December 6 Energy News

December 6, 2022

World:

¶ “Tesla China Sets Sales Record In November” • Tesla sold more electric cars made at its factory in Shanghai in November than in any previous month, 100,2921 to be exact. CnEVPost says that is up 90% from the 52,859 vehicles sold in November of last year and up 40% from the 71,704 vehicles sold in October. Many of the cars were for export. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 in Qinghai (Tesla and Tesla Greater China)

¶ “11% Of Global New Vehicle Sales Were 100% Electric Vehicles!” • Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 55% in October of 2022 compared to October of 2021. They reached 932,000 units, a result second only to the previous month. Plugins represented a 16% share of the overall auto market. Full electrics reached 11% share of the market! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Renewables Capacity Is To Double In The Next Five Years” • Global renewable energy capacity is predicted to double in the next five years, driven by energy supply concerns due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency said. Growth in renewables is also being driven by new policies in the US, China, and India. [Energy Live News]

Wind turbines (Narcisa Aciko, Pexels)

¶ “Renewables To Overtake Coal And Become World’s Biggest Source Of Electricity Generation By 2025” • Renewables are on course to overtake coal and become the planet’s biggest source of electricity generation by 2025, according to the International Energy Agency. The increased speed of transition is due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [CNBC]

¶ “North Star Secures Financing For Offshore Wind Fleet” • North Star has secured a £140 million financing package to support the next phase of its offshore wind fleet growth plan. The firm entered the offshore wind market last year after winning all four long-term charter SOV awards for the highly competitive Dogger Bank Wind Farm. [reNews]

Offshore support ship (North Star image)

¶ “South Australia’s Premier, Peter Malinauskas, Is In ‘Furious Agreement’ With PM That Nuclear Power Would Not Work For Australia” • After a statement South Australia’s premier made was interpreted to support use of nuclear generators in Australia, he has comprehensively rejected the idea, saying nuclear power is “completely uneconomic.” [ABC]

¶ “Winds Of The North To Power Cairns To Net Zero” • In a leap towards achieving its commitment to net zero, Cairns Regional Council has signed an agreement with CleanCo Queensland that will see 80 of the Council’s largest facilities acquire 100 percent of their electricity requirements from renewable sources from July 2024. [Media Statements]

Cairns (Thomas Chen, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia Says Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Is On Its ‘Territory.’ It Won’t Withdraw” • Russia says that it will never cede control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, insisting that the occupied plant sits on “Russian territory.” Nuclear experts have safety concerns and Ukraine accused Russia of using the facility to store weapons and ammunition. [MSN]

US:

¶ “The Clean Energy Company Turning City Blocks Greener” • BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based clean energy company, is bringing all-electric heating and cooling systems to older buildings in lower income areas to reduce carbon footprints and energy bills. BlocPower saves building owners between 20% and 40% annually and increases property values. [CNN]

Brooklyn (Redd F, Unsplash)

¶ “FBI Investigates Gun Attack On Power Grid In Moore County, North Carolina” • The FBI is investigating after two power stations were damaged by gunfire in North Carolina, plunging tens of thousands into darkness. No motive or suspect has been announced since the attack on Saturday evening, but police said it was intentional. [BBC]

¶ “AAA Expanding Service, Now Offers Mobile EV Charging And Electrifying AAA Member Benefits” • AAA has been taking steps to make the transition to EVs more secure. It announced that it is expanding its services for EV owners across the US. And it is launching a pilot program to offer roadside charging for EVs in 16 metro areas. [CleanTechnica]

AAA van (AAA image)

¶ “Ford And SK Innovation Break Ground On EV Battery Factory In Kentucky, Create 5,000 New Jobs” • Ford and SK Innovation broke ground today in Glendale, Kentucky, on a battery factory that will create 5,000 new jobs. The battery factory will sit on about 1,500 acres and be able to produce more than 80 GWh of batteries per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rivian Makes Huge Investment Into Renewables To Power Operations” • Rivian signed a power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy to supply their manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois, with wind power. Rivian will invest an unstated amount in 50 MW of wind energy that will supply the company’s operations at the factory. [Teslarati]

Wind farm (Rivian image)

¶ “As Land Washes Away, Native Tribes Start To Receive Funding To Relocate Inland” • The climate crisis is altering ecosystems, coastlines, and ways of life in the Northwest. Native villages in Alaska are particularly at risk. Their situation is untenable, and the US government is stepping in with federal funding so select tribes can relocate inland. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Secretary Haaland Announces New Steps To Accelerate Solar Energy Development On Public Lands In The West” • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced efforts to support solar energy development on public lands across the West and help meet the Biden-Harris administration’s renewable energy and conservation goals. [US Department of the Interior]

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