica]

Freight train (Photo courtesy of BNSF Railway)

¶ “Portland General Electric Lays Out Plan To Eliminate Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2040” • With about 900,000 power customers in the greater Portland area, Portland General Electric believes a grid that allows customers to sell back their electricity will become a reality in the near future. PGE plans to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2040. [KGW]

¶ “Equinor, BP Select Vestas 15-MW For Empire Wind 1&2” • BP and Equinor chose Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier of 15-MW units for the 2100-MW Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind complex off the coast of the state of New York. Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0MW turbines for the projects. Empire Wind 1 and 2 will be 24 km to 48 km off Long Island. [reNews]

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

October 19, 2021

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§ The most recent reported status of US nuclear power plants can be found at the US Nuclear Power Report, a distressingly dull account of NRC news, posted when the NRC gives us news to post. As of October 19, out of 93 US-licensed power reactors, 10 were at reduced output and 20 were not operating.

§ Video: Energy Week #440 – 10/14/2021: We can drive electricity costs down by installing renewables faster. Scientists are telling President Biden to stop fossil fuels development now. A clean environment is a human right, a UN council says. The WHO says climate change is our single biggest health threat. Our climate disasters are getting more frequent and costly. And there is more.

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

October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “James Hansen Says Nuclear Power Is Answer To Climate. Is He Right?” • We have a climate guru like Hansen saying that the only answer can be the “development and deployment of modern nuclear power.” He believes that without it, we will need natural gas. But is he right? Michael E Mann’s new book, The New Climate War, has a different message. [The Herald]

Nuclear power plant (Lukáš Lehotský, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Saudi’s ACWA To Develop $30 Billion Of Renewable Projects By 2030 With Aramco, PIF” • Water and electric company ACWA Power expects to partner with Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund in about $30 billion worth of renewable projects, its CEO Paddy Padmanathan told S&P Global Platts. The fund owns 44% of ACWA. [S&P Global]

¶ “Energy-Stricken South Africa Weighs Need To Save Climate And Keep Lights On” • When you fly into Johannesburg, solar panels seem to gleam everywhere, from the roofs of mansions and small township homes alike. But those glittering 21st-century panels mask South Africa’s dependence on a dirty 19th-century energy source: coal. [Yahoo News]

Wind turbines in South Africa (Kalle Pihlajasaari, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Victoria Invites Consultation On How To Make Renewable Energy More Accessible To C&I Users” • The Government of Victoria launched a paper for consultation with commercial and industrial energy users to understand “how it can facilitate more competitive renewable electricity supply options” for this diverse and complex group. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “From Oil To Renewables, Winds Of Change Blow On Scottish Islands” • In the far north of the UK, the islands of Orkney and Shetland have long relied on oil and gas for prosperity. But as supplies dwindle and the fight against climate change becomes more urgent, the islands off the northeast coast of Scotland are increasingly turning to renewables. [France 24]

Lerwick, Shetland (Robert Witański, Unsplash)

¶ “German Coalition Eyes Renewables Expansion” • The would-be new German government is planning a major expansion of renewables. The Social Democrat, Green, Free Democrats coalition outlined its plans in a draft administration agreement. The blueprint said 2% of the land area is to be designated for onshore wind power. [reNews]

¶ “World Could Save £20 Trillion On Energy Costs By Switching To Green Power” • Ditching fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable power globally would save nearly £20 trillion in the coming decades, a landmark report from Oxford University found. It overturns the common thinking that decarbonizing the global economy will be hugely expensive. [iNews]

Wind turbines in China (Luo Lei, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan PM Says Fukushima Wastewater Release Can’t Be Delayed” • Japan’s prime minister said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant can’t be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Fumio Kishida said his government would work to reassure residents near the plant about the project’s safety. [VOA News]

¶ “A Future Of Extreme Drought And Brutal Storms Predicted By New Climate Modelling” • Two new climate modelling studies map how the world might experience climate change under warming scenarios of increasing severity. Predicting widespread instances of extreme drought and brutal storms, the findings are concerning. [The Weather Network]

Drought (YODA Adaman, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Oil Politics Animate California Congressional Race” • The damage from the recent California oil spill is less disastrous than initially feared, but it has thrust the issue of West Coast offshore oil drilling into some of the most hotly contested US House races in the US. The spill happened in one of the few congressional districts Republicans flipped in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “You May Be Able To Book A Flying Taxi Within Three Years” • Two decades into the 21st Century, and the dreams of the creators of The Jetsons are closer than ever to becoming a reality. With the likes of Uber and Boeing developing eVTOL flying taxis, one report predicts that by 2040 there will be 430,000 such vehicles in operation around the world. [BBC]

Volocopter 2X (Matti Blume, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “This Site Is An Important Piece Of Filipino American History. Climate Change Is Destroying It” • St Malo, on the shore of Lake Borgne in Louisiana’s St Bernard Parish, was the first permanent Filipino settlement in the US. Established before the Civil War, it is now marshland. Louisiana has lost 25% of its coastland since 1932, mostly due to impacts of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Florida Bill Aims To Switch To 100% Renewable Energy” • A bill proposed by Democratic lawmakers in Florida would require the state to generate its electricity from renewable sources. The bill includes prohibiting drilling for oil, gas or other petroleum products and reducing statewide net zero carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. [Florida Political Review]

¶ “Tesla US Sales Up 104% While US Auto Industry Down 22%” • The US auto industry has had a tough year. Third quarter sales for the industry were down 13 % since 2020 and 22% since 2019. But Tesla bucked the trend. Tesla sales in the US were up 67% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2020, and up 104% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US DOE Funds Project Turning Nuclear Power Into Green Hydrogen” • The US Department of Energy has committed $20 million to an Arizona-based project that will use nuclear energy to create green hydrogen. The project will test its capability as a liquid backup battery and as a secondary product for nuclear power installations. [New Atlas]

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October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Electrification And Energy Reduction Go Hand-In-Hand To Reduce Household Impacts” • The status quo of getting energy from natural gas, water service, and even sewer service is baked into many if not most homes, and it’s hard for the owner (and harder for a renter) to get out of that rut. Here, I explore some of the solutions I’ve come across. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera EV (Aptera image)

¶ “Congress Must Not Ignore Residential Solar Tax Credit Inequities” • In low-income households, the portion of income spent on energy costs is three times what it is in high-income households. Rooftop solar is one of many solutions available to reduce this burden. The reconciliation bill before Congress could be used to help on the issue. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Shift To Renewable Energy Could Pay The Price For Fuel Crisis” • Prices of fossil fuels are rising sharply, and most of the world is responding by trying to get those prices back down again. Voters might end up bitterly opposed to ever seeing more expensive energy again. That poses a problem for the adoption of renewable energy. [Business Standard]

Coal-burning power plant (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

¶ “Look Before You Leap On Nuclear” • Wyoming, the Cowboy State, is weighing plans to host a “demonstration” nuclear power plant worth billions of dollars – TerraPower’s Natrium reactor. The long history of similar nuclear reactors, dating back to 1951, indicates that Wyoming is likely to be left with a nuclear lemon on its hands. [Casper Star-Tribune]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Silicon Anodes Muscle In On Battery Technology” • Silicon, the plentiful cheap material widely used in industry, is becoming a serious candidate for a big role in the growing battery business. It’s especially attractive because it’s able to hold 10 times as much energy in an important part of a battery, the anode, than widely used graphite. [CleanTechnica]

Researcher using an electron microscope (Andrea Starr, PNNL)

¶ “Electric Vehicles Are Greener And Safer, But Still Much Room For Improvement On Both” • About a third of the weight of an EV is its battery pack, so there is a great need for better methods of storing electrical energy. As EV weight is reduced through battery innovations, the “urgent ticking clock” of clean energy and climate change can be muted. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “China To Help Boost Pakistan’s Renewable Energy Sector” • JinkoSolar, along with its local partner Hadron Solar, will provide 775 pieces of Tiger Pro modules with over 500 W capacity for a solar array on the rooftop of a pharmaceutical factory of the Regency Group in Pakistan. It will take only three years to recover costs. [Daily Times]

Rooftop solar array (Nuno Marques, Unsplash)

¶ “Bangladesh Can Significantly Expand Renewable Energy” • COP26 Regional Ambassador Ken O’Flaherty said it is possible for countries like Bangladesh to expand their renewable energy sectors significantly as it has been the cheapest option for new energy in Asia. Countries that want to grow faster will need to harness renewable energy. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ “Eight Years, Twenty Policies: How Australia’s Leaders Have Fumbled And Dithered On Climate” • In eight years of Coalition rule, over twenty different climate and energy policies have been announced with fanfare. Then they fizzed into the background or were trashed altogether. Here’s a short rundown of what the last eight years looked like. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Hanover Unveils New Hampshire’s Largest Municipal Solar Array” • New solar arrays in Hanover are expected to generate enough electricity to meet nearly 100% of the town’s municipal electricity needs. The two arrays are adjacent, and Enfield-based ReVision Energy said the combined array is the largest municipal project at one site in New Hampshire. [WMUR]

¶ “College Formally Announces Plan To Divest From Fossil Fuels” • The Dartmouth College endowment will no longer be directly invested in fossil fuels, and the Dartmouth Investment Office intends to allow its remaining public holdings in the sector to expire, an announcement said. The investments will transition to renewables. [The Dartmouth] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery)

Tuck School of Business (No author given, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Lafayette-Area Leaders Head Protest Against Duke Energy” • A rally demanded Duke Energy, Indiana’s largest electric company utility, transition from fossil fuels to 100% affordable, renewable energy. The event was sponsored by the Hoosier chapter of the Sierra Club, one of the country’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental organizations. [Purdue Exponent]

¶ “LG&E, KU Make Plans For Solar Power From Paducah” • Two power providers in Kentucky have filed with the state’s Public Service Commission, to provide renewable energy to five major organizations in their respective service territories. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have contracts for solar energy from a 125-MW facility. [WKDZ]

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October 16 Energy News

October 16, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “What Is The Glasgow Climate Conference And Why Is It Important?” • COP26, meeting in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, could lead to major changes to our everyday lives. For this conference, 200 countries are being asked for their plans to cut emissions by 2030. During the two weeks we can expect a flurry of new announcements. [BBC]

Earth (NASA image, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Expansion Of Wind And Solar Power Too Slow To Stop Climate Change” • After extensive analysis, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden and Central European University in Vienna concluded that virtually no country is moving sufficiently fast to avoid global warming of even 2°C. [Science Daily]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Doubles Deliveries Of Battery Electric Vehicles In Q3” • Volkswagen announced this week that its sales of battery electric vehicles worldwide doubled in the third quarter of this year. In all, EVs accounted for more than 6% of the company’s global sales for the first time. Through the end of September, Volkswagen sold 293,100 EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EV sales (Volkswagen image)
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¶ “New Survey Finds Electric Vehicle Drivers Prefer Charging To Gassing Up” • NewMotion, a European charging network owned by oil giant Shell, released its latest annual survey of EV drivers, and the findings should make interesting reading for anyone thinking of buying an EV. Environmental impact was reason the majority gave for buying one. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hyundai Ioniq 5 Sells Out Immediately In Australia” • Hyundai made 240 cars available for customers Down Under, according to The Driven. Offered at the company website, they were all sold in about two hours. Up until now, EVs have been little more than an afterthought in the Australian market. These sales show a pent-up demand. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Ioniq 5

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Reaches #1 in Germany in 29% Plugin Vehicle Share Market!” • The German plugin vehicle market scored over 56,000 registrations last month, a 36% improvement year over year. It is an amazing performance in an overall market that was down 26%. As a result, last month’s plugin share ended at 29% (17% pure batter electric). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investments in Morocco Ranked Highest Among MENA Region” • An Ernst & Young report said Morocco is the most attractive place for renewable energy investments in the Middle East North Africa region. EY’s October 2021 list of 40 top nations for sustainable energy investment and development provided the ranking. [Morocco World News]

Wind turbines in Morocco (Siemens Press image)

¶ “UK Poised To Confirm Funding For Mini Nuclear Reactors For Carbon-Free Energy” • The government of the UK is poised to approve funding for a fleet of Rolls-Royce mini nuclear reactors. The prime minister hopes they will help the UK reach his target of zero-carbon electricity by 2035. A consortium has already secured £210 million in backing. [The Guardian]

¶ “Johnson & Johnson Ireland Moves To 100% Renewable Electricity” • Johnson & Johnson entered into an eight-year power purchase agreement in Ireland with Ørsted that will provide 100% renewable electricity across its Irish operations. Ørsted will supply J&J with energy from two windfarms, one in Kerry and one in Clare. [Silicon Republic]

Corrie Mountain windfarm (RTG, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

US:

¶ “Biden’s Clean Electricity Program Could Be Dropped From Spending Bill” • A central part of the Biden administration’s climate agenda could be dropped from the massive budget bill that is pending in Congress due to opposition from Senator Joe Manchin, a report in The New York Times said. Its sources were congressional staffers and lobbyists. [The Guardian]

¶ “Reagan’s Ranch Is Still Threatened But Firefighters Gain Ground On Alisal Fire” • Santa Barbara’s famed Reagan Ranch, called the Western White House when Ronald Reagan in office, narrowly escaped burning, as over 1,700 firefighters fight the Alisal Fire. Also, closed sections of the Union Pacific Railroad and US Highway 101 have been reopened. [CNN]

Rancho del Cielo (US Government image, cropped)

¶ “Tesla Insurance Is Available In Texas” • Tesla has officially launched its insurance platform in Texas and has a neat way of determining how Tesla owners receive their rates. The insurance rates are determined based upon Tesla’s evaluation of drivers’ real-time driving behavior on the road, using data from Tesla’s Safety Score system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oregon Utility Targets 2-GW Clean Power Drive” • Portland General Electric has unveiled plans to source up to 2 GW of renewables with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. To achieve the goal, PGE will need up to 2 GW of renewable resources. [reNews]

Wind farm (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “Houston Company Has Unique Idea To Store Renewable Energy” • The Houston area is dotted with salt domes that have had their salt removed. They are empty spaces bigger than the tallest skyscraper, and have been used for decades to store crude oil and natural gas. Now, there’s a different idea: Use them to store energy in compressed air. [FOX 26 Houston]

¶ “New Program Will Help Keep The Power On During Blackouts In Humboldt” • Homeowners in Humboldt County, California, now can get paid by sharing power from their solar panels and backup batteries with Redwood Coast Energy Authority when the grid faces too much stress. The new program also helps keep the power on during blackouts. [KRCR]

