Weekly Energy News Update-July 9th
OK, so I was going to spend some time talking about the G20…
I mean, obviously it is important and there was some intense Energy going on in the streets of Hamburg these past few days
But there was also a lot of unproductive things that happened, such as the burning of resident’s cars. I have a good friend from Hamburg and was disappointed to hear his parents left the city for the weekend due to the protests.
And while the first article in the Politics section this week draws some more direct connections between the G20 and Energy, how could anything be more important than this:
Right, so that is an artistic rendering of a solar power plant in China made in the shape of a Panda, but there’s a picture of the real deal in the article above (thanks Snopes!). Naturally, the name of the company is Panda Green Energy.
Actually, my friend from Hamburg loves pandas, so I wrote this for him! Hope everything soon returns to “normal”, whatever that means these days.
Enjoy this weeks Update everyone!
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The future of HR in oil and gas (McKinsey)
One of the primary themes McKinsey sees as driving HR in the oil and gas sector is managing for value and energy, which sounds like typical corporate chatter and is defined as “the idea that each employee creates ever more business value with more automation and digital tools at his/her disposal, leading to increasing returns on investment in personalized development and support for top performers to get the most out of their efforts.”
Siemens inaugurates first digitalized factory in India (India Times)
While these numbers are alarming, it should be noted that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are not included in the analysis provided in the report. SOEs in China and India are investing massive amounts of money and expertise into renewables. Of course, SOEs around the world also invest 286 billion USD into fossil fuels, which, as the report notes, is four times as much money as the public finance discussed in the report. You can download it here
The media has primarily focused on China’s construction of military bases on tiny atolls in the South China Sea but these tensions are also about that access to and the transport of energy resources in the region.
The hacking of US power plants has been persistently in the news for the past week.
Researchers develop small device to detect spills (Energy Voice)
Is inequality bad for the environment? (Guardian)
This is a very general article about the relationship between inequality and environmental degradation, but there are two specific cases of car and air traffic that are relevant to this section. The evidence is mounting that environmental issues cannot be resolved without simultaneously engaging with political economy. I am sure many on the listserve have rightfully been making similar arguments for years! Hopefully more people will start listening.
It was a big week for Transportation news. For the scholarly article published in Science discussed in this piece see here
This of course is one way to use draff and pot ale, but as any good brewer or distiller knows these also make great fertilizer and draff can still be used to make bread.
Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines (New York Times)
Hamburg Is Ready to Fill Up With Hydrogen. Customers Aren’t So Sure. (New York Times)
Great that NYT has published this as the Bloomberg piece much of the data comes from tries to collect your personal information. Lots of excellent Energy News from NYT this week.
And naturally he just posted pictures of the first production roll out of the Model 3 on twitter
China’s electric-vehicle market plugs in (McKinsey)
For a copy of the full report see here
This level of competence could only come from “Commerce, Education and the ugh…what’s the third one there let me see…oops” Rick Perry.
Qatar to Ramp Up Gas Production Amid Feud With Arab Neighbors (New York Times)
Geothermal doesn’t show up very often in the media (if you know of any geothermal media sites, please send my way), but the fact that this is coming out of Alphabet seems fairly significant. You can see the original blog post about Dandelion here
Oil Exports, Illegal for Decades, Now Fuel a Texas Port Boom (New York Times)
Oddly, this spill happened last Friday, but it was not reported until the following Monday…
A lot of big news in Nigeria this week, see also the note about a shift to gas exploration in the Policy section.
Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists (New York Times)
When I was an undergrad at UW-Seattle we toured the Hanford Site in Central Washington as part of an Environmental Studies course about Energy Resources. At that time Hanford was covered in solar panels. I wonder what it looks like now.
Apologies, as this news article could be behind a paywall for some readers. It is worth noting that the scholarly the author uses to support basis of their argument has nothing to do with offshore wind power at all. It was published in Ecological Applications and is open access.