February 15 Energy News

February 15, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Denialism, ‘Doom Porn,’ Deflection And The New Climate War” • The New Climate War is a new book by one of the world’s most famous climate scientists, Michael Mann. At its heart is the assertion that climate change denialism is a spent force and, instead, action is now being hampered by distraction and “doom porn.” [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Dr Michael E Mann in 2013 (Reason4Reason, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

World:

¶ “Transparent Factory In Dresden Now Producing Volkswagen ID.3” • The Volkswagen ID.3 is being produced in Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden. This is the fourth Volkswagen Group factory that is producing EVs based on the MEB platform. Together, the two factories in Germany and two in China can produce 900,000 vehicles a year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Ford Mustang Mach-E Buyers Get Big Charging Boost Via BP Pulse Network” • The bp pulse network is reported to be the largest public charging network in the UK. Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers will have free access to the network for one year. The bp pulse network has 6,500 charging stations, and finding them is easy with the FordPass app. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E charging (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “CBA Finances NSW Solar Farm To Help Power 240,000 Homes” • Commonwealth Bank Group is partnering with two other banks to provide financing of $212 million to UPCAC Renewables Australia for a new solar farm in New South Wales. Stage 1 of the New England Solar Farm is expected to have a capacity of 400 MW (AC). [Mirage News]

¶ “Lightsource BP Swoops On 845 MW Of Spanish Solar” • Solar developer Lightsource BP acquired an 845-MW solar portfolio in Spain from Iberia Solar. The five sites are across the regions of Castilla la Mancha and Castilla y Leon. With the new acquisition, Lightsource BP has a total of 2.25 GW of projects in development or under construction in Spain. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Lightsource BP image)

¶ “Greencoat Renewables Acquires Finnish Wind Farm For €60 Million” • Irish renewable infrastructure company Greencoat Renewables said it is to acquire a wind farm in Finland for about €60 million. The 43.2-MW Kokkoneva wind farm is currently under construction and commercial operations are expected in the second quarter of 2022. [The Irish Times]

¶ “South Africa To Launch Three Qualification Cycles For Production Of 6,800 MW Of Renewable Energy” • The South African government is to launch three qualification cycles for a total of 6,800 MW of renewable energy. The first is expected to start in February. It will seek proposals for 2,600 MW of solar and wind power. [Construction Review]

Wind turbines in South Africa (NJR ZA, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “IEA: India Needs $1.4 Trillion Funding For Clean Energy Technologies” • Indian energy demand is growing rapidly. The additional funding for clean energy technologies required to put India on a sustainable path over the next 20 years is $1.4 trillion, according to IEA. But one benefit is a saving on oil imports of the same magnitude. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “Offshore Wind Adds 8 GW In ‘Stellar’ 2020” • Global offshore wind capacity installed in 2020 exceeded 8 GW, beating previous records, according to research from the Renewables Consulting Group. RCG’s database found the total capacity for offshore wind added last year reached 8,370 MW. The previous record of 6,438 MW was set in 2018. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “UK Renewable Energy Sets New Record In 2020” • Last year was a record year for renewable energy in the UK, at almost 42% of the country’s electricity, according to research conducted for Drax Electric Insights. Clean power generated for the first time more electricity than fossil fuels, which accounted for 39.6%, the research said. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Electrify America & Arizona Utility Team Up” • Electrify America’s Electrify Commercial arm will put twenty ultrafast chargers in at five charging stations across Arizona in partnership with Arizona Public Service Company. This is part of a new Take Charge AZ initiative. The stations will help both the state and its drivers reduce their emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Installing chargers

¶ “Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Drives Recovery Of Spent Batteries” • The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has launched the third and final phase of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize with an event introducing the rules and guidelines. The DOE’s goal is to capture 90% of all spent lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Sets The Stage For An Offshore Wind Energy Boom” • The U-turn of energy policies under the Biden administration sets the stage for a flourishing US offshore wind industry, as the federal government looks to speed up environmental reviews to make offshore wind a significant contributor to the new clean energy goals. [OilPrice.com]

Robin Rigg Wind Farm (Walter Baxter, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Bromley Mountain Ski Resort Announces Plans For New Solar Array” • Encore Renewable Energy, Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, and Tangent Energy Solutions announced plans to develop and build a 615-kW (DC) solar project on land owned by Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vermont. Sunwealth will own and operate the system. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Climate Change Will Exacerbate Flooding In The Columbia River Basin, OSU Study Finds” • Flooding in the Columbia River Basin is expected to increase dramatically in scale over the next half decade as the climate warms, according to new research from Oregon State University. The severity of floods large and small will increase. [Bend Bulletin]

Have a pristinely perfect day.

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