Archive for January 29th, 2021

January 29 Energy News

January 29, 2021


¶ “Climate Crisis Gets Help From Millions Of Tiny Little Heat Pumps” • Just as President Biden unleashes a torrent of new climate crisis orders, the US DOE is out with a new roadmap for achieving a carbon neutral US by 2050. Decarbonizing the energy and industrial sectors would cost about $1.00 per person per day, the research shows. [CleanTechnica]

Eight steps toward net-zero emissions (image via Berkeley Lab) Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Governments Can Push EVs And Rooftop Solar To Tipping Points And Social Contagion” • The climate crisis may seem so vast and complex problem that mankind is simply incapable of addressing it. But a study offers hope that transformational change in just a couple of key sectors could bring about “tipping points” that have outsize effects. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Earth Is The Hottest It’s Been In 12,000 Years, A New Study Confirms” • A study published in the journal Nature this week revealed that the planet is hotter now than it has been in at least 12,000 years, and very well may be warmer than at any point in the last 125,000 years. The study is based on much improved models, which explain past trends. [Mic]

Greenland ice (Tina Rolf, Unsplash)


¶ “Ford To Start Building Electric Mustangs In China” • Ford is to start building its iconic Mustang cars in China for the first time. The US carmaker said its Mustang Mach-E will start being made there later this year as it looks to tap into China’s EV market. Western brands are aggressively targeting China, where EV sales are expected to grow strongly. [BBC]

¶ “LEF Is A Dutch E-Bike/Car Chimera Promising 66 Miles Of Range With No Pedaling Necessary” • For those looking for a micromobility with an enclosed cabin, a comfortable seated driving position, and space inside the vehicle to haul groceries, there have been a few fairly successful offerings. LEF is one you don’t even have to pedal. [CleanTechnica]

LEF (EV Mobility image)

¶ “Renewables Surge Past Fossil Fuels In UK Energy Mix” • In the UK, renewable resources overtook fossil fuels as the main source of electricity in 2020, new analysis by climate and energy think tank Ember has revealed. A record 42% of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in 2020, compared to a 41% share by fossil fuels. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ingka Group Exceeds Goal To Generate More Renewable Energy Than It Consumes” • The Ingka Group Annual Summary & Sustainability Report reveals that for the first time, Ingka Group produced more renewable energy than it consumed. The company operates hundreds of IKEA stores and aims to be climate positive by 2030. [Canada NewsWire]

IKEA Canada wind farm (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)


¶ “Sen Whitehouse drops the mic after 279 speeches on one issue” • Every week since 2012, when the Senate refused to take up a House-passed climate bill, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has delivered a “wakeup speech.” Now that President Biden issued a veritable tsunami of executive orders on climate, Whitehouse has dropped his mic. [CNN]

¶ “GM Looks To Sell Only Emission-Free Vehicles By 2035” • General Motors said it plans to be carbon neutral by 2040 in its global operations and hopes to offer only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. GM had previously announced that it was working towards an “all electric future,” but it had not set any target date for achieving that goal. [CNN]

Charging a Chevrolet (Chevrolet image)

¶ “VW Wants In On The Federal EV Goldrush” • The federal government uses at least 650,000 vehicles, but President Biden has a plan to work with GSA to convert most of the state, local, tribal, and even some non-profit and federal corporation fleets (like the US Postal Service) to electric. VW says it is ready to make the EVs we need in Chattanooga. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lightsource BP Inks 152-MW US Solar Offtake” • Lightsource BP has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with Verizon Communications that will support construction of a 152-MW solar project in Indiana. The Bellflower solar farm, which is east of Indianapolis in Henry and Rush Counties, is expected to become operational in 2022. [reNEWS]

Solar panels and flowers (Lightsource BP image)

¶ “US Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Extended Through 2021” • At the end of December 2020, Congress extended the PTC at 60% of the full credit amount, or 1.8¢/kWh, for another year through December 31, 2021. Under the new PTC legislation, qualifying wind projects must begin construction by December 31, 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Verizon Signs A Further 845 MW Of US Renewables PPAs With Major Solar Developers” • Mobile communications giant Verizon has become one of the leading corporate buyers of renewable energy in the US. The company revealed that it has signed six new 15-year solar power-purchase agreements, adding up to 845 MW. [Recharge]

Solar array (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “Berkshire East Operates From 100% On-Site Renewable Energy” • In Charlemont, Massachusetts, the Berkshire East ski area, owned and operated by the Schaefer family, runs on 100% renewable energy. The Schaefer’s also own Bosquet Mountain and Catamount ski areas, both of which use renewables for much of their energy. [WWLP]

¶ “House Passes Bill That Ups Renewable Electricity Mandate To 40% By 2035” • The Delaware House has approved legislation that would increase the state’s electricity generated by renewable sources from 25% to 40% by 2035. Delaware is currently on track to meet the existing goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025, one sponsor said. []

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