Archive for November 3rd, 2020

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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