July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2020


¶ “Zero-Emissions Trucks Are The Future: Let’s Do This” • California’s zero-emissions rule is a timetable for eliminating emissions from trucking. Instead of fighting the rule, the trucking industry has an historic opportunity to tackle the problem of emissions from freight and transform its operations into a clean supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

Fuso eCanter London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Daimler image)

¶ “How To Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible And Just” • It Is cheaper today to build new renewable energy capacity including battery storage than to continue operating 39% of the world’s existing coal capacity. And the cost of coal-based power is not going down the way renewable energy’s costs are. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How New Flood Risk Maps Could Undermine Marginalized Neighborhoods” • New flood maps illustrate a racial disparity: In two-thirds of states, minority neighborhoods shoulder more undisclosed flood risk than the state average. That gap could have significant ramifications for citizens in those areas to access financial resources. [Quartz]

Flood (Dan Anderson | Reuters)

¶ “Natural Gas As A Bridge Fuel To The Future? Not Anymore” • Natural gas is being done in by low prices for renewables and storage, which is precisely how capitalism is supposed to work. Now we need to eradicate the torrent of money the industry receives from federal and state subsidies. That fight is not over yet, but the end game has begun. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Study: Driving Tesla Model 3 Is Whole Lot Cheaper Than Driving Petrol Vehicles In 23 African Countries” • AfricaNEV looked at the costs of “fueling” the Tesla Model 3 versus some popular fossil fueled models in each of 23 countries, examining electricity tariffs and petrol prices. The Model 3 wins, and it’s not even a contest. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 in Florida (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Domestic Manufacturing Only Meets Half Of India’s Solar Equipment Demand: Power Minister Rk Singh” • India’s solar PV manufacturing capacity meets just half of the country’s demand, according to union power and renewable energy minister RK Singh. India’s solar cell manufacturing capacity is at 2.5 GW, but it has 5 GW more under construction. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “Record Low Tariff Bidding For New Solar Projects, Due To Chance Coming Together Of Many Positives” • A chance coming together of several positives led to a new record low tariff bid in a tranche of auctions of the Solar Energy Corporation of India, according to CRISIL Research. The new record is ₹2.36/kWh (3.2¢/kWh), down from ₹2.44 /kWh. [EnergyInfraPost]

Solar array

¶ “MP Helps Launch Bradford Community Energy Initiative” • In West Yorkshire, Bradford Community Energy has launched a major new initiative to help community centers in the district develop and finance renewable energy assets. It allows residents to invest from £100 up to £22,000 in local renewable energy projects. [Bradford Telegraph and Argus]

¶ “Tepco To Reuse Chinese EV Batteries For Energy Storage” • Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings will launch a storage battery business utilizing used electric-vehicle batteries from China, Nikkei has learned. The plan is to assemble used batteries into a containerized energy storage system to assist renewable-energy plants. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Bank of batteries

¶ “Europe’s radioactivity due to nuke reactor – UN” • Slightly higher levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe last week are likely linked to a nuclear reactor, the UN nuclear watchdog said, stressing it posed no risk. The International Atomic Energy Agency said it could not yet determine where the reactor was located. [The Manila Times]


¶ “US Opposition’s Big Climate Plan Includes Studying The Risky Idea Of Blocking Out The Sun” • Democrats on the US House Select Committee for the Climate Crisis put out their big old climate plan. One thing the plan includes is geoengineering. Controversially, that could mean using tiny particles to reflect sunlight back into space. [Gizmodo UK]

Twilight (Featured photo: Wikimedia)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Bubbles Up Under US Distributed Wind Scheme” • The DOE is determined to stimulate more activity in the area of distributed wind power, and if all goes according to plan that could mean good news for fans of green hydrogen. The hydrogen angle could help smaller-scale wind owners squeeze more energy from their turbines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Efficiency Maine Trust Has A 10-Year Record Of Energy-Saving Success” • Efficiency Maine Trust was established on July 1, 2010, as an independent, not-for-profit, quasi-state agency to advance the best interests of Maine’s energy consumers. Since then, “Efficiency Maine” has served the state’s customer groups, business sectors, and communities. [Press Herald]

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