December 10 Energy News

December 10, 2021


¶ “Historic EU Finance Rules For EVs Undermined By Support For Gas” • EVs will be the only cars that can be classified as green investments as of 2026, under rules cleared by EU governments recently. But the historic, sustainable finance rules will be badly undermined by the European Commission’s decision to label gas investments as green. [CleanTechnica]

Money (Ibrahim Boran, Unsplash)

¶ “Rare Minerals In Batteries? Greener, Friendlier Alternatives Already In Use – RMI Reality Check” • There is a lot of anxiety about cobalt, which is needed for some EV batteries but has destructive extraction methods. It has been used to undermine the whole concept of EVs. One problem with this story is that we don’t need cobalt to power EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “They Sailed Into A Hurricane, Now These Unmanned Saildrones Are Seeking Data On Our Carbon Uptake” • Six unmanned Saildrones are heading out on a six-month voyage to collect data about the Gulf Stream through the winter months, in hopes of learning more about carbon uptake – the process by which oceans absorb carbon. [CNN]

Saildrones (Saildrone image)


¶ “Australian Lawmakers Blast Murdoch’s ‘Troubling Media Monopoly’ In New Report” • An Australian Senate committee issued a scathing indictment of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, calling it the country’s “clearest example of a troubling media monopoly.” The government’s indecision on climate clearly shows the of News Corp’s control. [CNN]

¶ “Madagascar Food Crisis: How A Woman Helped Save Her Village From Starvation” • People are starving in the drought in southern Madagascar. But those who live in one village have enough food. One woman, with the help of a local charity, the Agro-ecological Centre of the South, has been teaching about the farming techniques to use in drought. [BBC]

Baobab trees in Madagascar (gemmmm, Unsplash)

¶ “VW’s Charging Arm Offers Intelligent Green Electricity Use In Germany” • Volkswagen Group has its own charging business, Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH. It is offering Volkswagen EV drivers more options for how they get their electricity. German EV owners can now get 100% of their electricity from green energy sources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Critical As NEM Prepares For Step Change” • The Australian Energy Market Operator forecast utility-scale variable renewable energy capacity in the National Electricity Market will increase nine-fold by 2050 while smaller scale distributed energy resources will grow five-fold as grid demand soars and coal-fired generation withdraws. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar panels (BE Power image)

¶ “Seoul Aims To Source 71% Of Power From Renewables By Exiting From Coal And Nuclear” • South Korea is pushing ahead with a goal of raising renewable energy to over 70% with the help of not-yet commercialized green hydrogen technology while eliminating coal-fired power stations and reducing nuclear reactor sourcing to 6%. [Pulse News Korea]


¶ “Hyundai Ioniq 5 And Kia EV6 Both Get 300+ Mile EPA Range Rating” • The EPA released its range ratings for all three versions of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. Both cars are expected to go on sale in the US soon, but final pricing details are pending. Long range, single motor, rear-wheel drive units of both models have range ratings of over 300 miles. [CleanTechnica]

Kia EV6 (Image courtesy of Kia)

¶ “New FEMA Plan Puts Climate Crisis Front And Center After Trump Administration Erased It” • President Joe Biden’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is putting climate front and center in its new four-year strategic planning document, after the Trump administration erased all mention of climate from its previous plan. [CNN]

¶ “52 Utility Companies Plus TVA Form EV Charging Coalition” • According to the Edison Electric Institute, 51 investor-owned utilities, one electric co-op, and the TVA have banded together to form the National Electric Highway Association, whose goal is to provide EV fast charging ports along major US travel corridors by the end of 2023. [CleanTechnica]

EEI national charging coalition map (Image from EEI)

¶ “US Mayors Are Working Diligently On Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy” • A report, “Leveraging New Technologies to Modernize Infrastructure and Improve Energy Efficiency in America’s Cities,” provides timely information on how mayors are working in the US to incorporate energy technologies and infrastructure improvements. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Books Scottish Lift For US Offshore Trio” • Scottish engineering company Pict Offshore has signed a deal with Ørsted to deploy the ‘Get Up Safe’ motion-compensated lifting system at the 132-MW South Fork offshore wind farm off New York state, and at two further projects off the US north-east coast, Revolution Wind and Sunrise Wind. [reNews]

Worker at an offshore wind site (Pict Offshore image)

¶ “Swell Energy Working With California Utilities To Advance Virtual Power Plants” • Renewable energy and grid company Swell Energy Inc said that it is working with three California utilities on pilot projects to expand grid services use cases for residential solar+storage resources to meet local and regional energy needs. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Small Nuclear Reactor Might Be Built At Oyster Creek” • Holtec Decommissioning International, which is doing the work of decommissioning the aged Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, is now looking at developing the site for a prototype nuclear reactor. The mayor of Lacey Township, where the plant sits, is supportive of the idea. [Jersey Shore Online]

Have an easily superlative day.

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