October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Kids Get Parents To Buy Electric Cars” • Kids are quite often the reason their parents buy a Tesla. They are so enthusiastic about the cars that they strongly encourage their parents to go into a Tesla store, test drive a car, and then buy a car of course. What I didn’t realize is that kids are getting their parents to buy other electric cars as well. [CleanTechnica]

Peugeot sales kid (Image courtesy of Peugeot)

World:

¶ “Europeans Bought More Electrified Vehicles Than Diesels In September For The First Time In History” • In Europe, people bought more EVs, including hybrids, than diesel vehicles in September, according to JATO Dynamics. JATO noted that new car sales dropped by 29% during the first 9 months of 2020 in Europe, and diesels were hit hard. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bushfire Inquiry Says Australia Must Prepare For ‘Alarming Outlook'” • Australia must prepare for an “alarming” future of simultaneous and worsening natural disasters, says a long-awaited report into the country’s bushfires. A royal commission inquiry examined Australia’s Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, along wiith other disasters. [BBC]

Observing a bushfire (Lucy Baranowski)

¶ “Renewables Dominate As Demand Shows Strong Recovery Across Europe” • In Europe, with demand increasing, renewable power was the largest source of electricity generation for the sixth quarter in a row. Renewables provided 40.3% of the total electricity generated in Q3 while fossil fuels produced 35.2% and nuclear 24.4%. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Fully Electrifying Delivery Vehicles: Insights from Shenzhen” • To help find air pollution solutions, Rocky Mountain Institute is working in the City of Shenzhen, a world leader in the adoption of EVs. It has evaluated the policies and market dynamics that have led to the adoption of more than 70,000 electric logistics vehicles in the city. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric buses in Shenzhen (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “World’s Biggest Power Producer Buys $750 Million Wind Project In NSW” • Engie, the world’s biggest independent power producer, is reviving its push into the Australia renewable energy market with the purchase of development rights to the Hills of Gold wind project in northern New South Wales. The wind farm will have a capacity of 420 MW. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Vattenfall To Start Klaverspoor Build” • Next month, Swedish developer Vattenfall will start building its 34-MW Klaverspoor wind farm in the Netherlands. The €45m project is one of five to be built along the country’s A16 motorway. The project was given the green light to proceed in July after a legal challenge against the development was overturned. [reNEWS]

Nordex wind turbine (Nordex image)

US:

¶ “Zeta Leaves Over 2.1 Million Customers Without Power” • At least six people have died and more than 2.1 million customers are without power after former Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast and rushed inland. Zeta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm before weakening to a post-tropical cyclone. It is the 27th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. [CNN]

¶ “Trump Fires NOAA’s Chief Scientist In Fear Of 5th National Climate Assessment” • Craig McLean, NOAA’s chief scientist, has been forced out from the position by Erik Noble, a former White House policy adviser who had just been appointed NOAA’s chief of staff. At issue was NOAA policy banning manipulating research or presenting ideologically driven findings. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire at Glacier National Park (NOAA image, public domain)

¶ “Tesla Expanding Into Solar Microgrids And Virtual Power Plants” • Elon Musk says he expects Tesla’s energy business will one day be equal to or exceed its automotive business. That day may be some time in the future but the company is certainly expanding its solar and battery operations rapidly, both for grid scale and residential applications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Developer Greenlights 250-MW Texas Solar” • North American developer Skyline Renewables, backed by investment house Ardian, is to finance and manage the construction of a 250-MW solar project in Central West Texas. The Galloway solar project, acquired from 8minute Solar Energy, is scheduled for operation by end of 2021. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (Image: APPA | Unsplash)

¶ “Three US States Form Offshore Alliance” • The governors of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia are making their states a hub for the offshore wind industry. They formed the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (Smart-Power), to advance offshore wind projects in the region. [reNEWS]

¶ “America Wind Toasts Record Breaking Third Quarter” • The US wind industry installed nearly 2 GW of capacity in the third quarter of 2020, setting a record for third-quarter additions and bringing total capacity to nearly 112 GW, the American Wind Energy Association reported. Installations in 2020 so far are up 72% on the first nine months of 2019. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (AWEA image)

¶ “Arizona Power Must Come From 100% Carbon-Free Sources By 2050, Regulators Decide” • Arizona utility regulators, in a split vote, approved a plan for utilities to get all of their energy from carbon-free sources like solar and nuclear energy by 2050. The state’s electric utilities are to get half their power from renewable energyin 2035. [AZCentral.com]

¶ “Nearly 30 US States See Renewables Generate More Power Than Either Coal Or Nuclear” • Renewables generated 20.8% of US electricity during the first eight months of 2020, ahead of 19.4% from nuclear and 18.4% from coal. Nearly 30 US states have seen renewable energy resources generate more electricity than either coal or nuclear in that time. [Energy Live News]

Have an enchantingly beautiful day.

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