Archive for October 6th, 2022

October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2022


¶ “The Time Has Never Been Better For Community Solar In The US” • Community solar used to be a perk for upper income people. Just as some people spend big bucks to drive a luxury EV so they can lower their carbon footprint, others were willing to pay more for electricity to help the planet breathe easier. With the IRA, times have changed. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (US Bureau of Land Management)

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Solar-Powered Electric Car Cleans Carbon From The Air As It Drives” • Silver, sleek and sporty, Zem wouldn’t look out of place at a supercar championship. But Zem isn’t like other sports cars – or any car, for that matter. The one-of-a-kind prototype cleans carbon from the air while driving, using a carbon capture device fitted to its underside. [CNN]

¶ “Northern Hemisphere’s Extreme Summer Drought Was Made Twenty Times More Likely By Climate Change” • All across the Northern Hemisphere this summer, drought scorched the soil, dried up rivers and triggered mass crop failure. The drought was made at least twenty times more likely by the climate crisis, a new analysis found. [CNN]

Failed crop (Md Hasanuzzaman Himel, Unsplash)


¶ “Tesla Model Y Beats Ford And Toyota Best Sellers In New Zealand” • New Zealand’s aggressive bonus malus approach has enabled a fully electric vehicle , the Tesla Model Y, to become the top selling car in September. With 1,502 registrations, the Tesla Model Y beat the top models of Ford, which had 1,043, and the Toyota Hilux, which had 989. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model Y Is Best Selling SUV In Australia!” • “[T]here is a clear market trend towards zero emission technology,” Tony Weber, chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, says. This is a significant admission from the FCAI, which has long downplayed electric vehicles due to Toyota’s dominance of the group. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Screen Post, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “How Europe’s Energy Crisis Has Impacted Corporate Renewable PPAs” • The corporate renewable power purchase agreement market in Europe grew by almost seven times between 2016 and 2021, but it looks like the energy crisis will make 2022 the first year it sees a slowdown, data from the trade association WindEurope shows. [Energy Monitor]

¶ “Switching To Renewable Energy Could Save Trillions, New Study Finds” • Switching from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy could save trillions, a report involving the University of Oxford found. Furthermore, the faster we make the switch, the more money we will save. This study, was published on journal Joule in September. [The Oxford Student]

http://Solar panels (Andreas Gücklhorn, Unsplash)

¶ “Vladimir Putin Decrees Russian Takeover Of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to take control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear power facility. The boss of Ukraine’s state energy agency, Energoatom, announced that he would be taking over the plant, also. [RTV]

¶ “Nuclear Share In Energy Generation Falls To Lowest In Four Decades” • The share of nuclear power in global gross electricity generation fell below 10% last year to the lowest in around four decades, an industry report showed. Nuclear energy generated 2,653 TWh of electricity last year, accounting for 9.8% of global generation, the lowest since the 1980s. [Reuters]

Nuclear power plant (Frédéric Paulussen, Unsplash)


¶ “Report: Transitioning Only 6% Of American Vehicles To Electric Could Prevent 67,000 Premature Deaths” • Changing America’s fleet of trucks and buses to run on electricity while changing the nation’s power grid to renewable fuels could prevent 67,000 premature deaths by 2050, according to a report from the American Lung Association. [CNN]

¶ “California Offers To Cut 130 Billion Gallons A Year To Save Colorado River; Expert Says It’s Not Enough” • A group of water agencies in California that consume the largest proportion of lower Colorado River water are offering to cut their usage in an effort to save the river basin voluntarily and stave off a larger crisis. One expert says it is not nearly enough. [CNN]

Colorado River (Donald Giannatti, Unsplash)

¶ “White House Releasing Progress Reports On Agencies’ Efforts To Combat Climate Change Risks” • The White House is showing a series of reports detailing agencies’ progress in steeling federal facilities, programs, and operations in the face of climate change. The progress reports come a year after more than 20 agencies released plans to ensure resilience. [CNN]

¶ “Ford Used Its Lightning Trucks, Sent Them To The Rescue For Hurricane Ian” • Ford has helped people who lost power before. For Hurricane Ian, it was a much more organized effort. In addition to other corporate aid efforts, Ford sent F-150 Hybrids, F-150 Lightning electric trucks, E-Transits, and other vehicles to assist non-profits. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford image)

¶ “Chevy Bolt EV And EUV Saw Record Sales, GM To Almost Double Production” • GM announced record sales of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. With price drops and factory incentives, the Bolt Brothers have been selling like hotcakes. The total sales for Q3 alone were 14,709, the biggest quarter the Bolt Family has had since things started in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mississippi sets new rule on incentive for renewable energy” • Mississippi utility regulators approved a new incentive program for renewable energy despite objections from Republican Gov Tate Reeves and large utility companies. Some lower-income customers who pay most of the cost of installing a system such as rooftop solar panels could receive a $3,000 rebate. [WRAL]

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