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June 19 Energy News

June 19, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “UN Greenwashes Shipping With Hopelessly Weak Carbon Efficiency Target” • The global shipping fleet will be required to reduce its carbon intensity by just 1.5% per year under a climate plan adopted by the UN regulator, the IMO. The target falls far short of the 7% annual reduction required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]

Ships at sea (Tim Mossholder, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Are Hybrid Systems Truly The Future Of The Grid? NREL’s Magic 8-Ball Says: ‘Concentrate And Ask Again.'” • Hybrid renewable energy systems combine technologies of renewable energy and energy storage in a single plant. National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis indicates there are still challenges in evaluating the benefits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Everything But The (Forest) Sink” • The EU has led the way in including “sustainable” wood burning in renewable energy goals. But as global emissions fail to drop, natural habitats and species decline, and the window for climate action narrows, experts call increasingly to end biomass subsidies and to stop calling forest wood a renewable energy source. [Energy Monitor]

Biomass power plant in Portugal. (Courtesy of NGO ZERO)

World:

¶ “Gaps In Cellular Coverage Hobble Climate Resilience And Preparedness Of African Farmers” • Climate change information is difficult to access for many African farmers and this impacts the critical problem of food security. Better food security would follow from better information, and better cell phone coverage could bring that with it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ChargePoint Launches Electric Fleet Charging Ecosystem” • As the world adopts EV technology, ChargePoint has rolled out a “global fleet solution portfolio.” No matter the size of your fleet, ChargePoint wants your business. Much of this is pre-existing products and services, but it is more comprehensively packaged and tailored to fleets now. [CleanTechnica]

ChargePoint system (Image courtesy of ChargePoint)

¶ “DBP Grants P750-Million Credit Line To Boost Renewable Energy Storage” • The Development Bank of the Philippines has granted a P750 million ($15.5 million) revolving credit line to an energy firm for the manufacture and export of cost-effective and sustainable energy storage systems for companies generating renewable energy. [The Manila Times]

¶ “Bogoslovec, First Private Wind Farm In North Macedonia, Secures Loan For Construction” • The 36-MW Bogoslovec wind farm project, owned by local company BNB Kompani and Green for Growth Fund, has reached a financial close which includes €51 million in financing by Erste Group and local lenders, and €10 million by OeEB. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind farm (James Glen, Pixabay)

¶ “Swiss Government Proposes Making New Renewable Energy Targets Binding” • The Swiss government proposed binding rules to boost energy production from renewable sources such as hydropower and to limit energy use through 2035 and 2050. The Swiss voters had earlier rejected a law with measures to help the country meet its emissions goals. [Reuters]

¶ “Australian Town Powered With 100% Renewable Energy Using Microgrid” • Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions have successfully powered the Australian town of Onslow solely using renewable energy, showing the potential of microgrids. The technology has “broad applications for the world at large,” PXiSE Energy Solutions CEO Patrick Lee said. [PV Tech]

Microgird solar system (Horizon Power image)

US:

¶ “Switching From Coal To Batteries At Maryland Power Plant” • According to Canary Media, unexpectedly low prices from PJM’s latest capacity auction spurred a fresh wave of coal generation retirement announcements this month. Talen Energy is installing a 20-MW battery storage facility at the site of a shuttered unit of the HA Wagner plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Concentrating Solar Startup Heliogen Raises $108 Million In Two Funding Rounds” • Renewable energy technology company Heliogen has raised $108 million in funding across two rounds, the second of which was oversubscribed. Industries that require high temperatures, such as cement and steel making, are taking interest in Heliogen’s technology. [CleanTechnica]

Heliogen concentrating solar system (Courtesy of Heliogen)

¶ “Traders Beef Up US Renewable Fuel Teams As Demand Soars” • Production of renewable fuels is rising as refiners look for ways to offset emissions and benefit from incentives. As demand soars, commodity merchants and investment firms are bolstering US teams that specialize in trading renewable fuels, according to people familiar with the matter. [Reuters]

¶ “Kansas City Engages Community To Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure” • Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Energy Center and other organizations to increase the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri, by installing charging units on existing streetlights. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a car (Metropolitan Energy Center image)

¶ “Report Finds 100% Renewable Energy Feasible In Georgia” • The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy studied what needs to happen in the Southeast to meet President Biden’s goal to move to renewable energy by 2035. They found that it’s doable. The utilities would have to expand solar and wind, as well as energy efficiency programs, starting now. [The Current GA]

¶ “Georgia Power Seeks $235 Million Boost To Pay For Nuclear Plant” • Georgia Power is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as it seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer by about $4 a month. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can The US Survive California’s Drought?” • The drought facing the Western US is bad. Really bad. It is a national and international crisis. California produces more than a third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts sold in the US, so the drought is affecting more than California and the Southwest. It is threatening our food supply. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “G7 Embraces Climate Action To Drive Equitable Recovery” • Biden’s doing what’s best for the country at home, and he has got the rest of the world on board. Now it’s time for Congress to get behind this grand vision of American renewal so we can move forward with the climate action and broad-based recovery the country so desperately needs. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Amount Of Heat The Earth Traps Has Doubled In Just 15 Years, Study Shows” • The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere that it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. [CNN]

Clouds (Artur D, Unsplash)

¶ “A Deeper Look At The Health Costs Of Climate Hazards” • The NRDC and partners released a report last month on the staggering financial toll of fossil fuel air pollution and climate change on human health in the US. Here we are providing some more information to clarify our findings and take a deeper dive into our report methods. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost” • New research from North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University finds that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the result is greater reliability in the system’s ability to handle peak energy demand. [NC State News]

Solar array (American Public Power Association)

World:

¶ “G7 And SEC: Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosure Needed Now” • G7 leaders met in the UK last week, and climate was high on the agenda, as it must be. One of the areas of agreement among the leaders of the world’s largest economies might seem new but has been in the works for years: mandatory climate disclosures from companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SolarTaxi Adds The XPeng G3 To Its Growing Range Of EV Models For Sale And Leasing In Ghana!” • In Ghana, SolarTaxi Ghana wants to make sure a lot more full electric models are available to would-be buyers. It is now offering more than 12 models in Ghana that are available on a long term lease, rental, or outright purchase basis. [CleanTechnica]

SolarTaxi XPeng G3 (SolarTaxi image)

¶ “Lightsource BP Adds 703 MW To Spanish PV Pipeline” • Lightsource BP has acquired Grupo Jorge’s 703-MW project pipeline in Spain for an undisclosed price, bringing its own Spanish pipeline to 3 GW. The acquisition consists of three projects based in Aragon. Lightsource BP plans bring them to the construction phase next year. [reNEWS]

¶ “RES Team Wins 200-MW Saskatchewan Wind Prize” • RES and Cowessess First Nation have secured a tender award with SaskPower for the 200-MW Bekevar wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan. Construction of the project, which will have about 40 turbines, is expected to start in the summer of 2022 and to be completed by the end of 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine on a farm (RES image)

US:

¶ “California Reservoir Is Expected To Fall So Low That A Hydro Plant Will Shut Down For First Time” • In a drought worsened by climate change, water in Northern California’s Lake Oroville will fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said, straining the state’s already-taxed electric grid. [CNN]

¶ “California Prepares For A Long Wildfire Season As Record Heat Parches The State” • As record heat and an drought tightens their grip, vegetation in California has dried to historic levels, and the region at great risk of wildfires, officials say. “Live fuel moisture remain at or near historic lows at all sites for June 15,” one Bay Area Cal Fire unit tweeted. [CNN]

¶ “Can Electric Pickup Trucks Save The Grid In Texas?” • Just months after it was battered by a winter storm, the Texas electric grid is once again straining under extreme weather conditions. But Texas is also on the leading edge of America’s ongoing electric vehicle boom. And an EV is, in many practical ways, a battery that can roll around. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ERCOT Is Having Problems With Electricity In Texas Again, And Summer Has Only Begun” • Texas gets hot – very hot. It is pointless to tell Texans to use less electricity – they will use their AC. ERCOT stated that about 11,000 MW of generating capacity is down for repairs. Of that number, about 8,000 MW is thermal. And summer is just starting. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack in Texas (Jared Evans, Unsplash)

¶ “Polestar 3 Electric SUV Will Be Manufactured In US” • Polestar 3 is a battery electric SUV made by Volvo, now owned by Geely, a Chinese company. For the North American market, the Polestar 3 will be manufactured at the Volvo Cars factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which produces the Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo’s largest SUV, the XC90. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NC Energy Bill Addresses Coal-Fired Plants, Renewable Power. It Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says Governor” • Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill defended it despite opposition from interest groups and Gov Roy Cooper. If it were law, it would retire Duke Energy coal-fired plants, expand solar, but keep nuclear. [Greensboro News and Record]

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June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “When It Comes To Nuclear Power, ‘Advanced’ Isn’t Always Better” • There is growing interest in expanding the role of nuclear power to address climate change. A comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of non-light-water reactor concepts under development suggests the interest is informed by wishful thinking. [CleanTechnica]

Prairie Island construction, 1970 (US DOE, public domain)

World:

¶ “UK Warned It Is Unprepared For Climate Chaos” • A report by the independent Climate Change Committee predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought. It warns of more severe heatwaves and more intense rainfall, with increased flood risks across most of the UK. It says homes, infrastructure, and services must be made resilient. [BBC

¶ “Vast Polish Coal Mine Infuriates The Neighbors” • Access to running water is taken for granted by almost everyone in Europe. But it is not there for thousands of Czech villagers living near a gigantic open-pit coal mine that is just across the border in Poland. The Turow mine is getting closer to the Czech border, disrupting water supplies. [BBC]

Turow open pit mine (Atalanta, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Queensland Premier Has Announced A $2 Billion Fund For A Renewable Energy Future” • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $2 billion investment fund to be used to finance a clean hydrogen industry, mining operations for solar panel materials, the emerging EV industry, and greater manufacturing of green energy products. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Volvo And Volkswagen The Only European Carmakers On Track To Electrify On Time” • Transport & Environment’s ranking of the readiness of 10 major OEMs in Europe to transition to electric by 2030 shows there are big differences in ambition and quality of their plans. Volkswagen and Volvo Cars have aggressive and credible strategies. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 Recharge (Volvo image)

¶ “NSW Commits $380 Million To Speed Up Network Upgrades For Renewable Energy” • The New South Wales government committed $380 million over the next four years to boost network infrastructure for the state’s first renewable energy zones. It hopes this will unlock tens of billions of dollars in new investment in renewables projects. [Renew Economy]

¶ “UK PV Capacity Must Treble To Meet 2030 Target” • The UK Government must treble solar capacity in order to meet carbon zero targets by 2030, according to a report by Solar Energy UK. Its report urges Westminster to set out policy and regulatory changes for the solar sector which would allow the industry to deliver 40 GW of operational capacity. [reNEWS]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “China’s Taishan-1 Reactor Has Five Damaged Fuel Rods: Ministry” • There are likely five damaged fuel rods in the 1,750-MW Taishan-1 EPR in China, which led to increased radiation levels within the reactor coolant, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment said. It is the first official explanation for the reactor’s recent technical problems. [S&P Global]

¶ “GE Secures 149-MW Order In India” • GE Renewable Energy has been chosen by Continuum Green Energy India to supply, install and commission 55 turbines for the 149-MW Morjar, Bhuj wind farm in Gujarat, India. The 2.7-132 turbine has proven to be the technology of choice for customers in India because of its performance at low wind speeds, said GE. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (GE Renewable Energy image)

US:

¶ “An Eighth Of The US Population Is Sweltering Under A Record-Breaking Heat Dome. Climate Change Is Making It Worse” • This heat wave and the exceptional drought in the Southwest are part of a damaging feedback loop enhanced by climate change, experts say. The hotter it gets, the drier it gets; the drier it gets, the hotter it gets. [CNN]

¶ “GM Boosts Spending On Electric Vehicles To $35 Billion By 2025” • General Motors announced that it increased its planned spending on EVs to $35 billion by 2025. That is a 75% increase since March, 2020, when GM said it would spend $20 billion on EVs by 2025. It has raised the amount twice since 2020, first to $27 billion, and now to $35 billion. [CNN]

GMC Hummer EV (GM image)

¶ “Tesla Solar Is Becoming More And More Affordable” • Elon Musk is making solar more and more affordable, with better rates on solar loans. Tesla’s loan option had been for a 20-year plan with 10% down and 5.99% APR. Recently, Tesla made the loan option much more affordable with a new 10-year plan, 10% of the cost down, and only 0.99% APR. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The United States Consumed A Record Amount Of Renewable Energy In 2020” • In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the US grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion BTUs, or 12% of total US energy consumption. While renewable energy grew in 2020, fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy (Monthly Energy Review US EIA)

¶ “Brooklyn To Deploy Old Navy Yard For New Offshore Wind Ventures” • The old Brooklyn Navy Yard was the centerpiece of seagoing innovation from its startup in 1801 for 165 years. Tech incubator Newlab has paired with Ørsted, the renewable energy developer, to launch new ventures from the Navy Yard, starting with offshore wind power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environmental Council: Iowa Utilities Don’t Need Coal Power To Meet Demand” • Iowa’s investor-owned utilities should speed up the retirement of coal plants because neither of them needs that power to meet demand, the Iowa Environmental Council said in a new analysis. Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in wind energy production. [Iowa Capital Dispatch]

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June 16 Energy News

June 16, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Marine Protected Areas Key To Our Future” • If we want our ocean to stay productive, we need to step up now. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing much of global warming’s heat, so it’s warmer and more acidic than ever. Marine life is searching for cooler waters, harmful algae are blooming, and  vital habitats are being destroyed. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Sean Oulashin, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “More Details On Tesla’s Innovative Carbon-Wrapped Motor” • Tesla is always coming up with innovative solutions to solve problems large or small, and one such example was revealed at the Model S Plaid delivery event last week. Elon Musk said the Plaid’s carbon-wrapped motor is the most advanced motor on the planet outside of a lab. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “The Geely Vision Starburst Is Your Futuristic Neon Dream Machine” • Geely has been on a bit of an automotive roll lately, with its Volvo and Polestar brands winning acclaim and market share while its Lotus cars brand is redefining the hypercar market with its 2000 HP all-electric Evija. Its latest concept is the Geely Vision Starburst. [CleanTechnica]

Geely Vision Starburst (Geely, via Slash/Gear)

¶ “The Renewable Energy Revolution Has A Major Employment Problem” • The seemingly unstoppable growth trend has hit a serious speed bump. There just aren’t enough workers. The industry is expanding so rapidly that there simply aren’t enough qualified and skilled workers to fill the huge swath of new job openings in the field. [Oil Price]

¶ “UN And IRENA To Advance Renewables In Peacekeeping Missions” • The UN and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the use of renewable energy in peacekeeping missions. They will help countries that host UN peacekeeping operations increase their use of renewable energy. [Energy Live News]

Use of solar energy (IRENA image)

¶ “Parkwind Reaches Financial Close On Arcadis Ost 1 Wind Farm” • Parkwind has announced that the 257-MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm reached financial close. Parkwind will now launch construction of its first German project. The wind farm will be located in the German territorial waters of the Baltic Sea, northeast of the island of Rügen. [reNEWS]

¶ “Northland And PKN Orlen Win Offshore Wind CFD In Poland” • Northland Power and PKN Orlen have won an initial Contract for Difference for the 1200-MW Baltic Power offshore wind farm off Poland. The award is part of a commitment by the Polish government to support the initial phase of 5.9 GW of offshore windpower. [reNEWS]

Fishing and offshore windpower (B Brewer, Unsplash)

¶ “Nordic Wind Fund Reaches €342 Million Of Commitments” • Prime Capital’s Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund, has reached total commitments of €342 million following its third closing. The fund, launched in June 2020, focuses on assets in wind energy in the Nordic countries and aims to secure them in their late development stage. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration’s Oil And Gas Lease Pause” • A federal court blocked, for now, the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leasing. The decision by a US District Court in Louisiana is a temporary order. The administration may be required to follow a schedule of lease sales set by the Obama administration. [CNN]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “Electric Grid Operator Asks Texans To Stop Blasting AC As Unplanned Outages And Heat Collide” • ERCOT, which operates much of the Texas electric grid, asked residents to conserve as much energy as possible during a heatwave. About 11,000 MW of generation are on forced outage for repairs, including about 8,000 MW of thermal energy. [CNN]

¶ “Everybody Loves A Trolley, Especially If It’s Electric!” • BYD partnered with Cable Car Classics of Healdsburg, California, to design a trolley that uses a 35-foot BYD transit bus chassis as its starting point. The result was quiet, zero emission trolleys, each capable of transporting 30 passengers. The trolleys are now in service in Walla Walla, Washington. [CleanTechnica]

Electric trolley (Courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Oil Pipeline Crossing Native Community Lands Gets Support From Minnesota Court” • A Minnesota state appeals court ruled in favor of the Line 3 pipeline, upholding key approvals by state regulators. It found Minnesota’s Public Utility Commission did not act improperly when it granted Enbridge permits concerning the route and “certificate of need.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior And Commerce Departments Restore Lands To Native Hawaiian Community” • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the transfer of 80 acres of surplus federal property on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land could be used to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. [CleanTechnica]

Coast of O‘ahu (Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

¶ “TriMet Announces Move To All Renewable Electricity” • In Portland, Oregon, starting this month, all TriMet’s electric buses and MAX trains are powered by renewable electricity, reducing TriMet’s carbon emissions by over 25%. Interim General Manager Sam Desue, Jr says they wanted to do their part to support a green energy future. [KPTV]

¶ “How A Week-Old Fire At Comanche Peak Shut Down A Nuclear Power Unit And Pressured Texas’ Grid” • One of the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant’s two units has been offline for over a week, since a June 7 fire in the main transformer. This put pressure on the Texas power grid, contributing to a plea for statewide conservation. [Dallas Morning News]

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June 15 Energy News

June 15, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid Model S – ‘I Love This Car'” • Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno’s new record time is for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph. [CleanTechnica] (And the AC was on.)

