November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “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)

World:

¶ “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

US:

¶ “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]

Have a gloriously fine day.

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