Archive for November, 2020

November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2020


¶ “The Significance Of The New US Special Presidential Envoy For Climate” • John Kerry’s upcoming position as US special presidential envoy for climate is big news. The “climate czar” is expected to guide the US back into the Paris climate accord and recommit the US to global climate cooperation after four dismal years of the Trump presidency. [CleanTechnica]

John Kerry, 2011 (Al Jazeera English, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “NSW’s Clean Energy Plan Means The Federal Government Is Even More Isolated On Fossil Fuels” • Weeks that pack in as many transformative developments in clean energy in Australia as this one don’t come often. And unlike politics at the federal level, in New South Wales legislation had nearly unanimous parliamentary support. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Power Outage? Extreme Heat? There’s Help In An Energy Efficient Home” • Climate change has exacerbated the frequency, duration, and intensity of weather events and power outages. When we are challenged by energy gaps or weather crises, we find ourselves quickly needing to adapt. An energy efficient home can help with that. [CleanTechnica]

Adapting to heat (Image retrieved from NOAA, public domain)

¶ “Le Chatelier’s Principle Sparks A New Green Ammonia Breakthrough” • Le Chatelier’s principle is behind a new high efficiency process that could pump up the markets for both green ammonia and green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is already a thing, and the US DOE is working on figuring out the ammonia piece of the puzzle. CleanTechnica]

Named storm tracks, 2020 (CNN Weather image)

¶ “Historic 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes To A Close” • November 30 officially marks the final day of Atlantic hurricane season, and it has been one for the record books. 2020 has been undoubtedly a crazy year. with Covid-19 and record-breaking wildfires. Nevertheless, the hurricane season stands out, setting a number of records of its own. [CNN]


¶ “Stubble Burning: Why It Continues To Smother North India” • Stubble burning in northern India has long been a major cause of air pollution, but efforts to stop it fail every year. The stubble, left over straw from crops, has to be removed, and the way this has been done has been by burning it in the field. There are many reasons why it continues. [BBC]

¶ “The Ships Powered By ‘Green Hydrogen'” • Ships emit 3% of all greenhouse gases, and emissions are projected to grow by up to 50% by 2050 if the industry continues on a business-as-usual path. Green hydrogen and ammonia derived from it can replace the oil used in ships. And their use in boats, which is now being introduced, can be scaled up. [BBC]

Hydrobingo, powered by hydrogen (CMB image)

¶ “Scottish Homes To Be First In World To Use 100% Green Hydrogen” • Three hundred homes in Scotland will soon be the first in the world to use 100% green hydrogen for heat and to cook their food. They are part of a trial that could help homes across the country replace fossil fuel gas. The households in the test will be in the area of Fife. [The Guardian]

¶ “EU On Track To Meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Renewable Energy 2020 Targets” • A report from the European Environment Agency says the EU’s 27 Member States (plus the UK) are making progress towards meeting Europe’s climate and energy targets. The analysis is based on data up to 2019 and EEA estimates for 2020. [European Environment Agency]

Wind turbines (Aniek Wessel, Unsplash)

¶ “Rwanda: Opposition Grows To Russian-Backed Nuclear Plants” • Plans by Rwanda to build nuclear reactors with Russian help are facing stiff opposition in the country. Frank Habineza, a lawmaker and member of the Democratic Green Party, has warned that nuclear energy could do the country more harm than good. [Anadolu Agency]


¶ “Wyoming Gets Its First Electric Bus” • Jackson, Wyoming’s START bus system recently got something new: an electric bus from Proterra. The Proterra 40-foot ZX5 MAX battery-electric transit bus has a 660 kWh battery, which can deliver up to 329 miles of drive range. The system plans on getting at least 7 more of the vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Wyoming’s first electric bus (Image provided by Proterra)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Police Car vs Dodge Charger Police Car – Nearly $7,000 In Savings In One Year” • A Tesla has a higher upfront cost than a typical police car, but do the operational savings make up for that higher upfront cost? Considering how many miles a typical police car drives, my guess would be “yes,” but let’s look at some numbers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Diesel Cheating May Involve Millions Of Pickup Trucks” • An EPA report estimates 557,478 medium and heavy duty trucks have been fitted with emissions defeat devices. The cumulative effect of the extra pollutants coming from their exhaust pipes is estimated to be equal to the emissions from nearly 10 million fully compliant diesel pickups. [CleanTechnica]

Pickup truck (Courtesy of Chevrolet)

¶ “Monolith receives Clean Hydrogen Production funding from MHI” • Monolith Materials, a clean hydrogen and chemical firm, got an investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America to support its innovative, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology. Monolith Materials is able to make clean hydrogen commercially from bio-methane. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Hydrogen Is Key To Texas Role In Clean Energy, Depending On Its Color” • Chemists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and some of the biggest names in energy are developing ways to capture hydrogen for use as a back-up for wind and solar plants and as a fuel. The gas also promises to keep Texas at the center of the energy world. [Houston Chronicle]

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November 29 Energy News

November 29, 2020


¶ “Republicans Remain Opposed To Any Policies That Would Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use” • For over a decade, the GOP was alone among the world’s major right-of-center parties in its refusal to endorse climate science. But during the Trump era, the major Republican point of agreement shifted to insist on fossil-fuel use as an inherent good. [New York Magazine]

Pollution (Zoya Loonohod, Unsplash)

¶ “Scott Morrison’s Climate Language Has Shifted – But Actions Speak Louder Than Words” • Scott Morrison’s language about Australia adopting a of net zero by 2050, and more generally about climate action, is starting to warm up. The recent shift in the prime minister’s language invites two questions: is there a pivot under way, and is the shift real? [The Guardian]


¶ “Sydney Records The Hottest November Night On Record” • Sydney has recorded its hottest November night on record, with a minimum overnight temperature of 25.4°C (77.7°F). Daytime temperatures of 40°C (104°F) are expected. The New South Wales Fire Service issued a fire ban for parts of the state, as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires. [BBC]

Manly Beach, Sydney, in cooler weather (Adrian Rem, Unsplash)

¶ “The Pandemic Is Shifting Urban Transport To Micromobility” • Data published in an article at The Economist show that urban commuters are shifting from public transit to alternatives. While cars are on the rise, other factors are steering commuters to use electric scooters and bicycles. And where Covid-19 cases fell, the decreased transit use has persisted. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrify Canada Expands Into Alberta” • Electrify Canada, which is a partner of Electrify America as well as Volkswagen Group Canada, is spreading ultrafast EV charging stations across Canada. Now it has expanded to Alberta. Its first Alberta charging station is in Canmore, but an ultrafast charging station is coming to Calgary soon. [CleanTechnica]

Canmore, Alberta (Jack Borno, CC, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Largest Train Station In Asia Gets Solar Roof” • The Xiongan Railway Station is a new train station in China that is the largest in Asia, covering 680,000 square meters. It’s 2020, so, naturally, the train station is covered in solar panels – 6 MW of them. The solar system is expected to create 5.8 GWh of electricity per year for the train station. [CleanTechnica]

GE Halide X wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy Image)

¶ “Dogger Bank, World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Will Use 190 GE Haliade-X Turbines” • Equinor and SSE Renewables announced that they have financing for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be in the North Sea about 160 km east of Yorkshire. The wind farm will be powered by 190 GE Haliade-X 13 MW turbines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Sets 450-GW Capacity Renewable Energy Target For 2030” • The Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy and Power, RK Singh, speaking at a country session of Maldives, said India’s renewable energy target is now 450 GW of capacity by 2030. He emphasized that renewable energy is a must not only for India, but for the world. [ET Now]

¶ “First Chinese-Developed Nuclear Reactor Starts Operations” • China is running its first domestically developed nuclear reactor, Hualong One. Beijing is trying to reduce dependence on foreign sources for energy security and critical technology. Less than 5% of China’s electricity is supplied by nuclear reactors, but the amount is growing. [The Straits Times]

Hualong One (Photo: China National Nuclear Corporation)

¶ “Illegal Coal Trade: CBI Conducts Searches At 45 Locations In Four States” • India’s Central Bureau of Investigation searched 45 locations in four States in connection with the illegal mining and theft of coal from Kunustoria and Majora collieries in West Bengal. The CBI move is said to be a part of the crackdown on the coal mafia in the eastern region. [The Hindu]


¶ “Top 10 States For Renewable Energy, And Their Renewable Energy Splits” • The US Energy Information Administration published a special short profile on New York’s leadership in renewable energy, including how resources were split. The article showed how varied renewable energy resource splits are among the different top states. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy resources in top states (EIA image)

¶ “US DOE Grants $3.6 Million To Portland Firm To Develop Renewable Tidal Power System” • Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland has received $3,676,997 in funding from the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. ORPC will use this funding to propose a novel energy system for tidal and riverine currents. []

¶ “In Georgia, 16 Superfund Sites Are Threatened By Extreme Weather Linked To Climate Change” • An investigation into the impact of climate change on 945 vulnerable Superfund sites by InsideClimate News, NBC News and The Texas Observer found that 16 Superfund sites in Georgia were subject to increased flooding with climate change. [InsideClimate News]

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November 28 Energy News

November 28, 2020


¶ “Replacing A Coal Plant Takes An Infinite Number Of Wind Turbines” • No number of wind turbines would be sufficient to replace everything a coal plant gives us. To replace one coal plant’s electricity, only 120 to 350 modern wind turbines would do, but coal gives us a lot that wind does not. For instance, we get CO₂. And particulates. [CleanTechnica]

Decline of coal (Image courtesy of EIA)

¶ “Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Can Extract USA From Fossil Fuel Use” • After four years of undermining climate science, the US will have an administration more committed to addressing climate change than any before. Rapid implementation of policies in three overarching areas may present a starting point for rapid action. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Polar Scientists Wary Of Impending Satellite Gap” • There will be a gap of several years in our ability to measure the thickness of ice in polar regions, scientists warn. The only two satellites dedicated to observing the poles are almost certain to die before replacements are flown, leaving us blind to important changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. [BBC]

One alternative to satellites for altimetry (NASA image)

¶ “An Unusual Snack For Cows, A Powerful Fix For Climate” • Asparagopsis seaweed doesn’t seem like much, but it could practically neutralize one of the most stubborn sources of the greenhouse gas methane. Emissions come from the digestive processes of some livestock, including the planet’s 1.5 billion cows, which burp the gas. [Seattle Times]

¶ “Audi Formula E Drivetrain Is 95% Efficient” • Formula E racing puts a premium on efficiency. Ahead of the start of the Formula E season in Santiago next January, Audi announced that its new MGU05 motor/transmission package, developed by Audi Sport and Schaeffler, converts 95% of the energy stored in the battery into forward motion. [CleanTechnica]

Audi Formula E car (Audi image)


¶ “Sony ‘Could Shift Factories Out Of Japan’ Over Renewable Energy Drought” • Sony warned Japan’s government it could move manufacturing abroad over difficulties sourcing renewable energy for its operations. Chief executives from Sony and other major Japanese companies have demanded reforms to make renewable power procurement easier. [Recharge]

¶ “Vestas Secures New Wind Order In Poland” • Vestas secured a 40-MW order for the Nowy Tomysl project from a subsidiary of developer PNE AG, in western Poland. The project will consist of twelve V126-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.3 MW operating mode. Vestas has installed about 2.4 GW of wind turbines in the country so far. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “BP investing in Middle East oil while pledging a renewables shift – A double standard?” • BP said it will invest more money in Middle Eastern oil and natural-gas fields even as it transitions to renewable energy and tries to lower emissions. BP is targeting a 40% decline in hydrocarbon production by 2030 and will not explore for crude in new countries. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “India Aims For 220 GW Of Renewables By 2022” • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country aims to increase its renewables capacity to 220 GW by 2022, up from a previous goal of 175 GW. Modi said in a speech at that India currently has 136 GW of clean power installed, representing about 36% of the country’s total generation. [reNEWS]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Image: Government of India)

¶ “Chile’s National Energy Commission Will Tender For 2,310 GWh Of Renewables And Energy Storage” • Chilean authorities announced plans for an auction next year to procure 2,310 GWh of renewable power from generation and storage. Projects must start delivering power from 2026 and sign up to 15-year power purchase agreements. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Ørsted Team Eyes First Green Hydrogen Ferry” • Ørsted is part of partnership including shipping company DFDS that has applied for EU support for development of a ferry powered by green hydrogen created by offshore wind. The ferry would cover DFDS’ Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route initially. It would be powered by a 23-MW fuel cell system. [reNEWS]

Green hydrogen ferry (DFDS image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Isn’t The Answer To Nunavut’s Energy Problems, Expert Says” • Despite growing interest from the federal government and nuclear proponents, the Canadian Environmental Law Association has warned that the safety implications of small modular reactors may outweigh the environmental payoff. [CTV News]


¶ “Forging The Path For Renewable Energy In Utah: Drilling Begins On Geothermal Well In Milford” • The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy is drilling a geothermal well in Milford. The well is to test technologies and tools for the future creation of more geothermal resources where there are presently none. [St George News]

Geothermal plant (ThinkGeoEnergy, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tesla Is Sixth Most Valuable Company In The US On Stock Market” • Tesla, with its focus on sustainability and renewables, is the 6th most valuable American company on US stock markets. Tesla overtook Berkshire Hathaway, as its market cap reached $555.24 billion. It only trails Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Manchin Among Senators Urge Mine Safety Agency To Do More To Protect Coal Miners From Silica Exposure” • Senator Joe Manchin, D-WVa, was one of five senators, all Democrats, to urge the Mine Safety and Health Administration to do more to protect coal miners from a potential carcinogen and contributing cause of black lung disease. [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

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November 27 Energy News

November 27, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Solar Discs That Could Beam Power From Space” • Now scientists are working on a concept of giant solar power stations in space that beam energy to Earth. The European Space Agency has realized the potential of these efforts and is looking to fund them. It is predicting that the first industrial resource we will get from space is “beamed power.” [BBC]

Solar system in space (NASA image)

¶ “World Suddenly Goes Nuts Over Green Ammonia, Now That Green Hydrogen Is Old Hat” • Green hydrogen is still clawing its way into the mainstream and here comes yet another powerful new decarbonization trend: green ammonia. Green ammonia was a big mystery just two years ago and now all of a sudden it’s the Next Big Thing. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Solaris Delivered 242 Urbino Electric Buses In 2020’s First 3 Quarters” • Solaris sold 242 electric buses in the first 3 quarters of the year, nearly a quarter of all the electric buses sold in Europe. Those 242 Solaris Urbino electric buses went to cities in just five countries: France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Poland, where the company is based. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 18 bus in Romania (Solaris image)

¶ “EY Ranks India As Most Attractive For Solar PV Investment” • London-headquartered Ernst & Young released the November edition of its biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, which rates the top forty countries. India has topped the list as the most attractive country for investment in the solar PV category. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Daymak Rolls Out Bond-Like Lineup Of Light Electric Vehicles” • The Canadian company Daymak wants to excite the world about light electric vehicles. It launched the Avvenire lineup, six EVs that look like something James Bond would use. With an electric powertrain, the small and light EVs are beyond efficient; they’re hyper-efficient. [CleanTechnica]

Daymak Avvenire Spiritus 3-wheeler (Daymak image)

¶ “Fukushima Reactor One Step Closer To Fuel Removal” • TEPCO has finally secured a 161-ton crane that has been hanging over the fuel storage pool in the Unit 1 reactor building of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. TEPCO plans to install a cover over the whole building before starting the removal of fuel from the pool as early as fiscal 2027. [NHK World]

¶ “Ørsted Completes Borssele 1&2 Commissioning” • Ørsted has fully commissioned the 752-MW Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm 23 kilometers off the coast of the Netherlands. The project, which features 94 Siemens Gamesa 8-MW turbines installed on monopile foundations, is the company’s first offshore wind farm in the country. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)


¶ “Vestas Wins 328-MW Australian Double” • Vestas has secured a 328-MW turbine deal for two wind farms in Victoria, Australia, in partnership with Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of the multinational power company Naturgy Group. The turbine order includes supply and installation of 78 V136-4.2MW machines for the two projects combined. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tasmania’s Power Becomes 100% Renewable” • Tasmania has become the first state in Australia to operate on 100% renewable power, the state announced. When the final two turbines of the Granville Harbour wind farm are operating, the state will have 10,741 GWh of renewables generation per year; its average annual demand is for 10,500 GWh. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Tasmania (Ian Cochrane, CC-BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

¶ “Renewables Outshine Gas In Race To Replace Liddell” • A report commissioned by Greenpeace Australia Pacific, found that investment aligned with New South Wales’ energy infrastructure roadmap will be cheaper than the Federal Government’s plan to replace the coal-burning Liddell with a natural gas plant. It will also have lower emissions. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Horizon Looks To Future With Green Hydrogen Microgrid” • Western Australian utility Horizon Power will build the nation’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation at Denham, in the state’s northwest, having secured the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which awarded $2.6 million in funding. [pv magazine International]

Solar array (Horizon Power image)


