December 3 Energy News

December 3, 2020


¶ “Trump Polluted Our Air And Water Horribly – How To Get EPA Back On Track” • Joe Biden can make a good start on uniting the country and restoring faith in democracy by setting the US Environmental Protection Agency back on track. Few arms of the government touch all of us more directly or have suffered more harm under Donald Trump. [CleanTechnica]

Power plant (Johannes Plenio, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ditch High Definition And New Tech To Fight Climate Change” • HD video streaming on a phone generates about eight times more in emissions than standard definition, a report from scientists at the UK’s Royal Society says. Platforms and regulators should limit streaming resolution and default to SD, the authors urged. [BBC]

¶ “We’re At A Turning Point On Climate Change. But Most Countries Are Still Choosing Fossil Fuels Over Clean Energy, Report Says” • To limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F), countries need to wind down their fossil fuel production by 6% every year between now and 2030, according to the 2020 Production Gap report. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Mark König, Unsplash)


¶ “First Micromobility Research Fund Launched In UK … By Ford” • Ford has been getting more serious about micromobility. Among other things, it owns Spin, an e-scooter company, and via Spin, it just announced the £100,000 Micromobility Research Fund for independent research in the UK about micromobility policy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Italy’s EV Market Surge Continues – BEVs Triple Again Year On Year” • Italy’s car market consolidated its recovery from the Covid-19 spring lows in October, as sales rebounded to last year’s levels. Meanwhile, the road to electrification continues, with exponential growth trends reaffirmed in the country and across Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Smart EQ For Two

¶ “Sweden’s EV Sales Hit New Record In November – 38.7% Market Share” • Sweden saw plugin electric vehicle sales breaking new ground in November 2020, taking 38.7% share of the passenger auto market. This compares to 14% share in November 2019. Traditional petrol and diesel combustion vehicle sales fell to 37.1% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kosovo To Launch Renewable Energy Auctions, Submit NECP Next Year” • Though its national status is disputed, Kosovo has a series of renewable energy auctions in the works, in cooperation with the EBRD. Its National Energy and Climate Plan is almost finished, and it is preparing an energy strategy and climate change law. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind farm (Wilsan u on Unsplash)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa To Launch Wind-Hydrogen Pilot” • Siemens Gamesa is in the final stages of developing a pilot in Denmark to produce green hydrogen directly from wind. The scheme, which the turbine maker said will be up and running by January 2021, includes a 3-MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbine and a 400-kW electrolyser. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewable Energy Microgrid Trial In Victoria’s North-East Aims To Become Template For Nation” • A $28 million three-year trial in Victoria’s north-east, a prototype Energy Demand and Generation Exchange, is to test a two-way energy system in which residents and businesses can buy and sell locally generated electricity in real time. [ABC News]

Solar system (Totally Renewable Yackandandah image)

¶ “Siemens Energy, Porsche, And Partners Advance E-Fuel Development” • Siemens Energy, Porsche, and other companies, have partnered to develop and implement a pilot project in Chile that is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (e-fuels). [Renewable Energy Magazine]


¶ “Tesla Launching Commercial EV Charging Arm – Focus On Apartments” • Tesla has long supplied Destination Chargers for its EVs to hotels, restaurants, Airbnb units, Tesla stores, and other common destinations. Now, it is doing something new in this arena. It is including an automatic payment system for such places as apartment buildings. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Destination Charger

¶ “The US Just Smashed Its Record For Energy Storage” • The scale-up of storage has been steady, but slow over the last several years. But in the last three months, the US energy storage market has absolutely boomed, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest data, giving renewables a major boost in the fight to displace fossil fuels. [Quartz]

¶ “Major US Offshore Wind Farm Put On Hold” • Vineyard Wind will temporarily withdraw its application for federal approval to erect the first large offshore wind farm in the country. The move is an apparent attempt to pause the Trump administration’s review of the project days before it was scheduled to publish a final analysis. [E&E News]

Illustration of Vinyard Wind (Vinyard Wind image)

¶ “Sound Transit Light Rail Trains Are Now Running On Clean Energy” • Sound Transit’s Link light rail system is now running on 100% carbon-free electricity, making it the first major light rail system in the country to achieve this milestone. It came through an innovative agreement with Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program. [The Suburban Times]

¶ “‘Dead-End For Climate’: Coalition Denounces Senate Bill To Fund Nuclear Industry Bailout” • A coalition of over 100 groups told US senators that nuclear power is a false solution to the climate crisis. They urged lawmakers to reject proposed legislation that would put short-sighted economic interests ahead of human lives. [Common Dreams]

Have an unusually frolicsome day.

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