December 19 Energy News

December 19, 2020


¶ “Unlike Trump, Biden Believes In Climate Change – And His Nominees Prove It” • President-elect Joe Biden will restore to the presidency a belief that humans cause climate change. Biden made his commitment to science abundantly clear when he announced who he nominated for his economic, health, and environment teams. [CNN]

John Kerry in Mongolia (US State Dept, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Two Former Obama Officials Are Crucial To Biden’s Sweeping Climate Plans” • The fate of the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals – plans to overhaul the US energy economy in the span of just 15 years – will largely rest in the hands of two longtime government officials who have obsessed on the topic for decades. [OPB News]

¶ “Zero Emissions At Zero Cost? CleanTech Leads The Way” • A new McKinsey & Company report, “How the European Union Could Achieve Net-Zero Emissions at Net-Zero Cost,” lays out a societally cost-optimal pathway to the EU’s emissions targets. The transition could have net-zero cost and produce a net gain of 5 million jobs.  [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)


¶ “New Zealand Requires ALL Government Agencies To Buy EVs” • The government of New Zealand passed a law that will require all its agencies and ministries to buy EVs exclusively over internal combustion options. The EV requirement is part of a broader initiative New Zealand has under way to have its public sector carbon-neutral by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Formula 1 Makes Switch To Biofuel, Will Be Carbon Neutral In 2021” • Many people consider Formula 1 to be at the pinnacle of motorsport. It has the most advanced racing cars push the limits of automotive technology. Now, Formula 1 is leading with a 100% sustainable, bio-waste derived fuel and a commitment to be carbon neutral in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Formula 1 transition (Image courtesy of Formula 1)

¶ “UK Should Consider Clean Power Cost Track Record” • The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology urged the UK Treasury to examine the historic cost track record of renewables and clean technologies in studies of the investment required to hit the country’s net-zero targets, strssing that good policy can reduce costs. [reNEWS]

¶ “BYD Delivers 246 eBuses To Keolis In The Netherlands” • BYD has just delivered the initial 246 all-electric buses of the Europe’s largest ever electric bus order to the transit company Keolis for routes in the Netherlands. The order was placed in December of 2019. The buses were built in a BYD assembly facility in Hungary. BYD also has a facility in France. [InsideEVs]

BYD buses in the Netherlands (Image from

¶ “Feds Throw Support Behind Development Of Mini Nuclear Reactors” • Canada’s Federal Energy Minister Seamus O’Regan says nuclear power is essential to meeting Canada’s climate goals. He said mini nuclear plants, called small modular reactors, are a key part of that strategy, as he announced federal government support for them. [95.7 News]

¶ “Almost All Of Scotland’s Electricity Generated By Clean Sources” • Scotland generated an amount of electricity from renewable sources last year equal to 90.1% of what it used, latest figures show. In 2019, Scotland generated 30.5 TWh of electricity from renewable sources, 13.4% up on 2018, according to data from the government. [HeraldScotland]

Wind farm in Scotland


¶ “Las Vegas Likes Elon Musk’s Idea For A Tunnel Transit System For The Entire City” • Bloomberg reported that Elon Musk wanted to build a new transit system Las Vegas called the Loop project, and the Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously to advance it. As it now stands, it will be a citywide network that will include hotels, and possibly the airport. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Americans Are Strongly Interested In Electric Cars, Says Consumer Reports” • Over the years, Consumer Reports has conducted surveys showing how Americans feel about EVs. In its most recent survey, 71% said they would consider buying an electric car at some point in the future. That’s up from about 3% a decade ago. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (Image courtesy of Honda)

¶ “Driving Toward A Majority Renewables America To Catalyze Nearly One Million Direct US Clean Energy Jobs” • A first-of-its-kind study by Wood Mackenzie and the American Clean Power Association says reaching a majority-renewables grid will support 980,000 direct jobs, stabilize wholesale power prices, and cut emissions 60%. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ “Power Plant Stacks That Loomed Over Arizona Come Down” • Three towering concrete stacks that have stood as the most visual reminders of a coal-fired power plant that operated for decades along the Arizona-Utah state line have come down. A series of booms echoed across the land as the stacks fell one by one within seconds of each other. [Shelton Herald]

Navajo Generation Station (Myrabella, CC BY-SA 4.0)
That’s not the demolition – it’s an old photo showing smoke)

¶ “‘Time To Think Big’: New Gas Association Chair Talks About Hydrogen, Renewable Fuels” • Renewable gases and zero-carbon hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonizing the US natural gas distribution system, David Anderson, new chair of the American Gas Association, told a press conference. “This is frankly the time to think big and think differently.” [S&P Global]

¶ “Local Governments Plan For Climate Change With Help From A State Program” • Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have climate plans to cut carbon emissions and prepare for the impacts of global warming. But what about the smaller cities and towns? Pennsylvania has a free state program, in its second year, helping to bridge the gap. []

Have a thoroughly delightful day.

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