December 5 Energy News

December 5, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “UK Aim Of 68% Emissions Cut A ‘Colossal Challenge” • To meet the UK’s climate change target to cut emissions by 68% by 2030 based on 1990 levels will be a “colossal challenge”, the National Audit Office warned. It says the cost of cutting CO₂ is uncertain, but the cost of letting temperatures rise would probably be greater. [BBC]

Wind Turbine on Beinn Bhreac (Sarah McGuire, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “This Loophole In New Mexico’s Methane Rules Is A Gift To Big Oil And Gas” • The goal of New Mexico’s new methane rules is to push the oil and gas producers to reduce their methane emissions 98% by 2026. But an Environmental Defense Fund analysis concludes that the rules, as written, would exempt 95% of the state’s oil and gas wells. [DeSmog]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aptera Announces First ‘Never Charge’ Electric Vehicle” • Aptera announced a solar electric vehicle that will not need to be plugged in for most regular uses, and has a 1,000 mile range on a full charge. “Our built-in solar array keeps your battery pack topped off and anywhere you want to go, you just go,” says co-founder Chris Anthony. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera soaking up the sun (Image provided by Aptera)

¶ “Hybrid Technology Trial Aims For Smooth Integration Of Renewable Energy” • A new hybrid system will inject or absorb energy from the transmission network to maintain voltage levels as renewable power levels fluctuate. A year-long trial is under way at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. The technology could help in the transition to renewables. [Professional Engineering]

World:

¶ “Gayam Motor Works And Sokowatch Launch East Africa’s First Commercial Electric Tuk-Tuks” • B2B startup Sokowatch has partnered with Indian electric tuk-tuk manufacturer Gayam Motor Works on a first in Africa, in the commercial electric tuk-tuk sector for hyperlocal deliveries. The service offers much more than just deliveries. [CleanTechnica]

Tuk-tuks all set to go (Image courtesy of Gayam Motor Works)

¶ “Eni To Speed Up Renewables Drive With Development, M&A” • Italy’s Eni will expand its renewable energy in Europe, the US, and the Pacific by developing its own projects and making small acquisitions, the group’s clean energy head said. Eni’s current renewable energy capacity of only 350 MW, but it has pledged to reach 15 GW by 2030. [Reuters India]

¶ “Vestas Strikes 42-MW Finnish Deal” • Vestas has won a 42-MW turbine order for the Langnabba wind farm in Finland from Vind AX. The project will be located on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea between the Finnish and Swedish mainland and will feature 10 V136-4.2MW machines. Commissioning is planned for the first quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Uzbekistan Hatches Ambitious Renewable Energy Growth Plans” • Gas-rich Uzbekistan has hiked its near-term targets for domestic renewable energy growth, with a plan to boost solar power capacity to 5 GW and wind and hydropower also in the mix. Two major commercial solar plants are expected to come online as early as next year. [Upstream Online]

US:

¶ “Mississippi Power Smart Neighborhood Will Feature Tesla Solar Roof And Powerwall” • Mississippi Power announced plans to build a so-called smart neighborhood in Lauderdale County. The community will be the first in the world to feature a Tesla Solar Roof and a Tesla Powerwall residential storage battery for every home. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Solar Roof and Tesla Powerwall (Tesla image)

¶ California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Accelerating Transportation Electrification”” • California utilities launched a statewide point-of-sale EV rebate program worth up to $1,500 per vehicle. These incentives are different than past state and local efforts because they are funded by producers of carbon-intensive fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Breaking News! Oakland And Seattle Ban Natural Gas as Cities Continue to Lead on Electrification” • In mid November, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban natural gas in new buildings. On December 2, Oakland’s city council did the same. Now, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a proposal do the same thing there. [CleanTechnica]

California cities banning natural gas (Image courtesy of PAE Engineers)

¶ “Renewable Energy Incentives Run Out In Central And Southern Illinois” • The Illinois Power Agency announced the close of state renewable energy incentives for residents in central and southern Illinois. Funding is also expected to disappear in northern Illinois in coming days, ending Illinois’ renewable energy program. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Ambitious Plan To Reduce CO₂ Emissions Still Leaves Tri-State Getting 23% Of Electricity From Coal Plants” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association proposed a $21 billion plan to wean itself from a heavy reliance on coal-fired power and move to renewable energy. The plan would have it get 23% of its power from coal in 2030. [The Colorado Sun]

Have a simply glorious day.

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