¶ “Volkswagen Plans To Start ID.4 Production In Chattanooga, And ID.Buzz In Hanover In 2022” • The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is already in production alongside the ID.3 in Zwickau. US customers can reserve one right now online. But the company is also investing about $800 million to add an EV assembly line at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Army Corps Denies Permit For Controversial Mine That Threatened Salmon Habitat In Alaska” • After a battle that went on nearly 20 years and cost a Canadian mining company close to a billion dollars, the US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit to blast open Pebble Mine near the salmon-rich headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. [CNN]

Area of the Pebble Mine (Erin McKittrick, CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

¶ “DIY Home Efficiency Project In Kauai Yields Incredible Results” • Using the Technical Reference Manual data from Hawaii Energy, and our calculations of the impacts of products that fall outside the TRM (like clotheslines), the County of Kauai is injecting $4 into its economy for every $1 it spends by saving residents on their utility bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Surges Ahead With Its Own Climate Plans” • Salmon stocks the Swinomish Indian tribe has counted on for 10,000 years have declined from an 8-month season to a few days per year, but the Swinomish have not given up. They are working on improving the environment and water quality to re-establish the salmon. [CleanTechnica]

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November 26 Energy News

November 26, 2020


¶ “One Year After Navajo Generating Station Stopped Burning Coal: A Progress Report” • At the time the agreement was made to close NGS, its owners and Peabody Energy made a slew of promise to the Navajo and Hopi people. A year after the station closed, Navajo Equitable Economy issued a report on what progress has been made. [CleanTechnica]

Report card (Credit: Navajo Equitable Economy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “BMW Founds Robot And Software Company For Logistics Industry” • BMW Group has just launched a new company that is fully focused on becoming “a leading supplier of autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector.” The company says the robot’s decision making computer, is “certified to operate in industrial environments.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Peat Study Sets Out Wind Farm Benefits” • A study shows the benefits of wind farms to Scotland’s peatlands. “Wind Power and Peatland: Enhancing Unique Habitats” looks at more than £2.5 million of work by three renewable energy businesses restoring peatland sites. Healthy peatlands remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it. [reNEWS]

Caithness Peatland (david glass, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Coal India To Diversify Into Solar Power” • Coal India, India’s state-controlled producer, plans to use solar energy to power its mining operations as part of its broader efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The company aims to set up solar power projects with a combined capacity of 3 GW by the 2023-24 financial year that ends in March 2024. [Argus Media]

¶ “Wuling Mini EV Shines In Hot Chinese Market” • The overall Chinese auto market grew last month, 9% year over year. Plugin vehicles sales, however, grew 120% YoY. Full electrics grew faster (+128%) than plugin hybrids (+93%). And the best selling EV is a city model with four seats and a $4,200 price tag; it is the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling HongGuang Mini EV

¶ “Europe’s Renewable Power Giants Push For EU Hydrogen To Be Green” • Europe’s green power industry groups have formed a lobbying effort to ensure a new wave of hydrogen in the EU is made using power from wind and solar farms. The EU plans to draw as much as €470 billion ($559 billion) toward hydrogen infrastructure in coming decades. [JWN]

¶ “Australia Heading Towards The Tipping Point In The Transition From Fossil Fuels To Renewables” • The Australian Energy Market Operator has released its “Integrated System Plan 2020.” The report shows that under many scenarios, eastern Australia is past the midpoint in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable electricity generation. [Energy Matters]

Burning brown coal

¶ “EStor-Lux Builds Belgium’s Largest Battery Park” • EStor-Lux is constructing Belgium’s largest battery park in Bastogne in a partnership with Centrica Business Solutions. The 10-MW / 20-MWh will function as a virtual power plant, making efficient use of the available supply on the high-voltage grid, balancing supply with demand. [reNEWS]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Collects 130-MW Canadian Contract” • Siemens Gamesa has signed a 130-MW order to supply wind turbines to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada’s Rattlesnake Ridge wind power project, near Medicine Hat, Alberta. The 26 SG 5.0-145 wind turbines will be installed at a subsidy free wind farm, one of the first in Canada. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “EU Drafts Deal To Upgrade 2030 Climate Change Target Next Month” • The EU drafted a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels, a target it hopes its 27 members will endorse at a summit next month, the document showed. The current 2030 target for EU members is a 40% cut in emissions from 1990 levels. [EnerCom Inc]


¶ “Trump’s Last-Ditch Effort to Drill the Alaskan Wilderness” • The Trump administration is making a last-minute push to sell oil rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Firms can now select which swaths of pristine Alaskan wilderness they would like to drill, and they could bid on leases before President Trump leaves office in January. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Source: US Department of the Interior)

¶ “Cadillac Willing To Pay Dealers To Go Away” • Among the many announcements General Motors made this week is one saying Cadillac would be its first division to transition to selling only EVs. Some of the roughly 850 Cadillac dealers in the US are less than happy with that idea. Now Motor Trend says GM will buy out reluctant dealers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Federal Officials Reject State Petition To Delist Arctic Ringed Seals From Endangered Species Act” • The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled against a petition from the state of Alaska to delist the Arctic ringed seal from the Endangered Species Act. The state had partnered with several North Slope entities to write the petition. [Kotzebue Broadcasting Inc]

Ringed seal (NOAA image)

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E – 230 to 300 Mile Range for $35,395, $39,500, or $42,300 (After Tax Credit)” • The EPA has had a busy week with hot new EVs. Along with the Volkswagen ID.4 getting its range certification, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has received its official driving range on a full charge. The Mustang Mach-E has four different power trains. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “License Transfer Request For Indian Point Approved By NRC” • The NRC approved an application to transfer the licenses for all three units of the Indian Point nuclear plant, from subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning. Unit 3, the last operating reactor at the site, will shut down by April 30, 2021. [Vermont Biz]

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November 25 Energy News

November 25, 2020


¶ “A Harsh Reality In Coal Country – With Or Without Trump” • Colstrip, Montana, has been a poster child for the kind of coal mining community that looked to Donald Trump to bring back the industry and save their town. But after four years of Trump’s presidency, and with Joe Biden about to take office, it is clear that saving coal is not viable. [BBC]

Strip mine near Colstrip (EPA image, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The New ‘Gold Rush’ For Green Lithium” • Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has environmental costs. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep underground. Extracting lithium from geothermal waters has a tiny environmental footprint compared to mining, with very low carbon emissions. [BBC]

¶ “The Eximus IV Is The World’s Most Energy Efficient Electric Vehicle” • The electric vehicle you see here is the Eximus IV. Built by a team of experts at Sweden’s Dalarna University, it is billed as the world’s most energy-efficient EV. It can transport a person nearly halfway around the world using the energy in just a single liter of gas! [CleanTechnica]

Eximus IV (Image Courtesy Delsbo Electric)


¶ “Philippines aiming for 34,000 MW of renewable energy by 2040” • The Philippine Department of Energy is preparing for a low carbon scenario as a result of the country’s energy efficiency and conservation measures. Energy Secretary Alfonso G Cusi said that coal and oil shares decrease with the use of alternative fuels in the country. [Big News Network]

¶ “Ireland To Pay Denmark, Estonia €50 Million For ‘Statistical’ Renewable Energy Transfer” • Ireland agreed to pay €50 million to Denmark and Estonia for a “statistical” transfer of renewable energy to make up for a shortfall in green power output. Ireland is to pay Denmark €12.5 million and Estonia €37.5 million for renewable electricity credits. [The Irish Times]

Wind turbines in Denmark (La Citta Vita, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Covid Renewables Surge Gives Glimpse Of Energy Sector’s Future: EY” • A surge in the use of renewables triggered last spring by lockdown measures intended to contain the Covid-19 pandemic gave a glimpse of what the energy industry might look like in the future, according to Ernst & Young in its latest analysis of global markets. [Recharge]

¶ “European Utility Giant To Invest $190 Billion In Renewable Infrastructure” • Italy’s Enel, Europe’s largest utility, announced plans to invest as much as $190 billion (€160 billion) by 2030 in boosting renewable power generation, decarbonization, and grid infrastructure as part of a new plan to become a “Super Major” in renewable energy. []

Enel wind turbines (Aviscan, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Australia’s Carbon Twist: Taxing Consumers Who Refuse To Burn Fossil Fuels” • Australia has the slowest take up of electric vehicles in the developed world, and it’s just about to get slower: South Australia and Victoria have both announced plans to introduce a road user tax on EVs, a policy that will add around $500 to their annual costs. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “NSW Upper House Passes Renewable Electricity Bill After Rejecting One Nation Amendments” • New South Wales upper house MPs have finally passed renewable electricity legislation after a marathon parliamentary sitting in which almost 250 One Nation-proposed amendments were rejected. They had been intended to thwart the bill’s passage. [The Guardian]

Solar car park in Australia (Flicker02, CC-BY-SA Intl)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Export Potential Lifts Australia To Number 3 On Global Renewables Index” • Australia has reached its highest position ever on the Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. Australia jumped to third place for the first time thanks to a big boost from its green hydrogen and solar energy export plans. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Superformance Is Building An All-Electric Cobra For 2021” • Superformance claims it has a license from Shelby himself to build “official” continuation Cobras, and this one is just stunning. A few things it does not have are the shiny roll bars, a rumbling, side-mounted exhaust, and a gaudy hood scoop feeding air into the engine bay of the 427. [CleanTechnica]

Shelby Cobra (Image courtesy of Superformance)

¶ “Ford’s Renovation Of Michigan Central Station Aims To Create Mobility Innovation District” • It’s been 30 years since Michigan Central Station was shuttered and abandoned. But this week Ford Motor Company revealed the site plan for the hub in what is designed to become “an inclusive, vibrant and walkable mobility innovation district.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Government Puts $130 Million More Into Solar Tech” • In a continuation of a decades-long trend, the US DOE has put $130 million dollars more into research and development of solar technologies. Its goals are to “reduce the cost of solar, increase US manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation’s electric grid.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (CLeanTechnica image)

¶ “PUC Denies Heartland Power Extension” • In Minnesota, the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission denied a 10-year contract extension with Heartland Consumer Power District to supply energy to New Ulm Public Utilities at reduced cost. The PUC cited high capacity costs and shifting trends toward renewable energy for denying the extension. [NUjournal]

¶ “NJ Regulators Target JCP&L In Wake Of Ohio Bribery Scandal” • New Jersey is stepping up its review of Jersey Central Power & Light by ordering a probe of its fiscal stability. The move was prompted by credit downgrades of it and its parent, FirstEnergy Corp, following a bribery scandal involving subsidies for nuclear plants in Ohio. [NJ Spotlight]

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November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2020


¶ “You Say Old Coal Plant, I Say New Green Hydrogen Facility” • My utility, Burbank Water and Power in California, is on the frontline of energy transformations. Every day, our company manages a long-term commitment to a large coal-fired power plant in rural Delta, Utah, while it races towards a zero-GHG future through green hydrogen. [GreenBiz]

Coal Plant (Image courtesy of Burbank Water & Power)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Methane Hits Record High In Atmosphere As Fossil Fuel Companies Diverge” • More than 60 oil and gas companies committed to a new framework to report methane emissions as the UN reported that atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas reached a record high. US companies aren’t participating at the moment. [Scientific American]

¶ “Super Hot October Drags 2020 Toward 2nd-Hottest Year On Record” • The year to date (January through October) ranked second-hottest for the globe as Arctic sea ice coverage shrank to historic lows for the month, according to NOAA scientists. The most recent monthly global climate report from NOAA also has other highlights. [CleanTechnica]

October 2020 Global Temperature Map (NOAA image)


¶ “Transport & Environment Calls Out PHEV Manufacturers For Higher-Than-Advertised Emissions” • In its latest report, T&E points an accusatory finger at several of the most popular plug-in hybrid vehicles sold in Europe, saying their carbon emissions in normal use are actually up to 12 times higher than advertised by their manufacturers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen-Powered Trains Could Replace Diesel Engines In Germany” • Siemens and Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn have announced plans to test a hydrogen-powered train with a range of more than 370 miles, technology that promises to reduce CO₂ emissions and help make 1,300 diesel units obsolete. The test will last one year. [CNN]

Mireo Plus H (Image provided by Siemens)

¶ “Renewable Energy Investments To Double As Assets Prove Their Resilience” • Global institutional investors plan to increase allocations to renewable energy infrastructure from 4.2% to 8.3% in the next five years, a report by Octopus Group says. It is based on a survey of institutional investors representing $6.9 trillion under management. [Citywire Financial Publishers]

¶ “Floating Solar Could Benefit From EU Offshore Renewables Strategy” • While wind power dominates the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy unveiled by the European Commission, which envisions 300 GW of floating capacity by 2050, the report also notes various EU funding pots which could support ocean-based solar development. [pv magazine International]

Offshore solar system (Image: Ocean Sun)

¶ “Clean Energy ‘Clear Winner’ Of Victorian State Budget With $1.6 Billion In Funding” • Described by the government as “the largest investment in clean energy of any state,” the Victorian Budget 2020/21 adds to last week’s news of $797 million set aside for energy efficiency and the extension of the state’s Solar Homes program. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Ørsted, Shell Sign 2.4-GW Dogger Bank Offtake” • Ørsted and Shell signed power purchase agreements for 2.4 GW of capacity from the Dogger Bank A and B offshore wind farms off the coast of north-east England. Ørsted will take a 40% share and Shell Energy Europe a 20% share. SSE Renewables and Equinor are co-developing the 3.6-GW project. [reNEWS] (not my math – ghh)

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

¶ “India Will Reach 175 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Before 2022: PM Modi” • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 15th G20 Summit, claiming that India will meet its 2022 goal of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity well before that date. He said India is now more focused on reaching its next target of 450 GW capacity by 2030. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “UK Doubles Down On Renewables With 12-GW CfD4” • The UK Energy Ministry will allocate supports for up to 12 GW of new renewables projects at its Contracts for Difference Round Four auction to open late next year. The round will feature three pots for different technologies. Its total 12 GW capacity is over twice as large as 2019’s 5.8 GW CfD3. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in Wales (miriam, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “GM Withdraws Support For Trump Lawsuit Seeking To Roll Back Auto Emissions Rules” • General Motors announced in a letter to environmental groups it was withdrawing its support from Trump administration litigation that aimed to take away California’s right to set its own auto emissions rules. GM said it had been supportting a single US standard. [CNN]

¶ “After Scotland Tour, Maine Hatches Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Plot” • Maine has some deep and challenging waters for wind turbines, but it also boasts sustained offshore winds speeds that are estimated to be enough to meet its existing electricity demand 36 times over. Governor Janet Mills came away from a tour of Scotland with big plans. [CleanTechnica]

Floating offshore wind turbine (Image via Maine Aqua Ventus)

¶ “Biden Cabinet: Inner Circle Get Key Posts As John Kerry Named Climate Envoy” • Former Secretary of State John Kerry will be a climate envoy when US President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The position is to see him “fight climate change full-time.” He will be the first official dedicated to climate change to sit on the National Security Council. [BBC]

¶ “Renewables Are Gaining Ground In New York” • The state of New York generated the largest amount of renewable electricity of any state east of the Mississippi last year, with renewable energy sources, including hydropower, accounting for 30% of New York’s electricity, according to the Energy Information Administration. []

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November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2020


¶ “Western Green Hydrogen Makeover Clouds Fossil Energy Revival” • President Trump has often spoken of his affection for fossil fuels, and especially coal workers. But the big bucks are shifting to renewables. A case in point is Mitsubishi, a leader of a western-US green hydrogen alliance, which could pull the rug right out from under natural gas. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas flaring (Joshua Doubek, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla’s Manufacturing Revolution – Machines That Set Tesla Apart” • In a video titled “Game Over – Tesla’s AI Manufacturing Revolution,” host Casgains Academy explained the importance of Tesla’s AI manufacturing. He also looked at the machines that set the company apart. And, he explained why the other automakers will struggle to catch up. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Hydrogen Power For Heavy Trucks In China And All The Ships At Sea” • In a 15-year plan for new energy vehicles, China’s State Council put a focus on building the fuel-cell supply chain and hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles. A wind and solar plant in Inner Mongolia is expected to produce up to 500,000 tons of H₂ a year beginning in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai fuel cell truck (Courtesy of Hyundai)

¶ “The Climate Crisis Is Looming Large On Wall Street” • The European Central Bank said it will start conducting “in-depth” assessments of how bank balance sheets account for climate risks in 2022. Banks will, for example, be expected to disclose how flooding and storms could affect the value of their real estate portfolios and customer supply chains. [CNN]

¶ “Carbon Tracker Claims EV Revolution Will ‘End Oil Era'” • A Carbon Tracker report says the shift to EVs in emerging markets will “end oil era.” In particular, it suggests the transition away from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles in emerging markets “may slash growth in global oil demand by 70%.” The report says the switch will pay for itself. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it (Carbon Tracker image)

¶ “Trump Rails Against Paris Climate Accord In Virtual G20 Event” • President Trump decried the Paris climate accord and touted US oil and natural gas production during a virtual session on environmental safeguards the on the final day of the G20 summit. Trump called the 2015 accord “one-sided” and claimed it was designed to ruin the US economy. [CNN]

