January 2 Energy News

January 2, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why Trump Failed To Derail National Climate Assessment” • The Trump administration’s failure to soften or bury the climate assessment shows the resilience of federal climate science despite Trump’s efforts to impede it. This article is based on interviews with current and former government officials and others familiar with the process. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Scientist launching a balloon (NOAA image, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Shares Of Plug Power Jumped 29% In December” • The year is ending the year on a bullish note for Plug Power, as shares rose 29% in December, data from S&P Global Market Intelligence shows. Plug Power is a fuel cell leader, and it stayed red hot as it capped off 2020, a year in which shareholders saw an increase of 973% in the stock price. [Motley Fool]

World:

¶ “Tesla Opens World’s Largest Supercharging Station – 72 Stalls!” • Tesla China has one success after another,  blazing a path to sustainable transportation. There are now about 650 charging stations in China, with 150 added in December alone. And the largest of these is a Tesla Supercharger Station in Shanghai, with 72 stalls. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Charging Station in Florida (Michael Rivera, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Ecolohas Builds Smart And Green Homes In Taiwan” • Ecolohas Energy Technology is helping Taiwan to build sustainable homes by delivering smart energy storage systems, smart microgrid systems, and distributed microgrid energy storage systems that allow people to generate their own power and reduce their electricity bills. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Bird Charity Warns Of Harm From New Wind Farm” • Wind farms are not a straightforward subject for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The RSPB supports the growth of renewable energy. But it has criticized a government decision to permit an offshore wind farm that it expects to harm birds feeding in the North Sea. [BBC]

Kittiwake (RSPB image)

¶ “Rules To Tie Heavy Electricity Use To Renewable Power” • Entities that require a lot of electricity are tied to a five-year “green” energy consumption plan with new “heavy electricity user” rules this year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said. However, the new plan will not alter Taiwan’s goal to install 27 GW of renewables by 2025. [Taipei Times]

¶ “Scotland Banks On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains For Zero Emission Railway By 2035” • Scotland set a 2035 decarbonization goal for its passenger rail system last summer. Electrification may be the weapon of choice, but squeezing diesel out of the picture is not simple. Now they’re moving in for the kill with hydrogen powered fuel cell trains. [CleanTechnica]

Diesel engine to get over (Rob Johnson, Unsplash)

¶ “AGEL Bags LOA For 600-MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Project” • Adani Green Energy Limited has announced that its subsidiary Adani Renewable Energy Holding Eight Limited received Letter of Award to set-up a 600-MW hybrid wind-solar power project. The tariff for the project is fixed at ₹2.41/kWh (3.3¢/kWh) for 25 years. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

¶ “Aboitiz Power Expects To Open 1,336-MW Coal Plant In Bataan In Second Quarter” • Aboitiz Power Corp said it expects to complete the 1,336-MW GNPower Dinginin coal-fired power plant in Bataan by the second quarter this year. Aboitiz Power’s CEO said the company was also focused on executing renewable energy projects. [manilastandard.net]

Substation in Bataan (Judgefloro, public domain)

US:

¶ “Tesla Hiring Battery Engineers In North Carolina And Semi Truck Engineers In Nevada” • Job openings may not be product roadmaps, but recent Tesla job openings imply that Tesla may be preparing for battery production plans in North Carolina and Semi production plans in Nevada. We have some other clues on those matters, too. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Panasonic About To Start Producing Tesla’s 4680 Battery Cells” • Nikkei Asia reported that Panasonic will begin making prototypes of a cheaper type of battery, tabless 4680 battery cells, for Tesla’s electric vehicles. Retail News Asia noted that Tesla confirmed that Panasonic will make them in its dedicated facility at the Gigafactory in Nevada. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Battery Day announcement (Screenshot)

¶ “Renewable Energy Comes To Brighton” • In New York state, the town of Brighton has transitioned to using renewable energy, the first to do so in Monroe County. The switch lowers energy bills, and it reduces Brighton’s carbon footprint because it uses primarily hydropower and some windpower, according to town Supervisor Bill Moehle. [13WHAM-TV]

¶ “502,692 Estimated Tesla Sales In 2020” • “Troy Teslike” has a superb history when it comes to Tesla sales estimates at the end of each quarter. He has shared his 2020 Tesla delivery estimates and Zach Shahan digs into them to highlight the points that stand out to me, as well as create a couple of charts based on these figures. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Wisconsin Regulators To Update 17-Year-Old Rules On Customer-Owned Power Sources” • In a move that could make it easier for homeowners and businesses to generate their own electricity, Wisconsin regulators plan to update the state rules on customer-owned energy sources. The current rules are 17 years old and hopelessly out of date. [Madison.com]

¶ “Feds Allocate $75 Million To National Uranium Reserve ” • The US could establish a national strategic uranium reserve for the first time in the country’s history, thanks to funding of $75 million that was included in the federal spending bill. The bill had bipartisan support and was signed by President Donald Trump this week. [Scottsbluff Star Herald]

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