Archive for December 31st, 2020

December 31 Energy News

December 31, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “If We Want Hydrogen To Live Up To Its Promise, Let’s Get It Right From The Start” • There is broad consensus that “green” hydrogen will be needed to avoid even more dangerous climate change, and it can help us achieve a net-zero emissions global economy by midcentury. But hydrogen has its limits. It is not a one-size-fits-all solution. [GreenBiz]

Green hydrogen

¶ “2020 Was Meant To Be The Year Of Climate Action. Instead, It Crowned A Wasted Decade” • 2020 was supposed to be the watershed moment for action on climate change, the year the world woke up to the challenge and started taking it seriously. Instead, it has symbolically topped a decade of wasted climate promises, with CO₂ levels still increasing. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Tesla Gets 5-Year Lithium Hydroxide Deal With China’s Yahua” • News this week confirms the forecast that Tesla will continue to secure lithium for its future, with its rapid growth. According to Reuters, Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group said it signed a deal to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide to Tesla for the next five years. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “91% Of EV Drivers In The UK Would Never Go Back To An ICE Vehicle” • In November, ZapMap, a UK website with a focus on electric mobility, asked 2,000 owners of full electric and plug-in hybrid cars whether they would consider going back to driving a car powered solely by a combustion engine. 91% said no, about 8% said they weren’t sure. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Secures 52-MW Italian Job” • Vestas has received an order for the 52-MW Bella wind park in the Basilicata region, Italy. The contract, signed with Ares, includes the supply and installation of one V136-3.45MW and fourteen V136-4.2MW wind turbines delivered in different power modes. Commissioning is expected in 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Renewables Propel Green Economic Growth” • China’s energy mix has improved over the past five years, as the ratio of fossil fuels to renewables falls. The country’s renewable energy, including wind and solar, now account for more than 40% of its total installed power capacity, according to the National Energy Administration. [Chinadaily USA]

¶ “Going Solar In Kenya” • Less than two years ago, solar was just beginning to build up in Kenya. Now solar energy installations are burgeoning. Small solar farms are starting to appear, local companies are installing solar for economic reasons in addition to power outages, and residential rooftop solar installations are becoming common. [CleanTechnica]

Installing a solar system in Kenya (David Zarembka)

¶ “Oakridge Energy To Solarize Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi Govt Schools” • Oakridge Energy, one of India’s leading solar power companies, signed with the Delhi government and schools for solarizing some schools in Delhi. Under this scheme, the schools will not be required to make any investment, but they will save money immediately. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “Vestas Wins 90-MW Order In Finland” • Vestas has won a 90-MW order from new customer Ålandsbanken for the Murtomaki wind project in Finland. The project comprises 15 V162-6.0 MW turbines maximising the yield under the permitted tip height. Turbines are to be delivered in 2023, with commissioning to be in the third quarter of 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Adani Bids For Entire 6.4-GW Solar Tender” • The Adani Group bid for the entire 6.4 GW of capacity aimed to power the farms of Andhra Pradesh as part of India’s largest solar tender, according to two sources. The tender comes against the backdrop of India’s solar tariffs falling to a record low of ₹1.99 per unit (2.7¢/kWh) at auction. [Livemint]

¶ “South Korea Plans To Downsize Nuclear And Coal While Quadrupling Renewables By 2034” • South Korean President Moon Jae-in had previously committed to moving away from nuclear power and toward renewable energy. Now, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy’s energy plan reaffirms a pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050. [Intelligent Living]

Wind farm (Pradeep Ghildiyal, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “US Renewable Pipeline Poised To Add 172.5 GW Through 2024” • An analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows a pipeline of 172.5 GW of wind and solar projects through 2024. Of that, 75.7 GW are wind projects while 96.8 GW are solar, the data shows. Wind and solar projects totaling 30.7 GW of capacity are currently under construction. [S&P Global]

¶ “Renewable Energy Grows In Oil-Rich Texas” • Though images associated with Texas include cowboys and tumbleweeds, none more strongly identifies the Lone Star State than the oil derrick and the pump jack bobbing on the plains. But the 21st century is making some new icons for Texas; the solar farm and wind turbine. [Spectrum News]

Wind turbines and cacti (Don Stouder, Unsplash)

¶ “Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Goals Set To Flatline Next Year, Unless Legislature Acts” • Pennsylvania’s goals for utilities to buy increased amounts of power from such sources as wind and solar will flatline in 2021 unless the General Assembly acts. Advocates for raising the standards say it will create jobs and help address climate change. [WHYY]

¶ “New Report Sees Arizona Leading The Way On Clean Energy” • A report released by environmental advocacy organization The Western Way and the Arizona Technology Council reveals that Arizona is on track to continue building on its booming carbon-free energy sector. The report advocates for new policies to help the sector do even more. [Chamber Business News]

Have a wonderfully encouraging day.

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