January 8 Energy News

January 8, 2023

Opinion:

¶ “What Does It Mean That (Once Rare) Atmospheric Rivers And Bomb Cyclones Are Becoming More Frequent?” • Atmospheric rivers and bomb cyclones are ever more frequent and intense parts of the North American meteorological landscape. That fact is perfectly compatible with projections of climate change driven by our warming our planet. [The Hill]

Atmospheric river (National Weather Service image)

¶ “ESG Leader Parnassus Is Considering Investing In Nuclear Power Companies – This Is A Terrible Idea” • In a sea change, Parnassus Investments, the sustainable funds powerhouse, is considering investing in nuclear energy, citing climate change and improved nuclear safety. Why would they change? Nuclear power is still expensive and dangerous. [Daily Kos]

World:

¶ “BYD Sold 229,020 Atto 3 EVs In Ten Months” • In 2022, BYD sold 1,868,543 “new energy vehicles,” of which 946,239 were plug in hybrids. The rest, 911,140, were battery EVs. One star of BYD’s new lineup is the BYD Atto 3, which was launched in February of 2022. BYD sold 229,020 Atto 3s by the end of the year, for 25% of its battery EV sales. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Atto 3 (Hubert Berberich, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “EVs Take 55% Of The German Auto Market In December!” • The tide has turned in the electrification of the German auto market, with plugin EVs taking the majority of sales for the first time in December. Plugins took 55.4% of the month’s passenger auto sales, with full electrics taking 33.2%, and plugin hybrids taking 22.2%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ireland’s Big 7-GW Offshore Wind Power Push Underway” • In the republic of Ireland, they plan to install 7 GW of offshore wind by 2030. The first step, issuing the Maritime Area Consents, was taken in December 2022. “Seven new projects, amounting to 2.5 GW, will enter the Irish planning system and are expected to take part in ORESS 1.” [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Capmat007, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Renewable Sources Set Energy Record In El Salvador” • Last year, the main generators of renewable energy in El Salvador were hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar. In combination, they supplied 83% of the electricity that reached Salvadoran homes, according to the Hydroelectric Executive Commission of the Lempa River [Prensa Latina]

¶ “China Seen Accelerating Wind And Solar Power Installation Under 5-Year Plan, Reaching 2030 Renewable Target Ahead Of Time” • Climate analysts expect China to reach its 2030 goal for renewable energy about five years ahead of schedule, after at least 30 provinces unveiled their respective programs under the national five-year plan. [South China Morning Post]

Solar array (Sungrow EMEA, Unsplash)

¶ “Iberdrola To Install First Floating Solar PV Power Plant” • The Iberdrola group plans to install in Brazil, through its subsidiary Neoenergia, its first floating PV plant. It will be built on the reservoir behind the Xaréu dam on the island of Fernando de Noronha, where Iberdrola is developing various sustainable energy solutions. [Energy Digital Magazine]

US:

¶ “ZF Partners With Beep To Bring Robo-Shuttle To Market” • ZF and US mobility provider Beep have formed an alliance to introduce a new shuttle service in America. They presented the shuttle in Las Vegas at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show. By joining together, ZF and Beep are paving the way for a more convenient mode of transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomous shuttle (image courtesy of ZF)

¶ “TI Claims New Battery Management System Can Increase Range Of Electric Cars” • This week, Texas Instruments was at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023, where it introduced its latest battery cell and battery pack management tools. TI says its battery management tools could increase the range of an electric vehicle by as much as 20%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “House Bill 6 Left Ohio With Least Stringent Clean-Energy Program In US, Study Shows” • Since passage of a 2019 law now embroiled in criminal scandal, Ohio has had the least stringent clean-energy requirements of any US state with a renewable standard, a survey shows. Ohio derives the smallest share of its energy from renewable sources. [Cleveland.com]

Have an acceptably magnificent day.

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