Jay Leno (Franz von Holzhausen via Twitter, screenshot)

World:

¶ “‘Bitter Reality’ Shown In Global Renewables Report” • REN21 published its Renewables 2021 Global Status Report. It found the world is “nowhere near the necessary paradigm shift towards a clean, healthier and more equitable energy future.” In 2011, fossil fuels generated 80.3% of the total electricity mix. The number is 80.2% today. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “NATO And Climate Change: How Big Is The Problem?” • The world’s most powerful defence alliance agreed to step up efforts to tackle climate change for the first time. NATO members have pledged to “significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from military activities” in a way that does not impact personnel safety or the effectiveness of their operations. [BBC]

FV433 self-propelled field artillery (Eric Feng, Unsplash)

¶ “UK And Norway Complete World’s Longest Subsea Electricity Cable” • The world’s longest submarine electrical cable will be turned on this week as testing of a 720-km interconnect that can exchange power between the UK and Norway begins. This cable can carry 1.4 GW of power, which is about the equivalent capacity of a large nuclear reactor. [California News Times]

¶ “Europe Tools Up Against US And Asia As A Car Battery Force” • Startup Northvolt, co-founded by two former Tesla executives, is building a battery gigafactory in Sweden. Norwegian energy company Freyr is planning a gigafactory fuelled by wind and hydro energy in Norway. Another gigafactory is being built in the UK. The EU may be getting its own batteries. [BBC]

Mo i Rana, Norway (Karoline Vargdal, Unsplash)

Australia:

¶ “NSW Sees Diminishing Role For Coal As Canada Plans To Phase Out Thermal Coal By 2030” • Five years ago, the New South Wales treasury released an intergenerational report that projected the demand for coal would increase at about 1.6% a year pretty much forever. This year, the intergenerational report is completely different. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Airports Harnessing Green Energy” • Melbourne Airport unveiled its new solar farm installation, which one of Australia’s largest solar farms, covering about 26 football pitches. It is one more step towards a carbon-neutral future for the airport. Using it as a starting point, we can explore sustainable energy use at airports worldwide. [Airport Technology]

Melbourne Airport solar array (Melbourne Airport image)

¶ “Sydney Trains To Run On Renewable Energy” • The New South Wales state government has announced plans to reduce emissions from the Sydney rail network to zero within four years. The change is a move transport minister, Mr Andrew Constance, says is a great step forward in helping the state tackle climate change. [International Railway Journal]

US:

¶ “High-Elevation Forests In The Rockies Are Burning More Now Than In The Past 2,000 Years” • Following a devastating wildfire season in 2020, new research shows that high-elevation forests in the Rocky Mountains are burning more now than any previous time in the past 2,000 years, amid extreme drought, induced by climate change. [CNN]

Cameron Peak fire (Canyon Lakes Ranger RD)

¶ “Companies Face A Financial Risk From The Climate Crisis. States Want Them To Reveal Just How Much” • US Corporations must be required to disclose financial risks posed by the climate crisis, state attorneys general told the SEC. California and nearly a dozen other states warned the SEC that its current disclosure rules are inadequate. [CNN]

¶ “$200 Million More For Electric Vehicles, Batteries, And Connected Vehicles From US DOE” • The US DOE announced $200 million in funding to DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships over the next five years for EVs, batteries, and connected vehicles projects. The funding focus covers the entire battery supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

NREL researcher working on chargers (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “PG&E Commissions Microgrid Near Yosemite National Park” • Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility that serves much of northern California, has commissioned the first of many standalone microgrids near Yosemite National Park. Built and installed by BoxPower, the remote microgrid will permanently replace the overhead distribution power lines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo And JB Hunt Team Up To Bring Autonomous Freight Trucks To Texas” • Autonomous driving technology company Waymo has teamed up with JB Hunt, a transportation logistics company based in Arkansas, for a pilot project designed to test Waymo’s autonomous driving in moving freight. The tests will be conducted in Texas. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous truck (Image courtesy of Waymo)

¶ “Maryland Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Retire Five Years Early – Before Worker Retraining Kicks In” • GenOn Holdings plans to shut down two 50-year-old coal units that it has at Morgantown Generating Station in Charles County by June 2022. The two coal units together have a capacity of 1,229 MW. They were scheduled to close in 2027. [Maryland Matters]

¶ “Texas renewable energy projects take off in spite of GOP pushback” • Instead of blaming green power for the grid failure in Texas last February, investors and developers have decided that Texas renewable energy needs to grow – a lot. The state is aligning for massive green power development, the American Clean Power Association says. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

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June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tracking The Transition: The ‘Forgotten’ Emissions Undoing The Work Of Australia’s Renewable Energy Boom” • A working paper from Australian National University shows that despite emissions reductions in the electricity supply and elsewhere, and transport, industry, and buildings sectors are dragging Australia backwards on emissions. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop PV system in Australia (Solar Bay image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Pathway Emerges To Improve Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cell Performance” • A discovery may prove to be a boon for the next generation of several different types of thin-film PV cells. It has to do with a chemical process that was occurring in solar cells unnoticed, but had a positive effect on the cells’ values. Now it can be intentional. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring To Help Honey Bees” • Hit by a deadly parasitic mite, pesticides, and climate change, a survey showed that between April 2019 and 2020 43.7% of US bee hives were lost. An Irish business, ApisProtect, makes wireless in-hive sensors that transmit data to website-based software so bee keepers know what hives need intervention. [BBC]

Tending hives (Best Bees Company image)

World:

¶ “BP Joins Statkraft And Aker For Norway Offshore Bid” • BP has joined Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in a ‎consortium bidding to develop offshore wind energy in Norway. Each member of the consortium will hold a third ownership stake. The partnership will pursue a bid to develop offshore wind power in the Sørlige Nordsjø 2 ‎licence area. [reNEWS]

¶ “G7 Leaders Share A Bold Vision For A Net Zero Future. But The Devil Is In The Lack Of Detail” • There was some concrete progress earlier in the summit from G7 ministers, and a vision laid out by leaders for a net zero world that would take a green approach to everything. But the final communiqué was lacking details the experts had hope for. [CNN]

Falmouth harbor (Kate Joyce, Unsplash)

¶ “India’s Wind Market Could Expand By 50% Over Next Five Years” • The world’s fourth-largest wind power market is expected to add nearly 20.2 GW of new capacity between 2021 and 2025, according to the latest report from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence. This would boost India’s 39.2-GW wind market by about 50%. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Japan Selects Local Consortium For Floater” • The Japanese government has selected a consortium of six companies led by the Toda Corporation to develop a floating offshore wind farm off the country’s coast. The group, which also includes Kepco and the Eneos Corporation, was the only bidder and will work on the 16.8-MW project off Nagasaki Prefecture. [reNEWS]

Towing a floating turbine (Principle Power image)

¶ “Geothermal Power Sector Gains Steam In Renewable Energy Race” • As geothermal power gains momentum as a renewable energy source, Japanese contractors are well positioned for growing business. The Environment Ministry plans to accelerate development of geothermal power as part reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [Nikkei Asia]

¶ “Mozambique Starts Construction On First Solar Energy Storage IPP” • Globeleq, Source Energia, and Electricidade de Moçambique started building the first independent power plant in Mozambique that has both solar PVs and utility-scale energy storage. It will include solar PVs for 15 MW of AC power, and 2 MW, 7 MWh, of energy storage. [ESI Africa]

Start of construction in Mozambique (Globeleq image)

¶ “McCain Foods Commitment Will Help Limit Global Warming To 1.5°C” • McCain Foods’ commitment to cut in half greenhouse gas emissions across all of its global operations by the end of the decade was verified to align with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. It is the only food and beverage company in Canada verified by Science Based Targets. [PotatoPro]

¶ “Mocean Blue X Wave Device Put To The Test” • Mocean Energy started testing its Blue X wave energy prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland. Later this summer, it will be moved to a grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will be tested in rougher full sea conditions. [reNEWS]

Mocean Blue X Wave Device (Photo by Colin Keldie)

¶ “US Assessing Reported Leak At Chinese Nuclear Power Facility” • The US government spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to US officials and documents reviewed by CNN. [CNN Philippines]

US:

¶ “Colorado Environmental And Equity Legislative Roundup” • After months of drafting, negotiating, and promoting legislation in the Colorado State Capitol, the General Assembly adjourned. Looking back over the past six months, it’s clear that achieving enforceable and equitable climate action was a top priority for many people and groups. [CleanTechnica]

Colorado (Bob Wick, BLM, DOI, cropped)

¶ “Solar And Wind Power Were 99.7% Of New US Electricity Capacity In 1st Quarter Of 2021” • Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US capacity in the first quarter of 2021. Another 63.2% of new capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine for 99.7% of new US power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Power A Centerpiece Of US Department Of Energy’s Power Plans” • The US DOE and the White House have made offshore wind a centerpiece of plans to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure, announcing a goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, a huge leap from the 42 MW currently in operation. [CleanTechnica]

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June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “At G-7 Summit, World Leaders Must Commit To Increasing Climate Finance For Developing Countries” • The G-7 Leaders’ Summit is underway, from June 11–13, in Cornwall. There is one priority that must get urgent attention: Richer nations need to make concrete commitments to increasing climate finance for developing countries. [CleanTechnica]

President Biden (White House image, via UCS)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Driving Electric Cars Is Much Better For Climate And Air Quality Than Driving Gas Cars” • It’s obvious that a fully electric vehicle eliminates tailpipe emissions, but some people wonder about the total emissions including generating the electricity to charge an EV. New data shows that EVs have significantly lower emissions than combustion cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Video: Electric Ferrari Drag Race: Tesla Power Vs 12 Mighty Cylinders” • Pity Ferraris are objectively terrible by the standards of today … if only there were some way to make a classic Ferrari somehow relevant again. How about an original Ferrari 308 GT with a Tesla drive train in it? Race that against a 390 hp Ferrari to see how well that works. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla vs Ferrari Flat 12 drag race (CarWow image, via Motor1)

¶ “Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Inching Towards Sea Collapse At Fast Rate” • Climate scientists are losing sleep over a critical Antarctica glacier that is moving towards the sea at a faster pace than ever before. The Pine Island glacier in West Antarctica has been losing its snow-mass at an extremely fast rate since 2017, 12% faster than it had before. [The Financial Express]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s Model 3 Reaches #16 On The World’s Best-Selling Cars List” • Tesla’s Model 3 is the best-selling EV of all time. It sold over 800,000 units and passed the Nissan LEAF, which hit the 500,000 milestone in 2020. But how does the Model 3 compare to overall global auto market? In fact, in 2020, the Model 3 was the 16th best-selling car in the world. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

¶ “Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures Invests In Renewable Energy Storage Company” • Swiss-based, global energy storage company specializing in gravity and kinetic energy based, long-duration energy storage products, Energy Vault, announced an investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, the Aramco enterprise investment unit. [Oil and Gas Middle East]

¶ “Four Nuclear Reactors’ Worth Of Renewable Electricity Wasted In Southwest Japan” • There have been frequent cases in Japan’s Kyushu region where the electricity generated from renewable energy sources, such as solar power, has gone unused. On some days, the capacity wasted is the equivalent of four nuclear reactors. [The Mainichi]

Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Plant (Sakoppi, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “EPA To Reexamine Health Standards For Harmful Soot That Trump Administration Left Unchanged” • The EPA’s decision of December 2020 to leave particulate standards unchanged will be reconsidered. Scientific evidence indicates that current standards may not be adequate to protect public health and welfare, as the Clean Air Act requires. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Administration Starts To Restore Protections For Alaska’s Tongass National Forest” • In welcome news for Native tribes, the climate, wildlife, and local businesses, a much-needed process to reinstate critical protections for the Tongass National Forest has begun, reversing one of Trump’s many environmental rollbacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tongass National Forest (Henryhartley, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Oregon On Verge Of Requiring 100% Clean Electricity By 2040” • A possible new requirement for utilities in Oregon is an example of how slowly the transition to clean energy can go. If it gets through the state legislature, Oregon will have one of the most aggressive timelines in the US. But it still gives the utilities nearly 20 years to decarbonize fully. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hudson Valley Jurisdictions Make Renewables Their Default Electricity Source” • Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have begun signing on to Community Choice Aggregation agreements, which set the default electricity rates and source for municipal customers who opt in. Increasingly, these programs use renewable energy. [Hudson Valley One]

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June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla Model S 420 Plaid Is The Best Car In The World (But Not For Me)” • Earlier iterations of the Tesla Model S were the best driving machines around. But they lacked the finesse and aura of quality of their competition, as Mercedes, Audi, and BMW entries had range and speed but added brand luxury. The new Tesla may match them, but not for all. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Canada Takes Necessary Step With Climate Planned Retreat Guide For Leaders” • Retreat is one of the most challenging of adaptation approaches. Who wants to give up their home? Who wants to give up a building their business was in for decades? Who wants to let go of high-value waterfront property and its revenues? But that’s where we are. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biodiversity And Climate Crises Demand Transformative Change” • A report shows that passing on a maximally livable planet to future generations requires a profound shift in how we look at nature and economic progress. We need to prioritize protecting and restoring nature and dismantle the economic systems driving carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Praying mantis (S N Pattenden, Unsplash)

¶ “Ending Offshore Drilling Is Key For Ocean And Climate” • The Biden administration has made huge strides on the climate. Now it should take one of the most important steps it can to protect the ocean, and those that depend on it, while further combating the climate crisis. It should stop all new oil and gas leasing permanently. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds” • In early 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic slowed global commerce to a crawl, NOx emissions, which create ozone, a danger to human health and to climate, decreased 15% globally, according to a study led by scientists at NASA. Local reductions of ozone were as much as 50%. [CleanTechnica]

Park Avenue during lockdown (Harry Gillen, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Protesters Target Cornish G7 Summit” • Hundreds of climate campaigners have staged a protest march targeting the G7 summit. The activists paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the middle of the Cornish town, escorted by police. They called for immediate action from the G7 world leaders to “address the climate and ecological emergency.” [BBC]

¶ “Electric 3-Wheeler Manufacturer Gayam Motor Works Gets $50 Million Investment Commitment From Luxembourg-Based GEM” • Gayam Motor Works, India’s largest exporter of electric 3-wheelers, announced a $50 million investment commitment from Luxembourg-based GEM Global Yield LLC SCS as it plans to go public. [CleanTechnica]

GMW electric 3-wheelers (Image courtesy of GMW)

¶ “World Bank Group Provides $465 Million To Expand Energy Access And Renewable Energy Integration In West Africa” • The World Bank Group approved the new Regional Electricity Access and Battery-Energy Storage Technologies Project for a total of $465 million. It will increase grid connections in fragile areas of the Sahel region. [World Bank Group]

¶ “Coal And LNG’s Surge In Asia Plays Into Renewable Energy Hands” • In Asia, prices for liquefied natural gas and thermal coal have been roaring ahead in recent months amid strong demand. While that may be welcome news for the fossil fuel commodity producers, the rally is a boon for renewable energy, in the long term. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Burning fossil fuels (Chris LeBoutillier, Unsplash)

¶ “TEPCO admits fire-safety work not complete at nuclear plant” • TEPCO said fire-prevention work is not finished at 76 locations at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, contradicting its earlier claims that the safety measures were in place. The blunder is the latest by the utility in its efforts to win approval to restart a reactor at the plant. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “The World’s Quickest Car, Safest Car, And Most Powerful Computer On Wheels – Tesla Model S Plaid” • “The public tends to respond to precedents and superlatives,” Musk once said back in 2012, the year the original Tesla Model S was introduced. Now comes an overhaul, the Tesla Model S Plaid. It is the fastest production car made. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Tesla image)

¶ “Cybertruck And F-150 Lightning Demand Tied, Overall EV Demand Strong” • Piplsay conducted a huge poll to see what people thought about their future EV purchasing decisions. Nearly half said they would buy an EV in the near future. Those leaning toward a Tesla Cybertruck and those who prefer the Ford F-150 Lightning were about tied. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale For Offshore Wind Development For New York And New Jersey” • In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to install 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior proposed sale of offshore wind leases for eight areas of the New York Bight. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore windpower (Zoltan Tasi, Unsplash)

¶ “Resolutions Against Subsidies For Biomass Plants Coming Before Franklin County Voters” • A handful of towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts, are voicing their opposition to subsidies and incentives that the state may provide for biomass plants with resolutions that seek to protect the health of the environment and residents. [Greenfield Recorder]

¶ “Lakewood Strikes Deal With NOPEC To Provide City 100% Green And Renewable Energy” • Lakewood, Ohio, is getting 100% renewable energy from Northeast Public Energy Council. The mayor said it is one of the first cities in Northeast Ohio to sign such a contract. It also committed to 100% renewable energy for both the public and private sectors. [Cleveland.com]

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June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2021

World:

¶ “Telstra Dials Up Its Renewable Energy Commitment” • Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has secured a long-term power purchase agreement to source energy from the $100 million, 58-MW extension of the Crookwell wind farm being developed by Global Power Generation near Goulburn in New South Wales. [pv magazine Australia]

Building a wind turbine (GPG image)

¶ “South African Companies Now Allowed To Generate Up To 100 MW Without Applying For Generation License!” • South Africa’s President announced that the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity without a licence has increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. Generation projects will still need to obtain a grid connection permit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enel Starts 716-MW Brazil Wind Farm Spinning” • Enel Green Power commissioned the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil. It is the largest wind farm operating in South America. Lagoa dos Ventos, which is now operating at full capacity, consists of 230 wind turbines. EGP is taking 510 MW of its 716-MW capacity, and the rest is going into the free market. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Brazil (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Highview Team Developing The First CryoBattery In Chile” • Highview Enlasa is developing a 50-MW / 500-MWh liquid air, long duration energy storage project in Chile, the first of its kind in the country. The $150 million CryoBattery will be in Diego de Almagro in the Atacama region. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Cornwall, Home Of The G7 Summit, Is Embracing Renewable Energy Efforts” • This year’s G7 Summit will be in Cornwall, known for its stunning coastline, historic fishing community, and natural beauty. Cornwall is not only a popular tourist destination. It is also a hub for companies working on renewable energy and innovation. [Texas News Today]
Port Issac (Greg Willson, Unsplash)