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October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Why Are Three Automakers Still Hyping Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles?” • When it comes to the choice between battery EVs or hydrogen fuel cells, the science is pretty clear: hydrogen may offer the technology of choice for some things, but it isn’t suitable for passenger vehicles. Nevertheless, Hyundai, BMW, and Toyota are still pushing them. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota Mirai (Comyu, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “Scott Morrison: Australia PM To Attend COP26 Summit After Global Pressure” • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will attend the COP26 UN climate conference. Mr Morrison drew criticism when he said earlier that he might skip the meeting. Australia, known for its coal and gas, is under pressure to make stronger climate action. [BBC]

¶ “China Announces Its First National Parks” • China has just revealed its first-ever group of national parks, all of which focus on preservation of specific native animals. The protected land area covers a total of 88,800 square miles. China already has over 10,000 nature reserves, which have played important roles in protecting biodiversity. [CNN]

Panda cub (Sheila Lau, placed in the public domain)

¶ “Unpacking That ‘EVs Will Cost 30,000 Jobs At Volkswagen’ Claim” • A news story claimed that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess had warned company managers that the transition to EVs would result in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Reuters has clarified that with its own story. Diess’ statement was that 30,000 jobs could be lost if the transition was too slow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Spain’s Untapped ‘Liquid Gold'” • For centuries, people have tapped pine trees to extract resin. But in one Spanish province, locals believe this age-old practice could save rural towns while also helping the planet. It is manual work, but those who practice it are finding it can still be profitable, as demand for the resin is growing. [BBC]

Pine forest (Jan Huber, Unsplash)

¶ “German Renewable Power Surcharge To Fall To 3.7 Euro cents per kWh In 2022” • The renewable power support surcharge, a major contributor to German end consumer bills for electricity in 2022 will be cut to around 3.7 Euro cents (4.3¢) per kWh from 6.5 Euro cents in 2021, according to information industry and government sources gave Reuters. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Octopus Energy, RES To Invest $4.1 Billion In UK Green Hydrogen Production” • UK renewable power utility Octopus Energy and renewable energy company RES have partnered to invest £3 billion ($4.1 billion) in renewable hydrogen projects across the UK by 2030, the companies said. The facilities will be powered by wind and solar. [S&P Global]

Rheidol Wind Farm (Nigel Callaghan, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “China Coal Prices Hit Record Highs, Early Winter Chill Adds To Energy Woes” • China’s energy crisis deepened as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants tried to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs. To address its needs, China is looking to Russia for natural gas and building nuclear power plants. [Reuters]

US:

¶ “California’s Alisal Fire Threatens Power Outages, Prompts Evacuations And Sparks Concerns Over Ronald Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” • The heavy winds fanning the Alisal Fire are likely to continue. That may hinder efforts to fight the fire and trigger power outages. The fire already closed part of Highway 101 and Amtrak railways in Santa Barbara County. [CNN]

California wildfire (Ross Stone, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Sending 13 Cabinet Members And High-Level Officials To UN Climate Summit In Show Of Force” • President Biden is sending 13 cabinet members and senior administration officials, including top domestic and international climate advisers Gina McCarthy and John Kerry, a schedule obtained by CNN shows. He also plans to attend the conference himself. [CNN]

¶ “Last Month Was The Driest Ever September In Los Angeles County. Now Come The Santa Ana Winds” • After the hottest and driest summer in California history, and a September that was Los Angeles County’s driest ever, concerns are high that the Santa Ana wind season could significantly worsen what has already been a disastrous fire year. [CNN]

Wild area in Los Angeles County (Andre Benz, Unsplash)

¶ “La Niña Is Back: What Does This Mean For Our Winter?” • For the second straight year, we have La Niña weather patterns, say federal forecasters. A typical La Niña winter brings rain and snow to the Northwest and unusually dry conditions to most of the Southwest. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic also may see warmer temperatures than average. [Yahoo! Canada]

¶ “Buoys Provide Data On Birds And Bats Offshore” • California is looking to add offshore wind to its power resources. In 2020, DOE’s PNNL partnered with WETO and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to deploy two offshore wind research buoys off the northern and central coasts of California, one near Morro Bay and one near Humboldt. [CleanTechnica]

American osprey (Paul VanDerWerf, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Rocky Mountain Power’s New Distributed Battery Grid Management System To Put Utah ‘Years Ahead'” • RMP is seeking to turn distributed solar into solar-plus-storage grid assets in Utah. It announced a partnership with battery manufacturer sonnen and Utah contractor ES Solar to retrofit thousands of solar homes. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Anbaric Submits New York Grid Upgrade Plan” • The New York Independent System Operator is seeking proposals that will accommodate 3 GW of expected offshore windpower to supply the downstate region. Anbaric has proposed a new power link to improve transmission capacity to deliver locally sourced clean power to communities. [reNews]

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October 14 Energy News

October 14, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Is The UK On Track To Meet Its Targets?” • The UK committed to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050. It has a target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035, compared with 1990 levels. But a group of experts that advises the government says the government has credible policies in place to deliver only about a fifth of this cut. [BBC]

Wind farm in Wales (Dara Jasumani, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Europe Gas Prices: How Far Is Russia Responsible?” • Gas prices have been soaring in countries across Europe, and there have been accusations that Russia may be seeking to exploit the situation for its own advantage, using energy as a political weapon. But how far is Russia responsible for current shortages and rising prices? [BBC]

¶ “Cities Must Consider Flexible Transit Options Before The Next Pandemic” • With pandemic and climate change, a demand for new public transport is emerging – flexible, affordable, and capable of carrying many passengers while avoiding pushing them into large crowds. Unitsky String Technologies has transit designs that can do that. [CleanTechnica]

UST technology (UST image)

¶ “Most People Have Already Felt The Effects Of Climate Change” • Research published in Nature Climate Change suggests that 85% of all human beings have already felt the impact of climate change in various forms of extreme weather. The study used machine learning to review over 100,000 studies of events linked to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Shipping Energy Mix Needs 70% Green Hydrogen-Based Fuels By 2050” • Ocean shipping is responsible for 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report that 70% of the shipping industry’s energy mix needs to be green hydrogen-based fuels by 2050 to reach climate targets. [FreightWaves]

Bulk freighter (Chris Pagan, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Wärtsilä Report Urges 100% Renewables Sooner; Uruguay Proves It Can Happen Now” • A report from Wärtsilä argues that nations can adopt 100% renewable systems faster than currently planned. Uruguay has nearly done that, showing others how. Today, 98% of the electricity for its 3.4 million inhabitants comes from renewables, including hydro. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Emissions From Rich Countries Rose Rapidly In 2021” • Carbon emissions are rebounding strongly and are rising across the world’s 20 richest nations, according to a new study. The Climate Transparency Report says that CO₂ will go up by 4% across the G20 group this year, having dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic. [BBC]

Coal-burning plant in Germany (Tobias Tullius, Unsplash)

¶ “China Touts Massive Renewable Energy Buildout, New Funding For Biodiversity” • China has broken ground on a massive 100-GW renewable energy project, larger than all solar and wind installations in India combined, President Xi Jinping announced by video link, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China. [Yale E360]

¶ “BHP Signs Supply Deal With Australia’s Largest Wind+Solar Farm” • BHP revealed it will enter a renewable energy supply arrangement with Iberdrola Australia that will allow it to reduce emissions by about half at the Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine site by taking power from the $500 million Port August Renewable Energy Park. [pv magazine Australia]

BHP installation in South Australia (BHP image)

¶ “Scholz Says New Government Will Make Renewable Energy Push” • Germany’s Olaf Scholz said that a new government led by Social Democratics will drive forward the expansion of renewables and energy-infrastructure investment. He expressed certainty that he will succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor by the end of the year. [BNN]

¶ “Ten Member States Urge EU To Mark Nuclear Power As Low-Carbon Energy” • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Finland, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia asked the European Commission to include nuclear power in the EU’s green taxonomy framework and recognize it as a low-carbon technology. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Nuclear power plant (Ben Kerckx, Pixabay)

US:

¶ “Home Heating Costs Will Rise Sharply This Winter, Federal Government Forecasts” • Compared with last winter, American households will spend 54% more for propane, 43% more for home heating oil, 30% more for natural gas, and 6% more for electric heating, the US Energy Information Administration said in a new report. [CNN]

¶ “Biden Administration Announces Plans For Massive Expansion Of Wind Farms Off US Coasts” • The Biden administration is planning to expand US offshore wind energy capacity aggressively, potentially holding as many as seven new offshore lease sales by 2025. The Interior Department has already started lease sales for some areas. [CNN]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “California’s Alisal Fire Has Prompted Evacuations, Road And Amtrak Closures” • California firefighters are battling flames and strong winds to tackle the Alisal Fire, which shut down a section of Highway 101 and Amtrak lines in Santa Barbara County. The 15,400-acre fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, was 5% contained on Wednesday evening. [CNN]

¶ “New York City Will Transition To 100% Electric School Buses By 2035” • The New York City Council voted 44 to 1 to require all city-owned school buses to be battery electric by September 1, 2035. The council’s vote was in accord with a new state law that bans the sale of fossil fuel light-duty vehicles after the year 2035. The city has 885 school buses. [CleanTechnica]

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October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Should Australia Build Nuclear Power Plants To Combat The Climate Crisis?” • While Australia holds 31% of the world’s supply of uranium, it has always been cheaper to rely on less expensive sources of power, fueled by coal and gas. That situation has not improved for nuclear power. Also, many Australians simply will not accept it. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Is Taking Vehicle Crash Analysis To The Next Level” • Tesla just shared on YouTube part of the explanation for how it creates the safest vehicles on the road today. Tesla uses two things to engineer its safe vehicles: Data from the millions of vehicles in its fleet, and observation of replicated real-world crash scenarios. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Argonne Materials Scientists Pursue A New Generation Of Batteries” • Better technologies may replace lithium-ion battery systems sooner than expected, research at the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory suggests. Solid-state batteries use a very thin, solid film to separate cathodes and anodes so the battery can charge and discharge. [CleanTechnica]

Battery laboratory (Argonne National Laboratory image)

World:

¶ “Peak Oil Is Coming. That Won’t Save The World” • The shift to clean energy is sending the oil industry into decline. But a much more ambitious plan is needed to save the climate and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency said in its global energy outlook. Meeting current targets for 2050 would only reduce fossil fuel use by 40%. [CNN]

¶ “Brazil’s Bolsonaro Accused Of Crimes Against Humanity At ICC For His Record On The Amazon” • Climate lawyers urged the International Criminal Court to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil for alleged attacks on the Amazon. They accuse him of “crimes against humanity,” with the support of 70 Brazilian organizations. [CNN]

Amazon rainforest (Neil Palmer, CIAT, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “CATL Plans $5 Billion Battery Recycling Factory” • CATL, China’s largest battery maker, announced it intends to invest $5 billion in a new battery recycling factory in Yichang, a city in central China. The factory will recycle used batteries and produce materials that include lithium iron phosphate, lithium cobaltate, and cathode materials. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Harmony Energy Plans IPO To Fund Development Of 427 MWh Of Tesla Megapack Storage Projects” • Harmony Energy Income Trust announced that it will undertake an IPO to fund the battery energy storage company’s development of 213.5 MW of projects using Tesla’s Megapack battery storage batteries in the UK, Solar Power Portal reports. [CleanTechnica]

Storage system (Harmony Energy image)

¶ “Madhya Pradesh Plans Large-Scale Clean Energy Projects To Make Up For Its Lagging Progress” • Madhya Pradesh, with 16.4 GW capacity of thermal power, ranks fourth in the country as an energy center. The state is lagging in renewable power and has achieved less than half of the target set for next year. It hopes to make up for with large projects. [Mongabay-India]

¶ “Energy Firms Aiming To Develop Major Green Hydrogen Facility In Orkney” • The Offshore Wind Power Limited group announced that it is studying the use of offshore wind to power production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney. The consortium submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate. [The Scotsman]

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney (Giulia Hetherington, Unsplash)

¶ “Macron Pushes Nuclear, Hydrogen Power In €30 Billion Plan To Reverse Industrial Decline” • President Emmanuel Macron said France would aim to become a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build new, smaller nuclear reactors. He has unveiled a five-year investment plan aimed at fostering industrial leaders and innovation. [France 24]

US:

¶ “Solar Project Brings Middlebury College Closer To 100% Renewable Energy Goal” • Senator Patrick Leahy joined leaders from Middlebury College, Encore Renewable Energy, Green Mountain Power, the state of Vermont, and Middlebury to break ground on a 5-MW solar project to provide 30% of the electricity the College needs. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Groundbreaking (Courtesy of Middlebury College)

¶ “In The US, 18 Weather And Climate Disasters This Year Have Killed Over 500 People And Cost Over $100 Billion” • Weather and climate disasters have taken 538 lives so far this year and cost over $100 billion, according to NOAA. The US averaged seven billion dollar disasters from 1980-2020, but during the last five years, that average number has risen to 16. [CNN]

¶ “US Moving Towards 30% Electricity From Wind And Solar” • A report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis predicts that cheap energy from windpower and solar PVs will push coal and gas out of the energy market space. The report predicts that wind and solar will supply almost 30% of US electricity demand by 2026. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Andreas Gücklhorn, Unsplash)

¶ “New Report: Private Sector Investment In US Offshore Wind Will Soar To $109 Billion By 2030” • New peer-reviewed projections show investment by the US offshore wind industry will total $109 billion within 10 years. That figure represents a 40% increase from an earlier estimate that was calculated just two years ago. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Can Cut Electricity Costs By Almost A Fifth If It Achieves 100% Renewables By 2040” • California can cut its cost of electricity generation by almost a fifth (17%), compared to 2020 levels, by accelerating the pace of renewable energy deployment to reach its 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2040, a study by Wärtsilä says. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australian Submarines May Go Nuclear But Our Power Stations Never Will” • The AUKUS pact has Australians thinking about nuclear energy. But there is a simple reason why Australia will never have nuclear power, despite deciding to get reactors that wander around under the ocean. The reason is that nuclear power is too expensive. [SolarQuotes]

