November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “New And Strange Climate Pattern Includes More Violent El Niño Swings” • In the industrial age, El Niños have become more intense, standing to worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching in El Niño years. A new study has found compelling evidence in the Pacific Ocean that the stronger El Niños are part of a climate pattern that is new and strange. [SciTechDaily]

Powerful El Niño events in 1997 and 2015 (NOAA)


¶ “Olivia Campbell Andersen: Renewable Energy Standard Needs Fixing, Now” • For young generations, clean energy is not an option, it’s an expectation. For seniors, health-impaired neighbors, and businesses, reliable and affordable electricity is a lifeblood necessity. We’ve heard scientists’ alarms, … and know time is running out to stop it. []


¶ “China Can Go Carbon Neutral By 2050 While Still Growing Its Economy: Report” • China won’t have to sacrifice prosperity to go carbon neutral in the next few decades, a report says. The report by the Energy Transitions Commission in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute said China could triple economic output per person. [CNN]

Sheep and cooling tower in China

¶ “Samoa Climate Change Resilience Challenges Western Perceptions” • The resilience of Samoan communities in the face of climate change provides a blueprint other nations can follow, a study says. Rather than despairing at the prospect, villagers have developed a pragmatic and positive approach to impending climate changes. [Science Daily]

¶ “Electric Tour Boats In Paris To Use Repurposed Renault EV Batteries” • The Seine Alliance, a river tourism developer in Paris, has partnered with Renault to utilize used EV batteries for powering its electric tour boats. They have no exhaust fumes. They’re quiet and inexpensive to run. And the boats will not require costly new batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Electric boat at the Paris Yacht Club (Image: The Seine Alliance)

¶ “Volkswagen Will Invest $4 Billion In China, Adds ID.3 Production To Dresden Factory” • Together with its Chinese partners, Volkswagen Group accounts for 19.5% of all cars sold in China, according to Stephan Wöllenstein CEO of Volkswagen Group China. Now, the company says it will invest $4 billion in its China operations in 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Positive Result For Second Yorkshire Battery” • Harmony Energy has secured planning permission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the construction of a second battery storage scheme at a site in Yorkshire. The 49.5-MW facility will be the second built on a one hectare site next to a substation at Cottingham, near Hull. [reNEWS]

Battery storage plant (Image: Carter Jonas)

¶ “DEME, Engie Form Belgian Hydrogen Team” • DEME Group and Engie are among seven organisations in Belgium cooperating on ways to deliver the production, transport, and storage of hydrogen to help meet the country’s 80% by 2050 renewable energy goal. They noted that hydrogen is an important carrier for renewable energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Sunrise Movement Goes Viral Without Twitter Ads, Yet Still Influences National Narrative” • Climate action momentum is building around the US and world, in good part due to Sunrise advocacy. The word has spread without such things as insidious Twitter ads. The Sunrise Movement is accomplishing a lot with little more than people power. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrise Movement protest (Vivianne Peckham via Sunrise)

¶ “Legal Suits Mounting Against Mexican Renewable Energy Change: Lobby” • Increasing numbers of lawsuits are being brought because of a rule change by the government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The change reduced private sector incentives to develop renewable energy, a leading business association said. []


¶ “Solar Costs And Wind Costs So Low They’re Cheaper Than Existing Coal And Nuclear – Lazard LCOE Report” • Lazard’s latest LCOE report says cheap energy from solar and wind are competing with existing coal and nuclear plants. It can be cheaper to build new wind and solar farms than to keep existing coal and nuclear power plants going. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels at Disney World (Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Tesla Cybertruck Starts From $39,900! Better Value Than Ford F-150?” • The Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled last night. Compared with a similarly outfitted Ford F-150, its entry price of $39,900 is shockingly affordable. The F-150’s price, with similar features, would be considerably higher priced, and it would cost much more to maintain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Federal Gulf Cod Fishery Likely To Close As Warming Waters Push Cod Numbers To Lowest On Record” • The latest Gulf of Alaska trawl survey shows the lowest cod numbers on record. That threatens to close the federal Gulf cod fishery which was slated to begin in less than two months. Cod have declined so badly that few fishermen go after them. [KTOO]

Fisherman Frank Miles (Kavitha George | Alaska’s Energy Desk)

¶ Facebook’s Newton Data Center Receives 100% Renewable Energy”” • A new solar project will have a new Facebook data center hub in Georgia 100% renewably powered. Walton Electric Membership Corporation has signed a contract with Silicon Ranch on behalf of Facebook for power from a new solar project in Newton County. [Capacity Media]

¶ “State Staff: Georgia Power Nuclear Timeline ‘significantly Challenged’” • Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle is falling further behind schedule, according to a filing by Georgia Public Service Commission staff and consultants. The project is already years behind its original schedule and billions of dollars over budget. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Have an excitingly pleasant day.

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