Archive for November 19th, 2020

November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2020


¶ “How Bike-Friendly ‘Slow Streets’ Are Changing Cities” • Biking is having a renaissance with Covid-19, as urbanites worldwide shun public transport for the relative safety of a two-wheeled commute. The resulting urban planning experiments could not only radically alter the way we commute, but also make cities more resilient to future shocks. [BBC]

Bike lane in Boston (Adam Coppola, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Inevitability Of Renewable Energy: Convincing Skeptics” • Early in 2020, Pew Research Center found that 77% of people in the US want to develop alternative energy instead of fossil fuels. But conservative Republicans were evenly divided over whether to prioritize alternative energy or expand fossil fuel production. That’s a problem. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Energy Transition Will Pay Dividends” • If we pursue the energy transition aggressively, each of us will get dividends as we invest in a brighter future. As is the case with many investments, the energy transition may be justified based on the dividends alone. The fact that our offspring inherit a livable world might just be a side benefit. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Famartin, CC-BY-SA 4.0 Intl, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why 2021 Will Be A Banner Year For Renewable Energy In The US” • With the global shift to renewable energy in full swing, which party controls the US Senate might not matter that much for energy. Goldman Sachs predicted that capital spending on renewable energy will surpass that of fossil fuels in 2021 globally. And the US has the same market pressures. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “Whole-System Zero-Emissions Demonstration” • A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute introduces a new concept, a Whole-System Zero-Emissions Demonstration. It goes one step further than net-zero carbon and proposes a broader concept with added value. It is the synergy of net-zero carbon, net-zero waste, and net-zero pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Net-zero house (US Govt, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “EDPR Inks 63-MW Spanish Wind, Solar Supply Deal” • EDP Renewables has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with pharmaceutical company Novartis to sell electricity from a 63-MW portfolio of renewable energy projects in Spain. The portfolio comprises a 36-MW wind farm and a 26.8-MW solar facility expected to be installed in 2022-2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Didi Chuxing And BYD Team Up To Make The D1, An Electric Ride-Hailing Vehicle” • Two of China’s largest corporations, Didi Chuxing and BYD, have joined forces to create an EV designed specificallly to serve the needs of the ride hailing industry. The result, the D1, is said to have a 100 kW electric motor and a range of 418 km (260 mi). [CleanTechnica]

Didi Chuxing and BYD D1 (Didi Chuxing image)

¶ “Japanese MPs Declare Climate Emergency, Weeks After Pledge For Net Zero Emissions By 2050” • Japanese MPs have declared a climate emergency in a vote aimed at increasing pressure to act on combating global warming. Just last month, the government committed to a firm timetable for net-zero emissions. Japan is the world’s fifth-biggest carbon emitter. [SBS]

¶ “Tesla’s Megapack Batteries Are Empowering The UK” • Tesla will supply 68 MWh of extremely cost-competitive Megapack battery storage to Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’ second project in the UK, according to Energy Storage News. The new project is part of what Fotowatio calls a “strategic plan to develop energy storage projects globally.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapack

¶ “Hydrogen Produced From Nuclear Will Be Considered ‘Low-Carbon’, EU Official Says” • Hydrogen made from nuclear power will be considered “low-carbon” by the European Commission, a senior EU official said in the European Parliament. The EU’s hydrogen strategy, which was presented by the the EU executive in June, does not mention nuclear power. [EURACTIV]

¶ “Asambe Launches Electric Bicycle & Scooter Sharing Service In Zimbabwe” • Asambe, a pan-African electric scooter and bicycle sharing and guided tour service company, launched its platform in Zimbabwe last week after a 6-month pilot. Asambe is Zulu for “let’s go.” The launch had been scheduled for earlier this year but was delayed by Covid-19. [CleanTechnica]

Bicycling in Africa


¶ “New California EV Rebates!” • California’s clean vehicle rebate program has been running for years. Of course, EV buyers can also benefit from the US federal tax credit (though, that has expired for buyers of Tesla and GM EVs). Now, there’s another EV incentive Californians are eligible for: a $1,500 rebate at the point of sale! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finally Confronting Warming, Florida Lawmakers Set To Address Rising Seas And Flooding Systematically” • Comments by Republican leaders, coming after they were sworn in to lead the Florida House and Senate for the next two years, represented a further evolution in the position of the state’s Republicans about climate change. []

¶ “New Zero Emissions Transportation Association Includes Tesla, Uber, Rivian, And Several Utility Companies” • ZETA, the Zero Emissions Transportation Association, is a lobbying group that will advocate for policies to enable 100% EV sales by 2030, according to a report by Axios. Its 28 members are EV makers, utilities, and others. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Prince William Board Adopts Regional Climate Mitigation Goals On Party-Line Vote” • The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to adopt the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ interim climate mitigation goals, joining other Northern Virginia jurisdictions in aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2030. [Inside NoVA]

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