Nuclear warning (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Game Over For Gasmobiles: Electric Vehicle Batteries Just Keep On Getting Better” • Improvements offered by Group14’s silicon-carbon technology include ease of manufacturing in addition to enhanced battery performance compared to typical electric vehicle batteries, which are made with graphite anodes or some version thereof. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scientists Looked At More Than 100,000 Studies And Found The World Has A Giant Climate-Crisis Blind Spot” • Climate change studies are twice as likely to focus on wealthier countries in Europe and North America than low-income countries like those in Africa and the Pacific Islands. The low-income blind spot represents a problem. [CNN]

Resort in Fiji (Josaia Cakacaka, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “More Than 30 Countries Have Joined Pledge To Reduce Climate-Warming Methane Emissions By 30%” • Canada, Japan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are among 31 parties that are joining a global pledge, led by the US and EU, to slash planet-warming methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade, US climate enjoy John Kerry announced. [CNN]

¶ “Climate Crisis Is ‘Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity,’ WHO Says, Calling On World Leaders To Act” • The World Health Organization, in a special report, is calling for governments and policymakers to “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises. The report says climate change is the “single biggest health threat facing humanity.” [CNN]

Glacier in Argentina (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Chinese Coal Prices Hit Record High And Power Cuts Continue” • Heavy rains have forced the closures of 60 coal mines in Shanxi province, the country’s largest coal mining hub. The flooding is hitting the major coal production center hard, sending coal prices soaring and complicating efforts by Beijing to tackle ongoing power shortages. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Policymakers Lag Behind Truckmakers On CO₂ Emissions” • EU policymakers are lagging behind truckmakers when it comes to CO₂ emissions, a study shows. Improvements in aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as well as flexibilities in the regulations, mean trucks can already achieve the EU’s 2025 CO₂ reduction target rather easily. [CleanTechnica]

Electric tuck (Image courtesy of Renault Trucks)

¶ “India En-Route To Achieving 450 GW Of Solar Power Capacity By 2030” • RK Singh, Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy, said that India is already ahead of its pledged Nationally Determined Contributions. “Already 39% of our installed capacity is from non-fossil based sources. By 2022 we will reach our target of 40%.” [eGov Magazine]

¶ “Subsea Cable Planned To Import Green Power To Singapore From Indonesia” • A subsea cable will be developed to import renewable energy from Indonesia to Singapore. Power grid operator SP Group partnered with French energy company EDF Group to develop the infrastructure, including a proposed solar PV plant of 1,000 MW. [The Straits Times]

Singapore (Peter Nguyen, Unsplash)

¶ “Palaszczuk Government To Build New Renewable Hydrogen Plant Near Chinchilla” • Renewable hydrogen will be produced at a demonstration facility on Queensland’s Darling Downs in less than two years. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the plant would be owned by the state government and produce 50,000 kg of hydrogen per year. [Media Statements]

¶ “Drax’s Selby Plant ‘Is The UK’s Biggest CO₂ Emitter’” • Drax power plant at Selby which uses biomass is the UK’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, according to new research by Ember. Analysts of the environmental think tank placed the Drax plant in third place of the top five list with the carbon emitters in Europe. [Energy Live News]

Drax power plant at Selby (Drax image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Market To Reach $1,977.6 Billion By 2030: Allied Market Research” • According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global renewable energy market garnered $881.7 billion in 2020, and is anticipated to reach $1,977.6 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of 8.4% from 2021 to 2030. [Benzinga]

US:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Receives Turbine Supply Order For Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Farm” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it received an order from Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, for 62 13-MW Haliade-X turbines for Vineyard Wind 1, the first utility-scale US offshore wind farm. [Evwind]

Smaller version of GE Haliade-X turbine (GE image, cropped)

¶ “General Motors Amps Up Its Electric Vehicle Plans: Ultium, Ultra Cruise, And More” • At an Investors Day event, GM said it will double its revenue by 2030, take the EV sales crown away from Tesla, introduce its Ultra Cruise self-driving system, offer an under-$30,000 electric SUV, introduce a new low price electric SUV, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Executive To Head To Prison In Doomed Nuclear Project” • Kevin Marsh, a former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule, will soon be heading to prison for two years. [KTBS]

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October 11 Energy News

October 11, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Our Ocean Is Stressed Enough: Give It A Break From Drilling” • On top of record-breaking heat, record-breaking wildfires, and record-breaking drought, 144,000 gallons of oil spilled last weekend in Southern California. It is the latest in a string of disasters reminding us that our addiction to fossil fuels has devastating consequences. [CleanTechnica]

Oil platform (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “A Just And Socially Supportive Transportation Transition” • In our enthusiasm for renewable energy and EV, we need to be aware that during this massive disruption, people are going to get hurt. Company shares may drop to $0, assets may be stranded, and people will either lose their jobs or have to be retrained. We may end up with future shock. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Decarbonizing The Grids With Demand Response” • One key solution for developing a system in balance with renewable resources is to reimagine buildings and homes as dynamic partners in the larger utility systems instead of simply passive energy users. A more dynamic relationship is based on grid-interactive, flexible loads. [CleanTechnica]

Home in Belgium (Rowan Heuvel, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Kwasi Kwarteng Accused Of Misleading Claims Over Power Cable Project” • A cabinet minister has been accused of making misleading claims about a £1.2 billion cable project linked to a Conservative donor. Almost one in 10 Conservative MPs had taken money from firms linked to Viktor Fedotov, the Pandora papers revealed. [The Guardian]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Outsells Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, And Mercedes C-Class In Germany!” • It has to be a shock to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, the proud triumvirate of premium German auto manufacturers, to learn that the Tesla Model 3 outsold all of their midsize, combustion-engined offerings combined in Germany this September. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Tesla image)

¶ “The World’s Slow Transition To Cleaner Energy” • The transition towards cleaner energy has made progress, but not quick enough to limit global warming to well below 2°C, as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Wind and solar power have grown at annual rates of 22% and 36%, respectively, as their prices have plunged since 1990. [RFI]

¶ “Shannon Estuary Presents An ‘Incredible Opportunity’ As A Renewable Energy Hub” • Germany is eyeing a town in County Limerick as a renewable energy hub due to its wind potential, the German Green Hydrogen Commissioner says. Germany wants to have a “hydrogen economy” by 2030 and is pumping €9 billion into developing the technology. [Independent.ie]

Foynes harbor (Sean an Scuab, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Energy Storage Helps Solve UK’s Renewable Energy Puzzle” • The UK’s journey to net zero is driving growth in the amount of renewable generation on the grid. Economies of scale and competitive investor interest are making solar and onshore wind viable on a subsidy-free basis. Energy storage will play a key role for grid balancing. [Energy Storage News]

Australia:

¶ “Wirsol Seeks Renewable Projects And Acquisitions” • The long-awaited Barnawartha Solar Farm looks set to find its 25-30 years in the sun. Developer Wirsol Energy, which has a portfolio of Australian projects, announced that it has acquired land rights to develop the 75-85 MWp plant on 120 hectares, 20 kilometres west of Wodonga in Victoria. [pv magazine Australia]

Star Hotel in Barnawartha (Mattinbgn, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Report Says Renewables Could Be A $21 Trillion Industry For Australia By 2050” • The transition to net zero will have benefits throughout Australia. Research commissioned by News Corp has demonstrated that over 672,000 jobs will be created, with $2.1 trillion in economic activity generated by 2050 in the Australian renewable energy sector. [Stockhead]

¶ “Contracts Are Out For Major SA Construction Works On Project EnergyConnect” • ElectraNet awarded two infrastructure providers the main construction contracts for South Australia’s section of Project EnergyConnect, the long-planned high-voltage electricity connector between South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. [pv magazine Australia]

Transmission lines (ElectraNet image)

¶ “Western Australia Councils Set To Source 100% Renewable Energy In Landmark Agreement” • Cities Power Partnership applauds the Western Australian local Government Association’s landmark agreement that could see fifty-one local governments make the switch to source 100% renewable energy. Earlier, 46 councils partnered similarly in Victoria. [Mirage News]

US:

¶ “Report Finds 25% Of All Critical Infrastructure In The US Is At Risk Of Failure Due To Flooding” • As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. As the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow. [CNN]

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, 2011 (Army Corps of Engineers)

¶ “Rivian Thinks It Can Derive $15,500 In Subscription Income From Every Vehicle It Sells” • Motor Trend reports that all Rivian vehicles will have Level 3 self driving technology baked in, but it will be behind a paywall. Owners can either pay an additional $10,000 up front or opt for a monthly subscription. There will be other subscriptions available. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UNIFI Consortium Formed To Advance Inverters In Support Of Renewables” • The Electric Power Research Institute, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Washington formed the industry-wide Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters Consortium to advance research on grid-forming inverters. [Green Car Congress]

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October 10 Energy News

October 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Aim To Improve Solar Cells With Nanomaterials” • NREL researchers are discovering (or creating) what may be key materials for tomorrow’s energy systems in the weird world of nanomaterials. “When you go down to the nanoscale, you often endow materials with properties they wouldn’t otherwise have,” an NREL group leader explained. [CleanTechnica]

NREL Scientists in a lab (Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL)

World:

¶ “Antarctica’s Last 6 Months Were The Coldest On Record” • In a year of extreme heat, Antarctica’s last six months were the coldest on record. One extremely cold winter is intriguing from a record keeping standpoint, but one season alone does not change the long-term progression, which is rapid warming. And nearly all of the rest of the world was above normal. [CNN]

¶ “Lebanon Left Without Power As Grid Shuts Down” • Lebanon is without electricity, and the country is in darkness in the midst of a severe economic crisis. The grid is no longer working at all. A government official told Reuters news agency that the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. [BBC]

Byblos, Lebanon (Nate Hovee, Pexels)

¶ “Demand Jumps For Renewable Energy As Lebanon Plunged Into Darkness” • Lebanon is witnessing significant demand for the installation of solar power units, amid a severe energy crisis. People want at least the amount of solar capacity they need in order to keep food in the fridge, and their lights, internet, and television on. [Arab News]

¶ “Elon Musk At Giga Berlin: ‘Tesla’s Mission Is To Accelerate The World To Sustainable Energy'” • Tesla, which started out as an automotive company that was mocked and jeered at by legacy auto, officially opened its factory in Berlin today. So Tesla, now the leader of the automotive industry, opened its newest factory in the heart territory of legacy auto. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Giga Berlin (Screenshot from Tesla YouTube video)

¶ “COP26: Far Right Climate Denial Group To Stage ‘Alternative’ Summit In Glasgow” • The right wing Heartland Institute, which has previously received funding from the fossil fuel industry, is to convene a two day “climate reality forum” in Glasgow, designed to counter what it calls the “political groupthink” and “propaganda” of world leaders. [The Scotsman]

¶ “Queensland, Twiggy Sign Green Energy Deal” • Gladstone is to become Queensland’s green energy center, with one of the world’s largest hydrogen-equipment facilities to be built in the central coastal city. The project is part of a partnership deal between the state government and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries. [Yass Tribune]

Gladstone, Queensland (JoePerchard, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran Has More Than 120 Kg Of 20% Enriched Uranium” • Iran has enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium, the head of the country’s atomic energy agency said on Iranian state television. Iran’s position is that the western nations have failed to provide the material as agreed, so Iran is now making its own. [CGTN]

US:

¶ “Critical Protections Restored For NEPA, The USA’s Bedrock Environmental Law” • The Biden administration restored some critical protections to the National Environmental Policy Act, our nation’s bedrock environmental law, which had been eliminated by the previous administration. The rule puts the focus back on public, rather than corporate, interest. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (Dan Stark, Unsplash)

¶ “Southern California Business Owners Frustrated As Oil Spill Forces Them To Close Shop” • The coastal areas around the California oil spill are dependent on the ocean for tourism and business. Of the six sectors in the state’s “ocean economy,” the largest is tourism and recreation, and the oil spill is keeping the customers away. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla’s Safety Obsession” • One of the most interesting highlights of the 2021 Tesla Annual Meeting this week was Elon Musk’s continued focus on safety. Elon Musk highlighted that Tesla factory safety improved considerably over the time Tesla scaled up and matured as a company. He said Tesla aims to have the safest factory in the world. [CleanTechnica]

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October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “The Energy Crisis Couldn’t Have Come At A Worse Time For Climate” • Chinese officials are ordering coal plants to ramp up production greatly. The EU is facing a revolt over its ambitious Green Deal on climate. US President Joe Biden is petitioning OPEC nations to boost oil production. Clearly, energy is taking priority over climate. [CNN]

New York City – lots of lights (NASA image, Unsplash)

¶ “Which Climate Threats Are Most Worrisome? US Agencies Made A List” • Less food. More traffic accidents. Extreme weather hitting nuclear waste sites. Migrants rushing toward the US, fleeing even worse calamity in their own countries. Those scenarios, once the stuff of dystopian fiction, are now driving US policymaking. [Yahoo]

¶ “Shipping And Aviation Plan To Go Net Zero. How?” • This week has seen a seismic shift, with the global maritime shipping and aviation industries both committing to move to net zero by 2050. Both sectors will be difficult to decarbonize, and a central question remains: How will they do it? Here, we look at potential technologies they could use. [CleanTechnica]

United Airlines electric airplane design (United Airlines image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Far-Reaching Benefits Of Tiger Sharks For Climate” • Worldwide, shark populations are on the decline. Boosting their numbers could have a cascade effect to help sink carbon and make the oceans more resilient to climate change. Despite sharks’ notorious reputation among humans, they could also be a powerful ally in curbing climate change. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Facebook To Act On Illegal Sale Of Amazon Rainforest” • Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site. The social media giant changed its policy following a BBC investigation into the practice. The move will be limited to the Amazon, not other rainforests and wildlife habitats. [BBC]

Rainforest (Andrés Medina, Unsplash)

¶ “Volvo Trucks Receives Order For 100 Electric Semis” • Volvo Trucks (which is not the same as Volvo Cars) has been hard at work developing electric semis. Now, the company has received an order for a hundred of them from DFDS, northern Europe’s  largest shipping and logistics company with annual revenues of €19 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Clean Environment Is A Human Right, UN Council Agrees” • The UN’s main human rights body voted to recognize the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right. The the clean-environment resolution was passed with a vote of 43-0 while four member states – China, India, Japan and Russia – abstained. [The Guardian]

Jubilation (Mert Guller, Unsplash)

¶ “Dow Brings In Eight New Renewable Power Agreements” • Dow, the materials science company, signed eight renewable power purchase agreements in Europe and the Americas. The power supplied by the agreements is expected to reduce Dow’s scope 2 emissions by the equivalent of over 600,000 metric tons of CO₂ per year. [North American Windpower]

