November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Hitting Net Zero Is Not Enough – We Must Restore The Climate” • The climate crisis is here now. No matter how quickly we reach zero emissions, the terrible impacts of the climate crisis will not just go away. They will continue to cause millions to suffer for centuries to come. Just cutting emissions is not enough. We have to begin restoring the climate. [The Guardian]

Bushfire (fvanrenterghem, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “There Is Nothing We Can Do To Stop The Oncoming Effects Of Climate Change Says A New Study” • Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth would warm for centuries to come and oceans would rise by meters, according to a controversial modeling study that appeared in the Nature Research journal Scientific Reports. [Firstpost]

¶ “World Heritage Status For Scottish Peat Bogs Could Help UK Hit Net Zero Goals” • There is hope that about 1,400 sq km of the most pristine peatland in northern Scotland will soon be much closer to status as the first world heritage peatland. Ecologists say peatlands covering only 3% of the Earth’s land surface, may hold 30% of the carbon stored on land. [The Guardian]

Peat Bog (RodicaB, CC-BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

World:

¶ “The Desert City To Run On Hydrogen” • On the edge of the Saudi Arabian desert beside the Red Sea, a futuristic city called Neom is due to be built. The $500 billion (£380 billion) city, complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help, is planned to become home to a million people. And what will power this city and be its product? Green hydrogen. [BBC]

¶ “Micro Stores In South African Townships: Decentralization Can Promote Micromobility” • With Covid-19 stay-at-home orders and lockdowns, large shopping malls have few customers. Leading South African fashion retailer Mr Price is testing smaller format stores to get closer to its shoppers homes. The situation is perfect for micromobility. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bikes (Image courtesy of Guraride)

¶ “Rising Levels Of Carbon Dioxide Increasing Extreme Weather Events In Australia, Report Finds” • Australia’s climate has now entered a new era of extreme weather events, such as dangerous bushfires and heatwaves, courtesy of rising average temperatures, a new report by the nation’s two government climate science agencies has found. [The Guardian]

¶ “Xpeng Sets Record For Quick Rise To 10,000, And NIO Sets Monthly Sales Record” • The two hottest Chinese EV startups, NIO and Xpeng, have each set some new records recently. Xpeng built 10,000 EVs less than 160 days after its factory was built. And NIO sold 5,055 EVs in October, setting a new monthly record for Chinese premium cars. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng workers and their 10,000th car (Photo courtesy of Xpeng)

¶ “Japan To Invite Bids For Offshore Wind Plants Off Chiba And Akita” • The government is expected to seek applications soon for operating offshore wind power plants in areas in Chiba and Akita prefectures. Its plan is to have a power generation capacity of 10 GW of offshore wind power plants, the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors, by 2030. [The Japan Times]

¶ “Vestas Secures 50-MW Scottish Order” • Vestas has secured a 50-MW turbine order from ERG for the Sandy Knowe wind farm in Scotland. The project will feature 14 V112 3.45-MW turbines in 3.6-MW power optimised mode, in order to maximize the site’s power production while ensuring lowest cost of energy to the energy consumer. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Rolls Royce Pledge To Create 6,000 Jobs In UK With 16 Mini-Nuclear Plants” • Rolls Royce pledged to create 6,000 jobs in the UK as part of plans to build 16 mini-nuclear plants. The company has formed a consortium, which includes the National Nuclear Laboratory and building company Laing O’Rourke, to build “small modular reactors.” [The Republic]

US:

¶ “Electrify America Pours $3 Million Into EV Education In Under-Tapped Communities” • As a result of Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal, its subsidiary, Electrify America, is to engage in a certain amount of EV education. Now, it is putting $3 million into zero-emission vehicle education in low-income communities in California. [CleanTechnica]

Electrify America message

¶ “Arizona Utility Secures 200-MW PPA” • The Arizona Public Service Company has entered into a 200-MW power purchase agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy for electricity from the latter’s two Aragonne wind farms in New Mexico. Leeward will repower the existing 90-MW Aragonne project and build the 145-MW Aragonne Mesa development. [reNEWS]

¶ “Charlotte Airport Gets Electric Buses” • Charlotte Douglas International Airport has taken a leadership role on the ground, adding 5 electric buses to its ground transportation and planning to add many more. The airport operates 70 diesel-powered buses, and it wants to replace those with 50 electric buses within the next seven to ten years. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra Electric bus (Charlotte Douglas International Airport)

¶ “EVgo Triples EV Fast Charging Network In Virginia” • EV charging infrastructure is rising, thanks largely to enterprising EV charging startups. EVgo, one of the earliest, is now one of the largest in the US. EVgo is also net 100% powered by renewable energy. The recent news is that EVgo has tripled Virginia’s EV fast charging network in the past year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Trucks To Deploy 70 Electric Trucks In Southern California” • Volvo Trucks has won an award to supply 70 Class 8 VNR electric trucks in Southern California. The award includes $21.7 million in grants for Volvo Trucks. Most of that amount, $20 million, is coming from the US EPA’s Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. [CleanTechnica]

Have an excitingly tranquil day.

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