April 4 Energy News

April 4, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Tesla And German Auto Industry’s Varied Tech Paths” • Tesla manages its business very differently than its competitors. As a result, Tesla sales grew almost 90% in 2021, compared to a declines of 2% at Daimler and 3% at the VW Group. Tesla’s growth took place despite a world-wide shortage in chips, and some of the legacy car makers are noticing. [CleanTechnica]

Quality control at Giga Berlin (Tesla image)

¶ “It’s Time For Charles Koch To Testify About His Climate Change Disinformation Campaign” • The US House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating the fossil fuel industry’s decades-long climate change disinformation campaign. The committee would be remiss if it doesn’t invite Charles Koch for questioning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First EV Road Trip For EV Veteran” • I’ve been driving an EV for some time, but my 2011 Nissan Leaf, while dependable and fun, is a first-generation EV with limited range. I planned to take my wife’s plug-in hybrid on a road trip from Kentucky, where I live, to visit my dad in Connecticut. Then a friend offered a loan of his Tesla Model 3. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Coalition Tries For Third Time To Let Renewable Energy Agency Fund Technologies Using Fossil Fuels” • The Morrison government launched a third attempt to change the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to allow it to fund a broader range of technologies than had been originally envisioned, including some using fossil fuels. [The Guardian]

¶ “France Plugin EV Share Hits 21.4% As Diesels Reach Record Low” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicles take 21.4% market share in March 2022, up from 16.1% in 2021. Full electrics took 13.5%, their second highest result. Overall auto market volume was down by some 35% compared to pre-pandemic March 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Peugeot e-208 (Vauxford, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Indian Oil Corp, L&T, ReNew Power Form Joint Venture For Green Hydrogen Projects” • State-run Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, engineering major Larsen & Toubro, and clean energy firm ReNew Power signed an agreement to form a joint venture to collaborate for green hydrogen. The three companies will hold equal stake in the joint venture. [Moneycontrol]

¶ “Greencoat Renewables Enters Offshore With Riffgrund 1 Deal” • Irish investor Greencoat Renewables has reached an agreement to acquire 50% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany from Kirkbi A/S and William Demant Invest A/S for around €350 million. Ørsted, which developed and constructed the windfarm, owns the other 50%. [reNews]

Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Energy Dome And Ansaldo Energia Sign Agreement To Bring Energy Storage Facilities To Europe, Middle East, and Africa” • Energy Dome, a global provider of energy storage, and Ansaldo Energia, an international power OEM and service provider, signed a non-exclusive license agreement to partner on storage in the EMEA region. [Business Wire]

¶ “Here’s How Master Group Is Producing Four Times More Renewable Energy Than It Consumes” • The fact that the world needs sustainable, clean forms energy is no secret. As technology advances, so do our choices of sustainable energy. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy sources globally. And Master Group is bringing that to Pakistan. [Dawn]

Wind farm in Pakistan (Muzaffar Bukhari, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Boris Johnson Will Bow To Pressure From Conservative MPs To Block New Onshore Wind Farms” • Boris Johnson is poised to bow to pressure from Conservative MPs to block new onshore wind farms. The energy strategy to be published will focus on reviving nuclear power and expanding offshore wind, along with new North Sea oil and gas licenses. [MSN]

¶ “Ukraine Plans To Resume Regulatory Control At Chornobyl Nuclear Plant” • The International Atomic Energy Agency has been notified by Ukraine that it is examining the possibility to resume regulatory control of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, after the withdrawal of the Russian military from the site. Ukraine did not specify a date. [Power Technology]

Chernobyl plant, before it blew up (IAEA, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “Climate Change Could Cost US Budget $2 Trillion A Year By End Century – White House” • Flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could take a massive bite out of the US federal budget per year by the end of the century, the White House said in its first ever such assessment. It could take up $2 trillion per year, the assessment said. [WKZO]

¶ “Could Tesla Soon Be Worth $4 Trillion? Some Analysts Think So” • Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company has been making waves in the wealth world in recent years. The automaker’s market capitalization creeping its way towards the trillion dollar mark, and some analysts believe it may someday quadruple its current levels. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Kindel Media, Pexels, cropped)

¶ “Tesla’s Model X SUV Takes On Some Sleek, Sexy Supercars – Drag Race!” • Have you ever seen a Porsche or Lamborghini drag racing a full-size luxury SUV? Probably not. YouTube channel DragTimes brings us the thrill and excitement of watching a 5,390 lb (2,445 kg) Tesla Model X Plaid routing the internal combustion engine superstars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “More Than 800 Solar Projects In Bay States Stuck Waiting For Review” • The rollout of solar and other renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia is caught up in a review bottleneck. So far, 807 utility-scale, commercial rooftop, community solar, and solar storage projects have been stuck in a growing regulatory traffic jam. [Bay Journal]

Have a consistently brilliant day.

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