Archive for November 2nd, 2020

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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