November 5 Energy News

November 5, 2019


¶ “Fact-Checking Trump’s California Wildfire Criticism” • As wildfires swept across California, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the state’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, for the way his administration has handled the crises. Here’s a breakdown of the President’s most recent accusations and the facts behind them. [CNN]

House on fire (Noah Berger | AP)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oil And Gas Majors Must Cut Output 35% By 2040 To Reach Paris Targets” • A report from independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker concluded that the world’s seven leading oil and gas majors must cut production by an average of 35% by 2040 if global emissions are to be kept “well below” 2°C, in accordance with the Paris Agreement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Satellites Are Key To Monitoring Ocean Carbon” • We need to know how much CO₂ stays in the atmosphere and how much becomes stored in the oceans or on land. The oceans in particular have helped to slow climate change as they absorb and then store the carbon for thousands of years. We can monitor changes in CO₂ with satellites. [Newswise]

Tonga (Copernicus Sentinel data processed by ESA)


¶ “Citroën Commits To Fully Electric Light Commercial Vehicle Lineup By 2025” • Citroën has led in the light commercial space for years and is kicking off an effort to convert 100% of its light commercial vehicles and their passenger vehicle counterparts to electric. The company sees electric vehicles as “an important driver for Citroën’s growth.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DTEK Delivers 100 MW Ukrainian Second Helping” • Ukraine energy company DTEK has commissioned the second 100-MW phase of Prymorska wind farm, bringing total operational capacity at the facility to 200 MW, according to the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association. The project features 52 GE wind turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine in the Ukraine (UWEA image)

¶ “Karusa And Soetwater Wind Farms Start Construction” • Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, has started construction of the Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each. The plants are located in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. They are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. [ESI Africa]

¶ “South Australia’s Stunning Renewable Energy Transition, And What Comes Next” • South Australia dumped coal and sources more than half its generation from wind and solar. It is now a net exporter rather than an importer of electricity. It plans to have “net 100%” renewable energy in a decade, and a multiple of that in the future. [RenewEconomy]

Tesla battery at the Hornsdale wind farm


¶ “Supreme Court Calls Chief Secretaries Of 3 States, Says People Can’t Be Left To Die” • At a marathon hearing on air pollution, India’s Supreme Court passed a slew of directions on the air pollution plaguing the country. It threatened to penalize officials at all levels and said, “You can postpone the Assembly; people cannot be left to die.” [The Hans India]

¶ “The Perfect Storm Fueling New Delhi’s Deadly Pollution” • A potent combination of pollutants, agricultural practices, weather conditions, and geography has shrouded India’s capital in a toxic, throat-searing cloud of brown smog. This type of severe seasonal increase in smog has become all too familiar over the past few years. [CNN]

Cyclist in New Delhi (Adnan Abidi | Reuters)

¶ “Tata Power And Partner Create World’s Largest Microgrid Firm” • In India, Tata Power has partnered with the Rockfeller Foundation to launch what is called the world’s largest microgrid developer. TP Renewable Microgrid will partner with local organizations to address the lack of access to affordable, reliable, clean energy among Indians. [Smart Energy]


¶ “Google Workers Pen Open Letter To Company Demanding Climate Action” • In an open letter addressed to Google CFO Ruth Porat, over 1,100 of the company’s workers are asking for a climate plan. The plan incorporates specific requests that have similarly been set by workers at other tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft. [CNN]

Google workers (Dina Litovsky | CNN)

¶ “US Begins Formal Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord” • The Trump administration announced that it will begin formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, the first step in a year-long process to back out of the agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases. Trump is working to reduce federal regulations on pollution. [CNN]

¶ “More Solar Panels For DOD, One More Stab In The Back For Coal” • It looks like the Kentucky Air National Guard is tired of waiting around for the local utility to ditch coal. The 123rd Airlift Wing proudly announced plans for new rooftop solar panels, aimed at reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The new project is a money-saver, too. [CleanTechnica]

PVs planned for the 123rd Airlift Wing (Philip Speck | DOD)

¶ “Southern Florida Among Spots At Greater Risk Due To Sea Level Rise, Finds New Machine Learning Study” • We have a very high confidence that we’ll see 8-12 inches of sea level rise by 2050. But elevations along coast lines were not really well understood, a study shows. And some places, such as southern Florida, are facing problems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Feds Exempt Shuttered Pilgrim From Emergency Requirements” • Federal regulators have signed off on a request to exempt the now-closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from certain emergency planning and preparedness requirements, the NRC announced. US Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) called the move “shocking.” [WBUR]

Have an exceedingly delightful day.

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