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January 4, 2022

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An Energy Transition Needs Lots of Power Lines. This 1970s Minnesota Farmers’ Uprising Tried to Block One. What Can it Teach Us?

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:53:24

Clean energy advocates say that power companies need to do more to understand what fuels public opposition and how best to engage with power line opponents. And one way to start, they say, might be to examine one of the most intense battles over an interstate power line in U.S. history, which unfolded across rural Minnesota for much of the 1970s. The arguments in that fight—over a 436-mile power line carrying power from a coal plant in central North Dakota to the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul—started out with lawyers sitting around tables in government boardrooms but ended with protesters in frozen fields carrying rifles and baseball bats. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

As U.S. moves toward solar energy, this roofing company hopes ‘solar shingles’ will get homeowners to buy in

By Tik Root, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:52:58

“What we’ve done is we’ve created a shingle that has solar properties,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy, which is a sibling company of GAF, a roofing manufacturer with a network of more than 10,000 contractors across the country. “While someone is getting a new roof, we can offer them a solar roof.” The Timberline Solar shingles are a bit bigger and about twice as heavy as traditional shingles, but look remarkably similar. [ read more … ]

These cells could be the key to efficient, cheap solar energy. But they have to make it in the “torture chamber” first.

By Mark Jaffe, Colorado Sun  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:53:45

“The problem is they degrade fairly rapidly, which is different from silicon,” Owen-Bellini said. Still,185 degrees? “It is pretty hot, but not outside the realm of what solar panels might face in the desert.” For more than seven years NREL researchers have been chasing the perovskite grail and the cells have cleared many hurdles. Their efficiency has gone to 29% from 3%, (silicon cells have an average efficiency of 20%) and the durability of the cells has gone from seconds to months.
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Mass. advances solar projects after climate complaints

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:54:23

A long-promised expansion of solar incentives will soon become reality in Massachusetts, even as developers say they’re worried about the state’s progress toward climate goals. The expansion was initially announced in July 2020, when utility regulators at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) said the state would double the size of a landmark solar incentive program known as SMART to incentivize up to 3,200 megawatts of capacity. SMART helps fund rooftop and other small-scale installations. [ read more … ]

Transmission

A Widening Web of Undersea Cables Connects Britain to Green Energy

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:52:33

The idea is to use the cable to balance the two nations’ power systems and take advantage of differences between them. In the broadest terms, Britain wants to tap into Norway’s often abundant hydropower, while the Norwegians will be able to benefit from surges of electricity from British wind farms that might otherwise be wasted. The rapid growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar, whose output varies with the breeze and sunshine, makes such sharing increasingly essential, experts say. These cables connecting one nation’s grid to another, known as interconnectors, allow Europe and other regions to operate like a much larger and more diverse power system that can use surpluses of electricity in one area to offset shortages in others.
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EVs

EV charging stations are annoying. Ford wants to fix them

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:54:39

Ford is getting involved because it faces a dilemma that other automakers will also confront in the pivot to electric, a frustrating puzzle that undermines the case for EVs across the country. Its signature electric car, the Mustang Mach-E, is hitting the roads by the thousands each month. But its drivers are expressing annoyance with the charging network, especially the fast, high-voltage ones that are supposed to emulate the experience of a gas station. [ read more … ]

Tesla Smashes Quarterly Delivery Record With 308,600 Cars

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:54:56

The record quarter underscores the “green tidal wave taking hold” for Tesla and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk heading into 2022, Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said in a note to clients. The strong results also point to robust demand in China and Tesla’s skill at navigating the global semiconductor shortage, he said. The company’s previous delivery record was 241,300, set in the third quarter. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Electric-Vehicle Push Empowers China

By Robert Bryce, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-04 14:54:06

Some auto makers, including Nissan and BMW, have developed electric-vehicle drive trains that reduce or eliminate the need for rare earths. But even if the auto industry doesn’t need them, the wind-energy industry does. According to the IEA, offshore wind turbines require as much as 500 pounds of rare earths per megawatt of installed capacity, including some 400 pounds of neodymium. Those are big numbers considering that the Biden administration wants to deploy 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The IEA predicts that the global wind-energy industry’s need for rare earths “is set to more than triple by 2040.” [ read more … ]

 

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