November 14 Energy News

November 14, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “USA Readies Self For Green Hydrogen Rumble As Trump Slithers Out Door” • Trump made coal jobs a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, but he dropped the whole idea just two years after taking office, so it seems there was no job-saving coal plan after all. Oh well, it’s all water under the bridge now. The DOE has a Hydrogen Program Plan. [CleanTechnica]

Cars loaded with coal (Decumanus, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “What Does Bill Gates’ Favorite Energy Guru, Vaclac Smil, Get Wrong?” • Taking a look at Bill Gates’ ventures into energy shows that he is information is basically faulty in several ways. He and a number of people like him are throwing away their money on the wrong investments: small nuclear, air carbon capture, and solar geoengineering. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden And Electric Utilities Are Split On Emissions Goals” • As President Trump rolled back environmental regulations and boosted fossil fuels, utilities forged ahead with plans to reduce emissions. But while 33 utilities pledged to eliminate emissions by 2050, Biden campaigned on a promise to have 100% clean electricity by 2035. [Scientific American]

Natural gas plant (Dual Freq, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “UK Government Commissions Space Solar Power Stations Research” • The UK government has commissioned new research into space-based solar power systems that would use very large solar power satellites to collect solar energy, convert it into high-frequency radio waves, and safely beam it back to ground-based receivers connected to the electric grid. [GOV.UK]

World:

¶ “Storm Iota: Preparations Under Way In Honduras And Nicaragua” • Evacuations of coastal areas of Honduras are under way as a second hurricane in as many weeks is forecast to hit Central America. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Iota is expected to strengthen to a “major hurricane” when it hits Honduras and Nicaragua on Sunday. [BBC]

Eta’s damage to be followed by Iota’s (Getty Images)

¶ “The World’s Largest Wetlands Are On Fire. That’s A Disaster For All Of Us” • The largest tropical wetland on Earth, South America’s Pantanal region, has been hit by the worst wildfires in decades. The blazes have consumed 28% of the vast floodplain that stretches across parts of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. They are still not entirely under control. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Batteries Get Second Life In Electric Sightseeing Boat” • As Teslas get old (or get into accidents), the batteries they had in them become available for new purposes. One clever use is as batteries in electric boats. In Sweden, the sightseeing boat Sylvia is powered by used Tesla batteries that were combined for 190 kWh of energy storage capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Sylvia (Photo via EcoSightseeing)

¶ “Ørsted And BP Will Partner On Green Hydrogen Project In Germany” • No sooner did CleanTechnica do a story on making hydrogen from renewable sources than we came across Ørsted’s announcement saying it will partner with BP to develop a large scale renewable energy project at BP’s Lingen Refinery in the Northwest of Germany. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Private Properties Have Increasingly Been Eyeing Renewable Energy Over The Last Few Years” • Over the last few years, the use of solar power in Finland has increased tenfold, as it grew increasingly popular with the country’s homeowners. This push for renewable energy is having a significant role in Finland’s energy grid strategy. [TheMayorEU]

Solar panels in Finland

¶ “Public Backs Tree Planting And Renewable Energy Over New Technologies Such As Carbon Storage” • The public would prefer the government to plant millions of trees to draw down carbon rather than plow huge sums of cash into carbon capture and storage technology. It is a blow to the Prime Minister’s plans to kickstart a green industrial revolution. [iNews]

¶ “European Energy Partners On 800-MW Scots Onshore Drive” • Danish renewable energy company European Energy, with its experience and resources, is partnering with the Scottish clean power developer Locogen, which will provide local expertise, to deliver an 800-MW onshore wind portfolio in Scotland over the next five years. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (European Energy image)

US:

¶ “Race Of The Tesla Gigafactories: Giga Austin 24/7 With 3 Shifts May ‘Exceed Giga Berlin’s Speed'” • The newest Tesla gigafactory is growing rapidly, and construction is going on 24/7. Tesla’s focus on getting Giga Texas built is so intense that it may go up faster than Giga Berlin. Jeff Roberts, a drone operator, provided photos of progress. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arizona Regulators Adopt New Clean Energy Rules Without Renewable Mandate” • The Arizona Corporation Commission passed landmark new rules requiring state-regulated utilities to get 100% of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050, but the panel rejected any specific mandate for renewable energy like solar and wind. [Arizona Daily Star]

Renewable energy resources (Tucson Electric Power Co)

¶ “New Electric School Buses In Virginia And Massachusetts” • CleanTechnica covers basically every electric school bus story that comes across our desk, because it is so important for schools, shuttling around our youngest kids, switch over to clean electric transport as soon as possible. There is news from Massachusetts and Virginia. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Grover Beach Making Shift To Clean And Renewable Energy Sources” • Residents of Grover Beach, California, are getting flyers in the mail letting them know about their choice to join the city in going green. Beginning in January, ratepayers will have the opportunity to be a part of Central Coast Community Energy. [KSBY San Luis Obispo News]

Have a wonderfully fulfilling day.

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