December 18 Energy News

December 18, 2020


¶ “Top 11 Clean Energy Developments of 2020”  • This will be a year to remember. We will remember it for a global pandemic, wildfires, economic recession, racial justice protests, and locust swarms. But there are plenty of exciting and positive things that happened in the energy space this year. The Rocky Mountain Institute lists its top eleven. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Callum Donovan, Unsplash)

¶ “The Zero Waste Movement Is Finding A Resurgence” • The zero waste movement is trying to eliminate the net production of trash completely. Worldwide role models  are reevaluating the way they perceive the concept of trash, and they demonstrate that we do have the ability to reduce the harmful effects of landfills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “With ‘Hyperscale’ Renewable Energy Storage, Energy-Sucking Data Centers Suck Less” • Data centers consume massive amounts of energy and their impact on energy consumption is growing worldwide. On the plus side, if energy storage enters the picture, their thirst for kilowatt-hours could become an asset to the grid. [CleanTechnica]

Data center with solar array and battery storage (Google image)


¶ “Buying Clean Energy In Asia Set To Get Easier As Firms Demand 100% Renewable Power” • Research from RE100 shows that renewables face barriers despite their being the cheapest sources of energy in most markets. Corporate demand for zero carbon electricity is driving governments to make it easier to get power purchase agreements. [Forbes]

¶ “Solaris Rolls Its 20,000th Bus Off The Line” • Solaris, a leader among electric bus producers in Europe, has passed a major milestone: It just rolled its 20,000th bus off the production line. The bus was produced in the Solaris factory in Bolechowo, Poland. Solaris has been producing environmentally friendly buses in Poland since 1996. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 18 Electric Bus

¶ “Danes Deploy Wind For Balancing First” • Wind energy has been used for the first time in Denmark to provide balancing services for the grid run by Energinet. The TSO said the pilot project in partnership with trading group Energi Danmark shows that wind turbines can reliably deliver electricity to cover day-ahead demand needs. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla Is Possibly About To Open Store And Service Center In Romania” • According to Ziarul Financiar, which listed the first job openings, Tesla is preparing to open a center in Bucharest, Romania. Tesla plans to hire five people: a store manager, two service technicians, a service manager, and a sales consultant. Romania subsidizes EVs heavily. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S at Romanian Parliament building
(Photo by Tomek Gać for Tesla Shuttle and CleanTechnica)

¶ “Japanese Government Launches Appeal Over Oi Nuclear Plant Restart” • The government of Japan appealed to Osaka High Court against Osaka District Court’s ruling nullifying the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s restart approval for two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Oi nuclear plant, which is located in Fukui Prefecture. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Alfen Supplies 12-MW Energy Storage System For Vattenfall’s Hybrid Energy Park” • Vattenfall is building Haringvliet Zuid, its first hybrid energy park in the southwest of the Netherlands. Vattenfall is combining wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage in the project. Alfen is supplying the 12-MW energy storage system. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Energy park Haringvliet Zuid (Vattenfall image)


¶ “Broad Reach Power Acquires Montana Wind And Solar Projects” • Broad Reach Power owns a 5-GW portfolio of solar and energy storage projects in Montana, California, Wyoming, Utah, and Texas. It has acquired two projects in Montana, 250 MW each of wind and solar, which are to be put online in 2022 and 2023. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Canoo Electric Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle Starts At $33,000” • Canoo, the newest Southern California electric vehicle manufacturer, has developed a modular electric vehicle platform that can serve as the basis for a number of vehicles. It revealed two versions of what it calls its electric multi-purpose delivery vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Canoo skateboard (Canoo image)

¶ “The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority And Encore Renewable Energy Power Up Solar Array To Benefit Morrisville Residents” • Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy announced that the Lawrence Brook Solar project is now supplying renewable energy to the electric grid in Morrisville. [EIN News]

¶ “Acciona Starts 198-MW Texas Wind Energisation” • Acciona has started energizing turbines at the 198-MW La Chalupa wind farm in Texas. The project, which is located in Cameron County, is equipped with 63 Nordex AWP3150 machines. The La Chalupa project will be Acciona’s largest US wind farm when it is fully operational. [reNEWS]

La Chalupa wind farm (Acciona image)


¶ “Nearby Solar Array Will Supply Bowdoin With Lots Of Maine-Made Power” • As part of its effort to reduce carbon emissions and the effects of climate change, Bowdoin College is partnering with Sol Systems to create a 5-MW solar farm close to campus. With that, Bowdoin’s electricity will be supplied entirely from renewable resources in Maine. [Bowdoin News]

¶ “Two More Cities Join Regional Renewable Energy Agency A Day Before New Board Meets” • In California, Lake Forest and Buena Park signed on to a new Community Choice Energy program, joining Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fullerton. The program is expected to use investments in renewable energy to lower costs for residents. [VoiceofOC]

Have a delightfully charming day.

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