Solar and batteries key to NZ’s energy future

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Solar and batteries

Combining solar power and battery storage is an easy and cost effective way to improve a home's energy resilience, according to a new report from Vector. ‘Working Together on Resilience’ outlines how climate change models are predicting a higher instance of extreme weather events, and how this will impact energy resilience across New Zealand’s energy supply chain.

China is not only home to some of the biggest solar farms; its technology looks set to influence energy policy across the globe, reports the BBC.

Renewables and fossil fuels

Immediate action is needed to set New Zealand on the path to achieve a low-emissions future. Solar, wind and geothermal energy offer considerable scope to boost our supply of renewable electricity, says the Productivity Commission. See a summary or download the full report here.

Global electricity demand will increase 57% by 2050 driving new investment in power generating capacity, reports Bloomberg.

A Canadian court has overturned Ottawa’s approval of a hotly-contested pipeline project – throwing plans to nearly triple the flow of Alberta’s landlocked bitumen to the west coast into limbo – in a ruling hailed by environmentalists and Indigenous groups, reports the Guardian.

Climate change

In recent years, the Arctic has been heating up faster than any other place on the planet and that's affecting the weather dynamics for the entire planet, reports Rolling Stone.

Leaders at the 18-nation Pacific Islands Forum signed a declaration calling climate change the "single greatest threat" to the Pacific region. Environmental groups say that must be followed up with real action on lowering emissions, reports TVNZ.

Grassroots climate groups will take action across NZ on Saturday calling for strong local leadership on climate change, reports 350 Aotearoa.

Electric vehicles

Cumulative passenger EV sales are set to hit 4 million this week, reports Bloomberg. The time needed to reach each consecutive million EVs sold has shrunk from 17 months for the second million to six months for the fourth million.

A German company is testing what it says will be the first affordable electric car with a battery that gets an added boost from sunlight, acting as a sort of self-charging power pack, reports Quartz. The Sion also features a lichen air-purifying system.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first mass-produced electric vehicle in Sweden, reports NZ Autocar.