Archive for December 11th, 2020

December 11 Energy News

December 11, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Duke Energy Renewables Invests In Bald Eagle Research, Education In Oklahoma” • Duke Energy is a leader in developing national best practices to reduce bird impacts at wind facilities and from power lines. It partnered with Sutton Avian Research Center in Oklahoma to install an eagle nest camera, which now has its video livestreaming. [Duke Energy News Center]

Bald eagle (Sanket Darji, Unsplash)

¶ “Covid drives record emissions drop in 2020” • The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic has driven the biggest annual fall in CO₂ emissions since World War Two, say researchers. Emissions declined by around 7%. France and the UK saw the greatest falls, mainly due to shutdowns in response to a second wave of infections. [BBC]

¶ “Ocean Cleanup Sets Its Sights On World’s Most Polluted Rivers” • After a little over a year of successfully dragging tons of plastic waste and pollution out of the world’s oceans, The Ocean Cleanup company has decided to tackle the primary source of ocean pollution: polluted rivers. They use a type of river vessel called an Interceptor. [CleanTechnica]

Interceptor (Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup)


¶ “Battery Law Can Help Europe Become Green Battery Powerhouse” • The European Commission’s proposal for the world’s first ever sustainable battery law can make batteries even cleaner than today and ensure their sourcing is ethical and environmentally responsible, green group Transport & Environment has said. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ministers Greenlight 50% Toll Discount for Emissions-Free Trucks” • Hauliers driving emissions-free trucks will get at least half off road tolls in the EU under a new tolling system given the go-ahead by transport ministers this week. Fossil fuel trucks will be charged based on their CO₂ emissions, with more efficient vehicles paying less. [CleanTechnica]

Daimler FUSO electric truck (Mitsubishi image)

¶ “Unilever, Microsoft, 11 More Companies Join The Climate Pledge” • Thirteen new signatories – Atos, Brooks, Canary Wharf Group, Coca-Cola European Partners, ERM, Groupe SEB France, Harbour Air, ITV, Microsoft, Neste, Rubicon, Unilever, and Vaude – joined The Climate Pledge, committing to net-zero carbon by 2040. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “The New, All New, Really New Toyota Mirai – It’s NEW!” • Toyota continues to work hard on the hydrogen fuels in an attempt to support the national policies of the Japanese government, which sees a hydrogen based economy as its ticket to energy independence. It has come up with an all new version of its fuel cell car, the Mirai. [CleanTechnica]

Mirai powertrain (Courtesy of Toyota)

¶ “Up To 90% Of Electricity From Solar And Wind The Cheapest Option By 2030: CSIRO Analysis” • With the cost of energy generated from wind and solar now less than coal, the share of Australia’s electricity coming from renewables has reached 23%. The federal government projects the share will reach 50% by 2030. [The Conversation AU]

¶ “‘Overwhelming interest’ for Queensland’s renewable energy zones” • The Queensland government has been flooded with expressions of interest for its planned renewable energy zones, with enough projects put forward to create 60 GW of clean energy in the Australian state. Potential investors have proposed 192 projects in the zones. [PV-Tech]

Solar array (University of Queensland. image)

¶ “Finland Shuts Down Nuclear Reactor After ‘Severe Abnormal Disturbance’” • A nuclear reactor was shut down after a severe abnormal event at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant with elevated radiation levels inside the unit, but no radioactive release in the environment, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority said. []


¶ “Proterra Opens Next-Gen EV Battery Facility in Los Angeles, California” • Proterra recently sold its 1,000th electric bus in the United States. Demand for Proterra’s electric buses is growing strongly, and that has led to a new battery production line inside the company’s electric bus factory in Los Angeles County, California. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus (Proterra image)

¶ “Department of Energy Announces $60 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research” • The US DOE has announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure energy for transportation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York Power Authority’s Plan For 70% Renewable Energy By 2030 Approved” • A new strategic plan putting the New York Power Authority on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 – five years earlier than the target set out in the US state’s policy goals – has been approved by the state public power organisation’s Board of Trustees. [PV-Tech]

NYPA battery storage system (Image: NYPA)

¶ “Charlotte Chosen As Location For Arrival Headquarters In US” • Arrival, the UK based electric bus and truck startup, has chosen Charlotte, North Carolina as the site for its US headquarters. The company said in a press release this week that it will add 150 employees and invest $3 million to establish a corporate outpost in America. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cruise Rolling Out Fully Driverless Vehicles In San Francisco” • If you’ve ever driven in San Francisco, you know that it is a bit wild. It’s hard for me to imagine a self-driving car handling itself well on those streets, but apparently, Cruise is ready. Cruise is beginning to roll out fully self-driving vehicles – with no drivers at all – in San Francisco. [CleanTechnica]

Have a preternaturally pleasant day.

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