New South Wales unveils £17.7bn renewable energy roadmap
Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state government says it will shift towards renewable energy from coal and aims to lure £17.7 billion worth of private investment into the sector in the next decade.
The plans for New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, aim to create close to 10,000 jobs while bringing 12GW of wind and solar power, and 2GW of storage, such as pumped hydro, online by the year 2030, accoding to State Energy Minister Matt Kean.
The statement adds that the state government will cut red tape and speed up approvals for businesses to invest in renewable energy projects, with four of its five coal power plants expected to close in the next 15 years.
A Reuters report says that the opposition Labour Party will support the plans, although they came “after a decade of delay”.
Despite most Australian states supporting greater use of renewable energy, the federal government has refused to match other developed countries in setting a target for net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Instead, Canberra states that zero emissions will be reached sometime after 2050.
So far, Australia is well short of meeting its Paris accord target of cutting carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030.
The Australian Industry Group says that US president-elect Joe Biden could encourage Australia to meet its emissions targets, as he has stated that his administration will re-join the Paris climate deal and aim to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison states that Biden’s election would not change Australia’s climate policies.
“Australia will always set its policies based on Australia’s national interests,” Morrison asserts, people to reporters in Canberra.
The state Coalition says an electricity transmitter roadmap would support 12 gigwatts of renewable energy, and two gigawatts of energy storage, along with a focus on pumped hydro, over the coming decade.
An initial analysis of the plan suggests that could increase the share of renewable energy in the state from about 16 percent to more than 60 percent by 2030.
Government ministers say that it would replace most of the states increasingly unreliable coal power plants, lower prices and create more than 6,000 construction and 2,800 ongoing jobs, while also develop a new revenue stream for landholders hosting electricity infrastructure.
A Manufacturing Renewables Taskforce will look at everything from material sourcing and supply to contracting arrangements, and explore ways to give NSW manufacturers a competitive advantage in emerging ‘green’ supply industries.
“Industry tells us we will need more than 650,000 tonnes of steel to deliver our three Renewable Energy Zones – my priority is finding ways to make sure that the steel and other products that power NSW, are made in NSW by NSW manufacturers,” said Kean.
“The Taskforce will look at terms we can put in our electricity infrastructure contracts and tender rules which will drive the use of NSW products, where they are cost competitive.”
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.