¶ “Green Zinc! Sun Metals Joins RE100” • Sun Metals, whose zinc refinery is the second largest single-site energy consumer in Queensland, has pledged to power its entire operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2040, with an interim target of 80% by 2030.  Sun Metals has already developed its own 125-MW solar farm. [pv magazine Australia]

Sun Metals zinc refinery in Queensland (Photo: Sun Metals)

¶ “Victoria’s Loy Yang A Power Station To Have 200-MW Battery Operational By 2023, Owner AGL Says” • The Loy Yang A power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley will be home to a 200-MW battery that can provide electricity to the grid during times of peak demand, its owner has said. Energy giant AGL plans to have the battery operating in 2023. [ABC News]

¶ “With New Wind Farm Project, Kazakhstan Forges Ahead With Renewable Energy” • Kazakhstan marked a major milestone in its journey away from the country’s coal legacy, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reported on its website. A $95.3 million deal to was signed to support construction of the Zhanatas 100-MW wind farm. [Times of Central Asia]

Wind farm in Kazakhstan (МаратД, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Australia’s First Renewable Green Gas Injection Project To Power More Than 6,000 NSW Homes” • Energy infrastructure company Jemena signed an agreement with Sydney Water to generate biomethane at a wastewater treatment plant. The biomethane gas will be injected into Jemena’s New South Wales gas distribution network. [Mirage News]


¶ “Renewables Are 64% Of New US Electrical Generating Capacity In 9-Months Of 2020” • According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy sources dominated new US electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Judge Blocks Permits Over Climate Impacts” • A US federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts. He pointed to numerous flaws in the BLM climate change assessment. []

¶ “Groups Applaud “Seismic Shift” In Clean-Energy Landscape” • Ohio cities shifting the state’s energy landscape. Voters in both Grove City and Columbus approved ballot measures that enact Community Choice Aggregation, which allows for ratepayers in the community to bargain collectively for bulk purchase energy rates from utilities. [Public News Service]

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November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Could Lead To Landslide-triggered Tsunami In Alaska: Scientists” • Whittier, Alaska, has still not forgotten the tsunami of 1964, which killed 13 people and did $10 million in damages. But another tsunami threat looms large on the city with climate change, as Barry glacier could fall into the ocean causing a mega-tsunami. [Republic World]

Whittier, Alaska (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How To Cut Carbon Out Of Your Heating” • Most homes in the UK heat with gas. There are plenty of less carbon intensive alternatives for householders, such as using electric heating, heat pumps, or even district heat networks, where a central source is used to heat water, which is then shared among building units. Here, we look at heat pumps. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla Dojo Supercomputer Explained – How To Make Full Self-Driving AI” • Tesla fans have heard regularly about the Tesla Dojo supercomputer, with few knowing what it was. It was talked of at Tesla Autonomy Day in April, 2019, but more recently a few comments from Georg Holtz, Tesmanian, and Elon Musk have shed light on this project. [CleanTechnica]

Application specific integrated circuit (Tesla image)

¶ “Nickel, Nickel, Nickel – Diving Into Green Nickel With Talon Metals” • Several months ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed some rather strong interest in nickel. I connected with a top North American company in this arena and was lucky to get the opportunity to dig in much deeper. Here is an interview with officers of Talon Metals Corp. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Electric Vehicle Interest Surges 500% In UK On News Of 2030 Fossil Fuel Car Ban” • News of the UK’s plan to ban sales of new gas and diesel cars in 2030 has reportedly led to a huge increase in interest in electric vehicles. According to, electric vehicle inquiries increased by 500% following the news of the stronger timeline. [CleanTechnica]

MG ZS EV (MG image)

¶ “18% Plugin Vehicle Share in Germany in October – Record Month!” • The German plugin vehicle market set new records in October, reaching an 18% market share. Full electric vehicles were up 365% (!) from last year, and plugin vehicles as a whole were up 303%. Overall, the car market was down 4%, with petrol cars down 30% and diesel down 19%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The All-Electric Hyundai Kona Is Now Assembled In Nigeria!” • The transition to electromobility in developed markets is going on a whole lot faster than previously thought. Now, the transition has spread to developing markets. New EVs are being made in Africa, and in fact, they are being manufactured in Nigeria, a major African oil producer. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona interior

¶ “‘Renewables Superhighway’ To Ease Grid Limits, Open Way For Snowy 2.0” • Electricity transmission constraints between Victoria and New South Wales will be eased after the Andrews and Morrison governments struck a $200 million deal on a key grid project. It will spur more investment in wind and solar farms. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Nuclear Power Pushed To Back Burner In UK’s Green Energy Plan” • Britain’s goal of renewing its aging fleet of nuclear power plants is losing momentum as the government offers few new details on how it will support new projects. The issue gained urgency as EDF SA’s announced is closing its Hinkley Point B reactors two years early. [The Japan Times]

Hinkley Point (Richard Baker, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Kansas Sees New Wind Energy Initiative” • Governor Laura Kelly is applauding the announcement of the new Renewables Direct initiative at Evergy. She remarked that Renewables Direct provides long-term price stability and competitive pricing for local renewable energy to businesses, agencies, and commercial customers that qualify. [WIBW]

¶ “Wind Energy Flourished In Wyoming This Year. But The Renewable’s Future Here Is Unclear” • Wind energy capacity has grown substantially across Wyoming this year. The state’s wind generating capacity is expected to increase by over 1,000 MW for the year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But federal tax credits are set to expire. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Wind turbines (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “In Washington, Babbott Backs Bill To Burn Forest Waste For Renewable Energy” • Arizona’s Coconino County Supervisor testified in Washington DC before a Senate subcommittee, saying the lack of a market for forest waste has impeded efforts to clear national forests of combustible undergrowth and halt the growth of catastrophic wildfires. [Arizona Daily Sun]

¶ “Wisconsin’s Nuclear Power Plant Operator Seeks 30 More Years” • The operator of Wisconsin’s only nuclear power plant wants to keep the 50-year-old plant running through 2050. NextEra Energy Resources has submitted an application to the NRC seeking to add another 20 years to the licenses for the Point Beach Nuclear plant. [WUWM]

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November 21 Energy News

November 21, 2020


¶ “Natural Disasters Are Increasing. The World’s Poorest Are Left To Fend For Themselves” • Over 100 disasters, many related to climate change, have hit over 50 million people worldwide since the WHO declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. Though the money needed for disasters in the countries at risk exists, it’s not getting to those who need it most. [Vox]

Living in a flood (hitesh choudhary, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Underwater Farmer Wants Us To Eat More Seaweed” • In the sea off Northern Ireland, a small island could have a hand in the future of food. The waters off Rathlin Island are swimming in kelp. Something of a wonder crop, gram for gram, kelp and other seaweeds have as much protein as beef and are one of few non-animal sources of Vitamin B12. [CNN]

¶ “Sentinel-6 To Help NASA Track Climate Change’s Effects On Oceans” • While NASA has been using satellites to measure the height of the ocean for the last 28 years, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will offer greater precision. Sentinel-6 will use a trio of instruments to calculate its position and distance above the ocean’s surface as it orbits. []

Ocean from space (NOAA image)


¶ “China Lifts Renewable Power Subsidy For 2021 By Nearly 5% Y/Y” • China’s Ministry of Finance said it set the renewable power subsidy for 2021 at ¥5.95 billion ($905.7 million), up 4.9% from this year, thanks to a big increase in the allocation to solar projects. The subsidy will go primarily to wind farms, biomass, and distributed solar power. [Financial Post]

¶ “The UN Shipping Agency Greenlights A Decade Of Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Governments have backtracked on their own commitments to urgently reduce climate-heating emissions from the shipping sector, environmental organizations have said following a key meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today. [CleanTechnica]

Container ship (Image courtesy of Pexels/Pixabay)

¶ “MNRE Proposes 54-GW Wind Park Scheme For States” • To address the land-related hassles in wind power projects, India’s ministry of new and renewable energy plans a 54-GW wind park development scheme. States will prepare needed infrastructure, and the MNRE will provide a level of financial assistance to park developers. [Financial Express]

¶ “Subseasonal And Seasonal Forecasts Can Help The EU Speed Up The Transition To Renewable Energy” • By using subseasonal and seasonal forecasts, energy companies can improve weather-related risk management and potentially increase their profits. Such forecasts can contribute to speeding up the transition to renewable energy. [Tech Xplore]

Wind turbines (Public domain image)


¶ “Proterra Sells Its 1,000th Electric Bus” • US-based electric bus company Proterra, which was first mentioned it at CleanTechnica in 2013, has passed a major milestone, selling its 1,000th electric bus. This comes just a bit more than three years after its 100th electric bus was delivered. It was one of twelve sold to Broward County Transit in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fremont Police Dept Releases Uplifting EV Pilot Program Results” • In California, the Fremont Police Department began testing a Tesla Model S 85 that had been customized for patrol operations in March 2019. Testing ended one year later, and now, the Fremont Police Department released the test results. They show impressive savings. [CleanTechnica]

Police Tesla (Image courtesy Fremont Police Department)

¶ “How Renewable Energy Could Power Your State” • A report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance looked at how much renewable energy potential each state had within its borders. It found that almost every state could deliver all its electricity needs from instate renewable sources, and some states could produce 10 times what they need. [EcoWatch]

¶ “Enel Green Power Promotes Sustainability At Solar Power Plants In US” • There has been opposition to solar installations from farmers in some parts of the US. Efforts from companies like Enel Green Power show how solar and farming can co-exist and benefit each other while helping to bring more renewable energy to America. [CleanTechnica]

Agrovoltaics (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Indiana Task Force Report Could Slow State’s Transition From Coal, Critics Fear” • An Indiana legislative task force report looks like groundwork to justify power-plant bailouts like to those in Ohio and Illinois, despite assurances from state regulators and the region’s grid operator that coal plant closures do not pose a threat to grid reliability. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Idaho Is Top Pick For Energy Department Nuclear Test Reactor” • The DOE said Idaho is its preferred choice for a test reactor that would be part of an effort to revamp the fading US nuclear industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The Versatile Test Reactor would be the first new test reactor built in the US in decades. [Idaho State Journal]

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November 20 Energy News

November 20, 2020


¶ “Solar Panels + Agriculture: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” • It seems like only yesterday that the idea of combining solar panels with agriculture was just a dream. Now, the US DOE is putting down $7 million to sow the seeds for a revolution in American farming. That might not seem like much, but in this case a little goes a long way. [CleanTechnica]

New kind of agriculture (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “How To Stop Climate Change By Financing A Global Green New Deal” • With a fraction of the Covid-19 recovery funds, central banks could support climate protection to make the 1.5°C target achievable. The financial means available to deal with the pandemic exceeds what is needed to stabilize the global climate at 1.5°C many times over. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Seaweed Swamping The Atlantic Ocean” • In the summer of 2018, an almost incomprehensibly large mass of stringy brown seaweed appeared in the Atlantic Ocean. It stretched across the Atlantic Ocean, from the shores of West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of a pattern that established itself in 2011 and has been getting worse [BBC]

Sargassum weeds (NOAA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “NOAA Research Shows Climate Crisis Primary Cause Of 98% Of Dead Florida Coral Reef” • A first-of-its-kind federal report on the health of the US coral reefs finds that in Florida, the area with the worst degradation, up to 98% of coral reefs have been lost due mainly to the climate crisis. The researchers used data collected from 2012 to 2018. [Red, Green, and Blue]

¶ “Fishing Saps The Ocean’s Power To Capture Carbon” • A fish that dies naturally in the ocean sinks to the depths, taking with it all the carbon it contains. When a fish is caught, most of this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO₂. Carbon emissions from fishing are 25% higher than what had been considered to come from fuel consumption. [Futurity]


¶ “Milan Getting Another 100 Electric Buses” • The Milanese transit operator ATM has just placed one of the West’s biggest electric bus orders, an order for 100 electric buses from Solaris, a Polish bus maker. The new buses are joining 40 electric buses put into service last year. The Solaris Urbino electric buses ordered are all 12 meters in length. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Acciona Signs 135MW Spain PPA With Novartis” • Acciona has signed 10-year power purchase agreements with Novartis in Spain covering 135 MW of solar capacity. Acciona is building a 125-MW plant in Badajoz, and an 85.7-MW plant in Valencia, which will supply Novartis under the two PPAs. They will come online in 2022 and 2023. [reNEWS]

Acciona solar trackers (Acciona image)

¶ “China Buys Into Mexico’s Emerging Renewable Energy Sector” • State Power Investment Corp of China has bought the biggest independent producer of renewable energy in Mexico, giving the industry a vote of confidence even as the Mexican authorities moved to slow down private investment in renewable energy in the country. []


¶ “Volta Trucks To The UK: Bring It On!” • The UK has new plans to boot sales of new fossil fuel cars by 2030. Volta Trucks argues that there’s something lacking, though. The policy is focused on cars and vans, but what about medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles? You don’t need a lot of experience to know how bad truck fumes can be. [CleanTechnica]

Volta Zero (Image courtesy of Volta)

¶ “Major Vehicle-to-Grid Trial Initiating In UK” • Vehicle-to-grid trials have been going on for years. But a new one in the UK goes to new levels, and it might just be what V2G technology needs to break through. As with several earlier trials, this one is limited to Nissan EV drivers, as Nissan’ CHAdeMO charging capability is fully functional with V2G. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ReneSola, Innova Forge UK Solar Venture” • ReneSola and renewables investor Innova entered into a strategic partnership agreement to co-develop utility-scale solar projects in the UK. As part of the agreement, ReneSola Power and Innova will create a joint venture company that will develop an existing pipeline of 50 MW, with more to come. [reNEWS]

Solar panels (APPA | Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Giant Unveils Plans For Windfarm Near Oban” • Vattenfall proposes to build a windfarm with about 26 turbines in Scotland, near Oban. It says the windfarm would provide electricity for around 117,500 UK homes. Vattenfall said it wants to collaborate with people near the proposed windfarm to let them influence its development. [HeraldScotland]


¶ “How Utah Cities Are Pursuing 100% Renewable Energy” • In the absence of federal action on climate change, the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions has fallen on communities and states. To date, over 150 cities, counties, and states have passed resolutions to commit to 100% net-renewable electricity in coming years. Of those, 23 are in Utah. [GreenBiz]

Utah (Omar Prestwich, Unsplash)

¶ “DHL Gets Electric BYD Trucks In Los Angeles” • DHL is getting four Class 8 electric trucks from BYD for use in the Los Angeles metro area. It is a pilot program that presumably will lead to the purchase of many more BYD electric trucks in the years to come. BYD is a Chinese company, but it has a truck and bus factory in California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Raises Its EV Game, Commits Another $7 Billion To Its Electric Car Push” • General Motors announced it is adding $7 billion to its mission to bring electric cars to market. GM had already committed $20 billion to its EV program. CEO Mary Barra said GM will offer 30 battery electric models globally by the middle of this decade. [CleanTechnica]

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November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2020


¶ “How Bike-Friendly ‘Slow Streets’ Are Changing Cities” • Biking is having a renaissance with Covid-19, as urbanites worldwide shun public transport for the relative safety of a two-wheeled commute. The resulting urban planning experiments could not only radically alter the way we commute, but also make cities more resilient to future shocks. [BBC]

Bike lane in Boston (Adam Coppola, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The Inevitability Of Renewable Energy: Convincing Skeptics” • Early in 2020, Pew Research Center found that 77% of people in the US want to develop alternative energy instead of fossil fuels. But conservative Republicans were evenly divided over whether to prioritize alternative energy or expand fossil fuel production. That’s a problem. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Energy Transition Will Pay Dividends” • If we pursue the energy transition aggressively, each of us will get dividends as we invest in a brighter future. As is the case with many investments, the energy transition may be justified based on the dividends alone. The fact that our offspring inherit a livable world might just be a side benefit. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Famartin, CC-BY-SA 4.0 Intl, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why 2021 Will Be A Banner Year For Renewable Energy In The US” • With the global shift to renewable energy in full swing, which party controls the US Senate might not matter that much for energy. Goldman Sachs predicted that capital spending on renewable energy will surpass that of fossil fuels in 2021 globally. And the US has the same market pressures. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “Whole-System Zero-Emissions Demonstration” • A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute introduces a new concept, a Whole-System Zero-Emissions Demonstration. It goes one step further than net-zero carbon and proposes a broader concept with added value. It is the synergy of net-zero carbon, net-zero waste, and net-zero pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Net-zero house (US Govt, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “EDPR Inks 63-MW Spanish Wind, Solar Supply Deal” • EDP Renewables has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with pharmaceutical company Novartis to sell electricity from a 63-MW portfolio of renewable energy projects in Spain. The portfolio comprises a 36-MW wind farm and a 26.8-MW solar facility expected to be installed in 2022-2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Didi Chuxing And BYD Team Up To Make The D1, An Electric Ride-Hailing Vehicle” • Two of China’s largest corporations, Didi Chuxing and BYD, have joined forces to create an EV designed specificallly to serve the needs of the ride hailing industry. The result, the D1, is said to have a 100 kW electric motor and a range of 418 km (260 mi). [CleanTechnica]

