Archive for December 16th, 2020

December 16 Energy News

December 16, 2020


¶ “Public Transit Is In Crisis, But Essential To Our Recovery” • The pandemic continues to rattle every aspect of our lives, and millions of people are still traveling less for work and other trips. Since most transit agencies in the US rely on farebox revenues, this use gap caused an unprecedented budget shortfall for transit agencies nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus in Poland (Image courtesy of Solaris)

¶ “Al Gore Speaks Out About US Climate Challenges And Opportunities” • In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, Al Gore wrote about his quest to protect the balance of the Earth’s climate as a “life-threatening battle.” It has “consequences measured not only in months and years, but also in centuries and millenniums.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Korea’s Hydrogen Dream With Hyundai Is A Smaller Mistake Than Fraud-Riddled Nuclear Buildout” • The problems hydrogen faces are legion. South Korea is backing hydrogen as a fuel for cars, however, because of its close relationship with Hyundai. Better that, perhaps, than the nuclear investments that recently failed due to corruption. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai EV powered by hydrogen


¶ “Over 100 NGOs Sound The Alarm Over EU’s “Green” Finance Rules” • EU green finance rules must be grounded on science, 130 NGOs and experts have told the European Commission after it proposed to designate fossil-fuel powered ships, bioenergy, hazardous chemicals, and other polluting activities as sustainable investments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Superconductor Connection To Speed Up Offshore Roll Out” • SuperNode and Irish research institute MaREI are collaborating to facilitate offshore renewable development globally that is up to ten times faster. The SuperNode concept focuses on providing a single superconductor connection to offshore renewable energy sources. [reNEWS]

SuperNode concept vs conventinal station (SuperNode image)


¶ “Critics Say Turkey’s Unfinished Nuclear Plant Is Already Redundant” • Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party is under increasing fire for poorly planned, prodigal investments, including a nuclear energy plant still under construction while new idle capacity is already threatening to haunt public finances for years. [Al-Monitor]

¶ “Solar Tariff Bids In India Hit New Low Of 2.71¢ Per Kilowatt-Hour” • Saudi Arabia-based Aljoemaih Energy and Water and Green Infra quoted the lowest-ever tariff for a solar power project in India. The two companies offered to set up solar systems of 200 MW and 400 MW capacity, respectively, at ₹2.00/kWh (2.72¢/kWh). [CleanTechnica]

Solar array in India (Citizenmj, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “SA Envisions Becoming Clean Energy Exporter At 500% Renewables In New Climate Plan” • Already a renewables leader, the South Australian government supplemented its vision and investments by announcing 68 new actions and almost A$200 million in new funding as part of its Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “India Starts Construction Of World’s Largest Renewable Energy Park” • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched construction of a megapark that will produce 30 GW of renewable energy and will be the world’s largest renewable energy facility. The Hybrid Renewable Energy Park is in the district of Kutch in Gujarat. []

Indian wind turbines (Rajavel vanaraj, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Exxon is in crisis – Angry shareholders are rebelling” • The first credible challenge from shareholders in a long time is coming up at ExxonMobil. Frustrated investors are seeking to overthrow its board of directors. They call for Exxon to rein in its massive spending ambitions, revamp executive pay, and explore a push into clean energy. [CNN]

¶ “Golden Passes ‘GoEV City’ Resolution Committing to 100% Electric Transportation” • The Golden City Council took a big step toward cutting pollution by adopting a GoEV Resolution. It is a set of targets to electrify the city fleet, public transportation, taxis and ride-share companies, and all passenger vehicles in the City of Golden, Colorado. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Supercharging in Colorado (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Biden Plans To Nominate Former Michigan Gov Jennifer Granholm As Energy Secretary” • President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate former Michigan Gov Jennifer Granholm to be the next secretary of energy, two sources familiar with transition discussions told NPR. Granholm will bring experience in promoting clean-energy manufacturing. [NPR]

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E – Is It Worth Your Consideration?” • The folks at Autoblog got their hands on one of the first Ford Mustang Mach-E SUVs and put it through its paces. The first thing everybody wants know is, how does it compare to the Tesla Model Y? Here’s how Autoblog contributor Lawrence Ulrich answers that question. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Photo courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Report Suggests WV Must Embrace Renewable Energy For Economic Growth” • A report from the West Virginia University’s College of Law has a roadmap to a future in which the state is powered by renewable energy. The report says West Virginia will be better off with renewable energy and offers suggestions about how to achieve that. [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

¶ “7-Eleven Moves To 100% Renewable Energy” • Retail chain 7-Eleven has become the most recent major US company to begin a transition to 100% renewable power for its operations. Seven & i Holdings Co, the convenience store chain’s Tokyo-based parent company, has joined the RE100 initiative and committed to the 100% goal. [Retail Leader]

Have an abundantly productive day.

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