US:

¶ “IN: Arctic Experts And Scientists – OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives” • The Arctic region is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet. The way the previous administration approach dealt with this to purge Arctic experts and deny the climate crisis. But recently, the Biden administration has taken important steps to repair the damage. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic (Mike Dunn, NOAA)

¶ “California Approves New Support For Its EV Charging Infrastructure” • The California Public Utilities Commission broke new ground, approving rules to ensure utilities provide “utility-side make-ready” support for EV charging. The system will reduce the costs of installing charging stations for cars, trucks, and buses by about 25%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “2025 Community Solar Target To Power 5 Million Homes In USA” • The US DOE announced a National Community Solar Partnership target: to enable community solar systems to power the equivalent of five million households by 2025 and create $1 billion in energy bill savings. One goal is to allow all Americans to benefit from renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Community solar system (Ben Cavanna, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla Cybertruck Delayed Till End Of 2022, Semi 2023 – Lot Of Supply Chain Challenges” • Tesla has been quite supply limited this year and will be next year as well. That means chips, batteries, and more. As Elon put it, no matter how many more vehicle models the company was selling, it wouldn’t be able to deliver more units this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norfolk Southern To Buy Renewable Energy In Pennsylvania” • Norfolk Southern Corp announced that it will purchase 100% renewable energy to power the company’s operations in the Altoona and Reading, Pennsylvania, regions through agreements with Penelec and Met-Ed utilities. All electricity purchased from those utilities will be renewable. [Progressive Railroading]

Norfolk Southern train (Norfolk Southern image)

¶ “SLC School District Plans To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • Salt Lake City School District is now adopting a student plan to achieve 100% clean-renewable electricity by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2040. The district has 43 buildings, and students found they are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. [ABC4 Utah]

¶ “Puerto Rico Declares State Of Emergency Over Power Grid’s ‘Critical Condition’” • Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency due to the “critical condition” of its power plants. The governing board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority voted in favor of the declaration on Friday, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, the board’s president, told reporters. [NBC News]

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October 8 Energy News

October 8, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australian Politicians Working Hard To Destroy The Planet” • In the lead-up to COP26, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing greater and greater international pressure to set a net zero emissions target for 2050, members of his government are working hard to make sure he can’t. Mushrooms with their heads in the sand. [CleanTechnica]

Blue Mountains, New South Wales (Jacques Bopp, Unsplash)

¶ “Car Industry And WHO Driving In Opposite Directions” • Europe’s car lobby is using misinformation and dirty tricks to oppose new air pollution standards, just as the World Health Organisation is saying air pollution limits should be much stricter. T&E says citizens’ health will suffer for decades if the EU caves in to car industry demands. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “First ESS Iron Flow Battery To Go Online This Month” • Iron flow batteries use three of the most abundant elements on Earth: iron, salt, and water, but their technology is new. ESS, based in Oregon, has products ready to go and has signed a deal with SB Energy, a division of SoftBank, to provide 2 GWh of its iron flow batteries between now and 2026. [CleanTechnica]

Flow batteries (Image courtesy of ESS Inc)

¶ “Lack Of Access To Fresh Water Is Increasing. Can Hydropanels Help?” • Nearly half the world’s population lacks consistent access to fresh water for drinking, irrigation, and basic sanitation, according to the latest report from the World Meteorological Organization. Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns are making things much worse. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “German EV Rental Car Company Makes Tesla Its Only Brand” • ElektroHub is a German battery EV rental company that once offered a variety of EVs. It is now changing its selection to only renting out Tesla vehicles. Alex Voigt shared a video on Twitter about this and added that he sharply criticizes auto makers for offering inferior battery EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot from video about ElektroHub (Image via YouTube)

¶ “A Global Energy Crisis Is Coming. There’s No Quick Fix” • A global energy crunch caused by weather and a resurgence in demand is getting worse, stirring alarm ahead of the winter heating season. Governments around the world are trying to limit the impact on consumers, but acknowledge they may not be able to prevent bills spiking. [CNN]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Supply Wind Turbines For JSW’s Projects” • GE Renewable Energy will supply 810 MW of onshore wind turbines for JSW Energy’s projects in India. JSW selected GE’s 2.7 MW model, which is ideally suited for Tamil Nadu’s wind speed regime. The supply of the turbines will be completed by the first quarter of 2023. [Mercom India]

Wind turbines (Rabih Shasha, Unsplash)

¶ “FG To Electrify 5 Million Homes, Create 250,000 Jobs With Renewable Energy” • The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it will electrify five million homes before 2023. The project, Energy Compact, which is a renewable energy solution to some of the nation’s electric power needs, would also create 250,000 jobs and impact 25 million people. [The Sun Nigeria]

¶ “UAE Becomes First Gulf State To Commit To Net Zero. Oil Will Still Flow” • The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the Persian Gulf to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But it’s not turning its back on oil just yet. Dubai’s ruler said that the UAE will invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in renewable energy as part of the commitment. [CNN]

Dubai (David Rodrigo, Unsplash)

¶ “As Power Woes Loom, India’s Nuclear Reactors Fail To Provide Solar-Like Success ” • The recent coal crisis has raised an alarm as over 60% of the electricity produced in India is derived from thermal power plants, and thus from coal. There has been a great increase of wind and solar power to reduce dependence on coal, but nuclear energy seems stagnant. [India Today]

US:

¶ “Puerto Rico’s Power Grid In ‘Critical Condition’: Officials Fear Complete Collapse” • Puerto Rico is in the process of declaring a state of emergency due to the “critical condition” of its generating power plants. The declaration would help speed up “the acquisition of essential goods and services required to fix their generation units.” [NBC News]

Tangled power lines in Puerto Rico (Lorie Shaull, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Google Will Prevent Climate Change Deniers From Making Money From Ads” • Google said it will no longer allow ads to appear alongside “content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.” Google will also prohibit advertisements that deny the reality of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Hundreds Of Scientists Tell Biden: Halt Development Of Fossil Fuels Now” • More than 330 US research scientists sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use executive authority to stop all new fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency, actions they say are necessary to avoid the worst damages of the climate crisis. [Food & Water Watch]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “US Solar Industry Frozen By Proposed Tariffs On Modules: Swinerton Renewable Chief” • US solar development is virtually frozen while the Commerce Department decides on proposed tariffs that could spike module costs up to 250% and prevent domestic clean energy goals from being reached, the president of a top solar contractor says. [S&P Global]

¶ “Southern, Duke, PJM, Others Call For More Transmission, Coordination To Handle Renewables Surge” • Eastern Interconnection grid operators and planners including Southern Co, Duke Energy and the PJM Interconnection called for more transmission and coordination to help meet renewable energy goals in a white paper. [Utility Dive]

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October 7 Energy News

October 7, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “How To Bring More Clean Energy Into Our Homes” • What if you could help combat climate change from your home without lifting a finger, and reduce your climate emissions to zero? RMI released a blueprint for how regulators, policymakers, utilities, and solutions providers can support every American in bringing clean energy home. [CleanTechnica]

Home (Scott Webb, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Introducing The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator” • An initiative of the US DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is to catalyze development of cybersecurity solutions for the clean energy grid. The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator will bring together energy experts, asset owners, and innovators in a new way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Cost Of Renewables Continues To Plummet” • According to a new report from the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford, previous estimates about how quickly the price of renewables will fall have consistently underestimated reality. (We think they are pointing fingers at the International Energy Agency here.) [CleanTechnica]

Graphic on cost (INET image)

¶ “EV Battery Pack Costs In 2021 – 87% Lower Than In 2008” • The EV market has transformed immensely in the past dozen years. Most of the change results from dropping battery prices. With lower battery prices, some EV models have more range for the same price, and many models are on the market with a competitive prices and specs. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Porsche Mission R Previews Electric Cayman” • The Porsche Misson R is a design concept for a future all-electric racer that could compete in a separate racing series much like the Carrera Cup. The Mission R’s 80-kWh battery pack is mounted behind the driver, where the engine and transmission normally go in a race car, to maintain a low silhouette. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Mission R (Image courtesy of Porsche)

¶ “Decaying Supertanker With Over A Million Barrels Of Oil Could Explode” • The New Yorker published an alarming article about a supertanker, four times the size of the Exxon Valdez, that literally is fossil fuel bomb that could explode and kill millions. The vessel, converted for floating-storage-and-off-loading, is stranded in a Yemeni war zone. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Accelerate Renewables To Reduce Power Costs” • The Front-Loading Net Zero report says that electricity production costs could be reduced by up to 50% by 2050 if countries and states adopt 100% renewable systems faster than currently planned. The renewable energy would be mainly wind and solar photovoltaic, backed up by energy storage systems. [reNews]

Solar plus storage hybrid system (Wärtsilä image)

¶ “Iraq Seeks 7.5 GW Of Renewable Power As It Inks 2-GW Deal With UAE’s Masdar” • Iraq is seeking to develop 7.5 GW of renewable power, the country’s oil minister said, as OPEC’s second-biggest producer signs a 2-GW agreement with UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar. In the initial phase of the deal, 1 GW will be developed within Iraq. [S&P Global]

¶ “Japanese Real Estate Firm Launches Renewables Partnership In The UK” • Kajima entered the UK renewable energy market through a partnership with the Low Carbon Alliance Limited. They launched a joint venture and renewable energy platform, Taiyo Power & Storage Limited, to develop solar energy and storage projects. [Power Engineering International]

Solar array (RWE image)

¶ “RWE Greek Joint Venture Targets 2 GW Of Solar” • RWE Renewables has formed a joint venture in Greece with power utility PPC. The joint venture will help accelerate the Greek energy transition by developing large-scale solar projects. The initial solar project pipeline will be 2 GW, consisting of projects that are in various stages of development. [reNews]

US:

¶ “High Natural Gas Prices Will Hurt Low-Income Americans This Winter” • Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes, are at their highest level in the last seven years. If it’s a cold winter, prices could go even higher. For struggling families and low-income Americans, the cost will make heat a necessity they can no longer afford. [CNN]

¶ “New Tesla Megapack Factory Will Create 1,000 To 2,000 Jobs” • Tesla will reportedly bring 1,000 jobs to the San Joaquin County area of California with its new Megafactory. The plan for later on includes an additional 1,000 jobs. Tesla is sold out of Megapacks through the end of next year, and the new factory will help Tesla meet the high demand. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapacks (Tesla image)

¶ “General Motors, GE Renewable Energy To Develop Materials Supply Chain To Support EVs” • GM and GE Renewable Energy announced signing a non-binding MOU to evaluate ways to improve supplies of heavy and light rare earth materials and magnets, copper, and electrical steel used for making of EVs and renewable energy equipment. [Autobody News]

¶ “Westerlo Passes Renewable-Energy Laws” • In New York state, the Westerlo Town Board unanimously passed three renewable energy laws, two weeks after it approved the town’s first codified comprehensive plan. The laws cover windpower, solar facilities, and grid-scale battery systems. The state’s goal is 100% renewable energy by 2040. [The Altamont Enterprise]

NY 32 near Westerlo, New York (Daniel Case, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Ex-CEO Who Oversaw Doomed Nuclear Project To Be Sentenced” • The executive who oversaw a $9 billion plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina is getting ready to go to prison, over four years after he announced the project had failed. He has already paid $5 million in restitution. He agreed with prosecutors to a two-year prison term. [USNews.com]

¶ “Concrete Cracking At Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Building” • It’s a form of concrete degradation sometimes called concrete cancer and one nuclear watch dog group says several structures at Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant have it. Plant officials and the NRC recently found that the situation in the control and diesel generator building is gradually getting worse. [MSN]

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October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jet Stream Changes Could Amplify Weather Extremes By 2060s” • Findings of research funded by the US National Science Foundation suggest that the position of the jet stream could migrate outside of the range of natural variability by as early as the year 2060 under unabated greenhouse gas emissions, with potentially drastic consequences. [CleanTechnica]

Greenland (Satellite view via Google Maps)

¶ “New Analysis Shows How Communities Can Locally Produce 100% Clean Energy” • In 2019, Soulardarity, a nonprofit based in Highland Park, Michigan, released its Blueprint for Energy Democracy, a plan to make Highland Park a global model for local sustainability. Since then UCS has worked with Soulardarity, and they have released a new report. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Genex Power Will Use 40 Tesla Megapacks For Bouldercombe Battery Project” • Genex Power, which is developing renewable energy generation and storage projects across Australia, has announced the execution of a supply agreement contract with Tesla for its Bouldercombe Battery Project in Queensland. The order includes 40 Tesla Megapacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapacks with solar and wind generators (Tesla image)

¶ “Soaring Energy Prices Climb Up EU’s Political Agenda” • The EU said it would scrutinise its power market design and consider proposals to revamp EU regulation, as the bloc seeks to keep its plans to tackle climate change on track amid record-high energy costs. European electricity and gas prices have risen greatly higher this year as tight gas supplies. [Reuters]

¶ “Electric Car Sales Surge In UK As Fossil Fuel Car Sales Slump” • Battery EVs took a record slice of the UK new car market in September. According to a report earlier here on CleanTechnica, nearly 33,000 pure electric cars were registered in the UK last month. That is almost 50% more than were sold during the same time last year, The Guardian adds. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an electric car (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Great Fun’: Manabe Wins Nobel Prize In Physics For Modeling Climate Change” • Early on October 5, Princeton climatologist Syukuro “Suki” Manabe got a phone call telling him that he had won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics “for the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability, and reliably predicting global warming.” [Princeton University]

US:

¶ “America’s Offshore Oil Infrastructure Is Aging” • After a leak in a pipeline sent as much as 144,000 gallons of oil gushing into the ocean off the coast of California, experts pointed to another growing problem: America’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure is aging, and becoming ever more vulnerable to accidents, natural disasters, and stronger hurricanes. [CNN]

Oil platform (Ira Bowman, Pexels)

¶ “Ship Anchor Hooking The Pipeline May Have Caused The California Oil Spill, Federal Agency Says” • An anchor hooking an oil pipeline may have caused the Southern California spill that spewed more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a notice. [CNN]

¶ “Clean Trucks Rules Are Good For New Jersey” • A report shows that zero-emission trucks and buses will cut pollutants in New Jersey, protect lives, and provide $11.6 billion in societal benefits to the state over the next 30 years through a Clean Trucks New Jersey program. To maximize the benefits, parts of the program need to be adopted this year. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric truck (Image courtesy Volvo Trucks)

