September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2022

World:

¶ “Tesla Model Y Is Safest Automobile In Europe – Euro NCAP” • Tesla has long topped the charts in the USA when it comes to detailed breakdowns of NHTSA safety analyses. Four Tesla models have been rated as the safest US cars. Now Tesla has taken the #1 spot in Europe as well, with the Model Y. It got the best score ever recorded in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany’s Plugin EVs Resume Growth, Tesla Model Y Leads” • In Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, plugins took 28.5% market share in August 2022, their best result YTD. This is up a bit on August 2021’s 27.6%, but dramatically down by some 37% from the 2018-2019 seasonal average. The Tesla Model Y was the bestselling plugin for the month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Energy Saved Europeans $29 Billion This Summer” • Ember Climate, a renewable energy advocacy group, issued a report that says electricity from solar energy resources saved Europeans $29 billion this summer. Europe derived 12% of its electricity this summer from solar plants. Without solar, natural gas would have supplied the energy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (GCL image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Flow Between VIC And NSW Unlocked” • Upgrades to Transgrid substations at Yass and Stockdill, as part of the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector upgrade project, are set to produce enough additional energy to power more than 30,000 homes. A spokesman said the VNI project is now more than 80% complete. [Utility Magazine]

¶ “Vena Energy Targets 1.8-GW Taiwan Offshore Wind Bid” • Vena Energy plans to enter two offshore wind projects with a combined 1,800 MW capacity into the Taiwan Phase 3 Offshore Wind Zonal Development auction. One is a 1,200-MW project 20 km off Miaoli County. The other is a 600-MW Wei-Long project 43 km off Changhua County. [reNews]

Offshore wind project (Vena Energy image)

¶ “Queensland Expected To Target To New Renewable Energy Mark” • Queensland’s current renewable energy target is to meet half of the state’s domestic energy needs with renewables by 2030. Reportedly, despite having achieved less than half of its current objective, the government is nevertheless considering setting a higher target. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Switching The Whole World To Renewable Energy Could Pay For Itself In Just Six Years, Study Says” • Transitioning nearly the entire world to an efficient and renewable energy system would cost nearly $62 trillion, according to the analysis by researchers at Stanford University. Nevertheless, the transition would pay for itself in six years. [Yahoo News]

Wind turbines (Chris Barbalis, Unsplash)

¶ “Shelling Resumes Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant, Despite Risks” • Shelling resumed near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with the warring sides trading blame again on Wednesday, a day after the UN atomic watchdog agency pressed for a safe zone there to prevent a catastrophe. Officials have distributed iodine pills to residents. [The Mining Journal]

US:

¶ “How To Buy A Second-Hand Electric Car” • Buying used EVs is an entirely new trick, as determining the value of an EV is mainly about determining the life expectancy of the battery. There are tools to help us find the condition of the battery, and Spiers New Technology, owned by Cox Mobility, is bringing them out at its US service centers. [CleanTechnica]

Moving a battery (CAM EV battery service network)

¶ “Talon Metals Finds More Nickel In USA” • Talon Metals has a solution for getting nickel without enriching Russia. TM has announced that it discovered more nickel in its Tamarack Nickel Project in Minnesota. Talon reported assays from fourteen new drill holes outside of the project’s main resource area, showing rich deposits of nickel. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Jeep Unveils 3 New Battery Electric Models” • Stellantis has announced three new Jeep battery EVs that will be coming to market soon. Together they will help the parent company transition to selling 100% battery electric passenger vehicles in Europe and 50% passenger car and light duty trucks in the US by end of 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Jeep EV (Courtesy of Stellantis)

¶ “Clean Energy Projects Surge Following Passage Of Climate Bill” • The Inflation Reduction Act provides $369 for climate and energy spending. Since the passage of the bill, a number of US companies have released plans for costly clean energy projects, The New York Times reported. This is part of a global trend toward renewable energy investment. [EcoWatch]

¶ “Renewable Properties Completes Three Community Solar Projects With SOLCAP Tax Equity” • Small-scale solar project developer/investor Renewable Properties completed tax equity funding for 11.6 MW of solar projects with KeyState Renewable’s SOLCAP solar tax equity fund. The portfolio has two projects in New York and one in Massachusetts. [Solar Builder]

Solar array (Photo via United Renewable Energy)

¶ “The Clean Hydrogen Energy Economy Was A Dream. The Climate Bill Could Make It A Reality This Decade” • A tax credit in the Inflation Reduction Act could enable the nascent clean hydrogen industry to turn into a multitrillion-dollar business in the coming decades. The IRA could catalyze a new category of companies looking to use clean hydrogen. [CNBC]

¶ “Projects Win Awards To Provide Stored Energy In New York” • Governor Kathy Hochul is releasing $16.6 million in awards for five long-duration energy storage projects to help New York’s electric grid harness renewable enrgy. One goal of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is to install 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. [Solar Industry]

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