¶ “IKEA To Help India Suppliers Go Green By Enabling Shift To Renewable Energy” • IKEA, the €35.2 billion home furnishing retailing major, has announced a program for its suppliers in India, Poland, and China by which it will help them transit to 100% renewable electricity. Almost 1,600 direct suppliers will be covered under this move. [Saur Energy]

US:

¶ “Lake Mead: Largest Us Reservoir Dips To Record Low” • The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 metres) above sea level. It has sunk about 140 feet since 2000. [BBC]

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (Lindsay E. Durant, Unsplash)

¶ “Department Of Energy Announces $14.5 Million To Accelerate Deployment Of Geothermal Electricity” • The DOE announced a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for up to $14.5 million to support active field testing of enhanced geothermal systems technologies and techniques within existing wells. EGS has a small environmental footprint. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virtual Design Tools Allow Cadillac Lyriq Production To Begin Nine Months Early” • Speaking to the International Motoring Press Association, Rory Harvey, vice president of global Cadillac, said production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will begin in March 2022. That’s nine months sooner than originally planned, thanks to Virtual design and validation tools. [CleanTechnica]

Cadillac Lyriq (Image courtesy of Cadillac)

¶ “Illinois Lawmakers Head Back To Springfield For Renewable Energy Bill” • Illinois was set to pass one of the most ambitious renewable energy bills in the nation this past legislative session, but it was delayed. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would close all carbon emitting power plants by 2035 and transition the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050. [WICS]

¶ “Electrify America Releases New Electrify Home Charging Station” • For those who want a home EV charging station, Electrify America has a new station on the market to consider. The HomeStation is WiFi connected and can be used to schedule charging for a specific time, to check on charging status, or to control charging with a phone. [CleanTechnica]

Electrify America HomeStation (Electrify America image)

¶ “Faculty Senate Pushes For Renewable Energy At WVU” • In response to a growing demand for sustainability, the Faculty Senate of West Virginia University unanimously approved a resolution to increase the use of renewable energy at WVU. The resolution calls for West Virginia University to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. [The Daily Athenaeum]

¶ “EPA Revives Climate Change Website, Adds ‘Indicators’ Data” • The EPA for the first time in four years has a webpage to guide the public on a range of information on climate change, it said. The climate change website includes information on greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports and existing climate programs. [Coastal Review]

Salt water infiltrating a forest (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

¶ “Largest US Agrivoltaic Research Project Advances Renewable Energy While Empowering Local Farmers” • A study at Oregon State University estimated that converting 1% of US farmland to agrivoltaics would meet the nation’s renewable energy targets, save water, and create a sustainable food system. A 1.2-MW solar farm in Colorado working on that. [Solar Power World]

¶ “‘Key Westinghouse Witness’ In SC Nuclear Scandal Told Lies To Help SCANA Fool Public” • A former Westinghouse executive who oversaw construction on the doomed $10 billion SCANA nuclear project in South Carolina admitted lying about it to fool people into thinking it would succeed, a federal prosecutor said in federal court. [Hilton Head Island Packet]

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June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hands-Free: Improving EV Wireless Charging At Oak Ridge National Laboratory” • For several years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have been working on a wireless charging technology that could make powering an EV easier than filling up a car with gas. Now, they are nearing completion of a system to charge EVs while they’re in motion. [CleanTechnica]

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

¶ “Small Modular Nuke Reactors Fuel New Waste Debate” • The argument is that advanced nuclear reactors can be reliable 24/7 replacements for coal and oil-fired electric power generation, but nuclear enthusiasts are overlooking the elephant in the room. They seem to have forgotten that nuclear waste needs to be stored for centuries. [MENAFN.com]

World:

¶ “Shell CEO: We Will Cut Emissions Faster But The World Has To Use Less Oil” • After a court ordered Shell to reduce carbon emissions faster than planned, Ben van Beurden, the company’s CEO, said he was determined “to rise to the challenge.” But he said Shell cannot stop climate change alone. If it stopped selling oil, customers would just buy it elsewhere. [CNN]

Using oil for modern life (shun idota, Unsplash)

¶ “Investors Holding $41 Trillion Demand Action On Climate – Now” • Investors managing over $41 trillion in assets are loudly calling on world leaders to step up their climate game as quickly as possible, so they can take part in a wave of investment in clean energy. The investors call for governments to set more ambitious emission reduction targets. [CNN]

¶ “Migration From Central America Driven By Climate Change” • Climate change is a major factor forcing Central Americans to flee their homes, as the threats of drought and extreme weather have destroyed crops and productive farmland, Bloomberg reported. They have been hit by drought or hurricanes in over half of the last ten years. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 (NOAA)

¶ “Northvolt To Ramp Up EV Battery Production With Another $2.75 Billion” • Northvolt raised another $2.75 billion, and plans to increase its production capacity for its Swedish gigafactory, Northvolt Ett, from 40 GWh to 60 GWh, as customer demand increased. Northvolt had a $14 billion order from Volkswagen Group earlier this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Set To Install 20 GW By 2025” • India is expected to install just over 20 GW of wind power capacity between 2021 and 2025, analysis from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence shows. The country has an installed capacity of 39.2 GW. A pipeline of projects totaling 10.3 GW in is expected to drive installations until 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in India (Suzlon image)

¶ “Queensland Commits $2 Billion To Boost Local Renewable Energy Jobs” • Queensland will spend $2 billion to boost jobs in renewable energy. The fund will help develop a clean hydrogen industry, mine minerals needed for solar panels, build hydrogen plants and batteries, and increase manufacturing across the renewables supply chain. [The Guardian]

¶ “Greece May Approve Connection Of 6 GW Of Renewable Power Plants In 2021” • Admie, the power transmission system operator of Greece, expects to issue approvals for the connection of 6 GW for planned green power plants to the grid this year. This shows great growth compared to just 2.5 GW from 2019 and 2020 combined. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Transmission lines (Michael Schwarzenberger, Pixabay)

¶ “World’s Renewables Potential Enough For Energy Transition” • The world has sufficient renewables potential to stop using fossil fuels while also expanding energy access for all, analysis from the University of Technology Sydney shows. But existing fossil fuel projects would emit too much carbon to much to meet Paris Agreement goals. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Ohio Will Soon To Be Home To The Largest Solar Factory Complex Outside Of China” • First Solar unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art factory in Ohio, doubling its US manufacturing capacity. The factory will be the company’s third in the Toledo area. First Solar, the only major US manufacturer of solar panels, will invest $680 million in the factory. [CNN]

Solar panels (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Keystone XL Pipeline Halted After Biden Blocks Permit” • The Keystone XL pipeline’s developer has halted construction on the project after the Biden administration revoked its permit. The pipeline was to carry oil 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from Alberta to Nebraska. Environmentalists and Native American groups fought against it for over a decade. [BBC]

¶ “North Carolina Sets 8-GW Offshore Goal For 2040” • North Carolina has set out a goal of 2800 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and 8000 MW by 2040. To further the state’s transition to a clean energy economy, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Shaun Dakin, Unsplash)

¶ “Hecate Energy To Invest In Elba And Oakfield, Applying To Build NY’s Largest Solar Farm” • Hecate Energy announced filing an application with New York State’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting to build a 500-MW solar farm in the towns of Oakfield and Elba in western New York. Cider Solar Farm would be the largest solar project ever built in the state. [The Batavian]

¶ “Oregon House Moves To Curb Forest Institute’s Power And Budget” • After our investigation found that the tax-funded Oregon Forest Resources Institute acted as a lobbying arm for the timber industry, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that would significantly cut the institute’s funding and redirect the money to climate science. [ProPublica]

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June 9 Energy News

June 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Don’t Wait: Start Planning For Worsening Hurricane Seasons” • According to NOAA, the Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1. But nature – especially when it is juiced by extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – doesn’t always play by our rules. The time to start planning is before things start to go bad, not after they get worse. [TheHill]

Hurricane from space (NASA image, Unsplash)

¶ “USA Is Violating Treaties With The Anishinaabe People By Allowing Pipeline Line 3 To Be Built And Arresting Indigenous Protesters On Their Own Lands” • Crude oil pipeline “Line 3” has a number of issues. It would damage not only our climate, water, and land. But it is also a violation of the Indigenous treaty rights of the Anishinaabe people. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Salish Sea: An imperiled wonder of the Northwest” • The Salish Sea stretches almost 400 miles from the southern end of Puget Sound near Olympia, to the northern boundary of the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia. It is easy to take it for granted, and a study suggests we do so at our peril. Dr Kathryn Sobocinski explains in an interview. [KUOW]

Salish Sea (Jessie Chou, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Bubble Barrier’ Is Trapping Plastic Waste Before It Can Get Into The Sea” • “The Bubble Barrier” was developed as a simple way to stop plastic pollution flowing from waterways into the ocean. An air compressor sends air through a perforated tube running diagonally across the bottom of the canal, creating a stream of bubbles that traps waste. [CNN]

¶ “Electrification Is ‘Cheapest Way To Hit Net Zero’” • A report from the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Wind and WindEurope says the most cost-effective way to decarbonize the EU economy is electrification. It says a future net-zero system will “cost no more as a share of GDP than energy system costs today: 10.6% of GDP.” [reNEWS]

Offshore wind plant (WindEurope image)

¶ “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level In Over 4 Million Years” • NOAA released data showing atmospheric CO₂ reached a monthly average level of 419 ppm in May. This is not just the highest reading recorded since accurate measurements began 63 years ago. It is the highest level the planet has seen in over four million years. [Alaska Native News]

World:

¶ “The Country Powering Up On Cocoa” • Ivory Coast has begun work on a biomass plant that will run on cocoa waste. The facility will be located in Divo, a town that produces a large share of the country’s cocoa. In the biomass plant, cocoa plant matter left over after cocoa production will be burned to turn a turbine and generate electricity. [BBC]

Cocoa hulls (Rodrigo Flores, Unsplash)

¶ “EIG-Owned Cerro Dominador Inaugurates Concentrated Solar Power Plant In Chile” • First CSP Plant in Latin America to Provide 100% Renewable Energy on 24-Hour Basis. Facility to Supply Chilean National Electrical System with Flexible, Reliable and Safe Energy. EIG announced the inauguration of the Cerro Dominador solar complex. [EVWIND.es]

¶ “AETOS And DBS Plan To Convert 42 Vehicles To EVs By 2026” • AETOS, a security firm specializing in total security solutions and services, is teaming up with DBS Bank to switch their fleet of 42 vehicles to EVs by converting them. This move supports Singapore’s plan to phase out combustion vehicles and boost EV adoption by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

AETOS EV (Image courtesy of AETOS)

US:

¶ “US Department Of Energy Announces Actions To Bolster Domestic Supply Chain Of Advanced Batteries” • The US DOE announced new immediate policy actions to scale up a domestic manufacturing supply chain for advanced battery materials and technologies. This follows a 100-day review of the supply chain for advanced batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior Department To Explore Offshore Wind Potential In The Gulf Of Mexico” • The Interior Department announced a plan to assess opportunities in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore windpower by 2030, creating thousands of jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Waldemar Brandt, Unsplash)

¶ “123 Of 60,000 Permian Oil & Gas Sites Account For 29% Of Region’s Methane Pollution” • A project of NASA, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University, revealed just 123 of the 60,000 sites surveyed in the month-long study accounted for 29% of the Permian’s methane pollution, largely from leaks that are typically easy to repair. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Take A Look At The Maverick, Ford’s New $20,000 Hybrid Pickup” • Ford Motor Company has taken the wraps off of its first brand-new pickup in decades: the Maverick. Starting at just below $20,000, the compact pickup will be the cheapest truck available in the US and by far one of the smallest when it goes on sale this fall. [Yahoo]

2022 Ford Maverick (Ford image)

¶ “Natural Gas In Transition: Batteries Target Grid-Balancing; Lithium Ion Costs Tumble” • Even within the US, where gas prices are significantly lower than elsewhere, batteries are cost competitive with natural gas. Advancements in battery storage technology also promise to speed growth of renewable power, posing more even risk to natural gas. [S&P Global]

¶ “Georgia Independent Monitors Predict Even More Vogtle Nuclear Delays” • The first of two new reactors Georgia Power is building at Plant Vogtle likely won’t be in operation until at least the summer of 2022, and the project’s total costs are likely to rise at least another $2 billion, says a report from independent state monitors. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Synthetic Fuels Won’t Replace EVs” • Synthetic fuels, done correctly, are carbon neutral, and they’d have almost as much energy density as gasoline or diesel. With all of their advantages, some have said they’re a great alternative to electric vehicles. But when the math is done, and all examined, synthetic fuels just aren’t going to replace EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Chemicals (Alex Kondratiev, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Push Temperatures At The Tokyo Olympics To The ‘Danger-Zone’ For Athletes” • Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, says a report by the British Association for Sustainable Sport. It details concerns of athletes and scientists about health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan. [CNN]

¶ “Candela C7 Electric Speedboat Takes Flight” • A hydrofoil uses an underwater wing to produce lift, hoisting a boat out of the water for a faster, more efficient ride. It’s a clever solution that’s been around for decades, but hasn’t really gone anywhere, as yet. Candela, based in Sweden, has a revolutionary hydrofoil that has reached series production! [CleanTechnica]

Candela C7 Electric Speedboat (Courtesy of Candela Speedboat)

¶ “An Army Of Tesla EVs Is Lined Up On The Docs Of Port Kemdla, Australia” • An article in The Driven says Tesla shipped 1,500 of its Model 3 EVs to Australia last month and owners should start taking delivery of their vehicles soon. But EVs have a 2% share of the Australian market, and even a record high for sales is not nearly enough. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Considering Border Tariffs On Electricity, Cement, And Steel” • Reuters reports that the EU is considering a draft proposal to impose tariffs based on carbon emissions on some imported goods, including steel, cement, and electricity. The tariffs would protect the EU members from cheap products of countries with few or no emissions restrictions. [CleanTechnica]

Steel production (Inna67895, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Railways To Fast-Track Renewable Energy Projects” • Indian railways are gearing up to reach the goal of Zero Net Carbon Emitter by 2030 by fast-tracking renewable energy projects, such as setting up of solar plants on unused railway land and along the track. Southern Railway has identified 437 acres of land for solar power development. [The Hindu]

¶ “EDF Commissions 60 MW Of PV In Israel” • EDF Renewables commissioned the 60-MW Timna solar power plant in Israel. The plant is located close to the historic Timna copper mines in the far south of the country. Its 154,000 bifacial PV panels will help Israel meet its objective of increasing the solar contribution to the energy mix to 30% by 2030. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (EDF image)

¶ “As Battery Costs Tumble, Coalition Puts Australia On Most Expensive Energy Path” • A major Australian report shows how much the costs of solar, wind, and especially batteries have fallen in the past year. It says they will continue to fall, given the right renewable energy policies. And Coalition government policies are not helping reduce costs. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Peak Oil Moves Closer As Energy Majors Shift To Renewables” • In 2020, the largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 34%, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research. Oil and gas majors investe $8.8 billion (€7.2 billion) in 2020, up from $6.6 billion the year before. [Euractiv.com]

Pump jack (Zbynek Burival, Unsplash)

¶ “China And IRENA Boost Ties As Leading Renewables Market Eyes Carbon Neutrality Goals” • The International Renewable Energy Agency and the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China have agreed to increase cooperation as China builds momentum towards achieving its goals for carbon neutrality. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “EDF Energy Permanently Closes Dungeness B Nuclear Plant In Southern England” • EDF Energy, the owner and operator of the UK’s operational nuclear fleet, said it was closing and moving to defueling the two reactors at the 1,250-MW Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent. The plant has been offline since 2018 and has technical challenges. [PV Tech]

Dungeness Power station B (Julian P Guffogg, CC BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “NREL Inventiveness Sets New Record For Patent Activity” • Forty US patents issued to NREL during fiscal 2020, up from the 32 issued during the prior fiscal year. Of the 269 disclosures filed with the laboratory’s Technology Transfer Office as steps toward patent or copyright protection, 153 are in the category of record of invention and 116 are software. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Utility Wraps Up Transmission Upgrades” • To facilitate over 7 GW of renewables and battery storage capacity in coming years, Southern California Edison completed upgrades to its West of Devers transmission lines, increasing their capacity. The transmission lines will bring power from California’s desert areas to its population centers. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines and transmission lines (Vestas image)

¶ “Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions To Build Largest Solar Project to Date; Pharma Company Signs VPPA” • Charles River Laboratories International signed a solar energy virtual power purchase agreement for 102 MW for 15 years. To provide the energy, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will build a 250-MW solar project. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “Renewables To Yield Half A Million US Jobs By 2030” • In the US, decarbonisation has the potential to create 500,000-600,000 new jobs across the solar, wind and battery storage industries by 2030, according to a report published by the American Clean Power Association. The jobs would have higher than average pay and could be unionized. [reNEWS]

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June 7 Energy News

June 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Will Tesla’s $1 Billion Investment In Australian Minerals Inspire Australia To Start Refining Its Own Lithium With Renewables” • Recently, Tesla announced that it will spend $1 billion or more on Australian minerals, and Tesla’s Chair Robyn Denholm spoke about how her home country processes lithium. It doesn’t. That could be changed. [CleanTechnica]

Sydney Opera House (Srikant Sahoo, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Subsidies May Slow Transition To Clean Energy, Advocates Say” • Many activists, scientists, and lawmakers agree that nuclear energy, which provides one fifth of power in the US, is by definition not “clean,” given that spent fuel is radioactive and dangerous for thousands of years. And supporting it will slow down the transition to renewable energy. [Truthout]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Increases Extreme Rainfall And The Chance Of Floods” • An international research team has concluded that increases in extreme rainfall and its flooding are projected to continue as global temperatures keep rising. Limiting warming to 1.5°C will help limit changes in extreme rainfall, though some adaptations will still be required. [EurekAlert!]