¶ “Mitsubishi Power To Build Hydrogen Infrastructure Across US West, Other Regions: CFO” • Mitsubishi Power Americas has ambitious plans to develop hydrogen projects in the US, starting with its major project in Delta, Utah. The company hopes can bring down technology costs through economies of scale, the company’s CFO said. [S&P Global]

¶ “How Much Money Does Renewable Energy Make For Rural Utah’s Economy? It’s More Than You’d Think” • A Colorado-based conservative organization promoting the West says the political “right” needs to own environmental problems, identify solutions, and better promote how real change is transforming the energy economy. [Deseret News]

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October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “We Can Eliminate Millions Of Air Pollution Deaths” • Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. Studies of air pollution suggest hundreds of milions of healthy life years are lost. Countries adopting air quality standards aligned with the needs of human health will free us from that threar. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollurion (NOAA image, public domain)

World:

¶ “The classic cars being converted to electric vehicles” • Oswald is a black 1953 Morris Minor. But he is as quiet as a mouse after having his 68-year-old fossil-fuel drinking heart replaced with a recycled electric motor. Driving beside the Thames in London all you can hear are a few creaks, and sounds of traffic. The image of EVs as sleek and futuristic is changing. [BBC]

¶ “Greenpeace Protesters Blockade Shell Refinery In Rotterdam” • A squadron of Greenpeace activists built a blockade around Shell’s Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the largest in Europe, to call attention to the company’s advertising campaign, which the group calls “greenwashing.” Greenpeace is in a campaign to get the EU to ban fossil fuel advertising. [CleanTechnica]

Protest (Image credit: © Bart Hoogveld, Greenpeace)

¶ “France Jumps Above 20% Plugin EV Share In September” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicle share jump up to a record 21.5% in September, over twice the 10.6% share seen a year ago. Diesel was down to a record low of 17.6% share. The overall auto market volume was down some 16% over seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Shell Backs 800 MW Of UK Solar” • Shell signed deals with two UK solar developers for solar projects exceeding 800 MW. An agreement with renewable energy developer Island Green Power is for 700 MW of solar projects with co-located battery storage potential, and Shell agreed with Clearstone Energy to develop projects totalling 100 MW. [reNews]

Solar array (Shell image)

¶ “NT Government Says Plan For 50% Renewables On Darwin-Katherine Grid Will Save $30 Million A Year” • The Northern Territory government has detailed its plans for more solar plants, more batteries, and “hydrogen-compatible” gas generators to lift the portion of energy from renewables to 50% by the end of the decade, saving $30 million per year. [ABC]

¶ “GE Turns Up Haliade-X Prototype To 14 MW” • GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam is now operating at 14 MW, making it the first player in the industry to operate a wind turbine at this power output. The Haliade-X 14-MW is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13-MW, which received its type certification in January 2021. [reNews]

GE Haliade-X Prototype (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “UK Pledges To Hit All-Renewable Electricity By 2035” • All of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, the governing Conservatives announced. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said “the only way to strengthen Britain’s energy security is zero carbon power that is generated in this country.” [Beatrice Daily Sun]

US:

¶ “What We Know So Far About The California Oil Spill” • A leak in an oil pipeline caused a major spill off the coast of southern California on Saturday, sending oil spewing into the local environment, potentially harming wildlife and nearby human residents. The volume of the spill pales in comparison to some of the US’ largest such incidents. [CNN]

Laguna Beach Condos (Kevin Zollman, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla Quarterly Sales Growth From 2012 To 2021 – Like Climbing Mt. Everest” • We’ve been covering Tesla sales for the past 9 years. At many steps along the way, I’ve thought the quarterly sales chart has shown amazing growth. Looking back to those points now, they look like small successes and periods of low sales. How things change! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Laketran Unveils Ohio’s First Battery Electric Bus Lines” • Laketran is a transit agency serving Lake County, Ohio, just northeast of Cleveland. Its new Frank Polivka Transit Center is the state’s first electric bus charging facility. It has six 450-kW chargers to charge 10 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses that will be in operation this fall. [CleanTechnica]

Bus at a pantograph chargers (Image courtesy of Laketran)

¶ “I Am Super Excited For The Full Self Driving Tesla Model $25K” • A tweet from Elon Musk said that Tesla will have a $25,000 model coming in about 2 years. At least one version of it will not have driving controls like a steering wheel and pedals. It may mean that a complete Full Self Driving  package is included in the $25,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GAO Calls For Congressional Action On Spent Nuclear Fuel” • There are about 86,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors stored at 75 US sites. This amount continues to grow. Policymakers have been at an impasse over what to do with the spent fuel since the licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository stopped in 2010. [Homeland Security Today]

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October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “How Many Solar Panels Could Power The World?” • The YouTube channel “Corridor Crew” has shared an awesome video demonstrating just how many solar panels it would take to power the world. “How many solar panels could power the world? 23 billion solar panels. That is how many we will need.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar Panels (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Decreasing Cost Of Renewables Unlikely To Plateau Anytime Soon” • Past projections of energy costs have consistently underestimated just how cheap renewable energy would be in the future, as well as the benefits of rolling them out quickly, according to a report out of the Institute of New Economic Thinking at Oxford. [Ars Technica]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Bosses And Labor Chief Want Big Changes At Wolfsburg Factory” • Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group CEO, sees Tesla and a host of Chinese car companies in the rear-view mirror and moving up fast. Volkswagen risks falling behind the competition unless it makes big changes in its manufacturing facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Two Volkswagen ID.3 electric cars (Volkswagen AG image)

¶ “Climate change: Stop smoke and mirrors, rich nations told” • Rich countries’ plans to curb carbon are “smoke and mirrors” and must be urgently improved, say poorer nations. Ministers meeting here in Milan at the final UN session before the Glasgow COP26 climate conference heard that some progress was being made. [BBC]

¶ “First Electric Fire Truck In Australia” • It is only fitting that the nation’s capital receives the first electric fire truck. Canberra will take delivery of the million-dollar vehicle next year. It will be the fourth in operation in the world – there are two in Europe and there’s one in Los Angeles. The truck is being produced by the Rosenbauer company of Austria. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Truck (ACT Emergency Services Agency image)

¶ “Agnew Gold Mine Could Run Off 95% Renewable Energy In 12 Months, Owner Says” • The owner of a gold mine in Western Australia says he expects the site will be frequently powered by up to 95% renewable energy in 12 months’ time. The Agnew gold mine is one of the first in the world to combine wind, solar, gas and battery storage for power usage. [ABC]

¶ “CIP Installs First Jacket At 589-MW CFXDI” • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has installed the first foundation at its 589-MW Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind complex in Taiwan. Boskalis-HC Offshore partnership Bowei put the jacket in place at the weekend using the Bokalift 1 vessel. [reNews]

Bokalift 1 (Boskalis image)

¶ “Sea Levels Rising And Arctic Ice At A Record Low, Global Report Says” • Arctic ice levels have reached record lows, according to a new report on the world’s oceans and the impact of climate change. This year’s report draws on analysis by over 120 scientific experts from more than 30 European institutions. [CTV News]

US:

 “Big Oil Is Going All-Out To Fight Climate Rules In Build Back Better” • America’s oil-and-gas industry is fighting scale back climate provisions in the President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan. “We’re leaving everything on the field here in terms of our opposition to anti-energy provisions,” the head of the American Petroleum Institute. [CNN]

Refinery (Kamran Chaudhry, Unsplash)

¶ “Huntington Beach: California Oil Spill Sparks Concern For Wildlife” • An oil slick off the coast of California has started washing ashore, killing fish, contaminating wetlands and closing beaches. Approximately 3,000 barrels of oil have spread over an area covering 13 square miles (33 sq km), off the Orange County coast. [BBC]

¶ “Vintage Porsche 912 Gets Tesla Upgrade” • A vintage Porsche 912 has gone electric with a Tesla Model S transplant, Green Car Reports reports. it was converted by Zelectric and was shown on Jay Leno’s Garage. Davide Bernardo and Trent Wonsley showed Leno how they converted the classic Porsche into a fully electric vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

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October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Disconnection Caused the Climate Crisis. Reconnection Will Solve It” • A one principle binds together the daunting challenges and correlative solutions advanced by Paul Hawken and his team of researchers, essayists, and scholars in the book Regeneration: connection and reciprocity. We are pushings the natural systems that sustain us to the brink of extinction. [Sierra Club]

Butterfly (Kathy Servian, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Compact Medium-Voltage Converters To Enable Advanced Grid Architectures And Operations” • As we trend toward more renewables and distributed resources, the design of the electric distribution system itself imposes physical limitations. But what if we could restructure the underlying system to support greater renewable integration? [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Coal Giant NTPC Said To Plan IPOs Of Three Units, Could Raise $2 Billion” • India’s coal power giant Ltd. expects to raise 150 billion rupees ($2 billion) through initial public offerings in three units including its renewables business, and the paring of a joint venture stake, according to a company official familiar with the plans. [Business Standard]

Wind farm (Serge Le Strat, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Superchargers Have Entered Africa, Starting In Morocco” • Khalil Amar, who was a huge source of help to Tesla owners in Tunisia who set up charging stations in hotels, had asked Elon Musk and Tesla repeatedlh to bring Superchargers to Morocco. Now, they are being installed, as we can see from a pair of tweets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway’s EVs Break Through The 90% Barrier – Tesla Takes Top Two Trophies” • Norway’s plugin electric vehicle market share in September broke new ground, hitting 91.5% with full electrics taking 77.5% share. Diesels lost more than half their share year-on-year, falling to just 2.3%. Petrol and plugless hybrids did not fare much better. [CleanTechnica]

Norway (Johny Goerend, Unsplash)

¶ “Coal Giant NTPC Said To Plan IPOs Of Three Units, Could Raise $2 Billion” • India’s coal power giant  Ltd expects to raise ₹150 billion ($2 billion) through initial public offerings in three units including its renewables business, and the paring of a joint venture stake, according to a company official familiar with the plans. [Business Standard]

¶ “Looming Closure Of Lithgow Coal Mines Fuels Concern Over Transition Plans For Hundreds Of Workers” • The end of coal is clearly coming, but for Australian communities dependent on the fossil fuel, the future looks more hazy. The New South Wales city of Lithgow was established to extract coal in the early 1900s, and it is all some people know. [ABC]

Liddell power station (Webaware, public domain)

US:  

¶ “The Shocking Numbers Behind The Lake Mead Drought Crisis” • The US largest reservoir is draining rapidly. Plagued by extreme, climate change-fueled drought and increasing demand for water, Lake Mead Colorado River reservoir just east of Las Vegas registered its lowest level on record since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s. [CNN]

¶ “GM Begins BrightDrop EV600 Production, Moves Renewable Energy Target Forward” • General Motors sees an opportunity to get a jump on the competition when it comes to bringing electric delivery vans to market. It has created BrightDrop, a division to build electrified last-mile delivery vehicles. Its first offering will be the EV600. [CleanTechnica]

GM BrightDrop EV600

¶ “Tesla, Unlike Some Of Its Competitors, Had An Awesome Q3” • Tesla announced its Q3 vehicle production and delivery numbers today, and The Verge noted that Tesla’s competitors aren’t faring as well as Tesla this quarter. The article pointed out that in 2019, Tesla sold a total of 367,500 vehicles, and it just sold 241,300 in the 3rd quarter of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alaska’s Famous Fish, Salmon, Getting Smaller Due To Climate Change: Study” •  One of the most popular fish among seafood lovers, Salmon, is getting smaller in size as per experts and that might be a result of climate change. A study reported that climate change can take a dangerous toll on valuable fishery, indigenous people and wildlife. [WION]

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October 2 Energy News

October 2, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “How Fossil Fuel Companies Use Disinformation and Propaganda To Derail Efforts To Tackle Climate Change” • Researchers at Harvard have shown how oil companiesuse skilful PR and manipulate languageto stall climate efforts. Two of them published a series of studies about the fossil fuel companies’ language and media tactics. [The Independent]

Gas plant (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Exciting Updates On Tesla Battery Production Progress” • It is well understood that Tesla likes to make its own components to reduce dependence on others, a clear result of how Elon Musk sees and approaches work. This is quite the opposite of the big two (Ford and GM), which farm out every single piece of the car they can. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “A Look At The Philippines’ Clean Energy Ecosystem” • A small but mighty group of startups is helping the Philippines forge a clean energy future. According to New Energy Nexus and RMI, 15 young companies are helping transform the climate crisis – and close the region’s energy access gap – with renewable energy and clean-tech solutions. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines and home (Brett Andrei Martin, via Unsplash)

¶ “Norway To Provide Renewable Power To UK Through Underwater cable” • Britain on Friday powered up the world’s longest subsea electricity cable with Norway in order to share hydro and wind power, amid ongoing turmoil in the UK energy market. National Grid said the 1.6-billion-euro North Sea Link is starting commercial operations. [The Local Norway]

¶ “Vestas Wins Orders In Brazil And Italy” • Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has signed an agreement with Casa dos Ventos for a 189 MW wind project in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and has also won a repowering contract in Sicily, Italy. The Brazil agreement is the fifth contract between Vestas and Casa dos Ventos. [PPA]

Wind turbines (NREL image)

¶ “Ørsted Secures €500 Million Loan To Expand Renewables Portfolio From EIB” • Danish energy company Ørsted is set to expand its portfolio of renewable energy capacity after securing a €500 million ($580 million) loan from the European Investment Bank. Ørsted says it will use the loan to align the business to its sustainability goals. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Renewable Energy Initiatives Spur Land-Use Debates In Italy” • Ten wind farms, with a total of 146 wind turbines, have been proposed and are pending approval near four well-known wine production areas in Southern Italy: Manduria, Salice Salentino, Brindisi and Squinzano. The projects anger rural communities and winemakers. [Wine Enthusiast Magazine]

Wind farm in wine country (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “Paks II Not Given Long-Awaited Permit” • The documents submitted for the construction of a new nuclear power plant are not convincing enough for the agency to give the green light for the project, according to a statement from the National Nuclear Energy Office. The documents lack assessment and analysis data that was needed. [Hungary Today]

US:

¶ “Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, And Disney Lobby Against Biden Climate Initiative” • Some of the largest American corporations, many of whom have made pious pledges to act on climate change, are fighting tooth and nail to defeat the $3.5 trillion Biden infrastructure package, with its many provisions for reducing US CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Earth (NASA image)

