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July 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Farm Planned For Area Near Proposed Gold Mine” • EverWind Fuels hopes to build one of three wind farms it plans in Guysborough County on land not far from the proposed site of a controversial open-pit gold mine and a now-protected lake near Sherbrooke. EverWind plans to build two other wind farms, also in Nova Scotia. [Yahoo News Canada]

Wind farm (Sebastian Grochowicz, Unsplash)

  • “Texas Needs Money To Keep The Lights On During Extreme Weather. It’s Funding More Fossil Fuel Instead” • Houston was struck by two massive storms: A powerful derecho in May, then Category 1 Beryl. But instead of putting money into its grid so the lights and A/C stay on during extreme weather, it’s pouring billions into natural gas power plants. [CNN]
  • “Sunnica £600 Million Solar Farm Approved Despite Some Objections” • A 2,500-acre solar farm has been approved by the secretary of state for energy. Sunnica’s £600 million energy farm on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border has been given the green light. A decision had been delayed several times, including most recently due to the UK general election. [BBC]
  • “Lower Cost Batteries Will Move The EV Revolution Forward More Quickly” • For the past decade, we were told that someday batteries will cost less, making electric cars more affordable. Now Bloomberg says someday is here, for parts of the world. The cost of LFP battery cells in China has fallen by 51% to an average of $53/kWh since 2023. [CleanTechnica]
  • “After Hurricane Beryl’s Destruction, Climate Scientists Fear For What’s Next” • Prognosticators at Colorado State University amended their already miserable seasonal tropical cyclone forecast precisely as Hurricane Beryl was filling Houston’s streets with floodwaters. Climate scientists fear for what’s to come, with “crazy” ocean heat. [The Guardian]

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July 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Gotland Sweden Backs “Noemi” Electric Seaplane for Zero-Emission Flights” • Elfly Group, developers of the all-electric seaplane program ‘Noemi’ (No Emissions), is partnering with the government of Gotland, Sweden, on zero-emission commercial flights to the island by 2027. The parties recently signed a Letter of Intent for collaboration. [CleanTechnica]

Noemi electric airplane (Courtesy of Elfly Group)

  • “Japan Aligning With US, Europe Over Offshore Wind Amid China Fears” • Japan is enhancing cooperation with the US and Europe in developing floating offshore wind power, concerned over possible overreliance on China for renewable energy supply chains. It has set up an industry platform for commercializing the nascent technology. [毎日新聞 – Mainichi]
  • “Ørsted Pilots New Technology Optimizing Offshore Wind Monopile Installation” • Building on marine life protections, Ørsted developed a lower-noise method that could potentially revolutionize the way offshore wind foundations are installed. The groundbreaking technology has been successfully tested in Germany. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • “Biden-Harris Administration Invests $120 Million To Help Tribes Build Climate Resilience” • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the availability of $120 million in funding supported by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for Tribal dwellers to prepare for climate-related environmental threats to their homelands. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Trump Intends To Assemble “An Army” To Deconstruct the Administrative State And The Environment” • The editorial board of the New York Times stated this week the failures that Trump would bring to the executive office. Here’s another list which continues to chronicle the treacherous shifts in climate policy that Trump would implement. [CleanTechnica]

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July 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “German Coal Power Production Drops To Record Low In Q2 As Renewables Soar To 65% Share” • Electricity generation from coal dropped to a record low in Germany in the spring, while renewables produced more electricity than ever. Lignite feed-in fell more than 18% YOY, while hard coal production dropped more than 38% YOY. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm (BWE image)

