December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Macron’s French Nuclear Farce” • French President Macron is still trying to sell the EPR, a nuclear reactor that ended up mostly on paper. I’ve been searching for the equivalent word in French for ‘chutzpah,’ but ‘insolence’ or ‘audace’ just doesn’t quite cover President Macron’s renewed pitch to sell the French nuclear technology to the US. [Counterpunch]

EPR nuclear plant design (Framatome ANP, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Analysis: IEA’s Renewables Forecast Grows 76% In Two Years After ‘Largest Ever’ Revision” • The International Energy Agency raised its global forecast for renewables growth in what it calls its “largest ever upward revision” for the sector. The agency now forecasts 76% more growth than it did just two years ago, Carbon Brief analysis shows. [Carbon Brief]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wind Power To Cut Cargo Ship Emissions 20%” • Here is one more threat to fossil energy stakeholders who plan to continue enjoying that “high-carbon lifestyle.” Seawing, a retrofit for cargo vessels that applies old-fashioned sailing ship technology to harvest energy from wind power, aims to cut emissions 20% by reducing fuel consumption. [CleanTechnica]

Good old fashioned wind power (Courtesy of Airseas)

¶ “Heat Pumps Getting Much More Popular Globally” • Heat pumps are a hyper-efficient and climate-friendly way to cut reliance on imported fossil fuels. Worldwide sales of heat pumps are set to soar to record levels in the coming years as the global energy crisis accelerates their adoption, the International Energy Agency says in a special report. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Co-Location Of Renewables Leads To ‘Significant Cost Savings’” • Using one grid connection for multiple renewable generation or storage assets could result in significant cost savings, according to a report from Cornwall Insight and law firm Weightmans. Co-location could include a number of sources, such as solar, wind, and batteries. [reNews]

Solar and wind (Pixabay, Pexels)

World:

¶ “Tesla Model S Tops Euro NCAP Safety Tests” • Just months after the Tesla Model Y earned the highest score in history on a European safety index, another Tesla model set another record. The luxury Model S sedan broke the record for the European New Car Assessment Program’s safety score ceiling, surpassing even the Model Y’s record. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Zimbabwe Only Gets Electricity Between Midnight And 4 AM” • While there are floods Pakistan and Nigeria, other places in East and Southern Africa have citizens bearing the brunt of prolonged dry spells and feeling the effects of low water levels in reservoirs. The Zambezi River Authority is only supplying electricity from midnight to 4:00 am. [CleanTechnica]

Kariba Dam (Image from ZRA)

¶ “BrightDrop Expands Into Canada With New DHL Deal” • BrightDrop, the General Motors subsidiary that manufactures battery-electric delivery vehicles, announced that it will begin supplying vehicles to DHL Express in Canada soon. Entering the Canadian market is BrightDrop’s latest action to address the $250 billion last mile delivery industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Billionaire Andrew Forrest Increases Exposure To Renewable Energy With Acquisition” • Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has significantly increased his exposure to the renewables sector through an acquisition worth more than A$4 billion. One of his companies acquired CWP Renewables, which with solar, battery, and wind farms. [Sky News Australia]

CWP Renewables wind farm (Supplied)

¶ “Joe Biden And Rishi Sunak Agree To Increase Gas Exports From US To UK” • Joe Biden has agreed a deal to ramp up gas exports from the US to the UK as part of a joint effort to cut bills and limit Russia’s impact on western energy supplies. They also plan to further collaborate on nuclear, hydrogen and carbon capture projects. [The Guardian]

¶ “Maintaining The Future Of The World’s Energy With Smart Technology” • McKinsey & Co research projects that fossil fuel demand will peak between 2023 and 2025. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2022 report shows the global energy crisis can be a turning point towards a cleaner and more secure future. [Energy Magazine]

Solar panels (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Power May Be Back For Thousands On Wednesday Night As Authorities Are Going Through Tips On Electric Substation Attack” • The tens of thousands of customers in North Carolina who haven’t had power since weekend attacks on two utility substations should see the lights come on by late Wednesday, a spokesperson for Duke Energy said. [CNN]

¶ “65% Of Dealers Say Yes To Ford’s No Haggle EV Sales Policy” • In September, Ford CEO Jim Farley delivered an ultimatum to its dealers: If you want to sell our battery-electric cars and trucks, you will have to commit to making certain upgrades, and you will need to agree to a “no haggle” sales process. Two-thirds of dealers agreed. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford image)

¶ “Biden And Harris: Here’s $80 Million for Energy Upgrades in Public Schools” • The Biden-Harris Administration announced that applications are open for the Renew America’s Schools grant program. This initial funding round of up to $80 million is available to public schools for energy improvements in the highest-need K-12 districts. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Grows, Turns Food Waste To Renewable Energy” • Great Lakes Cheese has joined the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, which aims to boost food waste recycling and renewable energy production. The program commits to diverting organic food waste to on-farm anaerobic digesters. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Have a comprehesively copacetic day.

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