Archive for November 7th, 2020

November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “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 (Energy.gov, 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]

World:

¶ “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. [OilPrice.com]

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]

US:

¶ “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. [hngnews.com]

¶ “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]

Have an auspiciously unfolding day.

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