January 20 Energy News

January 20, 2022


¶ “A 21st-Century Reinvention Of The Electric Grid Is Crucial For Solving The Climate Crisis” • With increasingly damaging weather, a path to tackle the climate crisis has become clear: Transition the electric grid to carbon-free wind and solar and convert most other fossil fuel users to electricity. The question of how to do that requires innovation. [GreenBiz]

Solar panels and farming (Werner Slocum, NREL)

¶ “Stellantis CEO Warns Of Dangers In EU Electric Car Policies” • Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares sat down for an interview with European newspapers. During the interview, he told the press the European Commission strategy to phase out combustion engines in favor of EVs is a political choice that carries social and environmental risks. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “China Mined A Record Amount Of Coal In 2021. It Might Produce Even More This Year” • China produced more coal than ever last year as its power stations struggled to meet demand for electricity, undermining plans to curb carbon emissions. Coal output hit a record 4.07 billion metric tons last year, up 4.7% from 2020. Output may increase this year. [CNN]

Chinese coal miner (Peter Van den Bossche, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Peru Oil Spill After Tonga Eruption An ‘Ecological Disaster'” • An oil spill off the Peruvian coast caused an “ecological disaster,” authorities said. The La Pampilla refinery leaked over 6,000 barrels of oil after a tanker was hit by waves linked to Tonga’s volcanic eruption. Foreign ministry officials urged operator Repsol to pay compensation. [BBC]

¶ “Plugin Vehicle At 65% Share In The Netherlands! Volkswagen ID.3 Shines!” • December was the second best month on record for the Dutch market for plugin vehicle sales, with 23,150 plugin registrations. The Netherlands had a 72% plugin EV share, with 69% share from just full battery EVs. In fact, all ten of the top ten cars were full battery EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 (Amber, Unsplash)

¶ “South Africa’s Highest Mileage BMW I3 Has Now Driven 300,000 KM On Its Original Battery!” • Shaun Maidment’s 2016 BMW i3 now has 300,000 km (186,411 miles) on its odometer, the highest mileage of any i3 in Africa. He bought the car in August of 2016 and has been driven it over 300,000 km on its original battery! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Opibus Introduces The First Locally Designed And Developed Electric Bus In Kenya” • Opibus, a Swedish-Kenyan technology company that develops, designs, and manufactures EVs tailored for the African continent, has just introduced the first all-electric bus in Kenya. Opibus designed and developed the electric bus in Kenya. [CleanTechnica]

Opibus electric bus (Opibus image)

¶ “Top EU Regulator Urges ‘Ban’ On Crypto Mining That He Claims Is Sucking Up Renewable Energy” • The EU urgently needs to ban a form of cryptocurrency mining that is relying heavily on renewable energy, and poses a threat to climate-change goals, a top regional regulator said. Some countries have banned cryptocurrency activity already. [MarketWatch]

¶ “SSE Acquires First Solar Project” • Scottish energy supplier SSE has announced details of its first solar project, which will deliver 30 MW of clean energy. The move forms part of a £12.5 billion (€17 billion) investment program to power change towards net zero. The 30-MW solar farm at Littleton Pastures is located near Evesham in Worcestershire. [reNews]

Solar farm at Littleton Pastures (SSE image)

¶ “EU Beats 2020 Renewable Energy Goal, France Lags Behind” • The EU got 22% of its electricity from renewables in 2020, beating its 20% target, the EU statistics office said. The bloc’s 27 countries are increasingly turning to wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources as part of efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [Reuters]


¶ “Greening The Rust Belt: An Unexpected Link Between Manufacturing Jobs And Sustainability” • Research suggests that communities that have seen steep reductions in manufacturing jobs are less likely to adopt plans related to environmental sustainability, highlighting the role that economic transitions play in fostering sustainability efforts. [CleanTechnica]

Victim of transition (Peter Herrmann, Unsplash)

¶ “Climate Change Could Lead To Blackouts And Higher Power Costs On West Coast” • Two studies led by a North Carolina State University researcher preview what electricity consumers on the West Coast could experience under two different scenarios for climate and power supply. They found power costs and reliability remain vulnerable. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “MidAmerican Unveils 2.1-GW Iowa Clean Power Project” • MidAmerican Energy has plans for a $4 billion renewable energy project in Iowa, including wind and solar generation. In a filing with the Iowa Utilities Board, MidAmerican’s proposed project would add 2,042 MW of wind generation and 50 MW of solar generation, to be completed in 2024. [reNews]

Wind farm (MidAmerican image)

¶ “New “Solar Power In Your Community” Guidebook” • The US DOE released the third edition of Solar Power in Your Community, the DOE’s guidebook to help local governments get economic and environmental benefits of increased local solar deployment. It contains case studies that show different successful approaches to solar installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Town Of Boone Reaches Climate Neutrality In Municipal Operations Eight Years Ahead Of Its Goal” • Boone is the first municipality in North Carolina to achieve 100% renewable energy in municipal buildings, a press release says. Municipal operations will use 100% renewable energy by February, eight years ahead of the town’s goal. [Watauga Democrat]

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