October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Can nature heal itself? What the pandemic has shown us” • In the early days of the pandemic, there was one bright spot: nature appeared to be healing. As we lived under lockdown, we heard of unusual animal sightings, like wild goats taking over a town in Wales. Was nature still capable of healing itself, if just given some alone time? It’s probably not that simple. [CNN]

Mountain goats in Wales (Christopher Furlong | Getty Images)

¶ “‘Green Hydrogen’ From Renewables Could Become Cheapest Transformative Fuel Within A Decade” • Hydrogen made with wind and solar energy could be the cheapest transformative fuel sooner than expected, analysts believe. Chinese companies claim to make hydrogen from renewable energy for up to 80% less than official Australian estimates of two years ago. [The Guardian]

¶ “Can Renewables Push Latin America Towards A Green Recovery?” • As Latin America grapples with the pandemic, renewable energy offers a possible route to economic recovery and emissions reductions. But many hurdles remain, with some governments still betting on fossil fuels and delaying projects that would boost the clean energy grid. [Diálogo Chino]

Genneia wind farm in Argentina (Image: Genneia)

¶ “How NextEra Overtook ExxonMobil As The Largest US Energy Company” • If you had invested in Florida-based utility NextEra Energy a decade ago, your total return would have been 600%, including dividends. By contrast, if you had invested in ExxonMobil a decade ago, you have seen a total 10-year return of -25%. There are reasons for those changes. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Responsible For Record Sea Temperature Levels, Says Study” • An unprecedented rise in sea temperatures is being driven by global warming, a major report in the peer-reviewed Journal of Operational Oceanography reveals. It shows an overall trend globally of surface warming, with the largest rise in the Arctic Ocean. [Newswise]

Waterspout (Dr Joseph Golden, NOAA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Extreme Events ‘Presage Worse To Come’ In A Warming Climate” • The list of extreme events resulting from climate change is truly mind-numbing, and understanding what it means is greatly aided by the meticulous record keeping of such federal agencies as NOAA. Clearly the number and scale of these events are on the increase. [Yale Climate Connections]

World:

¶ “The Return Of Europe’s Largest Beasts” • Populations of bison and wolf are reviving in parts of Europe, with efforts to return some of the landscape to a more natural state. A new method of conservation aims to let large areas return to wilderness, to a state without human intervention. But it can be tricky to manage that. Large beasts are not always welcome. [BBC]

Bison (© Michael Gäbler, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Unique ~$25,000 Tesla Vehicles Planned For Europe And China” • For a few years now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been briefly, occasionally, and somewhat mysteriously mentioning a potential low-cost Tesla vehicle that would have a starting price significantly below that of the Tesla Model 3. We now have a confirmation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ulstein Unveils Second Hydrogen Offshore Wind Vessel” • Norwegian company Ulstein has unveiled a second hydrogen hybrid design for the offshore wind industry. The Ulstein J102 zero emission wind turbine installation vessel will be able to operate 75% of the time in zero emission mode. Ulstein said the extra cost is less than 5% of the total CAPEX. [reNEWS]

Ulstein jackup vessel (Ulstein image)

¶ “CEO Alliance Pledges Support To EU Net-Zero Goal” • Chief executives from 11 companies, including Iberdrola, Enel, and Siemens, pledged to help achieve net-zero emissions in Europe by 2050. The European CEO Alliance, which held its inaugural meeting on October 1, supports the European Commission’s goal of 55% reduction in emissions by 2030. [reNEWS]

¶ “Bureau Expecting Surge In Renewable Energy Program” • Certificates for over 500,000 MWh are likely to be sold through a Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Center program by the end of this year, driven by intense corporate demand for green energy, according to the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspections. [台北時報 – Taipei Times]

Iberdrola wind turbine (t.przechlewski, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Elon Musk: Tesla Aiming For 20 Million Vehicles/Year By 2030” • Just after Battery Day, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla plans to reach sales of 20 million vehicles a year by 2030. He admits it’s an ambitious plan that “requires consistently excellent execution.” But that’s basically Tesla’s whole history. It is built on plans that many see as “impossible.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump Gives Polluting Mining Projects a Pass” • The Trump administration made an executive order to expand and fast-track polluting mining projects, posing real risks to critical water resources, nearby communities, and untouched public lands. The order impacts mining of 35 minerals that the Department of the Interior calls “critical.” [CleanTechnica]

Open pit mine (NRDC via Twitter)

¶ “Tesla Delivers Record 139,300 Vehicles In 3rd Quarter – New Graphs And Chart” • Tesla released its 3rd quarter production and delivery numbers. The total figures for both production and deliveries were new quarterly records for the company – and by far. The previous quarterly delivery record was 112,000 vehicles. Last quarter had 139,300. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Secretary Of Energy Sees Future In Colstrip Coal Plant” • Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette spoke highly of the future of coal ahead of his visit to Colstrip, Montana. He said he sees good things for the Colstrip coal-fired plant, which saw its two oldest units shut down earlier this year. Two others are still operating, but their future is uncertain. [Missoula Current]

Have a profoundly enjoyable day.

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