January 6 Energy News

January 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Congress Continues To Affirm That Climate Security Is National Security” • When the US Congress voted to override the president’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, it marked the fourth year in a row in which both sides of the aisle have come together to pass the climate change provisions in the act. [CleanTechnica]

National security (USMC Lance Cpl Brian Bolin Jr, US DOD)

¶ “Power Shift In Senate Could Bring Major Changes In US Science And Climate Policy” • Democrats appear to be likely to retake the US Senate after runoff elections in Georgia, with big implications for science and climate policy. Projections are that each party will have 50 seats, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. [Science Magazine]

¶ “Elon Musk Is Now Disrupting Public Relations – For Tesla, At Least” • Elon Musk overhauls industries ripe for disruption. Automotive and aerospace sectors were, pre-Musk, getting a bit stagnant. So Musk came along with Tesla and SpaceX, changing everything. What’s next? He looks like he might be taking over PR, at least for Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk (Photo by Chanan Bos, CleanTechnica)

¶ “BP CEO And Climate Leader: We Can Only Fight Climate Change If Businesses Help” • We may look like we are strange bedfellows – a global leader on climate change and the CEO of a multinational oil company – but we share two characteristics that the world needs more than ever: stubborn optimism and a fierce commitment to inclusivity. [CNN]

¶ “Should Oil And Gas Companies Move Full-Speed Ahead With Energy Transition Plans?” • Oil and gas companies are finding themselves in a proverbial rut as they reassess existing profitable models with future energy transition plans. Here we ask whether oil and gas companies should be more aggressive in their energy transition plans. [Journal of Petroleum Technology]

Offshore wind turbine (Dogger Bank Wind Farm image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021” • Nearly all currently operational energy-storage facilities, which can generate a total of 174 GW, rely on gravity. Pumped hydro storage is the prime example. Now, other types of facilities are being developed by Energy Vault, Gravity Power, and others. And they are getting ready to go to market. [IEEE Spectrum]

¶ “BladeBUG Inspects, Resurfaces, And Repairs Wind Turbine Blades Remotely” • Wind turbine blades need to be inspected regularly to spot problems that may affect their efficiency. From his work as a turbine blade designer, Chris Cieslak came up with the idea of automating the inspection and maintenance process for better efficiency and safety. [CleanTechnica]

BladeBUG (BladeBUG image)

World:

¶ “ITC Aims To Meet Its Entire Energy Needs From Renewable Sources By 2030” • ITC, an Indian multi-business conglomerate, aims to meet 100% of its entire energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. It aims to achieve a 50% reduction in specific emissions and a 30% reduction in specific energy consumption by 2030 over a 2014-15 baseline. [Mercom India]

¶ “Last Diesels Gone By 2023 As Madrid Goes Green” • There are still 390 diesel-powered buses running on the streets of Madrid, but they represent the end of an era. That’s because Madrid’s City Council has placed fresh orders for 520 electric and natural gas powered buses, committing itself to mothball its remaining diesel fleet by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Madrid (Jorge Fernández Salas, Unsplash)

¶ “New Electricity Pricing Triggers Rapid Growth For Renewable Energy Investment In Brazil” • The Brazilian energy sector took a huge step towards a greener, more efficient, and more investor-friendly energy market with its shift from weekly to hourly spot pricing of electricity. This comes amid ongoing reform for what may be a sleeping energy giant. [EIN News]

US:

¶ “2020’s Top Wind Energy R&D Achievements” • The US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office provides global leadership in fundamental wind energy science research, development, and validation activities that enable low-cost wind energy. Here are some of the most notable wind energy R&D accomplishments from 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

 

¶ “Tesla Just Zipped Past $700 Billion In Market Value” • It was bound to happen. After joining the S&P500 at the very end of last year, Tesla announced that it produced 500,000 electric vehicles for the year of 2020. Now, Tesla’s stock price has soared to higher heights, up 5% to a record high on January 4, and then it went higher the next day. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massachusetts Raises Offshore Wind Procurement Goal” • The Massachusetts state legislature increased the state’s offshore wind goal to 5,600 MW. An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy authorizes procurement of 2,400 MW more offshore wind capacity and raises the renewable energy target to 40% by 2030. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “EPA Finalizes ‘Secret Science’ Rule, Limiting Use Of Public Health Research” • The EPA finalized a highly controversial rule that limits the types of studies that the agency can weigh when crafting its policies. The rule restricts the EPA’s ability to consider landmark public health research and other studies that do not make their underlying data public. [The Hill]

¶ “US Storage Provider Scores Texas Double” • US energy storage outfit FlexGen is developing two energy storage projects, totaling 220 MWh of capacity, in Texas. The two 110-MWh standalone battery storage projects in Texas Hill Country will serve as dispatchable assets for an undisclosed leading independent power producer. [reNEWS]

Have a simply glorious day.

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