Didi Chuxing and BYD D1 (Didi Chuxing image)

¶ “Japanese MPs Declare Climate Emergency, Weeks After Pledge For Net Zero Emissions By 2050” • Japanese MPs have declared a climate emergency in a vote aimed at increasing pressure to act on combating global warming. Just last month, the government committed to a firm timetable for net-zero emissions. Japan is the world’s fifth-biggest carbon emitter. [SBS]

¶ “Tesla’s Megapack Batteries Are Empowering The UK” • Tesla will supply 68 MWh of extremely cost-competitive Megapack battery storage to Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’ second project in the UK, according to Energy Storage News. The new project is part of what Fotowatio calls a “strategic plan to develop energy storage projects globally.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapack

¶ “Hydrogen Produced From Nuclear Will Be Considered ‘Low-Carbon’, EU Official Says” • Hydrogen made from nuclear power will be considered “low-carbon” by the European Commission, a senior EU official said in the European Parliament. The EU’s hydrogen strategy, which was presented by the the EU executive in June, does not mention nuclear power. [EURACTIV]

¶ “Asambe Launches Electric Bicycle & Scooter Sharing Service In Zimbabwe” • Asambe, a pan-African electric scooter and bicycle sharing and guided tour service company, launched its platform in Zimbabwe last week after a 6-month pilot. Asambe is Zulu for “let’s go.” The launch had been scheduled for earlier this year but was delayed by Covid-19. [CleanTechnica]

Bicycling in Africa


¶ “New California EV Rebates!” • California’s clean vehicle rebate program has been running for years. Of course, EV buyers can also benefit from the US federal tax credit (though, that has expired for buyers of Tesla and GM EVs). Now, there’s another EV incentive Californians are eligible for: a $1,500 rebate at the point of sale! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finally Confronting Warming, Florida Lawmakers Set To Address Rising Seas And Flooding Systematically” • Comments by Republican leaders, coming after they were sworn in to lead the Florida House and Senate for the next two years, represented a further evolution in the position of the state’s Republicans about climate change. []

¶ “New Zero Emissions Transportation Association Includes Tesla, Uber, Rivian, And Several Utility Companies” • ZETA, the Zero Emissions Transportation Association, is a lobbying group that will advocate for policies to enable 100% EV sales by 2030, according to a report by Axios. Its 28 members are EV makers, utilities, and others. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Prince William Board Adopts Regional Climate Mitigation Goals On Party-Line Vote” • The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to adopt the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ interim climate mitigation goals, joining other Northern Virginia jurisdictions in aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2030. [Inside NoVA]

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November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland’s Glaciers Could Lose More Ice Than Previously Thought, Raising Concerns For Sea Level Rise” • A study shows Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than previously thought. Its authors warn their findings show that ice loss on Greenland could exceed even the worst-case projections. It was published in the journal Nature Communications. [CNN]

Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland (Tina Rolf, Unsplash)

¶ “Half Of The World’s Aviation Emissions Are Caused By Just 1% Of The Population, Study Finds” • Frequent fliers representing just 1% of the world’s population accounted for more than half of total aviation emissions from passenger air travel in 2018, a new study says. Aviation accounts for at least 2% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. [CNN]

¶ “The Futuristic Cargo Ship Made Of Wood” • The shipping industry’s climate impact is large and growing, but a team in Costa Rica are making way for a clean shipping revolution with a cargo ship made of wood. The Ceiba is the first vessel built by Sail Cargo, a company trying to prove that zero-carbon shipping is possible, and commercially viable. [BBC]

Ceiba under construction (Image: ©Jocelyn Timperley)

¶ “Dept Of Energy Smart Energy Campaign With Berkeley Lab Saves $95 Million Per Year” • The energy and decarbonization puzzle has more pieces than solar power, wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Energy management is another part. And in 2021, the value of the energy management market could reach $76 billion. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Porsche Backs Synthetic Fuels To Keep Classics On The Road” • Synthetic, low-carbon liquid fuels have been around for a few years now, and some auto companies see them as a way to keep internal combustion investments relevant. By contrast, Porsche hopes synthetic fuels will help to keep classic Porsches running, carbon neutral, into the future. [CleanTechnica]

Classic Porsche (Image: Hagerty, via Motor1)

¶ “Australia’s Climate Record Labelled ‘Simply Embarrassing’ And Among Worst Of G20 Nations” • Australia is one of two countries in the G20 that does not have or plan carbon pricing, one of four with no national policy to increase renewable energy and ranks last in cutting carbon emissions from transportation, a global report found. [The Guardian]

¶ “GE Wins 121-MW Cypress Order In Lithuania” • A 121-MW turbine order for wind projects in Lithuania was won by GE Renewable Energy. European Energy placed the order for 22 of GE’s Cypress wind turbines that will be installed across three wind farm sites. The installation of the wind turbines will take place in the second half of 2021. [reNEWS]

Cypress wind turbine (GE image)


¶ “City Of London Buys Into New Dorset Solar Farm To Help Power Square Mile” • Thousands of solar panels in the Dorset countryside will soon power Britain’s historic financial center under a new renewable energy deal struck by the City of London Corporation. The City’s government expects to save £3 million over the contract’s 15 year term. [The Guardian]

¶ “Johnson Unveils £12 Billion Plan For ‘Green Industrial Revolution’” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the wraps off a £12 billion plan for a “green industrial revolution” that will support up to 250,000 jobs. Johnson’s ten point plan reiterates London’s policy pledge of 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 60,000 sector jobs. [reNEWS]

Boris Johnson (UK Government image)

¶ “Key Areas Of Boris Johnson’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution'” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s £12 billion plan for a “green industrial revolution” spans renewable energy, nuclear power, and countryside restoration. However, some of the objectives are likely to be difficult to reach, and the plan has been criticized for a lack of ambition in key areas. [The Guardian]


¶ “Harley-Davidson’s New E-Bicycles Put The Pedal To The Pedal – CleanTechnica Interview” • Harley-Davidson is known for bigness, loudness, and brassiness. Last month, it surprised us when it unveiled its Serial 1 pedal assisted e-bicycle concept. Now the production models are here, and it’s a whole new ballgame for the century-old company. [CleanTechnica]

CTY eBicycle “RUSH” model (Courtesy of Serial 1)

¶ “California School District Latest To Order Electric School Buses” • It used to be months between stories about electric school buses. Now it’s becoming days! The sector’s latest news is that Thermalito Union Elementary School District in California has bought six electric school buses from GreenPower, through its distributor, Creative Bus Sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Irvine Wants Cities To Offer Residents Renewable Power Choices” • The City of Irvine, California, wants residents to have a new way to get their power and they’re working to get as many city partners in Orange County as they can in the effort. The change would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing regional energy self-sufficiency. [VoiceofOC]

Cholame Hills solar project (Image: First Solar Inc)

¶ “Cummins Reveals Road Map To Carbon-Free Hydrogen Economy” • Cummins, an Indiana company known for its diesel and natural gas engine technologies, laid out its path into the hydrogen economy with plans to decarbonize transportation and other industrial sectors it serves while encouraging growth of renewable energy. [Heavy Duty Trucking]

¶ “RWE Renewables Turns Sod On US 195-MW PV-Storage” • RWE Renewables began construction of a 195-MW solar project in Georgia. The Hickory Park project includes a 40-MW battery and is due online in late 2021. RWE will operate and manage the facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power. [reNEWS]

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November 17 Energy News

November 17, 2020


¶ “Trump Blows Offshore Wind War Bigly, On Top Of Electoral College And Popular Vote Losses” • It seems like only yesterday that President Trump was fighting offshore wind turbines in Scotland while sticking up for US fossil fuels. But windpower has burgeoned in Scotland. Now, there is an undersea transmission project to export 2 GW more. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (ScottishPower Renewables image, cropped)

¶ “Biden’s Environmental Proposals” • Biden’s elevation to the Oval Office will see one of the clearest shifts in environmental policy the US since fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter, a huge fan of renewable power, was removed from the White House in the early 1980s by Republican Ronald Regan. It is important to understand the change. [The Ecologist]

¶ “Jonathan Scott Unpacks The Fight For Residential Solar In Revealing New Documentary” • Sunshine comes to us free of charge. But when home renovation specialist and TV personality Jonathan Scott went to install a rooftop solar system on his Las Vegas home, he up against the realities of the monopolistic utility model in Nevada. [CleanTechnica]

Jonathan Scott


¶ “Moscow Gets Its 500th Electric Bus” • Russia is a major oil & gas country. As the oil industry goes, so goes Russia. Even so, reports say a public transit company for the Moscow metro area has put its 500th electric bus into service. This electric bus was produced by Kamaz, a Russian truck and engine (and apparently electric bus) manufacturer. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hurricane Iota: Category Four Storm Hits Nicaragua” • Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta, Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua. Hurricane Iota became a category five storm before making landfall, with maximum sustained winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). It was the most powerful storm in the record-braking Atlantic storm season. [BBC]

Eye of a hurricane (NASA image)

¶ “New Pay-As-You-Go Solar TV In Kenya” • We may think of low renewable electricity costs in terms of solar power plants selling it to utilities, but low-cost solar goes far beyond that. One fun new example of that is a new PayGo solar powered TV offered in Kenya by Azuri Technologies. The TV400 is a 32″ television that comes with solar power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Hydrogen Scheme Sprouts In Scotland, With Flow Battery” • Scotland is apparently not satisfied with its position in the offshore wind vanguard. The country has embarked on a new plan to pair tidal power with vanadium flow batteries to produce green hydrogen. Tidal power is very predictable, and batteries make the output constant. [CleanTechnica]

Orkney infrastructure (Orkney Sky Cam, courtesy of EMEC)

¶ “New Group Targets More Sustainable Offshore Wind” • A coalition of eighteen organisations from across Europe signed a memorandum of understanding and committed to working together to develop offshore wind, while ensuring protection of nature and healthy marine ecosystems. Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, and TenneT are among them. [reNEWS]

¶ “Enel Turns Sod On 163-MW Chile Solar” • Enel Green Power Chile has begun construction of the 160-MW Sol de Lila PV project in the Atacama Desert, in Chile’s Antofagasta region. Sol de Lila will have 407,400 bifacial monocrystalline PV panels and will employ nearly 450 workers during construction. Start-up is scheduled for July 2021. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Southern Alberta Witnessing ‘Unprecedented’ Surge In Renewable Energy Projects” • Over $2 billion worth of renewable energy projects are being built in Southern Alberta. An analyst says the boom in renewables began three years ago as the costs dropped low enough that incentive-free builds suddenly made more business sense. []


¶ “Trump Administration Begins Last-Minute Leasing Process For Arctic Drilling” • The Trump administration on Monday started a leasing process for oil and gas drilling sites off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, something environmental groups feel is a potential last-minute giveaway to the energy industry before the Biden administration takes over. [CNN]

Alaska (Karen Bollinger, US FWS, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Jeff Bezos Announces Nearly $800 Million In Grants To 16 Groups Fighting Climate Change” • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that his Bezos Earth Fund will give $791 million in grants to 16 organizations working to protect the environment. The fund is part of a $10 billion pledge to support environmental activists and organizations. [CNN]

¶ “UVM Is Leading The Largest Study of Climate Change In Vermont” • Since the 1980s, folks have put a cinder block on the pond when it freezes. When the ice melts, the block sinks, and a clock is unplugged, capturing the exact time of the melt. There’s a clear pattern. The ice is melting earlier. Now, UVM is leading an ambitious scientific study. [UVM News]

UVM researchers in the field

¶ “Tesla To Join S&P 500 On December 21, 2020” • The S&P Global Dow Jones media center just announced that Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 on December 21. S&P Global Dow Jones said this is to coincide with the December quarterly rebalance and that, due to Tesla’s large size, it is seeking feedback about the addition being in two tranches. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Research Fund At Princeton University Will Preserve Biodiversity” • Princeton University established an endowed fund with a gift from Currie C and Thomas A Barron. It will increase support for research related to biodiversity and build on Princeton’s decades-long leadership in studying and protecting the rich variety of Earth’s ecosystems. []

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November 16 Energy News

November 16, 2020


¶ “Tesla Reminder: Solar Power Tax Credit Drops In 2021” • Last year and for several years prior, a US taxpayer who installed a rooftop solar power system could get a 30% tax credit on its cost. In 2020, that tax credit fell to 26%, and it will fall to 22% next year. “Order solar panels before the solar tax credit drops at the end of this year.” [CleanTechnica]

House with solar rooftop (Image: Tesla via Twitter)

¶ “Trump’s Coal Rescue Was Doomed From The Beginning” • Trump promised to bring back coal mining jobs. But coal simply can’t compete, much to the dismay of the Appalachian coal communities. If anything, the collapse of coal accelerated during the Trump era, wiping out even more jobs and dashing the hopes of unemployed coal miners. [CNN]

¶ “Increased Resilience Is Necessary To Battle The Pandemic And The Climate Crisis” • Ulrich Volz urges us to be vigilant in an International Monetary Fund podcast. The covid-19 pandemic, he insists, is but a prelude to the looming climate crisis. There is no trade-off between choosing a sustainable recovery and economic progress. [CleanTechnica]

Another day, another reminder (Image retrieved from NOAA)

¶ “Blackrock and Fidelity Are Betting Big On This $130 Trillion Mega-Trend” • This isn’t just a megatrend. It’s a movement. Big money is fleeing anything that’s not sustainable. By 2022, PwC says that 77% of institutional investors will stop buying non-ESG products entirely. (ESG is Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance.) []

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wind And Solar Are Cheaper Than Everything, Lazard Reports” • The recent Lazard report on the LCOE showed that wind and solar offer the cheapest electricity in the US, even significantly undercutting natural gas combined cycle power plants now. But that’s only half of it. Solar and wind are much cheaper nearly everywhere. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it (Courtesy of Lazard)

¶ “Oil & Gas Drilling Technology Could Make District Heating Feasible” • The deeper one goes beneath the surface of the Earth, the hotter things get – as much as 370°C in some cases. That heat can be used to heat buildings, including district heating. And the technology to tap into it is very similar to the technology used to open up oil and gas wells. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “South Africa: Kangnas Wind Farm Kicks Off Operations” • Two years after construction kicked-off, Kangnas Wind Farm in South Africa is operating commercially. According to a media release, this wind farm will generate 513 GWh each year, enough clean power to satisfy the electricity needs of 154,625 average South African households. [ESI Africa]

Kangnas Wind Farm (Supplied image)

¶ “Ford’s Silverton Factory In South Africa Is Getting A Massive 13.5 MW Of Solar PV” • A Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa factory is getting a 13.5-MW solar system covering 4,200 parking bays. The PV plant will cost R135 million ($8.7 million). This means the grid-tied project will cost 64¢/W, which is pretty impressive for a carport system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Youth Environmental Activists In Russia Face Down Obstacles To Spread Their Climate Message” • Across the world, global climate strikes brought millions to the streets in September of last year. But in Russia it was a different story. In Moscow and St Petersburg, protests had at most 200 participants. There are reasons for that. [Red, Green, and Blue]

Climate strike (Photo courtesy of Fridays For Future Russia)


¶ “BlueScope Puts $20 Million Toward Renewable Energy Infrastructure Supply Chain In NSW” • Australian steelmaker BlueScope has announced a plan to invest $20 million to help deliver renewable energy infrastructure in New South Wales. The state recently announced 20-year strategy to transition to hydro, wind, and solar power. [ABC News]

¶ “Utility AGL Plans 250-MW / 1,000-MWh Battery Project In South Australia” • In another large-scale battery announcement, AGL said it plans to build a battery system in South Australia, with up to 1,000 MWh of capacity. The utility has said it wants 34% of its capacity to be renewable and energy storage by the 2024 financial year. [Energy Storage News]

Planned AGL battery project (Image: AGL video screenshot)

¶ “WA Renewable Hydrogen Project Progresses” • Hydrogen Renewables Australia has joined forces with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to deliver the 5,000-MW Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project in Western Australia. The project will be powered by combined wind and solar power generation and use desalinated water. [Energy Magazine]


¶ “Gov Edwards Vetoes Tax Break For Oil And Gas Industry, Announces Renewable Energy Initative” • Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards vetoed a tax break for the oil and gas industry that would have cost the state over $38 million over the next five years. He doubted whether it would actually produce the jobs promised by oil lobbyists. [Big Easy Magazine]

Fishing in Cancer Alley (Image courtesy of Treehugger)

¶ “Tesla’s Automotive Gross Margin Improves from 18.7% to 23.7%” • Tesla’s automotive gross margin improved from 18.7% to 23.7% in Q3. That’s an astounding improvement in automotive gross margin. Even 18.7% is great in the automotive industry. It’s a figure that still leaves Tesla a lot of room to bring down prices or fuel faster growth. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why NASA Wants To Put A Nuclear Power Plant On The Moon” • NASA and the US DOE will seek proposals to build a nuclear power plant on the moon and Mars to support its long-term exploration plans. The proposal is for a fission surface power system, and the goal is to have a flight system, lander and reactor in place by 2026. [CNBC]

