January 5 Energy News

January 5, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Georgia On My Mind: Senate Runoffs And Renewables” • In the US state of Georgia, voters are casting ballots in Senate runoff elections, because no candidate won a majority in November. If both Democratic candidates win, the Senate will come under the control of Democrats by the thinnest of margins. There could be an effect for renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Noah Hogue, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Net Zero Emissions Would Stabilize Climate Quickly Says UK Scientist” • Joeri Rogelj of Imperial College London is not some climate crackpot but lead author of the next major IPCC climate assessment. He said, “It is our best understanding that, if we bring down CO₂ to net zero, the warming will level off. The climate will stabilize within a decade or two.”  [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Now Has Commercial Import License In Israel – Online Sales To Start Within Days” • Tesla has received a commercial import license from Israel’s Ministry of Transport. The license, which enables the company to start a full import operation with no limit on volume. Globes reports that online sales are expected to start within days. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla store (Cynthia Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Tesla Coming To India This Year, Confirms Minister” • India’s minister for road transport and highways recently confirmed that Tesla will start offering its cars to Indian consumers this year. The car manufacturer will initially import the cars it sells in India, but it is expected to eventually start production locally, as the import duties are very high there. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blistering Assessment Gives Australia ‘Just Months’ To Fix Nation’s Energy Security” • Australia has “just months” to fix problems with the electricity market, according to a blistering assessment of the state of the energy sector. Dr Kerry Schott, Chair of the Energy Security Board, blamed “years of insufficient action” and “band-aid solutions.” [ABC News]

Power lines in Australia (Victoria Kennedy, Unsplash)

¶ “Plans To Make Energy Greener As Singapore Rebounds From 2020 Electricity Demand Fall, Says Tan See Leng” • Singapore wants to green its energy mix as electricity demand recovers, but is also taking steps to ensure electricity supply remains stable and reliable, Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng said in Parliament. [The Straits Times]

¶ “Encavis Connects 300 MW Of Spanish Solar” • Encavis has connected a 300-MW PV plant to the Spanish grid. Connection of the Talayuela array follows the connection of the 200-MW La Cabrera project in November 2020. The completion of the two solar projects takes Encavis’ portfolio of operational solar assets in Spain to 500 MW. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Encavis image)

¶ “Sweden Closes Ringhals 1” • Unit 1 of Sweden’s Ringhals nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on December 31 after 44 years of operation, a year after Ringhals 2 was shut down, according to plant operator, Ringhals AB. The Ringhals 1 reactor was built by Asea atom between 1969 and 1975, and it was was put into operation in 1976. [Nuclear Engineering]

¶ “UK Government Greenlights Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm” • The UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has granted development consent to Ørsted for the 2.6-GW Hornsea Three offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea, about 121 km (75 mi) off the coast of Norfolk coast. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

Offshore wind farm (Courtesy of Ørsted)

US:

¶ “Wall Street Insiders Name Tesla Stock of the Year” • It’s been a tumultuous year on Wall Street. Many blue chip companies have experienced great volatility because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have thrived, others have dived. So, who has come out on top? A number of Wall Street insiders have crowned Tesla 2020’s stock of the year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDPR Inks 275-MW US Solar Offtake” • EDP Renewables has signed power purchase agreements covering 275 MW of US PV capacity. The two PPAs are for two solar projects, one in Indiana and the other in Mississippi. Both are expected online in 2023. The latest PPAs take EDPR’s global solar capacity secured for the 2020-2023 period to 2 GW. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (EDPR image)

¶ “Nebraska Chemical, Hydrogen Company Looks To Power Operations With 100% RECs” • Chemical and hydrogen company Monolith Materials said it is seeking 2 million MWh annually of renewable energy through an agreement with the Nebraska Public Power District to supply its Olive Creek facility with 100% renewable energy. [S&P Global]

¶ “GE To Deliver 1-GW Western Spirit In New Mexico” • GE Renewable Energy won a 1050-MW turbine order for Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit wind farm in New Mexico. The 377 machines will range from 2.3 MW to 2.8 MW with various tower heights. The wind farm is planned to be operating commercially before the end of 2021. [reNEWS]

Turbine installation (GE image)

¶ “Eos Wins California Storage Deal” • US-based energy storage player Eos Energy Enterprises has secured an order for its zinc batteries from developer EnerSmart for projects in California. The order is for between 90 and 180 MWh of capacity over the next 24 months. The projects will be based on Eos’ Znyth battery storage technology. [reNEWS]

¶ “In ‘Remarkable Shift,’ Four Out Of Five Texans Say Climate Change Is Real. Now What?” • A study published last month by the University of Houston found that 81% of Texans agree that climate change is happening. That result now matches the views expressed by the majority of Americans. But now we need to make everything electric. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

Have a fundamentally superior day.

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