July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Silence Before The Storm At Chibwe Primary School – An Example Of Rural African Energy Development” • The pace of development in rural Africa has gone from extremely slow to very slow, but don’t be fooled by the seemingly flat end of an exponential curve, because the steep end will present the slow and fast end of the curve. [CleanTechnica]

School in Chibwe, 2014 (Photo: Jesper Berggreen)

Science and Technology:

¶ “International Energy Agency: Electric Vehicle Battery Tech Rapidly Improving” • The IEA’s “Global EV Outlook” report says battery capacities are going up, and battery costs are going down. The IEA Expects global EV battery capacity to grow from around 170 GWh per year today to 1.5 TWh per year in 2030 – or 3 TWh, if we are to meet climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Amazon Greening German Cities, Volkswagen Reforesting Australia” • The global economy, our increasingly integrated global society, is an interesting phenomenon. Amazon, based in the US, committed to greening cities in Germany by planting a lot of trees and bushes there. Now, Volkswagen Group, based in Germany, is reforesting Australia. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen reforesting Australia (Courtesy Volkswagen Group)

¶ “69% of Autos Sold in Norway in 2020 Have a Plug” • Norway continues to be a shining star in the electric vehicle world. In the first half of the year, 48% of automobiles sold in the country were fully electric, a global record for EV market share. Total plug-in EVs also set a global record at 69% of auto sales, and the sales split is particularly interesting. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Sales Surge Ahead In China” • China has seen a decline in new car sales so far this year, but that hasn’t stopped sales of Tesla’s Model 3 from climbing dramatically from month to month. In April, Tesla sold 3,635 Model 3s, according to the China Passenger Car Association. In May, that number rose to 11,095. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 in Hong Kong (Image via Twitter)

¶ “‘Coal Has No Place In Covid-19 Recovery Plans,’ Says UN Chief” • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged countries to stop financing the coal industry, to deliver a sustainable future following the pandemic. “Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans,” he said during an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency. [CNN]

¶ “NSW Sets Itself For Biggest And Quickest Transition From Coal To Renewables” • The New South Wales state government confirmed it will seek a massive 8,000 MW of wind, solar, and storage projects, setting itself up for what will be the biggest and most rapid transition from coal to renewables in the country, if not the world. [RenewEconomy]

Silverton wind farm (Courtesy of PARF)

¶ “Enel Green Power Is Partnering With Norfund To Set Up Renewable Projects In India” • Italian renewable energy company Enel Green Power announced a long-term, joint investment partnership with Norwegian private equity fund Norfund to set up renewable energy projects in India through Enel subsidiary Enel Green Power India. [Mercom India]

¶ “PM Modi To Inaugurate Asia’s Largest Solar Power Plant In MP Today” • A solar power plant project in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is to be inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has three solar generating units of 250 MW each on a 500-hectare plot of land in a solar park, with a total area of 1500 hectares. [Hindustan Times]

Solar power (Citizenmj, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “EU Must Reach 100% Renewables By 2040 In Order To Reach Net Zero Economy By 2050” • The European Union must greatly increase its climate ambition if it is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and meet targets set by the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal, according to a report from the German Institute for Economic Research. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Michigan Commission Approves DTE Plans To Keep Stable Electric Rates Until 2022 And Achieve 2021 Renewable Energy Goal” • DTE Electric received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission for an innovative plan to keep electric rates unchanged from today until 2022. DTE’s Renewable Energy Plan was also approved. [GlobeNewswire]

Solar farm in Michigan

¶ “Massachusetts Expands EV Rebates To Nonprofits, Business Fleets” • Massachusetts took a big step forward by including nonprofits and business fleets in the state’s electric vehicle incentives. The move hopes to maximize the environmental impact of the EV incentive program during a time when the economy has slowed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Makes 227-MW Solar Swoop In Alabama” • Ørsted has acquired a 227-MW PV project in Alabama from its developer, Longroad Energy. The Muscle Shoals solar project is expected to come online in third quarter 2021. Longroad Energy will manage the construction, and First Solar is supplying the modules for the project. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (First Solar image)

¶ “PacifiCorp Opens 4.3-Gigawatt Renewables And Storage Procurement” • PacifiCorp is soliciting bids for up to 4.3 GW of solar, wind, and battery storage projects, part of a massive clean-energy growth plan that will open the utility’s six-state territory to third-party renewable energy developers. Projects must be operating by the end of 2024. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Federal Judge Approves $192 Million Shareholder Settlement Over Failed SC Nuclear Project” • A federal judge signed off on a $192.5 million legal settlement between the former shareholders of SCANA Corporation and the company’s new owner Dominion Energy. The deal stems from the failed VC Summer nuclear expansion project. [Charleston Post Courier]

Have an enthrallingly lovely day.

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