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November 15 Energy News

November 15, 2020


¶ “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – Or Not” • The recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports says it is too late to stop climate change. Some scientists disagree. But arguing about which climate model is most accurate diverts our attention from what is most important – the Earth is warming too fast, and we have to act on that. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ocean Plastisphere Is Disrupting Native Habitats” • At least 8 million tons of plastics enter the oceans annually, and they have generated a “Plastisphere” that is disrupting native habitats. The organisms that colonize buoyant marine plastic debris can be transported across the oceans and even become invasive species at fragile ecosystems. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Perennial Diesel Shortages In Zimbabwe Paralyze Refuse Collection: It’s Time To Go Electric” • Zimbabwe’s fuel imports account for $1.2 billion annually, 30% of its total import bill! The country is literally burning a huge chunk of its foreign currency as fossil fuels. The total cost of ownership makes EVs attractive for refuse collection. [CleanTechnica]

Lion Electric electric garbage truck (Courtesy of Lion Electric)

¶ “UK To Ban Sales Of Combustion Vehicles By 2030 – Report” • An announcement of a more ambitious timeline for the ban of combustion vehicles is expected from the UK government, and sources have already told both the BBC and the Financial Times that the ban will indeed be brought forward to 2030 or 2032. We are watching the story develop. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Railways’ Solar Power Tender Attracts Only A Few Bids; Deadline Extended” • Solar power project developers have given a lukewarm response to a tender for setting up 1 GW of solar power plants on railway land, sources said. The Solar Energy Corp of India already has 14 GW either in operation or under development. [Business Standard]

Raiway station (Sridhar Rao, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Biden Stocks Transition Teams With Climate Experts” • From the Pentagon to the General Services Administration, President-elect Joe Biden has put climate-minded officials on his sprawling transition team. Officials with significant climate or clean energy experience even pop up in departments like State, Defense, Treasury, and Justice. [Scientific American]

¶ “Coronavirus: Elon Musk likely has moderate case” • Elon Musk says he “most likely” has a “moderate case” of Covid-19 but has been “getting wildly different results from different labs.” On Friday he said he had been tested four times, with two positive and two negative results. Covid-19 has now infected nearly 10.9 million people in the US. [BBC]

Elon Musk (Reuters image)

¶ “Google Changing Outlook On Renewable Energy Prospects” • Google is in a lead on a project to ensure a 100% dependence on renewable energy. It has the innovative idea that companies ensure the use of renewable energy by matching the time they use renewable energy to the time they generate renewable energy, with PPAs allowed. [The Pinstripe Empire]

¶ “Minnesota Permits Pipeline Replacement For Line 3” • Environmental and Indigenous leaders responded with alarm after Minnesota regulators approved key permits for Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 Pipeline replacement, and called on Democratic Gov Tim Walz to block any construction for the Canadian company’s project. [LA Progressive]

Pipeline (Photo: Quinten de Graaf | Unsplash)

¶ “Kahului Power Plant Shutdown Plan Presented ” • Hawaiian Electric developed a plan to shut down the generating capacity of the 72-year-old oil-fired Kahului Power Plant in 2024, while keeping some of its distribution capabilities and building a new switchyard. The plan has been submitted to the state Public Utilities Commission for approval. [Maui News]

¶ “DOE Publishes Strategic Framework For Hydrogen Effort” • The DOE released its Hydrogen Program Plan. A key aspect of the strategy the agency presented is to enable hydrogen production from a diverse array of low-carbon domestic energy resources, including renewables, nuclear energy, and fossil fuels (with carbon capture). [World Nuclear News]

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November 14 Energy News

November 14, 2020


¶ “USA Readies Self For Green Hydrogen Rumble As Trump Slithers Out Door” • Trump made coal jobs a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, but he dropped the whole idea just two years after taking office, so it seems there was no job-saving coal plan after all. Oh well, it’s all water under the bridge now. The DOE has a Hydrogen Program Plan. [CleanTechnica]

Cars loaded with coal (Decumanus, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “What Does Bill Gates’ Favorite Energy Guru, Vaclac Smil, Get Wrong?” • Taking a look at Bill Gates’ ventures into energy shows that he is information is basically faulty in several ways. He and a number of people like him are throwing away their money on the wrong investments: small nuclear, air carbon capture, and solar geoengineering. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden And Electric Utilities Are Split On Emissions Goals” • As President Trump rolled back environmental regulations and boosted fossil fuels, utilities forged ahead with plans to reduce emissions. But while 33 utilities pledged to eliminate emissions by 2050, Biden campaigned on a promise to have 100% clean electricity by 2035. [Scientific American]

Natural gas plant (Dual Freq, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “UK Government Commissions Space Solar Power Stations Research” • The UK government has commissioned new research into space-based solar power systems that would use very large solar power satellites to collect solar energy, convert it into high-frequency radio waves, and safely beam it back to ground-based receivers connected to the electric grid. [GOV.UK]


¶ “Storm Iota: Preparations Under Way In Honduras And Nicaragua” • Evacuations of coastal areas of Honduras are under way as a second hurricane in as many weeks is forecast to hit Central America. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Iota is expected to strengthen to a “major hurricane” when it hits Honduras and Nicaragua on Sunday. [BBC]

Eta’s damage to be followed by Iota’s (Getty Images)

¶ “The World’s Largest Wetlands Are On Fire. That’s A Disaster For All Of Us” • The largest tropical wetland on Earth, South America’s Pantanal region, has been hit by the worst wildfires in decades. The blazes have consumed 28% of the vast floodplain that stretches across parts of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. They are still not entirely under control. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Batteries Get Second Life In Electric Sightseeing Boat” • As Teslas get old (or get into accidents), the batteries they had in them become available for new purposes. One clever use is as batteries in electric boats. In Sweden, the sightseeing boat Sylvia is powered by used Tesla batteries that were combined for 190 kWh of energy storage capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Sylvia (Photo via EcoSightseeing)

¶ “Ørsted And BP Will Partner On Green Hydrogen Project In Germany” • No sooner did CleanTechnica do a story on making hydrogen from renewable sources than we came across Ørsted’s announcement saying it will partner with BP to develop a large scale renewable energy project at BP’s Lingen Refinery in the Northwest of Germany. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Private Properties Have Increasingly Been Eyeing Renewable Energy Over The Last Few Years” • Over the last few years, the use of solar power in Finland has increased tenfold, as it grew increasingly popular with the country’s homeowners. This push for renewable energy is having a significant role in Finland’s energy grid strategy. [TheMayorEU]

Solar panels in Finland

¶ “Public Backs Tree Planting And Renewable Energy Over New Technologies Such As Carbon Storage” • The public would prefer the government to plant millions of trees to draw down carbon rather than plow huge sums of cash into carbon capture and storage technology. It is a blow to the Prime Minister’s plans to kickstart a green industrial revolution. [iNews]

¶ “European Energy Partners On 800-MW Scots Onshore Drive” • Danish renewable energy company European Energy, with its experience and resources, is partnering with the Scottish clean power developer Locogen, which will provide local expertise, to deliver an 800-MW onshore wind portfolio in Scotland over the next five years. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (European Energy image)


¶ “Race Of The Tesla Gigafactories: Giga Austin 24/7 With 3 Shifts May ‘Exceed Giga Berlin’s Speed'” • The newest Tesla gigafactory is growing rapidly, and construction is going on 24/7. Tesla’s focus on getting Giga Texas built is so intense that it may go up faster than Giga Berlin. Jeff Roberts, a drone operator, provided photos of progress. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arizona Regulators Adopt New Clean Energy Rules Without Renewable Mandate” • The Arizona Corporation Commission passed landmark new rules requiring state-regulated utilities to get 100% of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050, but the panel rejected any specific mandate for renewable energy like solar and wind. [Arizona Daily Star]

Renewable energy resources (Tucson Electric Power Co)

¶ “New Electric School Buses In Virginia And Massachusetts” • CleanTechnica covers basically every electric school bus story that comes across our desk, because it is so important for schools, shuttling around our youngest kids, switch over to clean electric transport as soon as possible. There is news from Massachusetts and Virginia. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Grover Beach Making Shift To Clean And Renewable Energy Sources” • Residents of Grover Beach, California, are getting flyers in the mail letting them know about their choice to join the city in going green. Beginning in January, ratepayers will have the opportunity to be a part of Central Coast Community Energy. [KSBY San Luis Obispo News]

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November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2020


¶ “Hitting Net Zero Is Not Enough – We Must Restore The Climate” • The climate crisis is here now. No matter how quickly we reach zero emissions, the terrible impacts of the climate crisis will not just go away. They will continue to cause millions to suffer for centuries to come. Just cutting emissions is not enough. We have to begin restoring the climate. [The Guardian]

Bushfire (fvanrenterghem, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “There Is Nothing We Can Do To Stop The Oncoming Effects Of Climate Change Says A New Study” • Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth would warm for centuries to come and oceans would rise by meters, according to a controversial modeling study that appeared in the Nature Research journal Scientific Reports. [Firstpost]

¶ “World Heritage Status For Scottish Peat Bogs Could Help UK Hit Net Zero Goals” • There is hope that about 1,400 sq km of the most pristine peatland in northern Scotland will soon be much closer to status as the first world heritage peatland. Ecologists say peatlands covering only 3% of the Earth’s land surface, may hold 30% of the carbon stored on land. [The Guardian]

Peat Bog (RodicaB, CC-BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “The Desert City To Run On Hydrogen” • On the edge of the Saudi Arabian desert beside the Red Sea, a futuristic city called Neom is due to be built. The $500 billion (£380 billion) city, complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help, is planned to become home to a million people. And what will power this city and be its product? Green hydrogen. [BBC]

¶ “Micro Stores In South African Townships: Decentralization Can Promote Micromobility” • With Covid-19 stay-at-home orders and lockdowns, large shopping malls have few customers. Leading South African fashion retailer Mr Price is testing smaller format stores to get closer to its shoppers homes. The situation is perfect for micromobility. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bikes (Image courtesy of Guraride)

¶ “Rising Levels Of Carbon Dioxide Increasing Extreme Weather Events In Australia, Report Finds” • Australia’s climate has now entered a new era of extreme weather events, such as dangerous bushfires and heatwaves, courtesy of rising average temperatures, a new report by the nation’s two government climate science agencies has found. [The Guardian]

¶ “Xpeng Sets Record For Quick Rise To 10,000, And NIO Sets Monthly Sales Record” • The two hottest Chinese EV startups, NIO and Xpeng, have each set some new records recently. Xpeng built 10,000 EVs less than 160 days after its factory was built. And NIO sold 5,055 EVs in October, setting a new monthly record for Chinese premium cars. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng workers and their 10,000th car (Photo courtesy of Xpeng)

¶ “Japan To Invite Bids For Offshore Wind Plants Off Chiba And Akita” • The government is expected to seek applications soon for operating offshore wind power plants in areas in Chiba and Akita prefectures. Its plan is to have a power generation capacity of 10 GW of offshore wind power plants, the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors, by 2030. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Vestas Secures 50-MW Scottish Order” • Vestas has secured a 50-MW turbine order from ERG for the Sandy Knowe wind farm in Scotland. The project will feature 14 V112 3.45-MW turbines in 3.6-MW power optimised mode, in order to maximize the site’s power production while ensuring lowest cost of energy to the energy consumer. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Rolls Royce Pledge To Create 6,000 Jobs In UK With 16 Mini-Nuclear Plants” • Rolls Royce pledged to create 6,000 jobs in the UK as part of plans to build 16 mini-nuclear plants. The company has formed a consortium, which includes the National Nuclear Laboratory and building company Laing O’Rourke, to build “small modular reactors.” [The Republic]


¶ “Electrify America Pours $3 Million Into EV Education In Under-Tapped Communities” • As a result of Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal, its subsidiary, Electrify America, is to engage in a certain amount of EV education. Now, it is putting $3 million into zero-emission vehicle education in low-income communities in California. [CleanTechnica]

Electrify America message

¶ “Arizona Utility Secures 200-MW PPA” • The Arizona Public Service Company has entered into a 200-MW power purchase agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy for electricity from the latter’s two Aragonne wind farms in New Mexico. Leeward will repower the existing 90-MW Aragonne project and build the 145-MW Aragonne Mesa development. [reNEWS]

¶ “Charlotte Airport Gets Electric Buses” • Charlotte Douglas International Airport has taken a leadership role on the ground, adding 5 electric buses to its ground transportation and planning to add many more. The airport operates 70 diesel-powered buses, and it wants to replace those with 50 electric buses within the next seven to ten years. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra Electric bus (Charlotte Douglas International Airport)

¶ “EVgo Triples EV Fast Charging Network In Virginia” • EV charging infrastructure is rising, thanks largely to enterprising EV charging startups. EVgo, one of the earliest, is now one of the largest in the US. EVgo is also net 100% powered by renewable energy. The recent news is that EVgo has tripled Virginia’s EV fast charging network in the past year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Trucks To Deploy 70 Electric Trucks In Southern California” • Volvo Trucks has won an award to supply 70 Class 8 VNR electric trucks in Southern California. The award includes $21.7 million in grants for Volvo Trucks. Most of that amount, $20 million, is coming from the US EPA’s Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. [CleanTechnica]

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November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2020


¶ “Is It Time For Republican Leaders To Realign With Reality?” • Ignoring reality results in horrible outcomes. So, at what point is it more worthwhile for Republican politicians to realign with reality instead of pushing one falsehood after another? When do the Constitution and American people get more consideration than a few extremists? [CleanTechnica]

Coal burning power plant (NPS, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen May Be The Key To A Sustainable Future” • For some uses, such as fueling cars, hydrogen has practical obstacles to overcome. It has a lot of clearly important applications, however, from making steel to fueling cargo ships. It can be used to store energy, and it can replace natural gas for some applications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hurricanes Are Maintaining Their Strength Farther Inland As The Planet Warms, Study Finds” • In recent years, hurricanes are rapidly intensifying more often, dumping higher rainfall totals, and even moving slower, all because they move over warmer water. Now, a study shows are maintaining their strength after landfall for much longer. [CNN]

Hurricane (NOAA image)


¶ “Ford France President Talks 600 km Range For Mustang Mach-E” • In an interview with Power TV, Louis-Carl Vignon, president of Ford France, confirmed that Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E will have a range of 600 km (373 miles). Ford has some major plans for Europe. They include 100% vehicle electrification by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Conversion Kit Turns Your Classic Mini Cooper Into A Timeless EV” • Fans of classic cars and restomods rejoice! There is now a fully realized and genuinely affordable kit to help you turn your classic Mini Cooper into a fast, clean, and modern EV. And, best of all, it is even truer to the original Mini philosophy than you might hope for. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Mini Cooper (Image courtesy of Swind.Life)

¶ “Global Warming Solutions Inc Introduces An Energy Solution In The Fight Against Global Warming” • A Canadian company, Global Warming Solutions Inc, is introducing to the world a product that can deliver constant 100% emission-free electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. It is a hydrogen generator that can be small enough to fit in a car. [GlobeNewswire]

¶ “Haliade-X Prototype Hits New Output Record” • A new record has been set by the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype in the Netherlands, producing 312 MWh of electricity in a 24-hour period, GE Renewables said. The previous record was 288 MWh in a single day. One spin of the turbine is enough to power a UK household for more than two days. [reNEWS]

Haliade-X nacelle (Ktf, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewable Energy Will Overtake Coal As Top Power Producer In Next Five Years, International Energy Agency Says” • As coal is passed by renewables, oil and gas companies, often seen clean energy’s opposition, are forecast to increase investment in them. The IAE expects major companies will increase renewables investments “tenfold” by 2025. [Forbes]

¶ “Local Consent Clears Way For Restart Of Onagawa 2″ • The Tohoku Electric Power Company received approval from Murai Yoshihiro, the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, to restart unit 2 of its Onagawa nuclear plant in northeastern Japan. The utility aims to restart the 796-MWe boiling water reactor in fiscal 2022 at the earliest. [World Nuclear News]

Onagawa nuclear plant (Nekosuki600, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Fortescue Metals Unveils Massive Solar Ambition” • Iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals Group has revealed ambitious plans to build one of the biggest renewable energy portfolios in the world, delivering more than 235 GW of renewable capacity, or five times the current capacity of Australia’s National Energy Market. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Green Group Challenges Twiggy To Dump Gas Investments After FMG’s Renewable Revolt” • A Kimberley environmental group has called on mining magnate Andrew Forrest to offload his gas assets after he announced Fortescue Metals Group would try to become one of the world’s biggest renewable energy companies. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Wind turbines (CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Fortescue Leads ‘Stampede’ Into Green Energy With Stunning Plans For 235 GW Of Wind And Solar” • The scale of Fortescue’s program is breathtaking. To put it into context, 235 GW of wind and solar is equivalent to nearly five times the current capacity of Australia’s main grid, and more than the energy output of such oil giants as Chevron and Total. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Tesla’s Energy Business Is Flourishing – 2021 Looks Bright” • During Tesla’s Q3 2020 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk noted that this was Tesla’s “best quarter in history.” Most of the revenue came from Tesla’s automotive business. But on a closer look, you can see the leaves of Tesla’s energy business rapidly unfolding as this side continues to grow. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla powerpacks (Tesla image)

