Archive for October 29th, 2020

October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2020


¶ “Memo To Trump, Biden And Political Pundits: Texas Is Not All About Oil And Gas Anymore” • When people think of Texas, they often picture “Big Oil.” But from demographics and politics to economics and culture, Texas is changing. If you think it’s still all about oil, you don’t know Texas. Increasingly, renewable energy has an important presence in the state. [USA TODAY]

Wind farm in Texas (Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tremendously Cheap Solar, Wind, And Batteries Are To Transform Society, RethinkX Forecasts” • The ongoing theme in the energy industry is a sharp drop in solar power, wind power, and battery prices. But we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, according to RethinkX. And cheap clean energy doesn’t just mean somewhat lower costs. It means disruption. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Investing In Nuclear Energy Over Renewable Source May Be Wrong: Here’s Why” • To the casual observer, nuclear power and renewables might appear to be equally desirable for cutting CO₂ emissions. But in fact, there are major differences. A recent paper in Nature Energy suggests that nuclear power is less effective than renewable energy. [Business Standard]

Hope Creek nuclear plant (Peretzp, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “South Australia Got 100% Of Its Electricity From Solar For One Hour” • People used to think solar PVs could not provide more than 5% of our electricity. Now, South Australia gets more than 20% of its electricity from rooftop systems, and nearly 70% from all types of wind and solar. For one hour this month, 100% of its electricity came from solar PVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China’s Forest Carbon Uptake Underestimated” • China’s aggressive policy of planting trees is likely playing a significant role in tempering its climate impacts. An international team identified two areas where the scale of CO₂ absorption by new forests was underestimated. They account for a little over 35% of China’s entire land carbon “sink”, the team says. [BBC]

Logs in China (SPL image)

¶ “The UK Is Spending 32 Times More On Fossil Fuels Than On Renewables: New Report” • The UK government is squandering an opportunity to move towards a zero carbon future by putting billions of stimulus cash into fossil fuels and all but neglecting renewable energy, according to a major report from the Finnish power firm Wärtsilä Energy. [Forbes]

¶ “Global Financial Institutions Plan For Major Oil And Gas Lending Exits” • Financial institutions have begun restricting oil and gas funding. A report by the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis says over 100 globally significant financial institutions have announced their divestment from coal, and 50 are limiting funding for oil and gas. [CleanTechnica]

Oil sands (NOAA image)

¶ “Bunnings Targets 100% Renewable Energy By 2025” • The Australian hardware and DIY product supplier, Bunnings, has pledged to power its stores with 100% renewable energy by 2025, as the Wesfarmers-owned retailer ramps up energy efficiencies. Nonprofits such as Greenpeace Australia have welcomed the news and praised the company. [ChannelNews]

¶ “Danish Solar Giant Gets Greenlight” • European Energy is to start construction of a 300-MW solar farm in Denmark. It will be the biggest facility of its kind in Northern Europe. Construction is expected to proceed in early 2021 and grid connection should take place before the end of that year. The facility will be located close to planned future data centers. [reNEWS]

Renewable energy (European Energy image)


¶ “Cleantech Creates Higher Paying Jobs – Millions Of Them” • One of the really great side benefits of climate action is that it creates a lot of well paying jobs. But how many jobs? And how well do they pay? E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy, and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute have some answers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Third Hurricane Hitting Louisiana, Fifth Major Storm, Seventh Evacuation – As Election Day Nears” • In Louisiana, it’s another day, another hurricane. Now, it’s Zeta, bringing mostly rain to my neighborhood but much more damage to the New Orleans area. Tuesday is Election Day and hurricanes tend to knock out power for weeks. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Zeta (Reshaud, via Twitter)

¶ “USA Rare Earth Commits To A 100% Renewable Energy Plan For Round Top Mountain Project” • USA Rare Earth LLC will use the excellent solar resources of  West Texas in its committed plan to power its operations at its Round Top Heavy Rare Earth & Critical Mineral Project in Hudspeth County, Texas with 100% renewable energy. [Energy and Mines]

¶ “Iowa’s Largest Solar Power Plant Nearly Finished” • Iowa is getting its largest solar power park to date. Renewable energy company Clēnera and RES (Renewable Energy Systems) teamed up on the 127.5-MW Wapello Solar project. It will make enough electricity for about 45,000 homes. The electricity will be sold to the Central Iowa Power Cooperative. [CleanTechnica]

Building a PV array (Photo courtesy of Clēnera)

¶ “Ørsted Starts Construction Of 298-MW Nebraska Wind Project” • Ørsted is expanding its presence in the Southwest Power Pool by acquiring the 298-MW Haystack Wind project in Wayne County, Nebraska. Situated adjacent to Ørsted’s 230-MW Plum Creek wind farm, Haystack will connect to the existing SPP North system. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “New Report Shows ‘Explosive Growth’ of Renewable Energy Technologies Across the US” • Compared to 2010, in 2019 the US produced 30 times as much solar power and over three as much the wind energy, and it had 20 times as much utility scale battery storage, a report from the Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center shows. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Have a tranfiguratively pleasant day.

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