¶ “FERC Pressed On Gas, Renewables, Cyber Threats” • The operators of the nation’s power systems told federal regulators that the time for talk is over in girding the grid for a clean energy transformation and the threats of devastating weather and cyberattacks. FERC needs to order US grid operators to spell out risks they face from extreme weather. [E&E News]

¶ “Notification system to protect nuclear facilities from natural-hazard risks” • Development of a unique advanced technology system to expand the level of alerts for natural-hazard risks to nuclear facilities is the focus of a new project of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the University of Hawaiʻi’s Pacific Disaster Center. [University of Hawaii System]

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October 1 Energy News

October 1, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “As Gas Prices Soar, People Are Mulling Alternatives To Heating Their Homes. Here’s What To Know” • Soaring natural gas prices have raised the specter of cold homes and inflated energy bills for millions of people over winter across Europe and the US. At the same time, pressure is mounting to reduce use of fossil fuels. Here are things to know. [CNN]

Avedøre Power Station (Gunnar Bach Pedersen, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 1 Of 2)” • If we actually did start using carbon capture at anything approaching the scale of the problem, where would we put the resultant CO₂? Would we put it underground? There is already competition for the few accessible sealed underground voids suitable for CO₂ sequestration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 2 Of 2)” • Sequestering CO₂ has many problems. One is that the volume of CO₂ burning oil and gas produces is far greater than what was extracted, so empty wells won’t do. Another problem is that the deeper you go underground, the hotter it gets. And the whole process is very expensive. [CleanTechnica]

Mauna Loa Observatory (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “NIO ES8 Launch – Exclusive Details, Like 120 KW Charge Rate” • Chinese EV maker NIO is launching its first vehicle, the ES8, and its first NIO House in Europe, in Oslo. And NIO House is an entirely different concept for show rooms. It is more like a community center with books, a café, and a place offering weekly yoga classes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Powerpack Batteries Installed At World’s Largest Single-Site Solar Park” • The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the inauguration of a pilot project for energy storage at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park this week. The project has a power capacity of 1.21 MW and an energy capacity of 8.61 MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack batteries in Dubai (DEWA image)

¶ “Nigeria Receives €15 Million EU Funding To Boost Renewable Energy Development” • Nigeria received an additional funding of €15 million as a grant from the EU to support its renewable energy development. The funding will expand the Nigerian energy support program, which is co-financed by the EU and the German government. [TheCable]

¶ “London’s Largest Private Taxi Company To Go All Electric By 2023” • Addison Lee operates London’s largest private taxi fleet, with more than 4000 cars in service. It says all of them will be electric by the end of 2023 and it will provide over 20,000 rides per day by that time, emissions free. The cost of the changeover will be £160 million ($219 million). [CleanTechnica]

Electric taxi (Addison Lee image)

¶ “New Renewable Energy Policy To Implement Power Projects By 2025” • The Maharashtra government has come up with a new Renewable Energy Policy aiming at implementing 17,360 MW of transmission system-connected power projects by 2025. This includes 12,930 MW of solar projects, 2,500 MW of wind projects, and more. [The Indian Express]

¶ “GE Wins 200-MW Cypress Order” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply 40 onshore wind turbines for the 200-MW Aftissat wind farm extension in Morocco. GE will supply Energie Eolienne du Maroc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nareva, with 5-MW turbines from its Cypress platform, each with a rotor diameter of 158 meters. [reNews]

Wind turbines and a camel (GE image)

¶ “UK Wants China Out Of Nuclear Power Project” • The UK is ousting China’s CGN from the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project, the Financial Times reported. The publication added that the options for the 20% stake that the Chinese company holds in the project will be sold to institutional investors or floated on the stock market. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “Robotaxis Getting Real In California – Waymo And Cruise Get Permits To Roll Out Robotaxis” • Waymo and GM’s Cruise have permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to operate robotaxis. All they need to do is get approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, and they will be able to sell people rides in them. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo robotaxis (Waymo image)

¶ “GM Blows Past Biden Renewable Energy Goals With 100% By 2025” • In recent years, General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra has made the company into a renewable energy influencer. Now, GM has announced a new carbon-cutting initiative that sets a 100% renewable energy goal by 2025. Yes, that’s 2025. Not 2035, or even 2030. It’s 2025 or bust. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vineyard, Salem City Ink Port Partnership” • Vineyard Wind entered into an agreement with the City of Salem and Crowley Maritime Corporation to establish Salem Harbor as the second major offshore wind port in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind has estimated that over five years, the project would create up to 900 full time equivalent job years. [reNews]

Rendering of Salem Harbor project (Vineyard Wind image)

¶ “Grants Fund New Partnership To Explore Renewable Energy Storage In Minnesota” • The University of Minnesota Morris has explored energy storage solutions for five years. Now, it has two grants to fund this work from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust. The grants, totaling over $2.65 million, support an energy storage project. [News & Events]

¶ “Offshore Wind Brings Central Coast Closer To Becoming Renewable Energy Hub” • Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) believes California’s Central Coast can become the clean energy capital of the US, and a recently signed bill brings the region one step closer to developing offshore wind power. [New Times San Luis Obispo]

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September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Is Tesla Becoming A Threat To The World’s Biggest Utilities?” • The electric utility industry is on the verge of a revolution. The traditional utility model, in which energy is generated by a small number of enormous central power plants, is already as outdated as cars that burn fossil fuels. Tesla and Octopus Energy Germany are offering a new approach. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla solar, Tesla batteries (Tesla image)

¶ “Millions Suffering From Fuel Anxiety In UK – If Only They Could Charge Up At Home” • According to the Washington Post, due to Covid-19, Britain is about 100,000 truck drivers short. As a result, BP closed 30% of its filling stations. That led to panic buying and queues at stations. It could have been avoided by a faster switch to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Citroen Skate Autonomous Platform Breaks All The Rules” • To say French automobile design has always been quirky is being kind. Other words that could be used to describe it might be odd, weird, and exotic. The Citroen Skate EV platform is designed to accept a variety of body styles. And it is intended to make new rules of its own. [CleanTechnica]

Citroen EV concept (Citroen image)

World:

¶ “Australia’s Scott Morrison Under Climate Pressure At Home As Biggest State Boosts Targets” • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing calls at home to increase commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, announced goals nearly twice as ambitious as his government’s. [CNN]

¶ “South Australia Hasn’t Lost One Hour Of Electricity In 5 Years Thanks To Renewables And Batteries” • Renew Economy says that since 2018 South Australia hasn’t lost one hour of electricity due to load shedding. In the previous four years, 7 million customer hours of electricity were shed. The improvement resulted from more renewable energy and storage. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm in South Australia (HikerJules, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Insurance Companies Getting Very Concerned About Climate Change” • Record-breaking climate disasters will be the name of the game this century. Some of us may block that from their view, but the insurance industry doesn’t have that luxury. With climate change, the insurance industry has to build models that predict the unpredictable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Submits 1.5-GW Swedish Offshore EIA” • Ørsted has submitted a report to Swedish authorities for the environmental impact assessment for the Skåne offshore wind farm off southern Sweden. It will have a capacity of up to 1.5 GW, and the report outlines the project’s impact on the environment and the efforts Ørsted will take to deal with them. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “More Renewables Best Answer To Energy Price Surge, Brussels Insists” • A faster rollout of renewable energies such as wind and solar is the best response to recent spikes in gas and power prices, according to an EU official. “The solution, in the longer run, is the accelerated deployment of renewables and improved energy efficiency,” he said. [EURACTIV.com]

¶ “One Of The World’s Largest Clean Energy Projects Closer To Becoming Reality” • Multinational Sun Cable is one step closer to developing its massive Australia-Asia PowerLink project, which will deliver up to 3.2 GW of dispatchable clean energy from Australia to Singapore. Indonesia has recommended the route for the transmission cable. [Mining.com]

Solar array (Image courtesy of Sun Cable)

¶ “UK Energy Titan SSE Says Low Wind, Driest Conditions In 70 Years Hit Renewable Generation” • Recent low wind output has contributed to the European energy crunch. Energy giant SSE said its renewable assets produced 32% less power than expected between April 1 and September 22 thanks to historically dry and low-wind conditions. [CNBC]

¶ “Renewables vs Nuclear: 256-0” • The World Nuclear Industry Status Report shows the world’s operational nuclear capacity grew by just 0.4 GW in 2020, and generation fell 4%. Renewables grew by 256 GW and production rose by 13%. “Nuclear power is irrelevant in today’s electricity capacity market,” the report’s main author said. [pv magazine India]

Nuclear power plant (Viktor Kiryanov, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Ivory-Billed Woodpecker And More Than 20 Other Species Declared Extinct By US Government” • The US government rang the death knell for 23 species of birds, fish and other wildlife. The US Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct after years of unconfirmed sightings and fruitless searches in the South. [NBC News]

¶ “NREL Pinpoints Way To Move Large Wind Turbine Blades Across USA” • Researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have determined how to transport massive wind turbine blades to parts of the country at a lower cost than segmented blades, but the solution will require some flexibility on the part of industry. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm with a solar array (Thomas Galler, Unsplash)

¶ “Florida Republicans Reject Cities’ Efforts To Convert Gas Stations” • Florida legislators aren’t really keen to embrace the transition away from fossil fuels. In fact, Florida legislation now forbids cities from requiring gas stations to add electric vehicle charging stations. Gas stations would be ideal sites for charging. But not in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use” • Led by wind power production and the increasing growth of solar, use of renewable energy in the US hit all-time highs in the first half of 2021, according to data published by the Energy Information Administration. Fossil fuels are still the dominant US source. [Environment + Energy Leader]

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September 29 Energy News

September 29, 2021

World:

¶ “The Energy Crunch Is Roiling Markets” • Global markets are stumbling as energy prices soar. One big problem has been shortages of natural gas, triggered by low stocks and a jump in demand as activity recovers from its Covid-19 lull. In the US, natural gas futures have also jumped, and China is contending with a worsening energy situation. [CNN]

Chinese Candu nuclear power plant (AECL, public domain)

¶ “Greta Thunberg Roasts World Leaders For Being ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ On Climate Action” • Swedish activist Greta Thunberg mocked world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and the UK’s Boris Johnson, at a youth climate summit in Milan on Tuesday, saying the last 30 years of climate action had amounted to “blah, blah, blah.” [CNN]

¶ “Most Trapped Canadian Miners Rescued After Two Days” • Thirty-five miners trapped deep underground in eastern Canada have been brought to the surface, two days after the mine’s lift was damaged by an accident. The workers at the Totten mine in Sudbury, Ontario, climbed about 4,000 ft (1.2 km) on a series of ladders, with the help of a rescue team. [BBC]

Totten mine in Sudbudy, Ontario (Vale image)

¶ “Petrol Supply: Army Gets Ready To Assist As Pm Reassures Drivers” • The UK’s Army could begin delivering fuel by the end of the week, as Boris Johnson reassures drivers about supplies. Mr Johnson said the fuel situation was “improving” and people should be “confident” to go about their business, after days of queues and pump closures. [BBC]

¶ “SAIC, GM, And Wuling To Release A Remix Of The Smash Hit Mini EV” • China’s top selling EV is getting a remix! The Wuling HongGuang Mini EV’s upgrade has a slightly longer wheelbase, a 26 kWh battery, up from the 9.2 kWh and 13.8 kWh in current models. The new version of the popular EV will sell at a barely higher price, about $5,500. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Mini EV

¶ “Europe’s 5 Biggest Airports Emit More CO₂ Than Sweden” • An online airport tracker created by the International Council on Clean Transportation, ODI, and Transport and Environment has shown how much CO₂ is released from planes leaving airports. Europe’s five biggest airports combine to emit more CO₂ than Sweden, almost entirely untaxed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TotalEnergies, GIG Team Unveils 2-GW ScotWind Bid” • A consortium of TotalEnergies, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Scottish developer RIDG announced a 2-GW bid in the ScotWind leasing round for an offshore wind farm west of the Orkney Islands. The West of Orkney Windfarm could power 2 million homes. [reNEWS]

Scrabster Harbour (West of Orkney Windfarm image)

¶ “Spain Taxes Renewables, Nuclear Power Producers” • Spain has introduced a charge on the production of renewable energy to mitigate the impact of soaring electricity and gas prices on consumers. A similar levy for nuclear and hydropower plants is in the pipeline. The tax will be paid if the price of gas is higher than €20/MWh. [Balkan Green Energy News] (What?! – ghh)

¶ “IEA Chief: Don’t Blame Renewables For Europe’s Energy Crunch” • The energy squeeze in Europe has nothing to do with the continent’s energy transition plans, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, told the European Parliament’s energy and environment committees. He took the opportunity to point a finger at Russia. [Oil Price]

Walney Offshore Windfarm (David Dixon, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “NSW Plans To Transition Biggest Coal State Into Renewable Energy Superpower” • The New South Wales government greatly increased its emissions reduction targets for 2030, setting a new goal of a 50% cut from 2005 levels. It seeks to make the state a “renewable energy superpower” and attract over $37 billion in clean energy investment. [Renew Economy]

US:

¶ “Democrats Say A Civilian Climate Corps Will Create Jobs” • When he met with governors this summer from Western states suffering the effects of wildfires and drought, President Joe Biden highlighted one way to tackle the climate crisis that goes beyond increasing federal funding for aerial firefighting and better forest management: a Civilian Climate Corps. [CNN]

Fire road built by the CCC in the 1930s (Mfwills, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “US DOE Signs Up Over 125 Local Governments to Fast-Track Solar Permits” • The DOE announced it has achieved its summer goal of having at least 125 communities signed up for the Solar Automated Permit Processing tool. It is a free web-based tool that allows local governments to instantly approve residential solar installation permits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Home Heating Sticker Shock: The Cost Of Natural Gas Is Up 180%” • Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes and a leading fuel source for generating electricity, have surged more than 180% over the past 12 months to $5.90 per million British thermal units. Natural gas has not been this expensive since February 2014. [CNN]

Pipeline odorant injection station (Glen Dillon, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “BLM Lease Sale Seeks To Expand Geothermal Energy In New Mexico” • As part of an effort to increase renewable energy, the Bureau of Land Management will hold a virtual geothermal lease sale this fall for three parcels totaling nearly 4,000 acres. These parcels are located in Hidalgo and Sierra counties in southwest New Mexico. [The NM Political Report]

