- “IEA Chief: Don’t Blame Renewables For Europe’s Energy Crunch” • The energy squeeze in Europe has nothing to do with the continent’s energy transition plans, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, told the European Parliament’s energy and environment committees. He took the opportunity to point a finger at Russia. [Oil Price]
- “Home Heating Sticker Shock: The Cost Of Natural Gas Is Up 180%” • Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes and a leading fuel source for generating electricity, have surged more than 180% over the past 12 months to $5.90 per million British thermal units. Natural gas has not been this expensive since February 2014. [CNN]
- “SAIC, GM, And Wuling To Release A Remix Of The Smash Hit Mini EV” • China’s top selling EV is getting a remix! The Wuling HongGuang Mini EV’s upgrade has a slightly longer wheelbase, a 26 kWh battery, up from the 9.2 kWh and 13.8 kWh in current models. The new version of the popular EV will sell at a barely higher price, about $5,500. [CleanTechnica]
- “US DOE Signs Up Over 125 Local Governments to Fast-Track Solar Permits” • The DOE announced it has achieved its summer goal of having at least 125 communities signed up for the Solar Automated Permit Processing tool. It is a free web-based tool that allows local governments to instantly approve residential solar installation permits. [CleanTechnica]
- “US Renewable Energy Production Hits An All-Time High As Nuclear Power And Fossil Fuels Decline” • Domestic production of renewable energy reached an all-time high in the first six months of 2021 despite a sharp drop in hydropower, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of new data released by the US Energy Information Administration. [pvbuzz.com]
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