Archive for October 4th, 2020

October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2020


¶ “Trump’s Policies Indicate Love For Toxic And Deadly Pollution, Not Electric Vehicles” • When Trump claimed in the recent debate that “I think I’m all for electric cars, I’ve given big incentives for electric cars, but what they’ve done in California is just crazy,” I cracked up. Then I cried. That’s our president. He “thinks” he is all for electric cars. [CleanTechnica

Teslas (David Havasi | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Here We Go Again With This Nuclear Nonsense” • Promoting nuclear power anywhere at this point makes about as much sense as promoting zeppelins as a practical transportation option, and nowhere more so than in the Philippines. Reality and common sense, however, have never been much of an impediment to this country’s “nuclear advocacy.” [The Manila Times]

¶ “Tesla’s Future Is Not What We Thought” • I have gone through the technologies and numbers, and have come to a conclusion: what Tesla presented to us is exactly what we had hoped for and were expecting. And even though I wrote an article about Tesla needing a chain of terafactories all the way back in 2018, it seems I set the bar too low. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Tiny Robotaxi Placeholder (CleanTechnica image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Is Battery Manufacturing So Hard? Tesla Battery Day For Dummies (Like Me)” • People might think the invention and the first prototype are the hardest part, and manufacturing a new product is just a question of capital and resources. Nothing could be more wrong. The key to any invention is inventing how to mass manufacture it. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Storm Alex: Heavy Rains Cause Severe Flooding In France And Italy” • At least two people have died and 25 are missing after a powerful storm hit southern France and north-western Italy. Named Alex, it brought fierce winds, torrential rains, and floods. Météo-France said that 450 mm (17.7 in) of rain fell in some areas over the course of just 24 hours. [BBC]

Washed out road (AFP image)

¶ “NIO Sets Quarterly And Monthly Sales Records” • While Tesla still rules when it comes to electric car sales in China, other EV manufacturers are also seeing sales gains there. NIO announced new quarterly and monthly sales records for its EVs. It has sold 26,375 all-electric vehicles in 2020, more than twice as many as at this time last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Will Light Up The Darkness” • South Africa can look forward to less load-shedding once independent power producers supply Eskom with electricity. This should happen by March 2022, or earlier. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe paved the way for Eskom to procure renewable energy from IPPs. [Mail and Guardian]

Wind turbines in South Africa (David Harrison | M&G)

¶ “Share Of Renewable Energy Rises 26% in April to August Period, Says Official” • The share of renewable energy in India’s power mix has increased from 23% to 26% in April-August period this fiscal, a senior official said. Green energy’s share increased at a time when the power sector witnessed sluggish demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. [News18]

¶ “ADB Approves $110 Million Grant To Enhance Power Supply In Afghanistan” • The Asian Development Bank approved a $110 million grant to boost power supply and strengthen Afghanistan’s energy sector by improving its sustainability and promoting cross-border trade in energy. The project will facilitate 500,000 new connections to customers. [Modern Diplomacy]

Afghan countryside (Ninara, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Smoke Choking California Again As Dangerous Fire Conditions Continue” • The smoky haze in much of the West created hazardous conditions that public health officials believe will have an impact even after the smoke clears. Researchers at Stanford University attributed up to 3,000 deaths in California to just one month of the wildfire smoke. [The Guardian]

¶ “Rocky Mountain Institute Study Shows Renewables Are Kicking Natural Gas To The Curb” • After analyzing the most recent data from two of  the largest US electricity markets, the Rocky Mountain Institute has come to a startling conclusion. Renewables are muscling in on natural gas. What happened to coal is now happening to gas.  [CleanTechnica]

Click on the image to enlarge it (Credit: Rocky Mountain Institute)

¶ “New York and New England Need More Clean Energy. Is Hydropower From Canada the Best Way to Get it?” • Just as New England states rush to green their electric grids, they are getting offers of hydroelectric power from Canada. But some groups of environmentalists say it is time to seize the moment to develop local wind and solar power. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Federal Bill Could Increase Prescribed Burns In California, Incentivize State To Burn At A Larger Scale” • Fire suppression, a lack of prescribed burns, and climate change are among the top reasons behind the scale and intensity of the fires in California, experts say. A federal bill could help address those issues, or at least be a starting point. [Capital Public Radio News]

Have an indescribably splendid day.

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