Archive for October 13th, 2020

October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “How Green Energy Makes The Military Stronger” • As strange as it may sound to some, the defense sector is on the front line of the renewable-energy revolution. The military has always been good at innovation or adapting new technologies for its needs, and there is no need to go far for examples. The internet comes to mind. And there is cost savings. [Asia Times]

USS Ronald Reagan and others (Erwin Jacob | US Navy | AFP)

¶ “Exxon’s Latest Business Plan: Drill, Baby, Drill” • While many of the world’s largest oil companies are rushing ahead with plans to slash carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy, ExxonMobil is charting its own course, one that will help heat the Earth’s environment to the point where its customers will no longer be able to survive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How The UK’s Secret Defence Policy Is Driving Energy Policy – With The Public Kept In The Dark” • The UK government has for 15 years persistently backed new nuclear power. Given the problems of nuclear energy, it is hard to see why, aside from a commitment to being a nuclear military force. It is another reason to oppose its military use. [The Fifth Estate]

Nuclear plant (Frédéric Paulussen | Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Electric Cars Will Treble Market Share This Year In Europe” • Despite the pandemic, European EV sales have surged since 1 January, just as the emissions standards kicked in. According to Transport & Environment, which analysed sales in the first half of 2020 as well as carmakers’ compliance strategies, they will reach 10% this year and 15% in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “German Ship Completes Historic Arctic Expedition” • The German Research Vessel Polarstern has sailed back into its home port. The ship spent a year in the polar north, much of it with its engines turned off so it could simply drift in the sea-ice. And expedition leader, Prof Markus Rex, returned with a warning. “The sea-ice is dying,” he said. [BBC]

RV Polarstern returning to Bremerhaven (Annika Meyer)

¶ “Vietnamese Firm Launches Country’s Largest Solar Farm Amid Renewables Drive” • Vietnam’s Trung Nam Group has launched a 450-MW solar farm, the largest of its kind in the country. Facing shortages of energy, Vietnam is seeking to boost the proportion of renewables while reducing dependence on coal in its power mix. [The Business Times]

¶ “WA’s Whole Of System Plan Forecasts Renewable Generation On The Rise” • The Western Australian Government launched the Whole of System Plan, which gives a 20-year forecast for the South West Interconnected System. It models four scenarios of demand, technology, and economy. And it shows a huge increase in renewable generation. [Energy Magazine]

Wind turbines (Shutterstock image)

¶ “IEA: Solar Growth To Lead Renewables Charge” • Solar power growth will lead the expansion of renewables in the next ten years, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. The report’s “stated policies scenario” suggests that clean power is set to meet 80% of global electricity demand growth over the next decade. [reNEWS]

¶ “Stop CO₂ Emissions Bouncing Back After Covid Plunge, Says IEA” • CO₂ emissions from energy use are expected to fall to 33.4 gigatonnes in 2020, to the lowest level since 2011, and the biggest year on year fall since 1900, the International Energy Agency said in its annual world energy outlook. But governments are not doing enough to prevent a rapid rebound. [The Guardian]

Coal-fired power station (Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “WA Energy Utility Synergy To Receive More Than $700 Million In Taxpayer Subsidies As Revenue Slides” • In Western Australia, taxpayers will fork out almost three-quarters of a billion dollars to subsidise loss-making electricity utility Synergy. Synergy is being battered by low prices and an onslaught of renewable energy. [ABC News]

¶ “Mainstream JV Eyes 1-GW Vietnamese Offshore Boost” • Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power and Vietnamese joint venture partner Phu Cuong Group applied to the authorities in Vietnam to add a 1-GW second phase to the planned 400-MW first stage of the Phu Cuoong Soc Trang offshore wind farm. Commercial operations should start in 2023. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Nicholas Doherty | Unsplash)

US:

¶ “US Tesla Sales Up 22% In 3rd Quarter, US Auto Sales Down 9%” • Overall, the US auto market saw its sales decrease 9% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the third quarter of 2019. That’s much better than earlier in the year. Across the first three quarters of the year, US auto sales were down 19%. But Tesla and a few others were up. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Polling On Climate Change: Denial Is Out, Alarm Is In” • Americans are now nearly four times more likely to say they’re alarmed about the climate crisis than to be dismissive of it. That’s the highest ratio ever since the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication first began gathering data on American attitudes about climate change back in 2008. [Grist]

Dismissal vs Alarm (Grist | CSA Images | Getty Images)

¶ “Arrival Plans First US Microfactory In South Carolina” • In an e-mail to CleanTechnica, Arrival said its first US microfactory will open in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2021. Production will first focus on electric buses with the first delivery expected before the end of next year. Arrival says its $46 million investment into the region will create 240 new jobs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Department Of Energy Announces Over $7 Million To Protect Electric Grid From Cyberattacks In Michigan” • The DOE announced over $7 million in funding for cybersecurity company, The Dream Team LLC, to develop a first-of-its-kind infrastructure that protects the electric grid from cyberattacks on EVs and EV charging systems. [CleanTechnica]

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