November 10 Energy News

November 10, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Time to Be Real – Part 1” • Denial of reality is dangerous. When it is institutionalized, it can become dangerous to large numbers of people. Denial of science has become a policy of the Republican Party, and people in Red states are suffering. The first proof of this is just appearing now, as huge numbers of people in Red states get Covid-19. [Green Energy Times]

Mount Rushmore (National Park Service photo)

¶ “How Will VP Harris Influence Climate Policy At The White House?” • As Vice President, will Kamala Harris influence climate policy so that substantive change can come of the activism that hoisted it into the Top 4 issues of the 2020 Presidential election? Joe Biden has a plan for climate change, and Kamala Harris is well-suited to help him achieve it. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Giga Shanghai To Produce 550,000 Cars In 2021” • Sina Technology reported that Tesla’s Giga Shanghai factory plans to produce 550,000 cars in 2021, and plans to export more than 100,000 of those made-in-China Teslas. 36 Krypton learned that 300,000 of those vehicles will be Model 3 cars and the remaining 250,000 will be Model Ys. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory paint shop (Tesla image)

¶ “Scottish City’s Largest Single Office Building To Be Fully Powered By Renewable Electricity” • The 177 Bothwell Street development is set to become Glasgow’s largest single office building next autumn. It is to be 100%-powered by renewable electricity, with zero carbon emissions. A large part of the building is already let out. [HeraldScotland]

¶ “‘Defying The Difficulties:’ Renewables Set For Record Run Despite Covid: IEA” • The world is set to add record levels of renewable power this year and next despite the Covid pandemic, the International Energy Agency said. New renewables additions this year are expected to reach almost 200 GW, or nearly 90% of all new generating capacity. [Recharge]

Wind farm, Montenegro (Milica Buha, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Pakistan Can Save $5 Billion By Scaling Up Renewable Energy: WB” • A World Bank study suggests that a major scale-up of variant renewable energy could help Pakistan save $5 billion over the next 20 years, mainly from reduced fuel use. It said Pakistan should quickly implement a major scale-up of solar and wind generating capacity. [Associated Press of Pakistan]

¶ “Green Bank Shouldn’t Fund Gas-Fired Power, Ex-Officials Tell Federal MPs” • Former leaders of Australia’s renewable energy agencies have called on MPs to reject the Morrison government’s changes to the publicly owned green bank that would explicitly allow it to fund fossil fuel projects. The Morrison is pitching a “gas-led recovery.” [The Guardian]

Oakey power station (Stickee, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “‘Immense’ Potential Of Renewable Energy Could Propel Australia To Net Zero 2050 Target” • Australia could become a carbon neutral economy by 2050 thanks to an abundance of cheap solar and wind energy, a report from policy experts at Climate Action Tracker says. But a more ambitious 2030 climate target is needed to get there. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Tesla Owners Share Supercharging Experiences As Tesla Announces Its 20 Thousand Supercharger Milestone” • Tesla just announced reaching a milestone: “20,000 Superchargers and counting.” The Supercharger network is a critical component of Tesla’s success that is barely talked about. Many probably would have thought this impossible. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Superchargers in Norway (Clive Flint via Twitter)

¶ “Bay Area And Central California Coast To Get More Than 6,950 New EV Chargers” • It is expected that more than 6,950 new EV chargers will be installed in the Bay Area and central coastal California, thanks to $65 million in funding from four California Community Choice Aggregators and contributions from the state of California. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Louisiana Governor: Renewable Energy Initiative for Gulf of Mexico” • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced a renewable energy initiative for the Gulf of Mexico, with plans to harness Louisiana’s strengths in offshore energy production for the development of wind power, the nation’s No 1 source of renewable energy. [STL.News]

Offshore wind farm (Impériale, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “CPS Energy And VIA Announce Renewable Natural Gas Partnership” • CPS Energy, the municipal electric utility in San Antonio, and VIA Metropolitan Transit announce details about a new fuel supply partnership that will provide Renewable Natural Gas created by landfill biogas to VIA’s fleet of over 500 buses, beginning in 2021. [TechGenyz]

¶ “AEP To Make 40% Of Its Electricity From Renewable Energy By 2030” • Ohio utility American Electric Power, once one of the biggest generators of electricity from coal in the US, forecasts that 40% of the electricity it produces will come from renewable sources by 2030. AEP’s use of coal has dropped by about a third since 2005. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Wind turbines in Michigan (NOAA image)

¶ “World’s Largest Coal Producer Warns Of Bankruptcy Risk” • Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal producer, has said there is a risk it could go bankrupt for the second time in five years, reports the Financial Times. It has trouble competing with natural gas and renewables, and Covid-19 has made matters worse. [Carbon Brief]

¶ “Xcel Energy And Idaho National Laboratory To Use Nuclear Energy For Hydrogen Production” • Xcel Energy and Idaho National Laboratory joined forces to demonstrate the use of a nuclear plant to split water and produce hydrogen. With the help of $10 million in DOE funding, the partnership will be the first of its kind for electrolysis technology. [H2 View]

Have a downright perfect day.

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