Archive for January 10th, 2021

January 10 Energy News

January 10, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why I Would Buy A Used Tesla Model 3 Instead Of A New One – Free Full Self Driving!” • The author noticed that Tesla is enabling the $10,000 Full Self Driving capability on every Model 3 that it is selling used. He spoke to a couple of salespeople and verified that is the case and that you can’t get a lower price by having the option removed. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3s (Kick Gas 1, CleanTechnica)

¶ “New York Must Keep Up Climate And Environmental Wins in 2021” • Taking stock of 2020 isn’t easy. But the world continued to rotate, activists marched in the streets for justice, Americans voted in historic numbers for President-Elect Joe Biden, and hope persisted in New York in the form of mighty climate and environmental victories. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What Would It Take To Run A City On 100% Clean Energy?” • Today, more than 170 US cities and towns have promised to shift their power supply from coal and natural gas to solar, wind, and hydropower. But can 100% renewable cities actually be 100% renewable? The reality is a bit complicated. And it reveals the challenges of decarbonization. [WIRED]

Fireworks in Burlington (Kevin Davison, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Downtown Denver Home To Vehicle-to-Building Technology Trial” • A vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project is going into operation in Denver, Colorado. The Alliance Center, whose mission is “to demonstrate sustainability in action and mobilize change agents to accelerate solutions,” is installing a V2G system from Fermata Energy at their Denver offices. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL And Project Partners Team-Up To Advance Species Conservation And Wind Energy Deployment” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Defenders of Wildlife have a nine-part webinar series to help familiarize stakeholders with the nuances of land-based wind energy development in the context of species conservation. [CleanTechnica]

Tree swallow (Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL)

World:

¶ “72% Plugin Vehicle Market Share in the Netherlands!” • The Netherlands had an amazing 30,860 plugin registrations in December, a 34% increase over the previous all-time record, set in the same month of last year. This amazing result translated into a 72% plugin vehicle market share last month, with 69% battery-electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Powers Transport Ships With Biodiesel From GoodFuels” • Volkswagen is continuing its push to lower carbon emissions from all its operations, including the ocean going ships that deliver is vehicles to foreign markets. As a partnership with Goodfuels begins, the car carrier Patara has been fueled with 100% GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil. [CleanTechnica]

Car carrier Patara (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Qatar Investment Authority Partners To Boost Renewables Adoption In Africa” • Enel Green Power and a Qatar Investment Authority subsidiary are partnering to finance, build, and operate renewable projects in sub-Saharan Africa. QIA will buy a 50% stake in EGP’s African holdings, which have a 500 MW capacity operating and under construction. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Ninh Thuan Working To Establish Itself As National Renewable Energy Center” • With highly favorable natural conditions, the south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan is preparing a plan to become a renewable energy centre in Vietnam and to develop the sector into a pillar of the local economy. [en.vietnamplus.vn]

Wind and solar power plant in Vietnam (VNA photo)

¶ “Wiwynn And Mr Watt Work To Contract The First Renewable Power Purchase Agreement In Taiwan” • Wiwynn announced that it signed a renewable PPA with Mr Watt, the first renewable electricity retailer in Taiwan. With this PPA, Wiwynn is the first company in the information service industry to adopt renewable energy in Taiwan. [CTIMES]

US:

¶ “What Is GM’s New Logo And Ad Campaign Actually About?” • General Motors debuted its “Everybody In” marketing campaign and redesigned GM logo in a private briefing for automotive and advertising reporters. They want to convince stakeholders that the company is truly serious about accelerating mass adoption of electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

GM “Everybody In” ad featuring Malcom Gladwell (GM image)

¶ “The Much Rumored Tesla Model Y Standard Range Is Here” • There have been rumors for months that Tesla would offer a single-motor Standard Range version of the Model Y to go with its SR+ Model 3 sedan. Last week, Tesla introduced the Model Y Standard Range, which will sell for $41,990, $8,000 less than the dual-motor Model Y Long Range. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Advanced Energy Sector Continues Growth Trajectory” • The advanced energy sector expanded in 2020, and its growth is expected to continue into 2021 as the energy industry transitions to renewables. “You can’t put this genie back in the bottle,” said Stephanie Osborne, executive director for Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. [KATV]

Have an exceedingly ducky day.

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