"Like other automakers, Honda is rushing to build new-energy vehicles in an industry shift that Hachigo on Friday described as “once in a century”. That race is accelerating amid the coronavirus outbreak as carmakers review production plans to capture market share with new models including low or zero-emission vehicles.”
“Calpine Corporation is one of America’s largest generators of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources with operations in competitive power markets. Our fleet of 77 power plants, including one under construction, represents over 26,000 megawatts of generation capacity.”
Geothermal energy is a highly promising and reliable zero-emission technology. Besides critical investments in R&D, the biggest hindrances to geothermal development are permitting and other regulatory barriers that are more stringent than for oil and gas.
“The shutoffs were necessary because of the state’s reliance on renewable energy. Cloudy days and still weather meant renewable power sources could only serve 18% of Californian’s demand — nowhere near enough…California could avoid this problem in the future by embracing nuclear power.”
“When the Legislature takes up normal operations again in January, serious consideration should be given to changing the renewable standards to include hydro and nuclear power. Both meet the twin needs of providing safe, non-carbon power to Californians.”