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August 17, 2021

Top Story

Kansas set to lead nation in renewable energy

By Sarah Motter, WIBW  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:33:44

Kansas is positioned to lead the nation in the transition to renewable energy. Boost Kansas, an initiative of the American Clean Power Association says in 2020, the renewable energy industry had an exciting year, and Kansas is a leader with success in wind and solar energy developments. It said the newly released Clean Power Annual from the American Clean Power Association notes the Sunflower State is a national leader in renewable energy, with over 43% of the state’s electricity coming from renewable sources, ranking second in the nation. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar-Panel Maker Warns of Import Holdups as U.S. Cracks Down on China

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:32:34

Canadian Solar Inc. warned that all panel imports from China risk being detained by U.S. Customs as the Biden administration cracks down on alleged labor abuses in the Xinjiang region. Four of Canadian Solar’s sample modules shipped from China to its U.S. office were held by officials last week due to a sourcing issue, according to the Ontario-based manufacturer that has most of its factories in the Asian country. While the number of imports affected was limited, “it seems that all solar module shipments from China are detained” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a Canadian Solar spokesperson said Monday. [ read more … ]

Fusion

Investors Get Serious About Nuclear Fusion, Energy’s Eternal Grail

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:33:00

The sun’s energy comes from tiny particles smashing into each other, fusing, and releasing heat in the process. Physicists tried to control that same power in labs since the dawn of the nuclear age. It’s called fusion, and it’s been the next big thing in energy for the better part of a century. Long the domain of government research and international collaborations, private-sector fusion companies in North America and Europe attracted $300 million in investment in 2020, about 20% of their historical total, according to the research group BloombergNEF. This year’s total may beat last year and 2019.  [ read more … ]

Grid

Grid’s ‘town crier’ separates cyber signal from noise

By Christian Vasquez, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:34:41

The U.S. power grid’s hub for cyberthreat information got word last December that hackers had breached FireEye Inc., one of the world’s largest cybersecurity companies. FireEye wasn’t the only victim: Several government agencies soon discovered that they, too, had been swept up in a massive hack of Austin, Texas-based IT firm SolarWinds Inc., whose hijacked Orion software product was also used by many large electric utilities. [ read more … ]

EVs

This town is the first in America to ban new gas stations – is the tide turning?

By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:35:25

These days her family has to evacuate their home every summer. Two of her friends lost their homes in Paradise, the town consumed by the 2018 Camp fire disaster, the deadliest in California history. Last year, a wildfire burned the nature reserve behind her local school until it was “entirely black. It was like something from a dystopian novel”. She worries about her younger siblings, a 12-year-old sister and an eight-year-old brother. “What’s it going to be like in the future?” she asks. She wonders how responsible it would be for her to have children. Bit is 17. Now, she and fellow student activists are working to break one big link in the fossil fuel chain that is driving climate change: gas stations. There are two proposed new gas stations in her town she wants scrapped. “We don’t need them,” she said. [ read more … ]

President Biden’s electric car order doesn’t make it easier to buy one. Here’s why

By Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:34:09

President Joe Biden this month signed an executive order to encourage more sales of electric cars, aiming for half of new sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030. Alongside him, several automakers promised to increase manufacturing of battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles. But buying those cars might not become any easier for the average car owner for some time, some experts and senators said. [ read more … ]

Detroit sticks with trucks, SUVs despite lofty 2030 goals for EVs

By Paul Lienert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:34:24

The future may belong to electric cars, but for U.S. automakers, trucks will rule for years to come. Automakers in North America plan to build more big pickups and sport utility vehicles than electric vehicles well into the late 2020s, chasing sales trends that run counter to the Biden administration’s goal of boosting EVs to half the market by 2030, according to internal production forecasts viewed by Reuters.
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Markets

IKEA starts selling renewable energy to households in Sweden

By Anna Ringstrom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-17 15:35:04

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture brand, is branching out into selling renewable energy to households, starting with home market Sweden in September. Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA stores worldwide, said households would be able to buy affordable renewable electricity from solar and wind parks, and track their usage through an app. [ read more … ]

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