  • “Over Half Of Turbines At Taiwan’s 640-MW Wind Project Start Producing Energy” • Skyborn Renewables announced that 42 wind turbine generators (WTG) at the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm have been connected to the grid. In a statement, it also said the installation of all 80 monopiles of the 640-MW project has been completed. [Asian Power]
  • “Is GM Making An EV Comeback?” • GM made a press release announcing end of quarter sales numbers finally had what we’ve all hoped to see: recovering EV sales figures! But, numbers are never anything without context. So, in this article, we will cover what GM revealed and then discuss whether this means GM’s EV effort is back on track or not. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Devastated By Record Flooding And Tornadoes, Iowa Tallies Over $130 Million In Storm Damage” • Record flooding and powerful tornadoes ravaged parts of Iowa for weeks this spring, destroying or damaging thousands of homes, closing roads and bridges and costing over $130 million in infrastructure damage, officials said Thursday. [ABC News]
  • “US Solar And Wind Power Generation Tops Nuclear For First Time” • For the first time ever, US electricity generation from utility-scale solar and wind exceeded nuclear power plants’ power output in the first half of 2024, according to data from energy think tank Ember and quoted by Reuters columnist Gavin Maguire. [OilPrice.com]

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July 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “China Wind And Solar Capacity Nearly Twice The Rest Of The World’s” • At present, China has 339 GW of renewable generating capacity under construction. That is “nearly twice as much as the rest of the world combined,” accordin to a report by Global Energy Monitor. The US, in second place, is building a total of just 40 GW, the monitor said. [DW]

Wind farm in Xinjiang (taylorandayumi, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

  • “Californian Commission Adopts Offshore Wind Plan” • The California Energy Commission adopted its Strategic Plan for a pathway to develop 25 GW of offshore windpower by 2045 to help the state meet its climate goals. The strategic offshore wind plan will now be submitted to the California Natural Resources Agency and the Legislature. [reNews]
  • “Record Growth ‘Only Way’ To Hit COP28 Target” • To stay the course, the world will now have to grow renewables capacity at a minimum 16.4% rate annually through 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency publication, Renewable Energy Statistics 2024. To do that growth must reach levels that are unprecedented. [reNews]
  • “Wildfire Risk Rises As Western States Dry Out Amid Ongoing Heat Wave Baking Most Of The US” • There risk of wildfires is rising in the West as heat and low humidity dry out the landscape in a protracted heat wave that is expected to continue baking the are. More than 142 million people in the country were under heat alerts on July 10. [ABC News]
  • “1.3 Million Without Power In Houston As Sweltering Heat Follows Beryl” • More than 1.3 million electrical customers in the Houston area are without power as sweltering temperatures set in after the destruction left by Hurricane Beryl. The main utility company in the area, CenterPoint Energy, warned “it will take days” to restore power to everyone. [ABC News]

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July 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Global Warming Alert: Earth Has Passed 1.5°C Milestone” • According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, average global temperatures between July 2023 and June 2024 were the highest on record, creating a year-long stretch in which the Earth was 1.64°C hotter than in pre-industrial times. “This is not good news at all.” [CleanTechnica]

Protest sign (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

  • “First Project In 1.3-GW Indiana Solar Complex Is Nearing Operation” • Doral Renewables is about to put its 400-MW Mammoth North Solar project into operation. The Mammoth North Solar project is the first phase of the 1.3-GW Mammoth Solar complex. It will be the largest operating solar installation in Indiana. [Solar Power World]
  • “Transition Bro Gwaun Turbine Paves The Way For Exciting Plan” • In Wales, Transition Bro Gwaun put up a community wind turbine in a joint-venture with Parc y Morfa Farms in 2015. So far, it has so far generated £76,000 of profit that has been reinvested in the local community. Now, two other towns plan to do the same. [The Western Telegraph]
  • “ACT Electric Fleet Powered Grid In Energy Crisis” • Sixteen ACT Government fleet EVs fed power back into Australia’s grid during a major power emergency in 2024. The response proves the viability of vehicle-to-grid technology, which was tested as part of the Realising Electric Vehicles to Grid Services trial which began in 2020. [Mirage News]
  • “US Offshore Wind To Invest $65 Billion By 2030” • The US is projected to invest $65 billion in offshore wind projects by 2030, which will support 56,000 domestic jobs. According to the American Clean Power Association’s 2024 Offshore Wind Market Report, there are 12 GW of projects being developed with active offtake agreements. [reNews]

