THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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Hi! Here is your daily dose of useful links and articles related to renewable energy and technology. Enjoy!


The Best Way To Invest In The Energy Sector In 2020

A record number of energy companies filing for bankruptcy coupled with poor performance by the industry in 2019 has made it incredibly hard to find investments in the energy space that can be considered safe or promising. The industry’s favorite benchmark, the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), which tracks the price and yield…


A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

The village of Sagara B sits along a red dirt road in the baobab-dotted Dodoma Region of central Tanzania, where half-desert savanna meets the Rubeho mountains. It’s home to less than 5,000 people and is so remote no one ever bothered to set up an internet connection. Until four years ago. Over a week, engineers from Copenhagen-based…

In many places, it takes public and private resources to improve connectivity. Areas that are extremely poor or lack sufficient population density likely will need government resources or incentives to get wired.

Darrell West, director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution

The Sound of Silence: Why Automakers Are Changing the Noise That Electric Vehicles (Don’t) Make

When the new Mustang Mach-E pulled up next to Darren Palmer at its public debut in Los Angeles last month, the sound of the electric vehicle’s engine made the hair stand up on the back of his neck. The low bass. The varied timbre. The grumble of a powerful turbine. Says Palmer, Ford’s director of electric vehicle product development: “It’s a distinctive…

You may love or hate it—but you recognize it regardless.

Steve Keller, director of Pandora’s sonic branding consultancy, Studio Resonate

Love Your Home

In January, energy giant and offshore wind leader Ørsted launched a children’s book, Is This My Home?, and an online “universe” to make it easier for parents to talk to their children about climate change. The book takes a little girl on a journey from her bedroom to mountains, forests, and oceans to discover that the whole planet is her home…

The world needs more energy, but lower emissions. Natural gas is well positioned to provide secure, competitive and sustainable energy to consumers and industry: reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent when replacing coal, providing needed back-up to renewables and offering a long-term solution for the low-carbon future if converted to hydrogen.

Spokeswoman Irene Rummelhoff

The EV Resistance: Director Of ‘Who Killed The Electric Car’ On Gas Automakers, Tesla, The Model 3, Elon Musk, GM, Toyota, And Who Prevails

General Motors and Toyota were early leaders in electric vehicles. But a lot has changed in 20 years. I recently spoke with Chris Paine, director of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” (2006) and the sequel “Revenge of the Electric Car” (2011), and a longtime follower of the EV and Tesla. “Who Killed the Electric Car” documented the short-lived…

I don’t think GM knew how to make money on the [Chevrolet] Volt. It’s sad that they dropped it. And I think it’s sort of an indicator that most of the car companies still aren’t on board all the way with electric cars.

Chris Paine

Close to Home: Microgrids are a power system for the 21st century

A rapidly growing climate crisis demands that we all examine the way we live and work. Nowhere is that imperative more evident than in the recent wildfires that have ravaged huge swaths of California. The flames and PG&E’s preemptive shutdowns highlight structural problems with our energy generation and distribution systems…


Kenya rises to the top five in global clean energy ranking

Kenya has been ranked fifth globally in an annual Bloomberg index measuring investments and opportunities in clean energy, underlining the country’s position as the centre of renewable energy in Africa. The BloombergNEF (BNEF) latest Climatescope report says that Kenya’s rise for the first time in the global top five has been backed by the…

Kenya appears for the first time in the Climatescope top five. The country is gradually increasing its share of non-large hydro renewables by adding solar, wind and geothermal.

Bloomberg report

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