Archive for May 9th, 2021

May 9 Energy News

May 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “California Energy Commission Proposal Makes Important Climate Progress, But Falls Short Of Widely Supported All-Electric Building Code” • The California Energy Commission released its official proposal for the 2022 California Energy Code, which, if finalized, will help advance the state toward pollution-free homes and buildings. [CleanTechnica]

San Francisco (Timo Strohmann, Unsplash)

¶ “Oil, Gas, And Chemical Companies Don’t Want Louisiana Residents To Know What’s In The Air” • A Louisiana legislative committee rejected a bill that would have required 473 plants to install real-time air monitoring systems. The bill was inspired by concerns of voters after last year’s explosion and fire at the ExxonMobile refinery. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Comparing The Best Electric Cars For 2021” • There are two ways to consider what the best electric cars on the market are. One way is to consider what the absolute best cars are, regardless of price. The other way is to consider what the best cars are when taking price into account. Or, as this article does, you can include a little bit of both. [CleanTechnica]

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV (Photo courtesy of Chevrolet)

World:

¶ “India Announces $600 Million Incentives Scheme For Solar Manufacturing” • The Indian government has announced a new incentive scheme to boost manufacturing in the solar power sector. Through this scheme, the government plans to disburse more than $600 million in production-linked incentives over the next five years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volta Trucks Road-To-Zero Emissions Strategy” • Volta Trucks has laid out its Road-to-Zero Emissions strategy and is launching four full-electric commercial vehicles. The trucks will be range in size from 7.5 tonnes to 19 tonnes and manufactured at multiple facilities. The target is set to 27,000 vehicle sales annually across expanded markets. [CleanTechnica]

Volta truck in Madrid (Volta Trucks image)

¶ “Indonesia’s Electricity Body PLN Pledges Carbon Neutrality By 2050” • Indonesia’s state-owned electricity monopoly PLN has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050 with a plan to phase out fossil fuel-fired power plants and use more renewable energy in its networks. PLN’s electricity production is expected to grow 4.7% annually to 2050. [The Star]

¶ “Ameresco Completes Wind Project in Kefalonia, Greece” • Ameresco, a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, announced its wind turbine project at Xerakia Dilinata of the Municipality of Kefalonia, Greece has completed construction and is in operation. The project has four 2.3-MW turbines. [Framingham SOURCE]

Kefalonia wind project (Ameresco image)

¶ “Azerbaijan Reveals Prices For Electricity To Be Produced By New Solar And Wind Power Plants” • The energy ministry of Azerbaijan revealed prices for the electricity to be generated by the country’s solar and wind power plants operated by the Arabic companies. The wholesale price of the electricity will be 0.06 Azerbaijani Manat (3.5¢/kWh). [Caspian News]

US:

¶ “99.7% Of New US Power Capacity Was Solar And Wind In January And February” • New US power capacity in the first two months of 2021 came almost exclusively from wind and solar power plants, data from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows. Wind and solar power provided 99.7% of all new large-scale power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “EV Chargers At Ford’s Research Center To Be Powered By Rooftop Solar Array” • The onsite EV chargers at Ford’s Research & Engineering Center will be powered by 2,159 panels of a solar array on the roof of its parking structure. The solar array was installed by DTE Energy. Ford said its carbon benefits are equal to nearly 980 acres of forest. [HT Auto]

¶ “Legislature Votes To Reduce Government Regulation Of Renewable Energy” • The Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 69, encouraging private investment in renewable energy projects by extending an exemption from duplicative regulations for independent power producers. The bill passed the Senate 18-0 and the House 36-1. [Alaska Native News]

Wind farm on Kodiak Island (James Brooks, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “New Climate Data Show Spokane Summers Are Hotter And Drier” • It doesn’t take a climate science degree to sense that Spokane summers are getting hotter and drier, but science has confirmed that. A report shows that over the last three decades, average temperatures in Spokane have increased by 1.2°F in July compared to a decade ago. [The Spokesman-Review]

¶ “New Jersey Adopts Climate Change As A Part Of Its Core Curriculum In All Public Schools” • Chatham High School is one of more than 2,000 public schools in New Jersey implementing a curriculum including climate change in the fall. The school’s science supervisor says the new curriculum will be incorporated across every subject. [WNYC]

Have a coolly insightful day.

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