May 30 Energy News

May 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Seven Ways Ford Did Everything Right With The F-150 Lightning” • Zach Shahan of CleanTechica summed up the F-150 Lightning: “Thinking on it more after letting the enthusiasm from the opening week settle in, I thought it would be good to point out that I think Ford did basically everything right with the F-150 Lightning, and why.” [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Image courtesy of Ford)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Developer Of Aluminum-Ion Battery Claims It Charges 60 Times Faster Than Lithium-Ion – EV Range Breakthrough” • Graphene Manufacturing Group, based in Brisbane, claims its graphene aluminum-ion battery cells charge up to 60 times as fast as the best lithium-ion cells and hold three time the energy of the best aluminum-based cells. [Forbes
This is one I had missed, thanks to Tom Finnell for finding it.

World:

¶ “Coal Plant Explosion In Australia Shows Why Tesla Batteries And Renewables Are The Future Of Energy” • A Tesla Powerpack recently stepped in to save the day when a coal-fired plant in Queensland, Australia, exploded. Outages in Queensland spread to New South Wales, but the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia stopped them. [CleanTechnica]

Hornsdale Power Reserve (Tesla image)

¶ “Six Global Banks Come Together To Decarbonize Steel” • Six of the top lenders to the steel sector – Citi, Goldman Sachs, ING, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered, and UniCredit – have come together to define common standards of action for steel sector decarbonization through a collective climate-aligned finance agreement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fisker To Build An Ocean Popemobile” • Pope Francis will probably beat every head of state to an all-electric jalopy to move him about his official functions in St Peter’s. He is getting the Fisker version of the Popemobile, a modified Fisker Ocean, which will have carpets made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean. [CleanTechnica]

Sketch of a Fisker signed by the Pope (Image courtesy of Fisker)

¶ “Nissan Officially Electrifies Philippine Car Market With The LEAF” • Nissan Philippines Inc, the local sales distribution unit, introduced the LEAF to the Philippines, officially plugging the country into the electric vehicle era. The company is focused on an ecosystem approach to LEAF sales and support, prioritizing charging stations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kazakhstan Sets New ‘Green’ Energy Target For 2030” • Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set this week a steeper goal to boost the share of renewables in electricity generation to 15% by 2030. The government’s previous target was to reach a 10% share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2030. [Caspian News]

Road in Kazakhstan (Nessi Gileva, Unsplash)

¶ “Toyota To Recycle Batteries In Renewable Energy Push” • Toyota Motor agreed to partner with Jera in a bid to transform old batteries used for EVs and hybrid vehicles into power storage system for renewable energy, Nikkei has learned. Jera is a joint fuel-procurement venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power. [FMT]

¶ “Government Moving Ahead With Public Buildings’ Renewable Energy Switch” • The Government of Barbados made itself ready to flip the switch on a drive to power all public buildings with renewable energy, according to officials. The national technical school is the first ‘energy champion’ after extensive green energy retrofitting. [Barbados Today]

Barbados (Anthony Ingham, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “NRDC And Over 50 Organizations Send A Clear Message: It’s Time For FERC Reform” • NRDC, the Sustainable FERC Project, and more than 50 other organizations sent a clear message on May 26th to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: FERC must reform how it reviews applications for new gas pipeline infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Budget: A Good Beginning, But We Need Even Bigger And Bolder” • The White House unveiled President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. American progressives responded with fresh demands that Democrats advance a bold infrastructure package and other key priorities by whatever means necessary. [Red, Green, and Blue]

White House (David Everett Strickler, Unsplash)

¶ “Evergy Just Filed Its First Integrated Resource Plan With The KCC” • Regional utility Evergy filed its first integrated resource plan with the Kansas Corporation Commission since the merger that formed it in 2018. The plan commits the utility to speed up its carbon-reduction timeline and calls for retirement of some coal plants. [The Topeka Capital-Journal]

¶ “How Tesla Is Quietly Expanding Its Energy Storage Business” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in 2015 that the EV company would be getting into the energy business. Now, that business is starting to take off. On its Q4 2020 earnings call, the company said its battery deployments increased 83% in 2020, largely due to interest from utilities. [CNBC]

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