Archive for June 6th, 2021

June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “First Ride Of The Production Arcimoto Roadster And Fun Utility Vehicle” • Sofiaan Fraval: Arcimoto makes a Roadster and a similar Fun Utility Vehicle. I had a lot of fun on the FUV, but the moment I hopped onto the Roadster, I felt like I was on my motorcycle again. My short experience on these vehicles opened my eyes to their potential. [CleanTechnica]

Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle (Image courtesy of Arcimoto)

¶ “Why the Case That Bitcoin Can Be Green Is Pointless” • A lot of energy goes into mining bitcoin. Much of that has been carbon-emitting. But even supposedly “green” cryptocurrencies (ie, those mined through more efficient processing units) help fuel supply shortages in an already strained market for chips and semiconductors. [The Wire Science]

World:

¶ “BYD Scores More Electric Bus Orders And Deliveries In Sweden And Spain” • BYD keeps rolling out more and more electric buses, especially in Europe. This week, the news is that it delivered 30 more electric buses in Spain, that country’s largest order, and it got an order for 79 electric buses in Sweden, the first order by Bergkvarabuss. [CleanTechnica]

New BYD buses in the UK

¶ “BYD Aims To “Revolutionize” The Electric School Bus” • BYD has a new bus mission – it says it is revolutionizing the school bus. BYD is rolling out a new Type D electric school bus. The company claims that it has “unparalleled safety features and performance, wrapped in a sleek design that will have students wanting to step onboard.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CATL Planning 80-GWh Battery Factory Near Tesla Giga Shanghai” • CATL says it has plans to construct a new battery cell manufacturing facility near the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai that will have an annual production capacity of 80 GWh. That is enough to power 800,000 EVs each year. CATL wants to supply half of Tesla’s batteries worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

CATL IAA Booth 2019 (Photo courtesy of CATL)

¶ “Data Center Operator Cyrus One Achieves 100% Renewable Power In Europe” • Data centers, hubs for streaming movies, video games, and family photos, are estimated to consume about 2% of the planet’s electricity. That is expected to double by 2030. Cyrus One, based in London, is now getting all of its electricity from renewable sources. [The Energyst]

¶ “MG Is Paying People In UK To Taste The Electric Vehicle Experience (And Buy An EV)” • The magic formula for selling EVs is getting someone to test drive an electric car for the first time. It’s almost guaranteed they will love it. MG knows this, and it has taken an innovative yet simple approach to EV sales. Take a test drive, and get a £750 discount. [CleanTechnica]

MG5 EV

¶ “Zanzibar: New World Bank Financing To Increase Access To Electricity” • Nearly 400,000 Zanzibaris will have access to new or improved electricity services, and the isles will also have a reduction in annual unplanned system outages and associated losses, with International Development Association financing approved by the World Bank. [Modern Diplomacy]

US:

¶ “New Video Offers In-Depth Look At Tesla Energy” • There is an intimate connection between EVs and renewable energy. That connection, both literally and symbolically, runs directly through the electrical grid. The most flexible and scalable type of storage is a battery, and every EV has one. A video from CNBC offers an in-depth look at Tesla Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla, Tesla, Tesla (Tesla)

¶ “Appalachian Offers All-Renewable Electricity To Its Customers – For A Price” • In Virginia, both Appalachian and Dominion Energy sought green-energy programs when in fact their main goal was to keep another provider from invading their territory, according to Will Cleveland, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. [Roanoke Times]

¶ “California Assembly Passes Groundbreaking Deforestation Bill” • In a landmark vote, California policymakers took a major step toward protecting the world’s forests. The state Assembly passed a groundbreaking bill to ensure that procurement contracts protect boreal and tropical forests and fundamental Indigenous rights. [CleanTechnica]

Forest in Alaska (LB Brubaker, NOAA, public domain)

¶ “Climate Change Could Negatively Impact Maine’s Blueberry Crop” • A study by scientists at the University of Maine analyzing 40 years of data found more warming in wild blueberry fields of Down East Maine than elsewhere. They said the warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the berries as temperatures rise and there is less water. [News Center Maine]

¶ “Survival Of Illinois Nuclear Plants Hang In The Balance As Democrats Haggle Over Aid” • The fate of at least two, and possibly three, unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois are hanging in the balance after the state’s Democratic Legislature adjourned this week without an agreement on subsidizing the reactors to keep them alive. [Washington Examiner]

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