November 25 Energy News

November 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “A Harsh Reality In Coal Country – With Or Without Trump” • Colstrip, Montana, has been a poster child for the kind of coal mining community that looked to Donald Trump to bring back the industry and save their town. But after four years of Trump’s presidency, and with Joe Biden about to take office, it is clear that saving coal is not viable. [BBC]

Strip mine near Colstrip (EPA image, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The New ‘Gold Rush’ For Green Lithium” • Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has environmental costs. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep underground. Extracting lithium from geothermal waters has a tiny environmental footprint compared to mining, with very low carbon emissions. [BBC]

¶ “The Eximus IV Is The World’s Most Energy Efficient Electric Vehicle” • The electric vehicle you see here is the Eximus IV. Built by a team of experts at Sweden’s Dalarna University, it is billed as the world’s most energy-efficient EV. It can transport a person nearly halfway around the world using the energy in just a single liter of gas! [CleanTechnica]

Eximus IV (Image Courtesy Delsbo Electric)

World:

¶ “Philippines aiming for 34,000 MW of renewable energy by 2040” • The Philippine Department of Energy is preparing for a low carbon scenario as a result of the country’s energy efficiency and conservation measures. Energy Secretary Alfonso G Cusi said that coal and oil shares decrease with the use of alternative fuels in the country. [Big News Network]

¶ “Ireland To Pay Denmark, Estonia €50 Million For ‘Statistical’ Renewable Energy Transfer” • Ireland agreed to pay €50 million to Denmark and Estonia for a “statistical” transfer of renewable energy to make up for a shortfall in green power output. Ireland is to pay Denmark €12.5 million and Estonia €37.5 million for renewable electricity credits. [The Irish Times]

Wind turbines in Denmark (La Citta Vita, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Covid Renewables Surge Gives Glimpse Of Energy Sector’s Future: EY” • A surge in the use of renewables triggered last spring by lockdown measures intended to contain the Covid-19 pandemic gave a glimpse of what the energy industry might look like in the future, according to Ernst & Young in its latest analysis of global markets. [Recharge]

¶ “European Utility Giant To Invest $190 Billion In Renewable Infrastructure” • Italy’s Enel, Europe’s largest utility, announced plans to invest as much as $190 billion (€160 billion) by 2030 in boosting renewable power generation, decarbonization, and grid infrastructure as part of a new plan to become a “Super Major” in renewable energy. [OilPrice.com]

Enel wind turbines (Aviscan, Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Australia’s Carbon Twist: Taxing Consumers Who Refuse To Burn Fossil Fuels” • Australia has the slowest take up of electric vehicles in the developed world, and it’s just about to get slower: South Australia and Victoria have both announced plans to introduce a road user tax on EVs, a policy that will add around $500 to their annual costs. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “NSW Upper House Passes Renewable Electricity Bill After Rejecting One Nation Amendments” • New South Wales upper house MPs have finally passed renewable electricity legislation after a marathon parliamentary sitting in which almost 250 One Nation-proposed amendments were rejected. They had been intended to thwart the bill’s passage. [The Guardian]

Solar car park in Australia (Flicker02, CC-BY-SA Intl)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Export Potential Lifts Australia To Number 3 On Global Renewables Index” • Australia has reached its highest position ever on the Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. Australia jumped to third place for the first time thanks to a big boost from its green hydrogen and solar energy export plans. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Superformance Is Building An All-Electric Cobra For 2021” • Superformance claims it has a license from Shelby himself to build “official” continuation Cobras, and this one is just stunning. A few things it does not have are the shiny roll bars, a rumbling, side-mounted exhaust, and a gaudy hood scoop feeding air into the engine bay of the 427. [CleanTechnica]

Shelby Cobra (Image courtesy of Superformance)

¶ “Ford’s Renovation Of Michigan Central Station Aims To Create Mobility Innovation District” • It’s been 30 years since Michigan Central Station was shuttered and abandoned. But this week Ford Motor Company revealed the site plan for the hub in what is designed to become “an inclusive, vibrant and walkable mobility innovation district.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Government Puts $130 Million More Into Solar Tech” • In a continuation of a decades-long trend, the US DOE has put $130 million dollars more into research and development of solar technologies. Its goals are to “reduce the cost of solar, increase US manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation’s electric grid.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (CLeanTechnica image)

¶ “PUC Denies Heartland Power Extension” • In Minnesota, the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission denied a 10-year contract extension with Heartland Consumer Power District to supply energy to New Ulm Public Utilities at reduced cost. The PUC cited high capacity costs and shifting trends toward renewable energy for denying the extension. [NUjournal]

¶ “NJ Regulators Target JCP&L In Wake Of Ohio Bribery Scandal” • New Jersey is stepping up its review of Jersey Central Power & Light by ordering a probe of its fiscal stability. The move was prompted by credit downgrades of it and its parent, FirstEnergy Corp, following a bribery scandal involving subsidies for nuclear plants in Ohio. [NJ Spotlight]

Have a magically lovely day.

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