Archive for November 5th, 2020

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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