Flood (Chris Gallagher, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Tesla Cybertruck On The Horizon For China” • It looks like Tesla is preparing to sell the Cybertruck in China. Tesla China filed a trademark application in China for the Cybertruck, and Tesla has started accepting reservations for it in China. We don’t have much information, and the trucks sold in China could even be built in the USA. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BMW Launches The i4 Sedan” • BMW recently revealed the i4, a sedan that focuses on driving dynamics while still being a decent EV. Together with the release of the iX crossover, this represents a major leap toward BMW’s goal of selling 50% EVs by 2030. We might wonder why it took so long, but it seems BMW now feels the technology is ready. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i4 eDrive 40 (BMW image)

¶ “Danone Takes A Stand For Regenerative Agriculture And Shares Its Journey” • Danone, the parent company of Dannon, Silk, Activia, Evian, and others, tweeted about acting towards a healthier, more sustainable food system. It said regenerative agriculture can play a key role in fighting climate change while creating more inclusive societies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Moray East Delivers First Power” • EDP Renewables and Engie’s Ocean Winds joint venture has delivered first power from the 950-MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. Moray East will have 100 MHI Vestas 9.5-MW turbines. Ocean Winds UK managing director Dan Finch indicated that a Moray West wind farm is “shovel ready.” [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ocean Winds image)

¶ “Solar Passes Wind To Be Queen Of Australian Renewables In 2020” • In 2020, solar overtook wind as Australia’s largest source of renewable electricity, as strong growth in both large-scale and small-scale installations helped the market share of renewables surge to 24.4%. Fossil fuel generation fell to 75.6% in 2020, down from 84.8% in 2017. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Figures Show Onshore Wind Is Scotland’s Biggest Employer In Renewables” • Onshore wind is Scotland’s biggest renewable energy employer, with 8780 full-time equivalent posts, new data show. Offshore wind employs 4700 and there are 3290 jobs in hydro power, according to statistics from the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute. [Northern Times]

Wind turbine in Scotland (Craigdoogan, public domain)

¶ “How Asia’s ‘First Lady Of Coal’ Says She’s Working On A Sustainable Future” • One executive who says she wants to help reduce the Asia-Pacific region’s dependence on the fossil fuel is Somruedee Chaimongkol, chief executive of energy firm Banpu Public Company. The company has operated coal mines in Thailand for almost four decades. [CNBC]

US:

¶ “Grid-Scale US Energy Storage Capacity Could Grow Five-Fold By 2050” • In the latest report from the Storage Futures Study, NREL analysts describe significant market potential for utility-scale diurnal storage (up to 12 hours) in the US power system through 2050. They found that storage could show a five-fold increase from today’s total. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array with storage (Courtesy of 8minute Solar Energy)

¶ “Test Showed Exxon Plant In My City Produced 350 Pounds Of Particulate Matter PER HOUR” • Emissions of Baton Rouge’s Exxon plant, which produces 517,00 barrels of oil a day, have hit a peak of 350 pounds per hour, Reuters reports. The emissions exceed a standard that is the nation’s most lax. They don’t call this Cancer Alley for no reason. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Power Auction In Three Years Boon For Consumers” • In a bit of good news for consumers, the price electric customers pay might dip somewhat beginning in June 2022, as a result of a capacity auction held by the nation’s largest power grid, PJM Interconnection, the first in three years. And we can expect less coal to be used for that. [NJ Spotlight News]

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June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “First Ride Of The Production Arcimoto Roadster And Fun Utility Vehicle” • Sofiaan Fraval: Arcimoto makes a Roadster and a similar Fun Utility Vehicle. I had a lot of fun on the FUV, but the moment I hopped onto the Roadster, I felt like I was on my motorcycle again. My short experience on these vehicles opened my eyes to their potential. [CleanTechnica]

Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle (Image courtesy of Arcimoto)

¶ “Why the Case That Bitcoin Can Be Green Is Pointless” • A lot of energy goes into mining bitcoin. Much of that has been carbon-emitting. But even supposedly “green” cryptocurrencies (ie, those mined through more efficient processing units) help fuel supply shortages in an already strained market for chips and semiconductors. [The Wire Science]

World:

¶ “BYD Scores More Electric Bus Orders And Deliveries In Sweden And Spain” • BYD keeps rolling out more and more electric buses, especially in Europe. This week, the news is that it delivered 30 more electric buses in Spain, that country’s largest order, and it got an order for 79 electric buses in Sweden, the first order by Bergkvarabuss. [CleanTechnica]

New BYD buses in the UK

¶ “BYD Aims To “Revolutionize” The Electric School Bus” • BYD has a new bus mission – it says it is revolutionizing the school bus. BYD is rolling out a new Type D electric school bus. The company claims that it has “unparalleled safety features and performance, wrapped in a sleek design that will have students wanting to step onboard.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CATL Planning 80-GWh Battery Factory Near Tesla Giga Shanghai” • CATL says it has plans to construct a new battery cell manufacturing facility near the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai that will have an annual production capacity of 80 GWh. That is enough to power 800,000 EVs each year. CATL wants to supply half of Tesla’s batteries worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

CATL IAA Booth 2019 (Photo courtesy of CATL)

¶ “Data Center Operator Cyrus One Achieves 100% Renewable Power In Europe” • Data centers, hubs for streaming movies, video games, and family photos, are estimated to consume about 2% of the planet’s electricity. That is expected to double by 2030. Cyrus One, based in London, is now getting all of its electricity from renewable sources. [The Energyst]

¶ “MG Is Paying People In UK To Taste The Electric Vehicle Experience (And Buy An EV)” • The magic formula for selling EVs is getting someone to test drive an electric car for the first time. It’s almost guaranteed they will love it. MG knows this, and it has taken an innovative yet simple approach to EV sales. Take a test drive, and get a £750 discount. [CleanTechnica]

MG5 EV

¶ “Zanzibar: New World Bank Financing To Increase Access To Electricity” • Nearly 400,000 Zanzibaris will have access to new or improved electricity services, and the isles will also have a reduction in annual unplanned system outages and associated losses, with International Development Association financing approved by the World Bank. [Modern Diplomacy]

US:

¶ “New Video Offers In-Depth Look At Tesla Energy” • There is an intimate connection between EVs and renewable energy. That connection, both literally and symbolically, runs directly through the electrical grid. The most flexible and scalable type of storage is a battery, and every EV has one. A video from CNBC offers an in-depth look at Tesla Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla, Tesla, Tesla (Tesla)

¶ “Appalachian Offers All-Renewable Electricity To Its Customers – For A Price” • In Virginia, both Appalachian and Dominion Energy sought green-energy programs when in fact their main goal was to keep another provider from invading their territory, according to Will Cleveland, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. [Roanoke Times]

¶ “California Assembly Passes Groundbreaking Deforestation Bill” • In a landmark vote, California policymakers took a major step toward protecting the world’s forests. The state Assembly passed a groundbreaking bill to ensure that procurement contracts protect boreal and tropical forests and fundamental Indigenous rights. [CleanTechnica]

Forest in Alaska (LB Brubaker, NOAA, public domain)

¶ “Climate Change Could Negatively Impact Maine’s Blueberry Crop” • A study by scientists at the University of Maine analyzing 40 years of data found more warming in wild blueberry fields of Down East Maine than elsewhere. They said the warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the berries as temperatures rise and there is less water. [News Center Maine]

¶ “Survival Of Illinois Nuclear Plants Hang In The Balance As Democrats Haggle Over Aid” • The fate of at least two, and possibly three, unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois are hanging in the balance after the state’s Democratic Legislature adjourned this week without an agreement on subsidizing the reactors to keep them alive. [Washington Examiner]

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June 5 Energy News

June 5, 2021

World:

¶ “Québec Leaders To Install 4,500 New EV Charging Stations By 2028 To Support Garage Orphans” • Overnight EV charging access for the many people who live in places without convenient parking where they can charge their cars overnight is seen as a critical next step in the EV world. Québec leaders decided to do something about this issue. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Image courtesy of Hydro-Québec)

¶ “Fiat Plans To Go All In On Electric Cars By 2030″ • According to Autocar, Fiat boss Olivier François announced, “Between 2025 and 2030, our product lineup will gradually become electric only.” This, folks, is big news. EVs aren’t just for the wealthy any more. They are for everyday transportation for everyday people who do everyday things. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Royal Mail’s Newest Delivery Office Will Have An All-Electric Fleet” • Royal Mail announced the launch of its first 100% electric Delivery Office. The Bristol East Central Delivery Office recently had its 23 diesel delivery and collection vans replaced by fully electric ones. The electricity powering the office and charging the vehicles is 100% renewable. [CleanTechnica]

Royal Mail vans charging (Royal Mail image, via Facebook)

¶ “Egypt’s El Nasr Automotive’s Agreement With Dongfeng Could Be A Good Template For Other African Nations” • Egypt’s El Nasr Automotive’ s agreement with Dongfeng to jump straight into producing fully electric vehicles as they resuscitate the old assembly plant could be a good template for other nations on the continent to follow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Governments Can Scale Up Private Sector Investment In The Renewable Energy Transition” • Governments must work with the private sector to scale up much needed investments through conducive regulatory frameworks and policy solutions to avert the worst effects of climate change, say WRI and Ørsted in a new joint working paper. [Evwind]

Unlocking a Renewable Energy Future

¶ “Woolworths Signs PPA At 244-MW Australian Wind Farm” • Woolworths Group has signed a power purchase agreement with CWP Renewables at the 244-MW Bango wind farm in New South Wales. The PPA, which starts in January 2022 and will last ten years, will cover approximately 30% of the retail company’s energy needs in NSW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Fortum To Construct 237 MW Of Russian Wind” • Fortum, a developer based in Finland, has announced it has invested in the construction of 236.6 MW of onshore wind parks in the Samara region of Russia. The wind parks are to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2022. The executive vice president of Fortum said he expects more growth in the region. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Fortum image)

India:

¶ “India’s Renewable Energy Capacity Increased By Over 250% In 6 To 7 Years, Says PM Modi” • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Word Environment Day that India has set an example in the world when it comes to protecting the environment, adding that the country’s capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250% in 6 to 7 years. [India TV News]

¶ “Water From Air, Avoiding Plastics, Renewable Power Making Corporates Embrace Green” • Water from air, use of products friendly to the environment instead of plastics, harvesting rain water, green power generation, and planting trees are some of the sustainable initiatives of Indian industries, officials said, on the eve of World Environment Day. [Morung Express]

Trees (Pixabay image)

¶ “Cheaper Renewable Energy Will Leave New Coal Assets Stranded” • Much of India’s 33 GW of coal-fired power capacity that are currently under construction and another 29 GW in the preconstruction stage will end up stranded, according to a new briefing note released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. [pv magazine India]

US:

¶ “Fire Killed 1 In 10 Of Earth’s Most Fire-Resilient Monarch Sequoias In 2020” • The Visalia Times-Delta obtained a draft National Park Service report that puts a number on the Castle Fire’s climate-fueled toll. Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarch sequoias, 10% to 14% of the world’s mature sequoia population, perished in the fire. [CleanTechnica]

Sequoia trees (Josh Carter, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Feature Prominently In Joe Biden’s Plans” • The White House on May 17 announced a slate of new programs to integrate US buildings into the clean energy economy. Among the goals is grid-interactive efficient buildings – a less well-known approach that has potential to reduce carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Passes Reforms To Winterize Power Infrastructures” • Texas lawmakers completed the final version of Senate Bill 3, in response to the outages that resulted during the deadly February winter storms. It aims to bolster Texas’ electricity infrastructure and require power plants to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. [Engineering News-Record]

Texas winter storm (Courtesy of Texas DOT, Austin District)

¶ “Ford Maverick Signals That The Industry Is Changing For The Better” • People have been asking manufacturers to make small trucks again. Ford is answering that call with a new compact pickup truck, the Maverick. This signals not only the return of smaller trucks, but an opportunity for electric trucks to thrive in this segment eventually. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Town Of Geneva Announces Its Plans To Continue The Clean Energy Program” • With its initial community choice electricity supply contract expiring June 30th, the Town of Geneva, New York, chose to continue providing residents access to affordable 100% renewable energy. Joule Community Power will stay on as Program Administrator. [Fingerlakes1.com]

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June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Bill Gates And Warren Buffett To Build A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor – Is That Good News?” • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want to build a new kind of nuclear reactor to generate electricity. Why? Because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Being rich does not necessarily make a person all that smart. [CleanTechnica]

Sodium cooled fast reactor (Wikipedia, public domain, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The World’s Forgotten Greenhouse Gas” • Agriculture accounts for 16 to 27% of human-caused climate-warming emissions. But much of these emissions are not from carbon dioxide, that familiar climate change villain. They’re from another gas altogether: nitrous oxide (N₂O), also known as laughing gas. [BBC]

¶ “Lakes Are Losing Oxygen Due To Climate Change” • Climate change is contributing to falling oxygen levels in lakes across the world, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Previous studies have shown falling oxygen levels in individual lakes, but this study is the first to look at large numbers lakes on several continents. [CleanTechnica]

Lake with wooded island (Juan Davila, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Ignite A Financial Crisis, IMF Official Says” • Climate change poses serious risks to the stability of the financial system, a senior International Monetary Fund official told CNN Business. Tobias Adrian, director of the its monetary and capital markets department, said the climate crisis could “absolutely” ignite a financial crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Denmark, Norway, And The US To Lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission” •The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the US, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, announced that they will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation. [CleanTechnica]

Shipping containers on land and ships (Tom Fisk, Pexels)

¶ “Sweden Continues Electric Vehicle Progress In May With 39.1% Plugin Vehicle Share” • Sweden’s plugin EV market shared reach 39.1% in May 2021, up from 21.5% in May 2020. With policy still in flux, we can expect even stronger growth in the second half of the year. Overall auto sales were still recovering, down 24% from seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Taaleri Energia Swoops For 252-MW Finnish Wind” • Taaleri Energia has bought two ready-to-build wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 252 MW using capital from its Taaleri II SolarWind fund. Construction works on both projects started in April 2021, and both are expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Taaleri Energia wind farm (Taaleri Energia image)

¶ “Danish Energy Giants Ørsted Intends To Tip $57 Billion Into Renewables” • Denmark’s multinational power company Ørsted has made a global statement with a new commitment to spend $57 billion between 2020 and 2027. “Our aspiration is to become the world’s leading green energy major by 2030,” said Ørsted chief executive Mads Nipper. [Energy Matters]

¶ “New South Wales opens call for 8-GW renewable energy zone” • The New South Wales government has launched a registration of interest process for Australia’s largest renewable energy zone, which is expected to have a capacity of up to 8 GW. The NSW government has committed A$78.9 million ($60.9 million) to support development of the zone. [PV Tech]

AGL solar plant in New South Wales (AGL Energy image)

¶ “7-Eleven To Introduce 500 EV Fast-Charging Stations At 250 Stores” • Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven announced that it will instal 500 EV charging ports at 250 selected stores in the US and Canada. The company currently has 22 charging stations located at 14 stories across four states in the US, so this represents a significant increase. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Disney, Netflix And Tech Titans Team Up To Fight The Climate Crisis” • As energy watchdogs warn that spending on clean energy is still well shy of what’s needed, Amazon, Disney, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce, Unilever, and Workday launched an alliance to boost the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions. [CNN]

Clean energy (Sander Weeteling, Unsplash)

¶ “How A Southern California School District Is Leading The E-Bus Revolution” • As K-12 budgets continue to tighten and communities are increasingly concerned about sustainability, school districts are evaluating green transportation options. One school district in Southern California recently stepped forward as a leader on this front. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “President Biden’s Budget Invests $2.8 Billion To Support Economies, Outdoor Recreation, And Access To Public Lands” • The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced their proposed Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of $2.8 billion in projects, grants and programs authorized in the Great American Outdoors Act. [CleanTechnica]

Meetse Area (Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, DOI)

¶ “Conservationists Are Planting The Seeds Of History’s ‘Biggest Ecological Turnaround’ In Maine Forest” • An orchard in coastal Maine is one of three where researchers have planted what could be the forest of the future. But what makes that future different is that it contains the next wave of American chestnut trees – a kind created in a lab. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “Climate Versus Jobs? Not In This Heartland State” • A new clean energy project – a 100-turbine wind farm here in Illinois’ Knox County – would generate tax revenue for the local school, fire department, and library, and offer an income stream to farmers who lease land to the project. Renewable energy is not just about the climate. [Christian Science Monitor]

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June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Will Electric Cars Get Cheaper? Definitely!” • With falling costs of producing batteries and dedicated production lines in carmakers’ plants, EVs will be cheaper than gas-powered cars, on average, within the next 6 years. Cost-competitive EVs in the short-term are inevitable, according to Logan Goldie-Scot, head of clean power at BNEF. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Martin Katler, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seaweed Can Restore Ocean Dead Zones Caused By Nutrient Run Off” • Fertilizer from US farms washes down rivers and causes the algae blooms that lead to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara say seaweed could soak up lots of the phosphorous and nitrogen, while adding oxygen to the water. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “This New Imaging System Could Be A Game Changer In The Fight To Save Coral Reefs” • Not that long ago, scientists at Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Aquatic Resources, had only two ways of mapping coral reefs: send out divers or gather satellite images. They have a powerful new tool now. [CleanTechnica]

Global Airborne Observatory (Andy DeLisle, ASU
Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science)

World:

¶ “With 9 GW Of New Solar Power, BP Smacks ExxonMobil Upside The Head” • It seems that BP is not letting the solar power grass grow under its feet. The company reminded everybody that it has set a goal of developing 20 GW of low carbon energy by 2025, announcing a deal that brings it almost halfway towards that goal in one blow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway’s Plugin EV Transition Continues: 83.3% Share In May With Ford Mustang Mach-E Overall Bestseller” • Norway, the leading country in the electric transport revolution, saw plugin electric vehicles take 83.3% share in May 2021, up from 65.6% in May 2020. The Ford Mustang Mach-E was Norway’s overall bestselling vehicle in May. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E first delivery (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “China Three Gorges Renewables’ IPO Gets Strong Response From Investors” • The initial public offering of China Three Gorges Renewables Group had a strong response from investors looking to profit from China’s push for carbon neutrality by 2060. The online retail tranche of the IPO was oversubscribed 190 times. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “KEPCO Opens New Renewable Energy Transaction Service” • Korea Electric Power Corp, South Korea’s state-run utility, said that it will launch a new renewable energy transaction service through its energy marketplace EN:TER. It will offer customers documentation that can be used as a tool to implement the RE100 initiative. [Korea Buzwire]

