December 8 Energy News

December 8, 2022

World:

¶ “Czech Republic Says Hello To Hydrogen Trains, Buh-Bye To Russian Gas” • In another sign that Russia’s murderous rampage through Ukraine has done nothing to slow down the clean power revolution, the leading locomotive manufacturer Alstom made a deal with the Air Products to bring zero emission hydrogen trains to the Czech Republic. [CleanTechnica]

Prague (Ouael Ben Salah, Unsplash)

¶ “Janus Converts Cement Truck” • The last time I spoke with Lex Forsyth of Janus Trucks, he spoke of an ever-expanding backlog of trucks lining up for conversions from diesel power to electric. Now, Cement Australia has just delivered its first load in New South Wales with an electric Janus JE410, the latest addition to its fleet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Germany’s EVs Near 40% Share – Tesla Model 3 Bestseller” • Germany’s plugin EV share set records in November, with 39.4% of the auto market, up from 34.4%, year on year. Overall auto sales were 260,512 units, up 31% YOY, though still down around 10% from pre-2020 seasonal norms. The Tesla Model 3 was the bestselling full electric. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Stefan Lehner, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar Demand Set To Soar In 2023” • Solar is likely to be fastest growing energy sub segment in 2023 with demand set to increase 20-30%, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Growth in solar demand could surpass 20% in 2023-25 with industry-wide revenue for the companies in BI’s global solar theme basket on track to exceed $220 billion in 2023. [reNews]

¶ “Solar Power Will Beat Out Coal In Three Years, IEA Predicts” • An IEA report predicts that over the next five years, the world will increase its renewable power capacity by 75%, an amount equivalent to all of today’s installed power capacity in China. By 2027, the biggest source of the world’s electricity will be solar, followed by coal, natural gas and wind. [MSN]

Hauling coal ore (Dominik Vanyi, Unsplash)

¶ “Schneider Electric And ORPC Join To Advance Marine Energy As A Renewable Source Of Energy For Remote Communities” • Schneider Electric and ORPC have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on microgrid projects to advance marine energy as a commercially viable renewable energy source. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Vestas Wins 236-MW Finnish Turbine Order” • Vestas won a 236-MW turbine order from Suomen Hyotytuuli to power the Siikajoki wind project in North Ostrobothnia in Finland. The order consists of 38 V162-6.2MW wind turbines and includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as Vestas’ Anti-Icing System. [reNews]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “India Announces Plans To Build More Nuclear Power Plants” • The Indian government has said it intends to build more nuclear power plants to boost the country’s clean energy generation. Ten pressurised heavy water reactors are planned to be built over the next three years, each with a capacity of 70 MW, so the total capacity will be 700 MW. [Power Technology]

¶ “Renewables Providers To Be Paid To Ensure Stable Electricity Supply” • In Australia, the Federal and state-level governments have unanimously signed on to developing an energy “capacity mechanism” to pay renewable energy providers to be available to increase electricity supply at a moment’s notice, providing dispatchable renewable power. [ABC]

Solar farm (Gunnar Ridderström, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Five Companies Will Pay $750 Million For The Opportunity To Build Huge Floating Wind Turbines Off The West Coast” • The Biden administration’s first offshore wind energy lease sale for federal waters off the West Coast generated over $750 million, as energy companies competed for five areas that could be made homes to massive floating wind turbines. [CNN]

¶ “More Americans Are Moving Into Harm’s Way As Climate Disasters Increase” • A study by researchers from the University of Vermont found that Americans have moved out of some areas prone to scorching summer heat waves and hurricanes in the last ten years. Yet many are migrating into regions hit by extreme wildfires, heat, and worsening drought. [CNN]

Calwood fire (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

¶ “GM And Flo Partner To Bring EV Charging To Rural Drivers” • GM has selected Flo as the supplier for its “Dealer Community Charging Program” coming to Chevrolet dealerships in Michigan and Wisconsin, an early step towards the company’s stated goal of putting 40,000 Level 2 chargers in the ground in underserved communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BLM Announces Geothermal Lease Sale In Southwestern Utah” • The Bureau of Land Management proposes to offer two geothermal lease sale parcels in Millard County, Utah, totaling about 3,045 acres. The land is in the Fishlake National Forest, where the BLM Fillmore Field Office manages the subsurface minerals. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Fishlake National Forest (Robert Merrill, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “GM To Invest $275 Million More, Create 400 New Jobs In Tennessee” • Ultium Cells LLC, the battery-making JV between LG Chem and GM, announced plans to invest $275 million more in a Tennessee plant. The cash infusion is expected to increase the plant’s battery production capacity by more than 40% and create more than 400 jobs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “State Farm Will Power Illinois Corporate Facilities With Renewable Energy” • As part of its broader decarbonization effort, insurance company State Farm announced signing an agreement with Constellation, a leading US power and natural gas supplier, to power the SF Illinois corporate facilities with renewable energy. [Live Insurance News]

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