Archive for October 5th, 2020

October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2020

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¶ “A $100 Billion Big Oil Divestiture Plan Is Coming” • The largest oil & gas companies, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, and BP, are projected to sell a combined $100 billion in assets worldwide as they focus on top-performing regions, particularly the US shale, according to a new analysis from consulting firm Rystad Energy. [CNBC]

Oil platform (Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Presidential Climate Policy Report Card: Obama, Trump, And Biden – A CleanTechnica Exclusive” • Here is a look at the CleanTechnica climate scorecard for US administrations, past, present, and future. Obama/Biden and Biden/Harris get much better grades than Trump/Pence, which is unsurprising given President Trump’s rhetoric on the subject. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Steam Generators For Koeberg: The Most Expensive Transport Of Scrap Metal In The History Of Humankind” • The first of six new steam generators to extend the life of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power station was delivered by Areva. But all has not gone well at Areva on the project, and it serves to reveal yet another scam at Eskom. [Citizen]

New Koeberg junk (Eskom courtesy image)


¶ “McDonald’s Among Food Firms Urging Tougher Rules On Deforestation” • UK food firms, including McDonald’s, are urging tougher rules to protect rainforests. Government ministers are planning a new law against big firms using produce from illegally deforested land. But the firms say the law should apply to all deforestation, legal or not, to slow climate change. [BBC]

¶ “Tech Unicorn’ Octopus Energy To Create 1,000 New UK Jobs” • Octopus Energy plans to create 1,000 new technology jobs at sites in London, Brighton, Warwick, and Leicester, and a new tech hub in Manchester. It looks to make the UK the “Silicon Valley of energy,” and it seeks graduates to work on a proprietary green energy technology platform. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines in Scotland (Murdo MacLeod | Guardian)

¶ “Tesla Purchases European Battery Assembly Company” • ATW Automation, a Canadian battery company, has fallen on hard times. Tesla agreed to acquire the company for an undisclosed sum according to Automotive News Europe. ATW Automation has about 120 employees and has over 20 production lines making batteries for international automakers. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Neoen Clinches 110-MW Wind PPA” • Neoen is set to build the 157-MW Kaban wind farm in Queensland, Australia, after signing a 110-MW power purchase agreement with CleanCo Queensland. The wind farm will consist of 28 turbines connected via a new substation into an existing 275 kV overhead transmission line. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2023. [reNEWS]

Windpower and storage (Neoen image)

¶ “Australia’s Largest Independent Oil & Gas Company Advances Renewable Hydrogen Plans, Hunts For Contractor” • Woodside Petroleum is pressing ahead with renewable hydrogen projects, with thoughts of large-scale export of hydrogen as ammonia. Woodside is looking for a contractor to design and build a plant in Tasmania. [Upstream Online]

¶ “Audi Australia commits to 100% renewable energy by 2021” • Audi Australia has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. A spokesperson told CarAdvice the pledge is for energy used in all local business operations, starting in 2021. Electricity will be sourced primarily from the Capital Wind Farm precinct in New South Wales. [CarAdvice]

Audis and wind turbines

¶ “Isolated Nursing Centre That Became A Bushfire Refuge Gets Renewable Energy Funding” • A health service in Victoria’s north-east that became a refuge during last summer’s bushfires will be able to run entirely on renewable energy after receiving funding from the state. The area around the remote Walwa Bush Nursing Centre lost power for ten days. [ABC News]


¶ “Seismic Blasting By Oil & Gas Industry In Atlantic Ocean Halting On November 30” • In rare good news, the federal permits that allow fossil fuel companies to use deafening airguns, which harm many marine species, will expire on November 30 and not be renewed. Fossil fuel companies use the airguns to search for oil and gas deposits. [CleanTechnica]

Right whale and her calf (Image: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01)

¶ “NASA, SpaceX to Launch First Commercial Crew Rotation Mission to International Space Station” • NASA and SpaceX are beginning a regular cadence of missions launching American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 is set for launch on October 31. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Top Solar Power States Per Capita – CleanTechnica Report” • Here is a ranking of states by total solar power capacity per capita and some commentary. Would you have guessed that Nevada was number 1? It might not be surprising that the five top states are in very sunny areas, but would you have guessed that the number six state is Vermont? [CleanTechnica]

Have a way cool day.

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