Solar panels in Korea (Korea Forest Service image)

¶ “Australia Can Power Renewable Energy Age, Says Tesla” • Tesla Chairwoman Robyn Denholm said she expects the company to invest heavily in Australian lithium, nickel, and other critical minerals to make its batteries. “Australia has the minerals to power the renewable energy age throughout the world in the coming years,” she said. [PV Magazine]

US:

¶ “Third Climate Activist Is Expected To Be Elected To Exxon’s Board” • Exxon acknowledged after its shareholder meeting last week that two of its board seats went to climate activist hedge fund Engine No 1. Now, with votes still being tallied, Exxon says a third Engine No 1 nominee may have beat out one of Exxon’s preferred directors. [CNN]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Police Vehicle Brings Big Monetary Savings To Westport, Connecticut” • In 2019, the city of Westport, Connecticut, added a new Tesla Model 3 patrol car to its fleet. Critics were upset over the cost, but new financial data shows that betting on the Tesla Model 3 as the choice for a police vehicle paid off, saving the city tens of thousands of dollars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Aims To Plug Vehicles Into Renewable Energy” • With bipartisan support, Nevada’s legislature passed a bill that would help the state drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity. Senate Bill 448 (Brooks) would speed the approval of transmission lines needed to accelerate the deployment of cars, trucks, and buses fueled by electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada and Tesla Model 3 (Tesla image)

¶ “Ohio Senate Passes Bill Putting More Regulations On Renewable Energy Projects” • A bill that allows local voters to decide on a renewable energy project is heading to the Ohio House after gaining approval by the Senate. SB 52 also gives county commissioners the power to deny renewable energy projects or limit their size. [Ideastream]

¶ “Halaand Pauses Arctic Drilling” • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland put a pause on oil and gas drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her order says there were “multiple legal deficiencies” with Trump’s leasing program, and she will not allow any of the issued leases to move forward until a review of environmental impacts is complete. [Grist]

Arctic fox (Jonatan Pie, Unsplash)

¶ “Anheuser-Busch Brewing Achieves Its 100% Renewable Electricity Goal With 222-MW (AC) Solar Project In Texas” • Anheuser-Busch announced that its portfolio of domestic beer and seltzer brands is now brewed with 100% renewable electricity from solar and wind power. It has achieved its renewable energy goal four years early. [pvbuzz.com]

¶ “Bill Gates Company To Build Reactor At Wyoming Coal Plant” • A next-generation, small nuclear plant is to be built at a soon-to-be retired coal-fired power plant in Wyoming. The plant will feature a sodium reactor that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates claims will perform better, be safer, and cost less than traditional nuclear power. [Tech Xplore]

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June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Wind Good, Floating Wind Plus Green Hydrogen Better” • Anyone who thinks rapid global decarbonization is out of reach should take a look at the floating wind turbine sector. Floating wind seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the past couple of years, and it has already hooked up with the splashy new green hydrogen trend. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbine support systems (US DOE image)

¶ “37% Of Global Heat Deaths Caused By Climate Change” • Climate change causes over a third of global heat-related deaths each year, research published in Nature Climate Change found. Seventy scientists assessed heat deaths in 732 cities from 1991 to 2018 and found that 37% of them world-wide were directly attributable to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tool To Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Electric And Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles” • The DOE’s Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator provides estimates of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with driving an EV or plug-in hybrid EV, including emissions from the production of electricity used to power the vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Tool results (US DOE screenshot)

¶ “China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Nuclear Fusion Reactor Sets A New World Record After Running At 216 Million°F For 100 Seconds” • China’s ‘artificial sun’ nuclear fusion reactor has set a new world record after running at 216 million° Fahrenheit (120 million°C – ten times as hot as the sun) for 100 seconds, according to China’s state media. [Daily Mail]

World:

¶ “Tesla Powerpacks Will Help A Hospital In Haiti Serve Its Patients” • Tesla Powerpacks will be used in a hospital in Haiti to provide reliable and renewable energy, Tesmanian reports. World Hope International, working with the Wesleyan Mission in Haiti, aims to make healthcare at a critical hospital more reliable and sustainable. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack in Haiti (Building Health International)

¶ “ACWA Power Signs MOU With Neutral Fuels To Supply Red Sea Project” • ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer of power generation and desalinization plants, has signed an MOU with Neutral Fuels to collaborate on supply of its Net Zero Biofuel™ for a Saudi Arabian regenerative tourism project on the Red Sea coast. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “May In France: Plugin Vehicle Sales At 17.3% Share – Up Times 2.3 Year On Year” • France, saw 17.3% plugin electric vehicle share in May 2021, up from 7.45% in May 2020. Non-electrified internal combustion powertrains continued their decline, now at 63.7% share. May’s overall auto volumes are still down around 25% from pre-Covid norms. [CleanTechnica]

May’s top seller, the Renault ZOE (Renault image)

¶ “Suzlon Wins 252-MW Order From CLP India” • Suzlon Group has secured an order for a 252-MW windpower project from CLP India in Gujarat. Suzlon will install 120 units of the S120-140m wind turbines with a Hybrid Lattice Tubular tower, with rated capacity of 2.1-MW each. The Sidhpur project is expected to be commissioned in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Seabased Will Install Utility-Scale Wave Energy Park In France” • Brittany may soon be home to Europe’s first utility scale commercial wave energy park. With the support of the region, Seabased, a wave energy company led by French CEO Laurent Albert, is planning to build a 10-MW wave power park in Audierne Bay. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Seabased unit (Courtesy of Seabased)

US:

¶ “1,000 Arrests Expected Over Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline” • The coming month will be critical for the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, under construction in Northern Minnesota, AP reports. Indigenous leaders never consented to the Line 3 project, and organizers from 300 groups threaten non-violent civil disobedience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Administration To Suspend Oil And Gas Drilling Leases In Arctic Refuge, Undoing A Trump-Era Decision” • The Biden administration plans to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a senior administration official. This will undo a move the Trump administration made late last year. [CNN]

Alaska (Joris Beugels, Unsplash)

¶ “Gridware Raises $5.3 Million In Seed Round For Its Tech To Eliminate Suburban Wildfires” • Gridware, a California-based wildfire prevention technology company, has announced that it raised $5.3 million in a seed round. The mission of Gridware is tremendous and prescient: to eradicate suburban wildfires by finding them quickly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted And Eversource Charter Dominion Wind Turbine Installation Vessel” • Ørsted and Eversource have contracted Dominion Energy’s wind turbine installation vessel Charybdis for the construction of two planned offshore wind farms in the Northeast. The Charybdis is expected to be deployed from New London, Connecticut, in 2023. [Offshore Mag]

Charybdis installation vessel (Dominion Energy)

¶ “Rivian Selects Underwriters For IPO That Could Reach A $70 Billion Valuation” • Rivian will be working with Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Goldman Sachs Group on their IPO, according to Bloomberg. Inside sources have said that Rivian could be seeking a valuation of about $70 billion when it goes public. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SEIA Joins Lawsuit To Roll Back FERC’s Latest PURPA Rules” • The Solar Energy Industries Association and other petitioners have challenged in federal court a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rulemaking for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 that they said “effectively guts” the law’s implementation. [pv magazine USA]

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June 1 Energy News

June 1, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why Electric Cars Will Take Over Sooner Than You Think” • We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford’s first production line started turning back in 1913. Many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of EVs will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars. [BBC]

EV among the buffalo (Taun Stewart, Unsplash)

¶ “Your State Treasurer Has A Lot Of Influence On Climate Action” • State treasurers from sixteen stattes released a letter calling for corporate disclosure of climate risk and supporting efforts to boot corporate directors who fail to take appropriate climate action. The letter packs a punch. The treasurers manage over $1 trillion in assets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Catching Up To China In The EV Race Will Require New Thinking” • Auto industry analysts may disagree about how soon world’s transport system will be electrified, but they agree on one thing: China is far ahead of the US. China’s “state capitalism” can manipulate markets far more than would be tolerated in the laissez-faire US. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng EV (Xpeng image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Turning Coal Waste Into Rare Earth Metals For Renewable Energy” • The US DOE has been funding pilot plants that extract valuable rare earth minerals from coal waste. When a technique shows promise, the site will get additional funding. Plants in Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Utah, and Kentucky are being developed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blimps May Be The Key To Low-Carbon Short-Range Air Travel” • According to The Guardian, Hybrid Air Vehicles, based in the UK, wants to change air travel by ferrying people between cities that are up to 300 miles apart with its Airlander 10 blimps. Here are a few reasons a blimp might be a serious alternative to travelling by jet. [CleanTechnica]

Interior of an Airlander 10 (Courtesy of Hybrid Air Vehicles)

World:

¶ “Wärtsilä Finalises Commissioning Of Its First Two Energy Storage Projects In The Philippines” • The technology group Wärtsilä signed multiple energy storage contracts with SMC Global Power Holdings Inc through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc, in the Philippines during 2019-2020. The first two were commissioned in May. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Morrow Batteries Commits To New Factory In Norway” • After searching nearly a year for a place to build a battery factory in Norway, Morrow Batteries signed a deal with the city of Arendal, in southern Norway, near the North Sea. The agreement came about after the city council agreed unanimously to approve the construction of the factory. [CleanTechnica]

Arendal (Ehud Neuhaus, Unsplash)

¶ “Finland Breaks Ground On Its Deep Geologic Nuclear Waste Repository” • Finnish waste management company, Posiva Oy, has started excavation on their deep geologic nuclear waste repository for their spent nuclear fuel at ONKALO. Operation of the repository is expected to begin in 2023. The estimated cost is about €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion). [Forbes]

¶ “Nexif Forges Partnership For 80 MW Of Vietnam Wind” • Australian power company Nexif Energy has formed an equal partnership with Ratch Group for the construction and operation of the 80-MW Nexif Energy Ben Tre wind project in Vietnam. The project, consisting of 19 Goldwind 4.5-MW turbines, is to be completed in 19 months. [reNEWS]

Goldwind wind turbines (Goldwind image)

Australia:

¶ “Batteries Boom In Australia As Renewable Investments Decline” • The Clean Energy Council says investors are shying away from large renewable projects in Australia, as government intervention has created uncertainty and grid risks are tough to quantify. Investments in batteries in the first quarter, however, are up 300% year-on-year. [PV Magazine]

¶ “1000% Renewables For Australia? ARENA Boss Says That Is The Goal” • Australia could grow to become a global renewable energy giant, producing as much as ten times as much electricity as it currently consumes, and all of it could be from renewable sources, according to the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. [Renew Economy]

Wind farm in Western Australia (Harry Cunningham, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia’s ‘Biggest Climate Polluter’ Takes Greenpeace To Court” • AGL Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest electricity generator, is taking Greenpeace Australia Pacific to court. AGL accused the environmental organisation of abusing copyright and trademark laws when it ran a satirical advertisement campaign that used AGL’s logos. [Al Jazeera]

US:

¶ “Solar Panel Installations Over Canals Could Save California 65 Billion Gallons Of Water Per Year” • Yale Climate Connections has shared how installing solar panels over California’s 4,000 miles of open canals could save around 65 billion gallons of water each year. Solar panels over canals not only generate clean energy, but also reduce evaporation. [CleanTechnica]

Canal in California (Stephen Leonardi, Unsplash)

¶ “A Dilemma For California Legislators: Preserve Public Beaches Or Protect Coastal Homes” • The sea walls that safeguard roads, highways, harbors, military bases, and homes don’t always protect California’s pristine beaches. When waves reflect off a hard surface they wash more sand back out to sea, hastening coastal erosion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Best Case? Worst Case? The Colorado River And The Culture Of Exceptionalism” • Scientists at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, have penned an article in Science Magazine that warns the decreasing flow of water in the Colorado River poses a danger to the 40 million Americans who depend on its water. [CleanTechnica]

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May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Rental Efficiency Standards: A Win For Equity And Climate” • Rental buildings use, on average, 20% more energy per square foot than owner-occupied homes. Landlords have little incentive to improve home efficiency when they do not pay energy bills, and tenants have little incentive to invest in their homes. But the problem can be addressed. [CleanTechnica]

Homes in San Francisco (Mark Boss, Unsplash)

¶ “We Don’t Need New Miracle Technologies To Reduce Emissions – We Need Action Now” • We need to cut carbon emissions and clean up the air we breathe. To do that, we need to replace vehicles and power plants that burn fossil fuels with EVs and renewable energy sources. The need is too urgent to wait for new technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using The International Space Station To Study Earth’s Climate And Keep Our Planet Safe” • On Earth, we often look toward the sky longing to know what resides in the rest of the universe; meanwhile, 250 miles above us, the International Space Station is looking back, helping to provide unique insights to keep our planet safe. [SciTechDaily]

International Space Station (NASA image)

¶ “Ford And Sunrun Team Up To Make V2H Technology A Reality. Is V2G Next?” • Ford has teamed up with Sunrun to make vehicle-to-home technology available to people who buy F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks. Sunrun says it will “facilitate easy installation of the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home integration system.” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “BMW Begins Drive Unit Production For IX And I4 Vehicles” • BMW started production of its fifth-generation drive units at a plant in Dingolfing, Bavaria. This is the beginning of a much larger push to produce drive units and battery packs at more and more BMW production facilities, with a goal of 50% electric drive production by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Drive unit production (Image courtesy of BMW Group)

¶ “Paris Climate Accord And Net Zero By 2050 Goals In Jeopardy – Nations To Issue New Urgent Call To Action” • Recognizing that efforts to reach Paris Climate Accord goals are in jeopardy in part because of the recent boom in e-commerce and resulting transport sector growth, multiple nations will issue a collective urgent call to action. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bee’ah And Chinook Sciences Announce Region’s First Waste-To-Hydrogen Project” • Bee’ah, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, announced that it will partner with UK-based Chinook Sciences to develop the region’s first waste-to-hydrogen project. The project includes a green hydrogen generating plant and a vehicle fueling station in the UAE. [PR Newswire]

Sharjah, UAE (Ainur Kamaev, Unsplash)

¶ “EDF Renewables Ireland Announces Plans For 100-MW Mayo Wind Farm” • EDF Renewables Ireland has announced plans to develop a 100-MW wind farm in Mayo. It could consist of up to 25 turbines and power more than 60,000 homes. EDF will hold a number of public consultation events as the Kilsallagh Wind Farm progresses. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “ADB Secures Financing For 144 MW In Vietnam” • The Asian Development Bank secured a $116 million (€95.1 million) green loan to build and operate three 48-MW wind farms, totaling 144 MW, in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. The project is expected to increase Vietnam’s wind power capacity by 30%, helping to meet a growing demand for energy. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine, ready for blade installation (ADB image)

¶ “Australia’s Energy Storage Installed Base To Grow More Than Five Times By 2030” • In its latest report, IHS Markit predicts that energy storage installations in Australia will grow from 500 MW to more than 2,800 MW by 2030. Australia is forecast to have 7% of global installations and to become the third largest storage market by 2030. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Ørsted Lines Up Danish Offshore Wind Power Play” • Ørsted and Copenhagen utility HOFOR have entered into an agreement to secure green power for the 1300-MW green hydrogen project Green Fuels for Denmark. The developer will take power from the 250-MW Aflandshage offshore wind farm, which is in the Øresund Strait. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Andrey Sharpilo, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany Plans To Invest Over €8 Billion In 62 Large-Scale Hydrogen Projects” • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Ministry of Transport selected 62 large-scale hydrogen projects, which are to be state-funded as part of a joint European hydrogen project. The funding, €8 billion, is made up of federal and state funds. [Green Car Congress]

US:

¶ “Three New Community Solar Projects In Colorado” • Pivot Energy, “Colorado’s largest community solar developer,” and Standard Solar are jointly developing three community solar projects in Colorado. Together, the power capacity of the three community solar farms will be 4 MW. They will produce enough electricity for 700 homes. [CleanTechnica]

Solar project (Courtesy of Clean Energy Economy for the Region)

¶ “Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Opposed By Four Conservation Groups” • Four conservation and public accountability groups have filed for a preliminary injunction in the Federal District Court in Reno alleging that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal laws when it approved the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine’s Plans of Operation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Kansas, Missouri Keep Building Wind, Some Communities Look To Regulate” • Though wind farms are popular in some counties in Kansas and Missouri, others have moved to restrict or ban wind development. People are worried that the wind farms will dominate their view of the horizon and diminish the quality of their lives. [Missouri Independent]

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May 30 Energy News

May 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Seven Ways Ford Did Everything Right With The F-150 Lightning” • Zach Shahan of CleanTechica summed up the F-150 Lightning: “Thinking on it more after letting the enthusiasm from the opening week settle in, I thought it would be good to point out that I think Ford did basically everything right with the F-150 Lightning, and why.” [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Image courtesy of Ford)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Developer Of Aluminum-Ion Battery Claims It Charges 60 Times Faster Than Lithium-Ion – EV Range Breakthrough” • Graphene Manufacturing Group, based in Brisbane, claims its graphene aluminum-ion battery cells charge up to 60 times as fast as the best lithium-ion cells and hold three time the energy of the best aluminum-based cells. [Forbes
This is one I had missed, thanks to Tom Finnell for finding it.

