Archive for January 11th, 2021

January 11 Energy News

January 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Action Hawk Arnold Schwarzenegger Brings Conan Sword Down Upon Trump Enablers” • Everyone is buzzing about a video Arnold Schwarzenegger circulated. In it, Schwarzenegger, a lifelong Republican,  excoriates Trump and his enablers in Congress, identifying the insurrectionists and their supporters in Congress with the Nazis. [CleanTechnica]

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Screenshot via Twitter)

¶ “New Zealand And Others Set Example Of How To Fight Invasive Species” • New Zealand has adopted a project to rid the country of nonnative pests that have decimated much of its unique fauna. The plan can be a model for other nations how to combine scientific lessons and the enthusiasm of local citizens to manage invasives. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump Proved That Clean Energy Can’t Be Beat” • Thanks to Trump’s actions in office, we now know that clean energy is a force to be reckoned with. Here is a quick review of the ways Trump and other Republicans tried to stack the deck against renewables, electric vehicles, and other clean technologies, and a look at why they failed. [CleanTechnica]

Clean energy (Jing Guo, Unsplash)

¶ “Time To Repair Trump’s Damage To Science” • Biden’s administration now faces the task of making up for lost time, restoring the role of science in tackling the big problems facing the US and the world. Biden not only has to rebuild scientific capability, but restore public trust in science, which Trump’s attacks on science have undermined. [Stuff.co.nz]

¶ “Clean Energy Era Is Ahead” • With President-elect Joe Biden about to take office, New Mexico and other states are preparing for a tectonic shift in the battle against climate change. Most see it as a watershed moment – one that could fundamentally alter national and local economies through a flood of new climate-related policies and programs. [Albuquerque Journal]

Moving wind turbine components (Sagamore Wind Project image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The State Of The Climate In 2021” • From unprecedented wildfires across the US to the extraordinary heat of Siberia, the impacts of climate change were felt in every corner of the world in 2020. BBC Future brings you our round-up of where we are on climate change at the start of 2021, according to five crucial measures of climate health. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Lightrock Power Unveils 49-MW UK Solar Play” • UK solar developer Lightrock Power has taken the wraps off the 49-MW Leeming solar in the north of England. A number of ecological and feasibility studies have been carried out and Lightrock is now consulting with local people in the north Yorkshire area about the proposal. [reNEWS]

Site of proposed solar array (Lightrock Power image)

¶ “CATL Putting $3 Billion Into 3 New Battery Factories, LG Chem Doubling Its China-Made Battery Production” • The two largest EV battery producers in the world are both expanding. CATL is investing $5.9 billion in three new battery factories in China. LG Energy Solution plans to more than double its battery cell production in China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Industrial Precinct To Host 28-MW, 56 MWh Grid-Balancing Battery” • Two Australian companies, Edify Energy and Precinct Capital, formed a joint venture to develop a battery at an industrial precinct in New South Wales. It will not be linked directly to solar or wind generation but will respond to market signals or disturbances. [pv magazine International]

Energy Storage System in Victoria (Edify Energy image)

 

¶ “Neoen Plans Massive 500-MW Big Battery West Of Sydney” • Australia’s largest battery storage project could be built just outside of Sydney. Planning documents submitted by renewable energy developer Neoen show that the company intends to kick-start the planning process for a 500-MW, 1,000-MWh big battery in New South Wales. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Esvagt Newbie Ready For MHI Vestas Charter” • Esvagt’s latest service operation vessel is ready to start work for MHI Vestas on the Borssele 3&4 and Northwester 2 offshore wind farms off the Netherlands and Belgium, respectively. The Danish shipper said the NHST-146 is the first of three new-built ships, with two more coming for the company. [reNEWS]

Esvagt service operation vessel (Esvagt image)

¶ “Vattenfall To Probe Powering Mine With Wind” • Swedish renewables developer Vattenfall and compatriot miner Kaunis Iron signed a letter of intent to develop fossil-free resources to power an iron ore site. Wind projects such as the Käymävaara and Selkävaara can play an “important role” in powering the Pajala project, said Vattenfall. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Nuro Gets California’s First Autonomous Vehicle Permit, Ouster Going Public” • On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commissionapproved the ability to both launch robotaxi services and autonomous delivery services and to charge for them. The first company to get a permit to do so is Nuro. [CleanTechnica]

Nuro self driving car (Nuro image)

 

¶ “Consumers Energy’s Gratiot Farms Wind Project Now Producing Power” • Consumers Energy announced that the Gratiot Farms Wind Project is operational and contributing 150 MW of energy to customers in Michigan. Gratiot Farms Wind Project features 60 turbines. Its 150-MW capacity is enough to power about 58,000 residents. [PRNewswire]

¶ “Nuclear Fusion Group Calls For Building A Pilot Plant By The 2040s” • A group of the nation’s top fusion scientists just issued a report to the Department of Energy that calls for the US to build a fusion pilot plant by the 2040s. The 80-page report, written by the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, was two years in the making. [telegraphherald.com]

Have a happily composed day.

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