December 4 Energy News

December 4, 2021

Amazing:

¶ “Drag Race: Tesla Model S Plaid Crushes Fossil Fuel Powered Competitors (Video)” • Here is a drag race with a 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, a 2022 BMW M5 CS, and a 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. The sedans with internal combustion engines may have been among the fastest in their class, but in a drag race against the Plaid S, both were left far behind. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S (Jp Valery, Unsplash)

¶ “The Miraculous Engineering Of Tesla: Two Teslas Fall Off Cliffs, Everyone Walks Away” • In recent weeks there were two incidents in which Teslas fell off cliffs. One took place in Puerto Rico and the other took place in Utah. Both happened during Thanksgiving week. All of the occupants in both vehicles survived the crashes. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Team Scholz promises a new Germany” • Social Democrats who champion fair society, the Free Democrats who champion business and industry, and the Greens are setting up Germany’s new government. While it seems odd that this group would band together, they are doing so, and their common agenda starts with addressing climate change. [BBC]

Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Norway Over 90% Plugin EV Share In November – Legacy ICE At Record Low” • Norway, the world’s leading market in the EV transition, saw plugins take 91.2% share in November, up from 79.9% a year ago. Non-hybridized combustion vehicles saw a record low of under 5.1% share in November, with pure petrol at just 2.3% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Polestar Provides Preview Of Pre-Production SUV” • Polestar is following up the sneak peek of its upcoming 5 luxury sedan with something a little more accessible to most of us. It’s called the 3, and it will be the first Volvo Group car to use the Geely SEA architecture that underpins the high-end Zeekr in China. Not a bad thing, by any stretch! [CleanTechnica]

Polestar 3 (Polestar image – It is available in other colors.)

¶ “IEA Forecast On Renewable Electricity Capacity” • Renewables are set to account for almost 95% of the increase in global power capacity through 2026. Global renewable electricity capacity is forecast to rise over 60% from 2020 levels to over 4,800 GW by then, equivalent to the current global power capacity of fossil fuels and nuclear combined. [GreentechLead]

¶ “New Canadian Facility To Produce Renewable Fuel From Air” • In British Columbia, Canadian clean energy company Huron Clean Energy and its partner Carbon Engineering Ltd have plans to create a revolutionary fuel for cars, airplanes, and ships. They are engineering a commercial facility that they say will produce usable fuel out of air. [EcoWatch]

Carbon Engineering pilot plant (Carbon Engineering image)

¶ “Huge $2.6 Billion Green Hydrogen Project Planned For Europe” • Spanish power company Iberdrola and a Swedish company, H2 Green Steel, are to partner and develop a €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) facility that will produce green hydrogen. This is yet another example of how companies are taking an interest in the sector. [CNBC]

US:

¶ “Washington And Oregon Jack Up Their Electric Vehicle Leadership” • The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution in the US. Adopting the Clean Trucks Program in Oregon and the Advanced Clean Trucks and Zero Emission Vehicle Programs in Washington solidifies the West Coast as one of the world’s biggest EV markets. [CleanTechnica]

Cars and a beach (Shai Pal, Unsplash)

¶ “Banning US Oil Exports Would Be A ‘Gift To OPEC And Putin,’ Big Oil CEO Says” • President Joe Biden has already launched the biggest intervention into energy markets in a decade. But American Petroleum Institute CEO Mike Sommers told CNN that the powerful oil-and-gas trade group is “absolutely” taking the risk of an export ban seriously. [CNN]

¶ “Nevada To Power Clean Vehicles With Clean Electricity” • The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved a $100 million program to deploy charging stations for EVs along highways, in urban areas, at public buildings, in school and transit bus depots, and elsewhere. Increasingly, Nevada’s cars, trucks, buses, and boats will run on clean electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada (Tesla image)

¶ “Idaho Power Proposes New Clean Energy Options” • Sources of renewable energy keep showing up all across the Treasure Valley and the state of Idaho. To ensure customers know their requests are heard, Idaho Power proposed a new plan to expand its clean energy options. Idaho Power has a goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045. [KTVB]

¶ “Plant Vogtle Project Hits Another Delay” • “Construction quality” issues mean the first of two new nuclear reactors being built in Georgia may not be completed before February 2023, according to Don Grace, vice president of engineering for the Vogtle Monitoring Group, wich was hired to evaluate project management. [Georgia Public Broadcasting]

Construction on the Vogtle plant (Georgia Power image)

¶ “Holtec Has Decided To Dump Radioactive Water Into Cape Cod Bay In Early 2022” • The company decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it plans to start discharging radioactive water from the plant into Cape Cod Bay sometime within the first three months of 2022. [Cape Cod Times]

¶ “Biden Wants Diablo Canyon To Remain Open” • The Biden Administration is encouraging the state of California to consider keeping Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open, rather than shutting it down by 2025, as planned. Diablo Canyon currently provides 10% of California’a electric power. PG&E is currently planning to close the plant. [Cal Coast News]

Have a rewardingly uncomplicated day.

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