World:

¶ “Coal Plant Explosion In Australia Shows Why Tesla Batteries And Renewables Are The Future Of Energy” • A Tesla Powerpack recently stepped in to save the day when a coal-fired plant in Queensland, Australia, exploded. Outages in Queensland spread to New South Wales, but the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia stopped them. [CleanTechnica]

Hornsdale Power Reserve (Tesla image)

¶ “Six Global Banks Come Together To Decarbonize Steel” • Six of the top lenders to the steel sector – Citi, Goldman Sachs, ING, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered, and UniCredit – have come together to define common standards of action for steel sector decarbonization through a collective climate-aligned finance agreement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fisker To Build An Ocean Popemobile” • Pope Francis will probably beat every head of state to an all-electric jalopy to move him about his official functions in St Peter’s. He is getting the Fisker version of the Popemobile, a modified Fisker Ocean, which will have carpets made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean. [CleanTechnica]

Sketch of a Fisker signed by the Pope (Image courtesy of Fisker)

¶ “Nissan Officially Electrifies Philippine Car Market With The LEAF” • Nissan Philippines Inc, the local sales distribution unit, introduced the LEAF to the Philippines, officially plugging the country into the electric vehicle era. The company is focused on an ecosystem approach to LEAF sales and support, prioritizing charging stations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kazakhstan Sets New ‘Green’ Energy Target For 2030” • Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set this week a steeper goal to boost the share of renewables in electricity generation to 15% by 2030. The government’s previous target was to reach a 10% share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2030. [Caspian News]

Road in Kazakhstan (Nessi Gileva, Unsplash)

¶ “Toyota To Recycle Batteries In Renewable Energy Push” • Toyota Motor agreed to partner with Jera in a bid to transform old batteries used for EVs and hybrid vehicles into power storage system for renewable energy, Nikkei has learned. Jera is a joint fuel-procurement venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power. [FMT]

¶ “Government Moving Ahead With Public Buildings’ Renewable Energy Switch” • The Government of Barbados made itself ready to flip the switch on a drive to power all public buildings with renewable energy, according to officials. The national technical school is the first ‘energy champion’ after extensive green energy retrofitting. [Barbados Today]

Barbados (Anthony Ingham, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “NRDC And Over 50 Organizations Send A Clear Message: It’s Time For FERC Reform” • NRDC, the Sustainable FERC Project, and more than 50 other organizations sent a clear message on May 26th to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: FERC must reform how it reviews applications for new gas pipeline infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Budget: A Good Beginning, But We Need Even Bigger And Bolder” • The White House unveiled President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. American progressives responded with fresh demands that Democrats advance a bold infrastructure package and other key priorities by whatever means necessary. [Red, Green, and Blue]

White House (David Everett Strickler, Unsplash)

¶ “Evergy Just Filed Its First Integrated Resource Plan With The KCC” • Regional utility Evergy filed its first integrated resource plan with the Kansas Corporation Commission since the merger that formed it in 2018. The plan commits the utility to speed up its carbon-reduction timeline and calls for retirement of some coal plants. [The Topeka Capital-Journal]

¶ “How Tesla Is Quietly Expanding Its Energy Storage Business” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in 2015 that the EV company would be getting into the energy business. Now, that business is starting to take off. On its Q4 2020 earnings call, the company said its battery deployments increased 83% in 2020, largely due to interest from utilities. [CNBC]

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May 29 Energy News

May 29, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Siting Renewable Energy Responsibly On Public Lands” • Following the creation of a renewable energy permitting office within the Department of the Interior at the end of 2020 and the enactment of a renewable energy siting goal, the need for careful guidance of permitting decisions on federal public lands has never been greater. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Suganth, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Net Zero’ Is A Dangerous Illusion, Say Top Climate Scientists” • Net zero is a charade, a convenient smoke screen we hide behind so we can tell ourselves all is well. It’s not. To address global heating effectively, we must stop burning fossil fuels. Full stop. Anything else is just eye wash designed to protect the profits of the mega-corporations. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Mud Reveals Secrets Of When Humans Began To Change Planet” • A history of climate change scientists found in mud cores leads to new thinking. Many conservationists support the protection of forests, leaving them to stay as they are, we may have changed our planet so radically that forests will need some hands-on help simply to survive. [BBC]

Forest (Lukasz Szmigiel, Unsplash)

¶ “Earth’s Fiery Past Revealed In Ice Core Record” • Smoke particles preserved in the ice core record show that more fires were burning in the Southern Hemisphere during pre-industrial times than previously thought. The discovery modifies our understanding of the heat-trapping effects of greenhouse gas emissions and of future global warming. [Earth.com]

¶ “Climate Change-Resistant Corals Could Provide Lifeline To Battered Reefs” • Corals that withstood a severe bleaching event and were transplanted to a different reef maintained their resilient qualities, according to a study that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding offers hope for recovery of reefs. [ScienceDaily]

Coral (Francesco Ungaro, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “EDP Renewables Enters Chile With 628-MW Wind Energy And Solar Portfolio” • EDP Renewables, the fourth largest renewable energy producer globally, has reached agreements to acquire a 628 MW wind and solar portfolio in Chile, with commercial operations expected to commence between 2023 and 2025. [Evwind]

¶ “Morocco’s Expertise In Renewable Energy Supports Sub-Saharan Development” • In Africa, the fast growth of social and economic developments calls for building a greener and more environmentally sustainable future across the region. Morocco’s expertise in renewable energy and existing efforts can support Sub-Saharan development. [Morocco World News]

Zimbabwe (Benjamin Van Der Merwe, Unsplash)

¶ “Turkey To Auction 4 GW Of Solar, Wind Power This Year” • Turkey will put 2 GW of wind power and 2 GW of solar power up for auction by the end of 2021 through the Renewable Energy Resources Area scheme. The average price of electricity from PVs landed at €21.46/MWh (2.617¢/kWh) before the end of this year’s first solar competition. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Ignitis Delivers First Power From 94-MW Polish Wind” • A Lithuanian company, Ignitis Group, has started generating electricity at the 94-MW Pomerania wind farm in Poland. It comprises 29 turbines with individual capacity ranging from 3 MW to 3.3 MW and will generate about 300 GWh of electricity when operational. [reNEWS]

Assembling wind turbines in Poland (Ignitis image)

US:

¶ “Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E Recreates Historic Ocean-To-Ocean Drive” • In 1909, a Model T Ford won the first coast-to-coast, transcontinental American road race. It took twenty-three days to cover 4,106 miles of road from New York to the Seattle World’s Fair. Last week, an all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E recreated that historic drive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rivian Deliveries Are To Begin In July, Test Drives In August, Equipment Upgrades And Changes” • Rivian announced that it is all set for deliveries to begin in July, and that all Launch Edition preorders will be in customers’ driveways by next summer. It also had news about standard equipment and upgrades that changed to benefit customers. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian truck (Rivian image)

¶ “The Texas Winter Storm And Power Outages Killed Hundreds More People Than The State Says” • The true number of people killed by the disastrous winter storm and power outages that devastated Texas in February is likely four or five times what the state has acknowledged so far, according to BuzzFeed News data analysis. [BuzzFeed News]

¶ “NYC Lawmakers Aim To Block Natural Gas Use In New Buildings, Major Renovations” • Lawmakers in New York City introduced legislation that would essentially prohibit use of fossil fuels in new buildings and major renovations, marking a new step in the most populous US city’s effort to decarbonize its building stock. [S&P Global]

New York City (Serge Pelletier, Unsplash)

¶ “US Energy Secretary Calls For More Cyber Standards On Oil, Gas Infrastructure” • In the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline earlier this month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the US needs more comprehensive cybersecurity standards for oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure. The attack highlighted US vulnerability. [S&P Global]

¶ “Indian Point Turned Over To Holtec – Clears The Way For Decommissioning” • Entergy Corp completed the sale of the subsidiaries that own the Indian Point Energy Center to a Holtec International subsidiary. That clears the way for Holtec to take over the former nuclear power plant and proceed with its decommissioning. [Westfair Communications]

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May 28 Energy News

May 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Bill From US Senate Finance Committee Looks Great” • Let’s look at how the bill that has moved through the US Senate Finance Committee. It extends the tax credit until 50% of vehicles are electric. It opens the tax credit up so people who owe little or nothing can benefit. And it provides other benefits. [CleanTechnica]

Jenny Ueberberg in her Tesla (Jenny Ueberberg, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Budget – Chance To Stop Paying Fossil Fuel Industry” • President Biden is set to release his first detailed budget proposal. This blueprint for government spending is a great opportunity to eliminate handouts to the fossil fuel industry through the new American Jobs Plan and Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Flow Batteries Keep The Energy Flowing” • Incubated in New York by a Stony Brook University program, StorEn Technologies aims to build upon the strengths of vanadium flow batteries to meet the needs for residential and industrial energy storage. StorEn Tech batteries fill market demand for more efficient and cost-effective energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

StorEn flow battery (Image by StorEn Technologies)

¶ “Researchers Take A Practical Look Beyond Short-Term Energy Storage” • With variable renewable energy expected to become a much larger share of the global energy mix, storage solutions are needed beyond short-duration timescales, such as standard commercial batteries, which are suitable for covering hourly differences in net load. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Burning Ship Coats Beaches In Oil And Debris” • Oil and debris from a burning container ship have coated beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Images of the beach in Negombo, which has been a popular tourist destination, have generated outrage. The X-Press Pearl, carrying chemicals and cosmetics, has been on fire for eight days. [BBC]

Beach in Negombo in better times (rick judah, Unsplash)

¶ “Private Jet Use Rising, Sending CO₂ Emissions Soaring” • The CO₂ emissions from private jets in Europe increased by nearly a third (31%) between 2005 and 2019, a report from campaign group Transport & Environment says. Private jets average at 10 times more carbon intensive than airliners, and 50 times more polluting than trains, it says. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DEME Forms Flemish Region Green Hydrogen Team” • DEME Group is part of a group of companies and research centers that are joining forces to invest in the production of green hydrogen in the Flemish region. They aim to deliver cost-efficient and sustainable production of green hydrogen at the gigawatt level. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (DEME Group image)

¶ “CSIRO On A Mission To Help Australia Become A Hydrogen Power Leader” • Australia’s national science agency says a new Hydrogen Industry Mission launched by CSIRO will help the world transition to clean energy, create new jobs, and boost the Australian economy. One goal of the mission is to reduce the price of hydrogen. [International Mining]

¶ “GE Bags 88-MW Vietnam Turbine Deal” • GE Renewable Energy has secured an 88-MW contract to supply its Cypress turbines for a wind project in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational by the end of third quarter of 2021. The turbines will be supplied with a two-piece blade design. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Mary Ray, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany, Norway Flip Switch On $2.4 Billion Undersea Energy Link” • Germany and Norway inaugurated the €2 billion ($2.4 billion) Nordlink project, connecting the power grids of the two countries. The cable, which is 623 km (387 miles) long, runs under the North Sea. It can carry enough electricity to supply 3.6 million households. [Yahoo Finance]

US:

¶ “First-Ever Colorado River Water Shortage Is Now Almost Certain, New Projections Show” • Lake Mead is at 37% capacity, a level it has hit very few times. In the past, it recovered quickly, but the US Bureau of Reclamation forecasts the lake’s levels to continue to decline, without any sign of recovery through at least the end of 2022. [CNN]

Lake Mead (Ana Filipa Neves, Unsplash)

¶ “52 Solar-Powered EV Chargers Ordered By California” • The state of California recently ordered 52 solar-powered EV chargers from San Diego-based Beam Global. The off-grid clean energy chargers will provide electricity in emergency situations and charge zero-emissions state fleets. They will be paired with energy storage systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arizona Regulators Revive Renewable Energy Plan But With Slower Timeline” • A 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission moves the state toward boosting the renewable energy requirement for state-regulated utilities but under a slower timetable than a previous proposal that was rejected by the panel. [KTAR.com]

Solar farm (Arizona Public Service Photo)

¶ “Indoor Vertical Farming Startup Bowery Raises $300 Million In Series C Round” • The indoor vertical farming startup Bowery Farming has raised $300 million in a Series C funding round. Bowery Farming has been enjoying a period of rapid expansion in recent times. The increase in availability since January 2020 is a whopping 750%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US JV Targets Wind, Solar And Storage” • Circle Power and Amber Infrastructure Group have set up a clean power joint venture called Circle Power Renewables focused on solar, wind and battery projects in Michigan and other US power markets. Scotia Wind, the joint venture’s first project, is a 60-MW wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [reNEWS]

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May 27 Energy News

May 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “There’s No Compromising On Science When It Comes To Protecting Water Quality In The Nation’s Rivers And Streams” • Before EPA Administrator Regan tries to create a compromise between Obama and Trump approaches in the EPA’s new rules, he must remember one thing: Obama’s regulations for aquatic preservation were based on science. [CleanTechnica]

Bear Mountain Bridge (Clay Banks, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “World At Risk Of Hitting Temperature Limit Soon” • A report published by the World Meteorological Organization says by 2025 there’s a 40% chance of at least one year being 1.5°C hotter than the pre-industrial level. The analysis is based on modelling by the UK Met Office and climate researchers in 10 countries including the US and China. [BBC]

¶ “Flexible Loads And Renewable Energy Work Together In A Highly Electrified Future” • Demand flexibility offers high value in supporting a highly electrified, renewables-based US power system, according to the sixth and final report in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Electrification Futures Study. It completes work begun in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a car (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Russia To Launch Nuclear-Powered Spaceship To The Moon, On To Venus, Then Jupiter” • It will take quite the spacecraft to travel from the Moon to Venus and then Jupiter over 50 months in space. Russia’s space agency thinks their nuclear-powered transport and energy module will do it in 2030, reported TASS, the Russian News Agency. [The Hill]

¶ “PNNL Invention Reduces Risk Of Battery Explosions” • Grid energy storage in cabinet-style battery enclosures is becoming increasingly common. IntelliVent is a sensor system that can respond to smoke, heat, or gas alarms in the battery enclosure by automatically opening cabinet doors to prevent any buildup of flammable gases. [CleanTechnica]

Firefighters learning about the IntelliVent system
(Allan Tuan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

World:

¶ “Court Orders Shell To Reduce CO₂ Emissions In Landmark Climate Ruling” • A Dutch court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must dramatically reduce its carbon emissions in a landmark climate decision that could have far reaching consequences for oil companies. By 2030, Shell must reduce its CO₂ emissions by 45% from 2019 levels. [CNN]

¶ “10% Plugin Vehicle Share In China!” • It looks like following Europe, the #EVDisruption is now reaching China. Plugin vehicles are a hot item in China, having scored over 175,000 registrations last month. That was a 173% jump compared to the same month last year, with BEVs in particular growing at an amazing 204% rate. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Cabrio
(JustAnotherCarDesigner, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Oman Plans To Build World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Plant” • Oman plans to build one of the world’s largest green hydrogen plants in a move to make the oil-producing nation a leader in renewable energy technology. Construction is scheduled to start in 2028, with the aim to be at full capacity by 2038, powered by 25 GW of wind and solar energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “EDF Renewables Unveils Plan For 100 MW Of Irish Wind” • EDF Renewables Ireland revealed plans to develop a 100-MW wind farm in County Mayo. The proposed project, which could consist of up to 25 turbines, will be located in a forested area to the north-east of Slieve Carr, approximately 8 km south-east of Bangor Erris. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (EDF Renewables image)

¶ “Scandinavian Energy Giant Statkraft To Seek Backing For Six Irish Wind Farms” • Scandinavian energy giant Statkraft will seek backing for six wind farms in the next round of Ireland’s green energy support scheme. The State is offering up to €2 billion in support to green generators over the next decade through the Renewable Energy Support Scheme. [The Irish Times]

¶ “RWE Launches Welsh Net Zero Center” • RWE has launched the Pembroke Net Zero Centre in Wales as a major initiative towards decarbonization. With Pembroke Power Station located at its heart, the PNZC will draw on the extensive knowledge and expertise from across RWE’s offshore wind, gas-fired generation, and hydrogen businesses. [reNEWS]

Pembroke Net Zero Centre (RWE image)

¶ “GE To Deliver Cypress Turbines For 88-MW Onshore Wind Farm In Finland” • GE will supply 16 of its 5.5-MW Cypress turbines, its largest onshore wind turbine in the field, for the 88-MW Puskakorpi wind farm in western Finland along with a 30-year Full Services Agreement. The project is in the Northern Ostrobothnia region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

¶ “Cook Inlet’s Extreme Tides Attract Tidal-Power Developer” • Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula may soon be home to an advanced tidal energy power project. Tidal-power developer ORPC has applied for a federal permit to install of a 5-MW pilot project near Nikiski, with plans for a phased development of a 100-MW tidal generating plant. [The Maritime Executive]

Riverine version of ORPC’s turbine technology (ORPC)

¶ “Activist Investor Ousts At Least Two Exxon Directors In Historic Win For Pro-Climate Campaign” • Engine No 1, a hedge fund that criticized ExxonMobil’s climate strategy, won enough shareholder support to get two board seats in a shareholder vote, ousting at least two directors from the oil giant’s board. It may gain two more seats that were too close to call. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Buses Get Solar Charging And Battery Backup On Martha’s Vineyard” • The Vineyard Transportation Authority announced it will add four electric buses to its fleet, bringing the total to 16, or 50% of its fleet. But what is most newsworthy about the VTA electric bus program is that it will use electricity from solar panels to charge them. [CleanTechnica]

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May 26 Energy News

May 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “To Understand Its Energy Future, The US Should Look Down To Australia.” • One of the issues in the US regarding transition from fossil fuels to renewables has been whether the country accepts the loss of oil and gas and coal production, and the jobs associated with it. Americans might look at a prediction about the electricity changeover in Australia. [Forbes]

Wind turbines (Bastian Pudill, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Push Temperatures At The Tokyo Olympics To The ‘Danger-Zone’ For Athletes, Report Warns” • A report published by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, details the concerns of leading athletes and scientists about the health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan, which could pose a serious risk to athletes. [CNN]

¶ “BYD Receives One Of Largest Electric Bus Orders In Italy – 50 Electric Buses” • BYD secured the largest electric bus order in Turin, and one of the largest orders for electric buses in Italy. The company sold 50 more of its 40-foot low-floor model, a best seller, to public transport operator Gruppo Torinese Trasporti in the city of Turin. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus (BYD image)

