October 21 Energy News

October 21, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Epitome Of Stupidity: Oil Companies Chill The Ground In Alaska So They Can Keep Drilling” • The Guardian reports that ConocoPhillips and other oil companies operating on the North Slope in Alaska are facing a new challenge. As permafrost melts, their trucks can’t cross the land and rigs can destabilize. They are considering freezing Alaskan land. [CleanTechnica]

Thermosiphons in Alaska (Credit: Arctic Foundations)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The High-Performance All-Electric Home” • In the 1950s, when nuclear energy was booming and hydroelectric dams were proliferating, the all-electric home became a thing, and it didn’t matter that electric heating was inefficient. Now, we know that nuclear is not too cheap to meter, but electric heating is to cheap to ignore.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Levelized Cost Of Carbon Abatement – New Tool For Investors And Policy Makers” • At Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy, a team of researchers devised a new method of calculating the economic impact investors and policy makers can expect as a result of a range of actions designed to reduce CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Lightning  in New York (Hermann Luyken, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “China Says Environment Still Grim Despite Five Years Of Progress” • China’s environment conditions are “grim,” falling short of public expectations even after five years of efforts to improve air quality, boost clean energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior official said. China is drawing up a new five-year plan for 2021-2025. [CNN]

¶ “Vietnam Faces Deadly Flooding Disaster – Red Cross” • In Vietnam, millions of people face a “deadly double disaster” as the country, already suffering from the impact of Covid-19, battles its worst floods for decades. According to the Red Cross, flooding and landslides have killed over 100 people this month, many of them soldiers, and left dozens more missing. [BBC]

Flooding in Quang Binh province (Vietnam Red Cross image)

¶ “Dacia Sprint May Be Least Expensive Electric Car In Europe” • Dacia expects its new compact SUV-style Sprint to sell for less $23,000. That means in Germany, where the current incentive is €9,000, the Dacia Sprint will cost consumers less than $13,000. It has room for four passengers, six airbags, LED headlights, and automatic emergency braking. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Leads September EV Surge In Italy As Market Triples Year On Year” • EV adoption in 2020 is growing fast in most European countries, with governments’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic focusing on a green recovery.  Italy is no exception to this trend, as the September figures for electric car registrations reach new heights. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “Queensland 2030 Climate Target Would Be Scrapped If LNP Win Election As State’s Emissions Rise” • Rising greenhouse gas emissions mean Queensland could miss a 2030 climate target. And it will be scrapped entirely if the Liberal National party wins the upcoming election, experts say. The state accounts for 32% of Australia’s total GHG emissions. [The Guardian]

¶ “Swell Of Support For Welsh Renewables As Nuclear Plans Fall Through” • This month, after £2 billion ($2.5 billion) had been spent in development (taxpayers’ money and investment from Hitachi), the plug was pulled on the Wylfa B nuclear venture. This news comes on the back of a glowing Marine Energy Wales report. [Power Engineering International]

Wind turbine at the end of the rainbow!
(guto, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “Wildfires Force Closure Of National Forests In Five Colorado Counties” • Due to “unprecedented and historic fire conditions,” National forest land in five Colorado counties will temporarily close, federal officials said. As of October 20, 442,000 acres of land were affected by wildfires in north central Colorado and southern Wyoming. [CNN]

¶ “Ørsted And Equinor Bid For New York Solicitation” • Two Equinor projects and Sunrise Wind 2, a joint venture of Ørsted and New England energy provider Eversource, have been put forward for New York state’s solicitation for up to 2500 MW of offshore wind, announced in July. The state plans on 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “America Has Reached A ‘Tipping Point’ For Corporate Renewables Demand: Study” • US corporates and industrials will contract 4.4 GW to 7.2 GW of new solar and wind capacity each year through to 2030, according to a report from IHS Markit. This follows a national record of almost 8 GW this year, despite Covid-19 impacts. [Recharge]

¶ “Report: US Corporate Sector Emerges As Source Of Rapid Demand Growth For Renewables” • The United States, more than any other country, has a growing portion of new renewable energy projects being built to meet demand coming directly from corporations. That’s according to a new report published by IHS Markit. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “All New US Electricity Generation Capacity Came From Renewables This Summer” • A SUN DAY Campaign review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission data shows renewable energy sources dominated additions of US electrical generating capacity in the first eight months of 2020. In fact, all capacity added last summer was renewable. [Solar Power World]

¶ “US Developer Secures 55 MW Of Maine Solar” • Borrego Solar will shortly begin constructing 55 MW of PV capacity in Maine. The capacity will be divided among projects in eight different communities. The Borrego portfolio represents the largest award from Portland-based Competitive Energy Services’ Distributed Generation Consortium initiative. [reNEWS]

Have an exhilaratingly merry day.

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