December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “EU Leaders’ Landmark Climate Goal Could Be Undone By Gutting Of National Targets” • The European Council signed off on “at least” a 55% net cut in CO₂ emissions by 2030, but in a last-minute change to their statement, the leaders said they were still debating “the future of the Effort Sharing Regulation.” So a vital issue remains unaddressed. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas charging in Amsterdam

¶ “EU Transport Plan – Big Step, But Risks Rerun of Biofuels Fiasco” • The EU charted a course for aviation and shipping out of the Covid crisis without fossil fuels. Transport & Environment welcomed the European Commission’s mobility strategy but pointed out risks in the heavy reliance on biofuels instead of electrofuels for planes and ships. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solid State Batteries – They’re Everywhere! They’re Everywhere!” • Solid state battery technology is supposed to give us lower priced EVs with more range and faster charging times. All of a sudden, in the labs, they are like Chicken Man. They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! But they have to make it from the lab to the road. [CleanTechnica]

Progress in the lab: new vs older cells (Solid Power image)

¶ “Does Low-Cost Renewable Energy, Storage Mean Hydrogen Is Here To Stay?” • Electrolysis costs have decreased 40% over the past five years, putting green hydrogen on track to achieve cost parity with hydrogen converted from fossil fuels, according to Ajay Mehta, general manager for new energies research and technology at Shell. [Utility Dive]

World:

¶ “The Nissan LEAF Is 10 Years Old, 500,000+ Sold Worldwide” • This week, Nissan celebrated the tenth anniversary of the LEAF. How time flies! In those 10 years, Nissan has sold over 500,000 LEAFs. The LEAF has changed tremendously, but most notably in one regard – range. And Nissan is selling the LEAF globally just about everywhere it can. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan LEAFs

¶ “A Carbon Price In Canada Of C$170 By 2030 Is Great Climate News” • Today, Canada’s federal government dropped its new climate change plan, led by a very big number: C$170 ($133) per ton of CO₂ as a carbon price by 2030. This is excellent news, and let’s hope it persists in the face of inevitable opposition. Here is a look at what this means. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway Launches Major Wind Power Research Center” • Tina Bru, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, announced an investment of kr120 million (€11.3 million) in a new wind power research center. The NorthWind research center will work on innovations to make wind power cheaper, more efficient, and more sustainable. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Hywind Scotland offshore wind farm (Øyvind Gravås | Equinor)

¶ “Climate Change: UK To End Aid For Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad” • The government of the UK has announced that it will end direct support for overseas fossil fuel projects, as the UK hosts a key climate summit. The move means the UK will no longer provide export finance or aid funding for oil, gas, or coal projects. [BBC News]

¶ “Eco Wave Power Signs A Collaboration Agreement With Meridian Energy” • Eco Wave Power announced that it signed a collaboration agreement with Meridian Energy Australia. Under the agreement, they will investigate development of commercial wave energy power projects in the Australian National Electricity Market. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wave energy power generator (©Eco Wave Power)

¶ “Electricity Price Spikes Due To Olkiluoto Outage” • The price of ‘balancing power’ rarely rises to several hundred euros per MWh in Finland. On Thursday, however, the price spiked to €3,500/MWh at 1:00 pm, shortly after an emergency shutdown of the Olkiluoto 2 nuclear reactor. The price was €139/MWh at 1:00 pm on Wednesday. [YLE News]

¶ “Arctech Solar Provides Trackers To Largest Single-Site Renewable Energy Project” • Arctech Solar, a solar mounting system company, provided the tracking mounts to a 3.2-GW solar park in the Qinghai province of China. The project was recently connected to the grid. The tracking mounts increase the site’s efficiency. [Solar Industry]

Arctech solar trackers (Screenshot)

US:

¶ “New York V2G Project Using Five Electric School Buses Is Live” • New York utility Con Edison is trialling vehicle-to-grid tech with a set of five electric school buses in White Plains. They get charged when demand is low and can help meet high grid demand when they are not in use. Nuvve Corporation is the project’s tech leader. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blue Bird Sells Its 300th Electric School Bus, And First In Texas” • Bus manufacturer Blue Bird has seen rapidly growing demand for its electric buses. It delivered its 100th electric bus in April. Since that time, orders have risen to 300. Blue Bird electric buses have a lot of room for growth. It has sold 550,000 fossil-powered buses since 1927. [CleanTechnica]

Blue Bird electric school bus in Texas

¶ “Brookfield To Acquire 1-GW US PV Portfolio” • Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners are to acquire a distributed generation development platform from Exelon Generation Company comprising 360 MW of operating solar at nearly 600 sites in the US, along with a further 700 MW under development, for $810 million. [reNEWS]

¶ “Thousands Of NJ’s Affordable Homes Under Threat From Climate Change Flooding” • Sunny Day flooding is a constant, creeping threat in Atlantic City. These days, it only takes a particularly high tide for water to spill onto the city’s streets. The highest tides reach more than a foot higher than they did a century ago. [NBC 10 Philadelphia]

Have an absurdly excellent day.

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