¶ “New Solar Technology That Can Withstand 180 MPH Hurricane Winds (Higher Than A Cat 5)” • Solar FlexRack’s Fixed Tilt FlexRack Series G3-X is now operational for a 1.1-MW solar project of Azimuth Energy in the Bahamas. The microgrid has the largest PV array operating in the Bahamas and was designed to withstand winds of 180 mph. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pivot Power Brings Tesla And Fastned Together To Build Superhub In UK” • Pivot Power is a startup created to develop and operate grid-scale batteries and provide the required power infrastructure for EV fast charging throughout the UK. In some ways, it is like a private network operator, and it concentrates its infrastructure in hubs. [CleanTechnica]

Fastned Superhub (Fastned image)

¶ “Equinor, RWE Join Forces For Norway Bid” • Equinor, RWE Renewables, and Hydro REIN have signed an agreement to collaborate on an offshore wind farm in Norway. The partners will jointly prepare and submit an application to the Norwegian authorities to develop a large bottom-fixed project in the Sørlige Nordsjø 2 area in the North Sea. [reNews]

¶ “VW ID.4 Survives 1000 Mile Off-Road Race” • It turns out that the Volkswagen ID.4 is a lot tougher than the average crossover. It didn’t win any Baja races, but it did finish one, and without any repairs. That’s something most vehicles couldn’t do. The vehicle was modified, but not nearly as much as most vehicles at the NORRA Mexican 1000. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 strutting its stuff

¶ “Spain To Launch 1.3-GW Aragon Renewables Tender” • The Spanish government announced plans to tender up to 1.3 GW of grid capacity to renewables projects in Aragon. After the closure of the Andorra-Teuler power plant last June, the 400-kV Mudejar node became vacant. It has been designated as a “node of the fair transition,” requiring special attention. [reNEWS]

¶ “Mining Giant To Build 766 MW Of PV In Brazil” • Mining conglomerate Vale is set to begin construction of a 766-MW PV project in Brazil later this year and has chosen Nextracker to supply smart solar trackers for it. The Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais, will be one of the largest in the country when operational in 2022. [reNEWS]

Solar project (Nextracker image)

US:

¶ “Biden Administration Announces Plan To Bring Offshore Wind To California Coast For The First Time” • The Biden administration announced that it is moving to advance offshore wind power on the coast of California for the first time. The regions selected have the potential to generate enough green energy for up to 1.6 million homes. [CNN]

¶ “US To Lease California Offshore Wind Zone” • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the ​Department of Defense have reached an agreement to lease 399-square miles off California’s central coast for offshore wind development. BOEM is working with other federal agencies on areas that would be impacted by leasing activities. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Carl Raw, Unsplash)

¶ “NOLA To Entergy New Orleans: Go 100% Zero Emissions By 2050 Or Face Penalties” • The New Orleans City Council gave Entergy an ultimatum: Power the city’s homes and businesses with emission-free technologies by 2050 and go 100% carbon-free or face penalties. Entergy may choose its technologies, but they must be free of emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Drought Is Like Covering Land In Gasoline Ahead Of Fire Season – California At Risk” • Soil in the western US is drier than at any time since 1895. At the opening of the 2020 wildfire season, 3% of California was in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 4% burned. This year, more than 73% of the state faces similar drought conditions. [CleanTechnica]

Fire (Image courtesy of National Park Service, public domain)

¶ “Blackstone’s ClearGen Is Providing $500 Million for GreenStruxure Renewable Microgrid Development In US” • GreenStruxure is partnering with ClearGen to develop and operate up to 120 microgrids nationwide, bringing scale to their installation. GreenStruxure is a joint venture with Schneider Electric and Huck Capital. [Power Engineering]

¶ “Third Official To Plead Guilty In South Carolina Nuclear Debacle” • Court documents show a former official for the contractor hired to build two South Carolina nuclear reactors that were never completed will plead guilty to lying to federal authorities. Carl Churchman was the Westinghouse Electric Co project director for the failed plant. [WCBD]

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May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Ford CEO Jim Farley On The F-150 Lightning And The EV Revolution” • Ford says its F-150 Lightning will disrupt the automobile business in the same way the Model T did back in 1908. Is that an idle boast? To find out, The Verge sent Nilay Patel to interview Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company. Here is a condensed version of that story. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning – Bold Move Or Too Little Too Late?” • One thing we can see from the range of headlines about the F-150 Lightning is that there is a lot of misinformation and controversy about electric vehicles swirling about because, for whatever reason, many industry actors have done a really poor job of educating consumers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Settled Enough: Climate Science, Skepticism, And Prudence” • The body of climate science has survived extraordinary vetting and yielded conclusions recognized by competent climate scientists around the world as true beyond any reasonable doubt. The possibility that they are true is too great to ignore with any level of prudence. [The Hill]

Fire in Tasmania (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Reason Wild Forests Beat Plantations” • Scientists at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the UK warned that tree planting was often being presented as an easy answer to the climate crisis, and a way out for businesses to mitigate their carbon emissions. But it was not as simple as it seemed. Natural forest regeneration may be a better alternative. [BBC]

¶ “Create A 3D, Holistic View Of Earth – Help Address, Mitigate Climate Change” • NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts on climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes. They will create a 3D view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere. [ScienceDaily]

Imaging weather (NASA rendering)

¶ “Dartmouth Study Finds Renewable Energy Upgrades Make Grid More Resilient” • A Dartmouth study found for the first time that renewable energy upgrades will make the nation’s power grid more resilient. A grid was modeled with innovations, including distributed generation and energy storage. One lesson is “Buy local.” [New Hampshire Public Radio]

World:

¶ “Explosion At Australian Power Station Leaves Thousands Without Electricity” • Hundreds of thousands of people across the Australian state of Queensland were left without electricity after an explosion and fire at a power station. Energy companies are now scrambling to restore power while local officials have warned of traffic chaos. [BBC]

Substation (ETA+, Unsplash)

¶ “The North Sea Green Energy Can Possibly Overtake Oil And Gas By 2030” • The UK’s offshore wind sector is the world’s biggest and will support up to 90,000 jobs by 2030, under a new contract with the government to support a quadrupling of wind power production. It could provide nearly half of the jobs in the UK’s offshore energy industry. [Nature World News]

¶ “James Fisher Renewables Nets Offshore Wind UXO Survey Gig In France” • James Fisher Renewables has been selected by the French grid operator Réseau de Transport d’Electricité to identify unexploded ordnance along the export cable routes for the Fécamp offshore wind project. The 18-km cablewill be buried at depths of 5 to 35 meters. [Offshore Engineer]

Offshore wind farm (James Fisher Renewables image)

¶ “Tata Power ‘Goes Big On Renewable Energy’, Expects 10x Growth Of Sector In 5-7 Years” • “Tata Power is going very big on renewables,” Praveer Sinha, the company’s managing director and CEO, told CNBC-TV18. Sinha is confident of the space becoming the “very biggest” and asserted that it will grow very fast in the next four-five years. [CNBCTV18]

¶ “Forth Ports Plans £40 Million Offshore Upgrade For Leith” • Forth Ports has unveiled proposals for the creation of Scotland’s largest renewable energy hub on a 175-acre site at the Port of Leith. A £40 million investment will be used to create a riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Insung Yoon, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Biden Bolsters Extreme Weather Preparation Funding During FEMA Visit” • President Joe Biden announced his administration would invest $1 billion in extreme weather preparation ahead of hurricane season. The president said the new funding would prepare the US for the upcoming hurricane and fire seasons across the country. [CNN]

¶ “Ford And UAW: Why Unions Are Threatened By The EV Transition, Want Battery Plant Work” • Various outlets report that Ford and UAW are at odds over battery production. Ford and SK Innovation, plan to build several plants to produce batteries for Ford’s EVs, and they aren’t sure that they want the plants to use union labor. [CleanTechnica]

Battery factory (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “New Mexico’s Oil And Gas Regions Could Become Leaders In Hydrogen Power, Members of Congress Say” • As the federal government sought to shift toward less-carbon-intense forms of energy, New Mexico’s Democrat members of congress appealed to the US DOE to focus efforts to develop hydrogen power in their state. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “Ohio Bills Would Let Township Boards Block Wind And Solar Power” • An Ohio Senate committee is set to take up a proposal that would give townships unprecedented control over wind and solar siting. The bill would prevent companies from applying to build wind or solar projects unless the township has an “energy development district.” [Energy News Network]

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May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can You Charge An Electric Car With A Regular Outlet? Hell Yes!” • Can you charge an electric car with a regular outlet? This is actually a very common question. Many people even skip past asking this question and assume the answer is “no.” And you don’t even need special hardware to do it, though having it makes charging faster. [CleanTechnica]

Charging our Tesla Model 3 SR+ on a regular electricity outlet

Science and Technology:

¶ “NREL: About Achieving A National-Scale 100% Renewable Electric Grid” • In the United States, with its recently announced federal emissions-reduction targets, a push for decarbonization of the national power sector, and plummeting wind and solar costs, the US is poised to deploy major amounts of renewables, and they will come fast. [India Education Diary]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s First Made-In-China Supercharger Is Now Open” • There’s been more progress for Tesla in China. It just turned on its first made-in-China Supercharger station in Shenzhen. The V3 station has nine stalls produced in China. Twitter user “Jay in Shanghai” also called May 20th a historic day for Tesla China and tweeted a series of images. [CleanTechnica]

Tweet from Jay in Shanghai

¶ “Indonesia’s PLN To Stop Building Coal Plants By 2023” • PLN, Indonesia’s state-owned electricity distributor, pledged to stop building coal plants by 2023 after finishing the 35 GW of projects it has in its pipeline. The company said it will “commit to only adding renewable energy” in the future and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. [Pinsent Masons]

¶ “OX2 Kicks Off Merkkikallio Build” • OX2 and Renewable Power Capital kicked off construction of the Merkkikallio wind farm in Finland. The 66-MW project in South Ostrobothnia, featuring GE 5.5-MW turbines, is due to be completed in 2022. Merkkikallio is the third of three wind farms OX2 and RPC agreed to build last year. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine construction (OX2 image)

¶ “WWF Assists Vietnam On Renewable Energy Development” • According to Mr Nguyen Thanh Trung, a representative of World Wildlife Fund in Vietnam, WWF Vietnam, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Green Innovation and Development Center set up an alliance for a 100% renewable energy target. [SGGP English Edition]

¶ “Queensland’s First REZ Announced” • Queensland launched the Northern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone in Cairns, the state’s first REZ. Powerlink’s 132-kV transmission system running between Townsville and Cairns will be upgraded to 275-kV. It will also support the development of Neoen’s 157-MW Kaban Green Power Hub wind farm. [Energy Magazine]

Wind farm (Johanna Montoya, Unsplash)

¶ “Construction To Begin On Kidston Pumped Hydro” • Genex Power reached financial close on its $777 million Kidston Stage 2 pumped hydro energy storage project, so construction can begin. The project will be the first pumped hydro plant in Australia specifically built to support the integration of variable renewable energy generation. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “Wind Power Sets New Record In The UK” • UK wind energy set a record on 21 May meeting almost two-thirds of electricity demand, according to preliminary data from National Grid ESO. Between 2:00 am and 3:00 am on 21 May, wind power met 62.5% of UK demand at 16.3 GW, National Grid ESO said. The previous record was set in August 2020. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)

¶ “Pakistan’s Newest Nuclear Plant Boosts Grid By 1,100 MW” • Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the 1,100-MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2, or K-2, set up with support from with China. The ceremony was held simultaneously via video-link between the K-2 nuclear power plant in Karachi and Beijing. [The News International]

US:

¶ “President Joe Biden Orders Agencies To ID And Mitigate Climate Risks” • President Biden ordered federal agencies to prepare for risks to the American economy posed by climate change. Some effects of global warming are already being felt in the form of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and wildfires, but other effects are still hidden. [CleanTechnica]

Storm damage (Mick Haupt, Unsplash)

¶ “FritoLay’s Tesla Semi Megacharger Installation Will Charge Up To 100 Tesla Semis” • FritoLay is reportedly installing the first Tesla Semi “Megacharger” at its delivery center in Modesto, California. The charging stations are being installed as part of the current facility’s expansion and will service up to a hundred Tesla Semi trucks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning Gets 44,500+ Reservations In Under 48 Hours!” • Ford CEO Jim Farley has announced that Ford pulled in more than 44,500 reservations for the F-150 Lightning in fewer than 48 hours! I think that, by many standards, that’s a great achievement and an indication that the F-150 Lightning is doing exactly as it should. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford via screenshot)

¶ “Reports: Tesla Has Over 1 Million Cybertruck Reservations” • A crowdsourced reservation tracker shows that Tesla has a waitlist of over 1,000,000 Cybertruck orders, Drive Tesla Canada has reported. Wow! The article pointed out that reservations for the Cybertruck were being placed every two seconds during the weeks after its launch. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Luckless Lake Charles: Louisiana city battered by extreme weather – again” • Last week biblical rains again pounded Lake Charles, and residents could be forgiven for thinking they lived in the most unfortunate city in the US over the past 14 months. They had two hurricanes last summer, a long deep freeze last winter, and now a flood. [The Guardian]

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May 23 Energy News

May 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How Wolves And Other Wildlife Help Us Fight For The Climate” • Amid the buzz over better stewardship of our planet’s greenery, a growing body of scientific research is examining another piece of the carbon puzzle: wildlife. It is increasingly clear that biodiversity is not an optional luxury, but integral to natural life support systems. [CleanTechnica]

Wolf (Federico Di Dio photography, Unsplash)

¶ “When Will Electric Cars Start To Outsell Fossil-Fuel Vehicles? Projections Are All Over The Map” • Different analysts make very different forecasts about the future of EVs. EV technology will keep up its rapid improvements, and prices will continue to fall. But other factors, such as governments, consumers, and auto makers, are not so predictable. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season” • NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, though not at historic levels. It puts the chance of an above-normal season at 60%, the chance of a near-normal season at 30%, and the chance of a below-normal season at 10%. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Katrina, August 28, 2005 (NOAA image)

¶ “For Seventh Straight Year, A Named Storm Forms In Atlantic Ahead Of Hurricane Season” • The National Hurricane Center early Saturday declared the arrival of Subtropical Storm Ana, making 2021 the seventh year in a row that a named storm has developed in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of the official June 1 start of hurricane season. [The Seattle Times]

World:

¶ “Largest Order Of Electric School Buses In North America Placed By First Student” • The largest student transportation provider in North America, First Student, placed the largest order of electric school buses with Lion Electric Company. First Student is ordering 260 all-electric LionC school buses. It is to operate them in Quebec. [CleanTechnica]

Lion Electric school bus (Screenshot via YouTube)

¶ “Another Key Solar PV Period In China Starts This Year” • This is the first year of the 14th five-year plan and the first calendar year after President Xi Jinping announced the nation’s carbon emissions commitment, and the forecast reflected strong growth. The 13th five-year plan showed a five-fold increase from the 12th, but China now has a carbon target. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vietnam Shines As Stunning Solar Champion As Banks Shun Coal” • In Vietnam, banks are shunning coal, enabling the nation to shine brightly as a solar champion. Vietnam saw a 100-fold increase in solar power over the last two years, BloombergNEF noted. In 2020, the only countries that installed more solar than Vietnam were the US and China! [CleanTechnica]

Growth of solar power in Vietnam

¶ “Renewable Technology Brings Power Swarming Through The World’s Poorest Villages” • Around 789 million people worldwide still have no access to electricity, seriously hampering their opportunities for development. But the installation of so-called “swarm grids” is demonstrating the effectiveness of low-cost renewable energy solutions. [news.un.org]

US:

¶ “Texas Blackout Reveal: Texas Republicans Knew Gas Was The Problem, Then Blamed Renewables” • The chair of the Texas PUC and other top officials were already worried about gas shortages days before the widespread blackouts that led to the deaths of at least 151 people, E&E News reports. But they blamed renewables anyway. [CleanTechnica]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Ford Gives Us The F-150 Lightning Lowdown – A Video Series With Much More Information About The Vehicle” • Ford has released a YouTube playlist with 10 videos that not only gives potential customers more information about the F-150 Lightning truck, but also gives us a look into the minds of the people who designed it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Completes Permian Energy Center With Solar Power, Battery Storage Capacity” • Ørsted has completed the Permian Energy Center on 3,600 acres, in an area with well over 100,000 oil and gas wells. It has a solar capacity of 420 MW (AC), enough to power more than 80,000 households. It also has 40 MW (AC) of battery storage. [Midland Reporter-Telegram]

Ørsted’s Permian Energy Center (Image courtesy of Ørsted)

¶ “Louisiana’s SB 8 Is Hoping To End EV Tax Credits Early” • Louisiana’s Ways and Means will hear SB 8 on Monday, May 24. The bill proposes to accelerate the sunset date of alternative fueled vehicle (electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicle) tax credits in Louisiana. In essence, they want to end the tax credits earlier than planned. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Power Purchase Agreements Bill Encourages Solar Use In West Virginia” • West Virginia is now the 29th state to allow solar power purchase agreements, thanks to passage of House Bill 3310 during the 2020 legislative session. The bill passed 83-16 in the House of Delegates and 33-1 in the Senate. It signals a shift in the state’s energy policy. [WVNews]

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May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Deadly Flooding. ‘Zombie Fires.’ A Massive Iceberg. It’s Been A Wild Week In Weather And Climate Change” • The headlines on weather read like science fiction. Many of them are about climate change in action. As the Earth warms and causes shifting weather patterns on land and sea, such effects will become even more visible and extreme, experts say. [CNN]

Sign in a flood (Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash)

¶ “Rooftop Solar Users Win With Precedent-Setting Ruling In Kentucky Power Net Metering Case” • Kentucky’s Public Service Commission released a precedent-setting ruling that changes net metering for Kentucky Power customers with solar PV systems. The new compensation credit is 9¢/kWh, and that is a powerful incentive for change. [Courier-Journal]

¶ “When Will America Protect Itself Against EMP, Cyber And Ransomware Attacks?” • Protecting critical infrastructure has been a priority for Homeland Security since it was founded. So why is Colonial Pipeline vulnerable to hackers, and the Texas grid vulnerable to ice storms, and critical US infrastructure vulnerable to EMP attacks? [The Hill]

