Norway sets new record for EV sales

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Solar and batteries

Cochin International Airport, in India, was the world’s first airport to be completely powered by solar energy. Last week it received a 'Champions of the Earth' award, reports UN Environment.

Government figures show the UK’s solar fleet set a new generation record in the second quarter of this year as flourishing renewables all but shunted coal off the country’s power mix, reports Solar Power Portal.

Morocco is finalising the Noor Ouarzazate concentrated solar power complex, the world’s largest solar plant, reports Morocco World News.

Commercial-scale solar is a renewable energy option that NZ should be making more of, reports Sharechat.

Renewables and fossil fuels

A new geothermal power station in Kawerau, in the BOP, and the first large-scale renewable energy plant to be built in NZ since 2014, will start supplying the national grid next week, reports Stuff.

A hydro-electric power plant in Austria is functioning as a giant battery by using energy when it’s abundant - and cheap - to pump water to a mountaintop reservoir. That water is then released to generate electricity when prices are higher, reports Bloomberg.

Climate change

A meeting of leading scientists this week is likely to produce the IPCC’s most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years, reports RNZ.

Our government says submissions to the proposed Zero Carbon Bill clearly show that the New Zealanders who participated in the consultation support a path to a low emissions economy by 2050.

How will New Zealand get to carbon neutral? Planting trees is obvious, but may be the easy way out. Changing land use should be in the mix too, including reducing stock numbers. Rod Oram surveys the options in Newsroom.

Power prices

The current electricity market is not fit for purpose and Kiwi households, the country, and the climate are paying the cost, says the head of the SEANZ.

If the government's electricity price review had looked at data going back 30 years, rather than just five, it would have found that electricity distributors have been making excessive profits, writes Geoff Bertram a senior associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington in Stuff.

Electric vehicles

Norway has just set a new record with electric and plug in hybrid vehicles making up 60% of all new car sales last month, reports Electrek. And, Denmark has proposed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and hybrid from 2035, joining international efforts to promote electric-only vehicles to reduce air pollution and combat climate change, reports Reuters.

The number of EVs on New Zealand roads is growing rapidly as Kiwis look at ways to combat the rising cost of petrol, reports TVNZ. And, EVs are poised to arrive en masse in European showrooms after years of hyped concept-car launches and billions in investment by automakers and suppliers. The hard will be selling them at a profit, reports Reuters.