¶ “US Voluntary Clean Power Sales Keep Surging, With More Than a Little Help From Utilities” • Voluntary clean power sales have surged in the past decade and now number in the millions. According to data published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, they doubled from 2010 to 2014 and doubled again from 2014 to 2019. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Nuclear vs Solar: The Race For Renewable Dominance” • There are voices calling for nuclear power to be used to address climate change. But nuclear power is a tough sell in this country. And while the nuclear sector comeback has its work cut out for it, solar power has clearly been on the ascendancy thanks in large part to falling costs. []

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November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2020


¶ “President-Elect Joe Biden’s First Hundred Days Of Renewable Energy: Sunshine And Butterflies All Around” • Renewable energy advocates are eagerly anticipating President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for bringing the US back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, and it looks like his first 100 days in office will be fruitful ones. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture and PVs (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)


¶ “Chinese Glaciers Melting At ‘Shocking’ Pace, Scientists Say” • Glaciers in China’s bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say. Since the 1950s, average temperatures in the area have risen about 1.5°C. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Boats Are Popping – Three New Electric Boat Stories” • As battery prices have dropped, more varied types of electric vehicles have been popping onto the scene. That includes boats built for different purposes. In this article, we look at a few pieces of news about three types of electric boats, some built for heavy work, and some just for fun. [CleanTechnica]

Electric ferry boat (Photo courtesy of Corvus Energy)

¶ “Woolworths Pledges To Source 100% Renewables By 2025” • Retail giant Woolworths Group has committed to power all of its operations with 100% renewable electricity within just five years, as it joins the global RE100 initiative. Its electricity demand is over 2,000 GWh per year. Woolworths Group also unveiled its 2025 Sustainability Plan. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Full Line Of Volvo Trucks To Go Battery Electric, Hydrogen Fuel Cell By 2025″ • Volvo Trucks announced that its full range of heavy duty trucks and haulers would be available as early as next year with battery-electric drive trains. The changeover to electric drive systems is based on Volvo’s commitment to be fully “climate-neutral” by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric trucks (Image courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

¶ “MHI Vestas Installs First 9.5-MW Floater” • MHI Vestas has installed the most powerful turbine on a floating offshore wind platform. The V164 9.5-MW turbine was installed on a Principle Power WindFloat platform at an installation harbor. It is the first of five that will go to the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm, off Scotland. [reNEWS]

¶ “To Meet Climate Targets, Renewable Investments Need To Be Tripled: Report” • The 2020 edition of “Global Landscape of Renewable Energy Finance” highlights that while a cumulative $1.8 trillion were invested during the five-year period of 2013 to 2018, the amount falls short to achieve the global climate goals. The amount needs to be tripled. [Saurenergy]

Building a wind turbine

¶ “LM Wind Secures Certification Blessing For Haliade-X Blade” • LM Wind Power’s record-breaking 107 meter blade for GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X turbine was given its component certificate by TUV Nord. The certification hinged on tests of two 107 meter blades produced at the LM factory in Cherbourg, the company said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Total Battery Subsidiary Opens China Factory” • Total-owned battery storage supplier Saft has inaugurated a new factory in Zhuhai, China. The production capacity of the new plant will be around 200 containers per year, or the equivalent of 480 MWh. Saft has energy storage production facilities in three continents now that the Chinese factory is open. [reNEWS]

Battery storage (Saft image)

¶ “Only One Power Reactor Remains In Operation In Japan” • Genkai 4, will be the only nuclear reactor in operating in Japan for the next six weeks, Asahi Shimbun reported. Electric power companies are required to construct an anti-terrorism facility at each plant to meet new safety regulations imposed after the Fukushima Disaster. [Nuclear Engineering]


¶ “The Rebirth Of A Historic River” • For millennia, the Yurok people in Northern California have depended on fishing for salmon. But that source has been in decline after the Klamath River was dammed for hydroelectricity. Now, the fortunes of the Yurok could be set to change, as the largest dam removal project in US history has been given a green light. [BBC]

Klamath River (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Louisiana Holds Its First Climate Initiatives Task Force Meeting” • The State of Louisiana held its first Climate Initiatives Task Force meeting yesterday, and Governor Edwards kicked off the meeting with an empowering speech. He made it clear that Louisiana’s intention was to be at the forefront of addressing climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Sea Trials Planned For Unmanned Offshore Power Unit” • Columbia Power Technologies will begin six-month trials of an autonomous offshore power system that could support various activities in offshore wind. The sea trials will take place at at the Navy’s Wave Energy Testing Site off Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. [reNEWS]

Offshore power system (CPT image)

¶ “As Fed Says Climate Change Is A Financial Hazard, Trump Fires Person In Charge Of NCA” • In denial of his recent defeat, Donald Trump has been firing people he thinks disagree with him. This week began with the firing of the executive director of the organization responsible for preparing the National Climate Assessment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vanderbilt And Nashville Undertake Bold New Renewable Energy Partnership To Address Climate Change” • Vanderbilt University and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, have announced a Green Invest partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service. The collaboration is a big step for addressing climate change. [Mirage News]

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November 10 Energy News

November 10, 2020


¶ “Time to Be Real – Part 1” • Denial of reality is dangerous. When it is institutionalized, it can become dangerous to large numbers of people. Denial of science has become a policy of the Republican Party, and people in Red states are suffering. The first proof of this is just appearing now, as huge numbers of people in Red states get Covid-19. [Green Energy Times]

Mount Rushmore (National Park Service photo)

¶ “How Will VP Harris Influence Climate Policy At The White House?” • As Vice President, will Kamala Harris influence climate policy so that substantive change can come of the activism that hoisted it into the Top 4 issues of the 2020 Presidential election? Joe Biden has a plan for climate change, and Kamala Harris is well-suited to help him achieve it. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Tesla Giga Shanghai To Produce 550,000 Cars In 2021” • Sina Technology reported that Tesla’s Giga Shanghai factory plans to produce 550,000 cars in 2021, and plans to export more than 100,000 of those made-in-China Teslas. 36 Krypton learned that 300,000 of those vehicles will be Model 3 cars and the remaining 250,000 will be Model Ys. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory paint shop (Tesla image)

¶ “Scottish City’s Largest Single Office Building To Be Fully Powered By Renewable Electricity” • The 177 Bothwell Street development is set to become Glasgow’s largest single office building next autumn. It is to be 100%-powered by renewable electricity, with zero carbon emissions. A large part of the building is already let out. [HeraldScotland]

¶ “‘Defying The Difficulties:’ Renewables Set For Record Run Despite Covid: IEA” • The world is set to add record levels of renewable power this year and next despite the Covid pandemic, the International Energy Agency said. New renewables additions this year are expected to reach almost 200 GW, or nearly 90% of all new generating capacity. [Recharge]

Wind farm, Montenegro (Milica Buha, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Pakistan Can Save $5 Billion By Scaling Up Renewable Energy: WB” • A World Bank study suggests that a major scale-up of variant renewable energy could help Pakistan save $5 billion over the next 20 years, mainly from reduced fuel use. It said Pakistan should quickly implement a major scale-up of solar and wind generating capacity. [Associated Press of Pakistan]

¶ “Green Bank Shouldn’t Fund Gas-Fired Power, Ex-Officials Tell Federal MPs” • Former leaders of Australia’s renewable energy agencies have called on MPs to reject the Morrison government’s changes to the publicly owned green bank that would explicitly allow it to fund fossil fuel projects. The Morrison is pitching a “gas-led recovery.” [The Guardian]

Oakey power station (Stickee, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “‘Immense’ Potential Of Renewable Energy Could Propel Australia To Net Zero 2050 Target” • Australia could become a carbon neutral economy by 2050 thanks to an abundance of cheap solar and wind energy, a report from policy experts at Climate Action Tracker says. But a more ambitious 2030 climate target is needed to get there. [The Guardian]


¶ “Tesla Owners Share Supercharging Experiences As Tesla Announces Its 20 Thousand Supercharger Milestone” • Tesla just announced reaching a milestone: “20,000 Superchargers and counting.” The Supercharger network is a critical component of Tesla’s success that is barely talked about. Many probably would have thought this impossible. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Superchargers in Norway (Clive Flint via Twitter)

¶ “Bay Area And Central California Coast To Get More Than 6,950 New EV Chargers” • It is expected that more than 6,950 new EV chargers will be installed in the Bay Area and central coastal California, thanks to $65 million in funding from four California Community Choice Aggregators and contributions from the state of California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Louisiana Governor: Renewable Energy Initiative for Gulf of Mexico” • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced a renewable energy initiative for the Gulf of Mexico, with plans to harness Louisiana’s strengths in offshore energy production for the development of wind power, the nation’s No 1 source of renewable energy. [STL.News]

Offshore wind farm (Impériale, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “CPS Energy And VIA Announce Renewable Natural Gas Partnership” • CPS Energy, the municipal electric utility in San Antonio, and VIA Metropolitan Transit announce details about a new fuel supply partnership that will provide Renewable Natural Gas created by landfill biogas to VIA’s fleet of over 500 buses, beginning in 2021. [TechGenyz]

¶ “AEP To Make 40% Of Its Electricity From Renewable Energy By 2030” • Ohio utility American Electric Power, once one of the biggest generators of electricity from coal in the US, forecasts that 40% of the electricity it produces will come from renewable sources by 2030. AEP’s use of coal has dropped by about a third since 2005. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Wind turbines in Michigan (NOAA image)

¶ “World’s Largest Coal Producer Warns Of Bankruptcy Risk” • Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal producer, has said there is a risk it could go bankrupt for the second time in five years, reports the Financial Times. It has trouble competing with natural gas and renewables, and Covid-19 has made matters worse. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “Xcel Energy And Idaho National Laboratory To Use Nuclear Energy For Hydrogen Production” • Xcel Energy and Idaho National Laboratory joined forces to demonstrate the use of a nuclear plant to split water and produce hydrogen. With the help of $10 million in DOE funding, the partnership will be the first of its kind for electrolysis technology. [H2 View]

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November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2020


¶ “Green Hydrogen Nail, Meet Shale Gas Coffin (And Nuclear Could Be Next)” • If US President-Elect Joe Biden doesn’t do the fossil fuel industry any favors, he’ll only be following in the footsteps of outgoing President Donald J Trump. Intentionally or not, Trump has already overseen the demise of the domestic coal, oil, and natural gas industries. [CleanTechnica]

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory

Science and Technology:

¶ “Virgin Hyperloop Pod Transport Tests Its First Passenger Journey” • Virgin Hyperloop has trialed its first ever journey with passengers in a Nevada desert. The technology uses pods inside vacuum tubes to carry passengers at high speeds. Two company staff  reached 107 mph (172 km/h) on a 500 meter course. The ultimate speeds will be six times that. [BBC]


¶ “Octopus Energy And Audi UK Offer Up To 5,000 Free Miles Of Charging And Free Wallbox” • If you are in the UK and considering getting an EV – particularly an electric Audi – you may want to get hooked up with Octopus Energy. It will offer 100% green, renewable energy. And it will provide up to 5,000 miles of free charging. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron (Image courtesy of Audi)

¶ “Disappointing Honda e Sales Prompt Move To Jump Into Tesla EV Credit Pool” • The Honda e was supposed to be the car that allowed the company to avoid heavy fines if its corporate average emissions in Europe exceeded 95 grams of CO₂ per kilometer. But it is not selling. Honda will pay Tesla to join its zero emissions credit pool. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NSW Orchestrates 12 GW Of Renewables And 2 GW Of Pumped Hydro By 2030” • New South Wales published its NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, charting a path to 12 GW of new large-scale solar and wind capacity. It is to attract $32 billion in private investment, create thousands of jobs, and reduce annual electricity bills. [pv magazine Australia]

Sheep and solar panels (Image: Neoen)

¶ “NSW Power Play Sparks Divisions Across Australia’s Energy Sector” • Some of Australia’s largest clean energy investors have thrown their support behind the ambitious strategy to stimulate the construction of new wind, solar, and pumped-hydro projects in NSW, but big power companies say the plan needs further scrutiny. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “EMEC Adds Storage To Tidal For Hydrogen Boost” • The European Marine Energy Center in Orkney is to use an Invinity Energy Systems flow battery at a tidal energy test site to make green hydrogen. Tidal power and 1.8-MWh of flow batteries will demonstrate continuous hydrogen production from variable renewable generation. [reNEWS]

EMEC facility in Orkney (Image: Orkney Sky Cam | EMEC)


¶ “Tropical Storm Eta Makes Landfall In Florida” • Tropical Storm Eta has hit Florida, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds that forecasters fear may lead to storm surges and flash flooding. Schools, beaches and public transport in much of the southern part of the state were shut before the storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. [BBC]

¶ “Biden Won. What’s Next? Bill McKibben Has Given A Few Suggestions” • Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the US. He has a $2 trillion plan to move the US toward a reduced carbon future. But there are things he needs to do to execute his plan while the Republicans maintain some strength. Bill McKibben has some suggestions. [CleanTechnica]

Joe Biden (Credit:

¶ “Government Scientists Fear For Their Jobs – Another Trump Executive Order” • The journal Nature reported that a senior scientist at the EPA, after reading an executive order signed in October, responded “it’s pretty frightening.” Written broadly, the language seems to make it easier to “get rid of people who don’t toe the right political line.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “APS Commits $127 Million To Navajo Nation, Promises Renewable Energy And Expanded Grid Access” • Arizona utility APS announced a $127 million cash commitment to the Navajo Nation over the next 10 years to provide transitional support to communities affected by the closure and environmental effects of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station. [Fronteras]

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November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2020


¶ “A Joe Biden Presidency – A New Day In Fight For Climate Action” • You know that feeling when you awake from a long nightmare and see the sun shining outside? Yes, that’s what it feels like today. The US presidential election results have been confirmed in favor of Joe Bidenand Kamala Harris. Maybe now we can work with real science. [CleanTechnica]

Joe Biden (Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Jeffrey Young: Oil Companies Admit to Contributing to Climate Change – and Blame You” • In a climate change lawsuit, oil companies admitted that their products were a major cause of climate change, and it’s a real problem. But extraction of the fossil fuels doesn’t cause climate change, they said. It is the use of the product that generates emissions. [Noozhawk]

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Vauxhall Mokka-e vs 1903 Vauxhall Light Car” • The Vauxhall Mokka-e is one of the more interesting and compelling new electric vehicles in Europe. To drum up a bit more attention for the EV, Vauxhall has gone deep into its roots to compare it to Vauxhall Heritage’s 1903 “Light Car,” which it claims is the oldest four-seat Vauxhall. [CleanTechnica]

Vauxhall Mokka-e and 1903 Vauxhall Light Car (Vauxhall image)

¶ “Is This The Key To Cheaper Solar Power?” • At first glance, solar power and farming seem mutually exclusive. Once you take a closer look, however, they appear to be mutually beneficial in more than one way. Solar farms generally benefit the land. And when that land is farmland, the benefits of the combination only seem to become greater. []


¶ “NIO Introduces 100 kWh Battery And Flexible Battery Leasing Plans” • As of November 7, a NIO customer can pre-order a car with a 100-kWh battery. But what about current NIO owners? Thanks to NIO’s battery-as-a-service philosophy, they can get upgrades. NIO has multiple payment plans to get 100-kWh batteries installed. [CleanTechnica]

NIO car battery (NIO image)

¶ “‘Forever Chemicals’ Can Have Far-Reaching Consequences, Need More Regulation In Canada, Scientists Say” • A recent Health Canada study said 98.5% of Canadians have PFAS in their blood. Some scientists say a number of these chemicals pose significant risk to human health. What sets PFAS apart is how stable they are – forever chemicals. []

¶ “Norwegian Plugin Market Share Over 79% In October And PHEVs Stagnate” • Norway had another very strong month for plugin electric vehicles, which had a 79.1% market share. This was the second highest monthly result (after an end-of-quarter push in September). Old school combustion vehicles are now barely above 10% of the market. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.3 (Image Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Bushfire Royal Commission Signals Need For Zali Steggall’s Climate Act” • The bushfire royal commission has confirmed that climate change influenced the Black Summer’s unprecedented extreme fire weather conditions. Zali Steggall, a winter sport Olympian, attorney, and now member of parliament, is about to introduce a bill. [The Canberra Times]

¶ “EU Eyes Huge Increase In Offshore Wind Energy To Meet Climate Goals” • The European Union is considering a plan to increase its offshore wind energy capacity five-fold this decade and 25-fold by 2050, as it seeks to become climate neutral, a draft policy shows. The EU is already home to 42% of the world’s offshore wind capacity. [EnergyInfraPost]

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)


¶ “US Renewable Energy Industry Cheers Joe Biden Election Win As ‘Beautiful Day'” • The American renewable energy sector has cheered the declared election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, with industry bodies placing the accent on the potential for the country to rejoin global climate leadership under the new administration. [Recharge]

