August 20 Energy News

August 20, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Tesla Survived The Semiconductor Chip Shortage By Reworking Its Software” • Tesla remained ahead of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, but it wasn’t easy. One reason the automaker did better than others to weather the shortage is that Tesla was able to rely on its software focus to make alternatives work. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla circuitry (Courtesy of Tesla)


¶ “Russia To Allow Inspectors At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, Says Putin” • Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said UN officials will be granted permission to visit and inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex. The Kremlin made the announcement after a call between President Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. [BBC]

¶ “Polysilicon Glut And Cheaper Solar Panels?” • According to Rethink Energy UK’s lead analyst, Andries Wantenaar, prices for polysilicon and hence solar modules will continue to rise during 2022 as supply continues to run short of demand. However, the supply will leap ahead again after that, as new factories go online and prices will drop. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (Anders J, Unsplash)

¶ “Australian Financial Institutions Join The REVolution” • In media releases this week, Pepper Money and Bank Australia announced that they would be putting their financial weight behind the switch from fossil fuel vehicles to EVs. Pepper Money is offering 12 months of free charging for drivers who take out a loan to buy an electric car. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen – ID. Buzz Sales Surge, Norway All EV By 2024” • The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is sold out for 2022 in Germany and Norway, even though deliveries won’t begin until later this year. Harald A. Møller, the importer of VWs into Norway, announced that it will not import VW cars with internal combustion engines after January 1, 2024. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

¶ “Green Hydrogen Is Gaining Traction Across The Globe” • Green hydrogen operations are expanding as governments pump millions into the development of the sector. While the rise of green hydrogen production across Europe is documented, other projects are popping up in more unexpected regions, such as Latin America and Africa. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Solar Briefly Overtakes Coal In Australia As Number One Source Of Power Nationally” • For about half an hour on August 19, Australia’s energy market got a look at a future powered by renewables. Solar eclipsed coal as the lead source of power across the energy market, which includes all of Australia except Western Australia and the Northern Territory. [ABC]

Solar panels (SunEnergy image)

¶ “Uttar Pradesh Eyes To Develop 16,000 MW Renewable Energy Capacity By 2027” • Uttar Pradesh unveiled the draft of its Solar Energy Policy-2022. It indicates that the State will be targeting generation of 16,000 MW of renewable power by 2026-27. The policy was released by the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency. [ApDirect]

¶ “Europe’s Largest Nuclear Plant Is Under Threat. But Experts Say A Chernobyl-Sized Disaster Is Unlikely” • Attacks at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex have sparked widespread fears. But nuclear experts would defuse some of the more alarmist warnings, saying the main threat is closest to the plant itself and doesn’t justify Europe-wide alerts. [CNN]

Russian tank (Kevin Schmid, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia Planning To Disconnect Nuclear Plant From Power Grid, Ukraine Warns” • Energoatom, the Ukrainian energy company, said that Russia is planning to switch off the power blocks at the Zaporizhzhia plant and disconnect them from Ukraine’s power grid, which would deny the country a major energy source. [MSN]


¶ “Nearly 2,000 Zero-Emission Trucks And Buses On California Roads – New Data” • According to analysis by the staff of the California Energy Commission, there were 1,943 medium-duty and heavy-duty EVs on the roads of the state as of July 2022. These vehicles include 1,369 buses, 306 trucks, and 268 delivery vans. [CleanTechnica]

QCD Volvo VNR electric truck

¶ “EV Owners Enjoy Cost Savings, Reliability, Range, And More – Maine Survey” • A survey of EV owners in all 16 of Maine’s counties shows that Maine people value EVs for their reliability, performance, and the cost savings they provide. The survey found that 98% of EV owners would personally recommend them to their neighbors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Jersey Is Ready For 100% Clean Electricity And Buildings” • New Jersey’s 2019 Energy Master Plan laid out the blueprint for how the state can achieve a 100% emissions-free economy by 2050. It envisions a future where a home powered by 100% clean electricity keeps its occupants cool in the summer and warm in the winter by using heat pumps. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image. (2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan)

¶ “With Activation Of Solar Array, Town Of Bristol Returns To Its Renewable Roots” • A ribbon cutting Friday marked the start of operations of the solar array next to the Bristol, New Hampshire, water and sewer department. Renewable energy isn’t a new idea in Bristol. In the late 1800s, hydropower plants on Newfound River provided all the town’s energy. [WMUR]

¶ “California Nuke Extension Challenged In Legislative Proposal” • A proposal circulated by California Democratic legislators would reject Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to keep the state’s last operating nuclear power plant open. Instead, it would spend over $1 billion to speed up the development of renewable energy, new transmission lines and storage. [AP News]

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