Transmission infrastructure (Sigmund, Unsplash)

¶ “How Pay-To-Play Politics And An Uneasy Coalition Of Nuclear And Renewable Energy Led To A Flawed Illinois Law” • Just over five years ago, the Illinois Legislature passed a plan that aimed to build a solar power industry while saving thousands of jobs at two struggling nuclear plants. The result has only profited the nuclear industry. [Inside Climate News]

World:

¶ “G7 Ministers Agree On New Steps Against Fossil Fuels” • G7 environment ministers agreed to deliver climate targets in line with limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C. Among other things, they agreed to stop direct funding of coal-fired power stations in poorer nations this year. The G7 is the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, and Germany. [BBC]

Coal-fired power plant in Alaska (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Kerry Calls On G20 Nations To Join G7 Climate Pledges” • John Kerry, the US special envoy on climate change, urged members of the Group of 20 (G-20) to join agreements the Group of Seven (G-7) made to reduce emissions to combat rising temperatures. The G7 published a joint policy paper on phasing out fossil fuels. [The Hill]

¶ “RWE And BASF To Develop 2-GW Offshore Wind Farm Off Germany” • German companies RWE and BASF revealed plans for a 2-GW offshore wind farm to supply a BASF chemicals facility with electricity and provide power for a green hydrogen plant by 2030. The project could avoid around 3.8 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year. [reNEWS]

RWE offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “The Renewables Revolution in Developing Countries” • The advanced nations historically have provided technological and educational aid to developing countries. Now, those roles are reversed, and emerging nations are leading in the renewable revolution. They are sourcing more clean energy than any other region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Vattenfall Teams With Good Energy In The UK” • Vattenfall is expanding its UK business by teaming up with retailer Good Energy. Vattenfall will provide access to the wholesale electricity market through its Energy Trader tool, a platform for utilities, suppliers, industrial companies, and energy traders for long and short-term electricity and gas trading. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Good Energy image)

US:

¶ “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Aftermath To Fund Louisiana’s Three Large-Scale Coastal Projects” • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced three large-scale coastal restoration projects for over 2,900 acres of beach, dune, marsh, and ridge in Southeast Louisiana. Funding will be from the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline To Continue Operating During Environmental Review” • A federal judge allowed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating, concluding he did not have the authority to side with a tribal request to shut it down while the Biden administration works on an environmental review. [CNN]

Pipeline (Mike Benna, Unsplash)

¶ “Hurricane Season Raises North Carolina Fears Of … Pig Poo-lution” • North Carolina residents and local environmental groups are worried the coming hurricane season will once again unleash massive pollution from the state’s thousands of hog waste lagoons, 4,000 of which are within 100-year flood zones, Environmental Health News reports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beta Technologies Secures $368 Million In Funding, Reaches Electric Aviation Unicorn Status” • The Vermont-based electric aviation startup Beta Technologies has closed a Series A round of funding bringing it $368 million. The funding round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. One investor is the Amazon Climate Fund. [CleanTechnica]

Beta Technologies ALIA-250 electric aircraft (Beta Technologies)

¶ “Biden Administration Accelerates Efforts To Create Jobs Making American Buildings More Affordable, Cleaner, And Resilient” • The White House convened Administration leaders to announce new federal investments in building electrification and energy efficiency, as well as opportunities for modernization that create good union jobs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hecate Energy Commences Construction On 600-MW Solar Portfolio In Texas And Ohio” • Hecate Energy announced that construction started at two solar projects totaling 600 MW. One is Roseland Solar, a 500-MW project with battery storage in Falls County, Texas. The other is New Market Solar, a 100-MW project in Highland County, Ohio. [Solar Power World]

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May 21 Energy News

May 21, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Is The IEA Report A Tipping Point For Oil Investing?” • The demise of oil and thermal coal won’t come from eco-activism or even directly from renewable energy – it will come when big banks decide to stop financing it, rendering it ‘unbankable.’ And big financial companies like Goldman Sachs and BlackRock were already doing that before the IEA Report. [Oil Price]
Thanks to Tad Montgomery

Wall Street (Daniel Lloyd Blunk-Fernández, Unsplash)

¶ “No, We Don’t Need ‘Miracle Technologies’ To Slash Emissions – We Already Have 95%” • US Climate Envoy John Kerry and Bill Gates have indicated that solar, wind and batteries are not enough. But the facts do not support that argument. Solar power, wind power and batteries are already pushing coal an nuclear out of the market. [The Hill]

¶ “Ford, GM, And Volkswagen Help Elon Musk Realize His Secret Tesla Master Plan” • Ford, GM, Volkswagen are all starting to push EVs hard. That means competition for Tesla. So why is Elon Musk smiling? The reason is simple: an all-electric worldwide vehicle fleet is exactly what Elon Musk (and Tesla) had planned from the beginning. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk (Image courtesy of Tesla)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Zombie Fires Fuel And Are Fueled By Climate Change” • New research published in Nature found zombie fires – wildfires that continue to smolder under Arctic and sub-Arctic winter snows and reignite once the snow melts – are becoming more common as global temperatures rise due to humans’ extraction and use of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Italy’s Exponential EV Market Growth Continues In April As Fiat 500e Reigns Supreme” • The official data for April show yet another month of exponential EV gains in the Italian market. The total market had 146,000 registrations, up from only 4,352 units amid strict lockdown. But now, pure internal combustion cars are only 54.7% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

Fiat 500e (Image courtesy of Fiat)

¶ “School Strike 4 Climate: Thousands Join Australia Protest” • Thousands of Australian children are walking out of school to go to protests, calling for action on climate change. Up to 50,000 students are expected at School Strike for Climate rallies across the country. Australia has long faced criticism for refusing to set more ambitious emissions targets. [BBC]

¶ “BMW Wants To Produce 10 Million Electric Vehicles By 2030” • BMW Group has set a goal of reducing its CO₂ emissions by over 200 million tonnes by the year 2030. BMW is focusing on reducing the CO₂ footprint of its vehicles throughout their lifecycle, starting with raw material extraction, in production, and on to use by the owner. [CleanTechnica]

Dr Nicolas Peter with the BMW i4 (Image courtesy of BMW)

¶ “Masdar Wins 400-MW Solar Double In Uzbekistan” • Masdar has won the rights to develop over 400 MW of solar power in Uzbekistan in a public-private partnership tender. According to the Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy, Masdar has secured deals for two solar PV plants in the Jizzakh and Samarkand regions of the country at rates near 1.8¢/kWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “Anglo-American JV Unveils 10-GW North Atlantic Offshore Plans” • Anglo-American company Hecate Independent Power has unveiled plans to build up to 10 GW of fixed and floating offshore wind in the North Atlantic to be connected to the UK grid. HIP said it made applications with National Grid for an initial 4 GW of grid connections. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Herztier Kang, Unsplash)

¶ “Cornwall Council Sells Renewable Energy Site To Hexicon” • Cornwall Council has sold a renewable energy test site to a Swedish wind farm developer for an undisclosed sum. Hexicon, has bought the Wave Hub offshore renewable energy test site off Cornwall’s north coast. The Wave Hub site lies 16 km north of St Ives and Carbis Bay. [Falmouth Packet]

US:

¶ “Flooding From Climate Change Increased Superstorm Sandy Damage $8 Billion” • Human-caused climate change added $8 billion to the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, new research published in Nature found. The additional flooding attributed to melting glaciers and ice sheets meant 71,000 more people were affected. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Sandy (GOES-13/NASA Earth Observatory)

¶ “Kuperberg Reinstated To Head Up US National Climate Assessment” • The Biden administration has reinstated climate scientist Michael Kuperberg to his old job coordinating the National Climate Assessment. The move came after he was exiled to the Energy Department by the previous administration just days after the 2020 election. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canoo Electric Lifestyle Vehicle Now Available For Preorder” • Now is the first time that consumers will be able to buy Canoo’s Lifestyle Vehicle, which is pretty exciting news. It has a sleek, futuristic design, seven seats, and a range of around 250 miles. It’ll be available from 2022 and will cost between $34,750 and $49,950 depending on features. [CleanTechnica]

Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle (Image courtesy of Canoo)

¶ “New York Car Dealers Are Fighting Against Coalition Of 114 Environmental Groups To Keep Tesla, Rivian, And Lucid Out Of The State” • New York is considering legislation (S1763/A4614) that would remove the restriction on direct sales of electric vehicles. That is, if it can summon the political will to overcome the objection of car dealers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures Turbine Supply Agreement For Illinois Wind Project” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide 107 of its 2.82-127 onshore wind turbines, the most widely deployed in the US, for the 302-MW Lincoln Land Wind project in Morgan County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed this year. [North American Windpower]

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May 20 Energy News

May 20, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Ford F-150 Lightning Is A BIG Win – Three Core Questions Remain” • The Ford F-150 Lightning is a major entrant into the US auto market. That’s right, not just the EV market, but the overall auto market. Clearly, Ford didn’t electrify its two biggest nameplates – the F-150 and the Mustang – to play softball or little league. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning EV

¶ “Talking With Ford’s Head Of Electric Vehicles About Ford F-150 Lightning And Team Edison” • To dig further into the huge Ford F-150 Lightning news, I sat down for half an hour with Darren Palmer, General Manager of Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford Motor Company. Listen below, or read on for a summary of what we discussed. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Volocopter Unveils New 4-Seater EVTOL To Connect Suburbs To The City” • German eVTOL startup Volocopter has unveiled the VoloConnect. It differs from the existing VoloCity in a few key ways. While the VoloCity has a range of only 22 miles, the VoloConnect will have a range of around 60 miles. Also, the VoloConnect will have four seats. [CleanTechnica]

Volocopter eVTOL (Image courtesy of Volocopter)

¶ “Biden Waives US Sanctions On Russian Pipeline” • The Biden administration has waived sanctions on a company building a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. The move came in a report on Russian sanctions the Department of State delivered to Congress. It concludes that it is in the US national interest to waive the sanctions. [BBC]

¶ “Kia Unwraps The EV6” • Kia has officially unveiled its EV6 electric SUV, its first battery electric car. The vehicle is built on the E-GMP platform developed for use by both Hyundai and Kia going forward. So are the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 basically the same cars under the sheetmetal? Yup, they are. But they are very different outside. [CleanTechnica]

Kia EV6 (Image courtesy of Kia, cropped)

¶ “Adani Green Energy To Acquire SB Energy’s India Renewable Energy Portfolio For $625 Million” • Adani Green Energy has announced that it will acquire a 5-GW India renewable power portfolio from SB Energy. AGE said in an official statement that the purchase would be done for a fully-completed enterprise evaluation of $625 million. [CNBC TV18]

¶ “Johannesburg Aims For 35% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city, with a population of over 5 million people, and Africa’s dominant financial center. The city wants to meet 35% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and will seek proposals for privately supplied power by August. [MyBroadband]

Johannesburg (Keenan Constance, Unsplash)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures Contracts For New Pumped Hydro Storage Power Plant In Austria” • GE Renewable Energy has secured contracts from Austrian National Railway Operator ÖBB to build two storage turbines for the new Tauernmoos Pumped Hydro Storage Power Plant. The 85-MW turbines will have fully-fed variable speed. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Victorian Councils Commit To Renewable Energy Future” • The Victorian Energy Collaboration will see 46 of Victoria’s 79 local councils powered by renewable energy. Red Energy, an offshoot of Snowy Hydro, signed an agreement to supply the councils with a combined 240 GWh of renewable energy each year until the end of 2030. [pv magazine Australia]

Wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Almost 2 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects Apply For Grid Connection In Bulgaria” • The Electricity System Operator of Bulgaria received requests from 22 investors since the beginning of the year for connecting renewable energy plants they have under development to the grid. The combined capacity of their projects is 1.97 GW. [Balkan Green Energy News]

US:

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning – One Big Shocker!” • $39,974! Yes, that’s just the base MSRP for a version of the truck with 230 miles of range, but that’s a shockingly low price for the entry Ford F-150 Lightning. I did not see a single person predicting the F-150 Lightning would come in at such a low price. But there is even more to say about this truck. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning

¶ “Colonial Pipeline Boss Confirms Ransom Payment of $4.4 Million” • Colonial Pipeline has confirmed it paid a $4.4 million ransom to the cyber-criminal gang responsible for taking the US fuel pipeline offline. Its boss told the Wall Street Journal he had authorized the payment on 7 May because of uncertainty over how long the shutdown would continue. [BBC]

¶ “RWE Secures 150-MW Facebook US Solar Deal” • RWE Renewables has partnered with Facebook and the Tennessee Valley Authority to realize a 150-MW solar facility in Shelby County, Tennessee. Facebook will use 110 MW of the solar energy to support their data center operations in Gallatin, Tennessee, and the broader Tennessee Valley. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (RWE image)

¶ “New UCS Research: Utilities’ Uneconomic Coal Use Is Being Called Out In 25 States” • Coal self-commitment is a practice of running coal plants when cheaper resources are available. The Union of Concerned Scientists found that 25 states have taken up substantial discussion of the practice as an issue in state public utility proceedings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Power Customers To Find Out New Tab For Vogtle Expansion This Fall” • In coming months, Georgia Power, with its parent company Southern Co, and consumer advocacy groups will make their cases before the Public Service Commission for how much of Vogtle’s ballooned unit 3 costs should be passed onto electric consumers’ bills. [Patch]

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May 19 Energy News

May 19, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Is The IEA Still Underestimating The Growth Of Renewable Energy?” • The new report from the International Energy Agency outlined a massive, rapid rise in renewable energy around the world to meet a target of net zero global emissions by 2050. But the EIA still seems to underestimate the potential for growth of renewable energy. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (Anna Jiménez Calaf, Unsplash)

¶ “Four Things To Know – And A Word Of Caution – About EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Website Reboot” • Last week, the EPA released the first updates it has made to its Climate Change Indicators website since 2016. Here are four things to know, and one word of caution, about EPA’s updated Climate Change Indicators resource. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Supplement Can Reduce Methane In Cows And Make Farmers Money” • Cattle farming accounts for nearly 10% of all greenhouse gases generated by human activity. Most of that is from methane they produce, but a new feed supplement based on garlic and citrus extracts could reduce those emissions by an average of 30%, its makers say. [CNN]

Yummy! (Colton Jones, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Analysis: To Tackle Climate Change, China Must Overhaul Its Vast Power Grid” • China pledged to cap carbon emissions this decade and pivot toward renewables. One of its most pressing challenges to meet that pledge is overhauling its electricity grid, officials and analysts say. Building new solar and wind plants is just the easy part of reducing emissions. [Reuters]

¶ “International Energy Agency Says Oil And Gas Exploration And Coal Plant Construction Must Stop Now” • The International Energy Agency said in a wide-ranging report that countries must immediately stop exploiting new oil and gas fields and building coal-fired power plants, if global temperatures are to be kept within safe limits. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil rig (Zukiman Mohamad, Pexels, public domain)

¶ “Google, Microsoft Back 24/7 Clean Energy Initiative” • Google, Microsoft, PwC, Vattenfall, Statkraft, and Engie are among more than 100 global companies participating in a new global initiative to enable 24/7 clean energy. The program is spearheaded by EnergyTag, the independent industry-led initiative to accelerate the shift to 24/7 clean power. [reNEWS]

¶ “The Future Of Lamborghini Is Electric – Hybrid And 100% EV Models Announced” • Rather than dismissing the advantages of electrification, Automobili Lamborghini is embracing it. The company has unveiled a vision for the future that includes gas/electric hybrid models in the near term as well as a 100% electric super sports car. [CleanTechnica]

CEO and Chairman Stephan Winkelmann
(Courtesy photo by Automobili Lamborghini)

¶ “World’s First Industrial-Scale Renewable Power-To-Fertiliser Plant” • Maire Tecnimont announced that its subsidiaries MET Development, Stamicarbon, and NextChem have started work on a renewable power–to-fertiliser plant in Kenya. This will be the world’s first industrial-scale plant powered by renewable energy to produce low-carbon-intensity nitrates. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Highview Power Developing 2 GWh Spanish Storage Project” • Highview Power is developing up to 2 GWh of long duration, liquid air energy storage projects across Spain. With an estimated investment of around $1 billion (€0.81 billion), these projects should enable several Spanish regions to move towards their net zero emissions target. [reNEWS]

Highview Power model (Highview Power image)

US:

¶ “‘What More Can You Do To Us?’: Flooding Swamps South Central USA” • The National Weather Service said more than 30 million people are threatened by flooding this week across parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Accuweather called the event “historic.” Lake Charles, Louisiana, saw 12 to 15 inches of rain in a 12-hour period. [MSN]

¶ “‘Horrific’ Gas Explosion Rocks Neighborhood in Baltimore County” • A gas explosion injured several people, including one critically in Pikesville, Maryland. Baltimore Gas & Electric crews were working on the gas line when it exploded. The blast, which launched flames 60 feet into the air, ignited a fire that burned for three hours. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas plant (Loïc Manegarium from Pexels)

¶ “Big Oil Scores Win In Supreme Court” • The Supreme Court has ruled for a case brought against 20 oil companies by the city of Baltimore to be moved to a federal court, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a potentially big win for the defendants. The oil companies were hoping to move the case to federal court, arguing it would be fairer. [Oil Price]

¶ “New Legislation Looks To Take Advantage Of Renewable Energy In Northern Maine” • Maine’s Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced LD 1710, An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine. The bill supports renewable energy and grid connections in Aroostook County. [News Center Maine]

Transmission lines (Jaël Vallée, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Are Booming In Texas” • Demand for entry-level workers to build out renewable energy projects is reaching a fever pitch in Texas, where wind and solar capacity is expected to be added at the country fastest rate, according to Ken Medlock III, director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “Georgia Power Says Vogtle Unit 3 Start Likely Delayed To 2022” • Georgia Power Co said that delays in completing testing means the first new unit at its Vogtle plant is now unlikely to start generating electricity before January at the earliest. The delay is to add $48 million to the cost, and the two reactors are projected to cost over $26 billion. [Power Engineering]

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