January 17 Energy News

January 17, 2023

World:

¶ “A Major Oil Exporter Is Hosting A UN Climate Summit. Opinions Are Divided” • The COP28 climate summit is mired in controversy. It is being held in one of the biggest oil exporting nations – the United Arab Emirates – and headed by one of the most prominent faces in its oil industry. Some people fear that it has been hijacked by the fossil fuels interests. [CNN]

Abu Dhabi (Belinda Fewings, Unsplash)

¶ “Carbonfuture And MASH Makes Join Forces For 50,000 Tonnes Of Carbon Removal” • In what is likely to be the largest ever carbon removal purchase agreement to date, MRV platform and carbon credit marketplace Carbonfuture has partnered with Indo-Danish company MASH Makes to secure 50,000 tonnes of carbon removal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ora’s Good Cat Said To Be Coming To South Africa This Year” • The Mini Cooper SE is currently the cheapest battery EV in South Africa at around R700,000 ($41,000). Nothing else is below R1 million. But that is going to change soon. Expectations are that the Ora Good Cat will retail in South Africa for around R600,000 ($35,000). [CleanTechnica]

Ora Good Cat (Evnerd, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Vulcan Energy And Stellantis To Develop Renewable Energy Assets In Germany” • Automaker Stellantis is set to invest in a geothermal energy project in Germany with lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources to help power a manufacturing facility for electric vehicles, Vulcan said. The phased project is aimed at providing renewable heat to the facility. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Parkwind Unleashes First Power From Arcadis Ost 1” • Parkwind produced first power from its 257-MW Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The Belgian developer said the first Vestas V174-9.5MW turbine is generating power for the German grid. Turbine installation is ongoing and full commissioning is expected this year. [reNews]

Installation in fog (Parkwind image)

¶ “Northern Ireland Avoids Paying To Import Gas As Wind Farms Provided 42% Of Electricity Last Year” • Northern Ireland consumers avoided paying £500 million to import gas last year because wind farms provided nearly 42% of the electricity. The figures come from a new analysis published by energy specialists Baringa. [Belfast News Letter]

¶ “Ocean Winds Extends French Floater Partnership” • Ocean Winds and Banque des Territoires have teamed up to respond to France’s AO6 tender for floating offshore windpower in the Mediterranean. The AO6 tender is part of the French ambitions to develope of offshore wind power in France, with the objective of 40 GW of installed capacity by 2050. [reNews]

Floating offshore turbines (Lino Escuris, Ocean Winds)

¶ “Irish Wind Farms Supply 34% Of Country’s Power” • Ireland’s wind farms provided 34% of the country’s electricity last year, saving almost €2 billion for gas, new research shows. According to an analysis published by energy specialists Baringa, Ireland’s wind farms share of the country’s electricity supply rose by four percentage points compared to 2021. [reNews]

¶ “RWE Strikes German Offshore Wind Power Deals” • RWE has secured deals to provide twelve customers with electricity from its 295-MW Nordsee Ost and the 302-MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farms. The agreements cover power supplies to eleven German industrial customers from 2025 and one large municipal utility from 2026. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “UN Watchdog Is Optimistic About Ukraine Nuclear Plant Protection” • The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said he hoped to make progress on a safe zone deal around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine, but stressed it was a tough negotiation. Russian forces captured the Soviet-era plant in March, soon after their invasion. [Gulf Today]

US:

¶ “California Hit With One Final Round Of Storms” • California has been hit by a final round of storms, bringing more rain and snow to a state already reeling from at least 19 weather-related deaths. Skies will begin to look sunnier starting Tuesday, the NWS said, but a final gasp of wet weather will hit some areas on Wednesday and into Thursday. [BBC]

¶ “EPA Requirement Keeps Electric Buses Out Of Low-Income Schools” • In order to qualify for first round of funding from these EPA grants, school districts are being required to identify the specific diesel buses they’d replace with electric buses. The problem there is that many low-income school districts don’t own their own buses. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 40% Of Lincoln Dealers Say No To Ford’s EV Plans” • It looks like Ford’s grand plan to electrify its North American franchise dealers by 2030 hit a roadblock. As it turns out, more than 40% of Ford’s Lincoln brand dealers have decided they don’t want to spend nearly a cool million dollars to install EV chargers at their stores. [CleanTechnica]

Lincoln Corsair (Courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Tesla Still Leads The US EV Market – By A Lot” • Tesla’s cars made up four out of six of the most popular EVs sold in the USA in the first nine months of 2022, according to data from a recent Kelley Blue Book report. The Model Y and Model 3 boasted huge strides over other market offerings, both outselling the next top-sellers by over 100,000 units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Battery Storage Can Help Solve Texas’ ‘Super Duck’ Challenge Of Integrating Renewable Energy” • The ERCOT grid is facing some extreme swings in its ability to match supply with growing demand for electricity, presenting an opportunity for energy storage. ERCOT is responsible for the grid and wholesale power markets in most of Texas. [Energy Storage News]

Have an enchantingly lovely day.

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