Heading into a new year, cleantech news coverage shows even more promises from global leaders to increase their efforts in developing a cleaner future. On one end, the overwhelming pressure for big tech, finance and institutional organizations to turn green has begun its work to instill change. Now, the global pandemic, social movements on various continents and a new US presidency and Congressional majority inspire future change, and vast potential and opportunity in the renewable energy and cleantech sector.
With experience in developing and executing media relations and corporate communications programs for innovative energy technology brands, FischTank PR has extensive insights on the rapid growth within the cleantech / renewable energy / sustainability industry. Here’s a few pieces of cleantech news we thought would be important to share:
“The nonprofit Kauai Island Utility Cooperative signed a deal with AES to deliver power throughout the night from a solar-charged water pumping system. If approved — a fairly complex process, given the land-use requirements — the project would bring KIUC’s electricity mix to 80 percent clean energy by the mid-2020s. The state has committed to 100 percent renewable electricity by midcentury.”
Warnock, Ossoff Win Senate Seats in Georgia, Widening Potential for Clean Energy Policy From Congress
“The outcome of the election in Georgia determines the extent to which Congress can support the policy priorities of President-elect Joe Biden in the first two years of his administration. On clean energy and climate change, Biden’s pledge to work toward 100 percent clean electricity nationwide by 2035 and invest $2 trillion in the energy transition will still be challenging to accomplish, as Democrats do not have a filibuster-proof majority.”
“Community solar is the idea that folks who can’t install solar panels on their rooftops can essentially buy solar panels at a solar farm, receive credit off their utility bills, and take part in growing their solar energy locally. This idea has been hopscotching from state to state, helping to grow the industry by doubling in size every year as well as opening access to the benefits of solar energy to many more people.”
“Saudi Arabia’s crown prince unveiled plans on Sunday to build a zero-carbon city at NEOM, the first major construction project for the $500 billion flagship business zone aimed at diversifying the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter. Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the city, known as “The Line”, would extend over 170 km (105 miles) and be able to house a million residents in “carbon-positive urban developments powered by 100% clean energy.”
“Managing more than $9 trillion of capital globally, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) from China, Singapore, the Middle East, and Norway are ratcheting up their interest in the clean tech sector to tap into the global shift towards energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions.”
“Over the next year, in the United States and Canada alone, zero-emissions freight vehicle availability is expected to increase from over 70 models from two dozen manufacturers to at least 85 models from over 30 companies. This includes vehicles from Arrival and Rivian, which made a splash last year after announcing large orders and partnerships with UPS and Amazon, respectively. It also includes the much-anticipated Tesla semi, which has boasted pre-orders from giants such as Walmart, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, DHL, FedEx, UPS, Sysco, Loblaw, and Pride Group Enterprises.”
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