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July 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Solar And Wind Uptake To Reach 5.4 TW (AC) From 2024 To 2033” • From 2024 to 2033, developers will bring more than 5.4 TW (AC) of new solar and wind capacity online, increasing the cumulative global total to 8 TW (AC), as the world endeavors to electrify economies and meet decarbonisation targets, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power (Kay Dittner, Unsplash, cropped)

  • “Wind Energy Is Powering America More Than Coal For The First Time Ever” • American energy generation has got just a bit cleaner this year. Data from the EIA suggests that wind power is a bigger source of electricity than coal for the first time ever. Data from the agency says that wind was responsible for 47.7 TWh of energy in April, vs coal’s 37.2 TWh. [Quartz]
  • “Ten Largest EV Battery Producers In The World” • One company has absolutely run away with the trophy for largest EV battery producer in the world. That would be Chinese battery giant CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd). In fact, two Chinese companies, CATL and BYD, produce over 53% of all EV batteries. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Reeves To ‘Scrap England’s Onshore Wind Ban’” • The new UK Labour government is set to lift the de-facto ban on onshore wind in England, Rachel Reeves will declare in her first major speech as Chancellor. Reeves will make the pledge as part of an overhaul of the planning system that she will outline later today, according to the BBC. [reNews]
  • “In 2023, USA Had Battery Recycling Facilities Capable Of Reclaiming More Than 35,000 Tons Of Battery Materials” • As of 2023, the US had enough domestic battery recycling capacity to reclaim 35,500 tons of battery materials. More facilities are being planned for the next two to four years to reclaim an additional 76,000 tons. [CleanTechnica]

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July 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Provided 34% Of Irish Power In 2024” • The June Wind Energy report shows Ireland’s wind farms provided 34% of the country’s electricity in the first half of 2024. The latest figures published by Wind Energy Ireland show wind power generation in June 2024 was the third highest on record for a June month, totaling 771 GWh. [reNews]

Wind turbines in Ireland (Nordex image)

  • “Labour And Climate Celebrate Big Wins In UK” • Britain’s Labour Party won the UK general election by a landslide, ending 14 years of Conservative Party rule. The time has come in which Labour and climate activists will be working together toward common goals. The next prime minister, Keir Starmer, has a 326-seat majority in the parliament. [CleanTechnica]
  • “June Sizzles To Thirteenth Straight Monthly Heat Record. String May End Soon, But Dangerous Heat Won’t” • The Earth’s streak of thirteen record-breaking hot months continued in June, EU climate service Copernicus said. There’s hope that the planet will soon see an end to the record-setting part of the heat streak, but not the climate chaos that it brought. [ABC News]
  • “Wavepiston And Ørsted To Collaborate On Combined Wind And Wave Energy” • Danish company Wavepiston has started a collaboration with Ørsted to investigate the potential for co-location of offshore wind and wave energy in Denmark. The collaboration will analyze the benefits of combining offshore wind and wave energy. [renewableenergymagazine.com]
  • “Torrid Heat Bakes Millions Across US, Setting Records And Fanning Wildfires” • A long-running heat wave that has already shattered previous records across the US persisted on Sunday, baking parts of the West with dangerous temperatures that caused the death of a motorcyclist in Death Valley and held the East in its hot and humid grip. [ABC News]

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July 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Researchers Unveil Innovative Technology That Outperforms Conventional Solar Panels Using Both Sun And ‘Cold Universe’ Energy” • Penn State researchers developed a way to harvest solar energy in a solar cell (like normal) but also direct heat away from Earth using “radiative cooling,” sending infrared light off into outer space. [The Cool Down]

Solar panels with reflectors (Image from Penn State University)

