Archive for February 6th, 2021

February 6 Energy News

February 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Washington Clean Buildings Bill Raises The Bar For Every State” • A bill under consideration in the state of Washington proposes a wide range of innovative policies that would greatly reduce climate pollution by addressing building electrification through a comprehensive set of policy levers. It gives guidance for what other states can do. [CleanTechnica]

Seattle, Washington (Roberto Nickson, Unsplash)

¶ “Clearing The Air With New Truck Regulations” • Newly available rules will bring big economic, environmental, and health benefits to states that choose to adopt them. To inform states’ decision-making while uncertainty and misinformation exists, however, we should clear the air and dispel the myths about the two rules. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Semi And Tesla Giga Berlin Production Starting In Mid-2021 – Rumor And Website Update” • On the last Tesla quarterly conference call, Elon Musk indicated they could be producing the Tesla Semi, which was unveiled a few years ago, if they just had enough batteries for it. The only real holdup at this point is the lack of batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Semi showing (Tesla image)

¶ “Panasonic Boosts Its Profit Outlook Due To Tesla” • Panasonic expects its battery business supplying Tesla to be profitable this fiscal year, Reuters reports. The company has raised its operating profit forecast for the year by over half. The company will use new battery technology to help Tesla cut its battery costs and ramp up battery production. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Microgrid Partnership Sealed To Grow Sector” • MPC Energy Solutions has closed an asset development agreement and strategic partnership with Enernet Global, which develops microgrid projects in Latin America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Enernet will develop the asset pipeline and perform all of the construction management. [reNEWS]

Working on the grid (National Grid image)

¶ “Queen’s Property Manager Banks Huge Windfarm Bonanza” • The Queen and the Treasury are in line for a multibillion-pound bonanza, after a major auction of seabed plots for windfarms off the coasts of England and Wales attracted runaway bids. Just two of the windfarm sites in the Irish Sea may earn as much as £200 million for each. [The Guardian]

¶ “South Korea Unveils $43-Billion Plan For World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm” • South Korea unveiled a 48.5-trillion-won ($43.2-billion) plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030 as part of the country’s efforts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Its 8.2 GW capacity is about the equal of 6 nuclear reactors, officials said. [Rappler]

Offshore wind farm (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

¶ “Experts Pile Pressure On Boris Johnson Over ‘Shocking’ New Coal Mine” • Pressure is growing on the government of the UK over its support for a new coal mine in Cumbria, as the country prepares to host the most important UN climate summit since 2015. Woodhouse colliery would be the first new deep coal mine in the UK for three decades. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “US Offshore Wind Potential Relies On Intelligent Grid Integration” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is planning for the technologies and strategies needed to integrate the offshore wind installations coming into the grid. It’s success with integration is steering efforts to deliver power efficiently and affordably from offshore plants. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind connection (Illustration by Josh Bauer, NREL)

¶ “An Invisible, Odorless Gas Is Pitting Texas Against The Biden Administration” • Climatologists at NASA and the NOAA tell us that deadly changes from global warming will only get worse until people stop using fuels that burn and leak. But the governor of Texas is making it clear that he will protect his state’s Oil & Gas industry. [CNN]

¶ “Ford Pumps $29 Billion Into Electric Vehicle Plot After Splashy Mustang Mach-E Success” • Last year, Ford introduced an electric version of its iconic Mustang with great fanfare, and yesterday the company followed up with a new $29 billion plan to electrify and digitize its fleet. And if it wasn’t for that pesky semiconductor shortage … [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

¶ “New Report: Electric Vehicles Can Save Nevada $20 Billion” • Nevadans can save over $14 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to EVs, according to a report. EVs can also cut air pollution to provide $3 billion in health benefits, and boost efficiency of electricity system for $3 billion. The report shows $20 billion in benefits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Energy Powering More US Local Government Buildings” • President Joe Biden issued executive orders aimed at reducing America’s carbon footprint, but efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions at the local level have gained strength even as the former Trump administration sought to reinvigorate the fossil fuel industry. [Voice of America]

Solar array (Government of Montgomery County, Maryland)

¶ “Total To Develop Four Solar Projects Near Houston, Texas, Expanding Renewable Footprint” • The French oil major Total said it acquired the yet-to-be-completed solar projects near Houston. All four projects are expected to come online by 2024. They will have the capacity to generate as much as 2.2 GW of electricity. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “US Wind Reports Strongest Year” • The US wind industry had its strongest year ever in 2020 as the amount of new wind power capacity added increased by 85% over 2019, according to the American Clean Power Association. The ACPA published a report that found the industry added 16,913 MW of wind power capacity to the grid in 2020. [reNEWS]

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