Beaucoup De Electric Cars? No Problem.
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- May 17, 2019
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The threat of climate change in driving states to adopt ambitious carbon cutting plans. Of course, most nations–the U.S. being an exception–have signed on to the Paris Agreement targets. However, many others are going much further. The Danish government, for example, intends to have all transportation, heating and electricity be powered through renewables by 2050. France aims to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, respectively.
Cutting fossil fuels out, or almost out, is no easy task. In addition to investing in renewables, you’ve got to be sure the grid can handle it, and update it if it can’t. As many well intentioned actors have recently discovered, investing in clean energy without the proper grid to support it can be awfully wasteful. A few years ago, Germany’s government was forced to compensate various wind farms with $94 million after making them cut 1.2 percent of their production. China too has struggled to make use of all its wind energy capacity, losing an estimated 15 percent of its wind energy in 2015 according to state statistics.
Despite those setbacks, France recently released encouraging data on its grid’s potential. The country’s operator, RTE, announced last week that the grid could cope with the predicted increase in electric vehicles through 2035 in its current state. The hexagon nation already has about 223,000 electric vehicles out in the streets and expects that number to jump in the coming decade, getting to 15.6 million . Like some other eurozone countries, France has announced a ban on diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040.
Notably, however, the summaries I’ve read of the report don't mention how well the grid will accommodate renewables and other alternate sources of power. My guess is that it will still need a major facelift.