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July 22, 2021

Top Story

Fire, floods, dead fish: Climate change fuels extreme weather, with no ‘return to normal.’

By New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:45:29

A summer of misery stretched across much of the United States this week, with flash floods in the Southeast, deadly monsoons in the desert, a crackling-dry fire season across the Pacific Northwest and hazy skies on the East Coast blotting out a baleful red sun. Parts of Montana reached 110 degrees this week — more than 20 degrees above normal — while the nation’s largest wildfire continued to explode in southern Oregon, generating its own weather and prompting state officials to warn residents that they face a long and difficult fire season. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Floods wreck towns, but Europe’s wind power goals tangled in red tape

By Angeliki Koutantou reported from Evia, Nina Chestney reported from London, Stephen Jewkes from Milan, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:47:52

Climber Tassos Baltas points up at a 22-metre high mast which is monitoring wind speeds on the summit of a rocky hillside on the Greek island of Evia and declares, “This mast which has been installed next to us is an omen of catastrophe.” The mountaineer’s views are one of a host of obstacles to efforts to boost wind power across the European Union. [ read more … ]

Storage

Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:45:52

A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron. Form Energy Inc.’s batteries are far too heavy for electric cars. But it says they will be capable of solving one of the most elusive problems facing renewable energy: cheaply storing large amounts of electricity to power grids when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing. The work of the Somerville, Mass., company has long been shrouded in secrecy and nondisclosure agreements. It recently shared its progress with The Wall Street Journal, saying it wants to make regulators and utilities aware that if all continues to go according to plan, its iron-air batteries will be capable of affordable, long-duration power storage by 2025.
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Markets

The Saudi Prince of Oil Prices Vows to Drill ‘Every Last Molecule’

By Javier Blas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:47:16

The Boeing 767 banked over the Red Sea, turning east into Saudi Arabia. A commercial version of the plane can carry about 260 passengers. Inside this one, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and a dozen or so aides were heading home from a tumultuous meeting at OPEC’s headquarters in Vienna the day before. For most of the journey, the jetliner had followed its expected route over Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Egypt. It was a path that Abdulaziz had flown scores of times. As oil minister since 2019 and a royal understudy before that, he’d attended almost every OPEC meeting over the past 35 years.
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Climate

Lawsuits target Exxon’s social media ‘green washing’

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:46:28

Two years ago, Exxon Mobil Corp. took to Twitter to promote its research into algae biofuel. The oil giant tweeted a photo of swirling beakers of bright green liquid to its hundreds of thousands of followers. “We’re researching algae biofuel with about 40% of its mass as fat, which can be turned into fuel. The swish is just a nice bonus. #SoothingScience,” the caption read. The response was scathing.
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The World’s Biggest Governments Are Still Propping Up Fossil Fuels

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:46:55

The International Energy Agency published a hopeful finding last month on global subsidies for fossil fuel consumption, showing a fall of more than 40% in 2020 — following a drop of more than 30% in 2019. That does not, however, mean that countries have reduced their support for fossil fuel industries. [ read more … ]

EVs

Mercedes Accelerates Electric Shift With $47 Billion Push

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:46:08

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz vowed to spend more than 40 billion euros ($47 billion) this decade to electrify its lineup and defend its position as the world’s leading luxury-car maker through a historic industry transformation. Mercedes plans to launch three new all-electric vehicle platforms in 2025 and set up eight battery factories with partners, the company said in a strategy update Thursday. Mercedes is betting the luxury segment will shift faster toward battery cars than the mass market because of customers’ greater purchasing power. [ read more … ]

As EVs rise, automakers see money in charging

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:47:35

Companies and governments want to electrify their fleets of vehicles, but they “ have no idea how difficult it’s going to be,” said Chris Nelder. From a city’s parking lot full of bland white sedans to a factory’s depot of delivery trucks, the people who manage those fleets are under pressure to go sustainable by going electric, and soon. But it is a different world. Instead of gallons, it’s kilowatt-hours. Instead of pumps, it’s an exotic and expensive system of charging stations. Use too many electrons at the depot at the wrong time, and the fleet manager could wind up with a huge electricity bill. [ read more … ]

EV Batteries: The Next Victim of High Commodity Prices?

By Jacky Wong, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-22 15:48:12

Ever-cheaper batteries over the past decade have made electric vehicles more price-competitive. But rising demand for EVs could now disrupt that trend. The race to secure key materials will become more crucial. Prices of battery materials have skyrocketed this year as EV demand jumps. Prices of lithium carbonate, used in cathodes, have doubled year-to-date, according to research firm Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Prices for cobalt hydroxide, which boosts energy density and battery life, have risen more than 40%. [ read more … ]

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