Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – Sept 28

Electric Vehicles
Groupe PSA, a French automaker, says it will offer 15 electrified versions of all of its new cars designed as of 2019 and may offer them in the U.S.

Electric Bus Maker Proterra Secures $155 Million Investment Led By DaimlerThis is a ‘big-trucking’ deal! When heavy-duty truck maker Daimler and electric bus maker Proterra collaborate, expect to see some great innovation in the electric truck market!

Infrastructure
The article What Happens To Used Electric Car Batteries? Renault Plans Huge Energy Storage System explains how automaker Renault, who sells their electric cars but leases their cars’ batteries and has access to hundreds of old EV batteries, will use them to feed the public power grid. The energy storage, the largest of its kind, will have a capacity of 60 MWh.

Volkswagen will build a new electric-car factory in North America. The automaker Volkswagen has announced plans to build a new electric-car plant in North America by 2022. However, the location (Mexico, Tennessee, other) remains undecided.

Electrify America’s network of fast-charging stations will be accessible by drivers who drive Lucid electric cars once the automaker’s vehicles arrive in the U.S. after 2020, and the charging network may partner with other automakers in the future. Read more here: Lucid Owners Will Get Access to Electrify America’s Chargers, Another Jab At Tesla. Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum

This post is the fifteenth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in theSoutheast stand on key energy and climate issues. SACE staffers George Cavros, Susan Glickman, and Alissa Schafer contributed to this post. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, click here. To continue to track their stances on energy, you can watch two televised debates between Gillum and DeSantis on October 2 on Telemundo and October 16 on CNN. 

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is the Democratic candidate in an open seat for the Governor of Florida. He currently serves as mayor of the City of Tallahassee. Gillum was born in Miami and was first elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003, and then as Mayor of the city in 2014.

Renewables

Andrew Gillum has stated that “Florida is the Sunshine State — we should be the world leader in creating jobs and opportunity through solar energy production.” He further promises that he will “prioritize the development of clean, renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and biomass — creating a business climate for good, clean energy jobs that can’t be outsourced.” He proposes to “establish a renewable portfolio standard, re-initiate the solar rebate program so popular under Governor Crist.” Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

This post is the fourteenth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. . SACE Staffers, George Cavros, Susan Glickman, and Alissa Schafer contributed to this post To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum, click here. To continue to track their stances on energy, you can watch two televised debates between DeSantis and Gillum on October 2 on Telemundo and October 16 on CNN. 

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis is the Republican candidate in an open seat for the Governor of Florida. He currently serves the 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Florida native, he was first elected to Congress in 2012.

Renewables

DeSantis stated that he is not opposed to solar power and says to “let the market decide” if solar will do well. He also has said that he is opposed to giving “special subsidies to solar.”

Energy Efficiency

There is no mention of energy efficiency in Ron DeSantis’ campaign materials or publicly available information. Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Happy National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 25, 2018, marks the 7th annual National Voter Registration Day. Indications are this will be the largest National Voter Registration Day ever with 4,000 diverse partner organizations and businesses, of which SACE is proud to join, across the nation organizing a massive nationwide effort to register voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of a missed registration deadline, outdated registration information, or other problem with their voter registration. According to Pew, as many as one in four eligible voters in the country are not registered to vote or have an outdated voter registration. This is what National Voter Registration Day organizers seek to change.

Here are registration deadlines and links to voter registration resources for Southeastern states:

  • Georgia: October 9 (check voter registration records here)
  • Tennessee: October 9 (check voter registration records here)
  • Florida: October 9 (check voter registration records here – you can register to vote online and request a vote-by-mail ballot here!)
  • North Carolina: October 12 (check voter registration records here); find specific info for those impacted by Hurricane Florence here
  • South Carolina: extended to October 17 due to Hurricane Florence (check voter registration records here)
  • Alabama: October 22 (check voter registration records here)

If clean energy matters to you, read through our #2018CandidatesOnEnergy blogs which profiles candidates on energy issues in key races in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida (FL posts scheduled to publish this week).

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – Sept 21


Electric Vehicles
It appears that Korean auto manufacturers have a winning combination with their EV lineup. The article Look Out, Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, & BMW — Kia Niro SUV Has Better Efficiency & Range, At Half The Price! explains why.

Also this week, Audi launched their production version of the e-tron SUV, which will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2019 with a sticker price of $86,700. The base version will follow starting at $74,800 before tax incentives.

Businesses are looking to expand their fleets with electric vehicles to meet their emissions and sustainability goals. Ikea is quickly shifting to a zero-emissions delivery fleet. “The furniture company would like you to walk or bike to its stores and then have your furniture delivered by a clean Ikea vehicle.” And, your UPS deliveries may soon arrive in electric trucks. “Through its multiple partnerships with EV startups, the company is precipitating a sustainable transformation in the delivery industry.” Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Governor Karl Dean

This post is the thirteenth post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will participate in three debates before the election, on Oct. 2 in Memphis at the University of Memphis, on Oct. 9 in Kingsport at the Eastman Employee Center, and on Oct. 12 in Nashville at Belmont University. For more information, click here.

Candidate: Karl Dean

In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Karl Dean, former mayor of Nashville, former Director of Law and public defender for Nashville, and current professor at Belmont University. According to his website, during his time as mayor, Dean established an Office of Sustainability, greatly expanded greenways, parks, and recycling in Nashville. While he was mayor Dean stated “Never underestimate the fact that the volunteer state will protect our environment and do what’s right,” and it was his goal to “make Nashville the cleanest city in the southeast,” according to the Tennessee Municipal League.

