Archive for October 22nd, 2022

October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2022


¶ “Lower-Cost Tesla Will Outsell All Current Teslas Combined” • During the Q3 2022 Tesla conference call, an institutional investor asked about a low-cost Tesla EV. In response, Elon Musk said it was the “primary focus of our New Vehicle Development team, obviously.” One strategist commented that such a car would outsell all current models. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk (Steve Jurvetson, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “Victoria’s Ambitious 95% Renewable Energy Target Is Risky But Essential” • It’s the end the line for coal in Victoria, after Premier Dan Andrews announced plans for 95% renewables within 13 years. The industrialised state has been aiming for 50% by 2030. But it’s also the end of the line for our ailing, mostly privatised, energy market. [Startup Daily]


¶ “Zelensky Accuses Russia Of Plot To Blow Up Dam” • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of preparing to blow up the Kakhovka dam at a hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine. The action would lead to a “large-scale disaster.” The dam is under Russian occupation, but Ukrainian forces are closing in on it. [BBC]

Kakhovka dam (GennadyL, public domain, cropped)

¶ “Renewable Pathway More Cost Effective Than Fossil Fuels In Indonesia” • Unlocking Indonesia’s untapped renewable energy potential to meet the rising demand is more cost effective than continuing a heavy reliance on domestic and imported fossil fuels, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “OsloBuss Building New Charging Facility For Electric Buses” • OsloBuss is transitioning away from diesel-powered buses in favor of battery-powered vehicles. It is the first tour bus company in northern Europe to do so. It now has ten of the 50-passenger electric buses manufactured by Yutong in service and will add more in the near future. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Courtesy of OsloBuss)

¶ “China’s Ban On Overseas Coal Power Plants Is Good For The Climate … But Experts Ask Where The Support For Renewable Energy Is” • Beijing’s pledge a year ago has put a “significant dent” in planned coal-fired projects overseas, according to research. But China must do more to redirect resources towards renewable energy. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “Daniel Andrews Plans To Revive State Electricity Commission” • The Victorian government has announced it will revive the publicly owned State Electricity Commission and bring forward its net zero emissions goals if it is re-elected. Premier Daniel Andrews said the move is Victoria’s “most significant energy announcement” in 30 years. [The Guardian]

Coal-fired power plant (Robert Linder, Unsplash)

¶ “UAE Is Leading Global Efforts To Promote Clean, Renewable Energy” • The UAE leads global efforts in clean and renewable energy through its strategies and investments in this field. Last year, the UAE announced the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, making it the first country in the Middle East and North Africa with such an initiative. [Gulf Today]

¶ “Nunavik Renewable Energy Firm Eyes Projects In Six Communities” • A Nunavik renewable energy company says it wants to hear from residents in six communities about possible renewables projects. Staff from Tarquti Energy Inc have been exploring the potential for various projects to reduce reliance on diesel in Nunavik. [Nunatsiaq News]

Tarquti power system (Courtesy of Tarquti Energy Inc)


¶ “GMC Sierra EV Denali – 754 HP, 400-Mile Range” • GMC has unveiled its Sierra EV Denali. In its press release, GMC says its first electric pickup truck will have 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque in Max Power mode, together with a range of 400 miles on a full battery charge. The Ultium battery pack is a structural part of the chassis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Interior Dept. Pokes Sleeping Offshore Wind Giant As Renewables Take Charge” • US offshore wind projects on the East Coast have been moving against opposition. Now it’s time for the Pacific Coast, which is a different kettle of fish. Instead of political opposition, the wind industry faces the easier challenges posed by floating wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

Floating windpower (US DOE image)

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Announces $28 Million To Advance And Deploy Hydropower Technology” • The US DOE announced more than $28 million across three funding opportunities to support research and development projects that will advance and preserve hydropower as a critical source of clean energy. [Department of Energy]

¶ “Legislative wins present opportunities for clean energy contractors” • It’s a challenging time to be a renewable energy infrastructure contractor, but two of the Biden administration’s signature bills could help ease the challenges for contractors who know how to find and bid for work on the projects that the bills fund or help get funded. [Power Engineering]

Building a solar thermal facility (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “DOE Awards $38 Million For Projects Leading Used Nuclear Fuel Recycling Initiative” • The US DOE announced $38 million for a dozen projects that will work to reduce the impacts of light-water reactor used nuclear fuel disposal. The research projects are being led by universities, private companies, and national laboratories. [Department of Energy]

¶ “Port Of Oakland Approves Two-Year Deal For Renewable Energy” • The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners extended an agreement to have the Port of Oakland purchase renewable energy from the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The Port has been buying energy from a power generation station at the wastewater treatment plant. [CBS News]

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