December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “It’s Time For Pollution-Free Vehicles And Fuels” • President-Elect Biden has laid out a bold commitment to address our climate crisis with a goal of net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050. For the transportation sector, this would entail a rapid shift to zero-emission vehicles and other cleaner mobility options. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot from Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Ad

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Ad – Cool, Fun, Great Start (And A Tad Confusing)” • The author saw a Ford Mustang Mach-E ad for the first time on YouTube. It turns out the ad actually came out a week earlier. It now has nearly 2 million views on YouTube alone. Though not technically informative, it will have people think about EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Giant Icebergs Headed For South Georgia Island. Scientists Scramble To Catch Up” • Worried scientists are tracking A68a, a huge slab of ice that cracked off Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf more than three years ago. The giant iceberg is getting close to South Georgia Island, a critical biodiversity hotspot in the Southeastern Atlantic Ocean. [InsideClimate News]

Paulet Island (Credit: Bob Berwyn)

¶ “Greenstand App Assists In Planting Over 500,000 Trees” • The Greenstand app verifies that new trees have been planted and helps tree planters get paid for planting them. When local people are those planting the trees, the benefits can be economic as well as environmental. Greenstand answered questions about their technology for CleanTechnica. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Has 31% of UK Electric Vehicle Sales” • The UK government published plugin vehicle sales figures for the twelve months ending September 2020. They show that 30.69% of new registrations of fully electric vehicles in the UK were for the Tesla Model 3. And the Tesla Model 3 had 20.95% of all registrations recorded for plugin vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India To Bank On Innovative Ways To Garner ₹1.75 Lakh Crore Investment For Renewable Energy Sector” • India will look to be more innovative to attract ₹1.75 lakh crore ($20 billion) of investment to bring in 35 GW of renewable generating capacity next year. India’s target is to have 175 GW of clean generating capacity by 2022. [Livemint]

¶ “Climate Change In Vanuatu: Problems Ensue” • Vanuatu announced its intention to seek legal action against corporations and governments who have benefited from products which had caused climate change and threaten the country. A case of action against global polluters isn’t novel, but the obstacles it faces seem almost insurmountable. [Modern Diplomacy]

Vanuatu (Phil Botha, Unsplash)

Japan:

¶ “Japan Lays Out Plan To Steer Economy Away From Carbon By 2050” • Japan’s trade ministry has released a roadmap to guide Japan’s economy away from fossil fuels. It will foster the growth of green energy industries to bring within reach the elimination of net CO₂ emissions by 2050, as promised by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Japan To Eliminate Petrol Vehicles By Mid-2030s” • The Japanese government announced that petrol vehicles would be phased out over the next 15 years as part reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Japan will reduce battery costs by 50% to make cars more attractive, and it will incentivize offshore wind farms to power them. [Euro Weekly News]

Wind turbine (Alyssa Bossom, Unsplash)

¶ “40-MW Solar Plant Raised And Mounted” • Two large solar plants, with a total capacity of 40 MW are to be built in open sites that have been abandoned in the Kawauchi village, Fukushima Prefecture. The plants will be interconnected and will make use of transmission lines that had been out of commission since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. [AltEnergyMag]

US:

¶ “Cambridge To Post Warning Stickers On Gas Pumps” • Home to Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts is ground zero for the tree-hugger crowd in the US. So it should surprise no one that it will put warning labels on the gas pumps. Similar warning labels are already found in Sweden, but Cambridge will be the first US city to have them. [CleanTechnica]

Warning label (Courtesy of City of Cambridge)

¶ “Study: ‘What About Florida? Solar Energy And Regulatory Backwardness In The Sunshine State'” • After 30 years working at the Florida Solar Energy Center, Danny Parker wrote a thorough exploration of solar power in Florida for CleanTechnica. It takes a close look at policies and problems driven by the utilities’ need to make money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Proposals Could Get Cold Reception In 2021 NH Legislature” • Renewable energy advocates say they expect to be playing defense on perennial policy debates in New Hampshire’s Republican-led state Legislature. Lawmakers of both parties have signaled they’ll file bills on issues like net metering, but with opposing intentions. [NHPR]

Have a manageably magnificent day.

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