Renewables

In 2013 Dean spoke at the TN Solar Summit in Chattanooga. The following is a selection of quotes from or about Dean from the Times Free Press article about the event.

“Solar energy has been gaining incredible momentum and I think people want to see more,” Dean told participants at the TN Solar Summit in Chattanooga. “There is a lot of excitement when you put solar panels on a building and people can see that we are working to reduce our carbon footprint.”

But to sustain such growth, Dean urged government to maintain incentives for more solar installations. Federal tax credits and state and local tax exemptions — for both sales and property levies — have helped subsidize the industry and cut the startup costs for adding solar units. The Tennessee Valley Authority also buys back solar and other renewable energy at a premium price compared with other power sources.

“We need to focus more on incentivizing the use of solar and not creating disincentives through taxes and other means,’ Dean said “The market, under the right conditions, has responded favorably to solar power and should continue to trend upwards in the face of lower equipment and installation costs. That will create a better place for us all to live.”

Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

This post is the twelfth post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Governor, Karl Dean, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will participate in three debates before the election, on Oct. 2 in Memphis at the University of Memphis, on Oct. 9 in Kingsport at the Eastman Employee Center, and on Oct. 12 in Nashville at Belmont University. For more information, click here.

Candidate: Bill Lee

In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Bill Lee, chairman and former CEO of Lee Co., a full-service home services, facilities and construction company founded by his grandfather in 1944, which Lee later purchased from his father and became president of in 1992, according to the Tennessean.

Renewables

We could not find any mention of renewable energy in Bill Lee’s campaign materials or publicly available information.

Energy Efficiency

We could not find any mention of energy efficiency in Bill Lee’s campaign materials or publicly available information. Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

A Series of Unfortunate Events for Plant Vogtle – last new nuclear project in turmoil

Aerial image Courtesy of High Flyer (c) 2018

The last new nuclear power project remaining in the U.S., the expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, is in turmoil. In August, Southern Company announced that the already budget-busting project had a $2.3 billion cost increase, just eight months after another multi-billion dollar cost increase was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) over the objections of PSC Staff and many intervening parties (including SACE, a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner and Public Service Commissioner who predicted nearly all that occurred). What was once a ~$14 billion project that should have been fully operational in 2017 has now doubled in projected costs, and nine years into construction, the project is only halfway complete – meaning that it may be operational by the end of 2022.

Because of this recent massive cost increase, an imminent “go/no-go” decision needs to be made by September 24, 2018 by the Vogtle Co-Owners, which include Southern Company’s largest subsidiary, Georgia Power (45.7%), Oglethorpe Power (30%), the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) (22.7%), and Dalton Utilities (1.6%). MEAG has a Board meeting today – it’s unclear if they’ll decide at that meeting or wait until next Monday.

But a Series of Unfortunate Events is making all of this a very difficult, complicated decision:

  • Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), has serious Buyer’s Remorse and wants out BIG time and are pulling out all the legal and political stops to get out of the bad contract they entered into back in 2008 to buy power from MEAG from Vogtle’s first 20 years of operation. Here’s a sampling of JEA’s activities: 
  • A powerful group of members of the Georgia’s General Assembly, predominantly Republicans, from districts within MEAG’s service territory sent a strong letter to the Vogtle Co-Owners asking for a cost cap on the project before deciding to move forward with the project.

Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Senator Phil Bredesen

This post is the eleventh post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile for Republican Nominee for Tennessee Senator, Marsha Blackburn, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Phil Bredesen

In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Phil Bredesen, former mayor of Nashville, former governor of Tennessee, and businessman. SACE is committed to evaluating the energy platforms of both major party candidates running for Senator of Tennessee and encourage Tennessee voters to tune into a live upcoming debate between former Governor Phil Bredesen and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on September 25 at historic Cumberland University in Lebanon. Go here for more info on this debate.

Renewables

Although Bredesen does not state a position on renewable energy on his campaign website, his support for solar energy is evident as a founding partner of Silicon Ranch, a Nashville-based solar company founded in 2011 that boasts more than 100 projects in 14 states including the Southeast. While Bredesen currently serves as Silicon Ranch chairman, he has indicated he intends to step down as chairman if elected to the US Senate to focus on senatorial duties.

During Bredesen’s tenure as governor, he’s credited with attracting at least 20 new clean-energy manufacturing ventures to Tennessee, representing more than $2.9 billion in investment and creating more than 2,000 jobs producing photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, electric cars, and cellulosic biofuels. One of these was the major, $1 billion clean energy manufacturing investment by Wacker Chemie AG of Germany in 2009. Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn

This post is the tenth post in a series of blogs examining where 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues.  To read the candidate profile for Democratic Nominee for Tennessee Senator, Phil Bredesen, click here.

Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

Candidate: Marsha Blackburn

In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Marsha Blackburn, the Congresswoman currently representing Tennessee’s 7th Congressional district. SACE is committed to evaluating the energy platforms of both major party candidates running for Senator of Tennessee and we encourage Tennessee voters to tune into a live upcoming debate between Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and former Governor Phil Bredesen on September 25 at historic Cumberland University in Lebanon. Go here for more info on this debate.

Renewables

Blackburn has been a member for many years on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, and since 2011 she has served as Vice Chair. According to her Congressional website, Blackburn supports “a menu of clean, responsible energy options; not winners and losers chosen by the environmental lobby, in order to bring down the price at the pump and keep the economy going.” However, Blackburn voted against tax incentives for renewable energy via the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act in 2008 (Bill H.R.5351) put forward in an attempt to extend tax credits for the production of electricity from renewable resources (e.g., wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower) through 2011. Read more…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,