December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2020


¶ “When Climate Disaster Strikes, It’s Renewable Energy That Keeps The Lights On” • The lesson of the Fukushima Disaster is painfully obvious: Energy systems need to be resilient to disaster. And this is not just a lesson for Japan; it’s one the rest of the world is starting to learn as we face cascading crises from climate change to Covid-19. [HuffPost]

Refugees in North Carolina (Jo-Anne McArthur, Unsplash)

¶ “On Climate, Biden Must Do More than Undo Trump’s Damage” • After four years of Donald Trump, Joe Biden must now make up for lost time. He has said the US will rejoin the Paris agreement immediately, which is important, but Biden will also have to ratchet up the original US pledge, because global warming has only sped up. [Scientific American]


¶ “Humans Waging ‘Suicidal War’ On Nature – UN Chief Antonio Guterres” • “Our planet is broken,” the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, is to warn at the UN. Humanity is waging what he will describe as a “suicidal” war on the natural world. Mr Guterres wants to put tackling climate change at the heart of the UN’s global mission. [BBC]

António Guterres (Chatham House, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Aston Martin Linked To Study Spreading Misinformation About EVs” • Electric vehicle researcher Auke Hoekstra debunked a study claiming that EVs needed to go 48,000 miles before emitting less CO₂ than fossil fuel vehicles. The same study was linked to Aston Martin by BloombergNEF Founder Michael Liebreich. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Three Big Tesla Achievements in China – Clearly Plenty of Demand” • Tesla is starting the week after the US Thanksgiving holiday with several achievements in China. These achievements are especially notable since they show Tesla is in high demand in the world’s most populous country – the country with the largest car market. [CleanTechnica]

Chinese Tesla ad

¶ “OREAC Launches Roadmap For 1.4 TW Of Offshore Wind By 2050” • The Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition is calling on governments to ramp up their offshore renewable energy ambitions to achieve the coalition’s vision of 1,400 GW of offshore wind by 2050. OREAC published “The Power of Our Ocean” report as a guide. [Offshore WIND]

¶ “LG Chem To Double Battery Cell Production To Meet Tesla Demand” • Reuters reported that South Korea’s LG Chem will double its battery cell production capacity in China to meet Tesla’s needs in that country. LG Chem will invest $500 million over the next year to raise annual production at its Nanjing plant by 8 GWh. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas in Florida (CleanTechnica image)

¶ “Japan Lawmaker Sees Renewables Make Up Nearly Half Of Power Sources By 2030” • Renewable energy is likely to account for close to half of Japan’s mix of power sources in 2030, a senior lawmaker of the ruling party said. There is still some uncertainty over resumption of nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster of 2011. [Reuters]

¶ “In A World First, Cultured Chicken Meat Approved For Sale In Singapore” • The world’s first cell-cultured meat product – bite-sized chicken by California start-up Eat Just – will be available at restaurants in Singapore, now that authorities have ruled it safe for consumption. The cultured chicken bites will be locally produced. [The Straits Times]

Cultured chicken (Image courtesy of Eat Just)


¶ “Exxon Faces $20 Billion Hit From ‘Epic Failure’ Of A Decade Ago” • ExxonMobil’s nightmarish 2020 has just got worse. The energy company announced that it will mark down the value of its natural gas properties by $17 billion to $20 billion. Exxon also promised to scale back its spending ambitions as it braces for a more muted oil price recovery. [CNN]

¶ “Lucid Motors Finishes Factory, On Track To Start Lucid Air Production In Spring 2021” • Lucid Motors has announced completion of the first phase of construction at its Advanced Manufacturing Plant, AMP-1, in Casa Grande, Arizona. Lucid also confirmed the start of production for the Lucid Air is on track for the Spring of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid SUV

¶ “Roanoke Electric Cooperative To Pilot Cutting-Edge Vehicle-To-Grid Technology” • Roanoke Electric Cooperative is working with Fermata Energy to pilot equipment for the first EV charging system that meets the North American standard for two-way current, as verified by Underwriters Laboratories. It is using the Nissan LEAF for the test. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Southern Power Puts 136-MW Washington Wind Farm Into Operation” • Southern Power announced that the 136-MW Skookumchuck Wind site is now generating electricity from its site in Lewis and Thurston counties, Washington. It is the company’s 12th wind power facility, and the first in the state of Washington. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Skookumchuck wind facility

¶ “Ford Presses Other Manufacturers To Join CARB Emissions Rules Package” • According to Reuters, Ford has sent a letter to Toyota, FCA, and other automakers who are still opposing tougher emissions standards that urges them to get on board with the California standard before Joe Biden takes office in January. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Nuclear Site Cleanup Underfunded By Up To $70 Billion” • The US has collected a bunch of money from operating reactors into a cleanup fund that they acknowledge is underfunded to the tune of billions already. But the industry estimates show that they are collecting less than half of what it will actually take to decommission the sites. [CleanTechnica]

Have an reassuringly empowering day.

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