December 30 Energy News

December 30, 2020


¶ “How Joe Biden Can Tap The Private Sector To Accelerate Transition To Clean Energy” • A green industrial revolution is beginning. It is a time when President-elect Joe Biden and his formidable team of scientific, economic, and national security experts can engage the private sector to accelerate a historic transition to a low-carbon world. [CNBC]

Clean energy (Mariana Proença, Unsplash)

¶ “No, Joe, We’re Not In A ‘Climate Crisis’” – A Dangerous Counter Narrative” •  National Review published an article by its editor, Rich Lowry, titled, “No, Joe, We’re Not in a ‘Climate Crisis.’” Such counter narratives, which deny or diminish the fact that our climate is changing and triggering extreme weather, are extremely harmful. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Nuclear Fusion – Coming Soon To An Electrical Grid Near You?” • Commonwealth Fusion Systems and MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center are also now constructing the advanced magnets that will allow CFS to build significantly smaller and lower cost fusion power plants. Will fusion power save us from ourselves? Maybe. [CleanTechnica]

Commonwealth Fusion Systems tokamak (CFS image)


¶ “Germany Commits To 65% Renewable Power By 2030” • 65% of Germany’s total electricity demand will be met by renewable power within the next decade, according to a revision to the country’s renewable energy law passed last week by the German parliament. This came after the EU adopted a new goal earlier this month of 55% by 2030. [Forbes]

¶ “Record Electric Vehicle Sales In Europe!” • Despite the overall automotive market being in the doghouse, down 14% year over year, Europe’s passenger plugin market is on fire, having scored a record 166,000 registrations in November (up 198% from last year). That placed last month’s plugin share at 16% share, and 8% were full electric. [CleanTechnica]

Renault Zoe (Press Image)

¶ “Delhi’s Clean Power Goal Has A Problem: Idled Fossil Fuel Plants” • Delhi is seeking to shed contracts with fossil fuel power plants to reduce costs and free up funds for clean energy.  India’s electricity sector is struggling with debt and overcapacity after a massive build-out of plants to power a surge in economic activity that never fully materialized. [Livemint]

¶ “Norsepower To Install First Rotorsails On Bulk Carrier” • Norsepower, a company that builds modernized sails to reduce fuel consumption and emissions on ships, got an order to install five of its Rotorsails on a bulk carrier in 2021. This is the first order for a bulk carrier, and the company’s sixth installation since founding in 2012. [CleanTechnica]

Ship with rotorsails (Norsepower image)

¶ “Endesa To Develop Pioneering Agrivoltaic And Beekeeping In PV Facilities Project” • Endesa, through its renewables division Enel Green Power España, has completed the construction of the Las Corchas and Los Naranjos PV plants, between the towns of Carmona and La Rinconada, in Seville. Their combined capacity is 100 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Saudi Developer Inks Deals For 240-MW Azerbaijan Project” • Saudi Arabia developer ACWA Power signed three agreements for the first foreign investment based independent wind power project in Azerbaijan. One hope is that the 240MW wind project will pave the way for sustainable development in Azerbaijan’s energy sector. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (abby anaday, Unsplash)

¶ “Vestas Secures 20-MW Contract In Italy” • Vestas has signed a contract in Italy with Gruppo FERA subsidiary Aleramo for 20 MW of turbines for the Cairo Montenotte wind farm. The deal covers supply, transport, installation, and commissioning of five V136-4.0MW machines. An 18-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement was included. [reNEWS]


¶ “NY Governor Cuomo Unleashes New Electric Bus Initiatives” • Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced a series of initiatives to increase the number of electric buses in the state of New York. The new initiatives include $16.4 million in incentives for the expansion of electric bus usage amongst public transportation authorities. [CleanTechnica]

GreenPower school bus (GreenPower image)

¶ “2021 – A Pivotal Year For Clean Energy In North Carolina” • As we look back at 2020 and reflect on what comes next for North Carolina in clean energy and climate, one thing becomes clear, Governor Cooper’s climate and clean energy legacy will be determined by the ability to fulfill the many critical policy initiatives in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Infrastructure And Energy Alternatives Secures 185 MW Wind Construction Contract In Illinois” • Renewable power producer Cordelio Power awarded the 185-MW Glacier Sands wind farm in Mason County, Illinois to White Construction, a subsidiary of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives that specializes in large renewable energy projects. [Saurenergy\

Wind turbines (Waldemar Brandt, Unsplash)

¶ “Wyoming Coal Producer Reaches $1.5 Billion Deal With Creditors” • St Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp, the largest thermal coal producer in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, has announced an agreement with its creditors to refinance $459 million of debt, potentially staving off a second bankruptcy in five years. [mybighornbasin]

¶ “Environmental Groups Call On MidAmerican Energy To Retire Coal Power Plants” • Three environmental groups are calling on MidAmerican Energy to retire its coal-fired power plants and replace them with renewable energy. As the cost of renewable energy has declined across the country, coal plants are becoming less competitive. [Iowa Public Radio]

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