August 29 Energy News

August 29, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Hurricanes, Fires, Floods And Locusts: Science Says Climate Change Is Here But The RNC Refuses To Believe” • The US military warned about climate change in 1990, predicting death, desperation, and tension in distant lands. Now the Hurricanes, fires, and floods are here in the US. But watching the Republican National Convention, you’d never know. [CNN]

Damage from Hurricane Laura

World:

¶ “Another Record Month For Plugin Vehicles In Europe” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market is on fire, having scored over 113,000 registrations in July (+213% year over year, the highest growth rate in 5 years). This is the market’s second record performance in a row, after the 93,000 registrations of June. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Xpeng G3 – $21,383 to $29,102 Hot Electric Crossover (in China)” • Xpeng is a young EV startup in China that is getting a lot more attention in the US now that it has gone public on the New York Stock Exchange. We’ve been covering the company for a couple of years, but now we are doing a deep dive on the Xpeng G3, an electric crossover. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng G3

¶ “Renewable Energy Push Boosts Bets On Wind, Solar In Israel” • On the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, solar energy and renewable power storage stocks are outperforming oil and gas producers. The Israeli government is pledging to spend more on cleaner alternatives, at just the time investors are seeking to diversify away from fossil fuels. [Moneyweb]

¶ “Billionaire Adamant Coal Jobs Will Vanish” • Influential billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes believes Australia needs to be honest with coal workers that jobs in the industry will disappear over the next two decades. Sitting on a panel with government coal supporters, he said it was time for politicians to be straight with coalminers. [Australian Associated Press]

Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes (Mick Tsikas | AAP PHOTOS)

¶ “Schlumberger New Energy And Thermal Energy Partners Create Geothermal Project Development Company” • A new subsidiary of Schlumberger and Thermal Energy Partners have entered into an agreement to create STEP Energy, which is to develop efficient and profitable geothermal power generation projects. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Distributed And Large-Scale Renewables Improve Reliability Outlook For Australia’s Main Grid” • The reliability of Australia’s power supply has actually improved with the addition of new solar and wind capacity, making summer blackouts less likely, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator in its latest report. [pv magazine Australia]

Renewable energy (Pixabay image)

US:

¶ “California Takes A Big First Step Toward Climate Change Adaptation” • California’s Public Utilities Commission became the nation’s first regulator to require utilities to account better for the impact of climate change on energy infrastructure and services. The PUC ordered them to prioritize it in their planning and operations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Laura Rapidly Intensified Over a Super-Warm Gulf. Only the Storm Surge Faltered” • Laura will likely cause billions of dollars in damage, but the season’s fourth hurricane avoided major population centers by making landfall between New Orleans and Houston. A last-minute wobble to the east reduced storm surge and flooding where it did hit. [InsideClimate News]

Lake Charles neighborhood (Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

¶ “Volkswagen Says ID.4 Reservations Will Be Accepted Starting September 23” • In an announcement on August 28, Volkswagen of America said the ID.4, the battery electric SUV built on the company’s MEB electric vehicle platform, will be revealed online on September 23. Immediately after that, customers will be able to make reservations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bollinger Motors Plans Push Into Electric Delivery Van Market” • Bollinger Motors, a startup EV company making a pickup truck and an SUV, wants to leverage is electric powertrain prowess to offer electric delivery vans as well. The company says it can build Class 2B, Class 3, Class 4, and Class 5 trucks using its all-electric skateboard. [CleanTechnica]

Bollinger delivery van (Credit: Bollinger Motors)

¶ “U.S. Shipments of Solar Photovoltaic Modules Increase as Prices Continue to Fall” • In 2019, US shipments of solar PV modules, or solar panels, reached a record-high 16.4 million kW, 2.9 million kW more than the previous record of 13.5 million kW set in 2016. Solar PV module shipments include imports, exports, and product for US consumption. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mitsubishi Hitachi Supplying Battery Energy Storage Systems For California Grid” • Hecate Grid awarded the Johanna Energy Storage System project to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. MHPS Americas will provide Hecate Grid battery energy storage systems totaling 20 MW, 80 MWh as part of a multi-year study. [Transmission & Distribution World]

Storage system (Photo by Malpetr, Dreamstime)

¶ “Fort Collins Power Provider Eyes Plan For 90% Noncarbon Electricity By 2030” • Platte River Power Authority appears poised to adopt a plan to achieve over 90% carbon-free electricity for Fort Collins and surrounding areas by 2030, highlighting the possibility that the power provider could fall short of its goal of 100% noncarbon electricity by 2030. [The Coloradoan]

¶ “NRC Gives Final Approval To NuScale’s SMR Design” • The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed its Phase 6 review of the Design Certification Application of NuScale Power’s small modular nuclear reactor, the company said. According to NuScale Power, its SMR is the first such reactor to receive NRC approval of its design. [POWER magazine]

Have a very pretty day, indeed.

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