¶ “What Joe Biden’s Climate Plans Mean For America, And The World” • Joe Biden has a plan for what to do about the climate. He will have the US rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, for a start. He plans to put $1.7 trillion into federal investment during this decade, with money going to every thing from energy storage to small modular nuclear reactors. [The Wire Science]

Earth from Space (NASA image)

¶ “Even With Biden Win Declared, Climate And Energy Plans May Hinge On Senate Races” • Joe Biden has aggressive climate and clean energy plans that could result in sweeping changes to the energy sector. But Republicans could keep control of the US Senate, upsetting those ambitions, all but ensuring delays and blocks for major climate legislation. [S&P Global]

¶ “Companies Are Coming Together To Promote Sustainable Agriculture With Carbon Credits” • Agricultural technology company Indigo Agriculture announced that it had secured commitments from companies from JPMorgan Chase and IBM to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for creating financial incentives for farmers through carbon credits. [Mercom India]

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November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2020


¶ “On Climate Action, Everyone Has The Right Stuff” • NASA’s Mercury program was an all hands on deck, do-or-die mission for an elite squad of seasoned military test pilots. Now the Earth itself could use a dose of the same human energy and sense of purpose. Here is an interview with Dr James Hansen, comparing and contrasting the efforts. [CleanTechnica]

NACA hangar circa 1931 (Photo via NASA)

¶ “Climate Deniers Boost Pro-Trump Efforts To Cast Doubt On US Election” • In unusual remarks made during an earnings call, Continental Resources founder and executive chairman Howard Hamm referred to counting “all legal votes.” It is a phrase used by President Donald Trump to suggest that some votes cast in the 2020 election are not legitimate. [DeSmog]

¶ “Don’t Encourage Biden To Waste Political Capital” • If we want clean energy to succeed in the Biden administration, we have to (a) be realistic, and (b) fight like hell to keep him focused on it. Political capital is scarce, and climate change is a real threat, so letting various Democratic lobbies suck all of the oxygen out of the room is not an option. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ecologically Friendly Agriculture Doesn’t Compromise Crop Yields” • According to an international study comparing 42,000 examples of diversified and simplified agricultural practices, increasing diversity in crop production benefits biodiversity but does not compromise yields. The research, published in Science Advances, is based on 5,188 studies. [EurekAlert]


¶ “Volkswagen And Greece Bringing Climate Neutral Mobility To A Mediterranean Island” • Volkswagen and Greece have signed an agreement recently that will bring clean energy, electric vehicles, and state of the art mobility solutions to the island of Astypalea, a 100 square kilometer slice of heaven located southeast of Athens. [CleanTechnica]

Astypalea (IMFJ, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “African Union Says Over 600 Million Africans Lack Electricity Despite Huge Renewable Energy Potential” • An African Union  Commissioner pointed out that over 600 million Africans lack access to electricity. This is despite the continent’s abundant renewable energy potential. Africa’s geothermal potential is estimated at 15 GW. [Macau Business]

¶ “Eviation Set To Deliver First 9-Passenger Electric Airplane In 2022” • The dream of commercially viable electric airplanes just keeps getting closer. Eviation, Israeli startup, began building its first electric plane, in 2017. The company says it plans to deliver the first of its bespoke airplanes to Cape Air, a regional carrier serving New England, in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Eviation airplane (Eviation image)

¶ “UK Energy Plant To Use Liquid Air” • Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world’s first major plant to store energy in the form of liquid air. When wind farms produce surplus electricity, it is used to compress air to make it liquefy. It can be stored as a liquid at -196°C. When there is a peak in demand, the liquid air will boil to drive turbines. [BBC News]

¶ “UK Warning Highlights Energy Storage Importance To Renewables” • The UK, which has recently set a record for wind power meeting its demand, issued a security of supply alert earlier this week as wind power output was low due to calm weather. This event highlights the need of increased energy storage capacity. []

Offshore wind turbine (Phil Hollman, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Climate Crisis: More Than 100 Australian Businesses And Organisations Support Net-Zero Target” • More than a hundred businesses and organisations support a parliamentary bill asking the country’s chief scientist to produce clear opinion on whether the country should commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. [The Guardian]


¶ “Several Renewable Energy Initiatives Passed In The 2020 Election” • Though the gains were not huge, the results of this year’s elections saw only wins for renewable energy. Two were a constitutional amendment in Nevada mandating 50% renewable energy by 2030 and a ballot measure in Columbus, Ohio, so residents can buy 100% renewable energy. [The Hill]

Nevada (Murray Foubister, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Biden Reaffirms Commitment To Rejoining Paris Agreement” • The US has officially left the Paris climate agreement, but its departure may be short lived. Former Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to immediately rejoining the accord if he wins the 2020 presidential election, and the vote count increasingly favors him. [EcoWatch]

¶ “NRC Fines TVA Over 2015 Watts Bar Unit 1 Restart” • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced 3 fines against Tennessee Valley Authority for violations at the Watts Bar plant. The fines total $903,471. The NRC also issued violations against two managers and a plant operator. The incident involves the restart of Unit 1 in 2015. [WDEF News 12]

Watts Bar (TVA Web Team, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “County Poised To Reach 100% Renewable Mark” • Moving Dane County, Wisconsin toward 100% renewable energy, County Executive Joe Parisi and Alliant Energy Vice President of Business Planning JP Brummond announced a partnership to develop around 140 acres of county-owned land in Cottage Grove into a 16.5 MW solar field. []

¶ “Trump Replaces Republican Head Of Energy Regulatory Panel Who Supports Carbon Markets” • President Donald Trump demoted Neil Chatterjee, the Republican head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after he promoted the use of carbon markets by US states to curb climate change. He replaced Chatterjee, with Republican James Danly. [Reuters]

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November 6 Energy News

November 6, 2020


¶ “Women As Solar Adopters Is An Unexplored Market Segment” • As the cost of hardware for solar systems declines, soft costs, including customer acquisition, are becoming more important.  Women drive the majority of consumer spending, but their potential as solar adopters is an such area of largely unexplored potential in the industry. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Image retrieved from NASA)

¶ “Ecocide: Should Killing Nature Be A Crime?” • Small island states like Vanuatu have long tried to persuade large powerful nations to voluntarily reduce their emissions, but change has been slow – so ambassador John Licht suggested that it might be time to change the law itself, with amendment to a treaty known as the Rome Statute. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Foul-Smelling Fuel That Could Power Big Ships” • An enormous engine, three floors high, growls loudly at a test center in Copenhagen. Usually such an engine would be propelling a large ship across the sea, but this one is being prepared to take part in a ground-breaking project. Engineers want to see if they can make it run on liquid ammonia. [BBC]

Viking Energy (Eidesvik AS image)

¶ “SAE Publishes New Wireless Charging Standard” • Standards are important. Imagine if every manufacturer needed a specially shaped nozzle on the gas pump to fill the tank. That wouldn’t work well. And yet it is the norm for plugs for electric cars. Now, the Society of Automotive Engineers has published a standard for wireless charging. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Bentley Reveals Plan To Go Fully Electric By 2030” • Luxury carmaker Bentley unveiled plans to go fully electric by 2030. The brand will switch its model range to offer only plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars by 2026. Bentley also aims to be 100% carbon neutral across its manufacturing within a decade. EVs sales have tripled in the UK this year. [BBC]

Bentley (Alexander Migl, CC-BY-4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Canada Backs Nova Scotia Tidal Array” • The government of Canada is helping to finance the country’s first tidal energy array being developed by Sustainable Marine in Nova Scotia. A C$28.5 million (€18.4 million, $21,8 million) investment to help deliver the Plat-I floating tidal energy platform was unveiled by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vestas To Deliver 27 MW In Poland” • Vestas is to supply 27 MW of turbines to Polenergia for the Kostomloty wind farm in Poland. The project will have nine V136-3.45MW turbines in 3.0-MW power optimised mode on 122-metre towers, with a 30-year management service agreement. Commissioning is expected in the first quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Installing a turbine blade (Vestas image)

¶ “GWEC: Wind Power Market Set For Record Growth Despite Covid-19” • According to the latest market outlook published by GWEC Market Intelligence, 71.3 GW of wind power capacity is expected to be installed in 2020 despite the impacts of Covid-19. This is only a 6% reduction from pre-Covid forecasts. Originally, reductions of up to 20% were expected. [ESI Africa]

¶ “The Water Firm That’s Turning Land Into A Source Of Renewable Energy” • In flood-prone pastureland in Cumbria, 30,000 willow cuttings are rapidly transforming a soggy field into a source of renewable energy. United Utilities, a regional water firm, is growing the willow to sell the harvest to the renewable energy market. [Cumbria Crack]

Caroline Holden with the planted willow


¶ “Paris Agreement Or Not, The USA Says Hi To Offshore Wind” • The American withdrawal from the Paris Accord may leave fossil fuel fans heaving a sigh of relief, but not for long. The US offshore wind industry has just begun to flex its muscles, and that’s just a taste of the massive shift in store for the domestic energy industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Construction Begins At Pflugerville Solar” • Recurrent Energy has begun construction of its 186-MW Pflugerville solar project near Austin, Texas. The Pflugerville project will have DuraTrack HZ V3 single-axis solar trackers from Array Technologies, which will installed by RP Construction Services. It is to be completed in the summer of 2021. [reNEWS]

Project under construction (RP Construction Services image)

¶ “Spotlight On Award Winner: NextEra Energy Resources – Iron Mountain Solar” • Information services company Iron Mountain joined with renewables developer Black Bear Energy and NextEra Energy Resources on a 5.4-MW (AC) solar project. Iron Mountain’s goal is to have 100% renewable electricity, 24/7, from local resources. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “PNM Cutting Ties With Navajo-Region Coal-Fired Plant In 2024” • Public Service Co of New Mexico will exit from its ownership stake in the coal-burning Four Corners Power Plant  seven years earlier than first planned. The plant is set to retire by 2022. PNM is exiting its minority ownership of the plant early to reduce its costs. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Four Corners plant (NPS image, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Estée Lauder Reports Renewable Energy Goal Reached” • American multinational skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products giant Estée Lauder Companies says it has achieved its 100% renewable electricity target for its direct operations globally. ELC committed to 100% renewables and joined the RE100 initiative in 2017. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “Governor Wants To Stop Spent Nuclear Fuel From Heading To West Texas” • Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he opposes a plan to store spent nuclear waste in Andrews County, Texas. Abbott said he asked the NRC to deny a federal license for the proposed facility that would handle spent fuel from nuclear reactors. [KTSM 9 News]

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November 5 Energy News

November 5, 2020


¶ “The US Is Officially Out Of The Paris Climate Agreement. Here’s What Could Happen Next” • The US is the only country to officially exit the Paris climate accord. If Biden wins the election, the US could rejoin the agreement. If Trump wins, and does not reenter the agreement, experts expect to see the US sidelined from the international community. [CNN]

Pump jacks (Acroterion, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “GOP Congressional Wins Dash Hopes For Ambitious Climate Action Next Year” • Republican victories in Tuesday night’s election and a still-tight race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden cast doubt over the chances of the US enacting significant measures to curb planet-heating emissions in the near-term. [HuffPost]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Brown Carbon ‘Tarballs’ That Hasten Glacial Melt Found In Himalayan Atmosphere” • Nearly 28% of particles collected from the air samples from a research station in the Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau were tarballs, a study found. Tarballs are small light-absorbing, particles formed by burning fuels that deposit on snow and ice. [Down To Earth Magazine]

Himalayas (Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center Launched” • EIT InnoEnergy launched an unprecedented effort to support the development of an annual €100 billion green hydrogen economy by 2025. The European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center could help create half a million direct and indirect jobs across the green hydrogen value chain. [reNEWS]

¶ “Neoen Wins Bid To Build 300-MW Oz Battery” • Neoen has been awarded a 250-MW grid services contract with the Australian Energy Market Operator enabling it to proceed with the next phase of a planned 300-MW battery in Victoria. The Victorian Big Battery will help to “modernise and stabilise” the grid in Victoria. [reNEWS]

Building the Hornsdale Power Reserve (Neoen image)

¶ “Renewables Can Help Kosovo Break From Coal-Powered Past: IEEFA” • Strong performance by the first large-scale wind and solar farms in Kosovo shows the coal-dominated country can exploit falling renewables costs and green lending appetite to align better with a low-carbon European transition and reduce losses from stranded fossil fuel assets. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Renewables Cut Australia’s Emissions More Than Covid-19, Energy Analysis Finds” • An analysis shows wind and solar power pushing out fossil fuels cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions more than Covid-19 did. Renewable energy generated a record 26.5% of the electricity in the five states of the national energy market over a 12 month period. [The Guardian]

Solar power station (Richard Gifford, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Japan Faces Another Fukushima Disaster Crisis” • Ian Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, has made a detailed assessment of the Japanese government plan to dump contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant. He says in addition to tritium, caesium-137 and strontium-90, are also in the water. [PreventionWeb]


¶ “Proterra Unveils High-Powered Charging Stations” • Proterra is well known as a pioneer in the electric bus market in the US. After years of being focused on that tech solution, the company has just expanded out into high-power charging stations aimed at serving the needs of large-scale vehicle fleets, such as mass transit operators. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra electric bus (Proterra image)

¶ “Michigan And Ohio EV Charging Programs Set For Approval” • Electric utilities in the Midwest are increasingly helping their customers drive on reliably cheaper and cleaner electricity. The Michigan Public Service Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio are both working on proposals to help electrify vehicles in their states. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kandi’s Small And Super Cheap K27 Cleared For California Roads” • Kandi America announced that it was certified by the California Air Resources Board. This is a cheap EV. With special promotional pricing, state incentive of $2,000, federal tax credit of $7,500, “eligible buyers in California can drive off with the K27 for just $7,999.” [CleanTechnica]

Kandi K27 (Kandi image)

¶ “Central Maine Power Energy Corridor Project Nearly Ready To Begin” • A renewable energy project that will be built by Avangrid, Inc  and Central Maine Power Company to bring hydropower from Quebec to Maine and other parts of New England has received one of the last permits it needs before construction can begin. []

¶ “Nevada Voters Seal Renewable Energy Goals In Their State Constitution” • As was widely expected, Nevada voters approved Question 6 on the ballot, which amends the state constitution to mandate that the Nevada’s electricity providers shift to at least 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to the New York Times and the Associated Press. [Vox]

Wind turbines in Nevada (Famartin, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “East Brunswick Residents Vote In Favor Of Clean Energy Program” • A strong majority of East Brunswick residents voted in favor of a ballot question to create a township-wide renewable energy aggregation program. The vote count, as of 8 p.m. on November 3, shows the ballot question was supported by more than 70% of voters. []

¶ “NJ Transit Chooses Renewable Energy Over Previously Planned Fossil Fuel Plant” • NJ Transit has put the axe to a long-planned natural gas-fired plant, choosing instead to pursue a renewable energy microgrid that uses clean electricity sources and battery storage. The cancelled natural gas power plant was to cost $546 million. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

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November 4 Energy News

November 4, 2020


¶ “Fate Of Climate Crisis Hangs On Election As US Exits Paris Agreement” • On November 4, the US became the only country in the world refusing to participate in global climate efforts, with the fate of the crisis hanging on the still uncalled presidential election. Trump’s challenger, Joe Biden, would immediately rejoin the agreement. [The Guardian]

Shell refinery in Texas (Gregory Bull | AP)

¶ “Shell’s Climate Poll On Twitter Backfires Spectacularly” • A climate poll on Twitter posted by Shell asked: “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?” It got 199 votes. When US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet saying “I’m willing to hold you accountable for lying about climate change…,” it was liked 350,000 times. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Spanish, Dutch Collaboration Designs ‘Smart SOV'” •  Spanish outfit Marcelo Penna Engineering and Dutch offshore specialist Safeway joined forces to design an intelligent service operation vessel. It will have “zero impact bumpering,” a “hover mode,” and roll compensation capability, so it can remain at a wind farm, even in the roughest sea conditions. [reNEWS]

New service operation vessel (Safeway image)


¶ “The Young Norwegians Taking Their Own Country To Court Over Oil” • Despite Norway’s green credentials, its state wealth is due to its huge oil exports. Norwegian youths are challenging what they describe as a double standard in court. The battle will come to a head on November 4 at the final hearing for the issue in Norway’s Supreme Court. [BBC]

¶ “Assam Fire: India’s Longest Burning Gas Blaze Is Destroying Lives” • A blaze that started on 9 June after a gas blowout has raged for about 150 days, the longest time such fire has burned in India. Three people have died trying to contain it. The fire has forced 3,000 people in neighboring villages to leave their homes and take shelter in makeshift camps. [BBC]

Gas fire in Assam (Getty Images)

