May 20 Energy News

January 8, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The Ford F-150 Lightning Is A BIG Win – Three Core Questions Remain” • The Ford F-150 Lightning is a major entrant into the US auto market. That’s right, not just the EV market, but the overall auto market. Clearly, Ford didn’t electrify its two biggest nameplates – the F-150 and the Mustang – to play softball or little league. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning

¶ “Talking With Ford’s Head Of Electric Vehicles About Ford F-150 Lightning And Team Edison” • To dig further into the huge Ford F-150 Lightning news, I sat down for half an hour with Darren Palmer, General Manager of Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford Motor Company. Listen below, or read on for a summary of what we discussed. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Volocopter Unveils New 4-Seater EVTOL To Connect Suburbs To The City” • German eVTOL startup Volocopter has unveiled the VoloConnect. It differs from the existing VoloCity in a few key ways. While the VoloCity has a range of only 22 miles, the VoloConnect will have a range of around 60 miles. Also, the VoloConnect will have four seats. [CleanTechnica]

Volocopter eVTOL (Image courtesy of Volocopter)

¶ “Biden Waives US Sanctions On Russian Pipeline” • The Biden administration has waived sanctions on a company building a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. The move came in a report on Russian sanctions the Department of State delivered to Congress. It concludes that it is in the US national interest to waive the sanctions. [BBC]

¶ “Kia Unwraps The EV6” • Kia has officially unveiled its EV6 electric SUV, its first battery electric car. The vehicle is built on the E-GMP platform developed for use by both Hyundai and Kia going forward. So are the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 basically the same cars under the sheetmetal? Yup, they are. But they are very different outside. [CleanTechnica]

Kia EV6 (Image courtesy of Kia, cropped)

¶ “Adani Green Energy To Acquire SB Energy’s India Renewable Energy Portfolio For $625 Million” • Adani Green Energy has announced that it will acquire a 5-GW India renewable power portfolio from SB Energy. AGE said in an official statement that the purchase would be done for a fully-completed enterprise evaluation of $625 million. [CNBC TV18]

¶ “Johannesburg Aims For 35% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city, with a population of over 5 million people, and Africa’s dominant financial center. The city wants to meet 35% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and will seek proposals for privately supplied power by August. [MyBroadband]

Johannesburg (Keenan Constance, Unsplash)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Secures Contracts For New Pumped Hydro Storage Power Plant In Austria” • GE Renewable Energy has secured contracts from Austrian National Railway Operator ÖBB to build two storage turbines for the new Tauernmoos Pumped Hydro Storage Power Plant. The 85-MW turbines will have fully-fed variable speed. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Victorian Councils Commit To Renewable Energy Future” • The Victorian Energy Collaboration will see 46 of Victoria’s 79 local councils powered by renewable energy. Red Energy, an offshoot of Snowy Hydro, signed an agreement to supply the councils with a combined 240 GWh of renewable energy each year until the end of 2030. [pv magazine Australia]

Wind turbines (Vestas image)

¶ “Almost 2 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects Apply For Grid Connection In Bulgaria” • The Electricity System Operator of Bulgaria received requests from 22 investors since the beginning of the year for connecting renewable energy plants they have under development to the grid. The combined capacity of their projects is 1.97 GW. [Balkan Green Energy News]

US:

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning – One Big Shocker!” • $39,974! Yes, that’s just the base MSRP for a version of the truck with 230 miles of range, but that’s a shockingly low price for the entry Ford F-150 Lightning. I did not see a single person predicting the F-150 Lightning would come in at such a low price. But there is even more to say about this truck. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning

¶ “Colonial Pipeline Boss Confirms Ransom Payment of $4.4 Million” • Colonial Pipeline has confirmed it paid a $4.4 million ransom to the cyber-criminal gang responsible for taking the US fuel pipeline offline. Its boss told the Wall Street Journal he had authorized the payment on 7 May because of uncertainty over how long the shutdown would continue. [BBC]

¶ “RWE Secures 150-MW Facebook US Solar Deal” • RWE Renewables has partnered with Facebook and the Tennessee Valley Authority to realize a 150-MW solar facility in Shelby County, Tennessee. Facebook will use 110 MW of the solar energy to support their data center operations in Gallatin, Tennessee, and the broader Tennessee Valley. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (RWE image)

¶ “New UCS Research: Utilities’ Uneconomic Coal Use Is Being Called Out In 25 States” • Coal self-commitment is a practice of running coal plants when cheaper resources are available. The Union of Concerned Scientists found that 25 states have taken up substantial discussion of the practice as an issue in state public utility proceedings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Power Customers To Find Out New Tab For Vogtle Expansion This Fall” • In coming months, Georgia Power, with its parent company Southern Co, and consumer advocacy groups will make their cases before the Public Service Commission for how much of Vogtle’s ballooned unit 3 costs should be passed onto electric consumers’ bills. [Patch]

Have an agreeably ducky day.

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