About 100 workers building the Tesla Gigafatory walked out today, protesting out-of-state workers. Nevada's tax breaks put limits on these hires.
Ever since February, when Tesla officially announced that it would build a gigafactory to make the incredible number of lithium-ion batteries it expects to need to power its electric vehicles, we thought it would be located in one of four states. Those four states – Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada – have been lobbying the automaker ever since, hoping to hear that the new, $5-billion plant and its 6,500 jobs would set up shop within its borders. Turns out, two of them might get
And they're off! Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are all in the running for Tesla Motors' gigafactory, USA Today says. And the politicians are already talking big, which is the operative word for a factory that could cost $5 billion, require 1,000 acres, take up 10 million square feet and support 6,500 jobs. Oh, and build battery packs for a half-million EVs a year.
The food vs. fuel debate over ethanol continues, this time through the actions of a handful of U.S. states that are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lift – temporarily, at least – the rules that require a "large share" (to use Reuters' words) of the corn crop in America to be used to make ethanol. Instead, says Georgia, the latest state to join the chorus, the corn should be used to feed chickens to counteract the effects of the drought affecting America this summer
New Mexico has voted a through a House Bill that would require all diesel fuel sold in the state to be B5 by 2012. The bill, which passed the House in a 47-8 vote, moves to make diesel fuel containing five percent biodiesel compulsory for all state agencies and public schools from July 2010 onwards. All diesel fuel would move to a B5 blend by July 2012. In case of poor product availability or excessive price however, the measure could be suspended by officials.
The plant will produce more than 100 million gallons of ethanol annually, which is triple the output of a plant located in Portales, about 20 miles away. There residents complain of a yeasty odor. City officials blame it on discharges from the plant that fester in the Portales wastewater treatment plant. The new plant in Clovis expects to reuse its water.
Thinking in renewable energy terms, New Mexico just screams solar energy. But a report released today by the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) Education Fund shows that the state can and will do a lot more to reach the goals set by Governor Richardson last June to seriously reduce emissions throughout the state in the coming decades. By 2050, the goal is to emit 75 percent less than in 2000.