¶ “US Renewable Energy Production Hits An All-Time High As Nuclear Power And Fossil Fuels Decline” • Domestic production of renewable energy reached an all-time high in the first six months of 2021 despite a sharp drop in hydropower, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of new data released by the US Energy Information Administration. [pvbuzz.com]

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September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “When It Comes To Cutting Carbon Emissions, The Real Estate Industry Is Running Out Of Time” • For those in the real estate sector, concern about the climate always seemed to be less about the cause and more about events that put property portfolios at risk. Many in the industry have yet to admit that buildings are as responsible for carbon as cars. [CNN]

Air pollution (Photoholgic, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “LNG Trucks as Bad for the Climate as Diesel, On-Road Tests Find” • Trucks powered by liquified natural gas are no better for the climate than conventional diesel trucks, new independent tests indicate. Transport & Environment, which commissioned the on-road tests, said only zero-emissions trucks should be given support by lawmakers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Will Bring More Transportation Problems – Unitsky String Technologies Has A Solution” • Storms, floods, ice, snow, and strong winds make travel hazardous. Unfortunately, climate change increases weather-related disruptions. Unitsky String Technologies has a solution to many of the transportation problems related to weather. [CleanTechnica]

Models of string transport (Unitsky String Technologies image)

World:

¶ “Car Industry Dirty Tricks Seek to Derail Tough EU Emissions Standards” • The European car industry is using aggressive lobbying and making unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to derail EU plans to cut pollution from road transport, according to a briefing paper published last week by the campaign group Transport & Environment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Goldman Sachs Cuts China Growth Forecast Over Power Outages” • Goldman Sachs cut its growth forecast for China, as the country struggles with energy shortages. It expects China’s economy to expand by 7.8% this year, down from its previous 8.2%. Environmental controls, supply constraints, and soaring prices caused the power shortages. [BBC]

Transmission pylons (mayanming, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “UK Government Supports JDR North-East Expansion” • Offshore wind cabling manufacturer JDR Cable Systems is to receive funding from the UK government, securing 440 jobs in the north-east of England. JDR will open a new subsea cable manufacturing facility in Northumberland. The initial project investment is estimated at £130 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “Plugin Vehicles Hit 22% Market Share In Europe In August!” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market is staying in the fast lane. More than 155,000 plugin vehicles were registered in August, an increase of 60% year over year. This performance is even more impressive when we consider that the overall auto market is in the doldrums. [CleanTechnica]

Car charging (Charlotte Stowe, Unsplash)

¶ “Quinbrook To Build The UK’s Largest Consented Solar Plus Battery Storage Project” • Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a global investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage, and grid support infrastructure investment, said it has acquired a 350-MW solar plus battery storage project in Kent. Construction will begin in 2022. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “General Electric May Sell Nuclear Turbines Business To EDF For $1.2 Billion, Reports Say” • GE is talking with EDF Energy, a French company, about the latter possibly acquiring its nuclear turbine business, the two companies have confirmed. EDF is building or developing plans to build several nuclear power plants in the UK. [Power Engineering]

Hinkley Point C Nuclear Project (EDF image)

US:

¶ “California Governor Signs Renewable Energy Bills” • At the site of the KNP Complex in Sequoia National Park, Governor Gavin Newsom has highlighted the California Comeback Plan’s over $15 billion climate package – the largest such investment in state history – tackling a wide array of climate impacts facing the state. [North American Windpower]

¶ “Ford Announces $11.4 Billion Investment In Electric Vehicle Plants” • Ford announced a major investment in EV production in the US. It said will to build its biggest ever plant in Tennessee, and two battery parks in Kentucky. The $11.4 billion (£8.3 billion) plan is to build zero-emission cars and pickups “at scale” for US customers. It will create 11,000 jobs. [BBC]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (MrWalkr, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Rikers Island Could Become Renewable Energy Hub” • New York’s notorious jail on Rikers Island is expected to close by 2027. And the site could next be used to produce clean energy. New York’s city council has passed legislation calling for research on the potential for solar arrays, wind turbines, and battery storage on Rikers. [Yale Climate Connections]

¶ “More Renewable Energy, Less Energy Efficiency In New Northwest Power Plan” • More renewable energy development and less emphasis on energy conservation are two of the biggest changes in the draft of the Northwest Power Plan, guides the Bonneville Power Administration’s electricity demand decisions over the next 20 years. [OPB]

Big Eddy-Knight transmission line (Bonneville Power, Flickr, N3)

¶ “DuPont Joins RE100 Global Initiative To Use 100% Renewable Energy” • DuPont announced that it has joined RE100, a global environmental initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, which brings together companies committed to shifting the electricity used globally in its operations to 100% renewable energy. [Printed Electronics Now]

¶ “The City Of Los Angeles Is To Spend $30 Million On Solar Generation And Storage” • As Los Angeles pursues its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035, city officials announced a $30 million investment, allocated in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget, in a municipal solar and storage program using its own buildings across departments. [Los Angeles Daily News]

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September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2021

World:

¶ “Vanuatu Will Seek International Court Of Justice Opinion On Climate Protection” • The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu wants the International Court of Justice to weigh in on the rights of the nation’s current and future residents to protection from climate change. Vanuatu is the home of nearly 250,000 residents, all threatened by the climate crisis. [CNN]

As close as Vanuatu gets to a motel (Monika MG, Unsplash)

¶ “Record Month For Plugin Vehicles In China! Wuling EV #1 In Overall Auto Market!” • Plugin vehicles are all the rage in China, having scored 286,000 registrations in August, a full 22% increase over the previous record, which was set in June when 235,000 registrations were made. In August, EVs accounted for 19% of the overall auto market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Geely Geometry EX3 Electric SUV Priced Below $10,000” • Geely is the Chinese owner of Volvo Cars. In China, its domestic brand is called Geometry. This week, it introduced the EX3, an electric SUV with a range of 322 km NEDC (a nominal range of 200 miles), room for 5, and a price of ¥59,700. Listen up, people: that equates to €7,900 or $9,200. [CleanTechnica]

Geely Geometry EX3 (Geely image)

¶ “Kenya Takes Leap Of Faith In Renewable Power” • Kenya has updated its climate emissions goals. It aims to abate greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2030 relative to the Business as Usual scenario. Kenya already has the largest wind farm on the continent and is among the world leaders in the exploitation of geothermal energy. [allAfrica.com]

¶ “Bord Na Mona Eyes 200-MW Hybrid Park In Irish Midlands” • Bord na Mona has unveiled plans for a hybrid energy park in the Irish midlands. The developer wants to build a wind farm, solar array, energy storage, and green hydrogen facility, with a capacity of at least 200 MW, on 3000 hectares of land in Meath, Offaly, and Westmeath. [reNEWS]

Wren and turbines (Bord na Mona image)

¶ “IAEA: Violating Deal, Iran Denies Access To Site It Says Was Sabotaged By Israel” • According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Iran denied access to UN nuclear inspectors who were seeking to visit the Karaj centrifuge assembly site on Sunday, several months after a sabotage incident at the facility, which Tehran blamed on Israel. [The Times of Israel]

Australia:

¶ “Australia PM Undecided On Attending Crucial Climate Summit” • Australia’s prime minister has signalled he may not attend the UN’s landmark climate conference in November as his government faces continued criticism of its poor climate record. His government is staunchly protective of the country’s fossil fuel industry. [BBC]

Eraring power station in NSW (Nick Pitsas, CSIRO, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Wineries And Breweries In Australia Offering Electrons From Sunshine” • Made by sunshine, drunk in sunshine, some wineries are going greener in Australia. And not just a few small wineries, it is a number of big ones. Beer is being brewed by companies with large solar arrays, also. Prime Minister Morrison might do well to notice. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Hydrogen Council Calls For Net Zero Fund” • In its inaugural white paper, Unlocking Australia’s Hydrogen Opportunity, the Australian Hydrogen Council charts the path to net-zero emissions with hydrogen industry help. Dr Fiona Simon, CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council, called for a net-zero fund that would start at $10 billion. [Energy Magazine]

Australian wind turbine (Stephen Edmonds, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Island Energy Transitions Set Path For New Funding Of Renewable Microgrids” • Regional renewable energy microgrid projects can now apply for funding as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency launches a new $50 million program to improve the resilience and reliability of electricity supply in remote parts of the country. [Renew Economy]

US:

¶ “Climate Change Is Intensifying The US Border Crisis. It Will Only Get Worse” • The border crisis shows how natural disasters can push people to leave their homes, even at the risk their lives. Research has shown that climate migration will become more likely as the planet warms and people seek places they consider safer and more economically stable. [CNN]

Border fence (Steve Hillebrand, US FWS, public domain)

¶ “Ohio Lawmakers Line Up To Repeal Subsidy For Coal Plants” • Some lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature want to end a subsidy for two unprofitable Cold War-era coal plants that have cost state electric customers more than $340 million thus far and leave them on the hook for hundreds of millions more, thanks to a tainted energy bill. [Spectrum News]

¶ “Rivian Is No Tesla. That’s Exactly What These Buyers Want” • Tesla dominates EV sales in the US. CNN Business interviewed twelve drivers who have pre-orders with Rivian, a US automaker focused on electric trucks and SUVs that’s expected to go public later this year. They say that a key part of Rivian’s appeal is how different it is from Tesla. [CNN]

Rivian pickup (Rivian image)

¶ “Pulaski County Will Shift To Near 90% Solar Power” • The Arkansas Public Service Commission approved Pulaski County’s application to complete a first-of-its-kind solar array. The main goal of the solar project is to lower annual electricity costs and pursue clean energy, county attorney Adam Fogleman told the commission. [The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]

¶ “Major Energy Storage Project Proposed Near Lebec Along California Aqueduct” • California’s latest 10-figure energy storage proposal in the county is a damlike “pumped hydro” project connected to the California Aqueduct that would store and release 3,500 GWh of electricity per year on or near Tejon Ranch in Kern County. [The Bakersfield Californian]

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September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “COP26: What Is The Glasgow Climate Conference And Why Is It Important?” • The UK is hosting a summit that may be crucial for climate change to be brought under control. The meeting in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November could lead to major changes to our everyday lives. Two hundred countries are asked for plans to address climate change. [BBC]

Survey launch from NOAA ship Fairweather (NOAA, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Rolls Out “FSD Beta Button” And “Safety Score” To Countless Tesla Owners” • After a long and often impatient wait, Tesla owners across the US have nearly gotten access to the company’s “FSD Beta” driver-assist software for city streets. As one of those owners, Zach Shahan documents what exactly he got in the past 24 hours. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Calendar Aging Research Is Critical To Future Of Silicon-Based Batteries” • Silicon anodes offer a promising improvement to existing lithium-ion technology. Replacing the graphite anode material typically used in Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes may pave the way to reducing battery pack size by 25%–30% and increase driving range by 30%–40%. [CleanTechnica]

Scientist studying silicon nanoparticles (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

World:

¶ “Many Nations Join Call For No New Coal Plants” • After China announced it will stop overseas coal power finance, a group of countries, including Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, and the UK have announced a No New Coal Power Compact. They aim to encourage all countries to commit to stop building coal-fired power plants. [The Sentinel Assam]

¶ “Mercedes And Volkswagen Ramp Up Battery Factory Plans” • New Mercedes CEO Ola Kaellenius announced that his company has taken a 33% stake valued at $1.2 billion in battery cell maker Automotive Cells Company. Also, Volkswagen announced a new battery factory, which it expects to deliver over 150,000 battery systems per year, in Hefei, China. [CleanTechnica]

Model of a future components plant in Hefei (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Oh Polly! Installs Renewable Energy System At Wirral Warehouse” • Based in Wirral, in North West England, online fashion giant Oh Polly said it has taken”bold steps to deliver on its sustainability promise” by installing a renewable energy system. The firm is investing £700,000 in a new system that will provide heat and electricity. [Wirral Globe]

¶ “Xlinks Launches Morocco-UK Renewable Energy Plan” • Xlinks has set out plans to export clean electricity from Morocco to the UK, via HVDC subsea cables. The Morocco-UK Power Project will generate 3.6 GW of electricity in the North African state using solar and wind. The project will also include a 5-GW, 20-GWh battery. [Energy Voice]

Wind farm in Morocco (sqala, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Young People Around The World Take To The Streets And Demand Urgent Climate Change Action” • Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largest protest since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The strike took place five weeks before the COP26 summit. [Newshub]

¶ “UK Looking At Deal To Remove China From Nuclear Project: Report” • The UK is closing in on a deal that would remove China’s state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group from involvement in building a nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, eastern England, alongside France’s EDF, according to a report in The Guardian. [Press TV]

Sizewell B Power Station (Robin Somes, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Prime Minister And Chancellor Backing Plans For New Nuclear Power Plant In Wales” • The Prime Minister of the UK and the Chancellor of the Exchequer back plans for a nuclear plant in Wales. Dylan Morgan, co-ordinator for an anti-nuclear campaign group, pointed out that it will take fifteen years to build, and the crisis is here now. [Nation.Cymru]

US:

¶ “Lying, Cheating Oil And Gas Companies Stick Taxpayers With Cleanup Bill” • There are millions of abandoned gas and oil wells all across America. Many states require oil and gas companies to put up a bond to cover the cost of closing them down, but in practice, that bond is often a small percentage of the actual cost. Taxpayers pay the difference. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Progressive Caucus Presses For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies” • As Congress drafts reconciliation legislation, the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus pressed leaders of the US House of Representatives for an end to major fossil fuel subsidies that fuel pollution in communities across the country as part of the Build Back Better Act. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Minneapolis: Help The City Prioritize Ways To Reach 100% Renewable Electricity Goals” • The City of Minneapolis appealed to residents: “We are in a climate crisis. To fight climate change, Minneapolis has developed a draft 100% Renewable Electricity Plan to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy and needs to know your priorities.” [Patch]

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September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Climate Change: Whisper It Cautiously… There Has Been Progress In Run Up To COP26” • With just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC’s Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress at this week’s UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain before November’s Climate Summit. [BBC]

