Archive for September 24th, 2022

September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2022


¶ “Fatih Birol: Electric Cars Are Transforming The Auto Industry. That’s Good News For The Climate” • By 2030, more than one out of every two cars sold in the US, the EU and China could be electric, according to an analysis that will be published in the International Energy Agency’s flagship “World Energy Outlook” report next month. [CNN]

Electric car (dcbel, Pexels)

¶ “The Really Big Battery Deal In The IRA That People Are Missing” • The IRA incentives for nearly every stage of battery production and the battery supply chain are very attractive, and since they stack on top of each other, the IRA is likely to bring about a “gold rush” of sorts for a wide range of enterprises in fields relative to batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aluminum-Sulfur Battery Could Drastically Change Mining For Renewable Materials” • One of the most crucial aspects of sustainable living is the responsible mining of renewable resources. Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have developed an aluminum-sulfur battery that could change mining practices forever. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Aluminum (Darren Patterson, Pexels)


¶ “Ford’s Electric Van Promises To Revolutionize Commercial EVs In Europe” • Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford, says Ford’s Transit Custom is the most popular commercial vehicle in Europe. Now, Ford has a new electric version of that vehicle, the ETransit Custom. Its electric power has not compromised its performance. [CleanTechnica]
***** Ford E-Transit Custom (Ford of Europe GmbH)

¶ “Citroën Announces New Partnership With Ubitricity” • The Citroën AMI is part of a new exiting range of very small urban electric vehicles. The AMI has a 5.5 kWh battery, a 6 kW motor, a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). It has a range of 46 miles. One really noteworthy thing about this little EV is that you can get one for only £7,695 ($8,356)! [CleanTechnica]

Citroën Ami (Image from Citroën UK)

¶ “Lhyfe Launches Offshore Renewable Green Hydrogen Production Pilot Site” • Global clean energy pioneer Lhyfe has launched the world’s first renewable green hydrogen production demonstrator. Lhyfe started an 18-month wind powered pilot in Saint-Nazaire, France, as part its drive towards large-scale carbon reduction. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Nova Scotia Power Expects Lengthy Outages From Hurricane Fiona” • Hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians lost power on Friday night amid high winds and rain as Hurricane Fiona arrived. Officials warned that the lights, for some, might stay out for a long time, because repair crews cannot work on the lines until the winds subside. [CBC]

Fiona, Sept 23 (NASA/NOAA-20, public domain, cropped)

¶ “China Could Exceed Renewables Generation Target Of 33% By 2025” • China is on track to meet its 33% electricity consumption target from renewables by 2025 and could comfortably exceed it amid ongoing efforts to de-bottleneck the power grid to bring more renewables online, analysts and clean energy project developers said. [S&P Global]

¶ “Belgium To Shut Nuclear Reactor On Friday Amid Energy Crunch” • Belgium announced that its Doel 3 nuclear reactor will disconnect from the grid and cease operations, despite fears of blackouts this winter. It is one of four reactors at the Doel plant near Antwerp, and is the first nuclear reactor to shut down in Belgium’s plan to exit nuclear power. [Oil Price]

Doel nuclear plant (Alexandre Jacquemin, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Sizewell C: Planning Shake-Up ‘Runs Roughshod Over Objectors’” • A government shake-up of planning which could bring forward the building of Sizewell C is “deeply dismaying”, campaigners said. New legislation aims to cut planning rules and get rid of environmental assessments to speed up construction of the nuclear plant. [BBC]


¶ “Here’s What’s In Joe Manchin’s Energy Permitting Reform Plan” • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has a proposal to streamline the federal permitting process for energy projects and fast-track a pipeline that would impact his home state. Senator Schumer had agreed to pass Manchin’s plan to win his support for the $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act. [CNN]

Pipeline (Quinten de Graaf, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Improves Blue Cruise With Hands-Free Lane Changing And Tech To Make Road-Sharing With Bigger Vehicles Easy” • As it works toward autonomous driving, Ford announced some new BlueCruise features, including lane changing features and system updates to create more of a human-like driving feel. They will be available on new vehicles this fall. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BlueOval City: Ford’s Making Its Biggest Factory Complex Ever To Support EV Production” • Ford announced breaking ground for BlueOval City, representing a $5.6 billion investment on an EV-making mega-campus of nearly six square miles in western Tennessee. Ford’s goal is to build 2 million EVs per year by 2026, worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

Construction work (Ford image)

¶ “Over 100 Evolve NY Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Now Installed” • To round out Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than 100 high-speed chargers have been installed across the state of New York. This achievement is part of the New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY fast charging network for electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Environment Groups Slam Plan To Reopen Michigan Nuclear Plant” • Dozens of environmental groups sent a letter to federal energy officials imploring them to deny funding to a New Jersey company seeking to reopen a west Michigan nuclear plant. They say the Palisades Power Plant should not be eligible for the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. [Detroit News]

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