December 24 Energy News

December 24, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “My Dream Electric Car” • A lot of people are not able afford today’s EVs, even used. If we are to get rid of the old, polluting cars around us, we need a new class of car for them. It would make sense to have medium-speed cars, designed for ordinary use by ordinary people, intentionally crafted for the greatest efficiency for local driving. [CleanTechnica]

Baker Electric (From an ad ca 1905)

¶ “The Green Fantasy And Messy Reality of Nuclear Power” • Joe Biden has a big job with climate change, and may consider a nuclear option. But a report says nuclear energy is “increasingly struggling in a competitive electricity market with low prices, flat consumption (at best), and ferocious rivals in the renewable energy sector.” [The New Republic]

¶ “Tracking Progress Across Clean Energy Innovation Systems” • Global policy discussions increasingly emphasize the critical role of innovation to meet our long-term energy and climate targets. Investing in clean energy innovation can drive down the costs of existing options and can accelerate development of high-impact breakthrough technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Tech partnerships (Image from NOAA)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aptera’s Hub Motors Survive Torture Testing, Other Questions Answered” • One of the big departures Aptera is making from today’s automotive world is the use of in-wheel hub motors. These motors are not like older technologies in a number of ways, which leaves potential buyers and reservation holders with a lot of questions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Theory Meets Practice: Renewable Energy Microgrid Powers Research Facility Through Grid Outage” • After NREL launched its Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems platform, a nearby transformer exploded, leaving it without power. ARIES soon adapted itself to use the systems it was working with to run on its own power. [Engineering.com]

NREL’s Flatirons Campus (Image courtesy of NREL)

World:

¶ “21% Plugin Vehicle Share! Open the Gates in Germany!” • The German automotive market has opened the floodgates wide for plugin vehicles. November was yet another record month, with a 24% increase over the previous record, set just the month before, in October. Overall, plugin vehicles scored an amazing 21% auto market share. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “November Breaks Italy’s EV Sales Records And Little Giant Fiat 500e Enters Market” • November was yet another fantastic month for the rise of electric mobility in Italy, as EV sales broke records once again. Traditional car sales struggled as their share of fiscal stimulus ended. And the brand new Fiat 500e debuted in its home market. [CleanTechnica]

Fiat 500e

¶ “Only Belgium And Slovakia Are On Track To Meet EU Air Pollution Targets” • Only two EU’s member states showed how they will reduce air pollution to comply with the emissions limits set out in the EU’s National Emission Ceilings Directive, a report finds. This puts in peril both public health and Europe’s efforts to combat air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greece Fast-Tracks Renewable Energy Projects Worth Over €2 Billion” • In Greece, the Interministerial Committee of Strategic Investments decided to accelerate the licensing procedure for four major green projects for generating electricity. The plants have a total budget of €2.02 billion, and their total capacity will be 2.81 GW. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Solar panels (Sungrow EMEA on Unsplash)

¶ “Tokyo Gas To Tie Up With Octopus To Supply Renewable Energy In Japan” • Tokyo Gas Co said it will invest around ¥20 billion ($190 million) in Octopus Energy Group Ltd, paving the way for the emerging British firm to supply renewable electricity in Japan. They intend that their joint venture will start offering services in the fall of 2021. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ “Shazam! Garden State Transforms Self Into $500 Million Offshore Wind Giant” • New Jersey is known for many things, and now you can add offshore wind to the list. Construction on a $250 million monopile facility will start in January. But that’s not all. New Jersey is setting itself up to be a major center for all facets of offshore windpower. [CleanTechnica]

Proposed offshore wind sites (Image via New Jersey Wind Port)

¶ “New Jersey Leads the East Coast on Electric Trucks” • New Jersey is on the path to say goodbye to dirty trucks. Expanding on the July announcement that 100% electric truck and bus sales will be electric by 2050, the Garden State became the first state to announce plans to adopt the Advanced Clean Truck and Heavy-Duty Omnibus rules. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Allete Powers Up 303-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm” • Allete Clean Energy has announced the start of commercial operations at its Diamond Spring wind farm in southern Oklahoma. Energy from the 303-MW Diamond Spring site will go to Smithfield Foods, Starbucks, and Walmart, though separate renewable energy sales agreements. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Allete Clean Energy image)

¶ “US Green Investor Funds 1.6-GW Renewable Portfolio” • Green investor Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital has invested in a 1.6-GW onshore wind and utility-scale solar portfolio developed and managed by Clearway Energy Group. The projects are being built in in California, Hawaii, Texas, and West Virginia. [reNEWS]

¶ “California Utility Plans 387 MW Battery Charge” • Pacific Gas and Electric Company has sent a request to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval of six additional battery energy storage projects totaling 387 MW. All the projects have 15-year transmission-connected agreements and comprise lithium-ion batteries. [reNEWS]

Have a surprisingly cozy day.

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