Logo of the UN Climate Summit in November

¶ “Adapt To Survive – A Carbon Tracker Report” • Oil companies need to adapt to avoid massive losses and stranded assets. Sadly, I expect that they will milk the cow until it is dead. Carbon Tracker warns of multi-billion-dollars worth of stranded assets and says net zero emissions action must start soon. First to suffer will be high-cost oil production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bill McKibben On Climate Crisis, Climate Grief, Climate Action, And US Climate Policy – CleanTechnica Interview” • In this episode of CleanTech Talk, Bill McKibben and Zachary Shahan talk about the climate change crisis, climate grief, US climate policy, rampant conspiracy theories, the great energy transition, and more. [CleanTechnica]

Bill McKibben speaking in 2016 (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Congress And Reconciliation: Why This New Clean Energy Program Matters” • The Clean Electricity Performance Program was passed out of a key House of Representatives committee last week. It is a step closer to reality, as part of the powerful budget reconciliation bill. Passage of this and complementary measures is very important for clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Electric Construction Equipment From Volvo CE Passes One Year Test With Flying Colors” • Volvo Construction Equipment is creating construction equipment. Two battery-powered units, the L25 electric compact wheel loader and the ECR25 electric compact excavator, have been put through a year of trials and had enthusiastic praise. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo CE electric loader (Volvo CE image)

¶ “World Leaders Pledge $400 Billion To Boost Clean Energy And Renewables” • Numerous political and business leaders have committed more than $400 billion (just over €340 billion) to the expansion of renewable and clean energy, the UN announced. They also vowed to dramatically expand access to electricity in developing nations. [DW]

¶ “Tušnica Wind Farm And Zvizdan Solar Power Plant To Be Online By End-2023” • Works are under way on two more renewable energy power plants in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both should be online by the end of 2023. They are the 72.6-MW Tušnica wind farm and the 23-MW Zvizdan solar power plant. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind turbines (Laura Penwell, Pexels)

¶ “As Energy Prices Soar In Spain, Residents Seek Renewable Alternatives” • Across Spain, the price of electricity has steadily risen at historically high rates since early this summer, and it’s expected to climb even higher. Experts say the price hike is due to several factors, primarily the increase of the price of natural gas and CO₂ emission costs. [PRI.org]

¶ “EU Vows To Accelerate Renewable Energy As Electricity Costs Soar” • With gas and electricity prices soaring in Europe and industry having a hard keeping up with the cost, the EU energy and transport ministers met in Slovenia to address problem. The solution is accelerate the increased use and development of renewable energy. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Transmission lines (Pixabay)

¶ “UEA Scientist Says Sizewell C Nuclear Plant Is Outdated” • Nuclear power has been “outdated by technology” and offshore wind can produce power more quickly and cheaply, an energy scientist told the BBC. Professor in energy and climate change Charlie Wilson said there was no longer a good case for a new £20 billion Sizewell C plant. [BBC]

US:

¶ “La Niña Is About To Take The Southwest Drought From Bad To Worse” • Though summer rainfall brought some relief to the Southwest, the unrelenting drought there is about to get worse with La Niña on the horizon, the director at the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said. La Niña conditions are typically drier than normal in the Southwest. [CNN]

¶ “Colorado Law Creates Transparency At Rural Electric Co-Ops” • Colorado has long had a law ensuring cooperative transparency and access to board meetings. However, that transparency and access doesn’t apply to Tri-State, a generation and transmission cooperative. But Tri-State has been losing members over coal, which has become too expensive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This San Francisco Housing Development Comes With Its Own Farm” • Some things like the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars just scream “San Francisco.” But a new housing development in San Francisco may take the “peak California” crown. Designed by Agrihood, it includes something you might not expect in its plans: its own farm. [CleanTechnica]

Urban farm (Image courtesy of Agrihood)

¶ “TotalEnergies Breaks Ground On 80-MW Texas PV” • TotalEnergies and its partner 174 Power Global have started construction of the 80-MW Midlothian Gerdau solar farm in Texas, as a 50:50 joint venture. The steel producer Gerdau Long Steel North America will buy the electricity generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement. [reNEWS]

¶ “Governor Of California Signs Legislation To Kickstart Californian Offshore Wind” • Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation encouraging Californian offshore wind development as part of the state’s goal to have 100% clean energy by 2045. The bill requires the California Energy Commission to establish offshore wind goals. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Why Are E-Bikes Taking Off In North America While Electric Motorcycles Stagnate?” • It used to be that there were bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles, with fairly bright lines between these categories, but electrification is making a mess of all that, both practically and legally. There are now reasons why people prefer bicycles over motorcycles. [CleanTechnica]

E-bike (Gotrax, Unsplash)

¶ “A Federal Clean Energy Standard Would Build On Decades Of State Experience” • Starting with Iowa, thirty states have already set clean-energy goals. Their successes in meeting the goals, and proving critics wrong, are the seeds for a national standard. A new series of stories from Audubon investigates the industry at this crucial time. [National Audubon Society]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Lithium-Sulfur, Lithium-Carbon – Batteries Have Come A Long Way, Baby” • Ready for some battery tech news? Both Lyten and MAHLE have announced new battery technology breakthroughs, and neither is some pie-in-the-sky laboratory experiment. Both promise lower costs, faster charging, and reduced flammability. [CleanTechnica]

Lyten lithium-sulfur batteries (Lyten image)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Giants Pan ‘Coalkeeper Policy’ As Ministers Meet” • Representatives of some of Australia’s most prominent renewable energy companies are united in criticism of an Energy Security Board proposal that consumers pay such conventional generators as coal and gas power plants for their electricity plus an added fee for their capacity. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Sleeping Beauty’s Forest Is Dying. It’s Not The Only Climate Crisis Facing Germany’s Next Chancellor” • The forests around Sababurg Castle are dying because of climate change and the invasive species it is driving. The climate is an important issue in the election, the first in 16 years that won’t feature Chancellor Angela Merkel. [CNN]

Damaged spruce forest in the Harz (Fährtenleser, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Gas Crisis Leaves Europe Searching For Solutions” • In Europe, consumers are facing a steep rise in energy bills, and governments are scrambling to help. The crisis has highlighted the difficulty for Europeans in funding the move to renewable energy. Here, five correspondents explain how different countries are responding. [BBC]

¶ “SA Mines To Invest In Massive 2 GW Of Renewable Energy” • South African mining companies plan to invest in 2 GW of supplementary renewable energy, as Eskom can’t meet the industry’s energy demand, according to Minerals Council of South Africa CEO Roger Baxter. The industry is also considering alternative fuels such as hydrogen. [News24]

Wind turbines (Mainstream Renewables image)

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Energy Compact Signed By IRENA And GWEC” • The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Global Wind Energy Council announced an agenda to ensure sustainable energy for all while helping in the war against climate change. It seeks a great increase in the share of offshore wind energy by 2030. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Polish Copper Giant Signs Deal With US Company For Small Nuclear Reactors” • Polish copper giant KGHM signed an MOU with NuScale Power for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants. “The changes in the climate are forcing us to take decisive action,” said the president of the KGHM management board. [EURACTIV.com]

KGHM copper works (Krzychu6, placed into the public domain)

US:

¶ “Mercedes EQS Starting Price Is Lower Than Gas S-Class Starting Price” • Mercedes just exploded the myth that EVs are more expensive than their gas-powered equivalents. It released pricing and specifications for the EQS coming to the US next year. The starting price for the EQS is much below that of the fuel-burning S-Class. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Reveals Details Of Its Ultium Electric Motors” • We have heard a lot about the Ultium batteries GM is manufacturing with its partner, LG Energy Solution, at a new factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Ultium is actually GM’s name for its entire EV platform that will be the basis for all of its electric cars going forward. Here is a look at the motors. [CleanTechnica]

GM Ultium motors (GM image)

¶ “Forecast: US Hydropower Generation To Decline 14% In 2021 Due To Drought” • In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration forecast that electricity generation from US hydropower plants will be 14% lower in 2021 than in 2020. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions in the West are driving the decline. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DuPont Signs 135-MW Wind VPPA In US” • Chemicals giant DuPont has signed a virtual power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources for 135 MW of wind energy in Texas. The VPPA will deliver about 528,000 MWh of electricity per year from the Appaloosa Run project, which is to be operational by the end of 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (NextEra image)

¶ “What Can NH Learn From A Little Island With A Lot Of Renewable Energy?” • About 10 miles off New Hampshire’s coast, there’s a little island that could be a snapshot of what our future on the mainland might look like when it comes to renewable energy. Appledore Island has a microgrid largely powered by the sun and wind. [NH Business Review]

¶ “Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Is Reviewing Plant Deconstruction And Waste Disposal” • The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel has been holding a series of meetings reviewing the deconstruction of the former Vermont Yankee nuclear facility and long-term storage of its waste. [WAMC]

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September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Medium- And Heavy-Duty Vehicle Electrification 101” • To bring Americans better air and better health, we must transition to a fully zero-emission truck and bus fleet as soon as possible. How? By considering the need for charging infrastructure, costs of the vehicles, and getting help from utilities and supportive policies and programs. [CleanTechnica]

Mack Trucks electric garbage truck

¶ “Entergy Makes $11 Billion A Year But Failed To Protect Louisiana’s Power Grid During Ida – And Why” • Louisiana needs to embrace building microgrids and more distributed energy. However, Entergy is opposed to distributed energy, local renewable energy, and energy storage. In essence, it’s all about greed, money, and profits. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wind Energy Can Deliver A Vital Reduction To Global Warming” • Implementing advance wind energy scenarios could greatly reduce the growth in average atmospheric temperatures of global warming. The reduction would be of 0.3°C to 0.8°C by the end of the century, according to a report by researchers at Cornell University. [Newswise]

Wind farm (RawFilm, Unsplash)

¶ “Air Pollution: Even Worse Than We Thought – WHO” • Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization warned, as it reduces maximum safe levels of key pollutants such nitrogen dioxide. The WHO said an estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked to air pollution. [BBC]

World:

¶ “The Climate Can’t Wait For Electric Planes. Sustainable Fuel May Be The Answer” • More than 50 airlines, oil companies, and other companies, including Delta, BP, and Boeing, pledged to replace 10% of global jet fuel supply with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Experts say we can’t wait for electric planes to appear to address climate change. [CNN]

NASA X-57 Maxwell (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “Europe’s Gas Crisis Is Also A Renewables Crisis, But There Are Ready Solutions” • Europe has seen much higher prices for natural gas, has demand increased and wind power suffered from an unusually calm summer. EU politicians note in the crisis that reducing dependence on imported gas would mean reducing political dependence on Russia. [CNN]

¶ “More Zero Emissions Buses Are Coming To London And Mumbai” • While most of our attention here at CleanTechnica is on electric vehicles, the world’s public transportation systems are quietly moving forward with an EV revolution of their own. Here are two items that popped up in the world news during the past 24 hours. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus in London (BYD image)

¶ “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says The World Needs To ‘Grow Up’ And Deal With Climate Change” • Humanity needs to “grow up” and deal with the issue of climate change, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Johnson slammed the world’s inadequate response to the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy And Kalyon To Power Turkey With 1.3-GW Solar Projects” • GE Renewable Energy announced it was selected by Kalyon to deliver its FLEXINVERTER* solar power station technology for two phases of the Karapinar solar plant in Turkey. The 1,080-MW project is expected to be operating in December 2022. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “German Solarwatt Opens New Production Line In Dresden” • Germany’s Solarwatt opened a new production line for PV modules as part of a 100 million euro ($117 million) investment, as it promotes the convergence of the renewable power, smart home, heating, and e-mobility. The line will produce a million modules per year. [Yahoo Finance]

US:

¶ “US Solar Industry Writes Letter: Anonymous Tariff Proposal Could Devastate US Clean Energy And Climate Progress” • Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would wreck thousands of US solar companies and make the industry miss out on 18 GW of solar PV deployment by 2023, the Solar Energy Industries Association says. [CleanTechnica]

Solar technician (Gustavo Fring, Pexels)

¶ “Tesla Breaks Ground On Its First Megafactory For Megapacks” • The reported ground-breaking for the new Megafactory is great news for Tesla and its energy customers, as Megapacks are in high demand. Once Tesla is able to mass-produce Megapacks at a faster clip, we could see Tesla Energy become just as successful as its automotive side. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enlight Inks Power Purchase For 440-MW Arizona PV” • Enlight’s US solar subsidiary Clenera signed a power purchase agreement for the output from a 440-MW solar plant in Arizona. The 20-year PPA is with community-based energy utility SRP for the CO Bar Solar plant. The project is north-west of Flagstaff. It is due online in 2024. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Antonio Garcia, Unsplash)

¶ “Electrify America To Phase Out CHAdeMO In 2022” • Anxious and confused people are most often disinclined to embrace new technology. If we really want to turbocharge the EV revolution, we need to simplify the charging process. Pull in, plug in, charge up, and go. Electrify America must be reading my mind. It is simplifying charging. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ohio Lawmakers Revisiting Ways To Encourage Renewable Energy Development” • Ohio lawmakers say they want to figure out ways to bring more renewable energy projects to the state after the old renewable energy credits were rolled back in the sweeping and tainted energy bill of 2019 that also bailed out nuclear plants. [The Statehouse News Bureau]

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September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2021

Opinion:

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

Honest government ad (Screenshot via Youtube)

Science and Technology:

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

World:

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

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

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

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

Rolling out EVs (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

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

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

Floating wind turbine (Statkraft image)

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

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

Wind turbines (EDPR Canada)

US:

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

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

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Wei Zeng, Unsplash)

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

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

Appalachia (Jenna Richardson, Pexels)

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

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

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September 21 Energy News

September 21, 2021

Opinion: 

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

Toyota Mirai (Toyoda image)

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

Science and Technology:

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

Stella Vita (Eindhoven University of Technology)

World:

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

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

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

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

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

Empty shelves (Martijn Baudoin, Unsplash)

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

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

Lightsource BP solar farm (Press release image)

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

US:

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

Plastic packet (Image courtesy Taco Bell)

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

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

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

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

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

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September 20 Energy News

September 20, 2021

Opinion: 

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

Australia (David Clode, Unsplash)

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

Science and Technology:

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

Natural gas pipeline (Selim Arda Eryilmaz, Unsplash)

World:

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

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

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

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

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

Borkum Riffgrund 2 (Ørsted image)

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

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

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

Australia:

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

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

Wind turbines (RawFilm, Unsplash)

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

US:

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

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

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

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

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September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2021

Opinion: 

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

Bush fire in Tasmania (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

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

Science and Technology:

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

School of fish (jean wimmerlin, Unsplash)

World:

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Shop (Climate Shop)

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

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

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

US:

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

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

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

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

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

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