January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “US Offshore Wind Is Off To The Races (At Last!)” • The first two weeks of 2021 had big news for offshore windpower, and the inauguration of President Joe Biden will put a stiff wind into the industry’s sails. By the end of 2021, the Biden administration will likely have approved two projects and be reviewing up to a dozen more on the eastern seaboard. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore windpower (Reegan Fraser, Unsplash)

¶ “Fighting The ‘New Climate War’ With Michael Mann” • Well known atmospheric scientist Michael Mann has a new book titled The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet. It looks at how governments and corporations can make lasting impacts when it comes to climate change. The book especially targets those who say it is already too late. [KPCW]

¶ “Our Amazing Clean Energy Future Has Arrived” • Evidence of a great green wave is now overwhelming. In 2020 the world spent half a trillion dollars on renewables and clean technology, according to BloomergNEF. Prices are going down, and they will continue to fall with economies of scale, so the rate of renewable energy adoption will increase. [Foreign Policy]

Solar array in Japan (Mark Merner, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Corporate Solar Funding Increased 24% In 2020” • Global corporate funding in the solar power sector grew by $11.7 billion, or 24%, in 2020 compared to 2019, despite the pandemic. That figures covers a broad range of financing methods, including venture capital funding, private equity funding, debt financing, and public market financing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fiat 500e Dominates Italy’s EV Market In December, And BEVs Grow Eightfold!” • The year of coronavirus saw traditional car sales down all across Europe by double-digit percentages. Meanwhile electric cars have taken charge, offering a taste of things to come. In Italy, December’s EV sales were up by over eight times last year’s levels! [CleanTechnica]

Fiat 500e city car

¶ “In UK, 79% Of Drivers Could Charge An Electric Car Just Once Every Week Or Two” • A new study out of the UK points out that 79% of drivers in the country drive less than 150 miles per week, which could easily be met with one charge in most of the very popular EVs. If you get a longer range model, you might charge up just once every two weeks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Saxon Church Prays For Deliverance From Nuclear Plant” • The Grade I-listed church St Peter-on-the-Wall was built in an abandoned Roman fort in about the year 660. Now the Bradwell B nuclear reactor is to be built threateningly close by. Members of the congregation question why nuclear power is needed when renewables are cheaper. [The Guardian]

St Peter-on-the-Wall (Mjrogers50, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “JinkoSolar Begins Construction On 20 Gigawatt Solar Cell Factory” • JinkoSolar, one of the largest solar module producers in the world, is building a 20-GW solar cell factory  it expects to be fully operational this year, with the first 10-GW half of the factory expected to be online by May. The plant is being built in Yunnan Province, China. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “New York Times: Electric Cars Are Cheaper And Cleaner” • A feature in the New York Times, citing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, definitively stated: “Electric vehicles are better for the climate than gas-powered cars … [and] despite the higher sticker price, electric cars may actually save drivers money in the long run.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla (Matt Henry, Unsplash)

¶ “Two Former Trump Officials To Be Investigated For Posting Papers Denying Climate Change” • Two former Trump officials are to be investigated by the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General. They had posted dubious papers questioning man-made climate change using government logos but without the approval of the Trump administration. [BBC]

¶ “Panasonic Expands Home Solar Offerings In High-Growth Solar States” • Panasonic Corporation of North America has announced that it promoted 13 solar installers “to the Elite and Premium tiers of its Residential Solar Installer Program.” With higher demand, it appears that Panasonic is now selling solar panels in a bunch of new places. [CleanTechnica]

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