January 2 Energy News

January 2, 2023

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla In 2022 – Stats, Factory Progress, Milestones” • 2022 has been a big year for Tesla, with the automaker surpassing some key milestones despite a bear market. Tesla is heading into 2023 with substantially increased production output, a growing charging infrastructure and energy sector, and firm financials to back these milestones up. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla store (Image courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Has Forever Changed How The World Does Science” • Despite widespread Western support for Ukraine, it is difficult to disentangle US scientific and technical collaborations with Russia. American scientists themselves resist, arguing that their work is too important and urgent to disrupt, especially relating to climate change. [Yahoo News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Hidden Underwater Forests That Could Help Tackle The Climate Crisis” • Seaweed forests can act as a vital buffer against the climate crisis, absorbing carbon dioxide from seawater and the atmosphere. Ocean forests may store as much carbon as the Amazon rainforest, according to one analysis. But there is a lot about it that is unknown. [The Guardian]

Kelp (Peter Southwood, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

World:

¶ “Delhi Proposes 6-GW Solar Power Target” • Media reports say the government National Capital Territory of Delhi issued a draft solar power policy that set a goal of 6 GW of solar power capacity installed by the end of 2025. With this, the government hopes to increase the share of solar power in Delhi’s power consumption from current 9% to 25%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Highland Peatbog Seeking Worldwide Recognition” • In the 1970s, peatbogs were drained as huge diggers made massive ditches for planting non-native trees for commercial forestry. Then the environmental damage became clear. Now a vast area of peatbog in Scotland’s Flow Country could become one of Unesco’s newest World Heritage sites. [BBC]

Flow country (Jayzed kay, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “EU To ‘Decouple Gas And Renewables Prices’” • The European Union is planning to decouple market prices for renewables and gas as part of a revamp of the bloc’s energy policy. The Financial Times reported that Brussels wants to prioritise cheaper green power, and that would upend the current system that generally sees fossil fuels set the market rate. [reNews]

¶ “Tata Power To Set Up 255-MW Wind-Solar Project For Indian Utility” • Tata Power Renewable Energy has secured a letter of award from Tata Power Delhi Distribution to set up a 255 MW hybrid power project in the Indian state of Karnataka, featuring 170 MW of wind and 85 MW of solar. Tata Power RE currently has 6.05 GW of capacity. [PV Magazine]

Windpower (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “How China’s Solar Panel Price War Could Drive Renewable Energy Installations Globally” • Amid falling costs of polysilicon, due to excess supply, leading Chinese manufacturers Longi Green Energy Technology, TCL Zhonghuan, and Tongwei Solar reduced prices by as much as 27%, according to the China Silicon Industry Association. [South China Morning Post]

¶ “Railways Rolls Out Energy Efficiency Plan To Meet 2030 Net-Zero Target” • India’s railways ministry rolled out an energy efficiency plan to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The ministry is looking to reduce overall energy use with efficient operations and increased use of renewables. Non-traction uses account for over 2,100 GWh per year. [Business Standard]

Sabroom Railway Station (Apurba Biswas, public domain)

¶ “Britain Opens Nuclear Fuel Fund With Goal Of Cutting Its Dependence On Russia” • The UK has a £75 million ($90.5 million) fund aimed to help boost domestic production of nuclear fuel for power plants and cutting reliance on Russian uranium supplies. It is ready to process grant applications from businesses involved in uranium conversion. [CNBC]

US:

¶ “Epic Flooding Leads To Water Rescues And Highway Closures In California As The Storm System Threatens More States” • A massive storm has caused life-threatening flooding in California and is pushing east. At least two people have been killed and scores of others rescued from the flooding in parts of northern California over the weekend. [CNN]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (NOAA image)

¶ “$4,000 Tax Credit For Used EVs Under $25,000 Starts Now, But When Will Tesla Model 3 Be Eligible?” • EVs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their environmental benefits and cost savings, among other reasons. Now, EVs that are at least two years old, selling for under $25,000 may be eligable for incentives. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota To Study V2G In Texas In 2023” • Toyota Motor North America and Oncor Electric Delivery, a Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company, have collaboratively established a novel Vehicle-to-Grid technology pilot project. This research equips Toyota and Oncor to support EV charging more effectively in America. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota EV (Toyota image)

¶ “Two Partnerships Expand Access To Clean Energy And Transport In The Eastern US” • As we close the year out, we should mention a couple of neat energy projects we learned about this month from the eastern US. They help increase access to clean energy and clean transport, but they also help level the playing field in other ways. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New York – 6 GW Of Energy Storage By 2030 Proposed” • A roadmap to have 6 GW of energy storage in New York State by 2030 is to be considered by the NY PUC. That is at least 20% of the state’s peak electricity load. The roadmap proposes adding 3 GW of bulk storage, 1.5 GW of retail storage and 200 MW of residential storage. [Power Engineering International]

Have an amply pleasant day.

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