  • “Key Drivers For Thermal Energy Storage Technologies In Industry” • Industries have long used fossil fuels to produce heat for their processes or to fuel power plants to generate electricity from natural gas, oil, and coal. That heat produces about 25% of global emissions. The emissions could be reduced by thermal energy storage. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • “The Frequency And Magnitude Of Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled In Last 20 Years, Study Finds” • The frequency and magnitude of extreme wildfires – the most damaging to climate, society, and ecosystems – appear to have doubled over the past 20 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. [ABC News]
  • “Tesla Model S Has 430,000 Miles On One Battery” • One of the many false claims some EV critics make is that somehow EV batteries just magically and suddenly stop working after a while. A YouTube video on the AutoTrader channel is about a Tesla Model S that has 430,000 miles on it using just one battery, and it’s still going. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Bangladesh To Import 1,000 MW Of Renewable Power From India” • The Bangladesh government signed an MOU with India to import 1,000 MW of renewable electricity. It also plans to tap Nepal and Bhutan for its energy needs. To have renewables meet 10% of all the electricity it needs by 2025, it will need 2,600 MW of green energy by then. [Outlook Planet]

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July 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Digital World Driving Growing Demand For Renewable Generation” • The world’s reliance on the internet, the shift to cloud computing, and the emergence of AI all fuel increasing demand for data centers. The IEA projects that by 2026, data centers will consume more than 800 TWh annually, more than double what they used in 2022. [pv magazine Australia]

Data center with rooftop solar (Iron Mountain image)

  • “EU Tariffs On Chinese EVs Commence, But Discussions Ongoing” • There are discussions ongoing between Chinese government officials and EU officials and administration in regard to tariffs on battery-electric cars produced in China. But in the meantime, the tariffs, ranging from 17.4% to 37.6%, are now in effect. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Globally, 48% Of Volvo Cars’ Sales Now Plugin Vehicles” • Yet another automaker highlighting its EV sales growth last quarter is Volvo Cars. Its data shows that 48% of all the cars it sold in June were plugins! Volvo’s overall sales grew 8%, but its plugin vehicle sales grew a whopping 41%. That tells us that Volvo’s non-plugin vehicle sales actually declined. [CleanTechnica]
  • “West Coast Historic Heat Wave Could Break All-Time Records” • The western US is facing a historic heat wave with alerts issued not just for areas inland, but also normally cooler coastal places like Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The heat wave could break all-time records. The record heat will not stop this weekend, with more expected next week. [ABC News]
  • “Pongamia Trees Grow Where Citrus Once Flourished, Offering Renewable Energy, Protein” • As parts of the Florida citrus industry have all but dried up over the past two decades due to two fatal diseases, some farmers are planting pongamia trees, a climate-resilient species that can produce plant-based proteins and a sustainable biofuel. [ABC News]

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July 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Germany Gives Apartment-Dwellers Legal Right To Solar Power” • Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed legal amendments allowing apartment owners and tenants to install solar systems on their balconies, as the country seeks to increase uptake of the energy form. More than half of the population of Germany live in rented homes. [Yahoo News UK]

Balcony power (PantheraLeo1359531, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

  • “Hurricane Beryl Earliest Category 5 Hurricane Ever, And Other Facts” • Climate insecurity is rising, including larger, more frequent hurricanes. The latest example is Hurricane Beryl, a Category 5 hurricane. In fact, as the title notes, this is the earliest Category 5 hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. And that’s not Hurricane Beryl’s only record. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Labour Party Wins UK General Election With Promising Implications For The UK Green Economy” • The Labour Party has won the UK General Election, making Sir Keir Starmer the country’s new Prime Minister, and former PM Rishi Sunak conceded defeat. The result has promising implications for the UK green economy. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • “Hydro-Québec Announces $9 Billion Wind Power Project” • Hydro-Québec announced its plans to create a $9-billion wind farm in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. It could become one of the largest in North America. The area of 5,000 sq km could generate up to 3,000 MW as part of the utility’s strategy to increase wind power capacity. [CBC]
  • “China Could Lead The World To Net Zero” • China, with 18% of the global population, uses 26% of the world’s primary energy and emits 33% of the world’s energy-related CO₂. Renewables are poised to supplant coal massively over the next three decades, however. The effects of the energy transition unfolding in China will echo globally. [pv magazine International]

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