November 5 Energy News

November 5, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Ten Simple Changes to Help Save the Planet” • Climate change is real, and we are starting to see some of the ways that it affects us. It increases the likelihood of flooding in Miami and elsewhere, threatens the millions of people living along the Brahmaputra River, and disrupts reproduction of plants and animals. Here are things to do. [BBC]

Solar array on water

¶ “Why China Indirectly Controls EV Markets” • China produces about two thirds of the world’s supply of lithium-ion batteries, the type most commonly used in EVs. And these highly valuable batteries make up a staggering 40% of the cars’ value. Europe is far from being able to compete with China on EV battery production. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “The Power of Purpose: Abundance is the New Sustainability” • One thinker preaching a more optimistic worldview is Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize Foundation and Singularity University. He and Peter Koettler wrote a book, “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.” It should be required reading for every CEO and CMO. [Forbes]

Abundance is the New Sustainability
(Jeremy Bishop | Unsplash)

¶ “Wanted: An Australian Energy Policy to Kickstart A$25 billion of Investment” • Years of energy policy flip-flops are holding up billions of dollars of investment even as Australia looks to prevent a repeat of blackouts suffered over the past two years. And the country pays some of the highest electricity costs in the industrialized world. [Business Insider]

World:

¶ “Delhi Panic over Toxic Air ahead of Indian Festival Diwali” • Panic gripped the Indian capital Delhi as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights. Pollution levels were 20 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit. The firecrackers used for the festival are expected to make the air even worse. [BBC]

Delhi smog

¶ “Australian Capital Territory Officially Opens 91-MW Wind Farm” • A wind farm of 91 MW has started feeding power into the grid of the ACT, according to transmission system operator TransGrid. The wind farm moves the ACT closer to achieving its goal of getting 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Kansai Electric Targets Solar Power Trading among Homes” • People who have PVs in areas served by Kansai Electric Power Co may soon be able to sell electricity to other households. KEPCO started a study with the University of Tokyo, MUFG Bank, and Nihon Unisys Ltd on a system to allow electricity sales among individuals. [Asahi Shimbun]

Saitama Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

¶ “ScottishPower Links with Car Dealership to Make Electric Vehicle Switch ‘Simpler’” • ScottishPower announced a new agreement with UK car dealership Arnold Clark to make the switch to EVs “simpler.” Consumers will be able to lease or buy EVs, have a charging point installed at home, and sign up to a 100% renewable energy tariff. [Energy Voice]

¶ “‘We Want to do Everything We Can’: NSW Readies for Renewables Surge” • New solar and wind farms being planned for New South Wales have twice the capacity of the state’s coal-fired power stations, prompting the state government to set aside $55 million to help smooth their introduction. There may be $27 billion in renewable investment. [The Canberra Times]

Moree solar farm

¶ “UK Batteries Charge towards 7 GW” • Average capacity for new battery storage projects has increased to 27 MW today from 10 MW in 2016, and more than 300 UK-based businesses are operating in the sector, R-UK said. An R-UK database will allow R-UK members to access information on nearly 400 UK energy storage projects. [reNEWS]

¶ “German Renewables Share Jumps to 38% for 2018, Nearly Catches Coal” • Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65% renewable energy by 2030. New data shows that wind and solar produced 38% of the electricity consumed in the country in the first nine months of 2018, reaching 43% in January, April and May. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbines

¶ “Taiwan: Pursuing a New Green Energy Revolution in the East” • In a bid to strengthen its national energy security, the Taiwanese Government has set ambitious renewable energy targets for 2025. It is acting to attract foreign investment, and at the same time intends to phase out nuclear power by the same date. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ “National Right-Wing Media Outlets Bash Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative in Arizona” • National right-wing media outlets The Daily Caller and Washington Free Beacon have between them published two dozen articles criticizing Proposition 127, a clean energy ballot initiative in Arizona. The initiative calls for 50% renewable electricity by 2030. [Salon]

Solar array at sunset

¶ “A US City is Building Tiny Homes in People’s Back Gardens” • The Multnomah Idea Lab, a government agency in Multnomah County, Oregon, is tasked with finding innovative solutions in the county’s human services sector. It came up with a pilot program to house homeless families in tiny homes in the back gardens of willing homeowners. [BBC]

¶ “On Climate Change, Trump Disavows his own Scientists, Government” • The National Climate Assessment, the most complete and up-to-date report published by the federal government, concludes that there is no convincing alternative explanation for climate change other than human causes. Trump dismissed it without reading it. [Axios]

Have a thoroughly peachy day.

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