January 17 Energy News

January 17, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “From Asthma Alley To Renewable Row: Transform This Stretch Of Queens” • As a City Council member from Astoria, I worked to reduce New York City’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels because of the serious dangers of climate change. But for me, clean energy is personal. My son has been diagnosed with childhood asthma. [NY Daily News]

Ravenswood power plant (Rhododendrites, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “A 21st-Century Reinvention of the Electric Grid Is Crucial for Solving the Climate Change Crisis” • With the planet facing ever more intense heat waves, drought, wildfires, and storms, a path to tackle the climate crisis became clear: Transition the electric grid to carbon-free wind and solar and convert most other fossil fuel users to electricity. [Governing Magazine]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is The Tesla Model Y Even Safer Than The Tesla Model 3?” • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed the results of its Tesla Model Y crash safety tests recently. Like all Teslas, the Model Y earned the highest possible rating for crash safety. Surprisingly, the Model Y electric SUV has proven even safer than the Model 3. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in crash testing (IIHS images)

¶ “Gas Car Fires Far More Common Than Electric Car Fires” • A study by Auto Insurance EZ analyzed data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the National Transportation Safety Board, along with data on recalls from recalls.gov. It shows that while EV fires can happen, they are rare compared to fires in cars powered by gasoline. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Where Is All The Rooftop Solar Power In Australia Going?” • Australia now has over 17 GW of installed rooftop solar power, after a scorching installation rate in 2021. Despite supply chain issues, and the solar coaster of rolling lockdowns across districts and whole states, 3 GW were put on Australian roofs over the past 12 months. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar (Nuno Marques, Unsplash)

¶ “Oman Partners With BP For Multi-Gigawatt Renewables Capacity By 2030” • BP has formed a strategic partnership with the government of Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals to exploit a potential multi-gigawatt renewable energy and green hydrogen by 2030. Among other things, BP will help Oman with data analysis. [Upstream Online]

¶ “Stelco Will Recycle EV Batteries At Its Ontario Factory” • A Canadian steel company, Stelco, has announced plans to recycle end-of-life EV and lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Ontario. Stelco will be using proprietary technology from a joint venture of German and Australian metal companies Primobius GmbH and Neometels Ltd. [CleanTechnica]

Battery recycling (Image courtesy of Primobius)

¶ “Renewable Energy To Meet Over 70% Of China’s Additional Power Needs In Next Three Years, Says IEA” • Renewable energy will meet over 70% of China’s additional electricity demand in the next three years as coal’s role in powering the country continues to decline, the International Energy Agency’s latest projection shows. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “South Australia Breaks Record By Running For A Week On Renewable Energy” • South Australia sourced an average of just over 100% of the electricity it needed from renewable power for a period of 6½ days leading up to December 29 last year. It is a record for the state and perhaps for comparable energy grids around the world. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Solar Car Park in South Australia (Flicker02, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Experts See Nuclear Energy As A Patch For Decarbonization” • Currently available renewable electricity sources are much cheaper, faster, and cleaner than nuclear power. “Investing in nuclear energy, which has been almost stopped for three decades, when we have a better alternative and doing so in the midst of a climate emergency is crazy.” [The Saxon]

US:

¶ “Battery Resourcers Recycling Facility Will Open In August” • Battery Resourcers is building a $43 million, 154,000 square foot recycling facility in Georgia. The company says it will be the largest in America when it opens in August. The new facility will be able to recycle 30,000 metric tons of discarded lithium-ion batteries and scrap per year. [CleanTechnica]

Batteries to recycle (Image courtesy of Battery Resources)

¶ “Electricity Regulation With Equity And Justice For All” • A report published by the US DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Advancing Equity in Utility Regulation, makes a unifying case that utilities, regulators, and stakeholders need to prioritize energy equity in the deployment of clean energy technologies and resources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Court Rejects Tesla’s Request For Tougher Fuel Economy Penalties” • A US appeals court rejected Tesla’s request to reinstate higher civil penalties for automakers who fail to meet US fuel economy standards, Reuters has reported. The ruling is seen as a win for automakers that don’t meet US fuel economy standards. [CleanTechnica

Have an excitingly dignified day.

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