Archive for January 25th, 2021

January 25 Energy News

January 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Do Auto Dealers Have A Future In New, Post-Pandemic World Of Electric Cars?” • As the auto industry goes electric, it’s getting harder to see a future for traditional auto dealerships, and the cracks appearing in the century-old edifice seem substantial. During the Covid-19 lockdown, some auto dealers have started looking into how to transition. [CleanTechnica]

Dealership, 2010 (Keene and Cheshire County Historical Photos)

¶ “How To Accelerate The Energy Transition In Developing Economies” • Each day that we exceed the earth’s capacity to absorb CO₂ requires even deeper cuts in subsequent years to keep warming below 1.5°C or 2°C. But outside Europe and the US, coal still dominates energy production. The transition away from coal is a huge opportunity. [World Economic Forum]

¶ “Wyoming Could Lead US Green Energy Push With Wind Power” • The area of Gillette, Wyoming was the self-declared “energy capital of the nation.” It used to supply some 40% of the country’s coal. That was a source of pride. Now, times have changed, and Wyoming offers some of the best areas in the country to develop windpower. [Deutsche Welle]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Lynn Good, Duke Energy CEO, On How The New Biden Administration Will Push For A Greener Grid” • Lynn Good is the CEO of Duke Energy. She recently joined TIME for a video conversation to discuss the new Administration, the challenges of energy storage, and what it’s like when protesters build a fracking tower on your front lawn. [TIME]

¶ “Three Reasons Scientists Are Optimistic Under President Biden” • During the Trump Administration, there was a general feeling that science was under attack. Whether climate science, COVID-19, or the environment, a “fog” hung over the science community. Now, there seems to be a new optimism with the inauguration of President Biden. [Forbes]

Scientific survey lauch (NOAA, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Path To Fish-Friendly Hydropower” • A Europe-wide project called FIThydro, funded by the European Commission, has been working with research and industrial partners to study negative effects of existing hydroelectric power plants on fish populations and aquatic habitats to deliver new assessment and decision-making support tools. [Power Technology]

¶ “Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly In 2021?” • An energy technology that even Google parent company and Alphabet couldn’t get to work might finally achieve commercial takeoff this year. The German company SkySails Power announced that its energy kite concept would be taking to the skies in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. [Greentech Media]

SkySails Power kite (SkySails Power image)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Surpassed Fossil Fuels For European Electricity In 2020” • Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time last year, according to an annual report from Ember and Agora Energiewende. It found that 38% of electricity was generated by renewables last year, and 37% by fossil fuels. [CNN]

¶ “India’s Pravaig Dynamics Unveils Its Luxury EV, The Pravaig Extinction MK1” • Pravaig has a different approach to marketing. It also has a prototype of its vehicle, the Extinction MK1. It is a 2-door coupe with claimed specs of 504 km (313 miles) per charge, a top speed of 196 km/h (121 mph), and 150 kW of power (201 hp) under its hood. [CleanTechnica]

Pravaig Extinction MK1 (Screenshot)

¶ “Heatwave Sweeps Australian Cities And Raises Bushfire Danger” • A heatwave sweeping south-east Australia has sent temperatures soaring in the nation’s biggest cities and escalated the threat of bushfires. There was an emergency warning for Adelaide due to a large blaze in South Australia, and Victoria faced its worst fire risk in a year. [BBC]

¶ “MingYang Wins European Breakthrough Deal At Taranto” • Chinese turbine supplier MingYang has secured a deal to supply turbines to the 30-MW Taranto offshore wind farm off Italy, its first contract in Europe. The manufacturer will deliver 10 3.0-MW units to the project, which is in waters off the Apulia region. The project developer is Renexia. [reNEWS]

MingYang wind turbine (MingYang image)

¶ “BP Oil Exploration Team Swept Aside In Climate Revolution” • The geologists, engineers, and scientists of BP’s oil exploration team have been cut to less than 100 from a peak of more than 700 a few years ago, company sources told Reuters. The job cuts are part of a climate change-driven overhaul triggered last year by CEO Bernard Looney. [Reuters]

US:

¶ “Tesla To Host A Virtual Info Session For Energy Careers” • Tesla has announced that it is holding two virtual info sessions for those who are interested in learning about careers in Tesla Energy, solar roof, and solar panels. The first info session is for crew leads. The second session will be for licensed electricians and field service technicians. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla roof, Tesla battery, Tesla car (Tesla image)

¶ “US Rejoins Fight Against Climate Change At High Level Summit” • The US is returning to the global fight against climate change by joining talks on ways to better protect people and economies from the effects of global warming already taking place. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry will join world leaders at the Climate Adaptation Summit. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “Great Lakes Seeing Low Ice Cover Compared To This Time Last Year” • The Great Lakes have been slow to freeze this year, compared to years past. Around 2.4% of the Great Lakes are covered by ice, concentrated in the Green Bay region off Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron. That’s down from 11% cover at this time last year. [Michigan Radio]

Have an appropriately energized day.

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