Archive for October 18th, 2020

October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “My Personal History With Global Warming” • I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1964–1966. While I was there, I tested my skills at the highest ski resort in the world, on the impressive glacier at Mount Chacaltaya, five feet of fresh snow on top of ten feet of glacier. Returning for a visit, I found  the snow and glacier had vanished. [CleanTechnica]

Chacaltaya Refuge (Joan Simon, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How Should the Media Talk About Climate Change?” • Activist Genevieve Guenther says the media’s refusalt to speak the words naming the cause of the disasters we suffer from is as pernicious as denial. “There is a name for the unprecedented intensity and scale and relentlessness of extreme-weather disasters,” she said. “Climate change.” [The New Yorker]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Estimating Solar Energy Potential On House Roofs Virtually – Total And Google Cloud Team Up” • Total and Google Cloud are enthusiastically sharing that they have pooled their expertise and created a tool called Solar Mapper. With this tool, they aim to accelerate PV deployment of with quick and accurate estimates of solar energy potentials. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar power (SunPower image)

World:

¶ “Foxconn Unveils EV Platform; FCA To Build EVs In Canada” • In the EV era, new car companies are springing up faster than crabgrass. BYD, NIO, Xpeng, Faraday Future, Lucid, Tesla, Kandi, Fisker, Rivian – the list is long and growing. The reason is that electric drive trains can be easily supplied, and the Taiwanese company Foxconn plans to do just that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Power To Spur Energy Transition” • BP Energy Outlook 2020 forecast that energy demand growth in China will slow dramatically, and the growth of industrial energy demand will be concentrated in the emerging world outside of China as industrial activities intensive in energy and labor are moving to lower-cost economies. [Chinadaily USA]

Wind turbine in Northwest China [Photo: Xinhua]

¶ “Nuclear Still Dominant As Renewables Gain Further Ground In Hungaryʼs Energy Mix” • In 2019, Hungary’s electricity mix had 49% nuclear, 23% gas, 15% coal, and 12% renewables. A report from the  International Atomic Energy Agency last year noted that green energy production is expected to rise “steeply” in the next few years. [Budapest Business Journal]

US:

¶ “Offshore Wind: Latest News on Turbines, State Action, And Markets from Coast to Coast” • Other news may capturing the public attention, but there are some headline-worthy happenings in the world of offshore wind, including the first turbines in US federal waters. If you could use a splash of good news, here are a few updates. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “NRDC Sues US Department Of Energy Over Efficiency Standards Process Changes” • NRDC sued the DOE for altering its energy efficiency standards-setting process to make it more difficult to set rigorous energy-saving levels for appliances and equipment. They believe the change will harm consumers and increase climate-harming pollution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Every State COULD Be Powered With 100% Renewable Energy” • If each US state took full advantage of its renewable resources, how much of its electricity needs would that cover? Would in-state renewable generation be enough to charge EVs and power electric heating, too? The answer, in almost every state, is a resounding yes. [Red, Green, and Blue]

Energy self-reliant states (ILSR image)

¶ “Amid Climate Crisis, Many Americans Still Don’t Know What The Green New Deal Is” • A poll by the Center for American Progress Action Fund showed confusion about policy proposals in the Green New Deal. A whopping 53% of Americans couldn’t say whether the Green New Deal was favorable or unfavorable. They simply don’t know what it is. [Truth Out]

¶ “Trump Is Delaying A Crucial Climate Report. Experts Say That’s Dangerous” • Environmental advocates want to know why NOAA hasn’t released a crucial climate report. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency, which oversees government research on climate change threats. [The American Independent]

Have an amusingly carefree day.

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