¶ “Volvo Cars Commits To Developing Its Own EV Motors” • A few years ago, Volvo announced that all new Volvos introduced after 2019 would be electrified, a promise it has made good on so far. Now, Volvo has announced significant investments in the in‑house design and development of electric motors for its next generation cars and SUVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Powerhouse Telemark By Snøhetta Produces More Energy Than It Consumes” • Snøhetta, an architecture and design firm based in Oslo, collaborating with Skanska & Asplan Viak, created an innovative 11 story office building in southern Norway. The news is that the 8,500 square meter office building Powerhouse Telemark is energy positive. [CleanTechnica]

Powerhouse Telemark (Credit: Snøhetta)

¶ “India’s Telangana Approves Ground-Breaking EV Policy” • As part of building back better from the economic downturn of Covid-19, the state of Telangana approved a new EV policy. It aims to drive investment in the EV market, create jobs, ramp-up shared mobility, decrease air pollution, and help achieve India’s climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Total Inks 83-MW French Solar Deal” • Total has signed an agreement with Belgian minerals producer Lhoist to co-develop solar PV power plants totaling 83 MW at 11 of Lhoist’s sites in France. The power plants will collectively feature more than 194,000 PV panels. Total Quadran will build and operate the power plants. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Total image)

¶ “Mainstream Partners On 500-MW Vietnamese Offshore” • Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement with Advance Information Technologies Corporation, a Vietnamese company, to co-develop a 500-MW wind farm off the coast of Vietnam. The project received a site survey license earlier this year, and has conducted a feasibility study. [reNEWS]

¶ “Wind, Solar Costs Fall By 10% In 2019” • Wind and solar costs declined by more than 10% in 2019, according to Capgemini’s latest World Energy Markets Observatory report, which observed “consistently lower costs being recorded month after month.” Also, the costs of lithium ion batteries used for EVs and energy storage decreased by 19% in 2019. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Johanna Montoy | Unsplash)

¶ “Defying Europe Once Again, Belarus Plugs Astravets Nuclear Power Plant Into National Grid” • The Russian-built Astravets nuclear plant is said to have safety issues. It is less than 50 km from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and after it was connected to Belarus’ national grid, Lithuania stopped importing electricity from Belarus. [Emerging Europe]


¶ “Ford Will Build Electric Cars That Real People Can Actually Afford” • In an obvious swipe at General Motors, whose first battery electric vehicle to feature its Ultium batteries will be a $112,000 Hummer, Ford CEO Jim Farley told analysts on a conference call the electric vehicles coming from Ford will be cars ordinary people can buy. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach E SUV (Ford image)

¶ “US Officially Exits Paris Climate Accord” • The US has left the Paris climate accord, officially. The withdrawal, set in motion with a letter from President Trump exactly one year ago, caps a long-promised move from the president and leaves the US as the only country in the world to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement. [The Hill]

¶ “UC San Diego Gets $39 Million Grant For Renewable Energy Testbed” • The University of California, San Diego, was awarded a $39 million National Science Foundation grant for a testbed to help universities, utilities, and industry leaders gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy into the power grid. [American School & University]

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November 3 Energy News

November 3, 2020


¶ “Louisiana Politricks Almost Silenced NOLA Voters” • New Orleans is without power since Hurricane Zeta hit, and eleven polling places have no backup power. Our secretary of state hurls insults and makes senseless claims about political points while voters worry about whether they will be able to cast ballots. I find this incredibly alarming. [CleanTechnica]

New Orleans (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “The Economist Endorses Joseph R Biden” • “Socialism” is a word that scares some people, especially people who came from socialist or communist countries decades ago. Sadly, it appears that such people are conflating topics and miss the fact that Donald Trump is pushing us much more in the direction of the authoritarian government. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “President Trump Has Majorly Damaged ExxonMobil” • Given the US president’s pro fossil fuel behavior, the question is simple: How come he has done major damage to ExxonMobil and Big Oil? I can’t answer that directly, but I can show how severe the damage has been. ExxonMobil has performed terribly through the 45th presidency. [CleanTechnica]

Exxon (azrainman, CC-BY-2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Geoengineering – Can We Science Our Way Out Of The Mess We Have Made?” • Geoengineering may be needed, despite the risks. Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia Law School, told The New York Times, “I liken geoengineering to chemotherapy for the planet: If all else is failing, you try it.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “UK Onshore Could Double By 2030 And Hit 30 GW” • The UK’s total capacity of onshore wind could grow to 30 GW by 2030, more than double the UK’s current operational capacity of 13,600 MW, according to new research from RenewableUK. If everything in the current pipeline gets built, wind capacity will reach 30,361 MW by the end of 2029. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Keith Arkins | Renewable Energy Systems)

¶ “Kenya’s ‘First’ Tesla Model X Creates Buzz” • Kenya is one of the best places to drive EVs. Kenya’s grid is very green thanks to awesome geothermal, wind, utility-scale solar, and hydropower plants. All of these make up 93% of Kenya’s generation capacity. EVs have been starting to take off in Kenya. And now, the first Tesla Model X has arrived. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Wins Norwegian Prize” • Siemens Gamesa is supply 34 turbines to Akershus Energi and KLP’s Odal wind farm in Norway. The kr1 billion (€90 million) deal covers delivery of 5.0-145 turbines that have been specially adapted for the project, the developers said. The project is planned to be completed in 2021 at a cost of kr2 billion to build. [reNEWS]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Plan To Run Power Cable Between Australia And Indonesia Scrapped As Giant Pilbara Power Project Takes Shape” • Running a power line from Australia to Indonesia seems like a good idea, but those behind it looked at the numbers and found the most economical way of exporting Northern Australia’s green energy is by boat. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “SPR Delivers ‘Black Start’ From Onshore Wind” • In what is believed to be  global first, ScottishPower Renewables used energy from an onshore windfarm to re-energise part of the power grid. With the successful ‘black start,’ the 69-MW Dersalloch windfarm proved that wind power can restore a ‘blacked-out’ section of the grid. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (SPR image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Support The Development Of Pumped Hydro Storage Solutions In India” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it was selected by Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited to supply and commission four 125-MW fixed speed pumped storage turbines for the new Kundah hydropower plant in India. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Typhoon Goni: The Year’s Strongest Storm Slams Into The Philippines” • While the US Gulf Coast sets records for storms, the Pacific Ocean is dealing with its own superlative weather worries. Typhoon Goni slammed into the Philippines on Sunday with peak winds of nearly 200 mph, killing at least 20 people and displacing more than 350,000. [Grist]

Typhoon Goni (Credit: NRL | NASA | NOAA)

¶ “North Sea Wind And Hydrogen Offer UK Jobs Bonanza” • By 2050, the UK North Sea could deliver £20 billion a year in gross value added from offshore wind and hydrogen leading to a net increase of 40,000 jobs, a report by the Policy Exchange think-tank says. It said jobs would increase despite the decline in the North Sea oil and gas industry. [reNEWS]


¶ “How Texas Can Lead The Global EV Transformation” • The Lone Star State made headlines last weekend after a noisy, fossil-fueled convoy of Trump supporters stalled traffic on I-35 and attacked a Biden campaign bus. But the latest move by the state’s grid operator suggests that the quiet hum of EVs will dominate Texas roads in the future. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (NREL image)

¶ “Trump’s Attacks On Climate Science Are Coming To Fruition” • “If you vote for Biden, he’ll listen to the scientists,” Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada. Trump takes pride in dismissing the advice of federal scientists, whether on the handling of the pandemic or the risks of climate change. [Type Investigations]

¶ “Berkshire Hathaway Energy Buys Dominion Energy Gas And Storage” • Berkshire Hathaway Energy has purchased Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business, exclusive of Questar Pipeline Group. Officially the price was $8 billion, including about $2.7 billion in cash and assumption of about $5.3 billion in debt. [Energy Digital]

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November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2020


¶ “The US Election Is A Vote On Climate Change For The Whole World” • The climate crisis has become a key issue not just for American voters in this US election, but people everywhere. The next president’s actions during his term in office will have a profound impact on the whether the world is able to avert the worst effects of climate change. [CNN]

Silverado Fire (Patrick T Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images)

¶ “Who Will Create The Most Jobs For Pennsylvania, Biden Or Trump?” • The current temporary occupant of the Oval Office likes to snarl about making America great again, but instead he is dragging America backward to a hundred years ago when John D. Rockefeller was creating the foundations for the US oil and gas industries. Those jobs are obsolete. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Could Scotland Ever Be ‘The Saudi Arabia Of Renewables’?” • In a year, Glasgow will host COP26, so BBC Scotland is looking at how renewable energy has grown. As first minister, Alex Salmond said Scotland could be the “Saudi Arabia of renewables.” In 2009, 27.2% of Scotland’s electricity was generated by renewable energy sources. In 2019, it was 90.1%. [BBC News]

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (SSE Renewables)

¶ “An $11 Trillion Global Hydrogen Energy Boom Is Coming. Here’s What Could Trigger It” • Engineers are working on a giant cavity in a geological formation known as a salt dome, a huge underground mass of salt, 130 miles south of Salt Lake City. Filled with hydrogen, the cavity could become one of the largest renewable energy reservoirs in the world. [CNBC]

¶ “Ignoring Science Doesn’t Solve The Problem, Says Climate Scientist” • As the Gulf Coast rebuilds from record hurricanes and wildfires rage in the West, climate change is already causing pain. But does it get the attention it deserves? Prof Drew Shindell of Duke University and Hari Sreenivasan discuss links between science and policy. [PBS NewsHour]

Lightning (Sean McAuliffe, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 With New LFP Battery Now Supercharges Even Faster?” • Initial supercharging results suggest that a Tesla Model 3 powered by a lithium iron phosphate (LFP, or LiFePO₄) battery can supercharge faster than the version with the nickel battery. This looks promising and is not unexpected. Charging times fell from 62 minutes to 42. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Commission On The Future Of Mobility Announced” • A group of business leaders and public policy experts is launching the Commission On The Future Of Mobility to grapple with the thorny questions that surround the future of transportation, including self driving and electric vehicles, according to a report by Reuters. [CleanTechnica]

May Mobility shuttle (Credit: May Mobility)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Powered By 100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide” • Siemens Gamesa is now powered worldwide by electricity from 100% renewable sources. Its annual electricity consumption is over 180,000 MWh, so the company is saving more than 80,000 tons of CO₂ emissions annually, doubling the savings achieved the previous year. [SteelGuru]

¶ “Considering Climate In Energy Investment” • Investors are pressuring companies to embrace clean energy. Financial houses and banks are ending their support for fossil fuels, directing their money toward renewable energy and technologies that can help with climate change. Even some oil and gas majors are moving to invest in renewables. [POWER magazine]

Siemens Gamesa’s 14-MW turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “South Australia’s Government Contracts For Energy To Advance Cultana Solar Farm And Playford Utility Battery” • The South Australian Government secured construction of the 280-MW Cultana Solar Farm near Whyalla, and the 100 MW Playford Utility Battery near Port Augusta, by signing a 10-year supply contract with ZEN Energy. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Renewables Overtake Coal And Gas For First Time In Western Australia” • The combined output of wind and solar and other renewable energy sources have overtaken the principal fossil fuel sources of coal and gas generation in Western Australia for the first time in October. Three large renewable projects have been built in the state recently. [RenewEconomy]

Warradarge wind farm (Bright Energy Investments image)

¶ “Old Nuclear Plants Keep Westinghouse Busy” • It’s not the sexy parts of Westinghouse Electric Co that make a profit for Canadian private equity firm Brookfield Business Partners, which acquired Westinghouse out of bankruptcy in 2018. It’s the valve tightening and cement crack inspections at hundreds of old nuclear power plants. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]


¶ “Electrify America Goes Commercial” • Electrify America has partnered with corporations like Walmart and Love’s to install ultrafast charging stations for their customers. Now it is installing charging stations for the “utilities, fleet owners and operators, government entities, and businesses seeking to manage their own network of chargers.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar powered charging station (Electrify America image)

¶ “Joseph Biden Aims To Improve US EV Tax Credit, Restore It For Tesla And GM” • If elected president of the US, Joseph R Biden would do a few things for the electric vehicle industry. He has talked about helping to get a massive number of EV charging stations around the country, but he also has some tax proposals on the wish list. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utah Cities Pursue 100% Net-Renewable Electricity” • Twenty-three Utah cities and counties have resolved to adopt 100% net-renewable electricity (from solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and demand management) in their communities by 2030 through the Community Renewable Energy Act of 2019. This represents about 37% of Utah’s electricity load. [Utah Policy]

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November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2020


¶ “You’ve Got Cheap Data, How About Cheap Power Too?” • The original iPhone was only introduced in 2007, and since then it has become ubiquitous. Virtually everyone, everywhere has a smartphone and uses it for hours every day. The smartphone’s success was down to a unique convergence of technologies. And green energy will grow similarly. [BBC]

Smartphone (Getty Images)

¶ “Trump’s Failure To Save Coal Accompanied By Failure To Help Coal Workers Find New Careers” • I think it’s pretty clear that Donald Trump has not saved the US coal industry. And that’s also evident from the fact that he has hardly gone close to the topic in 2020. But also, he did not do anything to get new jobs for the coal mining workforce. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “It Is Time For WA To Stop Dragging Back Our Nation On Climate Change” • As Western Australia’s largest trading partners commit to carbon neutrality, so do its mining companies. Solar and wind are becoming the cheapest forms of energy in history. Renewable energy has benefits flowing, with an incredible wave of investment, innovation and jobs. [WAtoday]

Wind turbines in Western Australia

¶ “Using Less Energy Is the Most Renewable Energy There Is” • Pittsburgh, once a steel town, is very public about breaking free from its reputation. The city is wants to let go of its coal-powered industrial past and today’s fracked gas. In the absence of action to mitigate climate change, the city’s best hope may lie in grassroots organizing in neighborhoods. [Sierra Magazine]

¶ “The Pandemic And The Economy Top Voter Concerns, But There’s A Bigger Issue” • “We have done an incredible job environmentally,” President Trump said in the last presidential debate. That’s like Genghis Khan saying, “We’ve done really good work in Eurasia.” UCLA Professor Stephanie Pincetl has a more sober view of climate change. [Los Angeles Times]

Stephanie Pincetl (Francine Orr | Los Angeles Times)


¶ “French Government Puts US Gas Imports on Ice” • A move by one of Europe’s largest energy companies shows both markets and governments are beginning factor methane emissions into business decisions. France’s Engie ended a commitment to a long-term $7 billion liquefied natural gas import contract with NextDecade Corp. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Start-Up Working On Sustainable Solution Of Stubble Burning” • A renewable energy start-up, Verve, works on ways to convert stubble into a substantial source of income and energy for farmers in parts of India. In a video, co-founder and CEO Suvrat Khanna talked about a solution to a cause of severe pollution. [Yahoo India News]

Burning rice stubble (Greg Willis, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “North Korea’s Yongbyon Complex: Activity Picks Up” • Images of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center taken by a commercial satellite on October 27 indicate increased activity on construction and repair from flood damage. Also, what appears to be smoke is observed coming from one of the buildings near the uranium enrichment plant. [38 North]

¶ “India’s NTPC Signs $482 Million Loan Agreement With Japan For Renewable Expansion” • India’s largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd has entered into a foreign currency loan agreement with the Japanese Government’s Japan Bank for International Co-operation. JBIC issued the ¥50 billion ($482 million) funding under the bank’s GREEN initiative. [Mercom India]

Coal-burning power plant


¶ “Swing State Arizona Grapples With Deadly Heat” • Even with the pandemic and the economic catastrophe it triggered, polls find that Americans increasingly cite the climate emergency as a major concern. That’s especially true in regions like the Phoenix area, where the crisis is already having deadly effects. Climate change has become a voter issue. [The Guardian]

¶ “You Can Now Buy An Electric Motorcoach” • Lightning eMotors, which was previously called Lightning Systems, has been electrifying all manner of medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles for years, and now it’s doing so with motorcoaches. It is working with ABC Companies and ABC Companies will be the one selling the electric motorcoach. [CleanTechnica]

Electric motorcoach (Lightning eMotors)

¶ “This Energy Company Is Leading The Way To A Green Future” • NextEra Energy has more development projects in its renewable energy pipeline than the entire existing production capacity of any company in the world. Now, its management has its sights on the next frontier: The potentially massive green hydrogen market. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Biden Campaign Appeals To Sportsmen And Women With New Ad; Highlights Decline In Ruffed Grouse, Attacks Trump On Forest Service Budget Cuts” • One of Joe Biden’s new campaign ads clearly aims to appeal to a group of people who are largely Republicans. And it can point to multiple members of the GOP who endorse Biden. [The Dominion Post]

Ruffed grouse (West Virginia Department of Commerce)

¶ “REV2020 – Power To Renew” • The REV Conference has long been the leading renewable energy event in northern New England. On Nov 18 through Dec 9, Renewable Energy  Vermont will bring experts from across the renewable energy sector online for in-depth discussion of the policies and technology driving the energy transition. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Proposed Geothermal Plant Draws Fire In Nevada Desert Town” • Renewable energy power plants have their place, but not in Gerlach, Nevada, many residents say. Gerlach is about 100 miles north of Reno. The Gerlach Geothermal Development Project would add two new 24-mW power plants in an area about a mile out of town. [US News & World Report]

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