September 16 Energy News

September 16, 2021

World:

¶ “US And EU Will Announce Global Pledge To Reduce Planet-Warming Methane Emissions On Friday” • The US and EU will announce on Friday a global pledge to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, a senior Biden administration official has said. On that day, several world leaders will hold a virtual, closed-door meeting on climate. [CNN]

Gas pipeline in Chile (Diego Delso, delso.photo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Not One G20 Country Is In Line With The Paris Agreement On Climate, Analysis Shows” • None of the the G20 countries, which have the world’s major economies, has a climate plan that meets its 2015 Paris Agreement obligations, according to an analysis. Scientists are warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now. [CNN]

¶ “XPeng Launches $25,000 To $35,000 P5 Electric Sedan – How Many Will XPeng Sell?” • XPeng has just dropped a massive hammer on the Chinese EV market. Despite being a smart electric car, XPeng’s new P5 model has a starting price of just ¥160,000 to ¥230,000 (after subsidies), which translates to $24,875 to $35,760. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Shines In France As Plugin Vehicles Reach 20% Market Share!” • The French plugin vehicle market took its usual holiday in August, with last month’s plugin registrations ending at 17,404 units, divided between 9,916 BEVs and 7,488 PHEVs. The former jumped 78% year over year, while the latter were up 42%. The overall market is down 32%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Chief Challenges US On Climate And Asserts Brussels’ Role In ‘New International Order’” • In her State of the Union address to the European Parliament, EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen called on the US and China to increase efforts on the climate crisis, while also announcing plans to challenge their dominance in digital technology. [KRDO]

Ursula von der Leyen (European Parliament, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Embracing Green Hydrogen: African Energy Week In Cape Town Emphasizes African Hydrogen Opportunities” • Declining costs for fuel cells combined with technological innovation have made green hydrogen an enticing energy source, particularly for African markets, which are blessed with abundant renewable energy resources. [Africanews]

¶ “Floating Wind Pipeline Reaches 54 GW” • The global offshore floating wind project pipeline currently stands at over 54 GW if all are fully constructed, according to research by RenewableUK. Over half of this is in Europe. The pipeline includes projects from an early stage of development through to those which are fully operational. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore turbines (Flowocean, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “As Dark Clouds Build Across The Indo-Pacific, Australia Hopes The Aukus Pact Will Bolster Security And Confidence” • A new trilateral security arrangement announced by US president Joe Biden will see deeper Australian security ties with the US and UK. The US and UK supply Australia with nuclear submarines under the agreement. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Climate Measures In Budget Bill Could Cut Nearly 1 Billion Tons Of Emissions Per Year By 2030, Analysis Finds” • Six major climate provisions in congressional Democrats’ massive budget bill could reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1 billion tons per year by 2030, according to a study from the nonpartisan Rhodium Group. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Irina Iriser, Pexels)

¶ “Late-Night Hosts Join Forces For First Ever ‘Climate Night'” • Late night TV is stepping up for the planet. Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah will unite across networks on September 22 for “Climate Night,” focusing their programming on climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Details Of The House’s US EV Incentives Proposal” • The House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the tax code, worked through the energy portions of the Build Back Better Act. They reimagined the EV tax credit that consumers can get when they buy a new EV and added a credit for the second owner of the EV as well. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 EV (Volkswagen image)

¶ “WattEV To Break Ground On Solar Charging Station For Heavy-Duty Trucks” • WattEV, based in California, will begin construction next month on that state’s first solar-powered charging station exclusively for heavy-duty trucks up to 80,000 lb GVWR. Located in Bakersfield, it will feature a 5-MW solar array plus battery storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Public Service Company Of Oklahoma Issues RFPs For Renewable Energy” • Public Service Company of Oklahoma has issued a Draft 2021 Wind purchase and sale agreements RFP to obtain up to 2,600 MW of wind energy resources through multiple PSAs for purchase of 100% equity interest in the project companies selected. [North American Windpower]

Wind turbines (Arteum.ro, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Cuts Cost Of Solar Panels And Solar Roof With New $500 Referral Bonus” • Tesla provides solar power systems at one of the lowest prices in the industry: currently about $2.01/watt before incentives. Now, Tesla is offering a new incentive to those considering the purchase of a Tesla solar panel or solar roof system: $500 cash back. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Governor JB Pritzker Signs Legislation On Climate Change And Renewable Energy” • Illinois is the first state in the Midwest to enact legislation combating the climate crisis and to build an economy for the future. Gov JB Pritzker signed legislation that requires fossil fuel power plants to close over time and rescues money-losing nuclear plants. [HOI ABC]

Have a superbly enchanting day.

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